5 unusual places for international students to visit in Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa’s capital, Cape Town, is home to many unique places of natural beauty with its mountains and beaches. Thousands of tourists visit Cape Town for its famous tourist spots such as Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope. Here we listed some unusual places slightly off the usual tourist trail so you can see even more of this African paradise.

Sandy Bay Shipwreck Hiking Trail

Through the Sandy Bay beach, the trail to the Oudeschip peninsula takes 90 minutes each way. On the trail you will find the shipwreck of the Harvest Capella, sunk in 1986. You can walk along the beach or inland along the upper route. The scenery from the trail is gorgeous, with the sea on one side and Table Mountain behind you as you walk.

World of birds

For bird lovers, it’s definitely worth a visit to the biggest bird park in Africa. The park has over 3000 birds from 400 different species. It’s open everyday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Gun Fun

Gun Fun is a very different place to visit in Cape Town. They offer an indoor shooting experience with real guns for both amateurs and experienced shooters. It also offers private shooting, a lounge, a training area and of course a souvenir shop. The most popular event is the “Save the Rhino”, which collects donations for the Saving Private Rhino initiative.


For the thrill seekers, Cape Town offers adventure with one of the world’s most spectacular view. Flights usually take off from Signal Hill, depending on wind conditions, the exit point is through Lion’s Head. There are specialized companies that offer training flights for everyone wanting to try paragliding. If you are brave enough….give it a try. It’s worth remembering that this depends heavily on the climate conditions of the day.

Harley Davidson rental 

You can take a ride through the gorgeous scenery of Cape Town on an authentic Harley Davidson. How cool is that? Apart from the basic bike rental, there many accessories to rent during your ride visiting all the best places in South Africa’s capital.

There are many amazing activities you can try when you learn English in Cape Town.  We would recommend language schools which are members of Education South Africa (EduSA) - such as Good Hope Studies or International House Cape Town.