It might not happen often in Cape Town; but when it rains, it pours. Beat the blues with an exciting indoor experience that will make you glad you left the house!
Craft Rum Distillery Tour and Tasting - R150
Head to Cape Of Storms Distilling Company in Salt River for an entertaining and informative tour of their craft rum distillery, before sitting down for a tasting of their three signature rums. This family-owned establishment is dedicated to producing small-batch, high-quality rum using age old techniques that have stood the test of time. If you love rum and want to support local independent businesses, this is the experience for you!
Underground Ghost Tour at Fort Wynard - R350
Originally built in 1795 and named the Kijk-in-de-pot Battery, Fort Wynard was rebuilt in 1862 and remained operational until 1945, after which it was declared a national monument and became the headquarters of the Cape Garrison Artillery. Join an expert guide for an underground tour of the bunkers and chambers, where many a renegade was interrogated and many a ghost is now said to reside... The tour finishes with a drink at the ‘Sergeant’s Den’ to settle your nerves!
Cellars Hohenort Hotel Classic High Tea - R490 For Two
From ghoulish ghosts to gourmet grub, a classic afternoon tea at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia is the perfect way to while away a rainy afternoon. Indulge in miniature sandwiches, sosaties, blinis and savoury tarts, plus cupcakes, meringues, cakes, tarts, pies and parfaits. The list of tea options is vast so you can try a few if you fancy, or upgrade to a glass of bubbly if the mood takes you! The beautiful hotel has incredible views across the grounds that will make you feel warm and cosy inside.
Newlands Brewery Tour and Tasting - R200 For Two
Brewery tours are always fascinating, but the sheer size and scale of Newlands, South Africa’s oldest operating brewery, makes for a thoroughly exciting experience. See how millions of bottles of beer are brewed, bottled, labelled and distributed on a guided tour of the factory, before sitting down for an informative tasting of the signature brands. Plus, you get two tokens for drinks after the tour, so you can keep drinking until the rain stops!
Two Hour Mosaic Workshop in Fish Hoek - R399 For Two
Arts and crafts are always fun rainy day activities, but options can be limited in the confines of your home. Head to Fish Hoek for an utterly unique Mosaic Making Workshop and learn the techniques of this ancient art form, taking home your very own decorated tile! The instructor is incredibly friendly and, being a group lesson, you're bound to meet new people and bond over your newfound artistic flair.
Vegan Pop-Up Dinner Experience in Green Point - R399
Speaking of making friends, whether it's raining or not you should definitely experience this Vegan Pop-Up Dinner once (or many times) in your life. Hosted by vegan power-couple Patrick and Karen, this shared dining experience will open your eyes to new foods and preparation methods in the comfortable setting of their Green Point home, whilst you sip wine and chat to your fellow guests. This is a wonderfully unique experience that will give you lifelong memories!
Perfume Making Workshop - R520
Back to arts and crafts, this perfume making experience is ideal for trying something new on a rainy day. Lead by an expert perfumer, you'll blend your own scent from imported oils to make a fragrance that represents your personality, learning what oils complement each other and the best mixing techniques. At the end you get to take home your perfume and a scented body cream, plus enjoy entry to Africa's first perfume museum!
Culinary Cruises at The V&A - R295-R695
Just because it's raining doesn't mean you can't treat yourself to a gourmet cruise from the V&A Waterfront! The Alba floating restaurant is fully enclosed so you can stay warm and dry whilst sailing past Table Mountain, sipping on signature drinks and dining on delicious dishes. With four cruises to choose from you could be feasting on small bites with the Afternoon Cocktails & Canapés Cruise, a hearty breakfast with the Unlimited Bubbly Brunch Cruise, a 3-course meal with the Lunch Cruise With Wine Pairing, or an extravagant Dinner Cruise With Wine Pairing.
But What About Johannesburg?
Well we couldn't leave out the mighty Joburg could we, here are a couple of our favourite rainy day experiences in Gauteng!
Makeover and Photoshoot in Johannesburg - R999 For Two
Glum weather can leave you feeling down, so what better way to cheer yourself up than with a glamorous makeover and studio photoshoot? Whether you take your best friend, girlfriend, Mother or sister, you'll both receive professional make-up styling and around an hour in front of the camera, striking a pose with two outfit options before sitting down to view the images. The experience also includes ten photos for you to take home, so you'll always remember this rainy day in Johannesburg!
Floatation Therapy Experience in Johannesburg - R650
The practise of floatation therapy is fairly new, but has become incredibly popular due to its mental and physical healing properties. This luxury spa in Melrose, Joburg, has a specialist tank that allows your body to lay suspended in water while all senses are quietened, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in your mind and soul, reaching a truly meditative state. If you want to escape hectic everyday life for a short while, we can't think of a better way to do it.
Thank you for reading our top picks for rainy day indoor activities in Cape Town, we're sure you'll find something that busts through those winter blues! For more inspiration on fun days out, visit Experience Days and browse hundreds of unique experiences.