Tokai is a small suburb just on the foothills of Constantiaberg. Just 30kms from the Cape Town International Airport. It’s become a sought after area where locals enjoy a healthy combination of lush forest and shopping hubs.
Simply rent a car in Tokai and follow this list of top 5 things to do while road tripping through Tokai.


Tokai Forest


Tokai Forest attracts visitors from all across Cape Town, situated just minutes from the buzzing shopping centres and residential suburbs. With its function as an exercise area for local fitness enthusiasts to monthly food markets and cosy braai spots, the forest is considered a favourite family attraction in the suburb.


trees at Tokai Forest


Blue Route Mall- For the spenders

No road trip is complete without a few splurges here and there. The newly revamped Blue Route Mall is one of the largest malls in Cape Town. It comes highly recommended for visitors as it offers a variety of stores and services that you wouldn’t necessarily find elsewhere in the city.


Pollsmoor Mess

This unique restaurant has fast become a popular dining experience. The Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison is situated in Tokai. On the premises, you’ll find the humble canteen style restaurant open to the public. This warm and inviting eatery serves South African favourites from burgers to chicken curry. Food is prepared by inmates who want to learn about the industry. While waitors, donning their orange prison uniform may not accept tips, the experience is definitely unique.


curry at Pollsmoor Mess


Steenberg Peak Hike- For the wondrous adventurer


Capetonians love hiking. No matter where you go in the city, you will almost always be near a local hiking trail. On this trail you will find:

  • Free entry which makes it an activity the whole family can enjoy
  • Access to fynbos
  • 360 degree view of False Bay from the summit
  • Exceptional views of Silvermine West, lush Constantia and the back of Table Mountain


mountains at Steenberg


Tokai Forest Market- For the eco-friendly foodie


On the corner of Orpen and Spaanchemat River Roads you will find tall trees towering over a pathway lined with an array of buzzing stalls. From clothing stalls to arts and craft, the market is especially known for its delicious food offerings. Organic fresh foods can be found here along with the most delicious sweet treats for those with a relentless sweet tooth. The market opens every Sunday from 09h00 to 14h00. A perfect escape for those lazy Sundays.


fruit and vegetables at Tokai Forest Market

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While Tokai is not a top contender as a tourist attraction in the Cape, it must be said that it sure is home to a multi-faceted community who offer a variety of cultures and experiences just waiting to be explored.

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