The Easter and School Holidays are upon us and we have found these amazing April Events on the Cape Town Big 7 attractions: Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, City Walk and Groot Constantia. 

V&A Waterfront

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

The Galileo Open Air Cinema creates an elevated movie experience on the Croquet Lawn at the V&A Waterfront, bringing you all the best entertainment under a canopy of stars and city lights. Buy tickets: ww.thegalileo.co.za/buy-tickets/

6 April – The Persuit of Happyness

13 April – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

20 April – Her

27 April – American Sniper

Black Velvet: The Banquet at Suidoosterfees

Th V&A Waterfront will be hosting some of the Suidoosterfees 2017 artists namely Cape Town Tango Ensemble, 1st runner up of the Suidoosterfees 2016 Talent Search, Thalita Luiters and the choirs who form part of the ATKV/Rapport Harmonie Choir Competition.

Date: 1 April | Time: 12:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Chinese art show

Chinese performing arts group from Jiangsu , southern part of China.

Date: 1 – 2 April | Time: 17:30 – 20:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Incredible Illusions

Let your kids travel to an immersive paradise without going anywhere. Incredible Illusions is a 3D world of images created by 3D pavement artist, Kurt Wenner. Unlike traditional exhibitions where cameras aren’t allowed, Incredible Illusions is all about breaking from the norm, so make sure to bring the kids and a camera for an out of this world 3D image experience that will leave you and the kids captivated.

Date: 4 April – 23 July | Time: 10:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Jubilee Hall | Cost:

                                                     Weekdays            Weekends / Holidays
Adult (18 years & older)           R135pp                         R180pp
Youth (6–17 years)                    R100pp                         R120pp
Child (5 years & under)            FREE                             FREE

Suidoosterfees Talent Search

The V&A Waterfront will be hosting some of the winners of the annual Suidoosterfees Talent Search who will also form part of the production Kunstreffers: Concert of Hope at the annual festive.

Date: 8 April | Time: 12:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Kids Theatre – The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure

A magical tale of an adventurous girl and her quest to find a lost treasure, despite the many obstacles she is faced with. Kids Theatre will take over the Amphitheatre for a full week so the little ones can share in the fun and laughter as many times as they like.

Date: 3 – 9 April | Time: 12:00, 13:00 & 14:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Butterfly Dreams by Jungle Theatre Company

Dancing on stilts with powerful drumming and spectacular costumes Butterfly Dreams is visual comedy for the whole family.

Date: 11 April | Time: TBA | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Kids Theatre – Cradle of Creativity

A magical tale of an adventurous girl and her quest to find a lost treasure, despite the many obstacles she is faced with. Kids Theatre will take over the Amphitheatre for a full week so the little ones can share in the fun and laughter as many times as they like.

Date: 11 – 13 & 16 April | Time: 11:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

LEGO Play

LEGO Play is a fun experience where the kids can enjoy a week of Easter egg LEGO building while also showing off their creative skills. Great prizes will be up for grabs to all champion builders participating in the Batman and LEGO friends speed build.

Date: 11 – 16 April | Time: 09:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Centre Court | Cost: Free

Marimba Jam @Cradle for Creativity

The Marimba Jam Performing Band will be performing alongside school marimba bands from Springfield Covent School and Wynberg Girls’ High School, as part of the build up to Assitej’s Cradle of Creativity.

Date: 12 April | Time: 11:00 – 12:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Pictures with the Easter Bunnies

What better way to spend Easter than munching away on Easter eggs and taking fun pictures with Easter Bunnies? It doesn’t get any better than that. Our Easter bunnies will be at the V&A for a meet and greet with all our little shoppers, make sure your little one doesn’t miss out.

Date: 13 – 16 April | Time: 12:00 – 15:00 | Venue: Passage between H&M and Guess Kids | Cost: Free

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon International Friendship Run

All Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon international entrants are invited to get into the marathon spirit on Good Friday morning for a scenic 5km run/walk through the City of Cape Town. Tickets: www.twooceansmarathon.org.za

Date: 14 April | Time: 09:30 – 11:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: R200 per person

Xola and the Rabbit

Pedro presents a musical and very participatory and fun story telling show to entertain children and their parents

Date: 14 April | Time: 11:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Suidoosterfees Talentsoektog Semifinaal

Die Suidoosterfees Talentsoektog soek die Kaapse Metropool behoorlik plat met die doel ʼn veilige omgewing te skep wat persoonlike ontwikkeling aanmoedig deur middel van die kunste. Kandidate met uiteenlopende talente, wat wissel vanaf vioolspel tot kletsrym word geïdentifiseer, met komediant en radiopersoonlikheid Mel Jones wat die vol pret en kreatiewe kunste begelei. Die kategorieë is: sang, instrumental, dans, toneelspel, towerkuns en ander. Groot pryse is op die spel! Moenie hierdie skouspel van plaaslike talent misloop nie

Date: 15 April | Time: 12:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Being Norm by Comic Mime Solo

This comic solo is fun for the whole family using cartoonesque characters, physicality and impossible scenarios to delight both the young and old alike. Being Norm is a master-class in mime technique and physical theatre that will leave the audience with an experience they wont’s easily forget – making a cup of tea will never be the same!

Date: 22 April | Time: 11:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Table Mountain Cableway

Easter Egg Hunt at the Table Mountain Cable Way

The Easter Bunny and his magical fairy will lead mini visitors on four pre-set Easter egg hunts at the Lower Station. The Cableway’s Easter egg hunt will be held on Sunday 16 April ( weather permitting, if not, it will be moved to the Monday).

Date: 16 April (weather permitting) | Time: 10:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Lower Station | Cost: Free

Easter Entertainment at the Table Mountain Cable Way

Additional Easter weekend entertainment includes in-queue entertainment at both the Lower and Upper Cable Stations and activity books will be handed to each child.

Date: 15 – 16 April | Time:  | Venue: Lower Station | Cost: Free

Seniors Special

South African senior citizens over the age of 60 years qualify for discounted rates on return tickets every Friday, upon producing a valid South African ID. They also have a meal special for pensioners at the Table Mountain Café on Fridays. Chat to a cashier about redeeming your meal special.

Date: Every Friday | Time: 08:30 – 17:30 | Venue: Lower Cable Station Ticket Office | Cost: R100 return or R53 one way on Fridays only | Weather Permitting

Guided Walks

Thirty-minute guided tours happen on the hour from 09:00 to 15:00 daily, departing from the Twelve Apostles Terrace (below the Café). These are free, family-friendly walks conducted by our staff, who will share the story of Table Mountain and the Cableway, and provide any assistance you may require.

Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 15:00 | Venue: Twelve Apostles Terrace | Cost: Free

Audio Tour

Learn about the flora and fauna of the summit, at your own pace, with our free Audio Tour. Download the free application to your mobile device – using out free Wi-Fi – plug in your earphones and begin your self-guided tour at the Lower Cable Station. For a step-by-step guide on how to download the VoiceMap application to your mobile device, click here.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Enjoy a magical movie experience on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain nestled in “the most beautiful garden in Africa”.
Entrance charge: R79 – R159
How to book: Please visit Webtickets for booking and tickets:
Event venue: Marquee Lawn
Doors open at 18:00 and the movie starts at 19:45

5 April – Inside Out

12 April – Back to the Future Part 2

19 April – Earthlings

26 April – Into the Wild

Summer Sunset Concerts

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are one of the best ways to spend your Sunday afternoons. Summer isn’t summer in Cape Town without the exciting lineup of Sunday sunset live music performances at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Check out our blog for the concert line-up! Buy your concert tickets here.

(Only Tickets via WebTickets are legitimate tickets, please do not purchase tickets from any other websites as it may be a scam.)

Garden Walks

The Botanical Society’s volunteer Garden guides, who are brimming with amazing knowledge and insights into the Garden, lead FREE guided walks around the Garden.

Date: Daily | Time: 10:00, 11:00 & 14:00 | Venue: Kirstenbosch Garden ( gate 1 and gate 2 ) | Cost: Walks are free but Garden entry fees apply
Nature’s Treasure Box holiday art workshop
Children aged 6 – 9 love this holiday programme, which includes games, stories, a walk through Kirstenbosch and the creation of their own very special “nature’s treasure box”. They paint and decorate the box and put into it the natural treasures that they find and make during the morning. They are guided and closely supervised by the experienced team of Kirstenbosch education officers.

Date: 6 April | Time: 09:00 – 13:00 | Venue: Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre | Cost: R60.00 per person

Cape Orchid Society Show
Disas and Diamonds is a celebration of the Cape Orchid Society’s 60th anniversary. Our diamond jubilee show will be a visual recollection of our journey through the decades. From our humble yet enthusiastic beginnings in the 1950s follow our journey to the present and beyond. Join us in celebrating this milestone of orchid culture and conservation.

There will be a bounty of unusual and exotic orchids for sale from national and international growers. This is a wonderful opportunity for budding orchid enthusiasts to add some real beauties to their windowsills, patios and shadehouses.

Date: 7 – 9 April | Time: 09:00 – 17:00 | Venue: John Winter Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: Entrance costs R15 for adults, while pensioners and students pay just R10. Pensioners get free entry to the show on Friday 7 April. Please note that Kirstenbosch levy their own gate fee.

Wednesday Talks with Ulrike Irlich

Local Governments for Sustainability: Mobilising local government to protect our environment and ensure sustainable development

Date: 12 April | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: John Winter Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.

Oyama Bonsai Kai Show
On display at Kirstenbosch’s Sanlam Hall over the Easter Weekend will be a collection of trees grown by members of Oyama Bonsai Kai.

Date: 13 – 17 April | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: John Winter Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: Garden entry fees apply

Woodturners Art Exhibitions
The Western Cape Woodturners  Association will once again be demonstrating their skills and artistry over the Easter weekend, 14th -17th of APRIL 2017, at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.  Pieces turned during the demonstrations over the weekend will be available for visitors to take home, in exchange for a donation to a good cause.

Date: 14 – 17 April | Time: 09:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Old Mutual Conference Centre (Gate 1) | Cost: Free

Wednesday Talks with Carl Cowell

Conservation of an urban island Table Mountain National Park

Date: 26 April | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: John Winter Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.

Groot Constantia

Visitors Route Experience

Enjoy the new Visitor Route Experience where one ticket gives you entrance into the Manor House museum, original Cloete Cellar, a cellar tour, wine tasting and Spiegelau Crystal wine glass.

Date: Daily | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Manor House | Cost: R95 per person or Visitors Route Experience Ticket + Chocolate & Wine Pairing: R140 per person.

Wine Tasting

Visit one of two tasting rooms to sample and purchase a selection of Groot Constantia’s award winning wines

Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: 5 wines for R75

Cellar Tours

Take one of the daily guided cellar tours and tastings, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the wine-making process

Date: Daily | Time: 10:00 – 16:00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: R100

Chocolate and Wine Pairing

4 delectable chocolates paired with 4 of their award winning wines.

Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 18:00  | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: R120

Manor House Museum

Take a journey back in time and explore the grand Manor House museum, which houses displays portraying early years on the estate.

Date: Daily | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Manor House | Cost: R30 for adults, R15 for students and pensioners

Fine Dining

Groot Constantia offers fine dining at Jonkershuis & Simon’s Restaurant and gourmet picnics from Simon’s Deli. Pair great meals with their amazing wines while enjoying the spectacular views of the Constantia Valley.

Jonkershuis: Sunday – Thursday: 09:00 – 17:00, Fridays and Saturdays: 09:00 – 21:00 and Breakfast: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 11:30

Simon’s Restaurant: Open 7 days a week: 09:00 – 21:00 (except Wednesdays and Sundays – close at 17:00) and Breakfast – Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 12:00

Cape Point

The Flying Dutchman Funicular

Ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular up to the viewing point below the old lighthouse.

Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 17:30 | Venue: Cape Point | Cost: R25 return Child ticket, R65 return Adult ticket

Two Oceans Restaurant

The Two Oceans Restaurant occupies an enviable position above False Bay at the southwestern tip of Africa. The restaurant is as famous for its seafood cuisine as it is for a superb wooden deck that looks out onto one of the most stunning ocean views in South Africa.

Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Cape Point | Cost: varies

My Green Card

The TMNP My Green Card is available exclusively to residents of Cape Town and provides the holder with 12 free entries into any of the Table Mountain National Park’s pay points: Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point), Boulders Penguin Colony, Oudekraal and Silvermine, as well as to the braai and picnic areas at Tokai, Newlands and Perdekloof.

When buying a card – you will need R135 for the card; a South African ID document; 2 ID photographs and proof of residence. Learn more here

Robben Island

Explore South Africa’s political past with an informative tour at the maximum security prison. But Robben Island isn’t just about the political past of our country, keep an eye out for the African penguins that are on the island.

The ferry ride to Robben Island is an adventure in itself, enjoy spectacular views of Table Mountain from the upper deck of the ferry if you are lucky, you may even spot some dolphins or seals frolicking in the waves.

Tour the Robben Island surrounds in a guided bus tour and view the Robben Island shipwrecks, 19th century Lighthouse; the only lighthouse in South Africa to use a flashing light instead of a revolving light.

A former Robben Island inmate will guide you while on the island, and you’ll receive unparalleled insight into the significant role that each of the Robben Island’s inmates collectively played throughout apartheid. You will be guided to the maximum security prison, various Robben Island exhibition displays and a visit to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell.

You will also be able to visit the World War 2 canons and a limestone quarry where Madiba, and so many others, crushed limestone.

To conclude the day buy a souvenir at the Robben Island Curio shop.

The Robben Island Museum App was developed to offer users around the globe an opportunity to experience and explore the Island’s multi-layered history and sites. Download it from the Google Play Store here.

Ferries depart 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm – weather permitting. You can buy tickets online or in-person at the Robben Island Museum.

City Walk

Infecting the City

This April, Infecting the City – South Africa’s pioneering public arts festival – will once again be igniting Cape Town’s public spaces, including City Walk. A collaboration between the Africa Centre and the Institute of Creative Arts, Infecting the City celebrates a decade of seminal performances and installations by artists from around South Africa and the world. Find out more here

Date: 5 – 8 April | Time: various | Venue: various | Cost: Free

First Thursday

First Thursdays Cape Town is a free cultural experience where art galleries and other cultural attractions in the central and East city districts stay open late on the first Thursday of every month. The night is as much about experiencing art and culture as it is about exploring the city on foot. We suggest browsing the highlights right here and choosing a few exhibitions and attractions that you’d like to see, but be open to letting the night take its own course. Print maps are available at most listed venues.

Date: 6 April  | Time: 17:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Church Square | Cost: Free

Women’s Work: Crafting stories, subverting narratives

Women’s Work showcases the innovation demonstrated by a diverse group of contemporary South African artists and crafts practitioners who, through the use of traditional handcraft techniques such as knitting, crocheting, weaving and embroidery, creatively re-interpret a visual language that blurs the boundaries between art, craft and gendered spaces.

Date: on until 30 April | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: South African National Gallery | Cost: R30

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

This weekend the grandest gathering in Africa is on at the CTICC. The Cape Town Jazz Festival promises two nights of incredible music for local and international artists.

Date: 1 – 2 April | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: CTICC | Cost: R690 per person

Easter Egg Hunt in the Company Gardens

On Monday, 17 April, Grand Foods, the operating company for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins South Africa (known as Dunkin’ Brands) will host an Easter egg hunt for 300 children and adults at the Company Gardens, Paddocks area. On arrival, guests will receive a coffee and doughnut.

Adults are encouraged to bring their own blankets for comfort to enjoy treats on offer and watch children enjoy the Easter egg hunt. Apart from the Easter egg hunt, children will enjoy jumping castles, trampolines, puzzle games and more.

Date: 17 April | Time: 10:00 – 13:00 | Venue: Company Gardens, Paddocks Area | Cost: Tickets are presold on Webtickets and limited to 300 guests on a first come, first serve basis.

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One Destination, 7 Unbelievable Experiences

There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 7, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 7 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.

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