February in Cape Town is perfect: it’s the month of love and summer is in full swing! Celebrate this perfection with these great events at 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/

2 February: The Armstrong Lie

9 February: 10 Things I hate about you

16 February: Valkyrie

23 February: Office Space

1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality

First time in South Africa at its 55th venue world-wide. 40 images by the world’s leading contemporary photographers. Tickets available at the door and WEBTICKETS.

Date: On until the 17th February 2017 | Time: Mon – Wed: 9am to 4pm / Thu – Sun: 9am to 6pm | Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum | Cost: R70 Adults, R50 Seniors, students, Redbus ticket holders, R30 kids (6-16yrs) FREE under 6

Jimmy Nevis – V&A Waterfront Summer Sessions presented by SMART

Jimmy is currently riding high on South African airplay with a number of hit singles including Elephant Shoes, Heartboxing, In Love With You and Balloon – All chart toppers on various South African radio stations, respectively.

Date: 3 February | Time: 19:00 – 20:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

CTCC Afrikaanse Fees / CTCC Afrikaans Festival

Cape Town Comedy Club is proud to announce a weekend of Afrikaans-only stand-up comedy, from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th February 2017 (3 nights).
Prepare yourself for a real treat as FOUR of South Africa’s top comedians perform on our stage: Melt Sieberhagen, Piet Potgieter, Francois van As and Dugald Pieterse as the MC. As usual, the line-up is subject to change. Buy your tickets at Computickets

Date: 3 – 5 February | Time: 20:30 | Venue: The Pumphouse | Cost: R120

Art Africa Fair 2017

The ART AFRICA FAIR is structured around a dynamic curatorial programme with an open call for participation to artists and gallerists. Unlike other commercial fairs, our curatorial model favours an alternative, museum-styled exhibition experience that invites artists and gallerists to propose work that provokes alternate artistic visions of the continent, as defined by individual, lived experiences. This diverse curatorial approach is an attempt to transform vernacular African ideas into tangible expressions, to challenge stereotypical understandings, and to introduce, propagate, and take responsibility for new representations about Africa, from Africa. As participating curator Uche Okpa-Iroha describes, “Our story starts with us. It is an exciting journey, and who better to tell it?”. Buy your tickets at Webtickets

Date: 4 February – 5 March | Time: 10:00 – 19:00 | Venue: The Jubilee Hall, Watershed | Cost: Adults: R100.00* Pensioners & students: R 80.00* Children under 12: Free* Scholars: R 50.00* (school groups only)

Cape Town Comedy Club presents Nik Rabinowitz in Fortyfied

Nik Rabinowitz has just turned forty and is on the verge of a midlife crisis. Except that apparently forty is the new thirty, so now he’s not sure when to have the crisis, which is a crisis in itself. Fortyfied explores a variety of subjects. There are stories, there are accents and all of it is funny, which is all you really have to know. Fortyfied. It’s a pun, or a spelling error – depending on your worldview. Buy your tickets through Computicket 

Date: 7 February | Time: 20:30 | Venue: The Pumphouse | Cost: R150

Hug your Heart

Take a pic with the Hug Your Heart mascot in the V&A Centre Court, share it on Facebook using #HugYourHeart and win a R2000 cash prize! ou could also win a Valentine’s Day hamper. Pharma Dynamics will donate R5 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation for each share.

Date: 11 February | Time: 12:00 | Venue: Lower Kids Ahoy | Cost: Free

Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town

The event offers novice and seasoned athletes the opportunity to race on a world class course. Team and individual entries are available online. With both sprint and standard distances, there is a distance for everyone!

Date: 11 February | Time: 07:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Quay 6, V&A Waterfront | Cost: R750 – R1 500

Anti-Valentines Day Comedy Show

Prepare yourself for a loving treat with Carl Weber as the MC, Mel Jones as the Headline Act, supported by Stuart Cairns & Phil de Lange and open mic act Justin-Ray Stoffels.
Please be reminded that the venue arranges the seating so come along to share the table, share the laughter and share the love!

Date: 14 February | Time: 20:30 | Venue: The Pumphouse | Cost: R120

SAADA Cape Town Fair 2017

From 17th century furniture, Victorian silver and jewellery through to 20th century designer elements and all the way to cutting edge contemporary design.  The focus is always on quality and with the interesting mix of exhibitors the couple of hours you spend here will be a feast for the eyes. Buy your tickets here

Date: On until 12 February | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Watershed, Jubilee Hall | Cost: R100

Terracotta Army 

Discover the secrets of Ancient China. The country’s greatest army was immortalised in clay in 209BC. Now, the world’s most painstaking recreation of the original exhibition is in SA. Book via Webtickets

Date: 17 – 19 February | Time: 10:00 – 20:00 | Venue: Granger Bay, The Lookout | Cost: R85 -R140

Savanna Premium Cider presents “A NIGHT OF HEADLINERS” at Cape Town Comedy Club

Prepare yourself for a real treat as FOUR of South Africa’s top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only! Carl Weber, Dylan Skews, Paul Snodgrass as well as Mel Jones as the MC.  As usual, the line-up is subject to change. DJ AK plays after the show. Buy your tickets at Computicket.

Date: 17 February | Time: 20:30 | Venue: The Pumphouse | Cost: R190

Cape Town Carnival Teaser Shows

The teaser activations at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre take place on the following dates:

Date: 18 & 25 February | Time: 16:00 – 17:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

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

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

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

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.)

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

1 February: Reality Bites

8 February: Bridget Jones’ Diary

15 February: 50 Shades of Grey

22 February: Winter’s Tale

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. They are guaranteed to fascinate you and enhance your appreciation of Kirstenbosch. Walks are approximately 50 or 90 minutes in duration, and are all slightly different as they are tailored to meet the need and interests of each group and highlight seasonal interest in the Garden. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Mon – Fri:                            

Leaving from Gate 1  (Visitors Centre):

90 minute walks at 10h00 and 14h00

50 minute walks at 11h00 and 12h00

Leaving from Gate 2   (Garden Centre):

50 minute walks at 11h00 and 12h00

Saturday:                              

Leaving from Gate 1  (Visitors Centre):

50 minute walks at 10h00 and 11h00

Leaving from Gate 2  (Garden Centre):

50 minute walks at 10h00 and 11h00

Dates: 13 – 18 February | Time: 10:00 – 14:00 & 11:00 – 12:00 | Venue: Kirstenbosch Garden ( gate 1 and gate 2 ) | Cost:  Walks are free but garden entrance fee applies if you do not have a South African Botanical Society Membership card

Bird Walks
Stroll through Kirstenbosch with an experienced birder, and spot and identify some of the 125 bird species known to occur in the Garden. Bring walking shoes, a hat and water, as well as weather proof clothing. Binoculars will be very useful.

Date: 14 February | Venue: All bird walks start at information desk (Visitor centre) | Cost: Walks are free, but Garden entrance fee applies, if you do not have a BotSoc membership card.

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

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: 2 February  | Time: 17:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Church Square | Cost: Free

Talking Streets on Longmarket Street

Longmarket Street is a unique street in the Cape Town CBD that is deeply rooted in our history and extends from the Bo-Kaap to District Six. Following the most recent Open Streets Day in the City Centre (on Bree Street and Longmarket street), we would like to invite you to join us in exploring the potential of Longmarket Street as an essential part of a car-free CBD. RSVP by Wednesday, 1 February 2017 by emailing info@openstreets.co.za

Date: 4 February | Time: 10:00 – 12:00 | Venue: Corner of St George’s Mall and Long Market Street | Cost: Free

Table Mountain Cableway

Sunset Special

Experience summer’s longer days and balmy evenings atop Table Mountain by taking a cable car to the summit – and bring your camera to capture that #sunsetspecial moment! From 4 January until 28 February 2017, return tickets are half price after 6pm.Tickets are available online (to be used only from 18h00 on the day of your visit) and from the Ticket Office at the Lower Cableway Station from 18h00

Date: 4 January – 28 February | Time: 18:00 | Venue: Lower Cable Station Ticket Office | Cost: Adults pay half price at R127.50 per ticket & Children pay half price at R62.50 per ticket

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.

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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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