It’s all about the Youth and Father’s in the Mother City this June. Here are the top events of the month of June 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. 

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

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: 1 June | Time: 17:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Church Square | Cost: Free

Cape Town City Ballet Presents Swan Lake

The Cape Town City Ballet presents the classic Swan Lake, at the Artscape Opera House. Accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, this brings the best in classical ballet to the Opera House stage, danced by South Africa’s foremost ballet company.

Date: 2 – 18 June | Time: 17:00 | Venue: Artscape Theatre | Cost: R120 – R300

The Cape Town Good Food and Wine Show

The Cape Town Good Food and Wine Show (GFWS) is one of the country’s foremost gourmet events, and as always, it’s back to whet the appetites of Mother City foodies at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday, 2 to Sunday, 4 June 2017. This immensely popular event shines the spotlight on all things tasty and is highly anticipated by local lovers of yummy nosh and chefs alike.

Date: 2 – 4 June | Time: 10:00 – 18:00 | Venue: CTICC | Cost: R100 – R380

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Wednesday talk with David Davidson
The 2017 exhibit Windows on Biodiversity, a circular exhibit with its stunning backdrop of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, won both a Gold Medal and the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society President’s Award
Date: 7 June | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Old Mutual Conference Venue (Gate1) | Cost: Door entry fees apply. Adults:R60 – SA Students (with card): R30 – Children (6 – 17 years): R15 BOTSOC members: Free – SA Senior Citizens (with ID): Buy online: www.webtickets.co.za
Bird Walk
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: 13 June | Time: 08:00 – 10:00 | Venue: All bird walks start at the information desk (Visitor centre) | Cost: Walks are free, but Garden entrance fee applies, if you do not have a BotSoc membership card.

Wednesday talk with Nomama Mei

Operations of the Collections Nursery

Date: 13 June | Time: 08:00 – 10:00 | Venue: Old Mutual Conference Centre (gate 1) | 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

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.

Table Mountain Cableway

Please note that the Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for maintenance from 24 July to 6 August 2017.

Kids Season

Explore the natural beauty and grace of Table Mountain with your children during the Cableway’s Kidz Season, when two kids ride for free with an adult who has purchased a return ticket online or from the Lower Cable Station.

This offer runs from May 1 to September 30 and is valid on weekends, public holidays, and during the June and July school holidays!

Your children can enjoy a day of fun, food and natural beauty atop Table Mountain, and even a kiddies’ treasure hunt.

Date: From 1 May | Time: Time: 08:30 – 17:30 | Venue: Lower Cable Station Ticket Office | Cost: 2 kids ride free with every adult return 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.

V&A Waterfront

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: on until 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

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017

Immerse yourself for an hour or two this winter in the colourful images underwater then step below sea-level, meander over and between the ribs of the 18th Century Archaeology ruins, discover the story of the “Cape of Storms”.

Date: Until 30 September | Time: 09:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum | Cost: FREE for Children {under 16 yrs} R 100 Adults R 70 Wild Card / Red Bus R 50 Seniors / Students Tickets 

Quay 4 2017 Battle of the Bands

Back by popular demand the Quay 4 Battle of the Bands is now open for 2017 entries.
Bands from all over the Cape will battle it out May to August, every Tuesday evening with the finale on 29th of August 2017! Quay 4 proudly supporting local music in with sponsorship Castle Lager, Paul Bothner & Wild & Marr.

Date: Until 29 August | Time: 20:00 – 23:00 | Venue: Quay 4 Tavern

Young Entrepreneurs Pocket Money Market

Children from 3 to 16 years old EARN, LEARN & HAVE FUN! Young traders run their own market stalls offering a fabulous array of goods and activities.

Date: 16 June | Time: 11:30 – 14:00 | Venue: Watershed Mezzanine level | Cost: Free entry

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! Sne Dladla, Glen Biderman-Pam (JHB), Mum-Z and Rob van Vuuren as the MC.  As usual, the line-up is subject to change.

Date: 16 June | Time: 20:30 | Venue: The Pumphouse | Cost: R190

The Cape Town Book Sale

At Cape Town’s ‘FIRST’ Book Sale a large number of local bookshops will all be under one roof at one time with the sole objective of selling a huge selection of multilingual, multi-cultural books that will appeal to all book lovers, at the lowest prices available in Cape Town to the general public. On offer will be amongst others: popular fiction/non-fiction; hardcovers/paperbacks; English/ Afrikaans/Other languages; Academic; Christian and Children’s books.

Date: 16 – 18 June | Time: 09:00 – 22:00 | Venue: The Avenue, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront | Cost: Standard tickets: R25 per person, Kids under 12 FREE (10h30 to 10h00), Beat The Crow Tickets: R 125 per person (9h00 to 10h30) bit.ly/CTBookSale

Whim n Rhythm A Cappella Performance

Founded in 1981, Whim ‘n Rhythm has delighted audiences with their music on every continent.

Date: 24 June | Time: 15:00 | Venue: Noble Square | Cost: Free

Collegiate Girls’ High School Bands

Join the Collegiate Girls’ High School Concert Band and Jazz Band for a fun filled afternoon as they perform both classical and more popular works. Songs included in the programme range from Tchaikovsky’s famous “1812 Overture” to lighter selections such as “Pie in the Face Polka” and popular jazz standards.

Date: 27 June | Time: 16:30  – 17:30 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Museum Night Cape Town at V&A Waterfront

Museum Night is back at the V&A Waterfront on Wednesday 28 June. The Two Oceans Aquarium will be offering half-price tickets on the night while most of the other museums will offer free admission. Participating museums include Chavonnes Battery Museum, Robben Island Jetty Museum, Iziko Maritime Centre and the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, amongst others

Date: 28 June | Time: 17:00 – 22:00 | Venue: V & A Waterfront | Cost: Various

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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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