It’s late summer in the Mother City: the wind has died down a bit, which means beautiful warm summer days! Fill your days with these amazing March 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.
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 March: The Wizard of Oz
9 March: Gone Girl
16 March: Frida
23 March: The Sound of Music
30 March: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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: On until o5 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 Carnival Teaser Shows
The teaser activations at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre take place on the following dates:
Date: 4 March | Time: 16:00 – 17:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Jon the Cape Town Afro-Latin Dance community as they dance Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and much more as the sun sets on the V&A Waterfront. The event includes social dancing as well as animations (line dances) that anyone can join in on. You’ll also be able to get info on where you can learn how to dance in your area.
Date: On Until 30 April | Time: 16:00 – 20:00 | Venue: Old Pierhead | Cost: Free
High School Band Slam
Start off your weekend with the sounds of drums, piano, guitar and saxophone as the Amphitheatre at the water’s edge comes alive with harmonious music! Bands perform every Friday evening, from 6pm. Whether you are still a school student or not – come down to support local talent at its best. performing individual artist will win a voucher to the value of R3 500 as well.
Date: 3 – 31 March | Time: 18:00 – 20:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
7 Stars Energy Drink UIM P750 World Championship 2017
Boost Promotions will be hosting the Inflatable Powerboat World Championship in early March 2017 in Cape Town. The Boost team is highly experienced and would like to improve this action sport to a professional level worldwide. Two days of surf circuit racing & One long haul (long distance 180 km/112 miles estimated distance)
Date: 3 – 10 March | Time: 08:00 – 15:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Absa Cape Epic
600 two-rider teams through some 700kms of the Western Cape region in South Africa. Each year the route changes significantly and brings amateur and professional participants from the far reaching corners of the globe, in 2015 55 countries were represented at the race; the race kicked off with a prologue on the slopes of Table Mountain and culminated in the Grand Finale finish at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.
In 2015 the race moved between five stage locations; from Cape Town to Elgin where Stages 1 to 3 were hosted with Stage 3 taking riders through to Wellington for two nights before Stage 5 took them to Worcester for the final two nights before the Stage 7 and Grand Finale celebrations at Meerendal Wine Estate.
Date: 17 – 18 March | Time: 09:00 – 21:00 | Venue: N/A | Cost: Free
Aunty Gabieba at Suidoosterfees
ń Legend op die Kaapse Vlakte! Die moeder van haar pad, tiepies in al haar weë. Eendag overly glamorous vir haar dream-cooking-show op TV met disse soos Gabieba’s speciality Chicken ala King en Bréyani met ŉ soet suur tamatie en uiwe slaai en ŉ akuut op die é. En die volgende dag is dit weer back to pantoffels en rollers in haar lounge waar sy die kinders, wie haar straight na skool kom kuier vir ŉ lekker bord kos almal aanmoedig om hul hope, aspirasies en drome te volhart en nooit ganse daarmee aan te jaag nie. Potte! Spices! Bredie! Gepart met Lights! Camera! Action! – en no need for a make up department want sy is mooi genoeg en in elke val – haar kos is die Star van die show!
Date: 18 March | Time: 14:00 – 16:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Suidoosterfees: Legendes Build-up 2017
This will be a build up to the annual Suidoosterfees taking place from the 27 April – 1 May 2017 at
Artscape. This variety show will be a showcase of some of the artists to be seen at the upcoming
Date: 18 March | Time: 12:00 – 14:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Bottomless Coffee at Suidoosterfees
Bottomless Coffee band the married multi-instrumentalists. Although only two band members, they produce the sound of a full band by cleverly combining and switching between various instruments.
Date: 25 March | Time: 12:00 – 14:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
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.
(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 March: Blue Crush
8 March: Step Brothers
15 March: Grease
22 March: The Omen
29 March: Trails In Motion: MTB Film Festival
Wednesday talk with Richard Peirce at Kirstenbosch
Richard Peirce has had a lifelong passion for wildlife, and sharks in particular have fascinated him all his life. He has been fortunate enough to encounter nature’s most iconic animals all over the world.
Date: 1 March | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: John Winter Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.
Bird walk at Kirstenbosch
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 March | Time: 08:00 – 10:00 | Venue: All bird walks start at information desk (Visitor centre) | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.
Wednesday talk with Margaret Roberts at Kirstenbosch
Learn all about herbs from the Herb Guru, Margaret Roberts
Date: 15 March | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: John Winter Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.
Marianne North Documentary at Kirstenbosch
Marianne North set out in 1871 at the age of 40 to travel the world and paint flowers growing in the wild. She was a remarkable woman, often alone and enduring difficult circumstances, but she amazingly produced over 800 paintings of plants, often with a scenic background. Her work is on display in a purpose built gallery at Kew Gardens in the UK.
Date: 18 March | Time: 10:30 – 12:00 | Venue: Old Mutual Conference Centre (Gate 1) | Cost: R50 each
Plant Fair 2017 at Kirstenbosch
The 2017 Kirstenbosch Plant Fair invites visitors on an aromatic journey into South Africa’s unique plant kingdom. The theme of this year’s Fair is “Amazing Aromatics: recognise and celebrate the fragrances from our rich legacy of plants that surround us”.
Date: 18 – 19 March | Time: 09:00 – 16:00 | Venue: Stone Cottages: Corner Kirstenbosch Drive and Rhodes Drive | Cost: Adults R20; children under 16 years: Free. Handbook R30
Kirstenbosch Craft Market
Nestled below Castle Rock and the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, the Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market is arguably the most scenic market in Cape Town.
The market hosts 230 crafters selling a diverse range of crafts from unique jewellery, kids and adults clothing, knitwear, linen, leather goods, pottery, handmade soaps, candles, aromatherapy products, beadwork, sculpture, art and handmade cards to garden furniture and plants. You are sure to find something you’ve always wanted.
The wide range of food on offer includes waffles, pizza, designer hotdogs, falafels, pancakes, nachos, hamburgers, vegetarian food, boerewors rolls and a spit braai, pitas and salad, steak rolls, Portuguese, Spanish, Indonesian and Indian cuisine, farm cheese and honey, freshly squeezed fruit juices and smoothies, homemade lemonade and ginger beer, freshly brewed coffee, homemade jams and pickles, olives, nuts, ice cream, Turkish delight and much more.
Date: 26 March | Time: 09:00 – 15:00 | Venue: Stone Cottages: Corner Kirstenbosch Drive and Rhodes Drive | Cost: Entrance is free and there is plenty of safe parking.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
My Naam is Februarie: iconic exhibition opens at the Iziko Slave Lodge
A poignant exhibition aiming to memorialize the forgotten history of the South African slave trade will open at the Iziko Slave Lodge on 21 October 2016. My Naam is Februarie: Identities Rooted in Slavery will open to the public today, after an intimate opening ceremony last night.
Date: On until 17 April | Time: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Slave Lodge | Cost: R30 per adult, R15 6 – 18 years,
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 March | Time: 17:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Church Square | Cost: Free
A solo exhibition by Loyiso Mkize at Eclectica Contemporary Gallery. This collection is an exploration of the contemporary black experience, encapsulating the varied themes that inform the modern black landscape. This body of work intends to extract familiar key aspects to take apart, understand and reassemble what belonging to this group is and what belonging means. Specifically, how we are represented in conversation with how we choose to represent ourselves.
Date: 2 March | Venue: 69 Burg Street | Cost: Free entry
Talking Streets in Woodstock
This March, Talking Streets is exploring a section of Victoria Rd in Woodstock. Currently, many of the civic spaces along this major and iconic road are cut off from the street making them invisible, unsafe and inaccessible (E.g. Trafalgar Park, Woodstock Town Hall).
Please join us as we seek to learn about and interrogate how the street can better facilitate access to and the safety of civic spaces along Victoria Road, Woodstock.
Date: 16 March | Time: 17:00 – 19:00 | Venue: In front of Trafalgar Park on Victoria Road (Main Road)| Cost: There is no cost to take part but spaces are limited. Please RSVP by 13 March, 2017.
Free Entry into Iziko Museums for Human Rights Day
Enjoy free entry to most Iziko Museums for Human Rights Day. Excluding Groot Constantia, Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope
Date: 21 March | Time: 17:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Various | Cost: Free
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
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
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.