Spring is officially here and it’s time to get out there and enjoy the sunshine. We have found the best events at the Cape Town Big 7 attractions this September:
Short&Sweet will showcase a selection of the finest short films
music videos and short animations from around the world from Sunday to Thursday from 18:00 – 20:00, . They aim to educate, inspire and empower with the short film medium.
Short film Premieres and a chance to meet SA’s hottest new directing talent!
Short&Sweet is a dedicated platform for the exhibition and promotion of short film and the talent behind them
Date: 11 July – 27 October | Time: 18:00 – 20:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Body Worlds Vital
The block busting BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition opens on 9 August. Presenting another Chapter of the BODY WORLDS experience, visitors will get to view 16 (never before been seen in Cape Town) full body plastinates including the erogenous floating couple as well as over 160 organs and transparent body slices which show how the body works when it is healthy, and explores how best to fight life-threatening diseases.
Date: 9 August – 23 October | Time: 10:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Jubilee Hall | Cost: Adult (18 years+): R160; Child (6-17 years): R100; Family package of 4: R440
The Pop-Up Drive-in Cinema
Pop-Up Cinema takes film out of the theatre and into the city – creating a unique screening platform to enhance and re-define the cinema experience. Every Friday and Saturday, they celebrate cinema’s fondest bygone era, screening feature length films on South Africa’s largest inflatable screen. Book your tickets here: www.pop-upcinema.com
2 September: Retroscope (American Graffiti 1973)
9 September: Brave
10 September: The Fast and the Furious
16 September: Cars
23 September: Retroscope (Viva Las Vegas)
24 September: The Darjeeling Limited
30 September: Gnomeo & Juliet
Time: 18:00 – 22:00 | Venue: Cape Town Cruise Terminal | Cost: Tickets R250 per car – UNLIMITED no. of people allowed in the car (pack your friends in….)
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.
Dates: Mondays – Saturday | Time: 10:00 & 14:00 | Venue: Information Desk in the Visitors Centre (Gate 1) | Cost: Walks are free but garden entrance fee applies if you do not have a South African Botanical Society Membership card
Stroll through Kirstenbosch with an experienced birder, and spot and identify some of the 125 bird species known to occur in the Garden.
Dates: 13 September | Time: 08:00 – 10:30 | Venue: Information Desk in the Visitors Centre (Gate 1) | Cost: Walks are free but garden entrance fee applies if you do not have a South African Botanical Society Membership card
This September the talks highlight Gardening and Minority report: insight into Arthropod biodiversity
14 September: Minority report: insight into Arthropod biodiversity with Professor Savel Daniels
28 September: Gardening with Morne Faulhammer
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Lecture Hall 2 | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.
The Theme for September is Spring Dazzlers
10 September: All Flowers Bright & Blooming, All Flowers Big and Small
17 September: Streams, Ponds and Wetlands: Exploring their secret places
Time: 09:30 – 11:00 | Venue: Visitors Centre (Gate 1). | Cost: Walks are free but garden entrance fees apply
The Cape Clivia Club Exhibition
The Cape Clivia Club will hold a display of CLIVIA in all varieties, forms and colours. Advice will be freely given to persons interested in growing Clivia and plants and seed will be available for sale.
Please note: Exhibition close at 16h00 on Sunday, 11 September 2016
Date: 10 – 11 September | Time: 09:00 – 17:00 | Venue: John Winter Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: Entrance to the Display is FREE but admission charges to Kirstenbosch Gardens apply.
Cape Orchid Society Spring Show
The Cape Orchid Society’s spring show, entitled Orchids of Discovery, will transport visitors back to a time where love, lust and lunacy was the order of the day! Explore the wild world of wealthy and powerful orchid collectors, intrepid adventurers and unscrupulous orchid hunters swept up in 19th century “orchidelirium”. Please note: Exhibition close at 16h00 on Sunday, 18 September 2016
Date: 17 – 18 September | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: John Winter Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: Once attendees have entered into Kirstenbosch, tickets to the show cost R15 for adults, with pensioners’, children’s and students’ tickets costing R10.
PLANT – Botanical Art Exhibition
The PLANT exhibition of contemporary botanical art will be held at Kirstenbosch from 16 to 25 September 2016 and is being organized by BAASA (the Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa) to celebrate our amazing flora.
Date: 17 – 25 September | Time: 09:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Old Mutual Conference Centre (Gate 1) | Cost: free but garden entrance fees apply
Kirstenbosch Craft Market
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.
Date: 25 September | Time: 09:00 – 15:00 | Venue: Stone Cottages cnr Kirstenbosch & Rhodes Drive | Cost: Entrance is free and there is plenty of safe parking.
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
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.
South African National Parks (SANParks) is having its 11th annual SANParks Week from 12-18 September 2016. The week grants free access to most of the 21 national parks for day visitors, especially people from the local communities.
NOTE: access to parks does not in include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities. Not all parks grant access for the full week (some do 12-16 September, others 12-17 September).
Cape Point will be celebrating SANParks week from 12 to 17 September, with free access to South Africans (with a valid ID). Apart from the free gate entry, there will be other specials on offer for the week:
- Buy one, get one free on funicular tickets
- Get a limited edition breakfast baguette for R35
- Get a Cape Point placemat and coaster set for R25 (normally R75)
To enhance your visit even more, download the FREE Cape Point Audio Tour for an information-rich experience. Click here to find out more.
Date: 12 – 17 September | Time: 09:00 – 17:30 | Venue: Cape Point | Cost: Various
he 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: R24 return Child ticket, R58 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 R125 for the card; a South African ID document; 2 ID photographs and proof of residence. Learn more here
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. Find out more here
Date: 1 September | Time: 17:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Cape Town CBD | Cost: Free
Sip Tea & Wine on board a luxury yacht
An exclusive Carmién Tea and Groot Constantia wine pairing and flavour tasting experience will be presented to guests on board South Africa’s newest, largest and safest private yacht. The rooibos flavours in the Carmien Tea pair beautifully with the chocolate and other delicacies that will be served alongside Groot Constantia’s wines. Book: o book tickets or for more information contact Tara Wehrley on 071 266 0501 or visit their website.
Date: 3 September | Time: 16:00 – 18:00 | Venue: North Wharf Jetty, Marina Basin, V&A Waterfront | Cost: R400 per adult, R210 per child
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 R45
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: R60
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: R80
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
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. If you are lucky, you may even spot some dolphins or seals frolicking in the waves
- Enjoy spectacular views of Table Mountain from the upper deck of the ferry Visit the Robben Island 19th century Lighthouse; the only lighthouse in South Africa to use a flashing light instead of a revolving light
- Go inspect World War 2 canons
- Visit to the limestone quarry where Madiba, and so many others, crushed limestone
- Buy a souvenir at the Robben Island Curio shop
- Scout to see Several shipwrecks
- Highlight of the day is visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell
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 and 1pm – weather permitting. You can buy tickets online or in-person at the Robben Island Museum.
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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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