Plan your winter weekends and holidays 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. Here are our top events for August:
The Annual Maintenance on the Table Mountain Cableway will be complete on the 7th of August and will reopen on Monday the 8th of August (weather dependant).
Two kids go free during Cableway’s Kidz Season
The special sees two kids under 18 years ride for free (normal child rate R115) when an adult return ticket is purchased for R240 at the Lower Cable Station Ticket Office. Children will receive a treasure hunt map at the Ticket Office and vouchers to get fun freebies and sweet treats at both the Shop at the Top and at the Table Mountain Café. This 3-for-1 Kidz Season offer is valid on weekends, public holidays and during the June school holidays.
Date: 1 May – 30 Sept | Time: Operating Hours | Venue: Lower Cable Station Ticket Office | Cost: R240 for an adult return ticket |Weather Permitting
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.
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: 4 August | Time: 08:30 – 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
Celebrating Womans Day with Moyo Restaurant
Celebrating the strength and beauty of the African women at Moyo Restaurant at Kirstenbosch Garden. Bookings are essential: 021 762 9585 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 9 August | Time: 09:00 – 16:00 | Venue: Moyo Restaurant | Cost: Breakfast is R 99 per adult , R 49 for kids aged between 5 and 11 years.Lunch is R 245 per adult , R 125 for kids between 5 and 11 years , mahala for kids 5 years and younger. Senior citezen’s get a 30 % discount. . Please note that Kirstenbosch Garden entry fees are not included in these fees and are still payable at the gate.
Wednesday Talk with Prof. Gavin Maneveld
This talk highlights the common seaweeds along the Cape Peninsula and comments on their many users.
Date: 10 August | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: John Winter Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.
The Theme for August is Winter Brilliance.
13 August: Truculent Succulents: How they defeat the Heat. A walk through the Glass House | Ann MaGregor
20 August: The Amazing shapes and sizes of Pods, Seeds and fruits. | Pat Bowerbank
27 August: Weird & Wonderful pollination Strategies | Gill Adlard
Dates: 13, 20 & 27 August | Time: 09:30 – 11:00 | Venue: Visitors Centre (Gate 1). | Cost: Walks are free but garden entrance fees apply
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.
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
Jeremy Olivier, Judith Sephuma & Camillo Lombard: The triad of performances ends on an extremely high note with Judith Sephuma and Camillo Lombard on Wednesday, 18 August. These acclaimed giants of the jazz genre require little introduction, and with Sephuma’s spectacular vocal range and Lombard keyboard genius, the audience can expect pure musical magic on the night. Book tickets here
Date: 18 August | Time: 19:00 – 21:30 | Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum | Cost: R175 per person
Creative Exchange at the V&A Watershed
On Thursday 25 August, the Watershed will transform into a Creative Exchange from 6pm onwards, with speed-dating style skill sharing sessions, art installations and exhibitions, and self-guided Meet-the-Maker opportunities throughout the venue.
Date: 25 August | Time: 18:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Watershed | Cost: Free
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
26 August – Launch Night: Restroscope (American Graffiti 1973)
27 August – Brave (2012)
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 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: 4 August | Time: 17:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Cape Town CBD | Cost: Free
Open Design Festival
The Open Design Cape Town Festival is an inclusive festival of ideas that showcases the role of design and innovation in solving problems and improving lives. It features events that are relevant for people from all communities and all walks of life, from design professionals in all disciplines; to students, learners, educators and parents; and those who are simply curious about design and want to see how it can be used to mobilise social change and transformation.
Date: 10 – 21 August | See their website for full itinerary: www.opendesignct.com
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
What are your favourite Cape Town events?
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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.