Happy New Year! Start the new year off with a bang 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. 

Table Mountain Cableway

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.

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

4 January: Charlies Angels
11 January: Boyhood
18 January: Reel Rock 11
25 January: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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: 2 – 7 January | 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.

Tuesday 3rd January starting at 8:30am led by Linda Hibbin.

Wednesday 18th January starting at 4:00pm led by Felicity Ellmore

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: 5 January  | Time: 17:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Church Square | 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

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

V&A Waterfront

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: 3 November 2016 – 17 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

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/
5 January: Lord of the Flies
12 January: Matrix Reloaded
19 January: (500) Days of Summer
26 January: Birdman

Mpho Uvemba V&A Waterfront Summer Sessions presented by SMART

Popular  Afro-Jazz  band Mpho &  Uvimba was  formed  in  1994  and  its members  all  hail  from  Guguletu  and  Nyanga townships in Cape Town. The 7-piece band which initialy performed under the name “Mpho and Friends”, is headed by well-known Jazz singer Mpho  Methane, who  has  performed  with  Stimela, Women Unite,  Rebecca  Malope,  Jonathan  Butler,  an others. In 1998 the group was selected as the best Afro Jazz band in Cape Town by a Danish radio station which visited South africa  to  record  some  local  groups.

Date: 1 January  | Time 21:00 – 01:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Monark – V&A Waterfront Summer Sessions presented by SMART

Without a doubt one of the most exciting to break out from 2013, Monark are changing the face of pop music in South Africa. Mixing Eugene Coetzer’s uniquely character vocal delivery polished with its distinctive falsetto and Ewald Jansen van Renerberg’s unmatched, global production style, Monark craft songs rich in meaning and soul stirring hooks.

Date: 6 January  | Time 21:00 – 01:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Black South Easter – Take the stage

Black   South   Easter   is   a   well-established   band   based   in   Cape   Town   that   fuses elements of African music, Funk, Blues, Jazz and Reggae. With infectious grooves and   soaring   melodies,   the   band’s   live   shows   generate   a   powerful   energy   that transports their audience from the calm to the heart of the storm.

Date: 7 January  | Time 21:00 – 01:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Jazzathon

Cape Town Carnival strives to be a sustainable street parade that showcases and celebrates the diversity of Cape Town and South Africa. Cape Town Carnival will be showcasing some of their most exciting acts in the lead time to the annual showcase. Catch a glimpse of the best Cape Town has to offer at the Waterfront’s Amphitheatre

Date: 12 – 15 January  | Time TBA | Venue: V&A Waterfront | Cost: Free

Cape Town Carnival Teaser Shows

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

14 January 16:00 – 17:00
21 January 17:00 – 18:00
29 January 16:00 – 17:00

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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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