The Easter and School Holidays are upon us and we have found these amazing April Events on the Cape Town Big 7 attractions: Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, City Walk and Groot Constantia. 

V&A Waterfront

Easter time at the V&A Waterfront

It’s Easter time at the V&A Waterfront. Bring the family and follow the white rabbit to the V&A Amphitheatre as he gets hearts hopping and Bunny tails bopping over the Easter holidays. There will be Hip Hop, Eggsersize, Bunny tails and many more wonderful activities for the little ones to enjoy. There are also some great Easter give-aways and eggcellent prizes to be won. So moms and dads get cracking and eggspand your horizons, only at the V&A.

Time: 11pm – 11:45pm 12pm – 12:45pm 1pm –1:45pm 2pm – 2:45pm 3pm – 3:45pm 4pm – 4:45pm
31-Mar
Eggsersize with Bunny Bop Pin the tail on the Bunny Face painting Coloring in time Hip Hop with Bboy Bunny Story time with Bunny
1-Apr Eggsersize with Bunny Bop Pin the tail on the Bunny Face painting Coloring in time Hip Hop with Bboy Bunny Story time with Bunny
2-Apr Eggsersize with Bunny Bop Pin the tail on the Bunny Face painting Coloring in time Hip Hop with Bboy Bunny Story time with Bunny
3-Apr Eggsersize with Bunny Bop Pin the tail on the Bunny Face painting Coloring in time Hip Hop with Bboy Bunny Story time with Bunny
4-Apr Eggsersize with Bunny Bop Pin the tail on the Bunny Face painting Coloring in time Hip Hop with Bboy Bunny Story time with Bunny
5-Apr Eggsersize with Bunny Bop Pin the tail on the Bunny Face painting J Bird Band Hip Hop with Bboy Bunny Story time with Bunny
6-Apr Eggsersize with Bunny Bop Pin the tail on the Bunny Face painting Coloring in time Hip Hop with Bboy Bunny Story time with Bunny
7-Apr Eggsersize with Bunny Bop Pin the tail on the Bunny Face painting Coloring in time Hip Hop with Bboy Bunny Story time with Bunny
8-Apr Eggsersize with Bunny Bop Pin the tail on the Bunny Face painting Coloring in time Hip Hop with Bboy Bunny Story time with Bunny

Woof Project

Woof Project is ‘pop – up’ mobile dog adoption initiative by Oscars Arc, a NPO born to inspire dog adoption and to save dogs’ lives. WOOF Project invites you to pop by and meet these wonderful healthy shelter dogs and adopt one if you are ready to acquire a great dog. Those interested in adopting a dog complete a brief application and each dog is ready to go upon a brief home check. Every dog is microchipped, vaccinated and sterilized and WOOF Project also includes a Name Your Price Adoption Fee – and the guarantee that the adoption is a ‘perfect match’.

Date: 1 – 29 April | Time: o9:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Nobel Square | Cost: Free

JBird Music Live

10 JBird Music students tour Cape Town from the small town of Kokstad, KwaZulu Natal. Showcasing a wide repertoire of songs from old-school classics to current pop songs. The group boasts a fun, energetic stage presence and a contagious dynamic energy.

Date: 5 April | Time: 18:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Outdoor Silo District Concert | Mike Campbell Big Band

For over 20 years Mike Campbell has upheld the highest standards of big band music in the country. The MCBB has accompanied major South African artists such as Judith Sephuma, Mike  Gloria Bosman, Sibongile Khumalo, Gavin Minter, the late Winston Mankunku, Robbie Jansen and many others, and been the choice of visiting jazz performers from around the world. The 20 piece band features Cape Towns leading musicians who have a love and passion for Big Band Music.  The band has a diverse repertoire including classic big band jazz, latin, contemporary and indigenous South African music with arrangements by Professor Campbell.

Date: 6 April | Time: 18:30 – 20:00 | Venue: Silo District | Cost: Free

The Galileo Open-Air Cinema

At The Galileo, when the sun sets the stars really come out, with a glittering line-up of romantic comedies, cult classics, musicals, adventure sports and documentaries that let you cuddle up and be entertained.

So don’t delay, book today to reserve your seat among the stars.

Doors open at 6 pm, the movie starts 8 pm. | Cost: R89 – R175 | Tickets: http://thegalileo.co.za/buy-tickets/

5 April – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

12 April – The Best Of GoPro

19 April – The Beach

26 April – Blood Diamond

Whisky Live Celebration

The  Lookout hosts the Whisky Live Celebration from 6 – 8 April 2018, 18h00 until 22h00 daily! Expect a range of whiskies – from single malt Scotch to Blends, Bourbon to Irish – presented by knowledgeable and passionate whisky experts. Tickets are R200 online or R230 at the door (if the show is not sold out) and include 16 whisky tasting vouchers, a glass, a Consol Glass bottle of water and a complimentary cocktail from Consol’s whisky-inspired pop-up bar. Download the Whizzky app, answer a few questions and get five additional tasting vouchers on the night. Look out for great deals from Norman Goodfellows at the show!

Date: 12 – 14 April | Time: 18:00 – 22:00 | Venue: The Lookout, Granger Bay | Cost: R200 online (www.ticketpros.co.za), R230 at the door

A Night of Headliners

Cape Town Comedy Club is pleased to announce … A NIGHT OF HEADLINERS, brought to you by Savanna Premium Cider on Friday 13 April 2018

Prepare yourself for a real treat as FOUR top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only! KG, Dugald Pieterse, Mel Jones and Melt Sieberhagen as the MC. As usual, the line-up is subject to change.

Date: 13 April | Time: 20:30 | Venue: The Pumphouse | Cost: R190

JiangNing Arts Show

Preliminary Scheme of the 2018 Artistic Performance of China JiangNing Art Troupe to South Africa In order to promote the mutual reference of Chinese and South African civilization, the Ministry of Culture of China plan to send an Arts Troupe from JiangNing City of China, it is 16 artist to visit South Africa in late April and bring consummate-level variety show to the people of South Africa, so as to deepen the traditional friendship of each other.

Date: 21 April | Time: 14:30 – 15:00 | Venue: TBA | Cost: Free

Smart car presents: V&A Summer Sessions – Jimmy Nevis

A highlight on the events calendar in Cape Town is the V&A Waterfront’s Summer Concerts, presented by the new smart car, are back to liven up the summer. Taking place at the Amphitheatre, the musical event offers acoustic performances by well-known names against views of Table Mountain and the city – making this the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening.

Date: 29 April | Time: 19:00 – 20:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre, V&A Waterfront | Cost: Free

Free Astronomy Outreach

Astronomy is not only about star gazing, one can also view the sun, with sunspots, if any, through special telescope filters and can discuss our nearest star with any of the Cape Centre members. One can also calculate the distance from the earth to the sun by measuring the length of certain shadows. The moon (First Quarter) is also visible in the afternoons of our outreach days and becomes increasingly spectacular through a telescope as the night becomes darker. Approximately four billion years of astronomical history are etched on its battered surface which raises the question of why the earth does not appear to be so pitted with craters and dark volcanic ‘seas’. Lastly, there is usually at least one planet visible in the night sky, the most exciting being Jupiter with its four Galilean moons and Saturn with its rings.

Date: 25 February – 15 December | Time: 15:00 – 21:30 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Pierhead, between wooden deck & chess board | Cost: Free

Table Mountain Cableway

Find the Easter Bunny and his magical friends at the Cableway
Hatch a plan to make your way up Table Mountain for an egg-cellent time this Easter. The Easter Bunny and his magical friends invite families to join them at the Cableway’s Lower and Upper Stations for adventure filled outdoor fun from Friday 30 March until Monday 2 April 2018.

Young visitors will receive an activity book. Buskers, magicians and face painters will also join in the fun on 30 March, 31 March and 2 April from 10am to 2pm.
Get Ready for the 3-For-1 Kidz Season Special at Cableway
Calling all South Africans – Table Mountain Cableway’s 3-for-1 Kidz Season special returns on Friday, 27 April and runs until Monday, 24 September 2018!

Now available every day of the week for South Africans only, the special sees two children under 18 years of age riding for free, with every adult return ticket purchased at the special Kidz Season rate of R250 at the Lower Station Ticket Office or online here.

Parents purchasing tickets must ensure they have their valid South African ID or ID number on hand.

All young explorers will receive a treasure hunt map, as well as vouchers for the Shop at the Top and Table Mountain Café.

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.

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 R80

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: R125

Visitors Route Experience

Enjoy the new Visitor Route Experience where one ticket gives you entrance to 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.

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: R30 return Child ticket, R70 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

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 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm – weather permitting. You can buy tickets online or in-person at the Robben Island Museum.

Groot Constantia

Visitors Route Experience

Enjoy the new Visitor Route Experience where one ticket gives you entrance to 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 R80

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: R125

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

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

It’s that time of the year again where we look forward to ending off the weekends with music that satisfies the most diverse tastes in the spectacularly beautiful Kirstenbosch Garden. Meet with friends and family, gather your picnic baskets and blankets to enjoy the floral heritage and the mountain and let the music end your weekend on a high note.

PLEASE NOTE WHEN BOOKING TICKETS ONLINE: Only Tickets via WebTickets are legitimate tickets, please do not purchase tickets from any other websites as it may be a scam.

1 April: Kahn Morbee & Karen Zoid

6 April: Morcheeba
Woodturners Art Exhibition
The Western Cape Woodturners  Association (WCWA) will once again be demonstrating their skills and artistry over the Easter weekend at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.  A number of pieces turned during the demonstrations will be available for visitors to take home, in exchange for a donation to a good cause.

Date: 30 March – 2 April | Time: 09:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Old Mutual Conference Centre (Gate 1) | Cost: Free
Oyama Bonsai Kai Show
During Easter this year once again Oyama Bonsai Kai will be proudly displaying our members’ bonsai trees at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The Oyama Bonsai Kai Easter Show has become a highlight of the local bonsai calendar and is eagerly anticipated by the local bonsai community. One of the unique features of the shows is the center piece display which changes every year to bring variety and a different flavor to the way the trees are showed. There are daily demonstrations and workshops as well as a very comprehensive educational display area and this year we have included a section on how to be water wise while growing Bonsai.  A well-stocked sales area with trees, pots and tools will also be available to provide excellent choices of material for both beginner and advanced growers.

Date: 30 March – 2 April | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Richards Crowie Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: The Exhibition is free but Garden entrance fees apply.
Wednesday talk with Carol Poole
The Karoo BioGaps Project makes species data available to support decision making – learn how you can help

Date: 4 April | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Richards Crowie Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: Garden entry fees apply. Adults: R65 – SA Students (with card): R35 – Children (6 – 17 years): R15 BOTSOC members: Free
Nature’s Treasure Box Holiday Art Workshop
Our very popular Nature’s Treasure Box Holiday Art workshop for 6 – 9 year olds will take place  at the Gold Fields Education Centre at Kirstenbosch on Thursday 5th April, during the easter holiday break. Children will play games, listen to stories and enjoy a fun walk in the garden, before painting their own box and putting some of nature’s special treasures into it. Please contact us to book as early as possible, as this workshop usually fills up fast.

Date: 5 April | Time: 09:00 – 13:00 | Venue: Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre | Cost: R60.00 per child. Pre-booking and pre-payment are essential. Nazeerah van Niekerk on 021 799 8670 or n.vanniekerk@sanbi.org.za

The Galileo Open-Air Cinema

At The Galileo, when the sun sets the stars really come out, with a glittering line-up of romantic comedies, cult classics, musicals, adventure sports and documentaries that let you cuddle up and be entertained.

So don’t delay, book today to reserve your seat among the stars.

Doors open at 6 pm, the movie starts 8 pm. | Cost: R89 – R175 | Tickets: http://thegalileo.co.za/buy-tickets/

4 April: The Sound of Music

11 April: Before Sunrise

13 April: Friday the 13th

18 April: The Danish Girl

25 April: Sixteen Candles

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

Good Company Sunday Market

Bring the family to this weekly contemporary outdoor market in the heart of the Cape Town CBD.

Date: Every Sunday | Time: 10:00 – 15:00 | Venue: Paddock Avenue, Company’s Garden | Cost: Free Entry

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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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