The month of love has arrived! Here are the Top Events at the Cape Town Big 7 this February: Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, City Walk and Groot Constantia.

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

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

Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Investec Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, driven by the top galleries on the African continent. Thanks to its diverse cultural heritage and geographic beauty, Cape Town is a compelling destination for both art world professionals and collectors alike.

Date: 16 – 18 February | Time: 11:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Convention Square, Long Street | Cost: Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/2o8mAvS.

Open Streets Main Road

Building on the successful Open Streets Main Road on 1 October 2017, a second Open Streets Day is planned along the same route on Sunday 25 February 2018. We aim to take feedback and lessons learned the first time around, to further test the feasibility of a regular network of longer road closures in Cape Town.

Date: 25 February | Time: 09:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Main Road between Observatory and the City Centre | Coast: 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

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.

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/

7 February – The Time Traveler’s Wife
9 February – Ghost
21 February – Before the Flood
28 February – The Lion  King

Wednesday talk with Marijke Honig

Marijke will deal with what climate change means for gardeners and what the future gardens will look like. This talk explores ways to rethink current practises and create resilient urban gardens.

Date: 7 February | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Richard Crowie Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: Garden entry fees apply. Adults: R65 – SA Students (with card): R35 – Children (6 – 17 years): R15 BOTSOC members: Free

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.

Date: Weekdays & Saturdays | Time: 10:00 | 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

Moyo Valentine’s Day

Celebrate Valentines Day in Moyo style! Spoil your loved one with a complimentary welcome drink and soulful live entertainment. Bookings essential.

Date: 14 February | Time: 19:00 | Venue: Moyo Kirstenbosch | Cost: R395 per person

Bird Walks

A leisurely walk through the various habitats of Kirstenbosch will take us to areas where we hope to see some of the common and less common birds in these magnificent gardens. Some of the specials we hope to see are Lemon Dove, Cape Batis, Swee Waxbill, Forest Canaries and many more.

Date: 21 February | Time: 08:00 – 10:00 | Venue: Meet at Gate 1 | Cost: Walks are free but garden entrance fee applies if you do not have a South African Botanical Society Membership card

Wednesday Talk with Paul Paarman

Paul Paarman is a Landscape/ ecologist and will be talking about Grey Water.

Date: 21 February | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Richard Crowie Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: Garden entry fees apply. Adults: R65 – SA Students (with card): R35 – Children (6 – 17 years): R15 BOTSOC members: Free

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

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.

 

Table Mountain Cableway

Valentine’s Day on Table Mountain
Fancy stealing a kiss or three from your significant other atop Table Mountain as you watch the sun sink into the Atlantic Ocean this Valentine’s Day? The Cableway Sunset Special will get you to the view, for half the price.

This deal, available to South African locals only, is valid from 6pm daily with a ticket costing you R137,50 return. For lovers who would like to join the Ticket Holders’ Queue upon arrival, Sunset Special tickets are available online here. Remember to have all ticket holders’ valid South African ID(s) or ID number(s) on hand when booking.

Picnic and a bottle of the best in hand, let the 360-degree beauty of Cape Town make your Valentine’s Day one to remember.

If you want to pack light and get something on top of the mountain, a variety of food and drink options will be available from the Table Mountain CaféTerrace Bar and Wi-Fi Lounge.

Be sure to look out for the Valentine’s Day special at the Table Mountain Café. R120 will get you and your loved one four chocolate truffles and a glass of Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc each. This special will be on from 12 February until 18 February.

The last cable car up is at 7.30pm, and the last down is at 8.30pm. For anyone not able to make a Valentine’s Day summit, the Sunset Special is available until Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

Sunset Special

This just in – the Cableway’s awe-inspiring half-price Sunset Special returns from 1 November 2017, and this year it’s for locals only!

– Locals only: Your valid SA ID gets you 50% off the Cableway ticket, a five-minute ride in a state-of-the-art cable car, and access to the summit of Table Mountain and the opportunity to see the most spectacular sunset views of Cape Town.

– Buy anytime: Take your SA ID along to the Ticket Office any time of the day to purchase your half-price tickets and use them from 6 pm onwards.You can also book your half-price Sunset Special tickets online at www.tablemountain.net.

– Costs to know: Adults pay half price, at R137.50 per ticket.Children pay half price at R67.50 per ticket (Children do not need an ID number to qualify for this special).

The fine print:

– This not-to-be-missed half-price deal is available from November 1 to December 17, 2017, and again from January 4 to February 28, 2018.

– it is not advisable to use the free park-and-ride MyCiTi bus service for the Sunset Special, as the bus service runs until 7 pm only.

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.

V&A Waterfront

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Summer Attraction

Ripley’s  Believe It Or Not! Comes To The V&A Waterfront The Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!’s Summer Attraction is the hottest ticket in Cape Town this season and opens to the public on 1 October 2016 at the V&A Waterfront.

Date: Until 31 March 2018 | Time: 09:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Clock Tower | Cost: R150 – R175

Free Outdoor Concert | Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing at a free concert in the Silo District at the V&A Waterfront (near the Zeitz MOCAA museum)

Get the weekend off to a perfect start and come and check it out. There are also some great restaurants and bars to check out, including the Yard, Si Cantina Sociale and the Radisson Red.

Date: 2 February | Time: 19:00 | 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.

The doors swing open every Thursday at the V&A Waterfront at 6 pm onto a festive market of mouth-watering artisanal food and drinks on sale, interactive games, lively music and an unforgettable vibe. It’s the perfect setting (and excuse) for a memorable evening with friends, a ridiculously romantic date, intimate birthday party or work social. 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: thegalileo.co.za/buy-tickets

1 February – Walk The Line
8 February – The Proposal
15 February – The Notebook
22 February – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Pigcasso

PIGCASSO is the first non-human being in the world to headline her own exhibition.

Visit! OINK -the pop-up pink exhibition at the V&A waterfront as she aims to highlight the effect of animal agriculture on the Plant and inspire change!

Date: Until 5 March | Time: N/A | Venue: Clock Tower Square | Cost: Free

Take the Stage: Sonik Citizen

Sonik Citizen is a lyrical soul-rock trio fresh on the music scene, formed by multi-award winning artist, Mark Fransman. At its core, Sonik Citizen is a “soul-blues” inspired entity, with a strong groove and dynamic live show. The band is made up ofHolding down the groove is bass player Gino Ackerman and celebrated drummer Paul Tizzard.  Mark Fransman leads from the front with his unique soul-blues inspired voice, incredible guitar skills and all-round musicianship. The individual members of this band have graced every important stage in South Africa and toured the world extensively.

Date: 3 February | Time: 19:00 – 20:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Anti-Valentines Day Comedy Show

Having made it to the list of “8 anti-Valentine’s activities in Cape Town” (rated by lack of romance) by Eat Out Magazine in 2015, Cape Town Comedy Club once again brings you our annual Anti-Valentines Comedy Show on Wednesday 14 February 2018! Get your tickets at Computicket.

Date: 14 February | Time: Show starts at 20:30 | Venue: The Pumphouse | Cost: R120

Valentine’s Concert by Heavenly Quartez

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special, outdoor concert at beautiful V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre featuring Heavenly Quartez on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 7 – 8 p.m. The concert celebrates the group’s 10th Anniversary of performing. Classical Crossover hits, Opera masterpieces and everything from Il Divo to pop standards. Everyone is welcome and the concert is free of charge.

Date: 14 February | Time: 19:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Have a heart for children with cancer

Join  CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation in the V&A Waterfront on 15 February opposite the Big Wheel. Show your support by wearing our badges, or please buy a delicious heart shaped chocolate

Date: 15 February | Time: 09:00 – 12:00 | Venue: Opposite the Big Wheel, next to Ferryman’s | Cost: Free

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 16 February 2018.

Prepare yourself for a real treat as FOUR top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only! Lateef Lovejoy (UK), Mel Jones Dylan Skews and Kurt Schoonraad as the MC. As usual, the line-up is subject to change.

Date: 16 February | Time: Show starts at 20:30 | Venue: The Pumphouse | Cost: R120

Take the Stage: Wandile Mambeni

Wandile Mbambeni was born and raised in the Eastern Cape. The initial stages of Wandile’s musical journey wasn’t easy as he found himself backpacking from friend to friend, sleeping on couches as he searched for opportunities on the Cape Town music scene. However, it didn’t take too long before he found his way. Over the past two years, the 24-year-old has played at some of the biggest music festivals in South Africa, including Rocking the Daisies and the Richmond Hill Music Festival. A big accolade was being voted as one of the top 20 performances at last year’s Rocking the Daisies event, which included over 270 acts. He has also released two EPs, including “Matura- tion” which has dropped in April 2017. Award-Winning music blog Texx in the City also rated “Lovers Like You” as one of the top 20 South African songs of 2016, describing the hit as “a textbook case of ending beauty in the simplicity of the quieter moments.

Date: 17 February | Time: 19:00 – 20:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

African Rhythm Fundraising Concert

African Rhythm is touring the USA in June 2018 and they are presenting a fundraising concert at to cover some of the cost of tour
Our music is fresh, soulful, music change the usual run of mill rappers and DJs who currently dominates the music scene. We play real acoustic instruments and we play them well”, says band leader Eric Thoka. Their instrumental array includes voice, flute, trumpet, and a rich variety of percussion instruments: various kinds of shakers, bells, marimba, djembe, clapping, foot tapping and whistling.

Date: 23 February | Time: TBA | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Smart Car presents: V&A Summer Sessions – Gangs of Ballet

Five times SAMA nominated and MTV MAMA Award-winning band Gangs of Ballet comprises of three musicians and friends. Each accomplished musicians in their own rights, the Durban-based band’s members have combined their various individual tastes and styles to create a sound that is captivatingly fresh.

Date: 24 February | Time: 19:00 – 20:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | 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

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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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