The cooler weather is setting in but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring the Mother City. Here are the top events of the month of May 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. 

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

Slave Route Challenge 2017

The 7th annual Slave Route Challenge is a unique event that sees participants partaking in a race through Cape Town, passing many significant landmarks from the city’s slave history. There are four challenges – a half-marathon, 10km run, 10km Big Walk, and 5km Fun Run – in order to incorporate the novice, the occasional walker, the intermediate runner and the avid runner. The race starts in Darling Street and ends at the Grand Parade.

Date: 14 May | Time: 07:00 | Venue: Darling Street | Cost: R30 – R155

Sensescapes at Cradle of Creativity

Sensescapes is a performance which proposes a choreographed, interactive and multi-sensory experience to babies 3-18 months old and their caretakers. It is conceived as an installation based environment, consisting of visual, tactile and auditory elements, which induces interplay of the audience’s physical movement and sensory input. The performance unfolds a series of carefully composed, interconnected events which aim to involve its audience, trigger their curiosity and encourage their agency in a landscape rich in stimuli.

Date: 24 – 25 May | Time: Tue 2pm, 3.30pm | Wed 10am, 11.30am, 2pm | Venue: Cape Town City Hall, Darling St | Cost: R75

V&A Waterfront

Incredible Illusions

Let your kids travel to an immersive paradise without going anywhere. Incredible Illusions is a 3D world of images created by 3D pavement artist, Kurt Wenner. Unlike traditional exhibitions where cameras aren’t allowed, Incredible Illusions is all about breaking from the norm, so make sure to bring the kids and a camera for an out of this world 3D image experience that will leave you and the kids captivated.

Date: on until 23 July | Time: 10:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Jubilee Hall | Cost:

                                                     Weekdays            Weekends / Holidays
Adult (18 years & older)           R135pp                         R180pp
Youth (6–17 years)                    R100pp                         R120pp
Child (5 years & under)            FREE                             FREE

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017

Immerse yourself for an hour or two this winter in the colourful images underwater then step below sea-level, meander over and between the ribs of the 18th Century Archaeology ruins, discover the story of the “Cape of Storms”.

Date: 1 May – 30 September | Time: 09:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum | Cost: FREE for Children {under 16 yrs} R 100 Adults R 70 Wild Card / Red Bus R 50 Seniors / Students Tickets 

Quay 4 2017 Battle of the Bands

Back by popular demand the Quay 4 Battle of the Bands is now open for 2017 entries.
Bands from all over the Cape will battle it out May to August, every Tuesday evening with the finale on 29th of August 2017! Quay 4 proudly supporting local music in with sponsorship Castle Lager, Paul Bothner & Wild & Marr.

Date: 2 May – 29 August | Time: 20:00 – 23:00 | Venue: Quay 4 Tavern

Women & Voices – Choir from Germany

The Women&Voices is a german community choir that was formed in 1999 in the city of Babenhausen. The choir presents diverse and outstanding choral repertoire for women, ranging from german nineteenth-century compositions to contemporary choral works, including pop songs.

Date: 3 May | Time: 17:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

WOOF Project

WOOF Project is an initiative of Oscars Arc, a NPO dedicated to inspiring dog adoption and save dogs’ lives. Through dynamic design, and offering the public a world-class, unrivalled dog adoption experience, WOOF Project aims to attract everyone who is in the market to acquire a dog as a pet. On location at WOOF 1, the public is invited to view exceptional, healthy shelter dogs and be inspired to adopt one through this WOOF Project. Every dog is microchipped, vaccinated and sterilized and ready to go upon a brief home check – and we guarantee and support the adoption for life.

Date: 5 – 14 May | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Nobel Square, V&A waterfront | Cost: N/A

Cradle of Creativity Easter Preview: When Lion Had Wings

Jungle Theatre Company presents When Lion Had Wings.  A style of theatre that is based in clowning, draws from different cultures and it ideal for a family audience.

Date: 6 May | Time: 14:00 – 15:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Ampitheatre | Cost: Donations

Transhumance – The sheep are in town

Reality meets fantasy in this wordless live installation that recreates a bucolic country scene in a typical urban setting. Travel to a strange and hilarious universe as CORPUS takes you through a carefully studied, surrealistic overview of sheep behaviour. A truly innovative performance twists reality in surprising ways and takes audience interaction to new heights.

Date: 20 May | Time: 14:00 – 15:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: N/A

Table Mountain Cableway

Kids Season

Explore the natural beauty and grace of Table Mountain with your children during the Cableway’s Kidz Season, when two kids ride for free with an adult who has purchased a return ticket online or from the Lower Cable Station.

This offer runs from May 1 to September 30 and is valid on weekends, public holidays, and during the June and July school holidays!

Your children can enjoy a day of fun, food and natural beauty atop Table Mountain, and even a kiddies’ treasure hunt.

Date: From 1 May | Time: Time: 08:30 – 17:30 | Venue: Lower Cable Station Ticket Office | Cost: 2 kids ride free with every adult return ticket

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

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.

Date: Daily | Time: 10:00, 11:00 & 14:00 | Venue: Kirstenbosch Garden ( gate 1 and gate 2 ) | Cost: Walks are free but Garden entry fees apply

The South African Society of Artists Exhibition at Kirstenbosch NBG

Liesl Hartman, Principal of the Peter Clarke Art Centre, Artist and curator will be opening the exhibition at 6pm on Wednesday 3rd May 2017.

Date: 3 – 14 May | Time: 10:00 – 17:30 | Venue: John Winter Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: free but Garden entry fees apply

Groot Constantia

Visitors Route Experience

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

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

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.

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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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