We are marching towards summer in the Mother City!  Here are the Top Events at the Cape Town Big 7 this November: 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: 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

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

Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome

The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is a space of innovation, exploration and discovery; where art, science and entertainment meet ̶ creating a new platform for artistic production, an e-Research centre and sheer entertainment facility.

This new full dome theatre will provide unequalled edutainment, making virtual travel to explore the universe, the inner working of the human body, the intricacies of atomic and chemical structures possible, or just providing animation and 360° cinema for sheer entertainment.

Cost: Adults (19 years and older) R60 & Children, students and SA Pensioners R30

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Wednesday Talks with Clare Burgess

Speaker: Clare Burgess. Travels with a landscape architect – art in the landscape: From Moore to Martins – a presentation of outdoor sculptures and artworks from around the World.

Date: 1 November | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Richard Crowie Hall | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.

Original Cape Art

Original Cape Art will be exhibiting the contemporary paintings of 21 South African artists.

Date: 6 – 16 November | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Richard Crowie Hall | Cost: he Exhibition is free but garden entrance fees apply.

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.

11 & 12 November: Yusuf Cat Stevens (SOLD OUT)
19 November: Ismaël Lô (SEN)
26 November: Zakes Bantwini

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/

22 November: Inception

29 November: Pretty Woman

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

Wednesday Talk with Duncan Butchart

Wildlife of the Okavango Delta-a visual journey to this virtually pristine wilderness in northern Botswana

Date: 15 November | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Richard Crowie Hall | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.

Bird Walk

Meet at Gate 1 (where Vida Cafe and the large shop are). 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 more.

Date: 21 November | Time: 08:00 – 11:00 | Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden | Cost: Bird Walks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.

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 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

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

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 6pm 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 7pm 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

Future Park

Let your creativity send you across boundaries between art, science, and technology

Date: 23 September – 31 January 2018 | Time: 10:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Watershed | Cost:
R130 per person (all ages – children under one year free), R460 for four tickets.

TICKETS: Computicket

Outdoor Concert Silo District: Swing City & Sterling EQ

Two of South Africa’s top live acts celebrate summer on 03 November 2017 with a FREE concert at the new cultural and social hub of Cape Town – The Silo!

Date: 3 November | Time: 18:30 – 20:30 | Venue: Silo District | Cost: Free

Take the Stage: The Little Giants

The group consists of 16 young musicians, aged between 15 and 22 years, from the townships of the Cape Flats and beyond, who have bonded due to their youthful enthusiasm and shared cultural experiences. Their first big event after the 2000 Jazzathon was as an open act for the “African Piano” event, which featured Bheki Mseleku and Mervyn Africa at the Baxter Theatre in 2000.

Date: 5 November | Time: 19:00 – 20:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Gift of Voice

Choirs of delightful young voices will ring out across the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre this November in a battle to win the coveted title and grand prize in the third annual Gift of Voice competition. Featuring performances from 10 junior and senior choirs from primary schools around the peninsula, school choirs will perform in front of a three-judge panel and will be marked on the quality and preparedness of their performance, with the aim of winning a voucher from sponsor Mars Music for their school, worth R20 000.

Date: 6 – 10 November | Time: 18:30 – 20:30 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Take the Stage: Manny Walters Trio

Manny Walters is a distinct South African singer-songwriter with influences rooted deeply in rhythm and blues, rock and soul music. Manny describes his sound as ‘electric rhythm & blues/garage soul’, but, whatever designation you choose to apply, one thing is clear – his music stands unique with Manny, its authenticity and gravitas. Influenced by Richie Havens, Prince, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Tracy Chapman and Sly Stone, Walters delivers his socially conscious and poised lyricism with timeless passion that captivates the listener. Manny has previously released his debut EP ”Anecdotes” and has a new album in production. He is joined by Asher Gamedze on Drums and Eugene Ackerman on the bass guitar.

Date: 11 November | Time: 19:00 – 20:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Fresh Holiday Panda Chengdu Show

Prelimenary Scheme of the 2017 Artistic Performance of China Cheng Du Panda 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 Cheng Du City of China. 18 artist will visit South Africa and Mozambique in Early Nov and bring consummate-level variety show to the people of South Africa and Mozambique, so as to deepen the traditional friendship of each other.

Date: 12 November | Time: 14:30 – 17:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Volvo Ocean Race 2017 Cape Town Stopover

For the eleventh time, the V&A will be hosting the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) in Cape Town. The 17 day event is a platform to showcase the South African Maritime and Ocean sectors to both local and international audiences.

Date: 24 November – 10 December | Time: TBC | Venue: Throughout the V&A Waterfront  | 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: http://thegalileo.co.za/buy-tickets/

16 November: Hitch

23 November: Charlie’s Angels

30 November: Titanic

Take the Stage: Flying Buntu Band

‘Flying Bantu’ is an Afro-Fusion band from Victoria Falls Zimbabwe. The band is eager to express its warm Jazzy sound, with a distinct traditional Zimbabwean signature. Flying Buntu’s unique sound also embodies flavours of rock, reggae, funk and jazz.

Date: 24 November | Time: 19:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

Take the Stage: Sweet Resistance

Tash is a Canadian born and bred “Rocker Girl”. At age 18 she relocated to Cape Town, South Africa. After five years of paying her dues in the local blues & cover circuit, she is set to take the main stage and introduce her new band, The Sweet Resistance.

Date: 26 November | Time: 19:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

The Innovation Station: Ocean Plastics

The See Saw Do Innovation Station is an interactive platform that introduces and explore various tools and materials to innovate and create with.

Date: 28 November – 3 December | Time: 10:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre | 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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