We are gearing up for Summer in the City and the end of the year and have some 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. Here are our top events for November:
Half-price Summer Sunset Special
Nothing heralds the start of the summer season in Cape Town quite like the Cableway’s ever-popular, half-price Sunset Special.
From 1 November to 18 December 2016, and again from 4 January to 28 February 2017, locals and visitors can enjoy spectacular sunset views of the Mother City from the summit of Table Mountain at a discounted price.
Dates: 1 November to 18 December 2016 and 4 January to 28 February 2017 | Venue: Lower Cable Station Office | Cost: R127.50 per adult and R62.50 per child.
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
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
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.
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 starting 20 November with Jimmy Nevis!
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The Kirstenbosch Experience: Unique, Remarkable, Fascinating. Join special THEME WALKS with the Garden Guides on Saturday mornings. Novembers Theme is Summer Wonders
5 November: 09:30 – 11:00 Kirstenbosch Trees: Giants, Gems and their Stories with Dot Malan
12 November: 09:30 – 11:00 Spines, Thorns and Prickles: Nature’s Armed Response with Natie Finkelstein
19 November: 09:30 – 11:00 A Wild Walk in the Forest with Steph Saunders
Please note: Walks are free but garden entrance fees apply.
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
2 November: About Time
9 November: The Godfather
16 November: Mamma Mia!
23 November: I Am
30 November: Lucy
Collecting for Kew: Francis Masson at the Cape. Expeditions and excursions by one of His Majesty’s Gardeners.
9 November: What’s in a name? Tales of Triumph and tribulation collecting plants at the Cape with Mary van Blommestein.
Date: 9 & 23 November | 10:30am – 11:30am | Venue: John Winter Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.
Date: 23 November | Time capsules for conservation: Kew SANBI collecting plants at the Cape with Julia September
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.
15 November: 8:00am – 10:00am | 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.
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. If you are lucky, you may even spot some dolphins or seals frolicking in the waves
- Enjoy spectacular views of Table Mountain from the upper deck of the ferry Visit the Robben Island 19th century Lighthouse; the only lighthouse in South Africa to use a flashing light instead of a revolving light
- Go inspect World War 2 canons
- Visit to the limestone quarry where Madiba, and so many others, crushed limestone
- Buy a souvenir at the Robben Island Curio shop
- Scout to see Several shipwrecks
- Highlight of the day is visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell
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 and 1pm – weather permitting. You can buy tickets online or in-person at the Robben Island Museum.
TopDog – V&A Waterfront Summer Sessions presented by SMART
Long established and a firm favourite with locals and visitors to Cape Town, the V&A Waterfront’s Summer Concerts, presented by Mercedes Benz, are back to liven up the warm Cape Town summer. Taking place at the Amphitheatre, these acoustic performances featuring well-known names offer great views, great music and the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening on the water’s edge Headline Act: TopDog
Date: 5 November | Time: 19h00 – 20h00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
The Galileo Open Air Cinema
The Galileo Open Air Cinema is back for another magical summer of cinematic delights under the stars at the V&A Waterfront every Thursday! Get your tickets and line-up here.
Date: Every Thursday | Time: 18h00 -22h00 | Venue: Croquet Lawn | Cost: From R79
Take the Stage – Njabulo Nzuza
Providing a platform for emerging South African musicians and musical ensembles to showcase their talent, emerging artists will take to the stage from October to November for a series of free-to-attend performances at the V&A Amphitheatre.
Date: 12 November | Time: 18h00 – 19h50 | Venue: V&A Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Take the Stage – Germaine Leonard Band
Gavin Leonard (born September 29, 1991 Cape Town South Africa) is a smooth/ Afro jazz guitarist often compared to Jonathan Butler Norman Brown and George Benson. Germaine was raised in Cape Town Manenberg and began playing the guitar at age 13 undertaking lessons from his grandfather when his father gave him his first guitar.
Date: 12 November | Time: 19h00 -20h00 | Venue: V&A Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Opposite the other – V&A Waterfront Summer Sessions presented by SMART
Opposite The Other are an alternative-pop band currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. In January 2016, the band self-released their first song‘ Ride Away’ and it organically made it’s way into the Spotify Global 50 Viral Chart, peaking at number 8 in the Global chart and notably making its way into the top 10 in the US and top 5 in both Australia and New Zealand.
Date: 13 November | Time: 18h30 – 19h00 | Venue: V&A Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Daniel Baron – V&A Waterfront Summer Sessions presented by SMART
Daniel Baron is a South African award-winning and chart-topping/singer and pop/rock/dance artist with an astounding 10 radio hits & a number 1 off his debut album ‘It’s Time’ released in 2012. His sophomore album ‘Apollo ‘ was released in 2015, yielding another string of number 1 hit with ‘Say What You Want’ , a collaboration with Afrikaans super-group ADAM.
Date: 19 November | Time: 19h00 -20h00 | Venue: V&A Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Hope Pageants International
Hope Pageants International gives teens and women the opportunity to make a difference and empower communities. The contestants are from various countries representing their own projects that made a difference in their country this year.
Date: 26 November | Time: 19h00 – 21h00 | Venue: V&A Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
The Flying Dutchman Funicular
Ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular up to the viewing point below the old lighthouse.
To make the most of your experience, download the free audio tour here. From 26 November, for 20 days, Cape Point will be counting down to the 20th birthday of the Flying Dutchman funicular so look out for great daily specials, deals or even giveaways.
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 R125 for the card; a South African ID document; 2 ID photographs and proof of residence. Learn more here
Be entertained by buskers, dancers, marimba bands, games and more in the Company’s Garden and surrounds. This month, Cape Town Embrace will be presenting a range of kiddies’ activities, so be sure to bring the whole family.
Date: 19 November | Time: 10:00 – 14:00 | Venue: The Company’s Garden, St George’s Mall & Waterkant Street | Cost: Free
This 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. Find out more here
Date: 3 November | Time: 17:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Cape Town CBD | Cost: Free
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 R45
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: R60
4 delectable chocolates paired with 4 of their award winning wines.
Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: R80
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
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
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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.