As we march towards Summer, the Cape Town Big 7 team encourages all to continue to use water sparingly. Here are the Top Events at the Cape Town Big 7 this October: Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, City Walk and Groot Constantia.
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
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 October | 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 edu-tainment, 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
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 Grant Taylor
“This talk will go through the hydroponic ideology, history, pros and cons, and some examples of hydroponics”
Date: 4 October | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Gate 1 | Cost: Garden entry fees apply. Adults: R65 – SA Students (with card): R35 – Children (6 – 17 years): R15 BOTSOC members: Free
Wednesday talk with Joey Hulbert
Citizens science and fynbos plant disease
Date: 18 October | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Gate 1 | Cost: Garden entry fees apply. Adults: R65 – SA Students (with card): R35 – Children (6 – 17 years): R15 BOTSOC members: Free
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.
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
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
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
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: 11:00 – 22:00
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.
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.
Let your creativity send you across boundaries between art, science, and technology
Date: Until 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.
Come have fun and glide with us at Fantasy Skate, the first outdoor synthetic ice rink in South Africa now located on the wharf at the V&A Waterfront, Pierhead.
Date: Until 31 October | Time: 11am-6pm week days & 10am-7pm weekends | Venue: On the wharf, Pierhead Deck | Cost:R30 per person for a 20minute slot
Ultimate VR Helicopter Pilot Experience
Ever wondered what it feels like to settle in behind the controls of the futuristic Airbus H120 Helicopter and taking it for a quick action packed flip over the Mother City? Now you can experience this through the latest VR technology that Cape Town Helicopters have combined with an actual Airbus H120 Helicopter shell that you get into for this thrilling ride.
Date: Until 31 March 2018 | Time: 09:00 – 21:00 | Venue: V & A Waterfront | Cost: R80 pp (all ages)
Grifizzi Brothers Animal-Free Circus
The star cast of performers hail from South Africa and abroad and transport the audience through a magical world of song, acrobatics, drumming, Argentinian boladeros, contortion and a mesmerizing quick-change act.
Date: Until 10 October | Time: Monday – Saturday: 10h00 | 14h00 | 18h00. Sunday: 10h00 | Venue: V & A Waterfront | Cost: R 120.00
Cape Town Busker Festival 2017
The Cape Town Buskers Festival will be returning to the V&A Waterfront from 5 to 8 October 2017. Forming part of the annual Cape Town Fringe Festival, the Buskers Festival will bring international and local performers, singers, dancers, clowns, mimes, illusionists and more into the popular V&A Waterfront across four stages and over 80 performances for crowd-funded theatre at its best.
Date: 5 – 8 October | Time: 13h00 – 19h30 | Venue: Amphitheatre, Nobel Square, Clock Tower, NSRI tree, Silo district | Cost: Free
Blessing of the fishing fleet festival
This Annual Festival is a Cultural Appreciation event for the whole family, packed with all things Portuguese: Food, Culture and Music. Tuna Rolls, Prego Rolls, Malassadas will be on sale. Folk Dancing and Live Bands to entertain. Sunday Morning commences with a Holy Mass, followed by the Blessing of the Boats and then a Boat Procession out to Sea. Come enjoy the Festivities as mentioned above.
Date: 7 – 8 October | Time: 11:00 on Saturday & 10:30 on Sunday | Venue: Jetty 2, V&A Waterfront | Cost: Adults – R30. Children under 12 – R20.
Crazy for Walking
Crazy for Walking is doing something crazy – walking 1,500 km, in an effort to de-stigmatize the word “crazy” associated with mental illness.
Date: 10 October | Time: 09h00 – 11h00| Venue: Nobel Square, V&A Waterfront | 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 13 October 2017.Prepare yourself for a real treat as FOUR top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only! Martin Evans, Conrad Koch (Chester Missing), KG and Kurt Schoonraad as the MC. As usual, the line-up is subject to change.From October, we have the pleasure of introducing LIVE video mixing performed by SA Hip Hop DJ, DJ Azuhl!Tickets are R190 (includes a free Savanna for all and a video mix tape CD on arrival for the first 100 guests) and available from any Computicket outlet or Shoprite, Checkers stores.
Date: 13 October | Time: 8.30pm, dinner from 6pm | Venue: V&A Waterfront | Cost: R190
Take the Stage: Brynn
BRYNN is an alternative folk-rock act based in Cape Town. The band consists of musicians Hezron Chetty on violin, David van Vuuren (Southern Wild) on lead guitar and backing vocals, Alex Smillie (Southern Wild) on bass, Jules Terea on vocals and rhythm guitar and Eddy Kriel (Black South Easter) on drums. Since the bands conception in January this year, BRYNN has gained a loyal following due to their consistently passionate performances.
Date: 14 October | Time: 19h00 – 20h00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Discover your inner adventurer and join the crew of amateur sailors as they celebrate crossing the Atlantic from Uruguay before taking on the Southern Ocean to Australia in their 40,000 nautical mile race around the planet. The crew are ordinary people taking on an extraordinary challenge and pushing themselves to the limit against Mother Nature on board the world’s largest matched fleet of racing yachts. With free boat tours you can get a feel for what it would be like to be an ocean racer and meet the crew at the Race Village to learn more about their experience.
Date: 19 – 31 October | Time: 19h00 – 20h00 | Venue: Jetty 2 and Quay 6 | Cost: Free
Cape Town International Boat Show
This is Africa’s premier boating event with many marques of the world’s finest yachts, catamarans and motor launches on the water. In addition, on land alongside the water display, a large marquee will be home to a wide variety of boating equipment and related products and services. This is the ideal opportunity for anyone with an interest or love for water-based activities to attend.
Date: 20 – 22 October | Time: 10h00 to 18h00 on 20 & 21 October, 10h00 to 17h00 on 22 October | Venue: V & A Waterfront North Wharf | Cost: Adults R100, Scholars R50, half-price for members of a yacht or boat club with proof of membership. Online from Computicket
Museums will be open from 5pm until 10pm, offering free admission to the public, with a number of other attractions offering half price admission. The museum exhibitions are supported by an exciting programme of artistic performances and walkabouts. Attendees do not require tickets for Museum Night. Just arrive at the Waterfront, and decide where you would like to start – using the printed programmes available to find your way around from there.
Date: 25 October | Time: 17h00 – 21h00 | Venue: All V&A Museums | 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.