Plan your Spring weekends and holidays with these 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 October:
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.
Family Treasure Hunt
Family groups are invited to join a treasure hunting team. Each team will follow a different adventurous route to find some particular treasures in the garden, forest or conservatory. All of this is explained in curious clues which will require some very good thinkers.
The Treasure Hunts will be of about two hours duration. They include a snack break, so come prepared.
Each team will be accompanied by an experienced treasure-hunting Garden Guide.
Wear weatherproof clothing. No booking is required. No unaccompanied children.
Date: 1 October | Time: 09:30 | Venue: Info Desk at Gate 1 | Cost: Entry Fees Apply
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.
Dates: Mondays – Saturday | Time: 10:00 & 14:00 | Venue: Information Desk in the Visitors Centre (Gate 1) | Cost: Walks are free but garden entrance fee applies if you do not have a South African Botanical Society Membership card
Stroll through Kirstenbosch with an experienced birder, and spot and identify some of the 125 bird species known to occur in the Garden.
Dates: 11 October | Time: 08:00 – 10:30 | Venue: Information Desk in the Visitors Centre (Gate 1) | Cost: Walks are free but garden entrance fee applies if you do not have a South African Botanical Society Membership card
12 October: Gardening with Sue Buchanan
26 October: Reptiles of the Gouritz Basin with Elton Le Roux
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Lecture Hall 2 | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.
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.
Body Worlds Vital
The block busting BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition opens on 9 August. Presenting another Chapter of the BODY WORLDS experience, visitors will get to view 16 (never before been seen in Cape Town) full body plastinates including the erogenous floating couple as well as over 160 organs and transparent body slices which show how the body works when it is healthy, and explores how best to fight life-threatening diseases.
Date: 9 August – 23 October | Time: 10:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Jubilee Hall | Cost: Adult (18 years+): R160; Child (6-17 years): R100; Family package of 4: R440
Sasol Solar Challenge
The Sasol Solar Challenge is an event that brings Engineering to the test, with teams from across the world, building solar powered vehicles and participate in a cross country event.
Date: 1 October | Time: 10:00 – 20:00 | Venue: Jetty 2 | Cost: N/A
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: 1 October 2016 – 1 April 2017 | Time: 09:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Clock Tower | Cost: R150 – R175
The ever-popular Petting Zoo will return to the V&A Waterfront, giving younger visitors the chance to cuddle up to their favourite furry friends.
Date: 3 – 9 October | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Kids Main Playground opposite the Cape Wheel | Cost: R25
The College of Magic presents Spellbound! – a thrilling new magic and comedy experience for the whole family! Dazzling illusions, hilarious comedy, incredible magic and fun-filled fantasy – seeing is believing!
Date: 3 – 7 October | Time: 14:00 – 15:00 | Venue: V&A Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Ubuntu: Life Legacies of love and action
The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation (DLTF) and Michigan State University Museum (MSUM), in association with quilt artists in South Africa and the United States, have partnered to develop an exhibition and accompanying publication to pay tribute to the indelible contributions that Desmond and Leah Tutu have made in addressing human rights in South Africa and around the world.
Date: 3 October – 4 November | Time: 09:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Mandela Gateway Museum | Cost: Free
Cape Town Buskers Festival
Calling all street performers, circus acts, buskers, musicians, artists, clowns, mimes and entertainers….the first Cape Town Buskers Festival needs you!
Date: 6 – 9 October | Time: 12:00 – 16:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Blessing of the Fishing Fleet Festival
The Portugese Cultural and Welfare Centre of Cape Town will hold its annual Blessing of the Fishing Fleet Festival.
Date: 8-9 October | Time: 10:30 – 15:30 | Venue: Jetty Two | Cost: Free
Cape Town International Boat Show
The Cape’s premier boating event with many of the world’s finest yachts, catamarans and motor launches on the water.
Date: 14 – 16 October | Time: 10:00 – 18:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront North Wharf adjacent to The Aquarium | Cost: Adults R80, Scholars R40, half-price for members of a yacht or boat club with proof of membership.
Adventure Boot Camp R10 Sessions
The R10 Saturday Session is open to both men and women, and yes, you’ve guessed it – it will only set you back R10 per person, which is payable on the day.
Date: 15 October | Time: 08:30 – 09:30 | Venue: Croquet Lawn | Cost: R10
National Poetry Day Festival
National Poetry day is a new concept in South Africa with this being the first. As such, Split Image and Home Of Poetry as well as Grand Lifestyle Entertainment are partnering to bring this poetry celebration to the people of Cape Town.
Date: 29 – 30 October | Time: 16:00 – 18:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
The Eurochoir is unique in every way. It is an international youth choir, made up of 150 young voices from Belgium, France, Germany, Romania, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
Date: 29 October | Time: 15:00 – 16:30 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
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: R24 return Child ticket, R58 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
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. Find out more here
Date: 6 October | 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.