While signs of Spring is all around, 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 September: Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, City Walk and Groot Constantia.

Cape Point

Winter Special

Once again Cape Point will be bringing the heat with their mid-year specials (1 July to 30 September 2017) where two kids (aged 6 -16) ride free on the Flying Dutchman Funicular when an adult return ticket is bought for R65.

The funicular is the only one of its kind in Africa so it’s a novel way to get to the top (without breaking a sweat). From up there, you’ll have amazing views all around, it’ll make you hungry for more. You can curb that craving at the Two Oceans Restaurant , with its mouthwatering dishes. Did we mention that kids eat free with any main meal ordered? Simply tell your waiter you’d like to claim the kids winter special and you’ll receive a free kiddies meal with each main meal ordered (sit-down only).

Date: until 30 September | Time: 09:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Cape Point | Cost: Two kids (aged 6 -16) ride free on the Flying Dutchman Funicular when an adult return ticket is bought for R65.

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

In_Herit Festival 2017

Join us for the IN_HERIT FESTIVAL during Heritage Week,
18–24 September 2017! Enjoy *FREE ENTRY to Iziko museums. See the Iziko website for the full programme of exciting events and activities planned at their museums http://www.iziko.org.za/

*FREE entrance to Groot Constantia and the Castle of Good Hope only on Heritage Day (24 September).
Planetarium shows half-price on 24 September 2017. Excludes museums closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Date: 18 – 24 September | Time 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Iziko Museusm | 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

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Constantiaberg Art Society
The Spring Exhibition will have approximately 54 local artists taking part with a wide variety of styles, mediums, and experience. They also vary in size and price from very small to large work, both framed and unframed. Come along and enjoy!

Date: on until 7 September | Time: 09:30 – 17:30 | Venue: Richard Crowie Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: Entry to the exhibition is free but entry fees to the garden apply.

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 Lance van Rooyen

‘’Hemp, it’s history and future as the premier eco-resource’

Date: 6 September | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Richard Crowie Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: Garden entry fees apply. Adults: R60 – SA Students (with card): R30 – Children (6 – 17 years): R15 BOTSOC members: Free

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 many more.

Date: 12 September | Time: 08:30 – 11:00 | Venue: Gate 1 | Cost: Walks are free but garden entrance fee applies if you do not have a South African Botanical Society Membership card

The Cape Clivia Club Exhibition
The Cape Clivia Club will hold a display of CLIVIA in all varieties, forms and colours.  Advice will be freely given to persons interested in growing Clivia and plants and seed will be available for sale.

Please note: Exhibition close at 16h00 on Sunday, 10 September 2017

Date: 9 – 10 September | Time: 09:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Lecture Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: Entrance to the Display is FREE but admission charges to Kirstenbosch Gardens apply.

Wednesday Talk with Hugh Clark

Wild flowers of Table Mountain and Silvermine

Date: 6 September | Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Richard Crowie Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: The Wednesday talks are 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

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

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.

V&A Waterfront

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: Until 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 

Zeitz MOCAA Grand Public Opening: FREE ENTRY

The  Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is Africa’s first major museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora. The museum will feature 100 different galleries, over 9 floors, of which of which 6000 square metres will be dedicated exhibition space.

Date: 22 – 25 September | Time: 10:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Silo District, V&A Waterfront | Cost: Free

SA Horn Society National Symposium

Every year about 40 horn players gather to play French horn ensembles and attend lectures, presented by international specialists.

Date: 23 September | Time: 18:00 – 19:00 | Venue: V & A Amphitheatre | Cost: Free

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

Steelband Showcase

A performance by the Steelband Project’s steel bands from various parts of the Western Cape.
Date: 27 September | Time: 12:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | 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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