Summer in Cape Town is a wonderful time – the days are longer, the year is winding down and everyone is getting into the festive mood. One of the best ways to celebrate summer is to pack a picnic, take a hike or find the best spot to enjoy an epic Summer Sunset. Here are our top Summer Sunset ideas:
There is an amazing transition that takes place at the V&A Waterfront at sunset. The Waterfront slowly transforms into a dining and entertainment hub. There are dozens of fine restaurants with terraces and good vantage points, and there are few better places to spend an afternoon and evening here.
What about a sunset cruise? Take in the glorious views of Cape Town with a cruise of the harbour. The V&A Waterfront has a wide variety of boats, yachts and ferries on offer. Find out more here. Try the romantic sunset and champagne cruise with someone special – it is sure to leave you in awe of the Cape’s beauty. Prices vary, and bookings are generally advised, you can find out more here.
Hop on a helicopter for a thrilling ride around the peninsula or to the Winelands! Find out more here.
Ride the Cape Wheel! The views are unparalleled and it makes a perfect start to a romantic evening or an exciting day out. The duration of the ride is 15 minutes and for ticket prices visit www.capewheel.co.za or call Tel: +27 21 418 2502
It should go without saying that visiting Cape Town means having to visit the towering headland known as Cape Point. With its magnificent beaches, breath-taking views and picturesque coastal villages, Cape Point is one of the world’s most scenic areas; and that’s before taking into account those filter-like effects of the sunset on the peninsula.
he sunset piéce de résistance would have to be catching the 1 pm ferry to Robben Island in Winter or the 3 pm ferry in summer. Your 4 hour tour (including the +-30 minute ferry trip to the island and back, depending on type of boat used) includes a guided bus tour of the island and culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell, will give you a lot to reflect on, as you head back towards busy city life. While the sunset may seem secondary to everything you’ve seen and heard, it will be difficult to ignore the beauty around you, as you approach the Cape Town harbour at dusk.
Groot Constantia has numerous walking paths that one can enjoy in the evenings. Walk to the top of the estate and bask in the glory as the sun sets over the vineyards, or enjoy a meal outside Simon’s Restaurant or Jonkershuis Restaurant.
Both Simon’s and Jonkerhuis have amazing outdoor areas with unique vantage points over the estate, and it makes absolute sense to get there for lunch or an early dinner to fully appreciate these.
Enjoy the afternoon sunshine when you explore the Company’s Garden or surrounding areas. Why not explore the city using the City Walk map. The walk takes you past a number of places where you can enjoy a snack with your choice of hot beverage, so be prepared to indulge in something delicious.
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.
Find the full line up here.
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.
Table Mountain 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 6 pm 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 1 November to 17 December 2017 and again from 4 January to 28 February 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 7 pm only.
The Galileo Open-Air Cinema at the V&A Waterfront & Kirstenbosch Garden
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. Find the full line up here
Doors open at 6 pm, the movie starts 8 pm. | Cost: R89 – R175 | Tickets: thegalileo.co.za/buy-tickets/
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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.