There is so much to do at the Cape Town Big 7 this Festive Season that we have compiled a list of top tips to help you make the most of your visit at the top events. Here are our Top Tips on what to bring to the Cape Town Big 7 this Festive Season:

Kirstenbosch Garden

There are few places in the Mother City as tranquil as Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and at least once during your visit, when you stop to catch your breath and absorb the splendour of your surroundings, you’ll wonder how it’s possible that the bustling, buzzing city of Cape Town is just a stone’s throw away.

Things to bring:

  • Sunblock and hat 
  • Comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure
  • Water, sunglasses and some spending money
  • Picnic blanket and your picnic basket
  • And don’t forget your camera!

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

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. Arrive early so that you can enjoy the grounds, flowers and nature before the gates open at 4 pm.

Round out your Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert by bringing the following things:

  • Picnic Blanket
  • Picnic Basket filled with your favourite things (don’t forget a bottle of Groot Constantia wine)
  • Sunblock, hat, water and your dancing shoes

You can also pre-order your picnic from Moyo Kirstenbosch. Selected offerings packaged for individuals and couples. There is a picnic to match all your requirements, including vegetarian, pescatarian & gluten free options. Go here for more info.

The line-up for this seasons @KirstenboschNBG Summer Sunset Concerts is amazing! Who are you keen to see? #KBRocks #CTBig7

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Table Mountain Cableway

Table Mountain is among the most popular attractions in the world, and it is no surprise that it holds the title as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

Tips on how to skip the ticket queue:

  • Check the weather in advance by phoning the Weatherline on +27 (0)21 424 8181
  • To avoid queues pre-book your tickets online on Webtickets.

Things to bring:

  • Sunblock, hat and a jacket – temperatures can drop at the top at any time
  • Comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure
  • Water, sunglasses and some spending money
  • And don’t forget your camera!

Locals can take advantage of the Cableway’s awe-inspiring half-price Sunset Special it is available from 1 November to 17 December 2017 and again from 4 January to 28 February 2018.

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.

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: 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).

Sunset Special Tips:

  • Remember your SA ID
  • Purchase tickets at 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.
  • Please note that 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
  • Please remember a warm jacket

V & A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront always pulls out all the stops when it comes to entertaining their visitors and they have a full line-up of activities for the whole family. In December they will be extending their shopping hours until 10 pm, giving you more time to get that perfect festive season gift.

Galileo Open-Air Cinema

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.

The doors swing open every Thursday at the V&A Waterfront at 6 pm onto a festive market of mouth-watering artisanal food and drinks on sale, interactive games, lively music and an unforgettable vibe. It’s the perfect setting (and excuse) for a memorable evening with friends, a ridiculously romantic date, intimate birthday party or work social. So don’t delay, book today to reserve your seat among the stars.

Remember to bring:

  • Your own picnic blanket and cushions.
  • A warm jacket
  • You may bring your own picnic baskets, however, there will be a variety of food and drinks for sale at the venue

You are able to rent comfortable backrests once you arrive or you can pre-book when you book your ticket.

The #Moet tree in all its glory. Come and check out! #moetmomentcapetown

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Groot Constantia

What awaits you at the oldest wine producing estate in South Africa, is a captivating culmination of South African heritage, delectable dining at two restaurants, a museum, art gallery, and, of course, an award-winning selection of wines, all available for tasting.

Things to bring:

  • Sunblock and hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water, sunglasses and some spending money
  • A designated driver (arrive by Uber, Taxi, sober friend or hop on the Cape Town Red Bus)

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 TourWine Tasting and Spiegelau Crystal Wine Glass. The Groot Constantia Visitors Route Experience is one of the best ways to explore the estate.

1 ticket gets you:
🍷 Entrance to the Groot Constantia Manor House
🍷 Entrance to the Cloete Cellar
🍷 Wine Tasting
🍷 Momento Crystal Glass
🍷 Modern Day Cellar Tour – self-guided audio
🍷 Vineyard tour – self-guided audio

Explore the vineyards and production cellar with their new FREE VoiceMap audio tours and FREE WiFi.

Contact: +27 21 794-5128  |  enquiries@grootconstantia.co.za |  www.grootconstantia.co.za

Open 7 days a week | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Manor House | Cost: R95 per person or Visitors Route Experience Ticket + Chocolate & Wine Pairing: R140 per person.

Cape Point

There are few things as exhilarating as standing at the base of a beautiful, 150-year-old lighthouse, perched precariously high above the swirling Atlantic Ocean, and knowing that you’re at the most southwestern tip of Africa.

Things to bring:

  • Sunblock, hat and a jacket 
  • Comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure
  • Water, sunglasses and some spending money
  • And don’t forget your camera!

How to get to Cape Point:

Cape Point is about 70km from the CBD. Getting there by car will take about 1h20 depending on traffic. If you don’t have your own car, here is a list of ways you can get to Cape Point:

The Cape Point Explorer
The Cape Point Explorer red sightseeing bus offers a full day’s excursion with an English-speaking guide aboard a luxury air-conditioned coach. Highlights include:

  • Drive through Muizenberg
  • Drive through Fish Hoek
  • Visit to Boulders Beach (entry for your own account)
  • Visit to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point (entry included)
  • Take a ride up the funicular (tickets not included)

For more information and to book tickets, click here

Private tours
There are many tour operators that offer half- and full-day Cape Point tours. Find reputable options here.

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

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Robben Island

From the moment you arrive at the humble island, just a short ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront, you’ll feel the impact of this World Heritage Site. A former 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.

Pre-book your tickets via Webtickets.

Things to bring:

  • Sunblock, hat and a jacket 
  • Comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure
  • Water, sunglasses and some spending money
  • And don’t forget your camera!

Robben Island Tours

The standard tour to Robben Island is 3.5 hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides. The ferries leave at 9 am, 11 am and 1 pm (winter); 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm (summer), weather permitting. The ferry ride is half an hour each way. from Nelson Mandela Gateway, at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

The views of #CapeTown from @robben_island are breathtaking. #CTBig7 #RobbenIsland #Ocean #Island #Travel #TableMountain

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City Walk

The vibrant Cape Town city centre is alive with fascinating stories of past and present, captivating public art, beautiful spaces, dramatic architecture, and a dynamic food and retail culture.

Handy Tip:

While exploring a city on your own steam may be preferable to many travellers, there is something to be said for having a guide. Find 3 guided city walking tours here

Things to bring:

  • Sunblock and a hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water, sunglasses and some spending money
  • And don’t forget your camera!
  • Picnic blanket & basket (have a picnic in the Company’s Garden)

General Tips on visiting Cape Town

Make use of the MyCiTi Bus

MyCiTi is providing more late-night services, more buses on routes serving popular destinations and fewer weekday peak-hour services these holidays. For details, click here.

Experience the city with MyCiTi. Current routes link the historic tourist playground of the central city with a variety of major landmarks.

Be #WaterWise

Cape Town is experiencing a severe drought, and both locals and visitors need to use water as sparingly as possible.

  • Carry a reusable water bottle that you can top up every now and then.
  • Choose to stay in accommodation that has water-saving measures in place. Ask about this when you book.
  • Report leaking taps and toilets as soon as you notice them.
  • Cut your showers down to two minutes.
  • Collect shower and basin water and reuse it to flush the toilet.
  • Use your towel more than once.
  • Don’t leave your taps running while you brush your teeth, soap up or shave.
  • Avoid using the toilet as a dustbin as this can waste a lot of water.
  • Wait until you have a full load of dirty laundry before tossing them in the wash or asking the hotel to wash them.
  • Instead of splashing in the hotel pool, pack a beach bag and picnic basket, and head to the beach.
  • If you’re preparing your own food, wash fruit and vegetables in a bowl and reuse cooking water to water plants, rinse or wash dirty dishes.
  • Every drop counts so make sure you close taps properly.

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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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