Spoil that special someone this Valentine’s Day with these romantic ideas 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.
#CapePointExplorer with the City Sightseeing Bus
Hop on the Cape Town Red Bus and take the scenic route to Cape Point. The Cape Point Explorer is a full day’s excursion with an English-speaking guide aboard a luxury air-conditioned coach, featuring a drive through picturesque Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and a visit to Boulders Beach with its famous colony of African penguins. The tour then continues to Cape Point, with an optional hike to the Cape of Good Hope headland. Read more about the #CapePointExplorer Tour here…
10 Romantic things to do at Cape Point
Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or just a regular day, Cape Point is a must-do for a romantic day out. These are some of the things you and your loved one can do at this iconic attraction, read more here.
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
ICA Live Art festival
While many consider February to be the month of love, here in Cape Town we’ve reclaimed it as the month of FREE artistic expression, as the international ICA Live Art festival takes over the inner-city between the 10th and the 26th.
For the full itinerary, check out the #CityWalk website.
Love is in the Air at the Park Inn Radisson Foreshore
Spend the most romantic day of the year at one of Cape Town’s premier hotels, centrally located in the CBD. The Park Inn have got a night filled with romance in store, with help from their sensationally delicious sounding four-course meal. The chefs at the hotel are top notch and you’ll find yourself firmly in the good books with this Valentine’s Day dinner. Included in the price of this experience is a bottle of their wine of the season, the Leopard’s Leap Chardonnay Pinot. Also, if the promise of wine and good food isn’t enough, then the chance to win a stunning necklace from Shimansky should be! The hotel are giving away this lovely gift and you are automatically entered when you make a booking. Spoil yourselves with a Valentine’s meal prepared by the very best.
COST: The Valentine’s Day dinner at the Park Inn Radisson Foreshore will cost R595p/p. Bookings can be made online via +27 (0)21 427 4800.
Valentine’s Dinner at the Planet Restaurant at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
This year the Planet Restaurant situated at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel invites you to bring your lovely for an evening of amorous eating. The venue definitely adds to the romantic atmosphere associated with this day with its unquestionable elegance and class, the pink lady will leave your beau feeling drunk in love with the extravagant evening of love and food they have planned. Upon arrival couples will be greeted with a glass of Boschendal, Brut N/V. The dinner will consist of four-courses which includes conflit duck tortellini with fresh tomato salad, duck pancetta and wood sorrel, slow cooked beef fillet with beef cheek tempura, cauliflower, pickled onions and mustard and tongue jus. Then for the proverbial cherry on top dessert will include; chocolate, raspberry and amaretto deluxe as well as tea or coffee with friandise. Don’t hesitate that special someone this year and come experience some five star dining with the Planet Restaurant at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel this Valentine’s Day.
COST: Dinner at Planet Restaurant is R1250 p/p, which includes the four-course meal and welcoming glass of Boschendal, Brut N/V. To make reservations call: +27 (0)21 483 1948 or email: email@example.com
Lindt Chocolate Studio
For some there is no love greater than the love of chocolate; treat your sweet-toothed darling to a personally selected gourmet goodie bag from the Lindt Chocolate Studio, the first of its kind in South Africa. Pick and mix elegant chocolate creations, from mouth-watering pralines to creamy truffles, or, alternatively, stock up on chocolate-creating kitchen supplies perfect for conjuring up a devilishly decadent fondue at home. For those dating true chocaholics, enquire about the Lindt Chocolate Studio Courses and enroll yourself and your partner to learn and taste your way through a variety of chocolate-making classes.
Cape Quarter | 72 Waterkant Street | +27(0)21 831 0360
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.
4 delectable chocolates paired with 4 of their award winning wines.
Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: R120
Romantic Picnic at Simon’s Deli
The cuisine picnic is a must on Valentine’s Day. Order yours before heading off on the self-guided Cellar Tour to learn about the production and history of Groot Constantia’s award-winning wines. Wine-tasting in the cellar’s cosy tasting room will be all the more satisfying for your new found understanding of the art of wine-making.
Settle in to enjoy your delicious picnic under the enormous willow on the grassy slopes behind the Cloete Cellar. Groot Constantia’s Brut Rosé makes an ideal wine pairing with its light salmon pink colour and complex flavours of yellow apples and floral notes.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Jonkershuis and Simon’s Restaurant:
Simon’s Restaurant – Valentine’s Tastes To Share
R550.00 per couple
Booking Highly Recommended: 021 794 3445
Served in the Simon’s Deli and on the Deli Terrace
- Oysters & Groot Constantia’s Brut Rosé on arrival
- GC White and Blanc de Noir wines with a tasting board
- Cheese & Charcuterie platter for 2 Locally produced artisanal cheeses with crafted cured meats and pickles, preserves and pesto
- Sweet Bites board to share
Jonkershuis Restaurant – Double Up On Fun
For every glass of Groot Constantia Brut Rosé ordered, get a glass on the house with every main course ordered
Booking Highly Recommended: 021 794 6255
Note: offers valid from Monday 13th February – Friday 18th February ONLY
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with the Dan Patlansky Summer Sunset Concert on Sunday the 12th of February. Pack a picnic, a bottle of wine and a blanket for a fun evening! Book tickets online via www.webtickets.co.za
Date: 12 February | Time: 17:30 | Venue: Kirstenbosch Garden | Cost: Adults: R125, Youth (6-21 yrs with ID): R90, Children under 6 years: free
The Galileo Open Air Cinema
Enjoy a magical movie experience on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain nestled in “the most beautiful garden in Africa”.
Entrance charge: R79 – R159
How to book: Please visit Webtickets for booking and tickets:
Event venue: Marquee Lawn
Doors open at 18:00 and the movie starts at 19:45
15 February: 50 Shades of Grey
Dinner at Moyo Kirstenbosch
Bring your beloved to Moyo for dinner and celebrate your love with an indulgent 3 course African feast, welcome cocktail and live entertainment.
Book: 021 762 9585 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 14 February | Venue: Moyo Kirstenbosch | Cost: R310 per person
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 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm – weather permitting. You can buy tickets online or in-person at the Robben Island Museum.
What could be more romantic than spending a balmy evening atop Table Mountain? They are offering 2 glasses of sparkling Steenberg wine and 4 truffles for R99 – perfect when paired with a stunning Cape Town sunset!
Date:14 February | Time: 18:00 | Venue: Lower Cable Station Ticket Office | Cost: Adults pay half price at R127.50 per ticket & Children pay half price at R62.50 per ticket
Dinner and Dance at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Love is in the air or, as in our case, in the water! On 14 February, the Two Oceans Aquarium is opening their doors to the romantics, the in-loves, the newly in-likes and the love-you-forevers to celebrate Valentine’s Day under the watchful eye of turtles, stingrays, and shoals of shimmering fish.
Book your romantic aquatic celebration and enjoy a four-course dinner either in front of the magnificent I&J Ocean Exhibit, in the 10-m long tunnel, in the Atlantic Ocean Gallery, or (as private as it gets) in Tranquility, which has a giant window facing onto the mesmerising Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit.
Find out more about their Valentine’s Day options here
To book this unique experience, please call +27 (0)21 814 4547 or email email@example.com.
Anti-Valentines Day Comedy Show
Prepare yourself for a loving treat with Carl Weber as the MC, Mel Jones as the Headline Act, supported by Stuart Cairns & Phil de Lange and open mic act Justin-Ray Stoffels.
Please be reminded that the venue arranges the seating so come along to share the table, share the laughter and share the love!
Date: 14 February | Time: 20:30 | Venue: The Pumphouse | Cost: R120
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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.