We’re counting down to Heritage Weekend! There will be lots to do and enjoy in Simon’s Town from 22 – 24 September.

Stay over for a few days at one of our fantastic accommodation establishments and be part of the celebrations!

 

Heritage Day:

Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people and includes the whole nation.

Why is Heritage Day important to us?

Heritage Day is an important public holiday in South Africa as it recognises different aspects of South African culture and encourages South Africans across the spectrum to celebrate their cultural heritage, the diversity of their beliefs and different traditions.

Why is Heritage Day also called Braai Day?

The National Braai Day initiative aims to position National Heritage Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration. We call on all South Africans to unite around fires, share our heritage and wave our flag on 24 September every year. NationalHeritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa.

The National Braai Day initiative aims to position National Heritage Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration. We call on all South Africans to unite around fires, share our heritage and wave our flag on 24 September every year.

  • National Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa. Our government set this day aside for all South Africans to celebrate our rich heritage.
  • Across race, language, region and religion, we all share one common heritage. It is called many things: Chisa Nyama, Braai and Ukosa to name few. Although the ingredients may differ, the one thing that never changes is that when we have something to celebrate we light fires, and prepare great feasts.
  • We encourage all South Africans to unite around fires, share our heritage and wave our flag on 24 September every year.
  • We liken this initiative to annual celebrations cherished by other leading nations of the world; Thanksgiving for Americans, St Patricks Day for the Irish, Bastille Day for the French and Australia Day for Australians.
  • This is a noble cause, which will contribute to strengthening South Africa as a nation through this act of nation building and social cohesion.

Whether you celebrate Heritage day, Shaka Day or Braai Day – 24 September is a day to embrace and honour the rich cultural history and wealth of our country

Heritage Day, which falls on 24 September, is a national holiday steeped in history, a day when South Africans reflect on what it truly means to be a part of the rainbow nation. As a country with 11 official languages and so many diverse cultures, this holiday is all about celebrating our diversity and what makes us unique as a country.

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HOW IT CAME ABOUT
Heritage Day was not originally intended to be an official South African public holiday, but when the Public Holiday Bill presented in 1995 did not have 24 September included as a proposed public holiday, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) objected to the bill. In KwaZulu Natal (traditionally an IFP stronghold), the day was observed as Shaka Day, after the legendary King Shaka Zulu. After negotiations, a compromise was reached and the day was given its present title and recognised as an official public holiday.

WHAT’S WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT NAMES?
South African citizens also know Heritage Day as Shaka Day and National Braai Day. In KwaZulu-Natal, 24 September is celebrated as Shaka Day in commemoration of the legendary Zulu king, King Shaka, the founding father of the Zulu nation. It is also  commonly known as Braai Day. Although less formal, Braai Day is an initiative started by Jan Scannell (otherwise known as “Jan Braai”). He wanted this day to be about focusing on our shared culture rather than focusing on cultural division and thus proposed that South Africans celebrate their common roots by having a braai on Heritage Day.

Regardless of what you call this national holiday, the principal remains the same – it’s a day for celebrating what it means to be South African.

We are thankful for all the rain these last few weeks. Our dams are now 70% full! Even though the region’s water restrictions will be reduced to Level 5 from 1 October, these are still quite strict and we will continue with most of our water saving measures at Mariner Guesthouse and encourage our guests to do the same.

In line with our commitment to being eco-friendly, our garden is water-wise, our water harvesting tanks are full and our staff are all well trained in using water responsibly.

More about Level 5 water restrictions for Cape Town:

The City of Cape Town has made the move to relax current water restrictions from Level 6B to Level 5 from October 1, Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson announced.

After suffering from the worst drought in recent history, Cape Town’s dams are nearing 70% of storage capacity – a significant improvement from the 38% capacity recorded at the end of the previous winter.

“The very low supply storage resulted in the imposition of Level 6B water restrictions in February 2018,” Neilson said.

“The enormously positive response from Capetonians when called upon to reduce water usage, as well as advanced pressure and water management programmes by the City, saved the say and Cape Town avoided the worst-case scenario.”

The key elements of Level 5 restrictions are as follows:

  • An increase in the personal water use limit from 50 litres per person per day to 70 litres per person per day.
  • A resetting of the overall City water usage target from 450 million litres per day to 500 million litres per day
  • A relaxation of restrictions for commercial and industrial water users from a 45% to a 40% usage reduction
  • A lowering of tariffs

Residential tariffs (excluding VAT)

  • 0 – 6 kL: Down from R28.90/kL to R21,19 kL
  • 6 – 10,5 kL: Down from R46/kL to R34,43/kL
  • 10 – 35 kL: Down from R120,27 to R52,39/kL
  • Above 34k L: Down from R1 000/kL to R300/kL

Commercial and industrial tariffs

  • Down from R45,75/kL to R37,50/kL

Executive Director of Informal Settlements, Water and Sanitation Gisela Kaiser clarified that the City was not encouraging Capetonians to increase their water usage.

“At Level 6B, our overall target was 450 million litres a day – we never reached it. We are now at around 500 million litres a day. The ideal situation is to stay at 500 million litres, which is still our target under Level 5,” she said.

“We are not encouraging people to use more, but with the 500 million litres comes a different target. People are already using more than 50 litres per day, we are just charging the right price now to come in overall at 500 million litres per day.”

Once dam capacity exceeded 50% at the end of July 2018, the City discussed the relaxation of restrictions with the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS).

Following two meetings with other large users in the system and DWS, Neilson said that an agreement was reached for a gradual reduction in the overall restrictions.

“The relaxation of restrictions is a moderate proposal that is based on hydrological risk assessment that indicates that it is safe to do so at the level of risk that is agreed upon,” Neilson said.

“Of course, the amended Level 5 restriction guidelines for water usage will apply and we are confident that the significant behavioural change that we’ve seen pertaining to water conservation will prevail to a large extent.”

A further reassessment for future adjustments will be made once the DWS makes a ruling for the new hydrological year or advises on an interim relaxation.

Neilson noted that while DWS undertook to respond to the proposal by 31 August, they have yet to do so. He said that it appears that the DWS is reluctant to make any adjustment before the end of the hydrological year the end of October 2018.

“We would have preferred to get a response, but we have not received a response,” he explained.

“We just have to come to a conclusion that they are unable, in the decision-making process, to come to a quick conclusion on this. On the other hand, we saw no purpose in continuing with the Level 6B restrictions because there is enough water in the dams.”

Neilson added that the City had planned on implementing the lower water restrictions on September 1 but were unable to do so as they were awaiting a response from the DWS.

 

Source: News24

The time to be adventurous is now and Cape Town has so many exciting activities to offer!
We recommend visiting www.saforestadventures.co.za and book yourself on one of their Zip line adventures here in Cape Town!

 

Here are some awesome tips of do’s and don’ts when going on your Zip line adventure:

The thrill of sitting in a harness, sometimes several stories high, and flying at roller-coaster speeds (and above) is appealing to an increasing number of millions wanting to experience a different kind of outdoor adventure. But be warned: Zip lining is not all wind-in-your-hair, caution-to-the-wind thrill seeking.

It should be — if you’re doing it right — wind-through-your-helmet, take-all-precautions, carefully considered thrill seeking.

A note: There are plenty of backyard-type, homemade zip lines. Not to put too fine of a point on this, but THOSE ARE DANGEROUS. If you mess with any zip line that isn’t professionally installed and operated, you’re messing with trouble.

Here are some tips to heed when you’re considering strapping on for a zip line ride:

1. Make sure the operator of the zip line tour is legit

It’s not simply seeing if the company’s web site is slick enough. Before you decide to zip into the great beyond, make a phone call or two. Ask questions. Though there are currently no national standards for zip line construction and operation, many states have them, and any legitimate operator should also adhere to the standards set by the Association for Challenge Course Technology or the Professional Ropes Course Association. So ask about that. Ask how often the course is inspected, and by whom. Ask about the company’s safety record. Ask about its insurance. Ask about how the people there will keep you safe.

2. Look around

Once you get there, does the place look legit? Are the operators who will help you in your adventure professional? Is a safety demonstration included? Look at the equipment provided, including carabiners, ropes, harnesses and helmets. Are they well maintained? Look at the course itself. Do the lines look free from wear and tear? How about the platforms? Do they look sturdy? Do they have guard rails?

3. Listen. Carefully.

No one, even bad zip line operators, will strap you in and push you off without at least a small nod to safety. So don’t act like you do when the flight attendant goes into the pre-flight routine. It’s important to listen intently to these safety briefings. And, again, ask questions.

4. Watch your step on the course

Once on the course, make sure you’re strapped onto a safety line at all times — not just while you’re zipping through space. (Some places require that you have two safety lines hooked on.) Many accidents occur by a simple step off a platform. So if you’re on the course (which often means many feet off the ground), you should be safely attached to a line that will catch you if you fall. Also, watch out for other adventurers and the guides. Don’t get in their way.

A couple on a zip line in the jungle

5. Know your limits

Most zip lines have, as you might imagine, a weight limit. But being big isn’t the only thing that should make you think twice before zipping along. If you’re pregnant, if you have a heart condition, if you think the stress just might be too uncomfortable, take a pass. Head for that nice, flat, paved hiking trail. It’s a nice walk. And you don’t have to worry about looking down.

6. Wear a helmet

Just do it. And while we’re at it, ditch the flip-flops, too. Closed-toe shoes only, please.

 

Source: www.mnn.com

1. Acrobatic, juggling, trapeze, comedy … family fun at the Zip Zap Dome

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Cost: Enjoy a full 80-minute show with South Africa’s mind-blowing talent for R100.

From its iconic high-tech dome next to the CTICC in Cape Town, Zip Zap has been creating shows and discovering talent since 1992. So good are their performances that they were invited to perform for Mandela on his 77th birthday in 1995, at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, at the International Circus Festival in Monte-Carlo in 2001, at the opening of the Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris in 2012 and had their own TV series called Life in the Circus on eTV; a 13-episode docu-reality series showing the behind-the-scenes of this social enterprise and their anything-is-possible approach to life. Visit them at their tent in town to watch some training or book a show on their website: www.zip-zap.co.za.

Contact: info@zip-zap.co.za

2. Live and eat cake at Charly’s Bakery

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Cost: Enjoy coffee and a cupcake in South Africa’s most iconic bakery for as little as R50.

As the home of ‘mucking afazing’ cakes in Cape Town, Charly’s as it is affectionately known to most, have been cooking up a delicious combination of controversy and confectionary since 1989. A trip to Charly’s Bakery should definitely be on your list of things to do in Cape Town! Visit them at their shop in town for a cup of coffee and goodies galore.

Contact: 021 461 5181 

3. City Sightseeing made easy with the Hop On, Hop Off Bus

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Cost: A one-day open top bus tour costs R200 per adult or R180 if you buy online.

This is probably the best way to get acquainted with any city, in any season. The red City Sightseeing double-decker buses have built a reputation in many towns around the world for being the go-to vehicle for new introductions and bearing finding expeditions, and in Cape Town,it’s no different. Start day 1 with the red route – a seamless tour of the City Bowl and its surrounds, and then hop on the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour for sightseeing further afield to Hout Bay and the Constantia Wine Valley. Plugin your earphones and be your own tour guide in more than 16 languages.

Contact: 021 511 6000 

4. Old school movie viewing at the Labia Theatre

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Cost: All shows: R50 p/p.

You might have heard Gran & Gramps reminisce about back in the day trips to the bioscope and now you can relive their nostalgia in what is arguably the coolest, most unique and independent art-repertory cinema in South Africa. The curiously named Labia Theatre on Orange Street is where you can still sit on the terrace and sip a drink from the licensed bar or take it into the cinema and enjoy whilst watching your movie. The building on Orange Street was opened by Princess Labia in May 1949 as a theatre for the staging of live performances. Nowadays, it’s an old-fashioned movie house attracting love-birds and hipsters for its retro décor and the chance to take in a movie that’s slightly more affordable than the prices you’ll pay at the commercial cinemas. Visit their website for their popular movie ticket and meal combos. The best!

Contact: 021 424 5927 

5. Release your inner Sherlock at HintHunt in Woodstock

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Cost: R192 p/p for a group of 5.

For something different, try the group game craze that’s sweeping Cape Town. HintHunt, in South Africa since 2013, is situated at the vibrant Old Biscuit Mill and promises a competitive, fun and unique experience – the ultimate activity for families, friends and colleagues. Without giving the game away, you get 60 minutes to climb a mountain of puzzles and mysteries in a tiny room. The goal is simple yet challenging: get out in time!

Contact: 021 448 9864

6. Beerhouse – got 99 bottles and a barbie ain’t one!

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Cost: Beers from R12 (for a 120ml taster) all the way to R130 for the Liefmans Yell’om with a fruity bite.

This contemporary beer hall in the heart of the Mother City’s famed Long Street precinct promises fans of the amber nectar a world of beers under one roof. Showcasing the best in meticulously selected local, international and micro-brewed beers, the aptly named Beerhouse has fast become a firm favourite among passive pint sippers and beer buffs alike.

Contact: 021 424 3370 

7. Browse Bree Street, meet Cape Town cool

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Bree Street lies in the centre of the city parallel to Loop Street and Long Street, and for a while now it has surpassed the status of up and coming, having grown into the hotbed of quintessential Cape Town culture it is today. Some say it’s Cape Town’s best-kept secret chock-a-block with bars, boutique restaurants, galleries and shops of the international designer and homegrown variety; oozing Mother City charm and heritage all the way. Highlights include schmoozing at Jason’s with a coffee and a croissant in the morning, lunch at The Birds or Clarke’s Dining Room, seeing what goods are on offer at SAM (South African Market), before heading downstairs to La Parada for some tapas and sundowners with the rest of Cape Town’s inner-city professionals.

 

8. Sweet & savoury indulgence at Earth Fair Market

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Taking place every Thursday in the St Georges Mall thoroughfare (cnr St Georges Mall & Church Street) from 11:00 to 15:00, the Earth Fair Food Market attracts workers and tourists from all over the Cape Town CBD. While some opt for a Mexican snack, some delicious biltong or a piece of homemade fudge, others will fill up on their ‘second lunch’ and do some veggie grocery shopping. The market is one of those typically hidden Mother City gems that you’re likely to stumble on and subsequently fall in love with. You can also catch the Earth Fair Market merchants in Tokai on a Wednesday and Saturday.

Contact: jacqui@earthfairmarket.co.za  (Earth Fair Food Market St Georges Mall)

9. Celebrate creativity and culture at Bay Harbour Market

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Cost: Free to visit!

Hout Bay’s Bay Harbour Market offers an eclectic stylish wonderland of exquisite art, craft, fashion, decor and live music complemented by the delicious aromas of food to tempt all the senses. With over 100 stalls, the Hout Bay market is great for kids, adults and couples’ outings. Housed in an old fish factory, so it’s the perfect jaunt for those rainy Cape days. Open Friday night to Sunday afternoon

Contact: 083 275 5586 

10. First Thursdays – your (free) ticket to artsy emancipation

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Cost: Free!

On the first Thursday of every month, explore the art galleries and shops of Cape Town’s central city until late when Cape Town’s CBD comes alive as dozens of stores keep their doors open until 21:00. Whether you’re an accomplished art buff or someone who has never stepped foot in a gallery, First Thursdays is an incredible way to experience the cultural wealth that this city has to offer.

Find out more: facebook.com/FirstThursdaysCT

11. Dine at Evita se Perron

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Cost: Book a ticket for a Pieter-Dirk Uys show for R165. 

Wine and dine while taking in the one-of-a-kind cabaret shows established by Evita Bezuidenhout aka Pieter-Dirk Uys, renowned South African satirist. His tongue-in-cheek performances will have you laughing and poking fun at the socio-political landscape of South Africa. Located in the heart of Darling, Evita se Perron provides a quaint look into the little town and has entertainment and a menu like no other.

Contact: 022 492 3930 

12. Cape Town becomes Boktown at the Springbok Experience Museum

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Cost: Adults R75 and Scholars/Pensioners R50.

Get a glimpse into South African rugby history at the Springbok Museum at the V&A Waterfront. The museum’s interior is a state-of-the-art shrine to the ‘green & gold’ and promises fans an epic South African story told from the perspective of one of the country’s most powerful sports, without shying away from the divisive force the game once represented. The Springbok Experience incorporates more than 60 audiovisual displays,  historical displays and memorabilia, as well as games for children and adults alike where they can test their kicking, passing, fitness and reaction skills in the interactive ‘Springbok Trials’ games zone. A must for every rugby-loving family!

Contact: 021 418 4741 

13. Market on the Wharf – dockside marketplace merriment at the V&A Waterfront

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Cost: Free to visit!

It’s no secret Capetonians love all things relating to good food, good vibes and good times and Market on the Wharf at the V&A Waterfront won’t disappoint in any of these categories. All that goodness comes together under one roof where merchants introduce patrons to a diverse range of tastes.

Contact: 021 418 1605

14. Kick back with a cocktail at Café Caprice in Camps Bay

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Cost: R95 for a Mojito.

Cape Town’s landmark beach bar and café, Café Caprice is the focal point of the famous Camps Bay strip – the Mother City’s most envied suburb where palm-tree-lined streets, white sands and azure ocean are just the beginning. Home to a cosmopolitan crowd of locals and internationals 7 days a week, it goes without saying you’ll be dining side-by-side with legends when you take your seat at Caprice. This is where the world’s elite come to party in the ‘Miami of the Southern Hemisphere’.

Contact: 021 438 8315  

 

15. Indulge in some chocolate truffles in Wale Street

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Cost: R32 for a hot chocolate and R16 for the chocolate truffles.

Honest Chocolate Café, in Wale Street, is the first chocolate café in South Africa. Relax at the laidback café and enjoy delicious chocolate truffles, chocolate cakes and tarts. The Honest Chocolate Café has a lovely menu with organic hot chocolate, coffee and tea. For a chilled day in the city, go to Honest Chocolate Café and delight in all the chocolate there is to devour.

Contact: 076 765 8306

16. Weekend Morning Tea at the One & Only Resort

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Cost: Morning tea R195 per person.

Get your weekend started on a great note with morning tea at the One & Only Resort’s Vista Bar & Lounge. Treat your taste buds to delicious savoury and delectable sweet bites all while soaking up epic views of Table Mountain through a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass! Book ahead, your details will be checked on arrival at the hotel entrance to be allowed into the car park.

Contact 021 431 4511 

17. SUP Cape Town – Your Stand-Up Paddling dreams have never been closer

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Cost: R220 for 1 hour. (Admittedly higher than the R200 budget but the experience is well worth it. A SUP board rental and lesson is included)

Guy and the SUP Cape Town crew invite you to come down and experience what getting healthy while having fun is all about. From their central clubhouse location at the V&A Waterfront, SUP Cape Town is all about getting on the glassy waters of the canal and getting familiar with one of the fastest growing water sports in the world.

Contact: supcapetown@gmail.com

18. Cycle your way through Cape Town

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Cost: R70 for 1 hour. R100 for 2 hours. R200 for half day cycle.

Rent a bicycle from Up Cycles at the Sea Point Pavilion and explore Cape Town at your own pace. Pedal along the Promenade and make your way to the CBD or Camps Bay for a refreshing drink. You’ll get to have fun while exercising and take in the Mother City’s beautiful attractions, including Green Point Park and Cape Town stadium. You can return the bike to any Up Cycles station.

Contact:  074 100 9161 

19. The undisputed Truth about Cape Town coffee culture

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Cost: Only R38 to enjoy a latte in the best coffee shop in the world.

For a coffee roastery experience which has won worldwide acclaim, Truth Coffee is about more than just properly roasted beans. From their headquarters on Buitenkant Street, Truth Coffee draws on the Victorian “steampunk” aesthetic of old to create a one-of-a-kind ambience which leaves patrons with the unshakeable feeling that they’re sipping in a setting that is pioneering something special in coffee culture. All elements are drawn together to converge on the giant vintage roaster – the functioning, mechanical heart of Truth Coffee.

Contact: 021 200 0440

20. Two for the price of one at Sotano on a Wednesday night

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Cost: R110 for a 2-for-1 lamb burger special, and it comes with a side of fries.

Every Wednesday, Sotano offers a delicious 2-for-1 lamb burger special from 5 pm. Located in Bree Street and Beach Road, Mouille Point, Sotano welcomes guests to dine in an exquisite Mediterranean themed ambience. Enjoy the delicious lamb burger special to the sounds of a live band playing reggae music.

21. Alcoholic alchemy at The Orphanage Cocktail Emporium

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Cost: More Tea Vicar is Orphanage’s signature cocktail for R90. 

Orphanage Cocktail Emporium is the city centre venue for tomfoolery and high-jinx: expect nights of rumbustious revelry in the quirky bar and restaurant. Orphanage, found in a converted tiered house on the corner of Orphan and Bree Streets is a rambling warren of hidey holes and cosy corners. The décor is elegant yet whimsical; think dark wood, opulent furnishings, and antiques. A multitude of details—from brass joinery to crystal glasses—have been cleverly stitched together to make you feel as if you’ve descended into the prohibition era of the roaring twenties.

Contact: 021 424 2004

22. Lions Head – Take a hike

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Cost: Free!

The freely accessible Lions Head hike is a hit with locals and visitors. For the price of a bottle of water and a packet of chips, you can enjoy the unsurpassed, 360 views from the top of the city’s second most iconic mountain. It’s about an hour and a half to the top if you’re going at a steady slow pace. Go when there’s a full moon for excellent viewing and a naturally lit pathway to the top.

 

23. Browse and buy vinyl at Mabu

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Cost: Vinyl – from R50 to R600. Shooting the breeze with Stephen – priceless.

The art of record collecting is alive and well in Cape Town City Bowl where Mabu Vinyl is at the forefront of this niche sub-culture. Stephen Segerman of Searching for Sugar Man fame is co-owner of the store and is usually available for a spirited chat about the 2012 hit movie in which he featured. Mabu stocks a rare selection of classics with a catalogue including second-hand records, books, comics, CDs, DVDs and cassettes. The store in Gardens is open 7 days a week.

Contact: 021 423 7635 

24. Perfectly located coffee in Khayelitsha

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Cost: R15 for a Cappuccino.

Lolo, Vusi and Wongama are your hosts, baristas and coffee connoisseurs at the Department of Coffee in Khayelitsha. Founded in July 2012 and situated next to the Khayelitsha train station, these 3 passionate entrepreneurs have filled a much-needed gap in the morning cuppa routine in one of the busiest intersections of the Cape Flats. The Department of Coffee serves a blend of beans that have been specially roasted for them, as well as tea and hot chocolate, muffins and fresh fruit juices.

Contact: 0733009519 / 0780860093 / 0783162918

25. Marketplace meandering with the locals in the Mother City’s historic centre

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Cost: Free to visit!

Every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning, the Parade with its grand old backdrop of the City Hall and Table Mountain looking on, comes alive with the sounds and sights of traditional marketplace activity where local merchants set up and sell a broad range of goods from plastic homeware to shoes, clothing and toys in the city’s historic centre.

 

26. A riotously good time at The Rumbullion in Camps Bay

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Cost: R120 for a Margherita Pizza. R50 for a glass of Haystack Chardonnay.

Set on what is arguably one of Camps Bay’s loftiest viewpoints. The Rumbullion eases up on the fine dining atmosphere of the neighbouring Roundhouse and opts for a more relaxed picnic-style cuisine on the terraces and lawns. Come bask in the natural, leisurely atmosphere with friends and family, while enjoying The Rumbullion’s delicious pizzas and one of the most enviable views on Earth!

Contact: 021 438 4347

27. Sea Point Putt Putt – Sink a few balls on the Atlantic Seaboard

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Cost: R28 per player.

Old school outdoor fun still has its place on the promenade and the Sea Point Putt-Putt course has certainly stood the test of time. Bring the kids, brings your buddies, you can be assured you’ll enjoy a good laugh or two trying to find a home for your ball. The 18-hole course itself needs some TLC though; wildly uneven surfaces and cracking paintwork add an interesting dimension to your game. The wind can also cause a problem on blustery days, although some might perceive it as a natural hazard. At least the views and the sea breeze are a nice trade-off.

Contact: 021 434 6805 

28. Cinephilia under the stars with The Galileo Open Air Cinema

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Cost: R100 for a movie ticket, R10 for blanket hire and R20 for chair hire.

Taking place at Bloemendal Wine Estate (Tuesday), Kirstenbosch Gardens (Wednesday) and the V&A Waterfront (Thursday) throughout the summer months, the Galileo Open Air Cinema concept brings a romantic al fresco movie viewing experience to 3 gorgeous corners of the Mother City. Doors open at 18:00 and movies start at sunset. Local food vendors selling delicious and fresh specialities add a market-feel to the evening so there is lots of socialising and mingling before the movie. Chairs and blankets are available for rent, a roaming photo booth adds a touch of fun and overall… it’s a great vibe! Ticket sales open three weeks before each show.

Find out more: thegalileo.co.za

29. Pedal yourself merry among the vineyards with a Bike and Wine tour

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Cost: There is a range of bike and wine tours to suit all budgets, schedules and scene preferences.

There is no better way to combine the back and forth rhythm of pedaling with the hand to mouth movement of sipping than on a bike and wine tour of the vineyards. In true Cape style, bike and wine tours have fast become the preferred way of experiencing the beautiful winelands, as well as the estates which dot the landscape. Cycling wine tour operators offer a range of tours to suit all fitness levels. Now stop, oscillate and taste.

Contact: bikeandsaddle.com or bikesnwines.com

 

30. City Bowl Market – Cape Town’s “indulge and don’t feel bad” bazaar

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Cost: Free to visit!

Unlike many Cape Town markets, you won’t leave this one feeling overstuffed. Vendors largely focus on fresh produce and tasty, organic goods. Don’t get me wrong though … there is the odd cup/pancake stand should the craving come from the depths of your belly. The cheerful, charming City Bowl Market takes place every Thursday evening and Saturday morning and is another rainy day favourite as it’s housed in an old school hall.

Contact: 073 270 8043 

31. Catch a free concert in the park

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Cost: Free!

Capetonians have found a new way to ease the foreboding of Monday mornings with free concerts in De Waal Park on a Sunday afternoon. All you have to do is pack a picnic and something comfortable to laze on … the rest is free! There has never been a better excuse to ditch the couch, telly and Carte Blanche music for a live music extravaganza that has featured the likes of Freshly Ground, Saudiq Khan, Arno Carstens and Karen Zoid. Summer only.

Contact: 021 423 4526 

32. Pub quiz, hotshot. What do you do?

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Cost: R20 to R60.

We accept that answering hard questions hammered is usually the domain of irresponsible drunk drivers. We just hope that next time you find yourself on the receiving end of some tough questions while you’re feeling a little under the weather it’s at quiz night. These evenings present a spirited way to spend time with friends and colleagues and always turn your nearest watering hole into a competitive arena of general knowledge wizardry or general stumbling. Just make sure Designated Dave hasn’t lost the plot and is in suitable condition to drive you home safely and remember … Mobile phone Google consulters will be disqualified!

One of the most popular pub quizzes in Cape Town is the Thursday night one at Fireman’s Arms and it starts at 20:00 sharp.

Beerhouse on Long Street offers beer lovers the chance to exercise their brains with guaranteed fun quiz nights, once a month, every second Thursday of the month.

OMG Quiz Night at Alexander Bar in Strand Street is a fun way to test your general knowledge while having bundles of fun. Every Wednesday night, starting at 19:30 sharp, the battle of the minds begin.

Contact: 021 419 1513 

33. Turn a chop against the best backdrop in the Cape

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Cost: R41 per person, R26 per child and free entrance for WILD Card and TMNP My Green Card holders.

Set in what is arguably one of the most epic picnic/braai spots in the country, Oudekraal forms part of Table Mountain National Park and is a protected marine area. As such there’s a small fee of R41 p/p to enter but the nominal amount is well worth it for the chance to braai South African style next to the sea. Oudekraal features parking, toilets and built-in braais for the whole family, not to mention the epic views and swimming area if you can brave the icy Atlantic water.

Contact: 021 428 9111

34. Learn the significance of District Six in South African history

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Cost: R40 per person for self-guided visits. R55 with an ex-resident/guide.

When the apartheid government swooped on District Six in 1965, forcibly removing its residents and declaring the area a “whites-only” zone, the rich fabric of a disadvantaged but vibrant community was torn apart. In an effort to preserve the memories of District Six and create a monument to the thousands of people around the country forcibly relocated under apartheid, the District Six Museum Foundation was established in 1989. In 1994, the District Six Museum came into being. The museum is open from 09:00 to 13:00 on Mondays and 09:00 to 16:00 from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Contact: 021 466 7200

35. Experience a new and improved Kirstenbosch Gardens with the Boomslang Aerial Walkway

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Cost: Adults R65. Scholars R15. Children under 6 go for free!

Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. Home to Moyo restaurant, the ever-popular Summer Concerts and an aerial walkway called the Boomslang, there’s even more reason to visit Kirstenbosch this season. Kirstenbosch’s aerial walkway offers a fresh perspective over the lush gardens – it’s a 128m long, 12m tall walkway which allows visitors to experience the Botanical Gardens from the treetops of about  450 of South Africa’s 1000 indigenous species.

Contact: 021 799 8800

36. Oranjezicht City Farm – small-scale organic agriculture in the heart of the city

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Cost: Free to visit!

With education and promoting healthier lifestyles at the forefront of what they do, the Oranjezicht City Farm invites you to visit them on a Saturday between 09:00 and 14:00 to come and experience what low-impact, sustainable community living is all about. In addition to experiencing the wholesome way of life the OZCF has brought to the city, you can also do your weekly food shopping (fresh produce, home-baked bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli etc.), and try out some delicious cooked and raw foods. Be inspired about helping to build an alternative food system. They even have adoption days if you’re looking to add a furry friend to your family.

Contact: 083 628 3426

37. Explore the Winelands on the Franschhoek Wine Tram

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Cost: Wine tasting fees are between R20 and R50 per person at each estate. Not included in the tour price. Tour price is R220 (adults) and R90 (children 3 -17 years).

This has to be one of the most unique ways to experience some of the French corners most loved wine estates. Modelled on the 1890 Brill Trams, this old-fashioned locomotive clacks through the vineyards stopping at the Huguenot Museum, Haute Cabrière, Dieu Donnè, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence – you’re free to hop on or off at any of these stops. There are few better ways to explore the beautiful Franschhoek Valley than by hopping onto an open-sided tram for an unforgettable guided tour.

Contact: 021 300 0338

38. Kiss and cuddle creatures at DARG in Hout Bay

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Cost: Donate to DARG, Hout Bay.

DARG (Domestic Animal Rescue Group) is a pro-life organisation that rescues, cares for, sterilizes and finds good homes for abused, neglected and abandoned cats and dogs. The organisation is always grateful for new volunteers – whether you would like to assist at the adoption centre with dog walking, feeding and cleaning, or whether you could offer your help at one of their fundraising events. Simply phone DARG on 021 790 0383/2050, or pop into the DARG Centre at Main Road, Hout Bay and have a chat with them about how you can help. The shelter is open 7 days a week from 09:00 – 16:00.

Contact: 021 790 0383 / 021 790 2050

39. Step into the most magical garden at Babylonstoren

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Cost: R10 per person entrance fee at the gate. Proceeds go to the upliftment of the community.

No matter your taste in interior design and landscaping, you’ll find that Babylonstoren has the Midas touch. With its perfectly appointed less is more approach, the estate incorporates a huge working farm, winery, a farm shop, boutique hotel and spa as well as an award-winning restaurant called Babel – at the heart of this is the immaculate garden. Every care has been taken to create a Winelands sanctuary that welcomes day visitors as warmly as it does its guests who linger a little longer.

Contact: 021 863 3852

40. Blue Peter, Bloubergstrand – Where the locals go

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Cost: Fish and chips for R97. Wine by the bottle from R105-R155.

Experience life like Cape Town locals at the Blue Peter in Bloubergstrand. This popular beachside bistro takes its name from the nautical flag raised by ship when leaving port. It’s a true Cape Town institution offering uninterrupted views of the ocean, Table Mountain and across to Robben Island. The restaurant serves up excellent seafood, meat dishes, pizzas and ice-cold beers. The Blue Peter is known as an excellent place to enjoy a cold one after work and is extremely popular on the weekend when many patrons spill out on to the lawn in front of the bistro on sunny afternoons.

Contact: 021 554 1956

41. Visit Africa’s largest Bird Park in Hout Bay

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Cost: Adults R120, Children R45.

Set on 4 hectares of tropical landscape in the Hout Bay valley, a mere 15 minutes from Cape Town city centre, World of Birds is Africa’s largest bird park with 3,000 birds and 400 species. Open from Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00, this is an affordable family day out allowing you the most intimate experience with nature. They need your help to stay open that is doing a sterling job of supporting conservation on a global scale by propagating rare birds and mammals in a protective environment.

Contact: 021 790 2730

42. Go strawberry picking at Polkadraai Farm

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Cost: Strawberry picking prices range from R40 to R190.

Enjoy the fruits of your own labour by going strawberry picking at Polkadraai Farm near Stellenbosch. Fun for all ages, Polkadraai Farm invites you to come and “pick your own” from October to December annually when the strawberries are ripe for plucking. Individuals and families do not need to make a booking, however, if your group is larger than 15 you should contact Polkadraai Farm. The farmstall at Polkadraai is open year-round from 09:00 to 17:00 daily.

Contact: 021 881 3303

Whether you’re a first-time tourist or repeat visitor, the vibrant South African city has plenty on offer. We hope our guide of things to do in Cape Town helps you find your way to the city’s most enticing attractions, best bars, most innovative restaurants and much more.

source: travelstart.co.za

 

Cape Point is one of the country’s most popular tourist sites, but many people who visit here are unaware of the secrets and fascinating facts that have helped to make this unique rocky promontory what it is today.
Here are 12 surprising facts you may not have known about Cape Point:

  1. The Cape of Good Hope Name
    The name Cape of Good Hope dates back to the 15th century, when Portuguese sailor Bartolomeu Dias became the first European to view Cape Point while in search of the southern tip of the African continent. According to historical records, Dias first named the region Cape of Storms, owing to the tumultuous weather and treacherous waters, but later, after a suggestion by King John II of Portugal, it changed to the more optimistic Cape of Good Hope.

  1. Plant Life at Cape Point
    The Cape Peninsula’s rich and diverse plant life has earned it eight World Heritage Site accolades from UNESCO. The Cape Floral Region makes up only 0.5% of Africa, and yet it is home to more than 20% of the continent’s plants. In fact, there are more floral species in the Table Mountain National Park region than all of the United Kingdom. You’ll find many of these while at Cape Point – recent estimates suggest that there are over 1000 species of plants in the Cape Point region, of which at least 14 are endemic.

  1. The Old Lighthouse
    There are two lighthouses at Cape Point, only one of which is still in operation as a nautical guide. While still a popular tourist attraction, the old lighthouse built in the 1850s no longer functions – it sits too high above the ocean and is often covered by cloud. Ships approaching from the east could also see the light too easily, often causing them to approach too closely. Because of this, they often wrecked on the rocks before rounding the peninsula. In fact, it was the wreck of the Lusitania, on Bellows Rock below the lighthouse in 1911, which prompted the construction of a new, more effective structure.

  1. The New Lighthouse
    The new lighthouse at Cape Point is one of the most powerful on the South African coast. Its lights have a range of 60 kilometres and each flash has an intensity of 10 million candelas.

  1. Table Mountain National Park
    Cape Point actually lies within the same national park as the famous Table Mountain – aptly named Table Mountain National Park. The Cape Point section of Table Mountain National Park covers approximately 20% of the national park, and on a clear day you can see the back of Table Mountain from various vantage points.

  1. Climate Research
    The air at Cape Point is among the purest in the world, and thus it is home to one of Global Research Watch’s (GAW) atmospheric research stations. GAW is a global network established by the World Meteorological Organisation to monitor trends and changes in the Earth’s atmosphere.

  1. Icebergs Spotted off Cape Point
    While rumours about iceberg sightings at Cape Point are mostly untrue or a case of mistaken identity, according to Dr John Rogers, the British Navy officially recorded an iceberg sighting off the coast of Cape Point in the 1800s. It was just 60 nautical miles away from the peninsula.

  1. Nearest Landmass to the South
    Even though on a clear day you feel as if you could see to Antarctica from Cape Point, it is at least 6,000 kilometres away.

  1. Bird Life
    Cape Point is home to a large number of species of birds. According to Africa Geographic, twitchers have recorded over 270 species in the region, ranging from tiny sunbirds through to the sizeable ostriches. The coastal plant life at Cape Point supports warblers, canaries, and shrikes, and it is common to see an array of seabirds. You may also be lucky enough to spot a Verraux’s eagle, or the rare Western reef heron and Baird’s sandpiper – both of which have been spotted at Cape Point but not seen before in South Africa.

  1. Dias Cross
    The Portuguese government erected two prominent crosses at Cape Point that serve as a navigational aid – when lined up, the crosses point to Whittle Rock which was a major shipping hazard in False Bay. There are two other beacons in nearby Simon’s Town that provide the intersection point.

  1. World War II Radar Listening Stations
    With shipping losses on the increase in 1942, the South African military erected two small aerials that projected a narrow radar beam capable of detecting German U-Boats rounding the peninsula. Remnants of these and other military structures – including a canon on Kanonkop used to warn Simon’s Town of approaching vessels – are still visible at locations throughout Cape Point.

  1. The Flying Dutchman
    Legend has it that ghost ship the Flying Dutchman haunts the oceans surrounding Cape Point, unable to make port and doomed to sail the turbulent seas for eternity. One of the earliest reported sightings of the Flying Dutchman Funicular came from King George V in 1881, but several Simon’s Town residents claim to have seen the ship in more recent years. While the myth likely has its roots in 17th-century nautical folklore, these days you can sail to the foot of the old lighthouse in the funicular of the same name.
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