24 Julie 2017

Splendid natural surrounds, cool ocean breezes and rolling hills make for the perfect setting for a good game of golf. So it’s little wonder that Cape Town and the breathtaking regions that flank it are home to some of the finest places to putt, drive, pitch and chip in the whole of South Africa.

Many of the fairways and greens that dot the Mother City hold championship status and are both technically challenging and visually captivating, making them sought-after places to play for both local amateur linksmen and expert international golfers. To help you pinpoint their whereabouts, we’ve gathered together a guide to some of the top 9-hole and 18-hole golf courses and clubs in Cape Town, from affordable practice grounds and pristine coastal stretches to Winelands-based landscaping masterpieces.

GOLF CLUBS AND COURSES IN CAPE TOWN

Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate
Hugged by towering mountains and verdant vineyards, Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate’s par-72, 18-hole course is a fine choice for anyone eager to tee off amidst the beauty and tranquillity of the scenic Stellenbosch Winelands. The curving golfer’s paradise holds championship status, having hosted a number of significant national and provincial tournaments, including the SA Ladies Open and the Sunshine Tour (it’s regularly base to kiddies’ competitions too).  So, players can expect their golfing abilities to be subject to a true test here. Those in need of a little practice can take a few swings at the estate’s 200-m driving range, knock a few balls at the chipping and putting greens or elicit the help of Devonvale’s PGA pro, Anna Becker. Plus, sportsmen and -women all tired out from a good game can stop for a rest at the course’s halfway house after the front nine, indulge in a delicious French-inspired meal at the on-site Chez Shiraz restaurant after a whole round or even make a whole night of it and stay over at the estate’s elegant four-star lodge (visitors resting their heads here can enjoy reduced golfing prices).


Bottelary Road | Koelenhof | Stellenbosch | +27(0)21 888 4735

The River Club
Home to one of the few 9-hole, par-27 mashie courses in Cape Town, The River Club is the perfect place for both seasoned and beginner golfers to hone their short game skills on well-maintained fairways at very affordable rates (visitors pay less than R100 to play the course). The venue is also renowned as a world-class practising facility thanks to a top-class double-storey driving range (it’s sheltered and well lit, so ideal for poor weather and evening play too), putting greens, a chipping zone and a bunker practice area. Not to mention, visitors can call on the services of the Southern African Golf Institute, an esteemed training academy based at The River Club, and benefit from the expert knowledge of a number of PGA-qualified coaches. There is also a special kiddies area where visitors can drop off their little ones while they hit some balls. And if guests have worked up an appetite while swinging and chipping, they can sit down for a scrumptious meal at the club’s on-site restaurant, Slug & Lettuce.


Liesbeek Parkway | Observatory | Cape Town | +27(0)21 448 6117

De Zalze Golf Club
Sitting pretty on Stellenbosch’s picturesque De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate, this prestigious 18-hole, par-72 course, which was designed by eminent golfing architect Peter Matkovich, is ranked as one of the top four in the Western Cape by Golf Digest magazine and has played host to esteemed international competitions. The lush parkland fairways are lined with olive groves, lavender bushes, lofty trees and regiments of vineyards, and players can look forward to a rather demanding mix of both long and short par-3, -4 and -5 holes. While a natural winding river and a series of water features present challenges along most of the course, De Zalze’s signature hole 13 is likely the most trying: the tee box is located in the middle of a dam (reachable by a boardwalk), making the shot a rather tricky one. For those who want to warm up before a round, there’s a driving range and putting greens (these are only open to golfers playing a full game), and for those eager to cool down afterwards, there’s the option of wine tasting just next door at Kleine Zalze winery or dining like a king at the farm’s renowned Terroir restaurant. What’s more guests visiting the area from afar/ for a golfing vacation/ can also opt to stay but a hop and skip away from the course at the four-star Kleine Zalze Lodge, which offers special play rates to overnighters.


De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate | R44 | Stellenbosch | +27(0)21 880 7300

Royal Cape Golf Club
Established over 100 years ago and billed as the first golf club in South Africa, this Wynberg-based putters’ paradise strives to create a playing environment that is enjoyable and memorable for golfing enthusiasts of all skill levels. The challenging par-72 course offers up spectacular mountain views and boasts narrow, tree-lined fairways, well-manicured greens and a series of pretty ponds and sandy bunkers to really test driving ability. What’s more, a relentless wind keeps things rather interesting for players. A gifted PGA professional is on hand to offer golfers guided lessons and advice on how to better that back swing, and budding ball whizzes can also improve their skills at the on-site driving range (for members and those playing a full game on the day), practice net and putting, chipping and pitching greens. Plus, visitors who arrive sans the required equipment can hire out golf clubs from the venue or purchase odds and ends from Royal Cape’s shop, which stocks everything from balls and gloves to shoes and apparel.


174 Ottery Road | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27(0)21 761 6551

Steenberg Golf Club
This pristine Peter Matkovich-conceived course is located a short drive from Cape Town’s city centre, but in surrounds so scenic and rich with wildlife, it provides a complete natural escape. Resting amidst five-star restaurants, a spa and working winery on Steenberg Golf Estate, the 18-hole artwork has been expertly designed to accommodate for the strong summer South Easter and to cater to the whole spectrum of golfers, from novices to professionals (there are a wide variety of differently positioned tee boxes at each hole). While every green presents different challenges, the course’s signature 7th and 14th holes offer players a chance to chip and putt in a setting unlike that seen anywhere else. More specifically, the short and tricky hole 7 claims an island green completely surrounded by a bunker and water, and the breathtaking, mountain-enclosed hole 14 boasts the longest single green in the Southern Hemisphere (63 metres). Golfers also get to benefit from a world-class locker room, an elegant bar, a two-tier driving range and a dining area; though, visitors can expect to pay quite a pretty penny to play on this course – it’s certainly one of the pricier options in South Africa.


Steenberg Golf Estate | 11111 Tokai Road | Tokai | Cape Town | +27(0)21 715 0227

Arabella Country Estate Golf Course
Owing to its striking natural beauty, pristine greens and the world-class golfing experience it affords, this 18-hole masterpiece in Kleinmond (roughly an hour and 20 minutes from Cape Town) is billed as the fourth best course in South Africa (2012) and regularly attracts both celebrities and professional players. Embraced by the Kogelberg mountains and flanking the Bot River Lagoon, the stretch of landscaping genius boasts a good mix of challenging holes (the 18th is considered one of the finest finishing holes in Mzansi), and any golfer that makes gross par on holes 3, 4 and 5 gets to enjoy a complimentary round in the future. The venue also claims a driving range, chipping and putting greens and offers up golf carts and clubs for hire. Anyone keen on playing here should note that green fees are rather expensive, especially for non-members, and that while it’s generally quite calm in the mornings, the wind does tend to pick up in the late afternoon.


Arabella Country Estate | R44 | Kleinmond | +27(0)28 284 0105

King David Golf Club
Founded back in 1956 as part of a country club and lauded for its open-door, non-discriminatory policy, this championship parkland golf course, which has undergone a few upgrades over the years, is, to this day, still rated as having one of the finest layouts in the country. The rolling, 6142-m stretch of fairways and greens lays claims to a good variety of par 3, 4 and 5 holes that all boast their own unique set-up and that make for a particularly demanding and rewarding golfing experience. In particular, it is the 12th hole that avid linksmen should look out for – famed pro Gary Player has previously claimed that it’s one of the finest par 3s he’s ever played. What’s more, the conveniently located club – it sits only 20 minutes from the city centre and five minutes from the Cape Town International Airport – is also base to a practise area, halfway house, restaurant and well-stocked pro shop, all of which are open to non-members too. Plus, visitors can even get their clubs customised at the store or opt to have their swing video analysed by a PGA professional. Green fees are fairly priced at King David, and the course does also run specials from time to time.


80 Palotti Road | Montana | Cape Town | +27(0)21 934 0365

Erinvale Golf Club
This premier Somerset West-based course, which was designed by acclaimed professional golfer Gary Player, is (unsurprisingly) considered one of the top 10 in the Western Cape, and, being located at the foot of the imposing Helderberg Mountain, boasts spectacular views of the winelands and ocean. Having hosted both the World Cup of Golf and the SAA Open, the estate has a pedigree that’s testament to its world-class standards and its ability to offer players a memorable and scenic golfing experience. Thanks to the towering mountains, the course is sheltered from the wind, and linksmen can look forward to driving on two rather distinct nines: the front nine is flat while the back nine, which creeps up the slopes of the Helderberg, is comparatively more hilly. Erinvale’s clubhouse and pro shop are open to anyone playing the course.


Lourensford Road | Erinvale Estate | Somerset West | +27 (0) 21 847 1906

Metropolitan Golf Club
Conveniently sprawled out right next to the V&A Waterfront and looming Cape Town Stadium, this well-maintained, coastal 9-hole course plays like it’s 18 holes, with 9 fairways, 14 greens and 18 tee boxes ensuring that players are kept challenged and interested even on their second round. Though there are a few water features (the final hole is shot right over a pond), the lush parkland course is ideal for amateurs as well as professionals and rather forgiving for those just starting out. Carts, pull trolleys and clubs are available for hire, and players can also call on the help of Metropolitan’s caddies. Not to mention, golfers can also rest at a halfway house or the clubhouse and bar. While the course is open to the public on most days, it’s closed to visitors on Saturdays and Thursday afternoons for member-only competitions.


Corner of Beach and Fritz Sonnenberg roads | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27(0)21 430 6015/11

Atlantic Beach Golf Club
Fancy teeing off a stone’s throw away from crashing waves? As its name suggests, this championship links-style golf course stretches out over undulating dunes only 700m from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean in the coastal village of Melkbosstrand (roughly 30 minutes from Cape Town). The breeze that comes off the adjacent sea makes for interesting play (indeed, it could appear to be an entirely different course under different conditions), and requires golfers to adjust their tactics accordingly. So, players are always in for a rather exciting round at this 18-hole seaside sportsman’s utopia. What’s more, the stunning natural scenery also makes Atlantic Beach Golf Club an enjoyable place to putt: the greens flaunt picture-perfect views of Table Mountain’s silhouette, and because the club is so devoted to conservation, the fairways are lined and dotted with fragrant indigenous fynbos. In addition to great greens, the venue is also home to a pro shop, a driving range with practise bunkers, a golf academy where linksmen and -women can enjoy private and group lessons, and a leisure centre complete with a swimming pool and spa.


1 Fairway Drive | Melkbosstrand | Cape Town | +27(0)21 553 2223

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The end-of-year holidays are a great opportunity to spend time showing your children some of the wonderful things Cape Town has to offer. There are theatre productions and exhibitions, and activities ranging from learning to surf to tobogganing on dry land. Here are ten things to do in Cape Town with kids this summer.

Garden fun at Kirstenbosch

Pack the kids, the picnic, and the blanket and head off to Kirstenbosch, acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. In summer, there are plenty of shady spots to spread that blanket. The whole family—from grans and granddads right down to the smallest family member—can enjoy the rolling green lawns and beautiful surroundings.  A “walk in the trees” along the tree canopy walkway known as the Boomslang is a thrilling activity that children will enjoy. Picnics can also be pre-ordered from Moyo or the Kirstenbosch Tea Room.

When: 8am-5pm daily
Where: Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Website: sanbi.org

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V&A Waterfront

A visit to the V&A Waterfront is a no-brainer for people with kids. In fact, you could probably fill a whole holiday with all activities available here! There are countless specials to keep your little ones happy: you can grab a free voucher booklet at the info kiosk. Future Park is great fun for kids and their parents. The Two Oceans Aquarium never fails to impress, and there’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not, with displays that are as fun as they are educational. There are also a number of kid-friendly restaurants and playgrounds, and the amphitheatre offers performances on most days to entertain people of all ages. Check out their other kids’ activities on their website.

When: 9am-9pm daily
Where: The Clocktower at the V & A Waterfront
Website: waterfront.co.za

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Learn to surf at Surfers Corner

Surfers Corner in Muizenberg is recognised as one of the best beaches to learn to surf. There are several surf schools here offering lessons to aspiring surfers from the age of 4 to 94. The beach is lovely for swimming and sandcastles, and parents will enjoy the great beachfront restaurants and coffee shops. It is weather-dependent, so always phone ahead to see if conditions are good.

When: Most schools are open 8am-5pm
Where: Surfers Corner, Muizenberg
Website: There are a few options, like garysurf.co.za;  learn2surf.co.za; and stokedsurfschool.com

things to do in Cape Town with kids

Transformers Animatronics

This exhibition brings the planet of Cybertron to Cape Town where visitors can meet up with their favourite transformers, from the iconic toys of the ’80s to towering sculptures of the transformers we see in films today. The incredible sculptures are up to 11 meters (36ft) high and are animated with amazing animatronic technology. There is a dedicated kids’ zone where children can build their own transformers.

When: 10 November to 21 January;  10am-7pm
Where: Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Goodwood
Website: transformersafrica.com

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Cool Runnings Toboggan Family Park

Visitors from the Northern Hemisphere will be familiar with tobogganing, but at Cool Runnings, the activity has a Southern Hemisphere spin. There is not a snowflake in sight—instead, you’ll hurtle down a stainless steel track under the summer sun. You can choose to ride in a two-person toboggan and you control the speed, so it’s a great activity for all ages.

When: Weekdays 11am-6pm; weekends 9am-6pm
Where: Tygervalley, Cape Town
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Movie night at the Galileo Open Air Cinema

There are few things more exciting for kids than being out at night under the stars watching one of their favourite movies. Various venues around the city are transformed into an open-air cinema with stalls selling food, drinks, and popcorn. There are all sorts of films on offer and their Family Sundays, screened at Kelvin Grove in Newlands, feature such classics as UpMoana, and Home Alone.

When: Every Tuesday to Sunday evening between October and April
Where: Various venues, but Kelvin Grove in Newlands is their family venue
Website: galileo.co.za

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

See the penguin colony on a sea kayak trip

Children over the age of 10 can join a parent in the 2-person kayak for this unique marine adventure with Kayak Cape Town. The route goes along the stunning coast from Simon’s Town jetty, towards Boulders Beach where you enjoy a unique view of the African penguin colony. You might even see the birds up close, darting through the water or sunning themselves on the coastal boulders. The activity is weather-dependant so it’s a good idea to call ahead.

When: Daily trips leave at 8.30am
Where: Simon’s Town
Website: kayakcapetown.co.za

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Cinderella on Ice

The ice stage at Artscape is a perfect way to escape the city’s heat and introduce some enchantment to your children’s holiday activities. Imperial Ice Stars bring this well-loved classic to Cape Town and their theatrical choreography, amazing speed and lifts, and stunning costumes add to the magic of the Cinderella story.

When: 10-28 January, 7.30pm on weekdays with matinees on Saturday and Sunday
Where: Artscape, Foreshore, Cape Town
Website: artscape.co.za

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Imhoff Farm

For a fun-filled day outdoors pay a visit to the Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. Here, kids can play a round or two of laser tag or paintball. Laser tag welcomes kids six and up. Camel rides are a popular activity as well. The snake park is filled with weird and wonderful reptiles, and the Higgeldy Piggeldy farmyard is where the kids can feed the ducks and goats. The Blue Water Café has a wonderful outdoor wooden jungle gym where parents can grab breakfast, lunch, or drinks while the little ones have a great time.

When: All year round – check website for opening times of various activities
Where: Kommetjie Rd, Kommetjie
Website: imhofffarm.co.za

Imhoff Farm

Acrobranch Adventure Park

This tree-top obstacle adventure park provides an action-packed day of tree-top adventures for visitors of all ages. The Acro-twigs course is perfect for kids, with onsite safety guides keeping a close eye. Kids between three and six can tackle nine obstacles that will test their abilities and provide a heap of fun. The setting in the Constantia Nek forest is idyllic and it’s close enough to the Constantia Winelands to combine the day with some wine estate visits for the adults as well.

When: Wednesday to Sunday, school holidays and public holidays; 9am-5pm
Where: 1 Hout Bay Main Rd, Constantia Nek
Website: acrobranch.co.za

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Our pick of seven of the best events and things to do in Cape Town from Friday, 17 to Sunday, 19 November 2017

Pick any weekend of the year in Cape Town and you’re bound to find a host of events planned throughout our hip and happening city. We have rounded up a bunch of fun things to do in and around the Mother City this weekend. Tuck into a Taste of Belgium at Blaauwklippen, enjoy the Company’s Garden with Kids at the Centre or party it up with Eden Experience.

Pick of the week: A Beau Day Out (18 Nov)
Head out to the Constantia Wine Valley for a day of good music, a good cause and great wine. The Kiffness, Majozi and Watershed will be on stage to raise money in aid of The Africa Foundation’s 25th year anniversary. Jack Rabbit and Earthfire Pizza will be there to make sure your tummy is happy, and cider drinkers will be treated by Cluver Jack.

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2. Ismaël Lô at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (19 Nov)
The iconic Senegalese singer is coming to Cape Town for a sensational concert at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Guests will be able to enjoy the award-winning multi-instrument artist as he performs his greatest hits to an intimate audience for one night only. You can look forward to hearing Tajabone and Jumma Africa in one of Cape Town’s most stunning venues; Kirstenbosch.

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3. Our City Film Project (18 – 19 Nov)

Cape Town’s newest short film festival, Our City Film Project, gives up-and-coming filmmakers from across the world a platform to promote their art. The theme this year is ‘LGBT’, meaning that all the films need to explore the themes attached to the often ostracised community. The festival features 53 films, 49 of them making their premiere in Africa at this festival. Our City Film Project is being hosted at the V&A Waterfront Cinema Nouveau.

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4. A Taste of Belgium (18 Nov)
If you’ve been craving a waffle, chocolate or a beer lately, you’re in luck. This weekend, A Taste of Belgium heads to Vergenoegd Wine Estate for another installment of this popular event. Vendors from across the region flock to Stellenbosch to show off their best Belgian creations. Vergenoegd Wine Estate is famous for their runner duck parade, so bring the kids along and enjoy a day out in the Cape Winelands.

5. Eden Experience (18 Nov)
One of Cape Town’s biggest party providers is back this weekend, and they’ve secured Dubdogz and Ruback all the way from Brazil. Party people can head to Zevenwacht Wine Estate in Kuils River for a day of both local and international EDM music in a picturesque setting. The Eco-Food Village will include Cosmo Cafe (vegan-friendly vendor), Dos Chido, Shwarminator and Woodstock Waffles so you won’t go hungry. There is also a shuttle service, at extra charge, so everyone can have a good time.

6. Kids at the Centre (18 Nov)
EMBRACE are back at it again with their children-centered initiative at the Company’s Garden. Kids can enjoy a whole host of exciting activities including treasure hunts, LegoLand, face painting, reading corners, marimbas, gumboot dancing, acrobats and more. This is a great opportunity to have a fun day out with the little ones.

7. Xperience Fashion Show at Kenilworth Racecourse (18 Nov)
Get ready for some serious fashion-envy at the 4th annual Xperience Fashion Show on Saturday, 18 November 2017. Patrons will be treated to a look at local designers and their upcoming collections. You can expect to see Misunderstood, Safanja Fashion, Nesh Couture from Khayelitsha and more.

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We’ve summed up the 10 most Instagram-worthy spots in Cape Town to add to your itinerary. As Cape Town is unbelievably photogenic, it was a tough job, but somebody had to do it.

10. Robben Island

This world heritage site and museum will leave you with a lump in your throat. This place of reflection is where one of the most iconic pictures of the aged freedom fighter and former president Nelson Mandela was taken. From the island-bound boat ride, to the view of Table Mountain and the prison site, you’ll have plenty to capture and to meditate on.

 

9. The Two Oceans Aquarium

Finding Nemo and his friends is as easy as checking out the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront. The perfect Kodak moment comes courtesy of the tank of Clown Fish which has a convenient viewing pod for you to stick your head into. The 10m long tunnel and Jelly Gallery of jellyfish give you a chance to see a variety of subtropical species up close and personal.

8. Chapman’s Peak Drive

Widely regarded as one of the most scenic stretches of road on earth, Chapman’s Peak Drive between Hout Bay and Noordhoek snakes around 114 curves that offer marvelous views of mountains on the one side and the ocean on the other. There are plenty of stops for photo opportunities along the way, so you’ll want to keep your phone and camera handy to snap Hout Bay and Noordhoek too.

7. Top of Table Mountain

Last time we checked, #TableMountain was the most popular location hashtag in the whole of South Africa and that comes as no surprise. With the highest spot (Maclear’s Beacon) reaching 1088m above sea level, you really get to see everything the light touches. Luckily the Cable Car rotates 360 degrees while in transit, so you never have to miss a thing. Try a hike like Kasteelspoort, Tranquility Cracks or Skeleton Gorge for an even more epic journey.

6. The colourful bathing boxes at Muizenberg and St.James

The vibrant retro wooden bathing boxes on the beaches of Muizenberg and  St.James are so picture perfect, they’re practically a desktop background already. You’ll achieve great contrast and symmetry shooting them straight up from the front, or from an angle to work some distance into your shot.

5. Street Art in Woodstock

Local street art is booming and it compliments the natural surroundings and character of Cape Town wonderfully. To find the best street art, try a Street Art Tour through Woodstock or even Salt River or Khayelitsha.

 

 4. The Bo-Kaap

We know we’re a bit biased, but we’d go as far as to say the Bo-Kaap is one of the most distinct and recognisable areas in the world. Brightly coloured homes line the cobblestone streets and charismatic locals and fragrant foods complete the picture. Within walking distance of the CBD, the Bo-Kaap was home to many freed slaves and Muslims after the abolition of slavery and remains a historic area.

3. Cape Point

With dramatic cliffs, tranquil beaches, troops of baboons and two old lighthouses, you’re going to need to charge your battery for a trip to Cape Point as you’ll be snapping away in no time. Be cautious and stay on the well-trodden paths and remember to look up. This place will stay with you long after Instagram has gone out of fashion.

2. Boulder’s Beach

Cape Town has gourmet food, awe-inspiring natural wonders and some seriously photogenic beaches, but if there is one thing that really sets us apart, it’s our adorable penguins. Boulder’s Beach enables you to visit penguins in their natural habitat and to admire them without getting in their way.

1. Lion’s Head – The Top & Wally’s Cave

Lion’s Head wins our number one spot as the most Instagram-worthy spot in Cape Town as it’s free and relatively easy to access, photos from Wally’s Cave look pretty epic and the 360 views of Cape Town are simply breath-taking! Pictures from the parking lot are even great and it also photographs well at night, with the city lights shining brightly. The view of our iconic Table Mountain also makes for postcard-worthy shots you’ll want to stick on the fridge forever!

 

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The Constantia Gift Fair

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The Constantia Gift Fair will take place from the 8th till the 12th of November 2017
R 30 Entrance Fee for Adults, Children are free of charge

 

The Constantia Gift Fair is a lifestyle event full of inspirational ideas and hand-picked innovative products – a celebration of gifts with a difference.There are fabulous home and garden accessories, stunning fashion items, and gorgeous  must-have gifts.

The deli section is an extravaganza of delicious and exotic food-gifts.Come and sample superb food and drink, soak up the magical atmosphere, let your children have a ball in our kiddies play area and enjoy a sensational shopping experience with friends and family.

The First Annual Beach Party

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Maiden’s Cove is the spectacular venue for the first instalment of the Beach Party, which we expect we’ll see climbing to the top of the events calendar in no time. Sip cocktails with your feet in the soft white sand to dance the night away to South Africa’s best house music, including Sun El, Naak Musiq, DJ Bongs, and the legendary Fistaz Mixwell. First time Taxify users can expect a free ride from the venue while existing users get 75% off their rides.

When: 11 November
Where: Maiden’s Cove

We Love Summer Feat. Pillowtalk

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This up-and-coming music festival is making waves in the Cape Town summer scene. This year is there biggest yet, with two stages featuring incredible live acts. The festival is headlined by US-based indie/electro band Pillowtalk. The event has all the makings of a music festival—beautiful people, music, booze, and food—but it must be the one around where you can also get involved in wakeboarding and skiing. You can also expect art installations,  a salsa dancefloor, a gin mixology bar, and an open-air cinema.

When: 11-12 November
Where: Blue Rock Resort

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

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The famed Kirstenbosch Summer Concert series kicks off this month, with performances by Cat Stevens (Sold Out) and local acts Ismaël Lo and Zakes Bantwini. These summertime concerts take place on the sloping lawns of the Kirstenbosch Gardens, with dramatic mountain backdrops. People take picnic baskets, blankets, and drinks, and settle in for a lazy afternoon watching the sunset while enjoying the fantastic bands. Check out their website for the full line-up and to book tickets.

When: 11 November 2017 – March 2018
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kenilworth Thrift Fest at The Racecourse

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Cape Town’s official second-hand market is coming up, and this year it features some amazing live music too. Entrance is R50 for adults and R10 for kids under 12, and the event is kid- and dog-friendly. Bands include Native Young, Mobbing Bali, and Jackal and the Wind. Make sure you bring cash as no cards will be accepted, and browse the many stalls of awesome second-hand goods and clothing. Bring a sorted garbage bag of recycling for a 50% discount on entrance!

When: 19 November
Where: The Kenilworth Racecourse

Streetopia 2017

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This is Observatory’s annual community festival, complete with art installations, mutant vehicles form AfrikaBurn, live music and performances, and loads more. This is the kind of event where you’ll be the odd one out if you don’t dress up, so get out the glad rags and get colourful on the streets of Obs! Entrance is free, too.

When: 25 November
Where: Lower Main Road, Observatory (and surrounds)

Future Frequency Festival

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Future Frequency Festival is an avant-garde electronic music festival. They aim to push boundaries, bringing hi-tech music to low-tech settings. The unique venue is a yard filled with shipping containers. This is about as trendy as it gets. It’s all about the future of music, set in an industrial, edgy venue.

When: 25 November
Where: The Container Yard

Toy Run

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The Toy Run is South Africa’s largest motorcycle ride, and it’s all for charity. Anyone with a bike can participate, provided they bring at least one toy to donate to needy children in South Africa. Tens of thousands of bikes rally together every November, laden with toys, and they ride through the city to the collection point at Maynardville. The toys are then distributed to charities in need. Even if you don’t have a bike, you can donate toys to the cause, or buy a ticket to attend the main event arena and enjoy the bar, live music, and festive atmosphere. Check their website for details.

When: 26 November
Where: Main event arena is at Killarney International Raceway, Potsdam Road, Table View

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