Where to Go and What to Do During Load Shedding in Cape Town
– Head out for a meal at one of these power cut friendly restaurants. Some restaurants in the city and surrounds have backup generators, while others make use of candlelight and atmosphere to add to the setting. These include hotspots in Kenilworth such as Borusso’s, The Avenue in Claremont, Bootlegger Coffee Company in Sea Point, Chalk and Cork in Gardens as well as favourite haunts such as Cafe Caprice in Camps Bay and The Dog’s Bollocks in Gardens. Check out our ideas for dining in Cape Town to find additional inspiration on foodie delights around the city.
– Hit the beach for a lazy afternoon or a moonlight picnic. You know what’s great about the beach? You don’t need electricity or fans or air-conditioners. Pack up a cooler bag with some cold drinks or wine and some snacks, bring a blanket or two, some candles and some brown paper bags that can act as makeshift candle holders when filled with sand, and all you need is the right company. Pretty soon, you will feel so laid back that you won’t even worry about whether the power is back on or not. See our list on the best Cape Town beaches for ideas on which beach to head to.
– Get out into the great outdoors. Or a park, even. From awesome hiking spots around the city to the many amazing forests and nature reserves we are blessed with in this corner of the earth, Cape Town is ideal for getting back to nature. And you certainly don’t need power to enjoy some greenery, fresh air and sunshine. See our hiking in Cape Town ideas to find inspiration on where to get your nature fix.
– Go offline and connect in the real world. If you are forced to spend a large amount of time at your desk, in front of your computer, on your smartphone, fixated to your tablet, you could do with some getting out into the real world. Connect with old friends, make some new friends, take a stroll around the City Centre and people watch, browse one of the city markets such as Greenmarket Square and remember what it was like before cell phones and modern gadgets took over everything.
– Play a bit of sport out in the sun. Yes, that applies to hot summer months too. That power cut is actually a blessing you know. Because now you will have the chance to go and be active, instead of sitting in front of the TV doing nothing. Go for a jog, or a power walk, go check out the outdoor gym on the Sea Point Promenade, do some beach yoga, play some tennis or dig out those ancient roller blades you have in the back of your closet and see if you still have those mad skills. Whatever you do, get that heart pumping and enjoy the freedom of a healthy body with a bit of outdoor fitness.
Information source: cometocapetown.com