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We’re proud to announce our Top 100 Establishment Winners in the 2015 TravelGround Awards!

The #TGAwards is an opportunity for us to honour our most outstanding establishments in various towns, cities, and tourism regions of South Africa. These establishments have excelled in providing quality customer service and have consistently received good reviews.

Congratulations to the winners: http://bit.ly/1xalD4E

 

 

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“Simonites” who live in this unique and attractive town will affirm that the best times of the year in Simon’s Town are the early and late winter months. These are the months when the rest of the Cape Peninsula is cold, wet and windy!

The secret lies in the fact that Simon’s Town is one of only three or four sea-side towns in South Africa that are north-facing, and Simon’s Bay is also sheltered from the strong north-west winter winds by the Cape Peninsula mountain chain on its northern and western aspects.

The climatic advantages of this sheltered bay, compared to the storm ravaged Table Bay, were appreciated by Simon van der Stel when in 1687 he personally surveyed and named Simon’s Bay. His recommendation to the Dutch East India Company (VOC), that Simon’s Bay become the winter harbour for their ships, was only implemented in 1744 after many sailing ships had been storm-wrecked in Table Bay. The Royal Navy also appreciated the safe shelter of Simon’s Bay and moved the headquarters of the Cape Fleet there in 1814. Simon’s Town has remained the main South African Naval Base ever since.

The historic village faces the sheltered bay with its placid waters which change colour with the tides and temperatures of the sea, or reflect the pale pink and silver shades of sunset. In winter the sun rises in splendid morning colours over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains across False Bay, and bathes Simon’s Town in warm winter sunshine for a far longer day than in most other places in the Cape Peninsula.

Of course it does rain occasionally in winter, but the long, cold and dreary days, associated with the Cape in winter are few. Even the strong, sometimes gale-force, north-west winds do not cause the havoc and damage seen along the Atlantic coast and in Table Bay.

The residents of Simon’s Town therefore seldom find it necessary to light a home fire or indoor heater in winter. In the mornings they sit on their sun-filled balconies overlooking the calm waters of Simon’s Bay, the busy harbour and the yacht basin. When the rain does come, it is usually very welcome!

Read more: http://www.simonstown.com/articles/secret-season.htm

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The beloved Beatrix Potter tale returns to Cape Town to delight little ones’ imaginations over the Easter school holidays

At wit’s end to find something for the kids to check out over the Easter weekend and school holidays? Breathe a sigh of relief, parents: Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail are back to entertain little ones as part ofStagecraft Drama Studio’s classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which hits the Artscape Theatre Foyer from Thursday, 2 to Saturday, 11 April 2015.

For those not in the know, the Beatrix Potter children’s favourite tells the story of Mrs Rabbit, who resides underneath the roots of a very big fir-tree.  In her humble abode, Mrs Rabbit takes care of her four little children, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail and, of course, Peter Rabbit!

As the story goes, the curious rabbits were always entranced by their neighbor, Mr McGregor, who grew carrots, radishes and lettuce in his garden. But the garden was declared strictly out of bounds by Mrs Rabbit as the young bunnies’ father had had an ‘accident’ there.

Of course, the curious Peter decided to explore the garden and encountered the scary Mr McGregor.

Come and join in the fun and find out how Peter Rabbit escapes from Mr McGregor’s clutches. This year, there will be a dress up special for the Saturday, 4 April, so don’t forget to don your best flopsy bunny costumes!

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is adapted by Dudley Glass and directed by Cheryl Abromowitz.

TICKETS FOR THE 2015 THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT AT THE ARTSCAPE THEATRE

Tickets are avilable online at Computicket.com and various outlets; alternatively, call Artscape Dial-A-Seat on +27 (0) 21 421 7695 . Entry costs R70p/p. It is recommended that children from the age of two and older attend.

DATES & DAYS TIMES
Thursday, 2 April to Saturday, 11 April 10:30am
Wednesday, 8 April 10:30am; 12:30pm

Have a relaxing weekend!

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From the Mariner team

African Experience

Eat, drink, dance and drum African style in Cape Town.

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South Africa’s rich cultural traditions relating to the preparation of food and drink, eating and drinking, dancing and drumming, are still prevalent in many areas of South Africa – and Cape Town is no different.

Enjoy a meal served in true African ambience at Mzoli’s Place, the trendy local butchery-turned-club-and-eatery in Gugulethu, or at Eziko Restaurant in Langa, another of Cape Town’s sprawling townships.

Eziko Restaurant, +27 (0)21 694 0434, is linked to the Eziko Cooking and Catering School, where members of the local community learn to cook and acquire marketable skills. Eziko is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is a popular stop among tour operators.

Mama Africa, +27 (0)21 426 1017, on Long Street, specialises in African food accompanied by live local music. Mama Africa is open Tuesday to Friday from 12h30 to 15h30 for lunch and Monday to Saturday from 18h30 to 00h30 for dinner.

The Africa Café, +27 (0)21 422 0221, on the corner of Buitengracht Street and Shortmarket Street, offers visitors a full African experience, complete with communal feasts.

For those looking to dance Africa style, Club Africa, corner of Lower Main and Station Road in Observatory, is a lively spot which features African dance music punctuated by occasional live music. Club Africa, +27 (0)21 464 7126, is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 19h00.

DID YOU KNOW?

You can enjoy traditional African cuisine, including mopane worms, at “Nyoni’s Kraal” on Long Street.