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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition in Cape Town 2016

Published: April 8, 2016 5:11 pm
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Turtle Flight | Photographer – David Doubilet | Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

For all photography enthusiasts, this is an event not to be missed!

Our natural world, and it’s wildlife, unfold countless amazing and beautiful events every minute. Dedicated and talented photographers from around the world were lucky enough to witness and capture some of these exquisite moments – and now you have a chance to see these incredible captures up close until 15 April, 2016.

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the exhibition is hosted at the Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clocktower, at the V&A Waterfront – and only runs for one more week.

Open 7 days a week from 9am to 8pm – tickets are available at the door at the following prices:

R 100 Adult
R 80 (Redbus Ticket Holders)
R 60 Seniors (60+ ID required)
R 60 Wildcard (Card required)
R 50 Students (With valid student card)
R 50 Children (6-16 yrs)
R 240 Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Alternatively, you can purchase your tickets online from Ticketweb

Earth Hour – Three things to do in the dark in Cape Town

Published: March 18, 2016 12:04 pm

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Earth Hour is held annually worldwide towards the end of March, it encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitent to the planet.  It aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.

Earth Hour 2016 will be held on Saturday 19 March between 8.30PM and 9.30PM in your local time zone.

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So; “what to do for a whole hour in the dark?” you may ask – Fear not, Cape Town has you covered!

Here are some fun events taking place in and around Cape Town specifically organised for recognising Earth Hour.

Earth Hour Family Sleep Over at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Bring the whole family for an evening picnic and sleepover under the natural light of the stary night.  There will be puppet shows, marshmellows, hot chocolate and much more entertainment to look forward to while waiting for the count down at 20:30

For more information please visit http://www.aquarium.co.za/blog

Food and Wine Paring by lantern light at Grande Provence Estate
With over 100 lanterns setting the mood, a candle lit dinner will be served and paired perfectly with fine wine from the estate.  To signify a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, the meal will be prepared with sustainably sourced and free range produce, prepared with open fire cooking techniques.

For more information visit http://www.grandeprovence.co.za/

Music by Moonlight at the V&A Waterfront
Head on down to The V&A Waterfront for free musical performances by Paige Mac, Beatenberg and Mike Camble Big Band.  The performances will take place at Pierhead (in front of the Hildebrand Restaurant) from 18:00 to 21:30, there will also be food trucks and kids entertainment available.

For more information visit http://www.waterfront.co.za/

Zip lining in Cape Town

Published: March 11, 2016 6:44 pm

Cape-Town-Ziplines

Spend any time around Table Mountain and you’ll see evidence of a plethora of adventure activities like paragliding or abseiling. Most Capetonians know of these, but surprisingly few know about zip lining or zipline adventures around the Cape. They look a blast, and if this is a bucket list item, then get out there!

Constantia

Located in Silvermist Estate, Constantia, this adventure is surprisingly accessible from the city, and only requiring about two hours for the full experience.

Cape Town Ziplines is ideally situated in Cape Town and accessible from all major transport route including the Hop-on, Hop-off City Sightseeing Cape Town Bus. This privately owned property “Silvermist Estate” has a number of facilities including a restaurant – conference facilities and other team building options as well to cater for groups – or individual bookings. This is one of Africa’s longest and highest Zipline tours based in Cape Town.

Details

  • Times: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 4pm.
  • Duration: 1:30 to 2:00 hours
  • Price From: R480 per person

Visit SA Forest Adventures for more information.

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Elgin

Alternatively, if you don’t mind traveling a bit further outside of Cape Town, take a zip line tour in the beautiful Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve heritage site near Elgin.

Details

  • Times: 8am to 2pm.
  • Duration: About 4 hours
  • Price: R695 per person
  • Includes:
    • 4 x 4 trip
    • Fully guided trip (13 platforms, 11 slides and a swing bridge)
    • Light lunch
    • Rain gear if needed

Visit Cape Canopy Tours for more information.

Restrictions for both tours:

  • No children under 6 years will be allowed to participate.
  • No PREGNANT ladies.
  • No heart conditions or physical disability.
  • No person over the 120kg weight limit

Cape Town Carnival 2016

Published: February 29, 2016 11:42 am

Cape Town Carnival

Over the years Cape Town Carnival has become a “must not miss” event on the international tourism calendar.  The carnival is street parade which showcases and celebrates the diversity of Cape Town and South Africa.

This years theme “StreetLife” will aim to highlight how every member of our society has a street that they can call home within our beautifully diverse city; a space where we can all come together and feel connected.

The Cape Town Carnival takes place on the 12th March this year and entrance is absolutely free.  The day is broken up into 3 parts: The Fan walk, The Carnival Parade and the Street Party.

The Fan Walk which starts at 15:00, transforms into a pedestrian walkway filled with food vendors, stalls and festive hospitality areas.

The Carnival Parade starts around 19:00 and continues for approximately two and a half hours. Carnival visitors can expect dazzling large-scale floats accompanied by over 2 000 spectacularly costumed dancers, musicians and performers.

The street party should start around 21:30 and really speaks for itself – guests can enjoy the incredible open air Cape Town Carnival Street Party!

Carnival Map

If you are would like to be part the festivities, but are not too keen on standing, there are seated tickets available on various platformed stands along the route.  There are also VIP tickets available for an exclusive Carnival experience.  If you are intrested in any of these tickets they can be purchased here.

For more information on Carnival details, performers and road closures please visit http://capetowncarnival.com/
Call: 021 406 2947 or Email: info@capetowncarnival.com

 

 

Easter egg hunts in Cape Town 2016

Published: February 23, 2016 1:48 pm

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Who doesn’t like an egg hunt? Surprise the kiddies on Easter Sunday, and take them out to Table Mountain Cableway or Cavendish Square for awesome Easter egg hunting fun!

Table Mountain Easter Egg Hunt

Its not everyday that you get to hunt for Easter Eggs on top of a mountain. The Easter Hunt will be held on Easter Sunday (or Easter Monday if the weather is adverse). The Easter Bunny and his Fairy helper will lead an egg hunt every hour on the hour from 10am to 2pm.

The hunt is free. Cableway tickets are R240 per adult and R115 per child.

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The LINDT Gold Bunny Easter bunny hunt

Experience the magic of Easter and join the LINDT Gold Bunny for the ultimate Easter bunny hunt.

Entry to the LINDT Gold Bunny Magical Garden is free of charge and hunts take place twice per hour.

Col’Cacchio Court, Cavendish Square, Cape Town
Dates and times:

19th – 21st March
Times: 9am – 7pm on Saturday and Monday, and 9am – 5pm on Sunday

Cool Runnings Cape Town

Published: February 12, 2016 4:32 pm

Cool Runnings

Cool-Runnings is Africa’s only toboggan track and we are lucky enough to have it right here in Cape Town.  It is situated on Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley and they are open every day (except when its raining).

Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 18:00
Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00
Public and School Holidays: 09:00 – 18:00

The sled can fit one or two people and once seated, you will get drawn up the steep slope to the top of the hill.  The sled is then released and you go zooming down the stainless-steel track (which has 17 corners, S-bends and a tunnel).

You can regulate your own speed with a lever in front of you, for the adreniline junkies out there – the sled can reach a maximum speed of 40km per hour.  The sled automatically slows down and comes to a stop once you reach the docking station at the end of the track.

 

Tickets (Age 3-14) (Age 15+)
1 Ride R40 R45
3 Rides* R100 R120
6 Rides* R190 R220
12 Rides* R250 R270
20 Rides* R400 R400
Happy Nappy Combo 12 Rides* R220 R220
Day Pass* R250 R250
Working Day Pass* R175 R175

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.coolrunnings.capetown

 

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Cape Town 2016

Published: February 5, 2016 5:51 pm

Valentine's Day in Cape Town

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re reading this, theres a good chance you might be out of ideas. Don’t panic, we’re here to help!

This post is a little different. Its more of a selected chronological list of possibilities.

Get outside in nature together (free)

February is normally a month of beautiful hot weather. Why not make the most of it and get up out of bed earlier than your normal Sunday routine? Go for a morning hike up Lion’s Head or up Kloof Corner.  If you go up Lion’s Head, you’ll be done in an hour or so and you’ll be hungry for breakfast…

Have a delicious breakfast

Make your way down to Kloof street for numerous delicious options. Cafe Paradiso and Manna Epicure are two of our favourites. Alternatively, follow Camps Bay Drive to Hout Bay and have breakfast at Bay Harbour Market in a relaxed and vibey atmosphere. They also do sparking wine and oysters ;)

Go to the beach (free)

The Atlantic Seaboard has some of the most romantic and stunning beaches in the world. Relax and whisper sweet nothings to your loved one on the gorgeous beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay or Llandudno. Ice lollies anyone? The beach is also an amazing setting for a packed picnic. Surprise her/him by including tasty treats you know they like.

Lunch and/or wine tasting in the Winelands

If the beach isn’t your style, you cant go wrong with wine tasting in a wine farm setting. Most known wine farms will have great sit down lunch or picnic options. The majority of these will be around the Stellenbosch, Paarl or Franschhoek area, so a more lavish option will be to book a night’s stay on the Saturday so you will have a full day eating and being merry. Alternatively, if you want to do this closer to Cape Town, go to Constantia. The Constantia Wine Route has has some stunning venues. Have a look here.

Go shopping and have a couples massage

Head to the V&A Waterfront and spoil each other a little. Go shopping together and afterwards get a cocktail and massages together at the One & Only. You can also do something even more typically romantic and take a ride on the ferris wheel at the V&A. Also, since Valentine’s Day is geared mostly towards the ladies,  your man might be pleasantly surprised if you booked movie tickets to something you know he’d really like. The comic book action movie Deadpool opens on the 12th of February ;)

Make dinner together

A romantic restaurant dinner is always a winner, but getting a booking is difficult as everyone has the same idea. After an action packed day, rather unwind together and cook a meal. Make something you both love and have fun cooking it together. Set your table with candles and chilled wine, and let the conversation flow. When we asked people about things to do on Valentine’s Day, one response we got was, “Just think of normal activities, and then add wine”. There may be some truth to that.

If you’re single

Ponder your self worth and cry into a tub of ice cream, obviously. But after you’re done, go out! Valentine’s Day is actually a great day to socialise and possibly meet someone new. And there are great opportunities to bond over a united lament of all the sickly in-love couples.

If you’re not in Cape Town

Come to Cape Town! We are biased, but you will be hard pressed to find so much natural beauty, good food, and fun activities for Valentine’s Day as you will in Cape Town. You’ll notice that many of the things in this list are free or very cheap too. Find romantic Cape Town accommodation and come on down. What’s more romantic than a weekend getaway to the most beautiful city?

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Published: February 1, 2016 9:38 am

Galileo

I can’t imagine anything more magical than watching all time classic movies under the stars.

Whatever the occassion; date night, girls night, birthday celebration, family outing or work function, The Galileo promises a memorable evening.

There are various venues around the City every week from Tuesday:

Tuesdays – Hillcrest Quary
Wednesdays – Kirstenbosch Gardens
Thursdays – V&A Waterfront
Fridays – Rotating Venues around Cape Town
Saturdays – Selected Venue in the Cape Winelands

Doors open at 18:00 each day, besides the movie you can also look forward to a festive market with delicious food and drinks on sale, music and games.

To book tickets and get information about upcoming movies and venues please visit http://thegalileo.co.za/

Ultra Music Festival in Cape Town 2016

Published: January 22, 2016 5:34 pm

Ultra Music Festival Cape Town

After a hugely successful event last year in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, Ultra is back in February! Whether you’re an EDM aficionado or just want a massive party, this is an event you probably don’t want to miss. Grab your tickets, and then mark off February 27th and 28th on your calendars for a huge romp at the West Coast Ostrich Ranch.

Some of this year’s lineup include: Skrillex, Afrojack, Tiesto, Black Coffee, Goldfish, Pascal & Pearce and many more!

Cape Town’s Trendy Rooftop Bars

Published: January 15, 2016 4:39 pm

 

Rooftop Bar

What better way to enjoy a bite to eat and a refreshing drink than by visiting one of Cape Town’s rooftop bars.

With a birdseye view of the Mother City and Table Mountain as a back drop, how could you go wrong?

Here are a few trendy spots to choose from.

The Grand Daddy Hotel

This popular Long Street boutique hotel offers a rooftop trailer park and Sky bar, a great drinks menu and an even better views of the city skyline.

Location: 38 Long Street, Cape Town
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 12:00 to 20:30 in Summer and 16:00 to 20:30 in winter
More Info:www.granddaddy.co.za

Harralds Bar and Terrace

This chic venue is situated at the top of the Park-Inn hotel in Forshore, with panpramic views of Table Mountain, you can’t go wrong.

Location: 29 Heerengracht Street, Foreshore
Hours: 10:30 – 23:00 daily
More Info: www.parkinn.com/hotel-capetown

Sky Bar at the Cape Royale

Relax at the pool while sipping exotic cocktails and snacking on delicious Sushi, Noodles or Tapas.  Boasting a spectacular ocean view, the Sky Bar is a winner.

Location: 47 Main Road, Green Point
Hours: 08:00am – 12:00pm
More Info: www.caperoyale.co.za/sky-bar/