Summer is here and Cape Town is gearing up to entertain visitors and locals with a jam-packed events calendar and a list of new and unique experiences.
This season is looking like it will be busier than ever, so planning is essential. We have compiled a list of events as well as what’s new and unique in Cape Town so no-one needs miss out.
Says Cape Town Tourism Executive Marketing Manager, Velma Corcoran; “Cape Town is most definitely gearing up for summer and we are cautiously optimistic about visitor arrivals for the season.
Recently Cape Town was recognised as number two on Lonely Planet’s Best Bargain Holiday Destinations for 2015 list and hiking up Table Mountain made their list of Best Things to do for Free in 2015.
These accolades, in conjunction with many others over the last year, serve to prove that Cape Town literally has something for everyone on every budget. Visitors and locals are spoilt for choice, especially in the bustling summer months with so many things going on.”
TOP SUMMER EVENTS TO ATTEND
Cape Town hosts a number of exciting events throughout summer, from sporting occasions, open air entertainment, beer, food and wine festivals and music concerts.
Some of the summer highlights include:
· Experience the Volvo Ocean Race from 2-12 November by visiting the boat yard, Volvo cinema or Volvo park car display, or enjoy the exciting port race in the harbour on 15 November.
· Eat, drink and be merry at Bierfest Cape Town from 14–16 November, the Cape Town Festival of Beer from 28–30 November and then the Stellenbosch Wine Festival from 30 January–1 February in Stellenbosch.
· Participate in the Toy Run on 30 November, the Community Chest Twilight Run on 2 December and the Moonlight Mass bicycle ride on 6 December.
· Party, party, party at MCQP on 20 December and the New Year’s Eve Concert and Fireworks Display at the V&A Waterfront on 31 December.
· Enjoy live entertainment at the annual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts from 1 December into April 2015, and don’t miss the quintessentially Cape Town Minstrel Carnival on 2 January in the City Centre.
NEW AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCES NOT TO BE MISSED
Cape Town is world-renowned for its iconic must-do activities, like visiting the spectacular Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Cape Point and Groot Constantia, but the city offers so much more, with hidden gems and new experiences around every corner.
Here are some hot summer ideas for 2014/2015 that are either brand new or unique:
Electric Bikes along a Seaside Road
Take in the scenery but at a pace and proximity that allows you to really enjoy it. Pedego electric bikes are for hire in Hout Bay and Blouberg, two of Cape Town’s seaside towns – perfect for some go-slow pedalling.
Slip Down One of the Longest Ziplines in Africa
Try one of the longest zipline tours in Africa at the newly launched experience from SA Forest Adventures in Constantia. Hop on a City Sightseeing Bus to get there – but don’t try this if you have a fear of heights!
Make Your Own Wine Souvenir
Head into the Winelands for a day of wine tasting and Cape hospitality and then take it a step further by creating your very own bottled blend. Middlevlei offers this experience to groups that book in advance http://www.middelvlei.co.za/Taste.aspx?TASTEID=811&CLIENTID=3216&Title=ATTRACTIONS
Walk the Tree Tops of Kirstenbosch
There has been a phenomenal response to the opening of Kirstenbosch’ Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway. Known to the locals as the “boomslang” – more in reference to its curving form through the trees than any deadly snake (please note there are no boomslang snakes on this walk), this wonderful experience will leave you exhilarated by the majesty of nature. Back on the ground, there’s a beautiful garden to see too. Allocate a full day and take a picnic or eat at one of the restaurants.
Shop Local Crafts at The Watershed
A beautiful new space in the ever-popular V&A Waterfront, The Watershed is the ultimate platform for bespoke South African craft and design. Curated by Trevyn McGowan; the internationally recognised co-owner of The Source, the space is the ultimate legacy to Cape Town’s year as World Design Capital.
Go to a Vibey Fresh Produce and Craft Market on a Wine farm
A new addition to Cape Town’s buzzing market scene, the Lourensford Harvest Market is held every Sunday on the beautiful Lourensford Estate in the leafy suburb of Somerset West – just 30 minutes from central Cape Town. Think locally sourced fresh produce and craft items, with wide open spaces for children to play. Open 10am -5pm.
Enjoy one of the trendy new City restaurants
A list of brand new restaurants and coffee shops are open just in time for summer. Some of the highlights of new spots to try out include, Bocca in Bree Street Molten Toffee and Chalk and Cork in Kloof Street, New York Bagels, Miao in De Waterkant, Hardpressed Café and Borage Bistro in the new Portsmouth Building and Flat Mount coffee roasters in Woodstock.
For 25 ways to travel like a local in Cape Town this summer, click here.