More Cape Town for Less
Cape Town’s value-for-money offering truly peaks in winter with many hotels, restaurants, tour operators and attractions discounting their rates heavily. The low season also means fewer tourists with less traffic and queues.
Love Cape Town Winter Campaign Kicks Off
In celebration of Cape Town’s ‘cosy season’ Cape Town Tourism has launched a Love Cape Town Winter campaign, aimed at South Africans to make experiencing the magic of the Mother City accessible to more locals.
In association with Thompson’s Holidays, top value travel packages are offered from May to August 2014. The ‘Love Cape Town City Breaks’ packages start at R3 257 per person, with accommodation and self-drive packages available from R1 030 per person.
A list of special deals has also been created by Cape Town Tourism members and has been uploaded on the Cape Town Tourism website. These deals include big savings on accommodation (including the five star Twelve Apostles) and discounts from 15 – 50% on experiences such as helicopter flips, zip lining, cycle tours, West Coast tours and more.
Cape Town Winter – So Much to Do
A foodie mecca – and a magnet for culture and design – Cape Town doesn’t lose its shine in the cooler months and many of its most alluring aspects are best suited to the period between May and September.
Winter is the ideal time for adventure enthusiasts to enjoy hikes, kloofing, surfing, kitesurfing, paragliding and more. The surf is bigger and the waters feel warmer, not to mention that whale-watching season kicks in from July to September and that the absolute best time to do shark cage diving is in winter, with a 99% success rate due to the fact that sharks are particularly active and visibility is at its best.
Those looking for less action and more relaxation are in luck too. World-renowned for its splendor and diversity, Cape Town’s nature is at its verdant best over this period with winter waterfalls running down Cape Town’s mountainsides and a magical transformation of the West Coast begins with a floral extravaganza in spring.
Also high on the list of to-do’s during the ‘cosy season’ are relaxing spa experiences (many enriched with African ingredients), and a hearty meal and glass of world-class wine at one of Cape Town’s many restaurants or wine farms offering fireplaces, atmospheric views and special winter deals.
There is a multitude of events on offer from May – September, including:
- Comedy: The Cape Town Jive Funny Festival 2014 from 26 May – 22 June
- Food Lovers Events: Good Food & Wine Show 2014 from 29 May – 1 June whilst “The Story of Food”, an official World Design Capital project, runs from mid-May to mid-October 2014
- Wedding Planning Events: The South African Wedding Show 2014 will take place from 6 – 8 June
- Literary Festivals: South African Book Fair 2014 from 13 – 15 June
- Fashion: Mercedes – Benz Cape Town Fashion Week 2014 24 – 26 July
- Creative: Open Design Cape Town 2014 will run from 13 – 23 August, Creative Week Cape Town from 15 – 21 September, and the Cape Town Fringe Festival from 25 September to 5 October
- World Design Capital projects, including “Beautiful Things: From Tradition to Modernity”, (a look at aesthetically pleasing products) also run throughout the winter months.
Just beyond Cape Town, in the countryside and small towns are a number of events well worth a visit:
- The Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2014 from 4 – 13 July
- The Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2014 on 12th and 13th July
- Robertson Slow 2014 from 8 – 10 August
- The Gravity Adventure Festival 2014 from 15 – 17 August
- Franschhoek Uncorked 2014 on 27 and 28 September
Says Velma Corcoran, Marketing Executive for Cape Town Tourism; “Winter is Cape Town’s best kept secret. There is such great value at this time of year and lots to do and see. It’s a great time of year for exploring Table Mountain whether you are hiking, trail running or mountain-biking. You can also discover Cape Town’s best food and wine, explore interesting events, indulge in soul-restoring pampering or treat yourself to some retail therapy. It’s the ultimate change of scenery and a great weekend or holiday escape for all South Africans.”
Travelers can get the low down on many special deals and offerings from restaurants, accommodation establishments and activities by visiting: http://www.capetown.travel/deals
For a list of top reasons to visit Cape Town in winter, visit: http://www.capetown.travel/blog/entry/9-things-that-are-better-in-winter-spring-in-cape-town.
For a round-up of events happening in and around Cape Town in the months to come, please visit http://www.capetown.travel/events.