To take advantage of the gorgeous weather this time of year offers isn't only about beach and water, grab your cocktail dress and finery, there are some brilliant events in and around Cape Town to take in.
This week we focus on a few select upcoming prestigious events, specifically because tickets need to be secured as soon as possible, they are that popular.
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Our annual jazz spectacular that is approaching its 20th year is here again! Cape town International Jazz Festival of 2017 will open its doors on the 31st of April/1st of March and let the music flood out. From The Rudimentals to En Vogue, Skyjack, The Soweto String Quartet, Laura Mvula, Escalandrum and Dope Saint Jude, this stellar line up is bound to entertain with the finest Jazz the world has to offer.
An international ensemble of the finest established and cutting edge syncopation experts for you to enjoy, in great venues, with amazing sound. With 5 stages hosting more than 40 artists performing over 2 nights, 37000 people are expected to stream through this fantastic event.
We recommend you book now, there are only weekend passes left. Also, don’t forget that in order to properly enjoy this elevated musical experience to the fullest you’ll want the finest accommodation the mother city has to offer. Chat to us and we’ll arrange something for you.
Having worked up quite an appetite during the tour and wine tasting we were welcomed to the Red Table by Roy the friendly day manager, who promptly brought us the head chef Edmore Ruzoza for an introduction and a run through of the menu. Chef Edmore has that glint in his eye that true foodies have, people that can talk excitedly about something like mushrooms for hours. He crafts his meals with joy and honesty, bringing the best out of fresh seasonal ingredients. We listened to all his recommendations and had the following:
For starters, we had the Harrisa Prawn Salad with Avo and mixed greens, the prawns were infused and cooked perfectly, and the portioning was ideal. We also had the Pumpkin & Parmesan Fritters with crispy bacon and brown butter, an item that feels like a bit of dessert, and a lot of delicious.
Mains were the braised pork belly, with a deliciously smooth celeriac puree, caramelised red cabbage and sweet roasted pear. Also, we had the line fish (kingklip on the day) which was succulent and fresh, with greens and roast new potatoes.
The view from the front of the manor house is incomparable and we wouldn’t trade that moment in the sun, with a full belly, wine in hand, for anything in the world.
Two Views Beach House is easy-going yet opulent lifestyle in the midst of light beach house and driftwood décor. It is designed to lure you outside, to feast on views, bask in the sun and cool off in the pool(s).
The interiors effortlessly open up to the outside via concertina doors, inviting you to the poolside bar(s), or the Robinson Crusoe style flotsam and jetsam cabins.
With Table Mountain to your back, and the vast ocean at your feet, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that you are sharing this amazing vista with others as a result of the sheer size of the property.
There are 8 bedrooms, all but two with their own en-suite, satellite, Wifi and all the usual and necessary modern conveniences. Accommodation Hunter currently have an availability for this property over peak season (January 3 – 11 2017 ) and are offering a fantastic seasonal rate of R16,000.00 a night for these dates. Folks, I think it’s time to re-route your travel plans and head to Camps Bay to enjoy the world’s favourite travel destination in style.
There are few better ways to experience a city than to live on the outskirts of the central business district, close enough to be able to be part of all the action, yet still maintaining the comforts of a well-appointed apartment to call home.
Gardens in Cape Town is such an area, leafy and tree-lined, with classic Victorian style structures giving way to modern architecture. Everything is close by, from the best Asian menu at Chef Pons on Mill Street (an unassuming spot with a killer selection), to the museums and art galleries a mere stroll away.
This elegantly African-themed apartment is perfect as a launch pad to explore the city, and as a haven to return to after a long day of soaking up the local delights. Start your day with breakfast at Café Paradiso, head over to the beach for the afternoon, and come back to the fabulous Bombay Bicycle Club for dinner before heading out to the world renowned Artscape Theatre to catch a show.
If your home base is in Gardens, all of these activities are less than a 15 min Uber ride away. This 1 bedroom delight is easy to call home, coming with everything you require to make your relaxation time headache free, Wifi, air-conditioning (a must over peak season), a LED TV and a fully equipped kitchen. Newly renovated, this gorgeous little gem is now available via Accommodation Hunter.
Cape Town has the advantages of being a port and very cosmopolitan but with easy access to genuine African experiences and our rich cultural history. We are exploring the food, the tradition and the Big 5 this week, enjoy!
One of the best things about Aquila Game Reserve is the fact that a mere 2 hour drive from the center of cosmopolitan Cape Town brings you face to face with the famed African Big Five (lions, rhino, buffalo, elephants and leopard).
There is also the fantastic option of a 1 or 2 day fly-in safari, where you get a chance to observe the stunning Hex River Mountains (the second highest mountain range in the Western Cape) on a flight that takes 20-30 minutes. More than a 170 different species of bird, buck, hippo and giraffe are to be found here too, with the wildlife experience being intimate and indelibly memorable, and the guides incredibly knowledgeable and amicable. Whether by horseback, quad bike or 4x4, the ways in which to explore this wilderness are as varied as the wildlife, we highly recommend the slow champagne sunset safari.
There are various options for accommodation ranging from functional (but still fairly opulent) to premier luxury, if you choose to stay the night (or several). Aquila has been instrumental in the conservation of lions, rhino, the Black Eagle through various trusts and funds that it actively supports and spearheads, this includes veld restoration (to thatch the cottages at Aquila, thousands of non-indigenous trees were cut down and replaced with over 2000 indigenous varieties) and being responsible for saving the Robben Island antelope from starvation and extinction.
Grab your sunscreen and your hat, you’ve been indulging in all the finer things that Cape Town has to offer, now it’s time to pay some of that decadence forward :-) Bring the kids, there is something for every age at the Green Point Urban Park. Tucked between the Cape Town Stadium grounds and the lighthouse marking the border between Green and Mouille Point the park is a truly South African take on a European style common. Rolling green lawns, outdoor exercise equipment, a massive biodiversity garden, several play areas with all kinds of things for kids to climb on, run around in and crawl over. The park is divided into three areas, People & Plants, Wetlands, and Discovering Biodiversity, with many information boards that make the stroll informative as well as beautiful. The fact that all the water you see comes directly from springs and rivers on top of Table Mountain only adds to the magic. Seeing as you’ve done your bit to burn some calories, maybe you could allow yourself a little reward, perhaps in the form of an ice-cream? The Creamery Café in Mouille Point is artisanal ice cream at its finest. Try the classics, such as the Sea Salt Caramel or the Rosetta Roastery Coffee flavours, and pop over the road to have a look at the last remnants of the RMS Athens which was wrecked on these rocks on the 17###sup/sup### of May 1865.
Minutes away from the V&A Waterfront, sheltered from the South Easter and with quick access to some of the most prime real estate in the city, Fresnaye commands views of the Atlantic, Table Bay and the historically iconic Robben Island. The highly fashionable area hosts the peninsulas legendary sunsets from the slopes of a mountain over the sea
Camps Bay is the trendy heart of the Atlantic seaboard, the palm-line, white-sand beach with an abundance of vibey restaurants and classy eateries complete the picture postcard setting. Against the backdrop of the twelve apostles along the length of Table Mountain and its pristine beaches, this gem has been cherished by locals and travellers alike from as far back as 1786, when The Roundhouse was first established as a guard post by the Dutch East India Company.
Neighboured by the suburbs of Camps Bay and Bantry Bay, Clifton is one of the most exclusive and affluent areas in Cape Town with its beaches (four of them) ranked within the top ten beaches in the world, and awarded Blue Flag status. Clifton properties have spectacular panoramic sea views and the area has been earmarked for a massive upgrade by the city council, with all pathways and amenities due to be revamped over the course of the next 2 years.