Simonstown is a historic port suburb which is also the proud home of the South African Navy. They have a lot of cool little cafes, antique stores and museums and are perfectly situated on the route to (or froom) Cape Point.
The brainchild of tour guide and amateur historian André Leibbrandt and his business partner who have researched into Simon’s Town’s history at local libraries and museums to create this adventure that’s been running for almost four years.
Expect to hear blood chilling tales about the Lavender Lady, a mysterious unsinkable coffin, a pair of butchering barbers, exhumed skeletons and a baby killer.
This tour takes about 2 hours and starts in the early evening (of course) so bundle up warmly on these chilly nights. There is secure parking for your vehicle, and several great little spots to go grab a hot chocolate befre heading back.
Born in France and imported to SA shores in 2015, The Big Box Cafe offers up to 400+ board games to play in a nerds heaven on Roeland Street in the CBD.
Emilie and Eric are the co-founders of the cafe, having cut their teeth on running board gaming groups and event in and around the city since 2009.
If you haven’t played board games in a while, you’re in for a treat. The industry has morphed, branched and become a highly competitive and creative space with games dedicated to almost any trope under the sun.
You can go traditional and play what you know, or (and this is highly recommended) you can explore one of the myriad avenues of tabletop gaming, fusing communal gathering and laughter with competition, dice,cards and figures.
Just go, they also offer a huge range of games for sale, and you can demo a great many of them which allows you to properly “feel out” a game before deciding to purchase, which is a pretty sweet deal.
Cape Town is known as “the city with the mountain” for a reason, and that reason is our spectacular range that forms the backdrop of every piece of tourist literature, Table Mountain. Around 300 million years ago the mountain top was at sea level, and ice sheets progressing across the peninsula during an ice age “sheared off” the top, giving it its unique profile. The trip up on the 65-person, 360 degree rotating cable car is as brief as it is spectacular, in no time (+/- 10 minutes) you will have ascended to a 1000 metres above sea level, with views that encompass the entire southern peninsula, all the way out to Robben Island and far beyond.
For the adventurous (and fit) there is the hiking ascent, with the firm knowledge that at the end of your summiting endeavours, you will be able to enjoy a fine glass of bubbly, the best view in the world, and a sedate cable car ride back down. On the “tabletop” you will find a restaurant and Deli that serves fine fare and delicious beverages as well as a network of paths (a lot of which are wheelchair friendly) and information boards that inform guests about the indigenous flora and fauna. Take heed when the cloud comes in, and especially when the summit station starts sounding it’s klaxon to indicate poor visibility, that means it time to head back.
Seeing as there is a “no bookings” policy, before heading through to the base station please call the information and weather line to see if the cable car is operational (+27 (0)21 424 8181) or you can try the office line (+27 (0)21 424 0015). On a regular day of operation, a cable car will depart from the summit and base station simultaneously every 10-15 minutes, and as a rough guide (remember to call the info line for specifics on the day) the first and last cars up are 08h00 to 08h30 and 17h30 to 21h00 respectively, and the last car down can range from 18h30 - 22h00.
A weekly event that has meteorically risen in popularity is the Bay Harbour Market. Housed in a once abandoned factory at the harbours edge in Hout Bay, over 100 entrepreneurs, foodies and creatives display their goods at a market that draws over 24,000 people a month. The Saturday and Sunday market is open from 9.30 am to 4 pm, and the strict vendor criteria ensure that every stall brings something unique to the trestle table. Exciting foods explore over 26 different culinary styles and antiques, linens, leathers and fashion. There are ample activities for all ages and many little treasures to be uncovered. Seeing as this forms part of the coastal drive which goes from Cape Town, past kilometers of white sand beaches and all the way to Cape Point, it is a “must-include” on your sightseeing itinerary.
For those with both a strong stomach and a combined interest in science and biology, take a journey through the intricacies and microscopic detail of the human body. It is a truly unforgettable experience, highlighting both the frailty and inherent strength in our bodies in ways we may or may not be entirely comfortable with. Book here now. This exhibit will be on until 27 November 2016.
You'll find the exhibition at the Jubilee Hallin the V&A Waterfront, 17 Dock Rd, Cape Town.
Opening times: 9am to 7pm
Rates: Weekdays: R120 | 6 to 17 yrs R100 | Family of 4 R360 | Weekends and public holidays: R160 | Children U5 (no charge)
It’s here once again, and with the ongoing juggernaut that is the local micro-brewing ecosystem, it will be a treat. It’s on from the 25th to the 27th of November 2016 at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point, Cape Town (next to the V&A Waterfront) and showcases the best of the barrel from local brewmasters. Over 60 local and international breweries are exhibiting their goods this year, with specific brews created specially for the festival, and guided beer tours with experts to bring out your inner beer connoisseur. There are over 200 beers to enjoy so make sure you have your Uber planned for the way home :-)