We’re pretty sure you’ve seen or strolled on a dune in your time, but have you experienced a dune at high speed in a 4x4 in the hands of an experienced driver? Few outdoor adventures compare.
The modified 4x4’s always travel in pairs (maximum 4 pax per vehicle) and are driven by experts who take into account the ever-shifting landscape that changes daily with the wind. The area is one of the few dune areas where 4x4-ing is allowed, and the rides themselves are billed as Eco-tours and the entire excursion lasts approximately eight hours. This allows plentiful opportunities to stop, admire the scenery and take lots of pics.
Sand boards are brought along on request for some slightly more “manual” (yet still highly exhilarating) fun and refreshments are served throughout the day, with a lunch at 1:30 PM.
You start with a briefing at 10:30, followed by a five hour dune drive with an instructor, and for the brave at heart, there are opportunities to drive the vehicle yourself (under supervision, of course).
Meerendal Estate is an ideal backdrop for the annual Liefde by die Dam (Love at the Dam) outdoor musical showcase, named after Valiant Swart’s famous hit song with the same name.
The South African Musical scene has always been vibrant, active and very culturally rich, and this festival in particular aims to illustrate the beauty in our diversity as a nation. The line-up has been carefully and eclectically selected to blend sounds for all ages and creeds.
In the lap of luxury you will be treated (amongst others) to top local artists such as Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois van Coke, Early B, Arno Carstens, Majozi, Karlien van Jaarsveld, Snotkop and Loki Rothman.
Aside from providing excellent entertainment, the organisers also believe in “paying it forward”, bring your own picnic blanket and leave it behind at the end of the day. The Liefde Wen team will make sure that the blankets find new homes where needed. https://liefdewen.co.za/ has partnered with the event for the past three years to collect blankets for those in need.
“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”
- Roald Dahl
If you remember the thrill of a scavenger hunt during your childhood, the constant competition, anticipation and thrill of time-based and team oriented challenges, then The Gallivanting Goose has something amazing for you to partake in. The company hosts a variety of games in and around Cape Town (and Johannesburg), which average about one-and-a-half hours and generally take place during the day. Options include games that take place in the following places: The Two Oceans Aquarium, The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town City Walk, Hout Bay and Stellenbosch.
You will be debriefed during a pre-event orientation explaining the rules and providing an outline of the days game. Then you will be handed a smartphone with a preloaded app that issues your tasks and shows you your stats on the leaderboard, all headed towards a designated endpoint.
The entire experience is exciting, informative and competitive, just a great time out in a beautiful city.
“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.”
Or, in the case of some of the fun outdoor activities we have in store for you this week, stout shoes :-) We’re heading out folks, and we’ll be looking at a variety of ways to enjoy the best aspects of the beginning of summer, from sedate to lively.
Sky Bar is an apt name for this jewel, possessing unrivalled 360 degree views over the city and our beloved Table Mountain.
You will feel like you’re sitting in the clouds with these commanding views and sophisticated venue. The cocktail list is a good mix of recognizable classics and some innovative firsts. Such as the blueberry and basil Margarita, a refreshing and tantalising twist on an old favourite.
Food-wise, go for the Springbok with celeriac puree and a fig and port wine jus, simply delectable. Most of this experience will be breathtaking, the service is outstanding and generally this is one of those places you will want to come back to again and again.
Seta translates to “silk” from Italian, and pays homage to Marco Polo and his creation of the Silk Route, where asian and Italian cultures met and mingled. Billing themselves as a fusion cocktail lounge, Seta have established themselves as a fantastic place to start, have, or end your evening at.
Hankering for a molecular cocktail, assembled by veteran experts? Look no further, two genuinely outstanding cocktails are the following. One, elderflower fizz consisting of lemon, mint and lashings of St Germain Snow Leopard Vodka. Two, a spicy mango Margarita with Cointreau, jalapeno, mango, lime, salt and of course Olmeca Bianco Tequila.
Check out the Speciality Cheese Platter, option 2 (which serves 2-3 people). It’s selection of French and Italian cheese including Camembert, Brie, Etorki, Grano Padano P.D.O, Italian Gorgonzola and homemade preserve.
To follow on from the Ernest Hemingway quote, you can’t get more local than this, The Botanical Bar creates new things with local botanicals. Everything from bitters to shrubs, aperitifs, cocktails and food.
There is an impressive selection of carefully created drinks, a stand-out one was The Cederberg consisting of KWV 5 Year Brandy, hoenderbos foam, hoenderbos syrup, spicy bitters, orange juice, lime juice and sparkling water.
Enjoy that with African Wormwood (Umhlonyane) and naartjie marinated olives or roasted carrots with nutmeg Pelargonium and caramel praline, absolutely amazing!