December 12, 2012
12 amazing things to in Cape Town on 12/12/12
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Mother City lovers, today is December 12, 2012…12/12/12, the last time our generation will ever experience a sequential date this century (the next one will be January 1, 2101!)
Big deal, I hear you say… but in the spirit of keeping things fun (and in Cape Town, when are they not?), I‘ve put together a list of 12 amazing things to do in the Fairest Cape today:
1. Get your lunch hot off the presses: a new Food Lovers’ Market opens in the old Independent Newspapers building on St George’s Mall today! While the building may have swapped printing presses for shopping aisles, one thing is for sure… their produce is still red hot and delicious! For more information, visit www.fruitandvegcity.co.za.
2. Stop and smell the fynbos (and the coffee) at Kirstenbosch Gardens: Thought this World Heritage site is only good for rocking summer sunset concerts on weekends? Think again! R42 gets you in the gate to explore and admire the wonderful species of flora and while you’re there, grab a cup of coffee at the recently opened Vida e Caffe.
3. Shop until you drop at the Grand Parade: Open until 13h00 this afternoon, this little mecca of flea markets offers you everything from chic clothing to carpets, kitchen items, fresh fruit and more at discounted prices.
4. Hop on and off the City Sightseeing Bus: The red bus is a familiar and well-loved sight in Cape Town and for good reason! From introducing you to the iconic attractions around the peninsula to a meander through the Constantia Winelands and an unbeatable view of the city on its Night Tour, City Sightseeing Cape Town is a must-do.
5. Take in a show or two: Comedy, drama, musical or thriller… whatever your theatrical pleasure, Cape Town’s theatres have something for everyone. Easy must-see choices are Kat and the Kings at the Fugard Theatre, I Don’t Work on Sundays at the Baxter Theatre, Alan Committie in No, Seriously at Theatre on the Bay and Face the Music II at Kalk Bay Theatre.
6. Spend the day at the V&A Waterfront: Twenty four hours really isn’t enough to explore this seaside treasure trove. Whether you’re diving with sharks at the Two Oceans Aquarium, enjoying lunch at one of its sublime restaurants, getting a bird eye’s view from the Wheel of Excellence, enjoying a free concert at the Amphitheatre or catching up on some last minute festive shopping, the V&A Waterfront is the place to be today.
7. Admire a Capetonian sunset from our Wonder of Nature: Take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway car to the top of this newly inaugurated natural wonder at 18h00 this evening, weather permitting, for only R102.50 and marvel at a spectacular sunset.
8. Suit up and go swimming: You lucky fish, you live, work and play in a city surrounded by gorgeous, pristine beaches! Get out your bathing suit and head down to Clifton 4th Beach, Big Bay, Camps Bay, or Fish Hoek for a well-deserved dip.
9. Explore the spooky shipwreck trail at the iconic Cape Point: For the ghost lovers amongst us, Cape Point Nature Reserve offers a daily trail tour. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Two Oceans Restaurant for the best sushi this side of the equator. Then purchase a ticket for the Flying Dutchman funicular and get an unparalleled view of the Tip of Africa.
10. Jump aboard the Metro Rail Train: Few modes of transportation offer you the spectacular view from the city centre to Simon’s Town the way Metro Rail does. Purchase your R30 Southern Line Route ticket, climb aboard and revel in the beauty of our Mother City all the way to Simon’s Town.
11. Cool down with an ice cream, cocktail or both!: Summer in Cape Town just wouldn’t be the same without our legendary cocktail beach bars or top class ice cream spots. My personal all-time favourites? A Sex on the Beach at Primi Piatti Camps Bay and the 65% chocolate one scoop cone at The Creamery in Mowbray.
12. Walk and cycle your way around a township: Immerse yourself in the culture, history, traditions and lifestyle of the people of Langa or Masiphumele with an authentic township experience, through cycling, walking and using public transport by a informative tour guide. For more information on Langa tours, visit www.ubizotours.co.za and for Masiphumele tours, visit www.awoltours.co.za.