June 04, 2014
46 Spectacularly Capetonian Things To Do This Winter
A swashbuckling word-nerd and life-time student of the creative edge, Alessandro spends his time cooking up funky stories and getting his teeth kicked out at Thai Boxing. His geekiness comes in useful where he gets put to work fashioning digital content that sizzles. When not searching for the perfect metaphor, Alessandro hunts for the quirky, the arresting and the powerful, since following Dr Seuss’ maxim you gotta:
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try!”
From Cape Town's jumping sharks "aka AIR JAWS" to urban brandy routes, from art made out of t-bags to ocean paddles under the full moon, here are 46 spectacularly Capetonian things to do this winter:
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1. The First Human Heart Transplant Project
Take a guided tour through the surgery theatres used during the first human heart transplant in 1967. Yes, it happened in Africa!
Where? Heart Transplant Museum, Groot Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Observatory
2. A Century Old Golf Course
Play a round of golf at one of Cape Town’s oldest and most prestigious golf courses (est. 1910), the 7 time host of the SA Open and 3 time host of the Bells Cup.
Where? Mowbray Golf Club, 1 Raapenburg Road, Mowbray
3. A World-Famous Artist
Check out the Irma Stern (1894-1966) exhibition. She was world renowned for her exotic figures, portraiture, landscapes and still lives on - in 2011 one of her paintings sold for R34 million at Bonham's, London. Not bad.
Where? Cecil Road, Rosebank
4. A Ridiculously Pretty 200 Year Old Hotel
Over 2 centuries old, the gorgeous aristocratic Vineyard Hotel is situated in 6 acres of lush Newlands forest. There are 2 restaurants on the property, including the award-winning Myoga. Check out their luxury Winter Spa packages.
Where? Colinton Road (off Protea Road) Newlands, Cape Town
5. A Design Centre
Visit the Montebello Design Centre on the Montebello Estate for a delicious lunch, shopping, the groovy art exhibitions or a design course.
Where? Colinton Road (off Protea Road) Newlands, Cape Town
6. A Local Brewery
Try Newlands Brewery's 8 famous beers on your tour through this over 200 year old Brewmaster's haven, in the shadow of Table Mountain.
Where? 3 Main Road, Newlands
7. A Canopy Walkway
Where? Rhodes Drive, Newlands
8. The Oldest Wine-Making Route in the Southern Hemisphere
Dating back to 1685, Constantia Valley offers an intimate wine route consisting of 9 wine farms, each with their own impressive heritage and world-class wines.
Where? Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig, Steenberg, Constantia Glen, Eagles' Nest, Beau Constantia and Silvermist
9. One of South Africa's Best Restaurants
The Greenhouse won EatOut’s Restaurant of the Year in 2011. In 2012 they were again in the Top 10 at 8th and last year they got even more love at 4th, making them one South Africa's sexiest restaurants according to awards committees.
Where? 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town 7800
10. Live Music and Comedy
Where: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
11. Snoek Fishing
Get Hooked on Africa when you fish for South Africa's beloved Snoek (just try one on a braai and you'll know why!) 50km out in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.
Where? Hooked on Africa, Hout Bay Harbour Road, Hout Bay Harbour
13. Art Made out of T-Bags
Visit this cute project in Hout Bay which creates spectacular art from recycled tea bags. A community upliftment project, T-Bag Designs was founded on Eleanor Roosevelt's famous quote, "A woman is like a tea-bag. You only know how strong she is when she is put in hot water."
Where? Klein Kronendal, 144 Main Road, Hout Bay
14. A Harbourfront Emporium
Rub shoulders with venerable old captains and fishermen at the the first harbourfront emporium in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring shops, restaurants, markets and some of Cape Town's best seafood.
Where? Mariner's Wharf, Harbour Road, Hout Bay
15. An Island of Seals
Go on 40 minute cruise to marvel at thousands of seals in their natural environment on Duiker Island, finishing off with astonishing views of the ancient shipwrecks nearby.
Where: Drumbeat Charters, 20 Northoaks, Hout Bay
16. Romantic Getaway
Cosy up for a romantic weekend getaway at Chapman's Peak Hotel. A winner at TripAdvisor’s 2012 Traveler’s Choice Awards, the hotel is the grand old lady of seaside resorts on the Atlantic Seaboard, famous for its sublime calamari, overflowing seafood platters and its popular terrace overlooking the world renowned Chapman’s Peak Drive.
Where? Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay
17. Art Exhibition in a Mansion
The iconic Winchester Mansions - a luxury seaside hotel - is currently showing Storm Thorgensen's graphic design and photography. Wednesdays are Ladies Nights, with complimentary cocktails and roses on arrival.
Where: 221 Beach Road, Cape Town
19. Cruise Round the Bay
Take an hour and a half trip through stunning Table Bay, home to whales, dolphins, penguins, seals, giant sunfish and a huge variety of pelagic bird life living and playing just beyond the breakwater.
Where? Cruise IQ, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
20. Mountain Biking (For Real)
Go up a real mountain with Cape Escape Mountain Biking Tours in a network of breathtakingly beautiful tracks suitable for any fitness level.
Where? 7 Garrick St, Greenpoint, Cape Town
21. Explore, Taste and Photograph the City
Take a walking tour through the Cape Town Gardens, Greenmarket Square, the iconic Bo Kaap Buildings and finish off with a scrumptious Cape Malay Lunch, with photographic tutoriols along the way.
Where? Cape Town Photo Tours, 15 Orange Street, Cape Town
22. Customised Running
Meet like-minded people when you join Energy in Abundance on one of their Big 5 running tours around Cape Town's city-scape and natural parks.
Where? Table Mountain, Camps Bay-Seapoint Promenade, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Constantia Winelands, Hout Bay-Chapman's Peak Drive
23. Fire an Assault Rifle
Gun down rat zombies with a .223 assault rifle at Gun Fun’s indoor shooting range in Green Market Square, or why not try out 007's famous Walter PPK on some mobsters?
Where? Gun Fun, 57 Hout Street, Cape Town
24. Brandy Tasting
Gulp down the Urban Brandy Route at 5 restaurant locations and share the spirit of one of South Africa's favourite dops.
Where? MapMyWay, Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Ave. Newlands
25. Family Bike and Wine Tasting Tours
Mom and Dad get to sample the famous products of the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands afterwards (don't forget the award-winning brandy) whilst kiddies can marvel at the Birds of Prey Sanctuary.
Where? Bikes 'N Wines Cape Town
26. Self-Drive Motorbike Tours
Take a self-drive tour around Cape Town on a Harley Davidson for the ultimate badass profile picture.
Where? Cape Bike Travel, 125 Buitengracht, City Centre
27. An Ostrich Farm
Take a guided tour of the Cape Point Ostrich Farm, devour some delicious ostrich fillet and then buy yourself some designer ostrich eggs or an ostrich leather bag.
Where? The Cape Point Ostrich Farm, M65, 400m North of Entrance to Cape Point National Park, Cape Point, False Bay Coast.
28. Jumping Sharks aka Air Jaws
Combine shark cage diving with shark breaching aka 'Air Jaws' with African Shark Eco Charters.
Where? False Bay, Simon's Town
30. Beach Riding
Where? Sleepy Hollow Lane, Noordhoek
31. Camel Riding
Ride a majestically stupid camel, enjoy organic food and let your kids make friends in the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard.
Where? Imhoff Farm, near Kommetjie, opposite Ocean View
33. Bicycle Tour through a Township
Find out what life is like on the other side of an airconditioned window and interact with real communities in Masiphumelele Township.
Where? AWOL Tours, V&A Waterfront Information Center Dock Road, Cape Town
34. Full Moon Paddle
Occurring only once a month, paddle out into the warm waters of False Bay and watch the majestic moonrise from behind the Hottentots Holland mountain.
Where? Sea Kayak Tours, Simon's Town Wharf, Simon's Town
35. Learn to Surf
Get your boogie on with one of Cape Town's surf schools. Surf's up bro!
Where? Learn 2 Surf, Beach Road, Muizenburg
36. Sand Boarding
Glide down the towering white sands of the Atlantis and Betty's Bay dunes and wipeout on a cushion of soft sand!
Where? Rock On Adventures, Bloubergstrand
37. Kite Boarding
Ramp over waves using only the wind and infinite amounts of coolness.
Where? Best Kite Boarding Africa, Shop 1 Portico Building, Athens Road, Tableview
38. Dine with Locals
Dine with a South African family and enjoy authentic cuisine in a warm and lovely environment.
Where? Dine With a Local, various locations
Try a low-flying powered paraglide along Dolphin Beach and then soar 500m above it.
Where? Bird Men Paragliding, 36 Champagne Way, Tableview
Perfect for a kids party, try whizzing down Cool Runnings' custom built tobboganning course!
Where? Cool Runnings, Durbanville
41. Wine and Olive Oil Tasting
One of the oldest farms in South Africa established over 3 centuries offers award-winning wines and boutique olive oils.
Where? Saxenburg Estate, Kuils River
42. Lunch in a Manor House
Sample the finest in contemporary cuisine in a Cape Dutch Manor House at the Zevenwacht Wine Estate.
Where? Zevenwacht Restaurant, Kuils River
43. Weekend on a Wine Farm
Another of Cape Town's unrivalled wine farms, D'Aria's little guest cottages offer the ultimate in serene getaways laced with cuteness and wine.
Where? M13 (Racecourse Road), Durbanville
44. Fufisliding and other Watersports
Waterskiing, waveboarding and fufisliding, embrace your inner waterbaby with a ton of kickass watersports at Blue Rock Waterski.
Where? Blue Rock Cable Waterski, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West
46. Award-winning Olive Oil and Wine
Dating back to 1711, the Morgenster Estate brews internationally acclaimed Bordeaux-style wines and extra virgin olive oil of astonishing quality.
Where? Vergelegen Avenue, off Lourensford Road, Somerset West
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