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November 13, 2012

Cape Town in summer – no better place to be

Nature lovers will be amazed at the rich biodiversity of Rondevlei Nature Reserve. Photo courtesy Ian Junor

It’s almost summer – and one of the best places of all to be is Cape Town.

The city has great weather – lots of sun and warm weather – perfect for spending hours outdoors, on the beach, or exploring the city’s many natural attractions.

November to March is regarded as the best period to visit Cape Town, when you can enjoy up to 11 hours of sunshine a day.

The city has a packed social calendar, especially over the festive period, so visitors can take full advantage of the great weather.

There’s the annual J&B Met horse race, that takes place in January. As many as 50 000 partygoers are expected to descend on the Kenilworth Racecourse for a day of fashion and horseracing. It’s all about seeing and being seen.

Then there are the annual Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts – one of the most popular cultural events on the city’s social calendar.

The concerts are set in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – which stretch over 528ha (1 300-acre) and feature cultivated plants, magnificent trees, ponds and lawns. The concerts take place every Sunday and continue from November to March. 

For a once-off change of pace, there’s the much-anticipated Lady Gaga concert that will take place at the Cape Town Stadium on December 3. If Lady Gaga, one of the biggest stars ever to visit South Africa, will be in Cape Town, then why aren’t you?

In search of something a bit more challenging to do while in the city? Why not plan your trip to coincide with the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, taking place on March 10. 

The race started in 1978 to raise awareness about the lack of cycle paths in South Africa, and today is the biggest timed cycle race in the world.

Have we convinced you to visit the Mother City? Good – now let’s help you get here. 

There are a number of international flights to Cape Town. You can also access the city from Johannesburg, Durban and other major South African cities. Also visit British Airways and Virgin Atlantic for information on flights to Cape Town.

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