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July 15, 2009

Warm up to the Mother City this winter

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Whale-watching is a popular winter pastime in Cape Town. Photo courtesy Ian Junor

We are in the wonderfully, rainy home stretch of our Cape Town winter, with only the months of July and August left to justify sleeping in, wrapping up warmly, eating out – and making the most of Cape Town Tourism’s Winter Warmer campaign.

Take the chill out of winter and the depression out of the recession with Cape Town Tourism members’ great offers and prizes!  The campaign aims to offer visitors and locals irresistible, best-value deals, with many of members offering as much as a 50% reduction in price. For up-to-date information on these special offers, visit the winter website at www.capetown.travel/winter.

Today, we look at some old favourites and one or two new ideas.

Things to do in Cape Town and surrounds this winter

Winter warmer with a conscience.  Give responsibly this winter and remember those less fortunate than yourself.  Sign up with an accredited charitable organisation or register as a volunteer. Small contributions like a warm blanket, winter clothes or non-perishable food items go a long way for those in need.

A game of rugby and a lekker braai.  The Vodacom Currie Cup is back in town and promises to be a hot competition, with Western Province beating the Sharks 29-15 at Newlands Stadium this past Saturday. When the game is on, true Capetonians will be shouting “Pro-vin-ce” at the top of their lungs while lighting the fire for a braai, come rain or shine.  Today, for one of our prizes, Cape Town Tourism member Aquila Microlight Safaris puts an exhilarating spin on the much-loved braai.

Whale-watching in Simon’s Town.  Drive out along the Southern Peninsula to spot the gentle giants of the ocean in Simon’s Town and stop for a bite to eat at the many excellent restaurants in Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town. For a day trip, head out to Cape Point and take a ride on the Funicular.

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Groot Constantia vinyeards. Photo courtesy Ian Junor

Kirstenbosch Winter Concerts.  The lesser-known sibling of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s much-loved Summer Concerts, the Winter Concerts offer the perfect Sunday evening out next to a cosy fireplace.  Catch stellar South African acts like Hot Water, The Rudimentals, Coda and Flat Stanley (to name but a few) in the Silver Tree Restaurant. Ticket prices are R90 per person. Visit their website at www.sanbi.org for the July and August line-up. 

Celebrate cinema.  The Encounters International Documentary Festival, showing at the NuMetro cinema in the V&A Waterfront until July 19, will be showing international and South African productions, with celebrities such as Dawn Matthews and Hip Hop Pantsula featured as subjects. 

Pure rejuvenation. For complete relaxation and pampering, treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment. Winter is the best time to relax your body and restore your mind in order to be in top shape for the city’s beaches in summer.

Shop until you drop.  With winter sale reductions of up to 70% at certain participating stores, now is the best time to stock up on winter woollies for next year.  Visit the V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk or Willowbridge Mall with the whole family to make the most of the season’s specials.

Visit the wine country.  Drive out to the Constantia, Durbanville or Somerset West winelands for a fireside wine tasting. A number of estates cater for the foodie in you, offering scrumptious food and wine pairings. Excellent restaurants provide the perfect excuse to linger longer in the winelands. 

For these and other great winter ideas, visit our website at www.capetown.travel/winter or call +27 (0)21 487 6800. 

We have some wonderful prizes for the show today:

• Aquila Microlight Safaris “Fly & Braai”, including minute flips for two, valued at R850 per person.

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A giraffe at Aquila Game Reserve. Photo courtesy Anatoly Kraynikov

Enjoy a unique experience in an open-cockpit microlight, complete with the original Luftwaffe suit, leather cappie and goggles, and eccentric pilot.  The flights boast views of the Klipheuwel/Perdeberg area, home to animals such as zebras, antelope, jackals, ostriches, as well as blue cranes, pelicans, flamingos and various birds of prey.  Pack your own favourite food and drinks (the braai area, eating utensils and wood and coals will be provided) for a unique take on a South African institution – a fly and braai!  Aquila Microlight Safaris is based at Wintervogel Airfield, on a privately-owned farm near Malmesbury.

• Three double tickets to the feature of your choice for the Encounters International Documentary Festival, now playing in the V&A Waterfront, valued at R66 per prize winner.

The prizes don’t stop here! Cape Town Tourism is still running two fabulous winter competitions and we would like to remind you to enter now if you haven’t already done so. 

a. Capture the Cape Town winter and win an iPod Nano

Enter your prized photograph of a Cape Town winter for our winter Flickr competition and stand a chance of winning an iPod Nano! Listen to your favourite tunes for creative inspiration.  This completion closes at the end of August. 

b. Send us your favourite winter story and win an Acer Notebook

Yet another reason Cape Town is cool this winter! Tell us why you think Cape Town is cool in winter in no more than 140 characters and you could win an Acer notebook worth R2 500. Let your creative juices flow and encourage all of your friends and family to enter too.  Please visit Cape Town Tourism’s fan pages on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, where you can also enter this great competition.
 
If you have limited Internet access, both competitions can be entered in our Visitor Information Centres, where you’ll also have the opportunity to win a cosy winter break!

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