May 30, 2014
What’s New in Cape Town: Your Top Things to do this Winter
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.
Thought Cape Town only had really cool new things to do in summer?
Ha! Winter in the chilly Mother City is my favourite time of the year because not only are there unbelievable specials on offer but there is also a feast of GREAT fresh events, activities and products to experience.
Now, quit your moaning about how it’s too cold to go out and join me for these belly-warming, soul-rejuvenating, heart-racing new things to do in Cape Town this winter:
Get your nature lover on:
Boomslang Aerial Walkway at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
If the idea of getting a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and Cape Flats from the top of the ridiculously beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden gets you all hot and bothered, you simply cannot miss out on a visit to the recently opened Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, aka Boomslang (tree snake).
Fair warning – the stroll to the Boomslang, a physical commemoration of the Garden’s 100 year anniversary in 2013, is at least a brisk 15 minutes long but trust me; the picturesque vistas are totally worth it! Gorgeous even in the pouring rain, this unique Garden structure is also wheel-chair friendly.
Remember to wear your wellies (gum boots), as the Garden can get quite muddy, and don’t forget to pack your umbrella and camera for those must-have “I was there” pics.
Cost: R45 (General Garden entry fee)
Location: Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Feed your fishface:
Lucky Fish &Chips
So, you’ve got an epic night of partying all along Long Street planned but you’re starving and nachos just ain’t gonna cut it…why not head down to Lucky Fish&Chips for your late night snack?
With some legendary specials including a R 29.50 half portion of fried hake and chips and trading hours from 10h00 to 22h00 Mondays to Saturdays, this seafood joint is a party animal’s foodie dream.
Location: 44 Long Street, City Centre
Get trigger happy:
Clay Shooting Luxury Charters at the V&A Waterfront
Got a killer aim and dying for some sea breeze action? It doesn’t get better than a clay shooting experience on-board a luxury charter in the Table Bay Harbour.
Departing from the impressive V&A Waterfront, your exhilarating charter escapade includes 15 shots per person at clay pigeon and all of your adventure necessities including guns, licences, ammo and an experienced facilitator.
Cost: R475 per person
Location: V&A Waterfront
Unleash your inner drama queen:
The Galloway Theatre
Forget everything you know about hit series’ Glee and Fame – the red hot Galloway Theatre, resident playhouse for the Waterfront Theatre School’s students, graduates and supporters, is where all of the theatrical action is happening this chilly season.
From the glamorous Victorian décor (the chandelier centrepiece is gorgeous!) to the seductive line-up of productions (including the sexy Irit Noble in cabaret, no less), the Galloway is my favourite new hot spot in the Mother City.
Location: Waterfront Theatre School, Green Point
Madame Zingara’s Haarlem&Hope Restaurant in the Company’s Garden
The Madame Zingara group has been a busy magical bee, recently announcing that it’ll be conjuring a new look and feel for the historical Company’s Garden restaurant in the not-too-distant future.
To be named Haarlem&Hope, for the Dutch ship, the Nieuwe Haarlem, which brought the Company Garden’s first planters to the Mother City’s shores in 1647, this eatery will be the Madame’s sixth restaurant in Cape Town, joining its enchanting sister dining spots Café Paradiso, the Sidewalk Café and Café Mozart, amongst others.
For more information, visit www.madamezingara.com.