Cape Town is cool for Easter breakaways

Friday, April 22, 2011 marks the start of the Easter holidays and includes that long-awaited four-day weekend when loved ones come together for some great family fun. Cape Town’s tourism establishments look forward to this time of year as domestic tourism increases with travellers from across the country descending on Cape Town to spend quality time with family and friends.

Says Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold: “Easter is usually a good time for domestic tourism in Cape Town, when visitors from across the country soak in the remainder of the warm days in Cape Town. Autumn in the Mother City is marked by mild sunny days and great events and activities aimed at the whole family. We are looking forward to welcoming our domestic guests to the Mother City and urge those travelling by road to drive safely. Be vigilant at all times, keep hydrated and awake, stop to stretch your legs, and whatever you do – do not drink and drive!”

Not only is Easter a time for family and fun, but it also signals a change of season. A season of culinary delights, wines, books and culture; a season when engaging with nature is easier without the heat, and winter adventure activities are the order of the day.

“There is so much to see and do in Cape Town during the winter months,” continues Du Toit-Helmbold. “Granted, it means less time spent on the beach, but there are beautiful walks in forests, exploring the Cape’s heritage and experiencing our many indoor activities.”

Travellers to Cape Town are welcome to contact Cape Town Tourism on +27 (0)21 487 6800 or to visit any one of their 18 Visitor Information Centres across the city (get directions here).

A few Easter weekend activities for adults

  • Do the Wine Tour extension on City Sightseeing’s Blue Mini Peninsula Tour. The tour takes visitors to Groot Constantia and Eagles’ Nest in the Cape’s oldest wine growing region, Constantia Valley. Call +27 (0)21 511 6000 or visit www.citysightseeing.co.za.
  • Jazz lovers can attend weekly Sunday Jazz Brunches at Winchester Mansions in Sea Point until April 24, 2011. Harvey’s The Mansions serves a fine food brunch in the romantic courtyard or terraces (overlooking the Atlantic Seaboard) while jazz is performed by local and international jazz artists. Call +27 (0)21 434 2351 or visit www.winchester.co.za.
  • Take part in Fun Runs (Rondebosch) or the Friendship Run (V&A Waterfront) that form part of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Good Friday, and choose your distance. Call +27 (0)21 657 5140 or visit www.twooceansmarathon.org.za.
  • Dads, catch the Canal Walk Motor Show between April 27 and May 2 at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Century City. Call +27 (0)21 529 9638 or visit www.canalwalk.co.za for more information.
  • Stroll through Cape Town’s biggest gourmet and artisan market featuring clothing, shoe and jewellery designers, specialty traders, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, fresh produce, boutique wine estates, micro-breweries and more. Only on Saturdays from 09h00 to 14h00 at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. Call +27 (0)21 448 1438 or visit www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za.

A few Easter weekend activities for kids

  • The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront is open every day and is filled with over 3000 marine life specimens from the Indian and Atlantic oceans. During the Easter holidays the Two Oceans Aquarium will be hosting Easter Egg Hunts and snake shows (22 April – 2 May). Call +27 21 418 3823, email aquarium@quarium.co.za or visit www.aquarium.co.za.
  • The V&A Waterfront boasts over 450 retail stores, craft markets, the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Scratch Patch, boat charters and street entertainers. During the Easter holidays, kiddies’ rides (and the permanent Wheel of Excellence) will be offered between April 11 and 15 near the Two Oceans Aquarium, a Pirate Boat Jungle Gym will be on offer for the Easter weekend, and there will be a Lindt Easter Village at Barrow Court from April 19 to 25, where little ones can enjoy chocolate in the Lindt Garden and enter colour-in competitions for Lindt prizes. Call +27 (0)21 408 7600, email info@waterfront.co.za or visit www.waterfront.co.za.
  • The Zip-Zap Circus is the oldest circus in Cape Town and provides top circus entertainment for the whole family. During the Easter holidays, Zip-Zap will be hosting a show called Just Kidding (April 21 to 27). Call +27 (0)21 421 8622, email info@zip-zap.co.za or visit www.zip-zap.co.za.
  • Atlantic Rail offers train rides along the Cape Peninsula coast line in an old vintage steam train dating back to 1938. During the Easter holidays, on April 25, Atlantic Rail will be running the Easter Bunny Train – a one-and-a-half hour trip on the steam train through the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town with Easter treats for the little ones. Call +27 (0)21 556 1012, email info@atlanticrail.co.za or visit www.atlanticrail.co.za.
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