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Top Five Experiences
With summertime on its way, the party scene heats up. Cape Town’s nightclubs offer all-night entertainment, live music and guest DJ’s from across the world. From Camps Bay to Kalk Bay, there are “party hubs” to be found across the city. Nestle into the local scene at one of many English style pubs or rub shoulders with the sun-kissed and beautiful at any number of stylish wine and cocktail bars in the City Centre and Atlantic Seaboard. Fun is never far away.
A city like Cape Town begs to be celebrated in luxurious style. From cigar, whiskey and wine bars, to entertaining and thought-provoking theatre performances and excellent restaurants all round, the visitor in search of a sophisticated experience will be spoilt for choice. Go one step further and hire a private chef or charter a yacht at sunset…you only live once!
No one goes inside when the sun sets on summery Cape Town. Besides bar hopping and a night of dancing, there are a multitude of open-air entertainment options to be experienced under the African stars.
New Year’s Eve is arguably Cape Town’s biggest party night, celebrated at the city’s trendiest beach fronts, its best nightclubs, street parties and swanky events. For many, it’s a time of festivity ahead of grave determination to conquer those New Year’s resolutions. Yet New Year’s Eve 2013 is of much, much more significance… it hails in South Africa’s twentieth year of democracy and Cape Town’s year as World Design Capital 2014 (WDC 2014)
After a long, hard day – whether shopping and sightseeing or sunning yourself on the beach – it is only right to claim your rewards with a thirst-quencher befitting the occasion.
Over the past 300 years Cape Town has become a cultural melting pot, but only by experiencing the wealth of heritage sites the city offers can one truly begin to get under the skin of this fascinating city.
The arrival of the Dutch began South Africa’s colonial history and Cape Town’s voyage to becoming a cultural melting pot that included Dutch, Portuguese, French and British settlers, as well as Indian and Malay slaves, and the country’s indigenous inhabitants.
Cape Town is a city of contrasts. It tells a tale of two cities; one that boasts a thriving creative economy, premier tourist destination status and incredible natural beauty, juxtaposed by a city tarnished with social problems and poverty directly related to its troubled history. But when walking the streets of Cape Town and meeting its people, you will fall in love with a city of hope, inspiration and incredible spirit.
From nature and adventure, to history and culture, there is something for everyone to enjoy and explore in Cape Town. As a city of great natural beauty, creative freedom of expression and a melting pot of cultures, Cape Town reflects its heritage and modern history in its characters, architecture and stories.
The year 2014 represents a significant milestone for South Africa as it celebrates 20 years since the country’s first free and democratic elections. As World Design Capital (WDC) 2014, it is the perfect time for all South Africans to reflect on the challenges and gains of our transformation, celebrate the achievements of the past two decades and find solutions to the issues that haunt us.
Explore Cape Town for five days through an Outdoor and Nature lens. This itinerary includes things to do, places to see, images and a map to download.
The city’s unconventional mix of cultures and influences have all played their role in establishing local culture. From the coffee-shop hipsters to those who express their ancestry through food and song – the city is a blend of people-flavours.
Cape Town is a mecca of creativity and design, and these industries form a large part of the city’s economic activity. Perhaps as a reflection of its own natural beauty and diversity, Cape Town is crammed with art galleries, informal street art, great urban design, music, theatre and spontaneous expressions of creativity.
Monkeybiz is a non-profit organisation that provides unemployed women with the tools and materials to make traditionally beaded creations such as eclectic dolls, badges and curios. The company was established in 2000 in an effort to create jobs and today it is one of the most recognisable upliftment projects in the country.
The rhythms of Cape Town are as complex and interesting as her multicultural people. Most of all, the Mother City is known for its unique take on jazz and hip hop, although a surfeit of music continues to pour out of the city’s many musical genres.
Cape Town’s theatre scene is diverse, from Shakespeare to opera and ballet to local and international one-man shows, comedy shows, kids’ shows and musicals.
Cape Town is a foodie’s delight, with influences from every corner of the globe served up in restaurants and cafés across the city, in among traditional South African favourites.
South African wines are a feature on wine lists across the globe, and those from the vast and beautiful Cape Winelands are the best-known among them.
Food and wine events take place across the metropole, and play an important role in cultivating culinary Cape Town – not only to foodie locals, but also to visiting friends from afar – and have aided in shaping a space on the global food map for the Western Cape.
The concepts of community, decreasing our carbon footprint and awareness of the distance from farm to fork have resulted in the emergence of a robust food-market subculture in Cape Town.
Cape Town has a big coffee shop culture. Some spots are quaintly old-fashioned and others hip and happening – either way, they’re perfect for people-watching!
Naturally beautiful Cape Town is the ideal playground for golfers. The metropole offers several highly-rated courses, with further golfing locations sprinkled across the Cape’s green surrounds.
The thrill of harnessing the power of the wind is what makes kiteboarding a must-do for the adrenalin seeker. Blaauwberg beach is truly the best option for wind and kite surfing.
Coined by many as “the world’s most beautiful marathon”, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon attracts around 20 000 local and international athletes.
The Hoerikwaggo Trail is a five-day, four-night hiking trail designed to link Cape Point to Table Mountain. A tour guide is a must for this journey as it covers 75km of mountain terrain between overnight stops.
Dragon boat racing is a sport steeped in history, with its roots dating back to an ancient folk ritual of southern China, and as a modern-day sport calls for immense focus and teamwork.
Cool bars, pool bars, sports bars, rooftop bars, old-school bars, hipster bars and more; Cape Town offers bars of all kinds for every taste…
New Year’s Eve in Cape Town is an absolute delight! Cape Town is arguably the most beautiful city in the world and New Year’s Eve has become the city’s biggest party night.
Cape Town summer nights are long and fabulous, doors are always open and views spectacular. The city is in a good mood and tanned bodies and relaxed, happy faces let you know you are on holiday.
The Pink SA Guide has been designed with local and international travellers in mind. It is a guide to the best accommodation, restaurants, bars and clubs, sightseeing, entertainment and arts venues, as well as country getaways that are either gay-owned, gay-managed or are truly gay-friendly.
The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are a series of live, outdoor music concerts at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden amphitheatre that take place on Sunday evenings from
the end of November until the beginning of April the following year and features some of the biggest South African bands.