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Image result for CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM cape townA New Contemporary Art Museum for Cape Town

A new contemporary art museum is opening in Cape Town in 2017, in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront. The museum is expected to cost over R500 million for the development, but from the pictures released so far, it looks like it will be worth every cent! The Grain Silo is a fascinating structure that was built in the early 1920s. Standing at an impressive 57m tall, it is an integral part of the Cape Town skyline. Transforming this structure into a world-class art museum is sure to breathe new life into the beautiful old building.

The Dark Tower Starts Filming in Cape Town
Being a long-time fan of Stephen King, news of The Dark Tower filming in Cape Town is certainly exciting. Described by Stephen King as part western, part Lord of the Rings, this series follows legendary gunslinger-slash-truth-seeker Roland Deschain on his journey to find the Dark Tower. The Wire actor Idris Elba has been cast as Roland, with True Detective star Matthew McConaughey playing the mysterious Walter/Man in Black and Vikings star Katheryn Winnick in a yet-to-be announced role.

Summer is here!

November is here, and that means that the countdown to summer has officially begun in Cape Town!
The month before festive season kicks off in earnest is always exciting, with plenty to see and do. Many companies will be organising their year-end functions, a number of locals have planned their annual leave and plenty of international visitors are getting ready to come to Cape Town for the holidays. The city’s beaches are getting busier as the weather continues to heat up, the festive atmosphere is in full swing, and the Mother City is just about ready for a cracker of a summer.
Image result for cape town summerHere are some suggestions on what to do in Cape Town:

Haute Cabrière Wine Estate
In Franschhoek, you can plan a relaxing, rewarding day out in the beautiful Cape Winelands. This premier estate produces Methode Cap Classiques and other wines. You’ll be able to taste wines, enjoy a meal, get a lesson in sabrage (the method of opening a champagne bottle with a sabre) and have a tour of the estate.

High Tea at the Mount Nelson
Who says year-end parties in Cape Town have to involve late nights and hangovers? An elegant High Tea at the Mount Nelson will allow you and your team to enjoy plenty of delightful treats along with fine teas and coffees. The full afternoon tea is bigger and a bit pricier, while the smaller morning tea is a lighter, more affordable option. For bookings, 2016 prices and other info, contact +27 (0)21 483 1000 or reservations@mountnelson.co.za.

Table Mountain
Table Mountain offers a range of venues for hire, including the breath-taking Twelve Apostles Terrace, Cafe Balcony and Kiosk Viewing Deck on the lower cable station. Each venue caters a specific number of guests, while platter menus are available along with a range of other options. This is a great place for lunch, breakfast, afternoon tea or sundowners, with plenty of magical views and a laid-back atmosphere that is perfect for office parties. For more info on available function packages, email functions@tablemountain.net.

RUSH Trampoline Park
For something a bit different, RUSH Trampoline Park at Stadium on Main in Claremont offers a number of group function options. Choose from teambuilding events to parties and Cosmic Rush events that have an in-house DJ to add to the bouncing. This is a great way to let off steam after a long, hard year. You’ll get to act like kids again as you jump around! For more info and pricing, contact infoct@rushsa.co.za or +27 (0)21 683 3841.

Pole Dancing
For those who work in all-girl or mostly girl teams, pole dancing can be an entertaining way to end off the year. This fitness dance event is not all about learning how to shake what your momma gave you either. It can be an amazing way to gain confidence, boost morale and empower your team. There are many pole dance providers out there to choose from – do some research to find providers near your office. You could also consider burlesque parties, which are equally entertaining.

A little bit for everyone :)

TABLE MOUNTAIN WINE SAFARI

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A wine tasting safari with magnificent views from the lower slopes of this iconic Mountain? Yes, you read right! Henri Bruce, of the Durbanville Hills Wine Estate is available for taking our guests on a three hour rugged drive on this Safari vehicle around the front face of Table Mountain. The trip includes snacks and several glasses of some of this award-winning winery’s best vintages. There are also snacks on offer to compliment the wines. It’s a most unusual experience and fits well with a visit in conjunction with your obligatory Table Mountain top visit (whether hiking or by cable car.)

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The cost is a very reasonable R350 per person for the wine tasting journey. The safari starts at the parking lot just off the Kloof Nek access road to the Cable Station (Tafelberg Rd). It is recommended that you book your Cableway Tickets online before the time as these are not included in the wine excursion fee. Henri will drop you off at the lower cable station (or at Platteklip Gorge if hiking) on the way back from your

Be prepared for superb views, possibly some chilly winds and sightings of resident raptors. Dress warmly,  though cosy blankets are provided. Minimum of 2 passengers, maximum 6. Ask the reception staff at An African Villa to reserve your places!

The Fugard Studio Theatre – I See You

6 – 28 MAY 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R150 – R170

Written by writer, actor and director Mongiwekhaya (Ubu and the Truth Commission; The Feather Collector), the play marks the directorial debut of Olivier award winner Noma Dumezweni, who was last seen in the Fugard Theatre’s production of A Human Being Died That Night (in Cape Town, Johannesburg, London and New York) and who will play Hermione Granger in the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End.

I See You

http://www.thefugard.com/whats-on/coming-soon

GOOD COMPANY FARMERS MARKET

From:  March 5, 2016 at 9:00am
To:      December 31, 2016 at 3:00pm

 

market2016The newly established Farmers Market in the Company Gardens  by the name of the Good Company Farmers Market was inaugurated late last year towards the end of November. The idea is to have a weekly Saturday Farmers Market where you can collect your fresh produce like your organic veggies, breads and cheeses, and then sit down afterwards and have your breakfast  like eggs Benedict on potato rostis paired with coffee or a freshly squeezed juice. The space is ideal for luncheon under the trees offering a large variety of meals ranging from burgers, pizzas, veggie meals to pulled pork paninis. All this may be enjoyed with either a fresh smoothie or something a little more delectable like a glass of vino, bubbles or ice cold beer on tap.
There are several lifestyle  products on offer too which are all locally produced in South Africa and are of exceptionally high quality. There are even beautifully written books available.
The space is magnificently situated under the ancient old oaks in the Paddocks area which is at the top end of the Company’s Gardens, alongside the Iziko National Gallery. There are rolling lawns that are adjacent to the Market Area which are ideal for picnicing with the whole family. We encourage families to stroll down from the surrounding neighborhood with their children on bicycles and bringing along the family dog. The space is extremely child and dog friendly!
Every Saturday, we are offering live music which showcases local talent and Gavin Minter has been given the task to present amazing performing artists.
So do pop along, tell a friend or bring a family member and come enjoy this glorious space of ours nestled under Table Mountain in the Company’s Garden. Luckily for our guest who are  staying at An African Villa you have the  option of walking to the company gardens which will take you approximately 15 minutes.
Good Company Farmers Market
Every Saturday 9am-3pm
Contact Shelley if you require any assistance or if you are keen to join the market.
076 722 5800.

* CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR

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2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour: 6 March

Several of our regulars at An African Villa are riding again this year. Welcome back guys! Cape Town – The world’s largest individually-timed cycle race is happening on Sunday 6 March and this year it won’t be the shortened version but the whole 109km – the 2015 race was shortened due to raging fires at the time.

For all guests of An African Villa who are departing our shores on Sunday the 6th of March, BE WARNED, THERE ARE EXTENSIVE ROAD CLOSURES ON THE AIRPORT ROUTE TO ACCOMMODATE THE THROUSANDS OF CYCLISTS WHO WILL BE RIDING THIS YEAR. BEst to make use of the alternative N1/M5/M3 route option and leave at least an hour early!

The Tea Princess

From: March 5, 2016 at 1:30pm
To: 6:30pm

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The Tea Princess Presents: South Africa`s First Annual High Tea Festival Series 2016

The most anticipated, exclusive event of the year has arrived. South Africa`s first Annual High Tea Festival Series 2016, is proudly brought to you by the specialists in High Tea in South Africa, The Tea Princess. An event like this has never been held in South Africa before, this festival will highlight and showcase teas of the world, tea sets, products, food, clothing, jewellery and everything opulent associated with a High Tea.
Where better to kick off and host The Tea Princess first Annual High Tea Festival Series 2016 than the world famous and breath takingly beautiful  Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. Ladies and Gentleman, guests and friends of An African Villa, its time to dress up to the teas and feel like a Lord and Lady if just for an afternoon.