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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

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

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 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 :)



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


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.

The Tea Princess

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







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.


Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market

Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market

An African Villa Has  added this to our favorite list ,  you should do the same.!

28 to 29 February 








The Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market celebrates it’s 25th year and invites guests to shop in boutique stalls for clothing, jewellery, pottery, and wood carvings. While you shop, you can listen to University of Cape Town’s musicians or enjoy a picnic on the lawns to end the day. Children are welcome.

Venue: Stone Cottages, cnr of Kirstenbosch Dr and Rhodes Av, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 9am
Cost: Free

Tel: 021 554 6270
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*Watershed – At the V&A Waterfront

This beautiful space is home to more than 150 tenants who represent over 365 brands. A vast selection of products can be found here from ceramics and furniture to textiles, fashion and jewellery. This vibrant addition to the V&A Waterfront also includes the Jubilee Exhibition Hall and smaller spaces which play host to world famous exhibitions, live entertainment and workshops. From December, the celebrated Art of Brick will be housed here. Not only a place to shop,  the Watershed also offers a range of treatments available for your mind, body and soul which can all be found at ‘Wellness at the Watershed’ on the mezzanine level.


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*Kirstenbosch Boomslang (“tree snake”)

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The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. Inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called ‘The Boomslang‘ (meaning tree snake), it is a low-maintenance, low-impact sculptural raised walkway.