Category Archives: WHATS NEW?

*Something Different. Something New.

GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA  (October 2014 – April 2015)
A unique and invigorating outdoor movie experience at the Galileo Open Air Cinema in Cape Town happens each Wednesday and Thursday from October 2014 to April 2015. You can grab some popcorn (or other yummy gourmet treats from the exhibiting vendors), settle down on the lush lawns at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens OR the V&A Waterfront, and see firm favourites, cult classics and so much more.


Billed to take over Cape Town’s historic and stunning botanical gardens every Sunday from 23 November 2014 to 5 April 2015, the ever-popular outdoor live music series returns with a vast and varied line-up that’s likely to appeal to all music lovers.

This year, the exciting bill includes local acts that have never graced the Kirstenbosch stage before, like The Soil, Barbara Hendricks and the SA National Youth Orchestra and some old favourites, like Jeremy Loops, Johnny Clegg and Goldfish.

Plus, certain concerts feature a kid’s zone, so parents can chill out and drink in the music while kiddies can let loose and have fun running around in a designated area.

And if you don’t already know, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has a wide array of open spaces that make it the perfect picnic ground. Thus, concert-goers are encouraged to bring along blankets and picnic baskets filled with eats and drinks, including alcohol.

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*Celebrate life and support those living with HIV/AIDS


Observed on 1 December each year, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the global pandemic that affects millions of women, men and children.

Said to have more people living with HIV/AIDS than any other country in the world, South Africa claims shocking statistics that bring to light the devastating effects of this unrelenting virus. Each year, organisations host events to not only improve knowledge about the disease, but also to support the charities and groups that alleviate sufferers’ burdens and take care of families affected. Show your support and honour those living with HIV/AIDS by attending one of the events taking place in Cape Town and surrounds on Saturday, 30 November and Sunday, 1 December 2013.


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*Cape Town’s Twilight Team Run

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Strut your stuff through the streets of the Mother City in support of the Cape’s oldest charitable organisation.

Aside from all the festive season trimmings bedecking the Mother City’s streets, another Cape tradition prepares to fill the inner-city roadways with groups of fancy-dressed revellers. That’s right folks, it’s time to walk, jog, gallop, skip, crawl or monster mash your way through the streets of Cape Town as part of the Twilight Team Run on Tuesday, 2 December 2014. The much-anticipated charity-driven calendar highlight celebrates its 32nd birthday this year, and eager participants can look forward to the wildest, wackiest event yet.



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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.

* The Battle of the Bakeries!

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This wacky bakery sprang to fame when it was featured in a television series highlighting the extremely flamboyant, “over the top” confections created by this team. Sadly Charlie herself passed away recently but her daughters carry on the tradition. Well worth a visit!

With a string of excellent reviews, the new Cassis Salon de Thé in Gardens has proved to be a fashionable destination with its variety of breakfasts, light meals and sweet or savoury delights. Sophisticated but fun, the Garden’s salon is a contemporary blend of innovative finishes and our founding elements such as our always prominent purple branding.

The relaxed European décor style coffee shops hum with atmosphere and ambiance where clients can savour goodies from the variety of light meals – not to mention our superior quality cakes and pastries.

* A New Tourist Bus Route.


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There are several stops for the tourist buses within walking distance of An African Villa.

The bus company has introduced a new routing system. The so-called RED BUS (Stop 6 from the Villa) now only goes around the Camps Bay coast, Waterfront and up to the Table Mountain Cableway.

However, you can tag on an additional loop called THE YELLOW BUS free of charge which takes in the historic City Centre.

We recommend that you walk to stop 15 (Mount Nelson) from the hotel and take the YELLOW ROUTE first before swapping to the RED ROUTE. This makes an excellent introduction to the city.

If you have time (and especially on a SUNDAY when the city more or less shuts down) we recommend that you take the BLUE ROUTE which takes in Kirstenbosch, one or two Constantia wine farms (another FREE add-on) and the lovely Hout Bay valley. This is called the “MINI PENINSULA TOUR” but do not be fooled into thinking that it can replace the actual Cape Peninsula Tour – Penguins, Cape of Good Hope, and fantastic coastal scenery.


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