Category Archives: WHATS NEW?

* Train Ride to Simostown in October

25 October 2015

Atlantic Rail provides a scenic steam train ride to Simon’s Town for a day of exploring the town and lunch at one of the many restaurants.

Venue: Train Lodge, Old Marine Dr, Foreshore, Cape Town
Time: 10.30am – 4.50pm
Cost: Adult R 300 | Child R 200 (age 3 to 12 yrsimage

Tel: 021 558 5805
Facebook: AtlanticRailPublicGroup

*The Langa TAG Township Arts Gallery Tour

Take a gander at local creations along this Cape Town township’s first permanent art gallery route.

Get a taste of South African history, contemporary art and local culture all in one helping with a visit to the Langa Township Arts Gallery (Langa TAG), which is running daily (except on Sundays) until Thursday, 8 January 2015 as part of the Maboneng Township Arts Experience.
Chosen as one of the World Design Capital 2014 official projects, the unique exhibition is hosted in 10 different homes in Langa, one of South Africa’s oldest townships, where local and international visitors can peruse artists’ creations and talk to the ‘gallery’ owners. Art lovers and casual appreciators can expect to see works from established locals, like Zolani Siphungela, Velile Soha and Patrick Holo, as well learn more about the narratives that underpin the community.

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* Cricket, Rugby, Football, Golf, Cycling news

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The West Indies cricket team are out to entertain us with their calypso style cricket in South Africa.
Games being played in Cape Town at Newlands are;

–   The 3rd 5 day test against SA starts on 2 Jan to 6th Jan.
–   The 1st T20 game is on 9th Jan.
–   They wrap up their tour to SA on 28th Jan 2015.

For a list of all the matches, go to


The local provincial team, the Cobras, have just won the T20 trophy, BIG smiles on all the Capetonian’s faces.


The Super Rugby series starts in February, with the first game at Newlands taking place on 21st Feb.
For a fixtures list, go to

Unfortunately no games until February.


Bring your own sticks or hire some for a memorable round of 18 holes.
Steenberg Golf course
Royal Cape Golf course http://

The Argus Cycle Tour, held a week before Easter weekend each year, is the world’s largest timed cycle ride with approximately 35,000 entrants each year. The next one is on 8 March 2015.  If you have your wheels with you, Keith is always game for a ride, or join him on a weekend club ride.

Home to the second biggest South African ultra marathon, the Two Oceans. The marathon has a large international contingent of top runners that participate each year. The scenic route takes in Chapmans Peak and spans the two oceans. The ultra marathon takes place over the Easter weekend and is one of a runners highlights. http://

*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.

* 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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