Sip, swirl and sample fine food and fare from the picturesque valley and charming Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch from Friday, 24 January to Sunday, 2 February 2014. Since the successful move from July to January in 2013, the revitalised festival offers serious vino lovers an extended summer programme that not only showcases the region’s extraordinary viticulture and culinary prowess, but that also allows guests to take in the historic architecture and stunning natural scenery of the area.
Activities include a wine expo, sporting events, concerts, wine and food pairings and more.
FOR MORE INFO: http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/events/
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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 http://www.supersport.com/cricket/sa-team/fixtures
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 http://www.supersport.com/rugby/super-rugby/fixtures
Unfortunately no games until February.
Bring your own sticks or hire some for a memorable round of 18 holes.
Steenberg Golf course http://www.steenberggolfclub.co.za/content/contact.html
Royal Cape Golf course http://http://www.royalcapegolf.co.za/contact
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.
www.cycletour.co.za/ 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://http://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za/
Pack a picnic, the kiddies and even your canine and enjoy free live music on the historic De Waal Park greenway.
CONCERTS IN THE PARK is a formally registered NON-profit company that promotes FREE musical events in Community facilities. In 2011 it introduced a series of Summer Concerts staged in De Waal Park’s Victorian Bandstand ,which incidentally is the only bandstand in Cape Town, on Sunday afternoons from March through to April for the free enjoyment of all the Community – they are free without exception & will remain so.
Celebrate the warmer weather with yet another season of mahala Sunday concerts at the Mother City’s historic De Waal Park in Oranjezicht starting on Sunday, 14 December 2014. Currently in its fourth year, this much-loved series boasts another stellar line-up of renowned Mzansi musical legends and up-and-coming artists, including the likes of The Rudimentals, Mark Haze and many more.
For locals, tourists and suburbanites looking for family-friendly or kid-friendly activities (yes that includes your furry friend, on a leash), this park performance provides the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic basket and unwind on an expansive green for a live afternoon concert beneath the summer sun.
Follow the series of CONCERTS IN THE PARK ON Twitter, like them on Facebook, and check out our photos on Instagram for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.concertsinthepark.co.za
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FASHION, JEWELLERY, ART AND SO MUCH MORE!
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.
FOR MORE INFOMATION: http://www.waterfront.co.za/Shop/Pages/Watershed-Overview.aspx
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THE J&B MET 2015 – theme ” MADE FOR THE MIX”
31 January 2015
South Africa’s top horse-racing and fashion event. This year’s theme is ‘Made for the Mix’ .
Venue: Kenilworth Race Course, Rosmead Ave, Kenilworth, Cape Town
Time: 10am – 10pm
Cost: R 125 – R 250
The oldest horse race in the country is also the largest annual outdoor social event in Cape Town. Now sponsored by J&B Met for the 38th year, it has just announced the theme for 2015: ‘Made for the Mix’. The theme calls guests to pursue the unconventional path and combine different fashion styles together and, as always, one of the highlights of J&B Met day is the Most Elegant Couple competition, which sees a selection of elegantly clad couples winning great prizes. The 2015 J&B Met also features entertainment from DJs and top South African bands as well as food trucks, bar facilities with ample seating, shade and live screenings of all the races including, of course, watching 18 of the country’s best horses contest the day’s most famous race over 2 000 metres.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.whatsonincapetown.com/post/jb-met-2015/
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/summer-concerts
KIRSTENBOSCH SUMMER SUNSET CONCERTS
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/summer-concerts
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THE TREE SNAKE! http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/tree-canopy-walkway
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.
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CHARLIE’S BAKERY http://www.charlysbakery.co.za/
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!
CASSIS BAKERY http://www.cassis.co.za/stores/gardens-salon-de-the/
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.
LIMNOS BAKERY http://www.limnosbakers.co.za/
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.
NEW ROUTING FOR TOURIST BUS
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.citysightseeing.co.za/compare-tours
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