5 Things To Do in Cape Town During Spring
Spring has arrived and with it an array of exciting activities and scenic locations to enjoy and explore in and around the Western Cape. This beautiful province has no end of attractions throughout the year but Spring offers some unique possibilities that are definitely worth adding to your bucket list.
Bay Harbour Market
This funky market situated as the name suggests within the harbour district of Hout Bay is a one-of-a-kind venue that definitely warrants a visit at least once in your stay in Cape Town. Open only on weekends, Friday through Sunday, you can expect to find some of the tastiest authentic food, hottest live bands, proudly South African crafts and products as well as an atmosphere that is tangible with electric energy. Friday nights are buzzing with people so not for the faint hearted if crowds bother you but a total-must for anyone looking to experience one of the hot spots of Cape Town culture. www.bayharbourmarket.co.za
This beautiful 36 hectare garden is actually part of an incredible 528 hectare estate situated at the eastern foot of Table Mountain. Undeniably one of the most beautiful gardens in South Africa it offers many attractions including the tree canopy walkway (known as the Boomslang), the classicaly African ‘Moyo’ restaurant, guided tours and hikes to name but a few. One of the seasonal attractions is that of the open-air cinema that comes to Kirstenbosch Gardens every Wednesday during the months of October to April. The Open Air Cinema allows one to have the best of both worlds being able to watch a classic hit on the big screen while enjoying the great outdoors under a canopy of South African constellations.
Picnic baskets are available upon pre-order, with a selection of food trucks on site to choose from all of which make it a truly unique experience of wonder to be enjoyed by both young and old. www.thegalileo.co.za
Beach Silent Disco Parties
New to the Cape Town party scene is the concept of Silent Disco. Just imagine dancing bare feet into the sunset while listening to one of 3 DJ’s. Thanks to multi-channel headphones that allow up to 4 different audio sources to be played simultaneously, listeners have the option to chop and change between channels, or in this case, live DJ’s with just the
touch of a button. If this sounds like a whole-lot-of-crazy, why not find out what it’s all about at the silent disco parties happening on Clifton 3rd beach twice a month during Spring and Summer. Featuring some of Cape Town’s most up-and-coming DJ’s, it’s a great opportunity to experience some of the best local talent in one of the most beautiful locations the Atlantic Seaboard has to offer. www.silentevents.co.za
Atlantic Rail Steam Train
Starting in Cape Town, this train consisting of vintage coaches dating all the wayback from 1922 and 1938. takes you to Eerste River and runs through the scenic landscapes of the Winelands. The train will then take you through the Hottentots Holland mountains, passing the Spier Wine farm and the Vredenheim wine Estate and ending finally at the Stellenbosch station where one can explore the quaint old town boasting some of the finest examples of surviving Georgian architecture in the Cape. It’s a scenic tour with a vintage difference that will appeal to the whole family. www.atlanticrail.co.za
The Red Bus
Anyone who’s ever been to Cape Town will have seen the big red double-decker buses driving around throughout the city. These are the perfect sightseeing vehicles with the open top for guests to enjoy the incredible views without any obstructions. Their flagship tour is that of the Cape Town City Tour to Table Mountain offering a convenient way to visit the iconic
Table Mountain Cableway, as well as the City Bowl, Camps Bay and Atlantic Seaboard. The Red Bus tickets gives users the opportunity to hop on and hop off at any of the various stop along the way making it the ideal option for sightseeing in and around Cape Town. www.citysightseeing.co.za