It is a known fact that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We have the most beautiful pristine white sandy beaches, trendy shopping malls, vibrant bars and nightclubs, gorgeous wine farms and an iconic mountain named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World – Table Mountain.
I’ve been fortunate enough to see a lot of Cape Town’s beauty in my life, but there a few places I will never grow tired of – the lush green parks. There’s nothing better than packing a picnic basket, a blanket and a few balls and toys for the kids and heading off to one of the beautiful parks in Cape Town for a day of fun in the sun. Here are two of my favourites…
Located in Wynberg, Maynardville Park features lovely lush greenery including exotic swamp cypress trees and lemon-scented gum trees. There’s a water feature and children’s playground perfect for kids, benches available for picnics, footpaths and tracks for cyclists and so much more. Dogs are also allowed as long as they’re on leashes.
The impressive Maynardville Open-air Theatre is best known for its Shakespeare-in-the-Park productions. Many fairs, carnivals and car shows have been hosted at Maynardville Park and for those who plan on tying the knot soon, the park can be transformed into a beautiful wedding venue as well.
Green Point Urban Park
The Green Point Urban Park is probably one of my daughter’s favourite places to visit during summer. Apart from stunning flourishing greenery and amazing views, the park features exercise equipment, a huge stage (great for religious events), ponds, bird baths, huge trees with lots of shade and wide paved paths perfect for an afternoon stroll, early morning jog or bicycle ride with friends.
The park is very safe and so educational. The Biodiversity Garden displays many interesting facts about the vegetation and insects available at the park. There are lots of benches available for picnics, but I prefer having a picnic on the grass (which is great for Yogo and Zumba sessions too!). If you’re looking for a venue for a kiddie’s birthday party, I would recommend Green Point Urban Park. You can spend hours exploring the entire park without even realising it. The Green Point Park opens at 07h00 and closes at 19h00 every day and I still cannot believe entry to the park is free. Although there’s a lot to do in the park, there are things you may not do, which includes camping, braaing, playing loud music, bathing, skateboarding, swimming or flower picking.
Post by Shehaam Petersen*
Spring has sprung in Cape Town and we’re ready to welcome this beautiful season with a bang. From wine festivals to whale festivals, Cape Town has a fantastic array of events taking place during September to welcome spring. Here’s a list of our top events to attend in Cape Town this month:
Now in its 6th year, the annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival offers a perfect opportunity to shake off the winter blues and usher in the warmth of spring. From 7—8 September, some of Franschhoek’s best wineries will provide cellar and vineyard tours, bespoke barrel tastings, and food and wine pairings. The event also includes live entertainment, a fresh food market, art exhibitions, and plenty of culinary treats. A weekend pass to the festival is available for R120 from Webtickets.
The Hermanus Whale Festival
Prepare for five jam-packed days of fun as the 2013 Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival kicks off on 20 September. Besides spectacular whale watching opportunities, visitors can look forward to a variety of sporting events, a fabulous music program, a classic car show, shopping, kids entertainment, quality crafts, and lots of delicious cuisine. The festival offers a great way to relax, so consider taking a break from the fast pace of life in the beautiful town of Hermanus.
Darling’s 10th Annual Voorkamerfest
Between the 6th and 8th of September, the West Coast town of Darling is set to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its ever-popular Voorkamerfest. Community members will invite guests into their living rooms to enjoy a multi-cultural experience that includes drama, comedy, magic, storytelling, live music, and cabaret. In addition to the incredible performances, attendees can enjoy the Darling Spring Parade, wine tasting, arts, food stalls, crafts, and several other outdoor activities. If you’re looking for something that’s family-friendly and a little different, the Voorkamerfest is not to be missed.
Cape Town Marathon
Known for its scenic views and flat terrain, the 2013 Cape Town Marathon is set to take place on Sunday, 22 September. Besides showcasing some of Cape Town’s best attractions, the route caters to both beginners hoping to complete their first marathon, as well as elite athletes aiming to improve their fastest time. Entries close on Monday, 9 September, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible.
The Darling Wildflower Show
If you love gorgeous flowers, the glorious warmth of sunshine, and fresh air, you don’t want to miss the 96th annual Darling Wildflower Show. Starting on Friday, 20 September, visitors are invited to view breathtaking blooms, take a fun tractor ride down to a private vlei, and enjoy a range of refreshment and craft stalls. At only R30 a ticket, the show offers an affordable outing for the entire family.
This Friday (9 August 2013), South Africans will unite once again to honour the incredible and courageous women who tirelessly fought against the oppression of the Apartheid government. To commemorate these women, a variety of events will be held in and around Cape Town starting on Thursday night. To help you celebrate with us, we’ve created a list of three fun events to keep you busy and entertained over the long weekend.
Girls’ Night Out – Spier Wine Estate
On Thursday, 8 August, Spier Wine Estate will celebrate Women’s Day with a ladies-only evening that includes a delectable five-course dim sum menu paired with three glasses of delicious Spier wines. Dishes will be prepared by Yang Zhao and served in the Spier Hotel Conservatory from 7pm onwards. Reservations are a must with bookings set at R250 per person.
Women’s Day Show – Jou Ma Se Comedy Club
Be prepared to laugh the night away as top comedians take to the stage with their hilarious acts at the Players Restaurant & Bar in Observatory. The all-women line-up includes comedy greats such as Mary Scary, Mel Jones, Shimmy Isaacs, Tracy Klass, and Angel Campey. While tickets cost R80 per person, students with a valid student card can enjoy a 50% discount. Bookings can be made through Webtickets.co.za.
7th Annual Women & Humanity Arts Festival at Artscape
Running until 10 August, this fabulous festival offers an assortment of music, exhibitions, stage productions, and workshops to celebrate Women’s Day and raise awareness on a variety of humanitarian issues. Celebrities include the likes of Nianell, Evita Bezuidenhout, Black Byrd, Vicky Sampson, and more. Although some of the scheduled events require a fee, there are plenty that offer free entry, which means you don’t have to miss out if the purse strings are a little tight this month. Check out the line-up and cost of tickets at Computicket or the Artscape website.
Whatever you do this Women’s Day, stay safe, have fun, and let us know what you’re getting up to by dropping us a line in the comment section below.