Winter is here, and it’s the #SecretSeason in Cape Town. The season when the crowds are manageable, the weather unpredictable, but the special offers tempt you to get out and about and enjoy all the city has to offer. Here are the TOP Events at the Cape Town Big 6 attractions: Robben Island, Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, and Groot Constantia…
8 June – Youngsta CPT Performance
Venue: Signing session at Sunglass Hut and a short Amphitheatre performance. Time: 12h00 – 14h00
8 June – Astronomy Outreach: Sun, Venus, Jupiter & Saturn
Venue: Pierhead Deck. Time: 15h00 – 22h00
9, 22 June & 7 July – Trail Run
Venue: Nobel Square (Start & End). Time: 08h00 – 10h00 (200 runners, running 5km route)
16 June – V&A Youth Day
Venue: Battery Park. Time: 10h00 – 16h00
18 June – New swing bridge opens
The Swingbridge is a walkway that allows pedestrians to cross the stretch of water connecting the Pierhead Precinct and the Clock Tower Precinct. When required, the bridge can be swung away to allow ships free passage on their journey to the sea.
The original bridge was designed and constructed in 1997, a time when the area received less pedestrian traffic. Since January this year, close to 1 million people (865 595 at end April) visitors have crossed the bridge. On average, 180 000 to 240 000 people cross the bridge every month. With new development at the Silo District, a larger bridge was required to cater for the increased footfall.
The new bridge will be twice as wide at 4 meters. A raised beam running down the centre of the bridge will encourage people to always enter the bridge to their left.
26 June – After Dark at the 2 oceans aquarium
On 26 June, After Dark will showcase post-punkers Dangerfields, supported by alt-pop band Twin Weaver. Performing stripped-down acoustics sets, these musicians will make the most of the unusual setting.
The viewing area in front of the I&J Ocean Exhibit will be transformed into a cozy, living room-style stage. Upgrade your ticket for an extra R245 you can get a year’s unlimited access to the Two Oceans Aquarium (normal rate for an annual adult membership is R430)!
27 June – Museum Night
Venue: Throughout the Property. Time: 17h00 – 22h00
28 June – Good Night Fridays
Venue: Watershed, Pierhead, Clocktower & Silo. Time: 17h00 – 21h00
Exciting screenings and live music after dark at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Head over to our Facebook page and sign up for these great events, click here.
Table Mountain Cableway
PLEASE NOTE: The Cableway is closed for annual maintenance from Monday, 8 July to Sunday, 18 August 2019.
It’s Kidz Season
3 for the price of 1. The Online Kidz Season package is available from This offer is available from 26 April to 30 September 2019, 7 days a week (excluding the Cableway’s annual maintenance from Monday 8 July to Sunday 18 August 2019). This deal is for South Africans only (An SA ID is required when purchasing the Kidz Season package online or at the Cableway Ticket Office). Read more here.
A Very High Tea
has recently launched the ultimate high tea experience. Hosted in the Wi-Fi Lounge with access of course to free Wi-Fi and spectacular panoramic views of our beautiful city and ocean. This unique high tea is a modern take on the British traditional affair and provides both sweet and savoury options. The minimum amount of people is 2, and the maximum amount allowed for the high tea, 20 people. R325 per person with a discounted return cable car ticket for only R175 extra when you book your high tea. These discounted return tickets are available until Sunday 30 June 2019. Bookings are essential: email@example.com or call (021) 424 8181.
Every Thursday, the Very High Tea special
We’re always looking at ways to spice up our food offerings at the Cableway Wi-Fi Lounge, and this time, it’s the Very High Tea getting a new look, taste, time slot, and a package deal! Available each Thursday between 14h00 and 16h00 at our awesome WiFi Lounge. Visitors with a sense of adventure, and a sweet-tooth, can get a combo Cableway ticket and Very High Tea access package for just R455, directly from our Ticket Office onsite.
The Very High Tea includes tasty spoils like Smoked Beef Carpaccio and Red Currant Jelly, Ostrich Crostini, Milk Tart Cigars, Peanut Butter Cheesecake, teas and coffees and a glass of MCC on arrival.
Please download the Very High Tea menu here and book your reservation with Taryn Skuce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Special now available 7 days a week
Any local or international students with a valid student card can qualify for this discount. The special is only redeemable at our Ticket Office, and only valid to visitors over the age of 18. There is a FREE park and ride shuttle service that will take you from Lower Tafelberg Road directly to the Ticket Office.
And don’t forget, WiFi is FREE! So you can download our free audio tours and post Insta-worthy pics of your day! Don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtags #TableMountain #StudentSpecial
Every day is pensioners day
Did you know that anyone over the age of 60 with a valid South African ID, only pays R100 for a return trip on the cable car.
Learn about the flora and fauna of the famous summit, at your own pace, with our free Audio Tour. Download the free application to your mobile device – using our free Wi-Fi – plug in your earphones and begin your self-guided tour at the Lower Cable Station. For a step-by-step guide on how to download the VoiceMap application to your mobile device, click here.
Cableway Annual Maintenance Reminder
Attention Cableway visitors: The Cableway is closed for annual maintenance from Monday, 8 July to Sunday, 18 August 2019.
This winter, we’ll be shutting down our operations for six weeks to do some renovating, replace the cable car ropes, and more. All of these changes will ensure an even better visitor experience for you when we re-open!
We know six weeks is a long time, so while we are busy fixing things up, here are a few things you need to know:
You can still collect and use your free birthday special ticket one week before we close and one week after we re-open. Visitors must please bring along their valid SA IDs to prove that you will be celebrating your birthday during the six-week shutdown.
You may hike up Table Mountain: Please remember that the cable cars and all of our facilities, including our restrooms, eateries and shops will not be open during our annual maintenance period. Please hike with a registered guide and follow these safety guidelines.
You can still feast your eyes on what’s on offer at the Cableway: By subscribing to our social media channels and checking out what to expect on your next visit, our specials for locals with valid SA IDs, our responsible tourism projects and more.
Keen to get in touch with our Cableway green team during our annual maintenance shutdown? Call +27(0)21 424 8181, send an email to email@example.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
Daily Free Guided Garden Walks
Monday – Friday – Leaving from Gate 1 (Visitors Centre). 90 minute walks at 10h00, 11h00 and 14h00.
Leaving from Gate 2 (Garden Centre): 90 minute walks at 10h45.
Saturday – Leaving from Gate 1 (Visitors Centre): 90 minute walks at 10h00.
Leaving from Gate 2 (Garden Centre): 90 minute walks at 10h45.
Private Guided Tours can be booked ahead at an extra R70.00 per person (minimum fee of R520.00 or 8 people required for a tour to take place).
Golf Cart Tours of the garden are on offer from 09h00 to 15h00 every weekday @ R80.00 per person (max 7 passengers).
To book, call the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office on (021) 799 8782 between 08h00 and 17h00.
*Garden entry fees apply in addition to costs stipulated above.
7 June – 11 August – Art Exhibition
36 Top South African artists have been invited to exhibit their artwork at this at Kirstenbosch, with a variety of mediums and styles. Venue: Richard Crowie Hall (Entrance 2), every day from 10am – 5pm. Entrance into the exhibition is free, but garden entry tickets apply. Contact details: Glenda Chambers: 082 2222 820 / firstname.lastname@example.org
9 June – Live Painting
26 Artists of the exhibition will be doing live painting outside the Richard Crowie Hall (Entrance 2) from 10am – 5pm. Entrance into the exhibition is free, but garden entry tickets apply. Contact details: Glenda Chambers: 082 2222 820 / email@example.com
19 June – Chelsea Flower Show – Wednesday Talk by Leon Kluge
Insights into the build-up, process and behind the scenes highlights and trends at the Chelsea Flower Show. Venue: Kirstenbosch, Entrance 1, Old Mutual Conference Centre from 10h30 – 11h30. Free entry to the Wednesday talk, but garden entry fees apply. Enquires: Cathy Abbott firstname.lastname@example.org / 021 4656440
1 June – 31 July – Flying Dutchman Funicular, kids special
Head to Cape Point between the 1st of June 2019 and the 31st of July 2019 where two kids (aged 6 -16) ride for FREE on the Flying Dutchman Funicular, when an adult return ticket is bought for R80. The funicular is the only one of its type in Africa and takes its name from the local legend of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship. Hop in for a ride which will take you all the way to the top station, whilst enjoying the amazing Cape Point views. Once you’ve built up an appetite, head on down to the Two Oceans Restaurant. Kids receive a FREE dessert with every sit-down adult main meal ordered for kids 12 years and younger. Simply advise your waiter you’d like to claim the kids winter special – it’s that simple!
Two Oceans Restaurant
The Two Oceans Restaurant occupies an enviable position above False Bay at the southwestern tip of Africa. The restaurant is as famous for its seafood cuisine as it is for a superb wooden deck that looks out onto one of the most stunning ocean views in South Africa.
Visit the Wine of Exile exhibition open every day from 1 April – 21 June
The Wine of Exile Exhibition is included in the Visitors Route Experience ticket and tells the story of the strong ties between Napoleon and Groot Constantia wines. Read more here.
Every Wednesday is International #WineWednesday making it a good day to visit South Africa’s oldest wine producer for award-winning wine enjoyed by those who know how to make the most of the year’s best season.
Visitors Route Experience
Enjoy the Visitors Route Experience where one ticket gives you entrance to the Manor House Museum, original Cloete Cellar, a cellar tour, wine tasting, and a souvenir Spiegelau Crystal wine glass.
Date: Daily | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Manor House | Cost: R105 per person or Visitors Route Experience Ticket + Chocolate & Wine Pairing: R155 per person.
Visit one of two tasting rooms to sample and purchase a selection of Groot Constantia’s award-winning wines. Read more here.
Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: 5 wines for R90
Chocolate and Wine Pairing
5 delectable chocolates paired with 5 of their award-winning wines. Read more here.
Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: R140
Groot Constantia offers fine dining at Jonkershuis & Simon’s Restaurant and gourmet picnics from Simon’s Deli. Pair great meals with their amazing wines while enjoying the spectacular views of the Constantia Valley.
Robben Island will be introducing 2 tier pricing with effect from 1 June read more here.
Explore South Africa’s political past with an informative tour at the maximum security prison. But Robben Island isn’t just about the political past of our country, keep an eye out for the African penguins that are on the island.
The ferry ride to Robben Island is an adventure in itself, enjoy spectacular views of Table Mountain from the upper deck of the ferry if you are lucky, you may even spot some dolphins or seals frolicking in the waves.
Tour the Robben Island surrounds in a guided bus tour and view the Robben Island 19th-century Lighthouse; the only lighthouse in South Africa to use a flashing light instead of a revolving light.
A former Robben Island inmate will guide you while on the island, and you’ll receive unparalleled insight into the significant role that each of the Robben Island’s inmates collectively played throughout apartheid. You will be guided to the maximum security prison, various Robben Island exhibition displays and a visit to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell.
To conclude the day buy a souvenir at the Robben Island Curio shop.
The Robben Island Museum App was developed to offer users around the globe an opportunity to experience and explore the Island’s multi-layered history and sites. Download it from the Google Play Store here. Ferries depart 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm – weather permitting. You can buy tickets online or in-person at the Robben Island Museum.
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ONE DESTINATION, SIX UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES
There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 6, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 6 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.