Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World
4:30pm 9 Apr

Located opposite Port Elizabeth’s Hobie Beach and set around a lake, this is an entertainment venue for all types and ages of customer. Besides its extensive gaming facilities, it offers the corporate guest a multi-purpose conferencing space, the kids some exciting pastimes, the foodies a well-rounded choice of eateries, and the shoppers tempting merchandise from surfing equipment to sweets...

(GPS coordinates: -33.984782, 25.658462)


Plett Puzzle Park
4:30pm 7 Apr

Plett Puzzle Park

Plett Puzzle Park is well signposted on the N2, between Plettenberg Bay and The Crags. It offers a very different and, excuse the pun, a-maze-ing way to keep the family busy for half a day. The 3D Maze and Forest Puzzle Walk is a subtle workout for mind and body. Depending on how much time and patience you have, the maze has two options, the 30- to 45-minute and the 45- to 60-minute…

(GPS coordinates: -33.978114, 23.434144)


Holmeleigh Farmyard
2:30pm 10 Mar

Holmeleigh Farmyard

Holmeleigh Farmyard just off Kragga Kamma Road, is a great place for children and adults alike. Children are kept entertained for hours feeding the animals, milking the cows and playing with the bunnies. They can also ride on the horses or on the tractor to the bottom of the farm and back. Parents are able to relax in the beautiful garden and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or coffee and treat themselves to one or two of the many fresh farm bakes, while the children play in the playground and on the jumping castle... 

(GPS coordinates: -33.974126, 25.443065)


Faerie Sanctuary
4:30pm 26 Jan

Faerie Sanctuary

Besides all its history, another Swellendam highlight is its faerie sanctuary called the “Continent of Sulina”. This well-established curiosity is much loved by children and adults alike. It’s been going for 20 years and the owners, Ian and Minky Sulina, who call themselves the “faerie-nuf folk”, have created a magical world of wishing wells and winding pathways, hidden creatures and mushroom rings…

(GPS coordinates: -34.023545, 20.435844)


Prince Albert Revamped
6:45am 9 Dec

The small town of Prince Albert is buzzing these days with the recent opening of a brand new world-class theatre in Church Street, The Showroom, which is offering a feast of entertainment for the holiday season. 

Upcoming events include De Rust classical pianist Neels Coetzee performing a piano recital on 8th December, The Bacchus Nel band performing part of their end-of-year tour on 13th December, Anna Davel performing her blend of cabaret and jazz on 14th December, and Gys De Villiers' one man show 'Wit Manne met Wapens' on 20th and 21st December. The final performance for the year will be Cape Town based band, Manouche, who will wow the audience with their unique Gypsy Jazz.

The glamorous upmarket 140-seat theatre with its curved bar in the entrance lobby and art deco exterior was designed by co-owner Johnny Breedt in collaboration with Prince Albert architect John Whitton and 3D graphic designer Graeme Cowie. It was created in six months, using both local labour and contractors from as far afield as Johannesburg and Cape Town, but at least half of the total budget of 10 million Rand was injected into the local economy.  

As a multi-purpose venue, The Showroom will host musical performances, seminars, festivals, movie screenings, art exhibitions and theatrical drama. Co-owner Charon Landmann says that an episode of the new Kokkedoor television series for Kyknet was recently filmed here - not surprising, given the stunning custom-made Swarovski crystal chandeliers, plush red carpeting, raked seating, and highest quality state-of-the-art lighting, acoustics and sound equipment. 

Johnny plans to offer film courses and the first Prince Albert Film Festival is already in the pipeline for 2014. So make a note in your diary, load up the car, and head off to Prince Albert - the place where it's all happening!

Summer in the Mother City
11:55am 4 Dec

Summer in the Mother City: Cool Events in Cape Town

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Hot days, sunny skies, gorgeous sunsets and white sandy beaches naturally lend themselves to cool summer entertainment in gorgeous Cape Town.

If there is one thing I love more than delicious cocktails and sexy people watching, it’s being entertained in the fun, flirty Mother City, and this season there is plenty to keep us all amused:

Pack a picnic, grab your mates and get your dancing shoes out for the popular annual summer concerts at the scenic Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. On the playbill are The Parlotones, Prime Circle, Mango Groove and more. Date: 24 November 2013 – 6 April 2014 Website:  

MCQP 2013
Beam me up, Space Cowboy! The fabulous come out to play at pink Cape Town’s biggest lifestyle party of the year at the Cape Town Stadium. Date: 14 December Website:

Kurt Schoonraad brings all of the Mother City’s most hilarious sons and daughters including Ron van Vuuren, Conrad Koch, Carl Weber, Stuart Taylor and more to the Pumphouse stage at the V&A Waterfront. Date: Wednesdays to Sundays Website:

Get down with top local musicians at your favourite seaside shopping destination this summer as the V&A Waterfront brings local music sensations including Elvis Blue to their amphitheatre. Date: 7 – 30 December Website:

Grab those fishnet stockings, sexy corsets and feather boas and travel to the magical land of Dr Frank-n-Furter, Rocky, Brad and Janet at the Fugard Theatre in the creative District Six. Date: 8 November – 12 January Website:

Banff Mountain Film Festival
11:55am 25 Oct

Hold on to your hats; the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2013  is an absolute corker. The iconic tour is always a highlight of the outdoor adventure calendar in South Africa – and I was lucky enough to get sneak preview of what’s in store when the film festival kicks off in a couple of weeks time.

The 11 short films cover an eclectic range of adventure sports from the breathless footage of death-defying wingsuit flying to the beautifully shot, quirky film of mountain bike ace Danny MacAskill showing off his skills on the industrial architecture of an abandonned ironworks. Some made me green with envy; I just wanted to be with the guys in Being There, standing on remote Norwegian peaks waiting their turn to carve down impossibly steep, and even more impossibly beautiful, virgin slopes and to join speed-riders Maxence Cavalade and François Bon as they glided above the clouds in the French Alps. Others, like the Wide Boyz - in which Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, two plucky youngsters from the ‘norf’ of England, are shown training in their customised Sheffield basement before confounding the international climbing community by grunting and grinding their way up some of America’s ‘unclimbable’ off-width crack lines - had me shuddering at the awfulness of their chosen endeavour.  

There are inspiring stories like The Gimp Monkeys in which three disabled climbers (with only four legs between them) take on the iconic big wall of El Capitan and a hilarious documentary on the first Afgan ski championships – you guessed it, featuring a band of intrepid locals who’d only been introduced to the sport two weeks before the event. And this year, for the first time, a locally made documentary will be screened in the South African leg of the tour. Path to the Future,  an evocative account of two paragliders soaring with threatened Cape vultures, was the winner of Cape Union Mart’s Adventure Film Challenge 2013, a local competition aimed at encouraging budding filmmakers to capture South Africa’s local outdoor adventure lifestyles. 

But the star of the show for me was the ebullient Lily the Jack Russell who takes all the obstacles in her stride as she stays on the tail of a mountain biker carving out new lines in Utah. I laughed for the full four minutes. And it reminded me why I love Banff so much. It’s not just about the terrifying risks that modern adventurers take as they push their limits or about the grandiose scenery of remote Arctic environments. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is just as much about having a giggle and celebrating everyday life in the great outdoors. It’s a wonderfully fun night out for all the family.

 – Fiona McIntosh

Hosted by Cape Union Mart for the eighth consecutive year, the Banff Mountain Film Festival will be screened at five Ster-Kinekor cinemas across the country from 25 October to 1 November 2013. Ticket prices are the same as a standard Ster-Kinekor ticket and can be booked online via

Cape Town: Cavendish Square, 25 Oct – 1 Nov & Tygervalley Centre, 25-31 Oct
Johannesburg: Sandton City, 25 Oct – 1 Nov
Pretoria: Brooklyn Mall, 25-31 Oct
Durban: Gateway Centre (one screening only on 1 November)

For more information, visit 

Entries for the 2014 Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge are now open, visit

My Top Five Cape Town gems
11:55am 14 Aug

My Top Five Cape Town Gems - Lesser-known things to do in the Mother City

By Sarah Gurney for Cape Town Tourism

Every visitor to Cape Town will have the same things on their must-see list: Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Robben Island...

There’s no denying that these are attractions not to be missed, but there are many lesser-known gems in the beautiful Mother City that should definitely be added to that list.

Here are my top five things to do:

1. Go for a walk in the Tokai Forest.

Escape from the noise of the city for a few hours as you wind your way through beautiful trees, soaking up the peaceful sounds of the forest.

2. Walk along the promenade from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay.

With its endless stretch of white sand and colourful changing huts, Muizenberg is one of the most popular swimming and surfing beaches in Cape Town. Take a stroll along the beach and continue along the promenade to Kalk Bay. 

3. Have a chocolate brownie at the Olympia Café in Kalk Bay.

After your walk, you might need a little sugar infusion, and there is no better place than the Olympia Café. Choose from a range of delicious treats (chocolate brownies highly recommended) and don’t forget to try their legendary hot chocolate.

4. Have a braai at Silvermine Nature Reserve.

My favourite thing to do on a sunny day is pack a picnic basket and head up to Silvermine Nature Reserve for a braai. Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as you relax beside the lake with the sweet smell of lunch cooking on your fire (note: made in the designated braai areas).

5. Go for a drive over Ou Kaapse Weg or Chapman’s Peak.

One of the best ways to appreciate Cape Town’s dramatic landscapes is to go for a drive over Ou Kaapse Weg or Chapman’s Peak. Stop along the various lookout points and admire the breath-taking views over the mountains and sea – and even spot a whale or two if you’re lucky.

Visit Umhlanga
10:55am 10 Aug

We are delighted to welcome our latest guest blogger, Pamela Buckle, also known as Little Miss Mission Impossible. Pam is a blogger, radio presenter and gadget girl, and a travel and adventure seeker. In short, she works hard And plays hard! She will be sharing her adventures with us, but to start you off, tips for a visit to Umhlanga.

Top 10 Places to Visit Near Umhlanga

Umhlanga is known for its diverse adventure activities and entertainment facilities. Here are my Top 10 recommendations to visit near this picturesque coastal town. (~drum roll~) 

  1. Take an evening walk to the Lighthouse- Pick up some ‘Dinky Donuts’ on the way!  

  2. Enjoy a dinner at Maritimo’s at The Cabana Beach Resort watching the sunset over the panoramic views of the ocean.

  3. Low Tide Fishing in Rock Pools – Purchase a kid’s net on the beach and take your little ones in the rock pools to fish during low tide.

  4. UShaka Marine World – Africa’s No.1 Theme Park! Visit the Sea World which is the largest aquarium in Southern Africa.

  5. Gateway Wave Pool

  6. KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board – Find out more about how they protect bathers from shark attacks as well as what they are doing to research and conserve the shark population.

  7. Picnic on the Beach

  8. Dine at the Miami Spur in Umhlanga Sands with fantastic ocean views.

  9. Book a Seafari with ‘Ocean Ventures’.

  10. Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve Hike – The 1 ½ hour- 3 hours hike takes you on a breath-taking trail through a dune and coastal forest. A budget friendly day out! 

Southern Line Tourist Route
12:17pm 7 Aug

Southern Line Tourist Route: A beautiful day trip around the Peninsula

By Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Imagine a train ride around the gorgeous Mother City. The sun is shining, the skies are blue and you’re free to hop on or off at any stop all the way from Cape Town to Simon’s Town to visit any of your favourite tourist attractions… sound fantastic? With the Southern Line Tourist Route, it’s possible!

I recently had the privilege of enjoying a trip aboard the stylish Southern Line coach to experience this fantastic ride along the ocean-side, which includes stops  at Observatory, Newlands, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek.

For those so inclined, there is stargazing at the South African Astronomical Observatory. Surfers can catch the big waves at Fish Hoek Beach and art lovers should visit the Kalk Bay Modern art gallery.

I stayed on board, taking in the breath-taking sights along the way until we alighted at Simon’s Town station. In this charming seaside town, there are plenty of cultural attractions, great restaurants and shopping spots to enjoy.

Most fascinating to me was the Simon’s Town Museum. Housed in Cape Town’s first Governor’s winter residence, Simon van der Stel (after whom the town is named), the museum is home to exhibits of the cultural history of the townspeople and their connection to the Royal Navy of the town.

When you’ve absorbed all you can about the history of this picturesque little place, head downstairs to the basement of the museum and take a look at the hidden jail cells (in one of its many incarnations over the years, the house was a jail). Eerie and with just a hint of the dangerous criminals that were once ensconced in those cells, the basement is a potent reminder of an era gone by.

A delicious must-visit spot is the Quarterdeck Restaurant. It overlooks Simon’s Bay, offering you an unparalleled view of the harbour and excellent service from friendly staff. Their seafood platter is to die for, as is their super-sweet waffle and ice cream.

The Southern Rail Tourism Route is more than worth the R30 ticket price for a one-day trip or R50 for a two-day trip.  Visit for more info.

Cape Town Spas
10:38am 10 Jul

Cape Town spas: Indulge in a little more “me time”

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Sometimes we need to break away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. My “me time” means one thing – a day at the spa.

You could say I’ve become a bit of an addict. I’ve had Swedish massages in Newlands, back massages at the V&A Waterfront, manicures in Vredehoek and most recently, a Thai massage to die for in Gardens.

A quiet room, someone attending to my aching body and total bliss ... What’s not to love?

These are my few of my top spas in Cape Town:


Many places claim to offer unique service, but Enmasse delivers: Guests are dressed in white cotton clothing for their treatments, which are all oil-free. Enmasse offers reflexology, shiatsu and Thai and pregnancy massages by talented, trained therapists.

I had a Thai massage by a woman I swear must be some kind of muscle whisperer – I’ve never been that relaxed.

Founded by a former banker of all people, Enmasse is proving to be a hit with those needing some tender loving care after a hard day of work or after overloading on sightseeing.


Luxury, beauty and pleasure are the words that come to mind when thinking of the V&A Waterfront’s One&Only Spa.

With various treatment plans designed to help you unwind, and access to a heated pool and delicious, healthy snacks (be sure to try their smoothies) after your session, you are sure to be thoroughly spoilt all day.

Body massages, facials, chakra balancing treatments, waxing, manicures and hair styling are just some of the goodies on offer.


True to its name, this decadent skin and body day spa in Newlands is a sanctuary for tired and aching bodies. My best friend and I had Swedish body massages – Urban Sanctuary offer great couples’ deals and occasion packages – and practically floated home on a cloud of aromatic oils and relaxation.

Highly qualified therapists offer wraps, facials, beauty treatments and more using their unique fynbos range, Moya.

Cape Town in 48 Hours
4:55am 26 Jun

#LoveCapeTown City Breaks: what to do in Cape Town in 48 hours

By Cape Town Tourism

The chilly season might be upon us but things are only getting hotter in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City. So throw aside the bedcovers, stop staring at your boring four walls, and come and experience 48 unforgettable hours in our bustling hometown, with our #LoveCapeTown City Breaks.

Partnering with travel agency extraordinaire Thompsons Holidays, we are delighted to bring you value-for-money #LoveCapeTown City Breaks packages  until 30 September 2013, which include great deals, accommodation, flights, car hire, discounts on selected event tickets and fabulous mystery experiences in the Fairest Cape.

So, just what can you get up to in Cape Town in 48 hours?

How about:

Being a culture vulture: take in some live entertainment at one of the spectacular theatres and music venues in Cape Town, including the Theatre on the Bay in chic Camps Bay, the entertaining Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro in Sea Point or &Union in trendy Bree Street.

Shopping until you drop: renowned for her fantastic shopping spots, the Mother City encourages you to visit her delightful undercover markets, including the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay, and the Kalk Bay Arts and Antiques Mile.

Indulging your inner foodie and wine lover: nothing tells you more about a destination quite like its cuisine, so indulge to your heart's content in our spicy dishes at the opulent Roundhouse Restaurant, or sample the divine wine-and-chocolate pairing at the Durbanville Hills Wine Estate.

Feeling like royalty: world-class and expertly trained therapists await at the Vineyard Hotel’s Angsana Spa, to pamper you with their luxurious treats.

Being an adrenaline junkie: get up close and personal with the predators of the sea at the Two Oceans Aquarium, take in the sights of the town on a hike with Mother City Hikers or paddle the famous False Bay with the Surfski School’s experienced ocean paddlers.

Doing some spectacular sightseeing: get a bird’s eye view of Cape Town from the top of the impressive Wheel of Excellence at the V&A Waterfront, explore the colourful Bo-Kaap on a walking tour, or take a guided cycle tour through the Winelands with Bike & Saddle.

Staying in the lap of luxury: spend two unforgettable nights in ultimate decadence at the One&Only Cape Town or Cellars-Hohenort in the Constantia Winelands. For the truly brave, you can sleep within metres of majestic animals at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

Visit or for more information.

Living on student coin
11:55am 27 May

Living on student coin in Cape Town

By Lynnette Johns for Cape Town Tourism

There are many ways of surviving your student years in Cape Town: you could get a part-time job, or you could find ways of making your rand stretch as far as it will go. Students love to party and some of the best places to hang out at include Long Street, Edward Street, Bellville and Lower Main Road, Observatory. Most pubs have happy hours so show up early, before sunset, to get your drink on. Share a cab with friends if you are pub hopping or use the Myciti bus service, a safer, cheaper way of travelling.

Chain restaurants, like the Spur, Ocean Basket and pizza places have standing weekly specials, but any Capetonian will tell you that Malay fast food is still the quickest and the best. Four of you could share a gatsby, or a vienna and chips parcel. Use your student card whenever you can. Iziko museums offer students discounted entry, so too do attractions like Table Mountain and the Two Oceans Aquarium.

The Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront often has free concerts and events, and when you get hungry, there are a number of fast-food joints only a few metres away. Get into shape, enjoy the free exercise equipment at the Urban Park in Green Point, go for a jog on the Sea Point Promenade or tackle one of the many hikes up Table Mountain.

Ferrari Review
11:59am 22 May

Luxury vehicles, scenic drives – Cape Town has both!

By Stuart Buchanan for Cape Town Tourism

Cape Town is already one of the most beautiful cities in the world, surrounded by unparalleled natural scenery. So what happens when you add one of the greatest feats of human engineering and design, and let it loose on the roads around the Mother City?

A jolly fun morning, I'd say.

This is what the crew at Overdrive TV were lucky enough to experience recently. The show airs on Expresso every Friday on SABC 3, and in a first for South African television, presenters Ciro de Siena and Gavin Williams took a Ferrari 458 Spider for a spin.

As you'll see in the video clip below, the segment becomes less of an objective car review and more like a moment of pure joy and excitement for the two presenters.

Cape Town is a great place for experiencing your ultimate luxury car fantasy. With a number of companies offering car hire, there's nothing better than hitting the open road and enjoying some of the most scenic drives in the world:

Chapman’s Peak Drive encompasses sheer drops to the sea below and towering mountains rising above you.

The Stellenbosch Wine Route takes you past picturesque wine farm estates surrounded by mountains and vineyards.

Take a drive out along the West Coast, and see the stunning fauna and flora of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve Company.

Catch a sunset from Signal Hill, and enjoy views of the harbour and Table Mountain.

De Waal Drive hugs the side of Table Mountain – a dual carriageway that carries you into central Cape Town, and one of the most pleasant roads to drive on.

Head out along the Atlantic Seaboard, along Victoria Road, with a stopover at Camps Bay for sundowners (remember to arrange a designated driver).

Boyes Drive, between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay, offers great views of False Bay and whale-spotting sites.

Treat yourself to one of Status Luxury Vehicles' extensive fleet of supercars, exotics, sports cars, convertibles, hardtops, sedans, SUVs, 4x4s, passenger carriers and luxurious limousines.

Tune in to Expresso every Friday morning between 07h00 and 08h00, to see more great cars being showcased on Cape Town's roads.

Bree Street
1:34pm 25 Apr

Bree: Cape Town’s hippest street

Hannah Deall (Images courtesy Andrew Brauteseth)

What’s fast becoming known as the hippest street in Cape Town ,Bree Street is where you will find a hive of artisan activity. And if you’re a food lover, there’s plenty to sample here too, from burgers to gourmet pizza, craft beer and cupcakes.

As one of the main arteries of the city, this street is building a reputation as the retail, culinary and design centre of the city.  These are my favourites:


Home to the Youngblood Arts and Culture development, an initiative that nurtures young artistic talent, this building is an art gallery, as well as a rehearsal and exhibition arena, and also serves as a restaurant, offering delicious food and its own Youngblood wine.


Dating back to the 1780s, Heritage Square was a bustle of snuff makers, gunsmiths and bakers. Today, it still hosts the oldest vine in the Southern Hemisphere, and offers a shady haven to sip a glass of wine and enjoy an inner city sanctuary.


A haven for men who deserve a bit of pampering, this old school barber shop caters for the “manscaping” needs of hipsters and businessmen alike. The hot towel shave is considered a standard weekly treat. Bourbon served on the side.


Frazer Parfum is a perfumery making bespoke perfumes from natural and organic raw materials, sourced from around the world. Its ready to wear perfumes are renowned worldwide, and can be found in Harrods in London and Anthropologie in the US.


As the local watering hole in Bree Street, &Union is always buzzing. You can enjoy live, local bands on a Tuesday, intimate wine tastings and plenty of great craft beer. The casual atmosphere is complimented by attentive staff.


Lady Cupcake has confections which will bring you back to childhood, with flavours including “peanut butter and jam” and “death by designer chocolate”. The cupcakes are slightly addictive.

Visit for more information.

Lazy Lizard
1:55pm 18 Apr

The Lazy Lizard has to be your first stop in Prince Albert. Not only does it serve delectable light meals, and sell a pleasant collection of curios and home crafts, it is also a fount of information on just about everything that is worth knowing about the town and its environs, including things to do and places to stay. It is a lively and homely place with people dropping in for a chat or a word of advice the whole time. Something is always going on. 

Lazy Lizard started life as a bus terminal, then became a curio shop, then a coffee / curio / Internet caffe. In the days before 3G, its free WiFi service was an absolute boon to techno-travellers, and is still one of the fastest WiFi services you will get anywhere in South Africa (yes, that includes Jo’burg and Cape Town). In a pinch, you can even use the Lazy Lizard’s own computers.


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