Old Mac Daddy Trailer Park
2:30pm 18 Jul

Old Mac Daddy Trailer Park

If you never imagined using the two words, art and caravan, in the same sentence, then it’s time to visit the Old Mac Daddy Trailer Park. Billed as "part wholesome caravan park, part designer farm lodge", the Old Mac Daddy Trailer Park is located on a working apple farm in the Elgin Valley. Guests sleep in bespoke, individual artist-decorated vintage Airstream trailers. The restaurant in the barn serves wholesome meals, using organic and local ingredients as far as possible - their wood oven fired pizzas are not to be missed! For the kids, there's an indoor Big Apple play pen designed to inspire little imaginations, and an outdoor wooden tractor-gym complete with tunnels and walkways and nooks for hours of exploring...

(GPS coordinates: -34.230627, 19.118464)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/old-mac-daddy-trailer-park

Your Guide to Ultimate Glory: Bachelor Party Ideas in Cape Town
6:30am 16 Jul

Your Guide to Ultimate Glory: Bachelor Party Ideas in Cape Town

Alessandro Candotti for Cape Town Tourism

So you're thinking a cross between the mad tiger-blood fueled imagination of Charlie Sheen and the legen-dary lunacy of the great Barney Stinson? You've come to the right place. Welcome to Cape Town, home to the most glorious bachelor parties known to mankind. And yes, we do mean MANkind. 

Rustle your chest hair, because it's time for the games to begin when you...


Experience a new breed of military simulation with the infra-red laser tag war games of Battlefield Live SA. It’s like paintball without the pain! Capture the flag, protect the VIP and try hunt down the snipers (they're ridiculously hard to see in BattleFieldLiveSA's authentic ghillie suits, the bachelor will probably mow all of you down like lambs) and engage with authentic military manoeuvres in live bush environments. Suitable for anyone from geeks to Rambos. www.battlefieldlive.co.za


For those after a plausible alibi, Sports Bus markets itself for tours and function experiences, but it’s really a party bus in disguise. Take a ‘Golf Tour’ (haha good one!) or adventure to the Ganzekraal Lapa (thatched roof party area), Theewaters Dam, Calabash Bush Pub and Boma or Newlands (for rugby or cricket) or just be blatant about it on a ‘Booze Cruise’ around the peninsula. Catering includes spit braais, steak braais and platters. 082 807 4438 


In the unwritten rules of the BroBible, no bachelor’s is complete without some lithe naked dancers in compromising positions. Hit Mavericks - do a little window shopping here (warning NSFW!) - and get the man of the hour strapped to "The Chair" on the main stage (where all of the fun happens!). The groom and best man get free entry with groups of 10 or more and you'll get free food platters if you arrive before 9pm. www.mavericks.co.za


Imagine a rugby field. Now imagine a rugby field vertically. Down a mountain. 112m. Down one of the world's 7 natural wonders. Just lean into the abyss as your heart pounds 1,000m above sea level down the world's highest commercial abseil. The view is unmatched, encircled as you are by Chapman's Peak, Camp's Bay, clouds, sparkling Atlantic, the magnificient city of Cape Town and your closest friends. www.facebook.com/pages/Abseil-Africa/159420857480656?fref=ts

Photo: Abseil Africa

Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
4:30pm 9 Jul

Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

Music enthusiasts should not miss the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (ECPO), a part-time orchestra consisting of local professional and amateur musicians. Established in 1988, the ECPO gives a variety of performances from the grand Feather Market Centre in Port Elizabeth. It also presents up to 14 orchestral concerts annually, ranging from family-type concerts in the park, to symphony concerts with choirs...

(GPS coordinates: -33.963258, 25.623757)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/eastern-cape-philharmonic-orchestra

Celebs in Cape Town
6:30am 9 Jul

Celebs in Cape Town: Hollywood stars spotted in the Mother City

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Lights! Camera! Action! 

If you’re hearing these commands being shouted out while you’re enjoying a stroll in our bustling Mother City, chances are you’ve stumbled across a film set in movie-loving Cape Town.

With the fourth season of popular political thriller TV series, Homeland, starring the beautiful Claire Danes, currently being filmed here  and Hollywood’s bad boy himself Sean Penn being spotted at local coffee shop Truth Coffee last week, star-gazing has become Cape Town residents’ number one new favourite activity.

Our hometown is blockbuster material any given day, and now that Tinseltown has cottoned on to that glorious fact, thanks to movies like Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Searching for Sugarman,  Safe House and Invictus; we can expect to see more of showbiz’s brightest stars grace our picture perfect streets.

Academy Award winner Penn is rumoured to be in town scouting locations for his directorial debut feature film, The Last Space, and caused quite a stir at Dias Tavern in District Six when he popped by for lunch with his local production crew. 

Penn is said to have been amicable and warm towards fellow diners. World Design Capital 2014‘s CEO, Alayne Reesberg, was at Dias Tavern for a business meeting too and says: “Oh yes, he is charming. We waved at him and he waved back, twice.” 

Homeland is the second series in recent months to cast the Mother City as its background set, following in the cinematic footsteps of Baywatch spin-off, SAF3, and its cast and crew are excited to make our city their new base: 

“We are thrilled to have found a new home in Cape Town and look forward to getting season four's production off the ground”, said Alex Gansa, show runner and executive producer for Homeland.

Cape Town has been Hollywood central in the past six months with Katie Holmes and the cast of The Giver, Lily Allen, Bruce Springsteen and Eminem seen out and about on her sun-kissed shores.

Photo: Steve Crane

Free Winter School Holiday Things To Do
6:30am 2 Jul

Free Winter School Holiday Things to do with the kids in Cape Town

By Cape Town Tourism

So, the winter school holidays are upon us and you’re eager to treat your little ones but you’re just too strapped for cash to do the big ticket activities? No need to worry, Mom and Dad, because there are plenty of free things to do with the kids in Cape Town.

Bundle up your young ones, brave the chilly weather and join us for these free winter school holiday things to do in Cape Town:

Green Point Urban Park

On those rare, warmer winter’s days in Cape Town, why not take the kids to the Green Point Urban Park for a tasty picnic and exploratory adventures?

This open and inviting space welcomes family and friends of all ages. Ponds, free-roaming ducks, age-specific parks, outdoor gym equipment, and labelled gardens make for an adventurous and educational day out.  

Pack in the tricycles, roller-skates and family dog for an exhilarating outdoor family experience. www.gprra.co.za/green-point-urban-park.html

Noon Gun Blast Off

Give your mini daredevil the thrill of a lifetime, seeing the Noon Gun blast off up close on Signal Hill at midday.

With a short walk and history lesson about the Noon Gun, Cape Town’s oldest living tradition, on offer too, this is a great informative and free experience for tiny school holidaymakers. www.twitter.com/NoonGunCapeTown

The Company’s Garden 

With its endless grassy lawns, fish ponds, and squirrels, The Company’s Garden is an adventurous play place for kids of all ages.

Kids will be able to brush up on their knowledge of trees and the historical monuments that can be found around the park. 

They’ll also be able to feed squirrels and maybe even catch a glimpse of the legendary albino squirrel. www.capetown.gov.za

Kalk Bay, Hout Bay and Table Bay Harbours

Treat your little wanna-be Jack Sparrows to the incredible views and day to day operations of a working harbour in Kalk Bay, Hout Bay or Table Bay and let them marvel at the sights of big ships, seals, tug boats and fishing trawlers up close.www.capetown.gov.za

Photo: Lacoste Official

Gold Reef City
4:30pm 2 Jun

Gold Reef City

When you’re in the mood for some good old-fashioned fun, there’s no better place to go in Johannesburg than Gold Reef City. Sure it’s a bit kitsch, but sometimes that can be jolly good fun. Styled on a gold rush settlement, Gold Reef City pays tribute to Johannesburg’s mining town origins. Unlike the fortune seekers of yore, everyone’s guaranteed to strike it lucky at this historical entertainment complex. Gold Reef City’s most popular attraction is its theme park...

(GPS coordinates: -26.2372, 28.0135)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/gold-reef-city

Verses at Beerhouse on Long
8:30am 25 May

For all you intellectuals, local entertainment enthusiasts and beer fanatics, or even all three at once, I’d like to highlight this entry in our events calender. Verses Spoken Word and Live Music Sessions is back, and will take place at Beerhouse on Long Street, Cape Town, Thursday 5 June.

Confirmed artists include talented comedian Goldie Shevlane; spoken word gurus NaMa Xam and Melisizwe Moni; and new-comer to the Verses stage, Inga Steyn. On the music front, songstress Bianca Smith, along with the featured musician Maya Elizabeth Spector, will tickle your ears.

We asked Nicole Biondi, Verses founder and Cape Town-born spoken word artist, a few questions about this interesting event.

Spoken word is something I’ve only seen in the movies. How did you get into it?

Well, I'd been writing poetry since the age of 14 and eventually some 6 years later I started sharing my work with friends. One such sharing occasion happened at a get-together at a friend's place in Bo-Kaap and the members of the group Blk Sonshine happened to be there. They asked me to perform some of my poetry as the opening to a gig of theirs on the following day and so it all began :-) Unfortunately, there weren't many platforms for spoken word artists in Cape Town and that's why I started the Verses Spoken Word and Live Music Sessions in 2004.

Are there any rules to qualify as spoken word, or a general ‘spirit’ that performers adhere to?

Nope, no rules. Spoken Word is all about expressing yourself in whatever manner you choose - fast, slow, rhyming, non-rhyming, hand-movements, head-shaking, feet stomping, quietly sitting - anything goes!

What is your favourite memory from a Verses event thus far?

ooh, that's a hard one! One of the most memorable Verses Sessions thus far was one that happened during the 1st two years and it was when 3 open mic performers, after their individual performances, decided to get back up onto stage and jam together...beat-boxer; singer and spoken word artist...pure magic!!

DATE: Thursday 5 June
VENUE: Beerhouse, 223 Long Street, Cape Town
TIME: 20h00 to 23h00
No cover charge

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Live the Venue
6:30am 20 May

Live the Venue

When you’re visiting a province, it’s so important to know what the best things to do on the weekend are because, lets be honest, weekends are when everyone comes out to play. If you’re into music and good company, then on your next visit to Durban, pop in to Live The Venue – the biggest and best place to go for live music gigs. With the best sound system in the country, nights at Live have become a weekend favourite for most Durbanites. With music ranging from rock to folk, featuring bands such as Gangs of Ballet and Matthew Mole, Live is must on any tourists ‘to do’ list.

- Daniella Toscano

Evita se Perron
4:30pm 18 May

Evita se Perron

When funny man, serial female impersonator and political commentator Pieter-Dirk Uys (aka Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout) fell in love with the run-down train station in the West Coast town of Darling, the coastal hamlet would never be the same again. Evita se Perron has two cabaret venues, a restaurant, bar, arts and crafts market (Evita's A en C) and a conference facility. Wander through the pink-hued Piazza dolcEVITA en route to Boerassic Park, an eccentric outdoor art and sculpture garden. Kids can play in the playground in Tannie se Tuin...

(GPS coordinates: -33.375064, 18.382584)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/evita-se-perron

The Showroom Theatre
4:30pm 23 Apr

The Showroom Theatre

The Showroom is a world-class theatre and cinema in Prince Albert's Church Street. It hosts musical performances, seminars, festivals, movie screenings, art exhibitions and theatrical drama. Co-owners, Johnny Breedt and Charon Landman also plan to offer film courses and an annual Prince Albert Film Festival in the line-up...

(GPS coordinates: -33.226572, 22.030354)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/showroom-theatre

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)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/boardwalk-casino-and-entertainment-...

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)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/plett-puzzle-park

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)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/holmeleigh-farmyard

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)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/faerie-sanctuary

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: www.webtickets.co.za  

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: www.mcqp.co.za

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: www.joumasecomedy.com

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: www.waterfront.co.za

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: www.computicket.com


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