FNB Stadium Tours
12:30pm 11 Dec
 
     

FNB Stadium Tours

South-west of Johannesburg is a magical structure that resembles a calabash or an African cooking pot sitting on a pit of fire: the FNB Stadium, the proud host of the first and final matches and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The multi-purpose FNB Stadium plays host to Tri Nations rugby matches. It is also a major concert venue, with the likes of U2 and Neil Diamond having rocked the crowds here. To discover just how amazing this award-winning stadium is, take a behind-the-scenes tour lasting between 60 and 90 minutes, conducted by professional, well-informed local tour guides…

(GPS coordinates: -26.234725, 27.982424)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/fnb-stadium-tours

Zip Zap Circus School
2:30pm 22 Nov
 
     

Zip Zap Circus School

Located in downtown Cape Town, the Zip Zap Circus School provides circus and performing arts training for young people from all walks of life. Youth training targets 13- to 16-year-olds and focuses on team work and developing discipline. Youngsters can chose which circus act they'd most like to master and receive specialised training. The skills training offered at Zip Zap is not all aerial, by the way. If you've long wanted to learn to juggle, climb a pole, clown around or ride a unicycle, you can do that too. Adult classes are aimed at aspiring circus performers and participants learn much more than how to be an awesome acrobat...

(GPS coordinates: -33.918622, 18.431175)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/zip-zap-circus-school

Bugz Family Play Park
4:30pm 8 Nov
 
     

Bugz Family Play Park

Bugz Family Play Park is one of the largest out-and-indoor play parks in the Western Cape. Aimed at kids aged two to 10, Bugz has large lawns, numerous trees and countless varieties of play equipment designed to amuse and stimulate children physically and mentally. From old-fashioned sandpits, tree-houses and a choo-choo train, to pedal cars, trampolines and merry-go-rounds, kids will have a blast at Bugz, which also offers a variety of rides...

(GPS coordinates: -33.832222, 18.73574)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/bugz-family-play-park

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm
12:30pm 21 Oct
 
     

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

The Wilgewandel Holiday Farm outside Oudtshoorn is all about family fun. The holiday camp is located on the historic farm, Grootkraal, adjacent to the famous Cango Caves. Wilgewandel offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, including putt-putt golf, a 100-metre foefie slide (zip line), donkey-cart rides, pedal cars, rowing boats, trampolines and quad bikes. There is also a petting zoo for children and hiking trails. Wilgewandel's star attraction is its camels, and the Wilgewandel Pioneer experience lets you discover how the early pioneers of South Africa survived, how they lived, the clothes they wore, what they ate and how they sang and danced...

(GPS coordinates: -33.403237, 22.217389)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/wilgewandel-holiday-farm

Sibaya Casino
4:30pm 8 Sep
 
     

Sibaya Casino

A relatively new feature on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast, Sibaya is an all-round entertainment destination. Its distinct architectural style is a fusion of Zulu culture and contemporary styling that is doesn’t impose itself on the natural habitat and the ocean views. Indoors it’s all about gaming and entertainment. All of the facilities are touched by a sense of magic. Patrons’ eyes almost glaze over at the sheer variety...

(GPS coordinates: -29.680083, 31.099924)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/sibaya-casino

The Golden Mile
2:30pm 28 Aug
 
     

The Golden Mile

The Golden Mile comprises 6 kilometres of beachfront stretching from uShaka Marine World to Suncoast. Durban’s famous stretch of sand and surf boasts fine weather and swimming conditions all year round, thanks to the magnificent climate. Lifeguards and shark nets put minds at ease when entering the water. The beaches are interspersed with piers that stretch out into the Indian Ocean. Whether you are looking for the full Durban cultural experience, or a quiet patch of sand to rest your deckchairs, the Golden Mile has it all...

(GPS coordinates: -29.84861, 31.036978)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/golden-mile

The Quirkiest Out of Town Stay at Old Mac Daddy
6:30am 20 Aug
 
     

The Quirkiest Out of Town Stay at Old Mac Daddy

Leani Jansen van Vuuren for Cape Town Tourism

Been there, done that, right? Well, that’s just the refreshing thing about Cape Town. It continues to have unusual, unexpected but wonderfully creative surprises around every corner.

And literally around the corner from the Mother City, an hour’s drive on the N2 highway lays probably the quirkiest accommodation available for a weekend break-away: retro airstream trailers at Old Mac Daddy.

As you turn off the main way and drive in on the quiet country roads, you cruise deeper into the Elgin valley with a unique scene playing out in front of you: apple trees, vineyards and green forests. And up on the hill, twelve silver Airstream trailers peeking through the trees, overlooking the beautiful valley. Within 60 minutes, you have been transported from the hustle and bustle of a world city to a fairytale scene within the peace and quiet of nature.

Now you’re thinking – what’s so cool about staying a caravan right? Don’t think back to the days when you went camping with your parents in their Jurgens Penta. Think: original individually designed interior, comfortable built-in shower or bath and loo, living area, small kitchen area (with stove, microwave, kettle and wash basin) and your own look-out deck to soak up the views.

And if the bright and unusual caravans' interior get a bit too much for your senses, the designer farm lodge with its cosy restaurant, Brinny Breeezes, is also part of the package, which boasts a minimal Scandinavian open design to let you breathe and relax. You can even chill out on the coach with a game of scrabble, grabbing one of the books from the shelf or put on the kids’ favourite television show whilst you enjoy your food.

A wholesome buffet breakfast is included in your stay and Brinny Breezes also offer wonderful wood-oven thin crust pizzas as well as a great bistro-style menu with hearty country dishes. If in stock, do try the short rib pie with creamy mash and vegetables accompanied by the South Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (from the wine farm just across the road).

Let's end with some alliterations shall we, as Old Mac Daddy is indeed quite a quaint, quirky, quality and quiet breakaway. For something different, get in your car (or rent one if you're visiting), get a takeaway coffee and hit the road for an experience that will leave you both nostalgic and hip at the same time.

Photo: 4.bp.blogspot

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...

1. HIT THE BATTLEFIELD

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

2. NOW FACE THE PARTY BUS

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 

3. GO CLASSIC ~ MAVERICKS STRIP CLUB

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

4. LEGENDARY ~ ABSEILING OFF TABLE MOUNTAIN

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

For more local events, see http://nightjar.travel/WhatsOnCal

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

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