Cape Town and the surrounding area offers loads of choice when it comes to entertainment and activities. Choose from museums, parks, events…. cultural, sporting, culinary – there is something for everyone. There is a section specially for kids, another for golfers. This post offers tons of ideas, plus contact numbers, location and costs.
WHAT TO DO AT GRAND WEST
|GRAND WEST – off the N7 Goodwood|
|Die Alabama Casino||
1750 slots, Dream machine, 66 tables, Salon Drive in the hotel
|Roulette, Black Jack, Poker, Punto Banco||505 7777|
|The District||Reminiscent of District 6 – nightlife and dining||Roxy Revue Bar nightclub and restaurants||505 7777|
|Exhibition Centre||Home to a wide range of events and exhibitions throughout the year||Hire for conferences, functions||505 7777|
|Ice Station||Olympic-size ice rink and a mini-rink for kids||Design resembles the old Cape Town station||505 7777|
|Magic Castle||Children’s theme park based on Good Hope Castle||Themed playrooms and supervised crèche||534 0244|
|Shopping||Speciality retail centre for sweets, flowers, tobacco, etc||Just what you need to celebrate your winnings||505 7777|
|Starz||New cinema chain re-creating the old Alhambra Theatre||6 first releases cinemas||534 0250|
WHAT TO DO AT STADIUM-ON-MAIN
|10 Pin Bowling||10 computer controlled lanes plus pool tables an interactive video||All equipment and shoes included in the fee||671 1893|
|Climbing Wall||Well controlled claiming walls for the whole family||2 x 10m climbing walls and a practice wall||686 3721|
082 3964301Claremont GymUsual gym facilities plus swimming pool and squash courtsAnnual membership and day visitors683 3121Skate Park¼ pipes, ramps, rails and the best view in ClaremontGreat venue for in-line & skateboarders671 2098ShoppingEarly days as the centre takes on a sporty and activity characterCentre Management & Information683 3008Sports CaféAction pub and restaurant, watch all the sportsPart of the Sports café chain674 1152WizardsNew age, card games, books and magazines. Game league.Pokeman – Saturday am
Role Play Games – Sun683 0360
IN AND AROUND THE CITY
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS – CAPE TOWN TOURISM – Ph 426 4260
|2 Oceans Aquarium||Marine life around Cape. See sharks, kelp forest, coelacanth||418 3823||Cape Town Waterfront||10h – 18h daily, multiple entry|
|Art/ Antique||Many Galleries and Dealers||424 7436||Church Str||10h – 17h M/Sa|
|Buskers||Marimba, choirs, jazz, mime||St George’s Mall||09h – 17h00|
|Company Garden||Lawns, rose garden, tea room & SANO, Parliament, SA Museum||424 2625||Top of Adderley Str. Lovely tea garden||Take care after dusk|
|Flea Market||Curios, clothing, craftwork, buskers and everything else||426 1052||Green Market Square||09h – 17h00|
Sat – 12h00Castle Good HopeBuilt 1666 – 1879. Change of Guard, art galleries, military museum469 1249City centre – built on the sea-shore.09h – 16h dailyHigh TeaFamous Mount Nelson High Tea183 1000Orange Str – CityFrom 15h00Museums & GalleriesA huge variety of museums, SA traditional and contemporary art.See p18Museums/ galleries all over townOpen 6 days/wk
10h – 17hRainbow peopleMultitude of cultures, religions, colours and lifestyles685 6894Walk the city, visit to Markets9h – 17h take care after hrsSpier TrainVintage train to Spier Wine Estate and other destinations419 5222Monument Station behind Platform 24Phone for detailsTable MountainHiking, climbing, magnificent views. Restaurant on top424 8181Cableway, Table Mt and09 – 18h, season 007h – 22hTopless Bus RideTour of the City, Sea Point, Signal Hill and Waterfront418 5888Hop on – hop offFrom 09h40 to 13h40Train RidePlatforms 1 – 4 commuter train to Simonstown – Biggsies dining car449 2991
449 870Along the False Bay shoreline08 – 18h daily
VICTORIA AND ALFRED WATERFRONT
WaterfrontShops, restaurants, pubs. Live entertainment, cruises418 2389V & A Waterfront at Cape Town HarbourShops 9h – 21h
Rest 9h – 12hHarbour cruisesHalf hr and 1 hour boat trips around the harbour and into Table Bay419 7746Depart Quay 6Walk on/ many departuresEntertainmentAmphitheatre and Market Sq – shows, festivals, launches418 2369Event programme from info centreLunchtimes and eveningsRobben Island3 hour trip to the island guided by ex-prisoners – Mandela’s cell419 1300Cape Town Waterfront
5 trips per day9h, 10h, 11h, 12h, 14h
AROUND THE PENINSULA
ATTRACTIONS – Phone 790 1194 or 788 8193 for more information
|Art and Galleries||788 1674||Kalk Bay|
NoordhoekVisit local Artists’ studios and Galleries. Art route 4th Sunday of the month from OctBeachesSee p16ManyOpen/ secluded Atlantic side, the water is coldChapman’s Peak Drive790 1520Hout BayWatch the sunset. Closed after heavy rain.Charters and Cruises790 7278Hout BayDeep sea fishing and cruises along the coast.Craft Markets – hand made crafts790 1951
531 2653Hout BayHout Bay
Constantia Village:Sunday 9h00 til 17h00
Weekends 09h00-16h00East & West Forts790 3270Hout BayFortifications built during the Napoleonic WarsGroot Constantia794 5128ConstantiaSA’s oldest wine estate – open daily 10h – 17h.Horse Racing0800627777KenilworthRacing every Saturday from 13h00.Horse Riding790 5286
789 2341Hout Bay
NoordhoekRide the dunes and Sandy Bay
Sleepy Hollow – Noordhoek beach at sunset.Imhoffs Gift783 2309KommetjieCamel rides, snake park, flightless birds.Kalk Bay & Harbour788 8313Kalk BayWorking fishing harbour. Antique shops.Mariner’s Wharf790 1100Hout BayShops, restaurants, fishing boats, seal cruises.Muizenberg fun park and Promenade Muizenberg beachfrontKids’ playground, safe swimming, warm water. Walk from Muizenberg to St James.Ostrich farm788 1929
788 1148Cape PointBreeding farm at the entrance : 9h – 17h daily.Penguin Colony780 2329SimonstownA colony on the beach at Boulders/ SeaforthRhodes Memorial689 9151Above UCTExcellent views & walks, superb tearoom.Scratch Patch786 2020SimonstownDido Valley select bag semi-precious stones.Seal Island Cruises790 7278Hout Bay1 hour cruise to Seal Island – 1000s o seals.Simonstown W/front786 2436SimonstownMeet Able Seaman Nuisance – a great Dane.Wine farms794 5128Constantia ValleyGroot & Klein Constantia, Uitsig & Buitenverwachting. Tasting and sales.Whale watching083 910 1028Hout BayMay to November all around the Cape but very good viewing from Hout ;Bay and Fish Hoek.World of Birds790 2730Hout BayWalk thru aviaries – 3000 birds: 09h to 17h daily.
AROUND THE NORTHERN SUBURBS
|Air Force Museum||508 6377||Ysterplaat||Koeberg Rd Airbase 1st/2nd WW memorabilia.|
|Art: Assoc’n B’llville|
Sanlam Gallery918 2301
947 3359B’ville Library
BellvilleGallery and Art Centre
Sanlam Head Office-M-F 08h30-16h00Beautiful Beaches557 8600Cold AtlanticMilnerton, Blouberg, Melkbos, Silwerstroom.Craft & Art Market96 4691
BellvilleRust en Vrede Original works & crafts
Door-de-Kraal 1st & last Sat of the month.D’ville Rose Garden96 324096 3240A sea of blooms – cream teas in summer.Mayibuye Centre959 2954U W CMaterial relating to SA’s apartheid struggle.Ratanga Junction0861
200 300Off N1 exit Sable RdTheme Park, roller coasters, rides, movies, restaurants, entertainment. Press for details.SANCCOB557 6155RietvleiCoast bird sanctuary Pentz Drive Table View.Township Tours423 3321Use a Guide for insightsExperience the spirit of the Townships – Visit Langa, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha.Tygerberg Zoo884 4494N1 exit 39Zoo incorporating a wildlife breeding centreWine Farms914 1786DurbanvilleAltydgedacht, Bloemendal, Meerendal Diemersdal, Nitida – Tasting & Sales
Bells Golf Academy948 5673TygervalleyCarel Cronje Drive, near Tygervalley CentreBirdwatching968 701Rietvlei ResTygerberg Bird Club & Rietvlei (Ph 557 5509)Racing-Turf Club0800627777DurbanvilleRacing, Polo, Gymkhana, Racecourse RdHiking Walk in the reserves.970 3097
TygerbergTrails laid out around the reserves. A mix of coastal and renoster fynbosHorse Riding903 3662KuilsriverLangverwacht Rd, Vineyards 09h00 & 16h00Indoor Activities See P15LaserQuest, Ice Skating, 10 Pin, Arcade m/csMotor Racing circuit557 1639KillarneyStocks, Supercars, Karts, Drags, MotorbikesMilnerton Water Park557 2958TableviewBlaauwberg Rd – water slides, pools, mini golf.Shopping557 4350
TygervalleyBayside R27 Table View, N1 City, Exit 15 – N1 Tygervalley-N1 Exit 9. Major shopping malls full range shops, restaurants, cinemas.
IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
INTO THE SURROUNDING COUNTRY
|Barn Celos||0829024511||Melkbosstrand||Country shebeen – African style|
|Breede River Valley||0231 71408||Du Toit’s Tunnel||Spectacular mountain scenery|
|Butterfly World||875 5628||N1 then exit 47||Live butterflies in tropical garden|
|Cedarberg Wilderness||0274822812||Algeria off N7||Prime hiking area 250 kms from CT|
|Crocodiles-Le Bonheur||863 1142||N1 then R44||Breeding dams with +/-200 crocodiles|
|Evita se Perron||022 412831||Darling Station||Outrageous theatre with Pieter-Dirk Uys|
|Flowers-wildflowers||0839101028||West Coast||August/Sept-West Coast Natl Park|
|Fossil Park||0227661606||Langebaan||5M year old fossils. Check when open|
|Health-Hydro||883 8600||Stellenbosch||Hydrotherapy, massage, nutrition progs|
|Hiking Trails||889 1560||Permit required||Jonkershoek/ Bain’s Kloof Mtns|
|Klein Plasie||0231 22225||Worcester||Living museum M-Sat9(Sun 10)-16.30|
|Koeberg Nature Reserve||553 2030||R27 Melkbos||Hiking trails, coastal flora|
|Koeberg Power Station||550 4911||R27 Melkbos||M-F 08h00 – 12h30 and 14h00 – 16h30|
|Ostrich Farm||972 1905||Off N7 30kms||Breeding – educational & entertaining|
|Oude Libertas||808 7473||M12 at SFW||Amphitheatre for music, theatre, dance|
|Paarl Mountain Reserve||Mtn Drive Paarl||Views from the Drive and Paarl Rock|
Gordon’s Bay851 4022East coastline of False BayHelderberg Res, Vergelegen, Beaches, Scenic drive to Rooi Els, Steenbras DamSpier Estate809 1100Off R310Wine, Restaurants, Theatre and MusicStellenbosch080022656860kms East of Cape Town2nd oldest town in SA, university town, centre of wine industryStellenbosch Flying854 4094R44 from N2Charters over the mountains and townWest Coast Nat Park0227721515LangebaanLagoon – Birds, Water sports, FlowersWiesenhof Game Park875 5181R44 from N1Buck, cheetah, eco-drives, picnic areasWine farms in the area022 46320
ZevenwachtRiebeeck West, 1st vines planted 1780
Full Restaurant-Just outside Kuilsriver
GARDENS FORESTS AND RESERVES
GARDENS, FORESTS AND RESERVES
|Beaches||False Bay warm water windy Atlantic coldwater wind protected||See P16||Plenty of choice around the Cape||Summer|
05h-22h Company GdnLawns, rose garden, tea room & SANG, Parliament, SA Museum424 2625Top of Adderley St, City CentreCare at dusk Drives & SceneryChapman’s Peak, Cape Point, Stellenbosch, West Coast426 4260Mix of coastal & mountain routesViews – day
Lights – night Wild FlowersSemi desert – fields and hillsides covered in wild flowers083 910 1028All the way up to the West CoastAug/Sep Good Hope Cape PointWalks, coves, beaches, 1500 plant species, antelope, baboons780 9100Follow coast road around Peninsula07h – 18h daily Kirstenbosch6 000 species indigenous plants. Magnificent setting, lovely walks762 9210Southern slopes of Table Mountain0h8 18h daily Marine ReserveSeals, dolphin, whales, coral, kelp beds, shipwrecks, rock pools780 9100Whole Peninsula coastlineAtlantic at sunset Newlands ForestEasy, shay walks from Rhodes Memorial to Kirstenbosch689 4184Stay below the contour pathDawn to dusk PenguinsColony of breeding Jackass (Cape) Penguins on the beach786 2329Seaforth/Boulders near Simonstown09h – 17h Rondevlei/
RietvleiWetlands with hides, waterbirds, flamingo, pelican, many others706 2402
557 5509Grassy Park (M5)
Pentz Dr Milnerton07h – 17h
hides open Seals
(Cape Fur)Breeding colonies off Hout Bay, Kalk Bay and West Coast790 7278Hout Bay Harbour
1 hr cruise09h – 18h
3 operators Signal Hill/
Lions HeadSuperb views particularly at night. Lion’s Head is worth the climb Top of Kloof Nek – follow the signsClosed at 22h00 Silvermine ReserveWalks along the middle of the Peninsula – magnificent views713 0510Top of Ou Kaapse Weg at end of M308h – dusk Table Mtn ReserveWorld Heritage site, strenuous to walk up – easy walking on top424 81814 safe walk routes
See P12Last car 18h (22h sum) Tygerberg Reserve8kms of trails, views, birdwatching, mix of coastal/ renoster fynbos913 5695N1 exit M16 onto Tygerberg HillsDawn to dusk Whale watchingSouthern Right come to breed Humpback migrate Aug-Oct083 910 1028Hermanus, False Bay, Hout BayAug – November Numbers up
TOUR OF THE WINELANDS: Don’t try to get to Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch all in one day – choose 3 estates. The large estates get crowded – smaller estates are excellent for the personal touch.
TOUR OF THE CAPE PENINSULA: If you have time, do the trip in 2 days. Visit Rhodes Memorial – have
tea at the tearoom, then Kirstenbosch and a couple of hours looking at the flowers, lying on the lawns and visiting the Conservatory. Next, Groot Constantia for a wine tasting and visit to the Manor House. Then a drive over Constantia Nek to Hout Bay for a Seal Island trip.
On the 2nd day, spend some time exploring Simonstown, visit the Penguins, perhaps a swim at Boulders, then go into the Nature Reserve and explore some of the lesser known covers. Lunch at Scarborough and then over Chapman’s Peak to Hout Bay.
A BIRD WATCHER’S GUIDE TO THE CAPE: Particularly good spots are Rondevlei, Rietvlei, Kirstenbosch and West Coast National Park. Kirstenbosch and Rondevlei will give you a good variety.
THE RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY OF THE CAPE: Visit the Bo Kaap Mosque, St George’s Cathedral, St Mary’s, The Groote Kerk, the Lutheran Church and the Gardens Synagogue – check opening times. St George’s Cathedral has some of the most beautiful stained glass in the world.
EXPLORING THE CAPE FLORAL KINGDOM: Kirstenbosch, Cape Point, Helderberg, Harold Porter and Fern Kloof Nature reserves have superb natural displays. Muizenberg mountain is beautiful.
EXPLORING THE PENINSULA’S SEA SHORE: The Atlantic shoreline is particularly rich in Marine life. The rock pools off Sea Point, Oudekraal, Kommetjie and the whole of the Cape Point Nature reserve shoreline are full of different plants and animals. Get a booklet on the shorelife – available from any bookstore. The fusion of the Malmesbury Slate and Granite in front of the President Hotel is a geologist’s dream.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF NELSON MANDELA: A trip to Robben Island (departing from the Waterfront at 09h00, 10h00, 11h00, 12h00 and 14h00). Tour of Parliament (by appointment Ph 403 2537).
THE PUBS OF CAPE TOWN: Provided someone sober is driving, a Pub tour of the Peninsula is a good way to meet the locals. Try this route, the Perseverance (Town), Foresters (Newlands), Pedlars (Constantia), Brass Bell (Kalk Bay), Red Herring (Noordhoek), Dirty Dicks (Hout Bay), La Med (Clifton).
A DAY IN HERMANUS: From July to October the Whales come to visit – walk along the cliffs between the old and new harbours to see them best. Fernkloof Nature reserve has an amazing variety of wild flowers. Rotary Drive is a spectacular route to Hamilton Russell Wine Estate for superb Pinot Noir.
EXPLORING THE WEST COAST: The beaches of Blouberg, Melkbos are beautiful and uncrowded. The Langebaan Lagoon wetlands are renowned for their birdlife and wildflowers in September.
MILITARY HISTORY IN CAPE TOWN: Include the Castle, Ysterplaat, The Maritime Museum at the Waterfront, the Green Point Battery, the Noon Day gun, the gun emplacements on Table Mountain Road, Simonstown Museum and Naval Dockyard and the East Fort at Hout Bay.
TABLE MOUNTAIN: Walk along the Contour Path from Newlands to Rhodes Memorial, or along the Pipe track from Kloof Nek above Camps Bay or across the top from the Cable Station to Maclears Beacon. All easy – take water & a map – even better – go with a guide. (NB see P12)
KIDS MEETING ANIMALS: Take exit 47 off the N1 (R44). All within 3 or 4 kilometres there is the Tygerberg Zoo, Die Vonds Snake Centre, Drakenstein Lion Park, Heen en Weer Ostrich Farm, Butterfly World, Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm and Wiesenhof Game Park.
AN EYE OPENING EXPERIENCE OF UBUNTU
Ubuntu refers to the sense of community, hospitality, friendship and belonging that one experiences in black African society. Most Visitors experience 1 side of Cape Town – the scenic “European” side but miss the vibrant, human “African” side. Unjustly, a visit to the Townships is said to be dangerous (more often said by people who have been into the Townships).
A TOWNSHIP TOUR allows one to experience the effects of 300 years of discrimination. Start in the Bo Kaap and District 6 then go into Langa, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Khayelitsha. Experience the strong community drive to improve the lot of the people through education, recreation and trading despite the appalling living conditions. The end result is a message of hope for the further of SA.
It is also a chance to meet, and talk with a hugely friendly people, to experience a lifestyle and culture totally different to one’s own and a change to meet craftspeople, herbalists, micro entrepreneurs, shebeen owners, housewives and children.
It is in the Townships that you can experience the history of Apartheid. And it is that legacy that could benefit from your visit. There are a number of Tour Operators who specialise in tours t the Townships – they are able to provide background and insights that make a Township as much a part of visiting Cape Town as a trip up Table Mountain. (P29 for specialist Operators & P 30 for local Tourism Bureau.)
|Abseiling||Abseil Africa||424 1580||Abseil Table Mountain, Chapman’s Peak|
|Archery||Protea Club Retreat||712 5520||Hire a bow – full range and instruction|
|Ballooning||Winelands Ballooning||863 3192||1 hr flight from Paarl Nov to May|
Rietvlei & Rondevlei
|706 2404||Rondevlei has hides – 220 bird species|
|Bowls||Various clubs||421 1894||Temp membership – meet local bowlers|
|Bungi Jumping||Face Adrenaline||712 5839||Gouritz and Bloukrans Gorges|
Felix Unite762 7916
683 6433Gentle & white water – Breede & Orange Breede, Orange, Winelands – river partiesCavingCaving Club of SA797 1718 ahSandstone caves on TMCroquetSA Croquet Assn689 4432Open club in RondeboschCycle hireRent n Ride434 1122Day and weekly hire – 3 Anchor BayCycling/ToursBikeabout531 33274Hire of bicycles : Organise cycle tripsDivingOrca61 9673Training, boat charters, equipment hireEquipment hireAll Sports425 1056Hire and buy all types of sports gear4 x 44 x 4 Trails0834891204Ride 3 tough trails, near MelkbosstrandFly FishingUltimate Angling0836260467Individual guided trout fishing in riversFlyingFlamingo Flights790 1010Fixed wing flights around the PeninsularGame FishingUwe Schmidt783 2906From Hout Bay – 06h00GlidingWorcester Gliding0825654627Tandem flights through the ClubGolfVarious Clubs
Bells Golf AcademySee P 12
948 5673Strict dress code at all clubs
Golf Driving Range – Observatory
Golf Driving Range – TygervalleyHelicopter flightsCourt Helicopters425 2966Scenic flights from the V&A BreakwaterHikingMountain Guide Assn447 8036Arrange Guides for any level. See P12Hobie CatsFish Hoek Beach Sail
Theewaterskloof Club782 3205
0288401370Meet at the Club on Fish Hoek beach
Active sailing club near VilliersdorpHorseridingSleepy Hollow
Riding Centre Hout Bay789 2341
790 5286Beach rides
Dune & beach rides : lessons all ages
|Jet Skiing||Rent n Ride||434 1122||Jet Ski from 3 Anchor Bay|
|Kayaking (Sea)||Coastal Kayak Trails||439 1134||½ & full day-dolphin & whale encounters|
|Kiting||Kite Shop W’front||421 6231||Power & aerobatic – Blouberg beach|
Day Trippers424 1580
531 3274Swim, rock-hop & jump into mountain stream. Abseil Kamikaze KanyonMicrolitingLouise van Wyk083 675 3541Ride a lawnmower in the skyMotor Biking
Africa Touring Club439 6036/9
686 9112Scooters, cruisers, enduros, day rentals etc
Harley safaris, rentals & tours (See P26)ParachutingWP Sport Parachute462 5666Tandem & 1 day jump course – CitrusdalParaglidingParapente762 66932 day training. High sites top flyers only.Quad BikesCape Quad Trails083 321 69904 wheel trail thru sand & bush. 2 hr trailsRock climbingCt School of M’tneering619 604/679Guides & training schoolRollerbladingRent n Ride434 1122Hire of Rollerblades (in-line skates)RowingZeekoevlei Rowing705 3373Can get a row on Sunday morningRubber inflat’blFalse Bay Club887 1872Trips arranged in Rubber InflatableSailingRoyal Cape Yacht421 1354Wednesday afternoons – social racingSandboardingDownhill Adventures422 0388Down Betty’s Bay and Atlantis dunesScooter hireRent n Ride434 1122The best way to get around Cape TownSurfingGary’s Surf School783 2915Beginners & experts – big waves off KomTennisWP – Rondebosch686 3055Can arrange a game at most clubsTheme ParkRatanga Junction086 120 0300Wild rollercoaster rides – N1 Sable Rd exitVolleyballBeach Volleyball A net is always up on Camps Bay BeachWaterskiingGary Walker083 731 4139Also at Milnerton – Sat ph 082 809 1170WindsurfingGrant Ross082 449 9819Lessons and hireYachtingZeekoevlei705 3373Small class boats – can get a sail
WEATHER REPORT : 3 day forecast : 00 27 82 231 1640
HIKING TABLE MOUNTAIN
Hiking on Table Mountain is an enormously rewarding experience but it is a mountain that needs to be treated with caution. Although it is “only” 1000 metres (3500 ft) high, it is demanding. The top of the mountain is divided into 2 sections – the Front Table (the characteristic Table Mountain n) and the Back Table – 200 metres lower and extending all the way to Hout Bay. There is a useful map of the mountain that indicates the main routes – it is obtainable from CNA and Kirstenbosch.
¨ To walk up and down will take between 4 and 8 hours depending on your fitness. To walk up and to come down by Cable Care will take 3 to 6 hours. Wear appropriate shoes.
¨ Although it is flat on top it is completely surrounded by cliffs – to get off the path is dangerous.
¨ The weather at any time of the year can change within 30 mins from clear, sunny skies to thick cloud and bitter cold so always take warm clothing.
¨ There are only 4 accessible routes where ropes or a Guide are not needed.
¨ Signage on the mountain is almost non-existent – keep to the main paths and take a map.
During summer there is no water, so take your own.
PLATTEKLIP GORGE: Up the front face of the mountain starting at the first stream that crosses the road past the lower Cable Station. The route ends at the top of the “notch” on the Front Face. This is the quickest route up (2 – 3 hours). The path is clear and has been well built up. It just requires a long hard slog to get to the top. At the top turn right for the Cable Station, and left for Maclears Beacon.
SKELETON GORGE: Up the back of the mountain starting at Kirstenbosch and ending at Maclears Beacon. A very attractive way up, along a very well maintained path (Smuts Track – after General Smuts, the war-time leader of South Africa.) The first part of the route is through indigenous forest, then rock-hopping up a stream and then a beautiful open walk from the Back Table to the Front Table. The route up to Maclears Beacon will take between 4 and 5 hours. There is then a spectacular walk along the front face of the mountain to the top Cable Station – this will take an additional 2 hours.
KASTEELSPOORT: The only acceptable route up the Camps Bay side of the mountain. Starts at the traffic circle at Kloof Nek and follows the Pipe Track (so called because of the water pipeline) until you reach the second clearly defined route up the mountain. It is signposted. It takes you up to the Pump station at the reservoirs on the Back Table. The rest of the route is the same as the Constantia Nek route. The whole route takes between 5 and 6 hours.
ACROSS THE TABLE: An easy walk. Take the Cable Car to the top, then follow the path away from the top Cable Station. It will take you through a small valley (the top of the Platteklip route) and onto the Eastern Table. Follow the signs to Maclears Beacon. Below the beacon is a plaque to Jan Smuts and leading away from the plaque is a clear path. It traverses across the front edge of the Mountain with spectacular views over the city. The path eventually comes back to the top of the Platteklip route.
WALKS ELSEWHERE N THE TABLE MOUNTAIN CHAIN
LION’S HEAD: A there-and-back route that starts approximately 1 km from the Kloof Nek circle on the Signal Hill Road. There is a stand of Pines on the right side of the road. Park there and follow the obvious jeep track opposite the trees. The route is a 360 degree rotation around the lower slopes of Lion’’ Head. There are 2 rock bands that one has to get through to reach the top. To assist getting through them there are 2 sets of chains that one can use to pull oneself up. Alternatively, there is a path on the south corner that one can take to avoid the chains.
DEVILS PEAK: A there-and-back route that starts on the road that runs past the lower Cable Station. Follow the road until you reach the corner beneath the saddle between Devils Peak and Table Mountain. There is a clear, zigzag path that leads up to the saddle. From there, there are two parallel paths that lead to the summit of Devils Peak.
CONTOUR PATH: An easy walk that starts at Constantia Nek and leads the whole way around Devils Peak and onto Kloof Nek. There are about a dozen paths leading down from the Contour Path to different parts of Kirstenbosch, Newlands Forest and Rhodes Memorial. Where you start and how far you go depends on how long you want to keep walking but getting back can be a problem, so a there-and-back route is best.
SILVERMINE NATURE RESERVE: There are two easy but spectacular routes in the reserve, on either side of Ou Kaapse Weg. The flowers are always good and the views are excellent.
1) Muizenberg Mountain : going from Constantia to Sun Valley turn off left into the pines just after the top of the pass. There is a jeep track leading to the top of the range with small foot paths leading off it. Provided the weather holds this is a good area to ramble – just keep one eye on the jeep track to get you back.
2) Constantiaberg : going from Constantia to Sun Valley turn off right into the reserve at the top of the pass. Follow the tar road to the reservoir where you can park. From there follow the paths toward the Constantiaberg – the peak with the antenna. By bearing right you can get up to the Elephant’s Eye and by bearing left you get to the top of the cliffs looking down onto Hout Bay – a spectacular sight.
CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE: There are trails all around the shoreline in the reserve. The ones on the Atlantic side are spectacular in bad weather – an ideal place to walk if you’ve had enough of the City. Take along a book that described the flowers and life on the seashore – you will be well rewarded.
CHAPMAN’S PEAK: Probably the most spectacular view in the Peninsula. The path starts at the last bend before the top viewpoint on the Hout Bay side of Chapman’s Peak Drive. The path bears right as you climb, passes through a beautiful stand of Protea bushes and ends after about an hour on Chapman’s Peak. Views into Hout Bay, Noordhoek, Cape Point, Constantiaberg and the back of Table Mountain. Can be closed because of rockfalls in rainy weather. Ph 790 1520 to check.
DRESS CODE Shorts or slacks with belt and zipper, no jeans, shirt with collar, long or short white socks, no bold messages on shirt.
CLUB HOUSE All Clubs have snacks at the Half-Way House and lunch is available in the Club House.
Visitors welcome to use the bar.
CELL PHONES Cell Phones to be switched off.
COMPETITIONS Must book in advance and must have an official handicap. Most Clubs require a maximum handicap of 24 for men, 36 for women.
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Erinvale and Steenberg – can only play with a Member
|595 1725||Wonderland – N1 City||24 hrs / 7 days/ week|
|Huge variety of computer games, plenty of lights, sound, action. Players buy 50c tokens (up to 4 per game) – the better you are the longer you play. Also Tygervalley and Shoprite Centre Parow.|
|930 4795||The Pines, Parow||09h00 – 24h00 daily|
|Spilhaus Park (Shoprite Centre) Busy at night, wise to book. Bowling shoes for hire. 6 players can play on an Alley. Bar and snacks available. Also Indoor Putt Putt|
|531 4786||Pinelands, & Sea Point||M – F 19h30 – 23h00|
|Contact Mrs Truter (531 4786) for details. Most Clubs cater for all abilities.|
For competitive games contact Steve McGibbon (52 3304) Wed in Rondebosch
448 6117River Club, Observatory7 days 09h00 – 21h00There is an open and a covered range. R10 – 50 balls/R18 – 100 balls. River Club offers the best facilities including a good bar, pool tables and live music.
419 5465Waterfront Main Entrance+/- 11h00 – 24h00Coen Steytler Parking Garage. 6 karts on the circuit at a time. Different race formats available – most 15 to 20 laps. Good diner/pub. Costs R25 – R30 per race.
710 850012 clubs around the Cape.+/- 05h30 – 21h00Health & Racquet Entry R50 – most offer circuits, squash, weights, swimming pool, sauna, aerobics.
535 4919Goodwood showgroundsAm. Pm, & evenings.Times : listen to the taped message for opening times. Costs R12 – R20 per session incl skate hire.
419 6180Bottom end HeerengrachtM – F 09h00 – 22h00CONNEXION ON THE SQUARE Proper Internet Café. AOL & Compuserve. 8 PCs, Bar & Restaurant.
Downloading and printing R15 per ½ hour. Open Sat.
930 2214Shoprite Centre ParowOpen 7 days till late.20 min games – shoot each other with laser guns (painless). Great for all. Same area as 10 Pin Bowling. Also Kenilworth Centre (Ph 683 7296). Booking essential.
434 5197Ballroom – Main Rd Sea Pt12h00 – 03h00Ballroom – 11 tables River Club – 20 tables 166 Long St – 17 tables R2/game
BEACHES AND FACILITIES
|NB The water on the Atlantic side is COLD. Less protection from the wind on the False Bay side. Take toilet paper, cool drinks (alcohol not allowed) and plenty of sunblock.|
BLOUBERG: 2 beaches – Little Bay and Big Bay. Very pleasant on a wind free day. Little Bay is better serviced with toilets and showers and is very safe for young kids. Big Bay on a windy day is Windsurfer paradise – Phone Grant Ross on 082 449 9819 for Windsurfer hire.
TABLEVIEW: A beautiful long beach, the sea can be rough and the wind can really blow. Popular kiting beach – particularly power kites. Power boats can launch from the Blouberg end of the beach. Most facilities are at the Cape Town end.
CLIFTON: 4 small beaches – excellent out of season – crowded in season. Well protected from SE wind. Parking is impossible and the walk up the steps from Clifton 1, 2 & 3 is tough at the end of the day. One toilet on 4th beach, often locked. Vendors sell cool drinks and ice cream. Restaurant in the car park above 4th beach. Beach chairs for hire. Good body compulsory. Club Med the sunset place to be seen.
CAMPS BAY: The place to go after you are too old for Clifton. Family beach, but with a dangerous beach break and rapid drop off just beyond the water line – caution for kids. Windy in SEaster. There is a tidal pool near the braai area, but very crowded. Café society at various venues along the beach road. Good facilities. Volley Ball venue.
SANDY BAY: Lovely beach and granite outcrops. Nudist but also Gay pick-up. No facilities at all. Parking 20 mins walk from the beach.
HOUT BAY: Exposed to SE wind, very safe beach. Lots of dogs! Toilets, shops and eateries at Chapman’s Peak end. Mariners Wharf at the other end. Toilets in the harbour.
NOORDHOEK: Wonderful beach for sunset walks. Many dogs. Very primitive toilets at car park end. Wreck of Kakapo. Beach rides from Sleepy Hollow. Ph 789 2341. Great surfing at Kommetjie end.
BOULDERS: Tiny beach just beyond the Penguins. A jumble of granite boulders on the beach. They form excellent wind breaks and lagoons. Warm water, safe for kids, good for snorkelling. Entry fee R5 and R10.
FISH HOEK: Family beach, safe swimming, well protected by Lifesavers. Can get out of the wind in the southern corner. Concrete pathway across the rocks. Good facilities. R6 parking fee. Surf and boogie boards kept apart from swimmers.
MUIZENBERG: Safe swimming, windy but protection offered by beach huts and promenade. Full playground for kids with swimming pool. Bumper boats, putt put, fun fair, camel rides, super tube. 5 star toilets and change rooms. Patrolled by beach police. Nice to walk to St James along the walkway.
STRAND: Very flat, safe beach, great for kids, often surprisingly wind free. Lifesavers at Cape Town end. Popular with up-country visitors. Good facilities but far apart. Deck chair and umbrella hire. Indoor pool at the Pavilion. Shops along the beach road.
GORDON’S BAY: 2 beaches – Bikini is small and wind protected. The other is often very windy. The Harbour Island development has brought new life to Gordon’s Bay with shops and restaurants.
THINGS FOR KIDS TO DO
|Butterfly World||875 5628||Exit 47 off N1 (R44)||Live butterflies in tropical garden|
|Adventure Farm||371 5246||Weltevreden Rd||Philippi–pet park, rides, Noah’s Ark|
|Imhoff’s Gift||783 2309||Kommetjie Rd||Snake, game & bird parks, Camel rides and play area|
|Jimmy Jungles||712 2762|
914 1705Tramway, Diep River
Rosenpark D’villeAll indoor world of slides, ball pools. All padded – great fun.Wiesenhof Game Reserve875 5181Exit 47 off N1 (R44)Game viewing, roller skating, boats on lake, kids pool, picnicsMuizenberg Beach788 1929
SAP 788 1148Muizenberg sea front & pavilionSuper tube, fun fair, putt putt, swings and plenty of beachScratch Patch419 9429Dock Rd WaterfrontSelect a bag semi-precious stones
World of Birds790 2730Valley Rd Hout Bay3000 birds – walk through aviariesTygerberg Zoo884 4494Exit 39 off N1Zoo and Wildlife Breeding CentreGoodwood Ice skating534 4919Goodwood off N7Listen to message for open timesDisco Parties – Dale082 924 7835Different venuesDisco parties under 18–no alcoholPutt Putt434 6805Three Anchor BayMiniature golf and maze
Indoor Grand Prix419 5465At W’front entranceDifferent race formats – 6 kartsLaserquest930 2214Spilhaus Pk ParowWar games with lasers-painless10 Pin Bowling930 4795Spilhaus Pk ParowGreat social scene, Also Putt PuttRatanga Junction0861 1200300N1 Sable Rd exitTheme park with exciting ridesKalabas Taphuis
683 5651Van Schoor Rd, B’ville
Main Rd, ClaremontNightclubs used by 16 & 17 yr olds hoping to pass for 18. Safe venues.See also: Aquarium (418 3823) V&A: Imax (430 8025) V&A : Arcade Games (595 1725) N1 City.
PH 462 405072 Roeland StM-F 08h00 to 16h00Original government documents from 1652 including sources for genealogy-free entry.Bertram House
Ph 424 9381Cnr Orange & Gov Ave GdnsT-Sat 09h30 to 16h30Fine furniture, ceramics, silver and objets d’art. Georgian style architectureBo-Kaap
Ph 424 384671 Wale St
(in Bo-Kaap)Daily 09h30 to 16h30Lifestyle of Cape Muslim (Malay) family in 19thCCastle Good Hope
Ph 469 1083Grand ParadeM-Sat 09h00 to 16h00SA’s oldest building. William Fehr ceramics, furniture, paintings-military museum – toursCultural History
Ph 461 828049 Adderley St
(Slave Lodge)M-Sat 09h30 to 16h30Collections from people who made up SA. Egyptian, Greek, Roman archaeologyDistrict 6
Ph 461 874525A Buitenkant
Methodist HallM-Sat 09h00 to 16h00Celebrates way of life of community removed by Group Areas Act 1966Education
Ph 762 16229 Aliwal Rd
WynbergM-F 09h00 to 16h00Teaching equipment, apparatus and methods from 1800 to date in SA – only one of its kind.Exploratorium
Ph 419 5957Union Castle
Bldg WaterfrontT-Su 09h00 to 18h00Magical telecommunications expo, hands-on fun. Booking for tours essential.Fisheries
Ph 790 7268Hout Bay
HarbourT-Su 10h00 to 18h00Fishing boats, gear, equipment, videos on fishing history in SAGroot Constantia
Ph 794 5067Off Constantia Rd ConstantiaM-Su 10h00 to 17h00Stately home of Cape Dutch lifestyle. Wine Museum. Tasting & Sales – oldest estate.Heart Transplant
Ph 404 5232F floor-old entry Grt Schuur HospT-F 09h00 to 14h00Exhibit of Christian Barnard’s transplant equipment and storyHolocaust Centre
Ph 462 555388 Hatfield St
GardensM-Th 10h00 to 17h00Exhibition from outset of 2nd WW anti-Semitism, focusing on Lithuanian JewryHout Bay
Ph 790 32704 Andrews Rd
Hout BayT-Sa 10h00 to 16h30Cultural and natural history of Hout Bay with exhibits of local and historical interest.Irma Stern
Ph 685 5686UCT Cecil Rd
RosebankT-Sa 10h00 to 16h30Collection by Irma Stern, furniture, art from 600BC, Congolese artefactsJosephine Mill
Ph 686 4939Off Boundary Rd
RondeboschM-F 09h00 to 16h00Operational watermill, blacksmithing exhibit, milling demonstrationsKoopmnans De Wet
Ph 424 247335 Strand St
City CentreT-Sat 09h30 to 16h30Portrays the lifestyle of a successful businessman in late 18thC – Beautiful houseMaritime
Ph 419 2505Dock Rd V&A
WaterfrontM-Sa 09h00 to 17h00Model sailing ships, instruments, prints, plus SAS Somerset-boom defence vessel
Ph 959 2954University West Cape BellvilleM-F 08h30 to 15h30Archive depicting story of anti-apartheid struggleMedical
Ph 418 5663Portswood Rd
Green PointM-F 09h00 to 16h00Displays medical practice from earlier times in the Cape – Phone for guided tourMichaelis
Ph 424 6367Greenmarket Sq
Old TownhouseM-F 10h00 to 17h00Permanent collection of 17thC Dutch and Flemish paintingsNatale Labia
Ph 788 4106192 Main Rd MuizenbergT-Su 10h00 to 17h00Art museum and cultural exhibitions in Italian home-character of reception rooms retainedParliament
Ph 403 2537Company
GardensM-F 9h, 10h, 11h, 12hWhen Parliament in session admission to public gallery possiblePolice
Ph 788 7035186 Main Rd
MuizenbergM-Su 08h00 to 16h30Police services cultural history museum-includes Post Huijs-oldest bldg in False Bay.Robben Island
Ph 419 1300Berties Landing
V&A WaterfrontM-Su 9h 10h 11h 12h 14hWill be the country’s major cultural museum 3½ hour tripRhodes Cottage
Ph 788 1816246 Main Rd
MuizenbergT-Su 10h00 to 16h30Rhodes’ beach cottage, the place where he died, exhibit of his graveRugby
Ph 685 3038Boundary Rd
NewlandsM-F 09h00 to 17h00History of rugby – Rugby legends’ memorabilia, jerseys, boots, etcSA Airforce
Ph 508 6377Ysterplaat Air Base BrooklynM-F 8h/10h
S/Su 10h/15hExhibition on 1st & 2nd WW – SAAF history & operations-RAF memorabiliaSA Museum
Ph 424 3330Company
GardensDaily 10hoo to 17h00Natural history, African culture, whale exhibit and the PlanetariumSA Nat’nl Gallery
Ph 465 1628Company
GardensT-Su 10hoo to 17h00Historical and contemporary SA art-includes British, French, Dutch & Flemish artSimonstown
Ph 788 3046The Residency
Court RoadM-F 10h00 to 16h00Exhibition Naval memorabilia and of Just Nuisance-famous canine naval ratingS’town Naval
Ph 787 4635West Dockyard
SimonstownM-Su 10h00 to 16h00Large collection of models of ships and naval relicsS’bosch Village
Ph 887 290218 Ryneveld St
StellenboschM-Sa 09h30 to 17h00
Sun 14—17h00Heritage of S’bosch 6 period houses 1709 to 1929,guides in costume.Warrior Toy
Ph 786 1395St George’s St
SimonstownM-Su 10h00 to 16h00Exhibition of toys, dolls, cars, trains, Meccano
RESTAURANTS BY FOOD TYPES
Eziko Restaurant424 8634
Langa178 Long St
15 Rose St (Bo Kaap)
213 Lower Main Rd
Washington StCafé SocietyEast City Café
News Café461 9988
Durbanville72 Barrack St
39 Main Rd
Lower Main Rd
Cape Malay Kitchen
914 0186City Centre
BellvilleMount Nelson Hotel
Napier St (off Somerset)
Cellars – Hohenort Ave.
12 Old Oak Rd
Happy Wok (Asian)
Table View62A Kloof St
178A Main Rd
Cnr Dean & Wilkinson St
Sea Breeze Tritonia Rd
De Oude Welgemoed424 4442
913 4962City Centre
Bellville16 Keerom St
92 Main Rd
Cnr Pander/Jip de Jaeger
Flores Smith Hues
Quay 4 Restaurant
Pedlars on Bend
La Verona423 3414
96 0290City Centre
Durbanville55 Church St, cnr Loop St/Quay 4 – upstairs
Spaanschemat River Rd
Randolph’s Grill Room465 4909
Durbanville39 Barnet St
Klein Constantia Rd
Le Quartier Francais462 1999
Le Vendome Hotel
Constantia Uitsig Farm
16 Hugenot St
|Full menu, great setting, relaxed atmosphere||Quay West|
Bayside Café418 0520
MilnertonCape Grace Hotel
Promenade – Victoria Rd
Kalk By Station
Zevenwacht Wine Estate
Ocean Way, Sunset BeachGerman/
Paarl102 New Church St
Groot Constantia Estate
Grande Roche Hotel
Leesia’s Taverna461 8887
305 Main Rd
Beach Crescent Rd
24 Station Rd
The Palace423 0850
447 9540City Centre
Woodstock2 Upper Wale St
174 Main Rd
297 Albert Rd
Passage to India424 0000
914 6117City Centre
Durbanville33 Church St
305 Main Rd
65 Main Rd
Tyger Valley Centre
Connexion on Sq
Shack/Blue Lizard419 6180
461 5892City – North
City – EastHeerengracht
43 De Villiers St
DurbanvillePier Head V&A
9 Wolfe St
Yo Suchi462 3675
Camps Bay3 Avalon Cntr Mill St
15 Shortmarket St
100 Main Rd
The Drive (with Codfather)
315 Main Rd
17 Regent Rd
Pancho O’Leary’s423 1541
550 8739City Centre
Ratanga13 Bloom St
Shop 4 Quay 5
127 Lower Main Rd
Ratanga IslandMusic while you eat169 on Long
Smugglers Show Bar
The Grange426 1107
975 9057City Centre
Durbanville169 Long St
V&A Mall Pierhead
1 Sher St
Casa de Abo Baras465 7547
96 6911City Centre
Durbanville27 Caledon St
109a Voortrekker Rd
20 Vrede St
On the Rocks
919 9442CT Harbour
TygervalleyEastern Mole Rd
Main Rd Miller’s Point
45 Stadler Rd
Cnr Bloemhof/Edward St
Durbanville12 Mill St
95 Regent Rd
Off M42 (opp Pollsmoor)
Durbanville50 Orange St
60 Main Rd
Santyger Cntr Durban Rd
Café Erte424 2917
424 8300\434 6624City Centre
Sea Point267 Long St
Cnr Hout/St George Mall
265A Main Rd
WINE ESTATES WITH RESTAURANT AND/OR OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
All estates offer wine tasting and sales. Normal hours M-F 09h00-17h00: Sat 09h00-13h00
|1 = Tasting & Sales||2 = Restaurant||3 = Open Sunday||Y = Yes N = No||1||2||3|
CONSTANTIA WINE ROUTE (Ph 418 5214)
|Groot Constantia||794 5128||Constantia Nek Rd (Restaurant 794 6255)||
|Constantia Uitsig||794 1810||Spaanschemat River Rd (Restaurant 794 4480)||Y||Y||Y|
DURBANVILLE WINE ROUTE (Ph 083 310 1228)
|Altydedacht||96 1295||Tygerberg Valley Rd||Y||Y||N|
|Bloemendal||975 7575||Racecourse Rd (Restaurant super view 975 2525)||Y||Y||N|
FRANSCHHOEK WINE ROUTE (Ph 876 3062)
|Boschendal||870 4000||(Helshoogte Rd) Tasting, Sales, Restaurant, Picnic||Y||Y||Y|
|Chamonix||876 2494||Follow signs from Main Rd, Franschhoek||
|Franschhoek Coop||876 2086||All estates on sale, Restaurant, A/V about F’hoek||
PAARL WINE ROUTE (Ph 872 3605)
|Rhebokskloof||863 8386||Off R44 towards Wellington||Y||Y||Y|
|Seidelberg||863 3495||Below Taal Monument on Suid Agter Paarl Rd||Y||Y||Y|
|Simonsvlei Interntl||863 3040||Off R101, full range of wines, look for the big bottle||Y||Y||Y|
SOMERSET WEST/HERMANUS (HELDERBERG/OVERBERG WINE ROUTE (Ph 855 2004)
|Vergelegen||847 1334||Lourensford Rd Som West Ancient Camphor trees||Y||Y||Y|
|Hamilton Russell||028 323595||R320 near Hermanus M-F Sat am Great Pinot Noir||Y||N||N|
STELLENBSOCH WINE ROUTE (Ph 886 4310)
|Delaire||885 1756||Top of Helshoogte Pass – Spectacular views||Y||Y||Y|
|Delheim||882 2033||Off R44. Originated wine routes in SA||Y||Y||Y|
|Morgenhof||889 5510||On R44 Restaurant for light lunches. Open all year||Y||Y||Y|
|Neetlingshof||883 8988||Off M12 : 2 Restaurants Light meals & a la carte||Y||Y||Y|
|Spier||809 1100||R310 Attractions: theatre, picnics, cheetahs & wine||Y||Y||Y|
|Zevenwacht||903 5123||Langverwacht Rd Kuilsriver: Picnic & light lunches||Y||Y||Y|
SHOPS AND SHOPPING
BANKS, FOREX and MOST SHOPS
|Banking hours||Forex – big Branches||M-F 09h00 – 15h30: Sat 09h00-11h00|
|Forex after hours||Forex after hours||Waterfront Daily 9h-19h Also 4/5 star Hotels 24 hrs|
|Shopping hours||Normal shops||M-F 08h30-17h00: Sat 08h30-13h00: Sun closed|
DAY TO DAY NECESSITIES – Most have extended trading hours
|Bookshops/Stationery||CNA||0800110840||Major stationery chain|
|Food & clothing||Woolworths||0800220022||Most Malls – M&S equivalent|
|Photo processing||Photo Quick Labs||421 2460||1 hour photo processing chain|
|Supermarket||Pick ‘n Pay||0800112288||Most Malls, Food, full range goods|
|Toiletries||Clicks||08000110340||Most Malls, Household goods|
SHOPPING MALLS – Number of shops and trading hours
|Bayside Centre – 95||Tableview||557 4350||M-F 9-18h Sat 9h-17h Sun 9h-13h|
|Blue Route Mall – 98||Tokai||713 2061||M-F 9h-18h Sat 9h-17h Sun most shut|
|Cavendish Sq – 200||Claremont||674 3050||M-Sat 9.30-18h Sun 10-13h|
|Garden’s Centre – 86||Mill St Gardens||465 1842||M-F 9-18h Sat 9-15h Sun 10-13h|
|Tyger Valley – 270||Bellville/Durbanville||914 1822||Fri 9-19h Sat 9-17h Sun-optional|
|Victoria Wharf – 240||Waterfront||418 2369||M-Sun 9-21h|
AFRICAN CURIOS AND CRAFTS
|African Art – Animals||Baden Powell/N2||0835880247||Street artist and sculptor (James)|
|African Craft Market||Khayelitsha||3651 5246||Curios, trinkets, art, crafts|
|Galley International||Sun Gall – Cape Sun||423 7016||Wildlife art, quality curios, antiques|
|Kraal Kraft||Hout Bay Harbour||790 4551||African shopping – art, crafts, clothing|
|Mnandi||90 Station Rd Obs||447 6814||Traditional clothing made to order|
|Pan African Market||76 Long St City Cntr||424 2957||Drums, masks, art, food, – 35 stalls|
|Street traders||CT Station Adderley Coast Rd Bakoven Entrance Cape Pnt||Range of curios, carved animals, masks. Some local, some from Central and West Africa – haggle|
FACTORY SHOPS, STREET MARKETS & CRAFT MARKETS
|Access Park||Kenilworth, off M5||683 5885||Wide selection of factory shops|
|Blue Shed & Red Shed||V&A Waterfront||418 2369||Crafts and souvenirs|
|Craft Mrkts – open air||Bellville, Constantia, Hout Bay, Rondebosch||531 4263|
96 4691Different weekends. Hout Bay every SundayGreenmarket Flea MarketGreenmarket Sq, City426 1052Curios, clothes, crafts. M-SatGreen Point Flea MarketGreen Point Stadium439 7763Mixed bag of everything. Sun onlyGrand Central MarketDarling St, City Centre461 9337Stalls, shops, food.
Adult World36 Riebeeck St, City418 7455Adult toys, books, videosCafda BookshopWerdmuller,Claremont674 22302nd hand books & magazinesCape Union MartMost big Malls0800034000Bush & outdoor clothingDombeya WoolshopAnnandale Rd, Stell’881 3746Spinning,dyeing,weaving, knittingEnoteca60 Main St, Newlands683 7516Expert wine shopExclusive BooksCavendish/V&A705 0715Exclusive, top quality booksJean Craig PotteryOff R310 Stell’bosch883 2998Hand made earthenware potteryJewellers, Afro Gem
Prins & Prins 64 New Church St
Victoria Wharf, V&A
66 Loop St, City Cntr424 8048
422 1090Gemstone experts
Exclusive jewellery designers
Diamond merchants & goldsmithsMax Mega StoreCavendish Square683 1810Vast selection of CDs and tapesOom Samie se WinkelDorp St. Stellenbosch887 0797Turn of the century country storePhilani CentreSite C Khayelitsha387 5125Hand woven carpetsSpilhaus SilverwareCavendish/V&A425 4042Quality cutlery, glassware, giftsSportsbrandNewlands Rugby686 8181Springbok, Stormers, WP souvenirs(Lifestyle) Surf ShopSurfer’s Cnr, Muizenberg788 8218Surf gear, boards, beach wearVaughan Johnson’sV&A Waterfront419 2121Speciality wine shopWellington FruitCity, B’ville, Claremont531 5000Dried fruit, nuts, biltongYellow DoorGardens Centre465 4702Art, artefacts, curios, collectibles
THEATRE, CABARET, CINEMA
CONCERTS/THEATRE – COMPUTICKET Ph 430 8010
|Baxter||Theatre Drama Concert, Fringe||Main Rd, Rondebosch||See daily press||685 7880|
|Nico Theatre Centre||Opera, Ballet, Drama, Music||DF Malan St, Foreshore CT||See daily press||421 7695|
|Coffee Lounge||Comedy/variety||76 New Church St, City||Fri & Sat||424 6784|
|College of Music||Concerts||Music School. R’bosch||See daily press||650 2640|
|Little/Arena||Student theatre||UCT campus, Orange St, CT||See daily press||480 7129|
|Oude Libertas||Music, Theatre||Off R310,Stellenbosch||See daily press||809 1100|
|Theatre on the Bay||Theatre||Off Victoria Dr, Camps Bay||See daily press||438 3300|
|Brunswick||Drag||17 Bree St, City Centre||Tues & Sun||425 2739|
|Moulin Rouge||Elegant Strip||Cnr Riebeeck & Bree, CT||Every day||421 7147|
|On Broadway||Music & Theatre||Somerset Rd, Green Point||Every night||418 8338|
|Officer’s Club||Int’natl Cabaret||Ratanga Island,N1Sable Rd||Wed to Sun||550 8500|
|The Grange||Music & Theatre||1 Scher St, Durbanville||Fri & Sat||975 9057|
|Armchair Theatre||Movie specials||Lower Main Rd, Obs||Every night 20h||447 1514|
|Imax||15x22m screen||BMW Pavilion, Waterfront||Hourly from 11||430 8025|
|Labia-4 screens||Good art movies||Orange St, Gardens, CT||Every day||424 5927|
|Nu Metro Megavu||Large Screen||Ratanga Island||18h30/21h000||555 0230|
|Cinema Nouveau||Art & festivals||Cavendish Square|
V&A WaterfrontSee daily press
For show times683 4063
425 8222Normal CinemaMovies on circuitAll main shopping mallsSee daily press for show times430 8000
CLUBS & LIVE MUSIC
|Barleycorn||Folk/Blues||River Club, Observatory||Mon||686 3478|
|Blue Note||Live Jazz||College Rd, Rylands/Athlone||Thurs-Sun||637 9132|
|Café Carmissa||Pan Afro–Jazz||80 Kloof St, Gardens||Wed, Sat, Sun||424 2289|
|(Dizzy’s)Jazz Café||Live Jazz||42 The Drive, Camps Bay||Every night||438 2686|
|Green Dolphin||Live Jazz||V&A Waterfront||Every night||421 7471|
|Kraal||Live Jazz||Wetton Rd, Wetton||Thurs, Fri, Sat||762 8317|
|Mama Africa||Afro Jazz Live||11 Port Rd, off V&A||W, Th, Fri, Sat||424 8634|
|West End/Arena||Jazz Bands||169 Long St, City Centre||W,Th, Fri, Sat||421 5355|
|169 on Long||Jazz & dinner||169 Long St, City Centre||Every night||426 1107|
|Café Sirens||Live & DJ||80 Main Rd, Claremont||Tues-Sat||671 5535|
|Cantina Tequila||Latin Party||Quay 5 V&A Waterfront||Every night||419 8313|
|Chilli ‘n Lime||House, Jazz, Party||Longkloof Studios, Kloof St||Wed-Sat||426 4469|
|Diamonds/Pearls||Top bands||Lwr Main/Station, Observ’ty||Every night||448 6512|
|Drum Café||Drum Circles||32 Glyn St. District 6||M, W, Th, F, Sa||461 1305|
|Fat Boys||90’s rock||Off Somerset. Green Point||Wed Fri Sat||421 1760|
|Georgia||70s 80s Latino||30 Jamieson St, Gardens||Tues-Sat||422 0261|
|The Jam||Top bands||43 De Villiers, District 6||Every night||465 2106|
|Kapital||Upmarket House||Cnr Long/Pepper St, City||Wed Fri Sat||423 9188|
|La Med||Live & DJ 80s||Victoria Rd, Clifton||Wed-Sun||438 5600|
|Piano Lounge||Funky House||Cnr Loop & Wale, City||Wed-Sun||423 0009|
|Plum Crazi||House, 90s rock||94 Long St, City Centre||Wed-Sat||422 1368|
|Purple Turtle||Local bands||Cnr Long & Shortmarket, City||Every night||423 6194|
|Quay 4 Tavern||Live bands||V&A Waterfront||Every night||419 2008|
|Rhythm Divine||Champagne Bar||156 Long St, City||Wed Fri Sat||423 0333|
|Springfields||Techno, 80s||Newlands Station, Newlands||Mon Fri Sat||671 6096|
CLUBS WHICH CATER EXCLUSIVELY TO GAYS
|Knights||52 Bay Rd, Mouille Point||434 0428||Men only (www.gaynet.co.za)|
|Steamers||Wembly & Sloan, Gardens||461 6210||Cruise bar and sauna|
GAY FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS and BARS
|Africa Café||Lower Main Rd, Observatory||447 9553||Strictly African|
|…And Lemon||98 Shortmarket, City||423 4873||Full range menu|
|Blah Bar||21A Somerset Rd,, Green Point||421 7643||Cocktails and light menu|
|Blue Moon||Long St, City Centre||424 5100||Full range menu|
|Café Erte||Main Rd, Green Point||434 6624||Vegetarian & snack|
|Café Manhattan||74 Waterkant St||421 6666||Best burgers in town|
|De OudeWynberg||Wolfe St, Wynberg||762 5359||Small, upmarket restaurant|
|Obz Café||115 Lower Main, Observatory||448 5555||Design your own meals|
|Priscilla’s Café||196 Loop St, City Centre||422 2378||Full range menu-steak & seafood|
|The Quarters||76 Waterkant St, De Waterkant||419 1479||From Feb – late night eatery|
GAY FRIENDLY CLUBS
|Angels/Bronx||Somerset/Napier, Green Point||419 9216||Late night party bar and club|
|Valve||Church Sq, – top end of City||462 0403||Mega party venue|
|Rainbows||Park Court Lodge, Bellville||948 9011||Active party bar|
GAY AND LESBIAN PARTIES, TOURS AND EXCURSIONS
|Brenda’s Bash||Milnerton Sports Club||083 250 195||1st Saturday of the month|
|COGS||Cogs@africamail.com||557 7195||Arrange hikes & get togethers|
|Gat Party||Temple Hall, Main Rd, Green Point||082 8593556||1st Sat –barn dance party|
|Africa Outing||Gay Travel & Tour Co||671 4028||Single & multi day tours|
|Gay and Lesbian pager services to get information Ph 422 2500. Check Cape Review and Outright magazines for details. Browse the Gaynet at www.gaynetcapetown.co.za|
SPECIALIST TOUR OPERATORS
There are many Tour Operators offering guided tours of the Cape. For Visitors with special interests the following Operators offer specific expertise.
|Adventure – various activities||Adventure Village||424 1580||Trevor Ball|
|Birding||Birdwatch Cape||082 772 6245||Richard Grant|
|Bo-Kaap: Cape Malay Quarter||Tana-Baru||424 0719||Shereen|
|Day Tours: cycle the scenic sections||Day Trippers||531 3274||Steve|
|Ecology, birds, flowers, whales||Crane’s Cape||083 659 9777||Geoff Crane|
|Gay-personalised day & multi-day||Africa Outing||671 4028||Steve & Jeremy|
|Helicopter adventure tours||Ingwe Africa||934 3290||Melanie Smith|
|Military||Noon Gun Tours||557 1299||Gerry de Vries|
|Military/Anglo Boer War||Cape Eco Adventures||082 975 0019||Braam van Zyl|
|Motor Bike Tours-Harley Davidsons||Freedom Africa||082 979 3490||Noel Boyce|
|Music & Art (also Graffiti Tours)||Music, Art Journeys||919 9168||Leonore Beukes|
|Newlands’ Rugby & cricket grounds||Gateway to Newlands||082 461 8651||Andrew Russell|
|Night-time, dinner excursions||Night and Day||083 270 7933||Ed|
|Overland, multiday expeditions||Nomad Adventure||559 4133||Lauren|
|Political||Legend Tours||082 456 2014||Faiz Noordien|
|Private||Capexec||082 441 4867||Jacqui & Mark|
|Pure adrenaline adventure||Pure Thrill Adventures||424 2241||Gerrit|
|Township, cultural & slavery tours||Africultural Tours||423 3321||Alison Masters|
|Township and cultural||Grassroute||424 8480||Leslie|
|Walk the city centre||Walking||685 6895||Meintjie Allan|
|Whales-specialist whale route guides||MTN Whale Route||401 7347||Darden Lotz|
|Wild Flowers||Fairview Touring||75 2855||Eric|
|Wine experts-in-depth information||Keith van der Schyff||082 443 6480||Keith|
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
|Computicket||430 8000||For booking theatre and cinema tickets|
|Directory enquiries||1023||Local and national telephone numbers|
|Taxi||434 0434||Metered-taxi service|
|Weather forecast||082 231 1640||3 day forecast for coastal region|
|Blaauwberg Tourism||557 8600||Milnerton, Table View, Bloubergstrand|
|Cape Town Tourism||426 4260||Corner Castle & Burg Sts, City Centre|
|Franschhoek||876 8095||French Corner of the Huguenots winelands|
|Garden Route||044 882 5510||Mossel Bay – George – Knysna, – Plettenberg Bay|
|Helderberg||851 4022||Somerset West, Strand, Gordon’s Bay to Hangklip|
|Little (Klein) Karoo||044 272 2228||Oudtshoorn: Spectacular mountain passes, semi desert|
|Overberg||028 214 1466||Farmlands of Cape, Hermanus and southern tip of Africa|
|Paarl||872 3829||Pearl of the Cape, Du Toit’s Kloof Mountains, winelands|
|South Peninsula||788 6193||Wynberg, Muizenberg, Simonstown, Cape Point, Hout Bay|
|Stellenbosch||0800 226 568||Centre of wine industry, University town – 2nd oldest in SA|
|Tygerberg Office||914 1786||Durbanville, Bellville, Khayelitsha|
|Waterfront||418 2369||Market Sq, Cape Town – SA’s most popular attraction|
|West Coast||022 772 1515||Langebaan, Saldanha, Olifants River, Cedarberg|
|Ambulance||10177||Emergency Para-Medic Service throughout SA|
|Automobile Assoc||0800 010 101||Toll free country wide|
|Fire||1022||Also good for ambulance and police|
|Flying Squad||10111||Emergency police service throughout South Africa|
|Mountain Rescue||080 122 7788||Trained medical and rescue service|
|Sea Rescue||449 3500||National Sea Rescue Institute|
|Tourist Assistance Unit||418 2852||Special police service|
As in another cities, there are a few basic precautions you should take in Cape Town to ensure that your stay is as pleasant and safe as possible.
IN THE STREET
- Avoid displays of expensive jewellery, cameras and other valuables.
- Do not carry large sums of money or display bundles of notes.
- At night avoid dark, isolated areas.
- Explore in groups of 4 or more and stick to well it, busy streets.
- Plan your route and know where you are going.
- Get advice about the safety of an area.
- Notice the people around you – avoid groups of people hanging about the streets.
- Get the number of a taxi service from your hotel before going out.
IN THE CAR
- Plan your route and know where you are going.
- Keep the car doors locked and wind the windows up.
- Lock valuable items in the boot (trunk).
- Notice the people around you as you park the car.
- Have your keys ready when you return to your car so you open the door quickly.
- Never pick up strangers.
- Get advice about the safety of an area.
IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO YOU
- Do not fight to retain possession of your belongings – they are insured.
- Observe as much detail as possible and write it down.
- Call 10111 to call the police.
THE OTHER SIDE
- The very vast majority of Cape Town people are friendly and helpful.
- However – the Baboons are not friendly – do not feed them and keep your car windows closed when they are near.
WHAT TO DO AT CENTURY CITY
CENTURY CITY – Sable Rd exit off N1
|Canal Walk||The biggest shopping centre in Africa. Trading M-Fri 10h to 21h Sat 9h to 21h, Sun 10h to 18h||Centre Management Information Centre|
Tourist Desk555 0558
555 3377BoatingWater taxis, pedal & small sailing boatsA gentle way to enjoy the natural environment550 8504Cinemas20 cinema complex with seating capacity of 4 500Nu Metro Theatre555 2510DocksideCape Town’s “Superclub” – contains 4 clubs in one – disco to jazzNext to Ratanga Junction552 2030Entertainment ZoneLive music, circus, acrobatic theatre, multimedia performancesCentral Piazza Canal Walk555 0558Great EscapesGaming arcade with every interactive video game possibleLower level, Canal Walk551 4949Intaka IslandWetland conservation area, bird reserve. View from canal boatsBoat hire from Ratanga Junction552 6889
550 8798Ratanga IslandEntertainment and dining centre for those not playing on the thrill ridesPart of Ratanga Junction550 8500Ratanga JunctionThe wildest place in Africa. Full scale theme park with over 30 ridesRides are both thrilling & gentle – something for all550 8500ScientCentreInteractive exhibits & games combine entertainment & learningAn introduction to science & technology555 4444ShoppingOver 400 shops and services so, find everything under 1 roofParking for 11 500 cars555 4444Skate ParkThe Boogaloos in-line skate park – both street & vert rampGreat outdoor venue, Canal Walk555 2895Train RideAlong the north bank to Half Moon Bay from Ratanga JunctionWed-Sun every hour on the hour 11h-16h550 8500