Reasons to be in the Western Cape this June
June is a cold month in South Africa, as it should since it constitutes the beginning of winter. What you watch on TV may be filled with snow but for most people, this means staying indoors and leaving the house only when you have to, which shouldn’t be the case. South Africa is full of things to do, rain or shine because the fun isn’t scared of a little cold wind, from the coast to the other side of the mountain, the Mother City is the place to be in the month of June
Take a look at the following events to see what we mean.
The Cape Town Coffee Festival
A cup of Joe, Java in the morning, mud or Go juice, regardless of what your caffeine fix is called, why not celebrate and honour the beverage that wakes you up in the morning without fail. Cape Town’s Coffee festival feature as much coffee as you can drink, interactive seminars, workshops and demonstrations from world-class baristas, street food and live music all squeezed into a span of two days. All of this can be enjoyed from a 10-minute drive from Touch Down’s very own luxury accommodation just 10 minutes from the festivities.
When: 1-2 June
Cost: R150 (online)
R180 at the door
R100 (0 -16)
R600 (Super VIP)
Location: Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Wacky Wine Weekend
This event takes place annually at the Robertson’s Wine Valley and celebrates everything wine. From the grapes to the stomping, the cellar they’re kept in and above all things, the taste of the finished product. This family-friendly event offers food, tours of wine cellars, live music and child-friendly activities for the little ones to enjoy.
When: 1-4 June 2019
Location: Robertson Wine Valley
Contact: (+27) 23 626 3167
The Snoek en Patalfees festival
Back for yet another year to share food fish and the occasional doughnut. Like the 17 years before, the Snoek en Patalfees festival is fundraising aimed at strengthening and supporting various organisations and job creation projects to grow the economy. Enjoy more than food as local bands serenade you with music and fun activities for the kids to enjoy. Merrymaking begins at 9 am.
When: 29-30 June
Cost: R90 pp for Adults
R30pp for kids between 6 & 12
R130 for a weekend pass
(+27) 78 316 3988
Knysna Oyster Festival 2019
This popular festival is held annually in Knysna and offers plenty of experiences for connoisseurs of delicacy in the form of this very shellfish, as well as outdoor and foodie experiences for everybody else, lovers of oysters or otherwise. This fair has something for everybody in attendance.
When: 21-30 June
Cost: Varies per event
Contact: (+27)44 382 5510 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Arts Festival
Singing, dancing and every other art form in-between are celebrated at the Arts Festival. Every hall is alive with performers of every kind be it exhibitions, cultural showcases or one of a kind spectacles showcasing the very best of what the country has to offer in sheer raw talent. This year is no exception with the inclusion of the Standard Bank Jazz festival Line up on stage. Thes festival might not be in the province that Cape Town calls home, but its exclusion would simply be a criminal offence as the National Arts Festival celebrates the best within the borders of South Africa.
When: 27 June – 07 July
Cost: Event dependant
Location: Makhanda, Eastern Cape
Everyone gets bitten by the travel bug once in a while and develops a fever commonly known as “wanderlust”, fuelling that strong desire to travel can be a bit difficult because it usually means breaking the bank. However, the cure lies in having a good eye for affordable holiday destinations, which brings us to South Africa. A naturally diverse nation located at the southernmost tip of Africa that will exceed travel expectations and fit well within your budget.
South Africa has got a little bit of everything – gorging desserts, snow filled mountains, dense forests, fierce wildlife, vast wine regions, world-class beaches and so much more. You can see the Big 5 as you go on an exciting Safari game drive through their vast habitats and view them from up close. You can visit the Kruger National Park or for a more family-friendly experience, head to the Songimvelo Game Reserve which will also go easy on the wallet.
Discover what’s beneath our surfaces by diving in our rich coral reefs and swim amongst an abundance of colourful fish, turtles, and corals. If the season is right you can also snorkel with dolphins or spot the spectacular Humpback and Southern Right whales. Do you want a more adrenalin pumping experience? Go shark cage diving for an eye to eye encounter with one of nature’s most astonishing predators.
One of the most affordable activities to do on the coasts is exploring stunning beaches of Cape Town. The massive waves of the Atlantic Ocean make every surf lover’s dream come true. You can relax as the sun gives you a gorgeous tan or partake in beach volleyball at Clifton beach or simply go for a long walk along the less crowded and calm shores of the Myoli Beach in Sedgefield. For warmer waters head to Durban and swim away at the shores of the Indian ocean. If you are curious to see where the Atlantic and Indian ocean actually meet, drive to Cape Agulhas, also known as the southernmost edge of Africa.
Thrilling activities and wildlife getaways aren’t the only reason to Visit SA. It also boasts a rich history that is inscribed in its various museums across the country, most of which can be explored for free or charge a very small fee. Diverse cultures and delicious street food are also something that takes up the top spots in every Tourist’ bucket list. Try out some of the mouth-watering dishes like the malva pudding, potjiekos, boerewors and biltong. Travel back to the prehistoric times by exploring renowned archaeological sites like the Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng located within the Gauteng province.
In the major cities of South Africa, apart from tall skyscrapers, historical museums, lush theatres and exclusive shopping malls, there are many other things that you can do that won’t cost you a cent like live music and performances at the V &A Waterfront in Cape Town. Here you can get anything from modest budget-friendly self-catering units to luxurious hotels and resorts. In Johannesburg, known as “The city of Gold” you can visit its various gardens like the Emmerentia Botanical Gardens or the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden or take a short hike up the Northcliff Tower for breath-taking views of the Johannesburg cityscape. Take a trip to the vibrant and historic township of Soweto to see the houses of international icons like Nelson Mandela.
South Africa is a destination that shines all year round but during December when it experiences its peak season, the streets get crowded and most accommodations are booked or priced really high. So be sure to visit the country during shoulder seasons like late January for the warmth or off-peak season during June to get great deals on travel and tours. If the luxurious lifestyle calls out to you, keep an eye on our website for monthly promotions or sign up for our newsletter to get gold for the price of silver.