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
Cape town or as it is known by the locals “The Mother City” has so many places to see, and things to do u can never run out of ideas. From massive landmarks to blue oceans and everything in between the city will bring joy to your heart, there’s just something about Cape town that captivates your soul and keeps calling you back to it. It could be your first or 1000nth visit to Cape Town, but the more you see, the longer you want to stay. The beauty of Cape Town will humble you and make you appreciate nature more.
TAKE IN THE VIEW FROM TABLE MOUNTAIN
Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most significant landmark and one of the most photographed places in the world. This 600-million-year-old beauty is 6 times older than the Himalayas and stands 3.500 feet above sea level. It accommodates many flora and fauna that survive nowhere else in the world owing to its unique ecosystem. Stare at its splendour as orographic clouds, locally known as the table cloth continuously pour over the mountain like a slow waterfall gradually vanishing just before the splash. On a clear day take a hike to the highest point of the mountain or use the cable car for an exciting aerial view of the surrounding. Once you reach the top, be prepared to be blown away by its breath-taking views. You can treat your senses to the freshest air and vast views, and there’s also a café with a kiosk and a Wi-Fi lounge at the top where you can treat your taste buds and just relax.
WATCH THE SUNSET AT SIGNAL HILL
Signal Hill is a popular vantage point from where you can see the massive lions head and the iconic Table Mountain as it gently spools down to the colourful and vibrant city of Cape Town. Locals and tourists group together at dusk to see the orange sun slowly sink into the ocean. Hues of gold and yellow softly collude into the sky and gently transform to the calm of night as the glowing moon rises up. Turn towards the city and watch as the dusk is illuminated by twinkling city lights. Bring along some drinks and snacks to make the experience more refreshing.
EMBRACE CAPE TOWN’S INCREDIBLE BEACHES
Cape Town has a selection of diverse and remarkable beaches stretching along the Atlantic and Indian ocean coastlines, some rated amongst the top in the world. They include the 4S’s: Sun Sand Sea and surf. The 4 Clifton beaches, naturally separated by a collection of granite rocks are known for their, warm white sands and cool crystal-clear waters. The 4th beach is a blue flag beach, making it one of the most sought-after beaches in Cape town and often visited by film stars and celebrities. This beach is perfect for sunbathing, picnics and beach games like volleyball, it’s is overlooked by a good selection exclusive beachfront apartment. Restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a pleasant meal or sip on some exotic cocktails.
The Boulders beach is famous for its beautiful blue waters, shallow tide and of course the penguins! It’s thought to be one of the few places in the world where you can effortlessly swim among cute and cuddly African penguins. The public beach where swimming is permitted is surrounded by the main colony and is free to access. However, there’s a fee to enter the visitor’s centre and the main colony. Another popular beach is Muizenberg, Miles of white sand and perfect waves, making it a surfer’s paradise. It’s also great for families due to its shallow, warm waters making it ideal for wading, jumping, splashing and kite surfing.
EXPLORE THE COLOURFUL STREETS OF BO-KAAP
The colourful and lively site of the Bo-Kaap is the oldest residential area in the Cape. Owing to its brightly coloured buildings and cobbled streets, the Bo-Kaap is one of the most photographed places in the Mother City. Ride along their roads on rented bikes and see the traditional colourful homes, take great pictures and dine on some fantastic Cape Malay cuisines at nearby eateries. Next, you can explore the rich history of the Cape Malay population at the Bo-Kaap museum, a significant landmark that dates back to the 1760’s making it one of the oldest structures in the neighbourhood. Be fascinated as it recreates the life of the Cape Malay who were descendants of people forcibly brought to the city in the 16th and 17th centuries from Malaysia, Indonesia, and other African countries.
EXPERIENCE THE HISTORY ROBBEN ISLAND
Escape into the realms of history at Robben Island, a well-known symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice”. It holds 500 years of rich history that represents the vital aspects of South Africa’s past and is honoured by thousands of visitors each year. It is where the world-renowned icon Nelson Mandela (amongst notable captives) was jailed for 18 of his 27 years in prison. This World Heritage Site provides a tour that will take you through the relentless and cruel periods that prisoners and our freedom fighter were incarcerated in.
STAND AT THE EDGE AFRICA IN CAPE POINT
Cape Point is in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve. This thin stretch of land, scattered with beautiful valleys and jewel blue beaches are gently curved along the Rocky Mountains which contains a blend of extraordinary fauna and flora. You can hike or travel to the top with the train. Once you reach the top edge, a cool breeze of the ocean air will brush past you. Gaze at the glorious scene of open azure skies as it merges with the blue ocean that portrays the utopian view that will overcome you with bliss and joy.
KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Kirstenbosch is an extraordinary botanical garden that lies along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town. It is acclaimed as one of the most celebrated gardens in the world. The garden covers 528 hectares, 36 of which is cultivated and the rest contains protected natural forest, fynbos and indigenous birds, animals, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates. The best time to explore this beautiful garden estate is during the spring dawn when you can indulge your senses with the sweet floral aroma of flower buds as they slowly blossom when touched by the warm rays of the sun. There’s a musical tune of joyful morning birds carried through by the winds portraying nature in perfect balance. You can take a long walk in the garden, go bird watching or plan a picnic with family or friends.
THE VICTORIA AND ALFRED WATERFRONT
This is where the City meets the Sea. The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is a hotspot where you can work, live, shop, dine and relax. It is located in the oldest working harbour in the southern hemisphere. It’s an ideal place to go with family friends or children. You can go on boat rides, ride in the Hamley’s train, go on the Cape wheel, Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium and feast on food.