Things to do

THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWN DURING ILTM AFRICA 2017

Cape Town in autumn is one of the city’s best kept secrets, with beautiful mild days to spend your time outdoors and experience one of the many amazing activities on offer. This time of year also hosts some not-to-be-missed major events and sporting races that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Autumn Weather

During autumn the climate is mild and sunny and with little wind.

  • Average minimum temperature: 13 °C
  • Average maximum temperature: 23 °C
  • Average sea temperature: 20 °C
  • Average rainfall: 40mm
  • Sunshine hours: 7 hours
  • EVENTS

    Galileo Open Air Cinema – 19 – 21 April 2017

    The Galileo Open Air Cinema is a magical movie experience of cinematic delights and breath-taking Cape Town scenery under the African sky. A variety of movies are available to view at different iconic locations all over the city.

    19-Apr, Earthlings, Kirstenbosch | 20-Apr, Her, V&A Waterfront | 21-Apr, The Hunger Games, Fedisa Rooftop

    Spar Women’s Race & Fun Walk – 17 April 2017

    The Spar Women’s Race is an institution in South Africa, with a couple of 5km and 10km fun run events taking place across the country each year. The event is open only to ladies and attracts more than 25 000 people annually. The Cape Town event will once again start in Green Point along the beautiful Atlantic Seaboard.

    South African Navy Festival Simon’s Town - 21-24 April 2017

    The annual free Navy Festival in this quaint seaside village offers a rare glimpse of South Africa’s Navy and provides insight into the training that helps keep our nation’s waters safe. Expect family-friendly activities, markets, entertainment, parades and various displays and exhibitions.

    99er MTB Challenge – 21 April 2017

    The 99er MTB Challenge has 5 routes this year: 60km, 45km, 25km, 12km and 5km. The routes are challenging and provide a fantastic ride in the heart of the beautiful Durbanville Winelands. There will be food stalls to enjoy while waiting for loved ones to finish. All finishers in the various events will receive a medal.

    Tony Gum Art Exhibition – 16 March – 5 May 2017

    Acclaimed Cape Town artist, Tony Gum, will host a solo exhibition at the Christopher Moller gallery in the heart of Gardens.

    Tartuffee Theatre Production – 18 – 29 April 2017

    The Baxter Theatre Centre, in association with the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance Française of Cape Town, and thanks to the support of Total, BNP Paribas / RCS Group and Mazars presents the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company’s production of Molière’s Tartuffe.

  • CAPE TOWN BIG 7 ATTRACTIONS

    The Cape Town Big 7 represents the perfect combination of dramatic scenic beauty, enthralling history and exhilarating activities that have come to define this beautiful corner of South Africa.

    Cape Point, City Walk, Groot Constantia, Kirstenbosch, Robben Island Museum, Table Mountain Cableway and V&A Waterfront are the iconic destinations that form the core of the true Cape Town experience, and a trip to the city will not be complete without a visit to each Big 7 attraction.

    Discover the Big 7

    TOP AUTUMN ACTIVITIES

    Beaches

    Cape Town boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world with eight of its beaches and three marinas achieve Blue Flag status.

    These include: Bikini, Mnandi, Strandfontein, Muizenberg, Llandudno, Camps Bay, Clifton 4th Beach and Silwerstroomstrand.

    Ocean Sports

    • Fishing: Cape Town offers a wide choice of saltwater and freshwater fishing, from fly-fishing in rivers and dams to deep sea fishing from a charter. Try your luck at catching Yellowfin Tuna, Longfin Tuna, Yellowtail, Snoek, Mako Shark or Dorado.
    • Sea Kayaking: Experience the ocean from the seat of your kayak while taking in the incredible views of Cape Town from the water. Along the way you’re likely to see penguins, cormorants, gulls, oyster catchers, fish and even seals swimming under your kayak.
    • Surfing: Cape Town offers the most highly concentrated number of surf spots in South Africa with about 50 spots within an hour’s drive from the city. Waves and swells available for experienced surfers to beginners, looking to learn at one of our accredited surf schools.
    • Kite-Surfing: Driven by the Cape’s South-Easter winds, Bloubergstrand’s most popular pastime is kitesurfing. With a wide, spacious beach, 10 - 30 knot winds and unbelievable views of Table Mountain it’s not surprising that this place is a prime spot.
    • Seal snorkelling: One of the best wildlife experiences in Cape Town, Animal Ocean runs incredible trips to snorkel or scuba dive with playful seals at Duiker Island, just outside Hout Bay and home to 15000Cape Fur seals.
    • Shark Cage Diving: For a majestic encounter with a Great White shark, you can either try and spot them from a boat trip or do shark cage diving. Most shark experiences happen off the coast of Gansbaai or Kleinbaai, two hours outside of Cape Town.
  • CAPE TOWN LIKE A LOCAL

    Cape Town is a favourite tourist destination and every year, the Mother City welcomes millions of visitors to its shores to experience its unique sights, sounds, history and culture. Go off the beaten track and live like a true local by trying a few hidden gems away from the main tourist hot spots.

    A nouveau movie at the Labia

    Just around the corner from trendy Kloof street eateries, is Cape Town’s grand old lady of film, The Labia. One of the last independent movie theatres in South Africa, the Labia used to be a ballroom back in the day, before becoming a theatre from 1949. Since 1974, it has been playing host to film festivals and art-house films. The Labia is proper old school – with traditional ticket stubs, popcorn in a bag and even a bar where you can buy a drink to enjoy while watching a film, adding to the charm of this lovely little theatre.

    Curl up with a book at The Book Lounge

    If you’re looking for something quieter, The Book Lounge is a literary hide-away, just a block away from Lefty’s. Upstairs the quaint bookstore with its exquisite Victorian-era finishes has everything from the latest bestsellers to works of talented local authors, while downstairs houses a lounge where you can relax, take some quiet time and get lost among the pages of a good book. The shop regularly hosts book launches, readings and talks by both local and international authors.

    Go bargain hunting

    Just outside the city, in a big parking lot just before Lagoon Beach on your way to Blouberg strand you’ll find Cape Town locals’ favourite bargain hunting ground, the Milnerton Market. Packed with everything from plants to antiques and a bunch of other peculiar odds and ends, the market has been running for more than 20 years and has become a favourite weekend outing for Capetonians.

    Grab some naan

    Another firm food favourite among Cape Town locals is the Eastern Food Bazaar, situated between Longmarket and Darling Street. As the name suggests, you’ll find a wide variety of Eastern and Middle Eastern foods, from Turkish and Indian to Thai and Chinese. One of the reasons why the Bazaar is so popular among locals is because of its value for money offering. The fare is cheap, but the quality is high.

    Beta Beach at Bakoven

    When the crowds descend upon the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, the locals find shelter at Bakoven’s Beta Beach. Tucked away down a little side street, between large boulders, the little patch of sand and clear, cold water is where the locals go to take a dip, read a book, or just bathe in the sun on a hot, clear, summer’s day.

    Off the beaten track

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