Your Cape Town Weekend: 18 – 20 March 2016

Reggae fests, cricket madness, comic book launches and more… We’ve got your weekend covered!

Art and design: Falcon Comics Launch Party

Bold, bright, and bad-ass: story time for grown-ups! Falcon Comics is launching its gritty new mag with a party – check out 22 works and get a copy of the first edition. Read more

Festivals: Jamming Reggae Fest

Don’t worry… about a thing! Jam like a rasta to reggae and ragga sounds at this fest which features top South African acts, like all-time favourites The Rudimentals. Read more

Food and beverage: The Overberg Festival

Your eyes will be just as happy as your tastebuds when you head up to the picturesque, green, historical town of Greyton for the Overberg festival to sample all the wines and nibbles from the Overberg region. Read more

Live Music: Mango Groove and more at The Cape Town Sixes

Dance, dance, dance – dance some more! Mango Groove, Jimmy Nevis, The Kiffness and Rory Elliot will get you jiving in-between the wickets on the Sunday of the Cape Town Sixes Festival. Remember: Monday is a public holiday, so you can party like it’s Saturday. Read more

Nightlife: Bass Culture

“Enough bass to keep your head buzzing all weekend!”. That’s the promise from Dubmaster China, who’s back on the Cape Town scene and speaks these words of truth. Wobble down at a celebration of the bass culture style that bred the acid, house, techno, dubstep and jungle that we know today. Read more

Sport: Absa Cape Epic (Sunday celebration)

Mountain bikers will compete for final honours on the last day of the perfectly named Cape Epic. And bring the kids: if they get bored of the bikers, there’ll be plenty of activities and live music to keep them occupied. Read more

Theatre: A Doll’s House

Lies, power and love will get you in the guts with this psychological thriller played out by a star-studded cast. Read more

Talks and expos: Rage gaming/computer expo

Go full geek or go home! That’s what this gaming expo’s all about, so dress up like its comic con or battle out the latest games with your mates. Because we don’t stop playing ‘cause we get old, we get old ‘cause we stop playing…. Read more

Your Cape Town Weekend: 11 – 13 March 2016

Saturday night fashion, the best live beats in Cape Town, a family-focused camping adventure and kiss-inspired theatre… We’ve got your weekend covered!

Fashion: Jane Sews Exhibition

Give fashion the time and relaxation it deserves with G&Ts, music and socialising at this ‘art meets fashion’ shopping experience and exhibition, including an installation revealing the Jane Sews ‘behind the scenes’ process. Read more

Festivals: Greenpop Reforest Fest: Family Weekend

Do right by your planet and yourself as you plant trees, watch live music and get your kids involved in fun activities at this nature-focused camping fest. Read more

Sport and adventure: Warm water weekend

Water sports and open, blue horizons beckon at this weekend escape, tailor-made for triathlon enthusiasts as well as fun-loving families. Read more 

Live music: Nomadic Orchestra and The Rudimentals at Mercury Live

The Nomadic Orchestra know how to get you moving with their infectious, high-energy beats, and The Rudimentals get ragga style in your blood … we’re jamming this Friday! Read more

Theatre: Kiss Kiss at The Alexander Bar

You’ve earned a little luxury by the weekend. Soak in a dance theatre piece inspired by kissing at this 1920s themed salon bar and theatre. XX … Read more

Food and drinks: Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza and Wine Festival

Feel the fresh summer evening air on your face and feast on gourmet pizza while sipping wine from the Stellenbosch Vineyards. Read more

Nightlife: We Love Summer’s Last Dance

Indulge at this playful paradise with slides and water-skiing by day and fancy footwork to DJs by night. Read more

Talks and expos: Professional beauty expo

Try out the latest beauty tricks and products, or, if you work in the field, network to your heart’s content. Read more 

Young guns of South African wine: who to look out for

There’s no shortage of wizened wine makers in and around Cape Town, but the up-and-coming young winemakers are well worth seeking out, says respected wine judge and certified Cape Wine Master Winnie Bowman. She recommends three to start with.

“One of the most exciting young winemakers out there is Morné Vrey from Delaire Graff estate outside Stellenbosch. He really pushes the envelope, and I love his philosophy of how he puts his wines together. He has an incredible number of accolades to his name, and although people don’t think of Delaire Graff as a premium wine producer because it’s so beautiful and the restaurants are so fantastic, his wines are exceptional. Look out for his Cabernet Sauvignon: he makes both a ‘regular’ Cabernet and the premium Laurence Graff, and the difference between them is incredible.

I also really like Abraham De Klerk. When he was at Druk My Niet he made a wonderful “TTT” from Portuguese varieties, as well as a straw wine from very old Chenin Blanc, called C68. He went to Ethiopia to run a mammoth winery there, but got frustrated and is now back in South Africa at Baleia Bay. He is a very exciting winemaker and also a nature freak, so they are going to come up with some really nice stuff there.

I also love David Sadie out in the Swartland. He makes Grenache that makes you weep! He’s such an unassuming wonderful guy that just gets on without the hype. “

Your Cape Town Weekend: 26 – 29 February 2016

Cape Town art turns rebellious, a world-famous dance party hits the city and there’s a fun run for pros and newbies… Take your pick and plan Your Cape Town Weekend.

Art and design: Mutiny

Art gets rebellious this weekend with Mutiny, an exhibition of illustrations making strong statements about fighting back and upholding respect. Anja Venter, Maaike Bakker and Jean de Wet present comics, landscapes and surrealist shapes in this off-the-wall, colourful collection that’s sure to be grunge and hipster heaven! Read more

Festivals: Ultra Music Festival

Ultra, in case you didn’t know already, is one of the globe’s biggest electronic dance music (EDM) festivals. And it’s in Cape Town this weekend! Featuring the electro DJs ruling the planet right now – Skrillex, Zedd, Afrojack, Tiesto – this is a major highlight of Cape Town’s summer music festival calendar. Read more

Sport and adventure: Lourensford Market Trail Run

Beginners and pros alike will love this little adventure run past rolling hills and friendly cows, ending with the sweet reward of farm-fresh foods at the Lourensford market. If you do this one spur of the moment, make sure to get there between 06h00 and 07h00 to buy your pass. Read more

Live music: Afro Fiesta at The Crypt

Here’s a voice expressing such emotion it’s impossible not to be moved. This reggae, Makossa, Latino and Afro-jazz band plays all over the world for Play for Change, a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. Soak in the rich textures of Afro Fiesta’s harmonies at one of the coolest jazz spots in Cape Town before they head off on tour again. Read more 

Theatre: Azishe! 

Meaning “Let it burn” in Zulu, this new show is all about passionate contemporary dance with a blazing variety of moves, styles and cultures. The performers come from a collection of dance schools curated by Jazzart, an NGO and dance company with a history of creating spectacular art for the stage. Ashize! opens Friday. Read more

Food and Beverage: D’Aria Feast of the Grape

Drink in dreamy views along with award-winning wine at D’Aria Winery, where 12 vineyards from the Durbanville wine valley will celebrate the end of harvest with a day packed with family fun (and vino!). Read more

Nightlife: Touchbass yacht and rooftop party

Cruise around the gorgeous V&A Waterfront to bouncing electronic beats and then take the party up a level to a glamorous rooftop venue. Hurry, tickets are selling fast… Read more

Your Cape Town Weekend: 19 – 21 February 2016

This weekend, Cape Town is jam-packed with beach parties, design events, stage performances and more. We help you plan Your Cape Town Weekend.

Art and Design: Design Indaba Festival

Feast your eyes on cutting-edge design from South Africa and the world at the highly anticipated Design Indaba Festival. Two years after being named World Design capital, Cape Town is only fiercer in its innovative and eclectic design. Read more

Festivals: Summer Sensation Beach Fest

Summer isn’t over yet – far from it. Celebrate the sun with plenty of dancing at this one-day beach festival. Headline act is international duo The Golden Pony, supported by top South African house and techno artists. Read more

Food and drink: Wine-tasting at Rupert & Rothschild Estate

Travel the world by wine. Taste vintages from six different countries at Rupert & Rothschild Estate, just an hour’s drive from Cape Town in the beautiful Franschhoek valley. Complete the taste experience by pairing with taster portions created especially for these fine wines –  after all, Franschhoek is known as South Africa’s “Gourmet Capital”. Read more to find out why this is one of local foodie Abigail Donnelly’s favourite tastings.

Live music: Jack Liebeck and Amandine Savary

Experience exquisite orchestral music played by an award-winning violinist and our sensational Cape Philharmonic orchestra. Romantic and impressionist classics will be on the programme. Read more

Nightlife: Beatenberg and the Kyle Peterson Jazz Trio

Grab the rare opportunity to see Indie and jazz at this double-bill concert at the Artscape Theatre. Mingle with the Design Indaba Festival attendees, who will be at Artscape for the first time this year following the festival’s move from the Cape Town International Convention Centre. But you don’t have to be a Design Indaba Festival attendee to go to this concert; tickets are open to all. Read more

Sport: BEAR Rally and Expo

Watch motorbikes go crazy in the Swellendam countryside for the first British, European and American Racing (BEAR) rally and expo. The town is two and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town’s city centre but worth the trip for its beauty, heritage sites and Cape Dutch architecture. And the motorbikes, of course. Read more

Talks and Expos: Cape Town International Animation Festival

Let your eyes adventure through some of the best animation in the world at the Cape Town International Animation Festival. Read more

Theatre: Sweeny Todd (opening night)

Get the fright of your life at the opening night of Pieter Torien’s Sweeny Todd – the infamous thriller about a demon barber. This is one of the only musicals which is also a thriller, and was recently made famous by the Tim Burton film version starring Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp.  Read more

Your Cape Town Weekend: 4 – 6 March 2016

Pirate boat parties, Leonardo Da Vinci, naked bike rides… take your pick and plan Your Cape Town Weekend.

Art and Design: Leonardo Da Vinci Gallery Opening Exhibition

Forget that headline hogging Oscar winner Leonardo di Caprio – Leonardo da Vinci forever! Check out the gallery space with the great artist’s name that opened this week. Read more

Festivals: Woordfees

Poetry, music and theatre are set to blaze at this Afrikaans festival where you’ll get to see Afri-kief rapper Jack Parow and opera diva Zanne Stapelberg in one weekend. Read more

Sport and adventure: The Naked Bike Ride

Cycle, skate, wheel or walk for the environment – clothing’s optional!  Get there early for body painting and stick around afterwards for a cool-off skinny dip. Read more

Live Music: Shortstraw and The Plastics at Kirstenbosch

Bounce under the stars next to the mountain with catchy tunes from indie rockers Shortstraw and psych-pop beats from The Plastics. Read more

Theatre: Butterfly Dreams 

Take the kids to witness a metamorphic journey in the cool leaves of the Company’s Garden. Read more

Food and Beverage: Round the rock festival

Rock to the music or relax with wine as you make your way around Paarl rock. A daylong excuse for vino, charcuterie, massages and more. Read more

Nightlife: Hot Tropic vol 3: Buccaneer Bass 

Good things come in threes – here’s a pirate boat trip, honey-infused pre-party and hot-tropic themed dance session rolled into one night. Read more

Talks and Expos: Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo

Bananas about bikes? Or health and fitness in general? Come check out gadgets and gizmos and taste power smoothies at this annual expo. Free for Cycle Tour participants. Read more

You’ll find family-friendly fare at the Tokai Forest Market

While the trendy markets of Woodstock and the Cape Town city centre are venues to see and be seen, the Tokai Forest Market is a relaxed, family-friendly affair where you can mingle with the locals.

It’s hard not to love the buzz and atmosphere of Woodstock’s Neighbourgoods Market, or the chic seaside appeal of the Oranjezicht Farmer’s Market – but for locals living in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, it’s the Tokai Forest Market that ticks all the right boxes for lazy weekend shopping.

You won’t find many views, or too many hipsters, at the Tokai Forest Market in the leafy suburb of Constantia, but it’s a great opportunity to experience life like a local.

This family-friendly market has a more limited array of food on offer, but the bacon-and-egg rolls with a good flat white coffee are a fine way to start your weekend. Look out for the excellent bakery and cheese stalls. And, unlike the ever-crowded Neighbourgoods market, there are plenty of places to enjoy it all under the pine trees.

Families with children are well taken care of here too, with a large play area and pony rides on offer. There’s even an arts and crafts section to keep children entertained while adults browse the range of food, drink and design stalls.

Unlike most Cape Town markets, the Tokai Forest Market is open on both Saturday (from 09h00) and Sunday (from 10h00) until 15h00.

You’re never too old to learn English in Cape Town

Language schools in Cape Town attract mature students from all corners of the globe. It goes to show you’re never too old to learn a new language…or to travel.

Cape Town is the perfect place to never grow up. With much of the population under the age of 35, it makes for an exciting atmosphere for mature students to learn English and enjoy first-class luxuries at an affordable price.

Language schools often attract gap-year travellers who have recently graduated from high school or university, but in Cape Town ages at English schools typically range between 18 and 45 years old.

International Partners for Study Abroad, for example, reports that more than a quarter of their programme learners are 25 years or older, with many being in their 30s and 40s. They have a school in Sea Point, a suburb along Cape Town’s Atlantic Ocean coastline.

The quality of your experience as a mature student will likely depend on your ability to engage, have a good attitude and practice your English conversation skills. Remember, age is just a number…

You’ll find ‘99 bottles of beer on the wall’ at Beerhouse

Want to taste your way through the best craft breweries in Cape Town and beyond without leaving your bar stool? Head to the Beerhouse on Long Street.

Long Street has earned its reputation as party-central in the heart of Cape Town, but it’s not all dive bars and burger joints. Since 2013, late night party people with a taste for a fine IPA or porter stout can pull up a stool at Beerhouse and taste their way through more than 100 beers from around South Africa and the rest of the world. Continue reading “You’ll find ‘99 bottles of beer on the wall’ at Beerhouse”

Your home-from-home at Cape Town’s Waterfront

After shopping at Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront, come home to Kylemore Apartments and watch the sun go down.

Secure, central and serene – Kylemore truly is something else. This spacious new apartment looks out over the glamorous V&A Waterfront on the Cape Town foreshore. The best part is that it’s only a few minutes’ drive from the very heart of Cape Town!

Venturing inside this canal-front property is like stepping into another world. Everything is clean and white with sparkling metal and wooden finishes. African patterns and artwork add a personal charm. The lounge opens onto a balcony with a six-seater dining table and is perfect for sunset cocktails or a home-cooked gourmet dinner looking out across the private waterways of the marina.

After dinner, kick back and relax in the master bedroom with its ethnic-urban design, large, comfy bed and en-suite marble bathroom. The second bedroom, no less grand than the first, has twin beds and is ideal for children.

Waking up with the warm Cape Town sun coming through the windows, I felt refreshed after a good night’s rest. After breakfast, eaten on the balcony, I went for a workout at the Kylemore complex’s private gym with hot and cold pools.