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Brunch at Cafe Caprice, Camps Bay

,Cafe Caprice in Camps Bay is the perfect spot for brunch on a beautiful winters day in Cape Town, a trendy mountain-side sea-side suburb.Perfect winters day on the beach

Camps Bay is a trendy mountain-side sea-side suburb of Cape Town. The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range makes for an amazing backdrop while chilling on Camps Bay beach. This white sand beach is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in South Africa.

There is a long line of restaurants and bars along the palm-tree promenade opposite the beach. Local life is relaxed and casual and in the evening residents and tourists can be found enjoying sundowners at the many chic sidewalk cafés on the beachfront.

In this video we meet up with a Malawian Artist, Daniel Phiri, visit Cafe Caprice for a coffee and ended up staying for a brunch and go for a walk on the beach. Plenty to see and do. If you want to contact Daniel to purchase or ask about his art, send him an email.

Ice Skating in Cape Town

Ice Skating in Cape Town

Every now and then one finds oneself a few days before payday on a Friday night. What to do? Well, here is an activity that costs less than R50 and will have you spinning with fun all night. The Ice Rink (called Ice Station) at Grand West Casino in Goodwood Cape Town has daily sessions ranging from R35 to R50 including your skate rental. The night sessions are extra cool as they turn the place into a disco on Ice from 10pm till midnight. We decided to do a little dress up because… why not?

Grand West has an array of other activities other than Ice skating, including the Casino, a multitude of restaurants, cinema, 10 pin bowling and arcade as well as a theatre for live entertainment. Check out whats going on at Grand West!

The South African Museum

 

The South African Museum

The South African Museum in Cape Town has a collection of more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance.  The massive variety of exhibits range 700 million year old fossils to rock art and stone tools used 120 000 years ago by our ancestors. The 4-story building’s halls and passages meander through themed exhibits like the African mammals (whales, antelope, the big 5 etc), reptiles, birds, sharks, dinosaurs and the planetarium.

The South African Museum was founded in 1825 and has continued to collect and store items of importance right up until this present day. It wont be long before the old computers and our smart phones will be old hat on display here. I’m sure the Nokia 30210 has already earned its place.

If one just wants to take a walk through to see what is on display one needs at least an hour, but if you are interested in learning more about what’s on display we suggest you take at least half a day to carefully read up on your favorite exhibits. Each item has a story to tell that fits into the history of South Africa. We found it quite amazing to see how many dinosaurs are still being found in the Karoo today. There is so much of the world still undiscovered, and this is definitely the place to stay in the loop of new discoveries. The displays rotate to give others in storage a chance to be seen too. Be sure to visit the Museum at least once a year to see what may have changed.

The entrance fee is only R30 (or R40 including the planetarium show). So there is no excuse not to take the whole family to the Company Gardens for a day of squirrel feeding and exploring the great halls of the South African Museum.

Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town

The Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium, located in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, is an absolute visual treat with over 3000 living sea animals. It is one of the biggest attractions in Cape Town and for good reason. The South African coastline is a meeting place of two major oceans. The tropical Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic Ocean meet at Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa. This divide is almost smack bang in the middle leaving thousands of miles of coast on each side. The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the only aquariums of its kind housing aquatic creatures from both sides. The exhibits are not limited to fish but also crustaceans, plants, sharks, turtles and penguins.

We met up with Katja Rockstroh, who fronts the education department of the aquarium (and also went to school with Dean), to hear a little more about what makes this place so unique as well as what’s going on at the Aquarium at the moment. They have recently opened their new exhibit… we will be sure to pop in to see what all the fuss is about.

The Two Oceans Aquarium prides itself in education, awareness and conservation and often has events and displays to help promote the longevity of our Seas. Be sure to stay long enough to see the feeding sessions. It’s quite a sight.

Blah Blah Bar, great live music venue

Live Music Venue in Cape Town

We went on a mission to discover live music venues in Cape Town. On this particular night our attention was drawn to the Blah Blah Bar. It is a cosy, intimate venue that resides in an old Victorian style house on Kloof Street in the heart of Cape Town’s city residential area, Tamboerskloof. Blah Blah prides itself in being a “community space for creative like-minded peeps”. Being a regular host to a wide variety of Cape Town Music acts (like Riaan Smit’s Crimson House Blues, Mr Cat & The JackalNomadic Orchestra & Los Tacos) as well as an art gallery, you can be sure to find some entertainment here. BTW Tuesdays is their Pizza special. Check out there website for more details on whats coming up next: http://www.blahblahbar.co.za/

On this night we got to meet Gareth from Saxit. Saxit is a Saxophone quartet based in Cape Town who play a combination of Jazz, Blues & Pop and were hosting a gig to collaborate with 3 amazing singers & a rapper. Want to know where Saxit will be playing next… keep tabs on their FB page!

The Newlands Brewery Tour

More than just a beer tour

Welcome to SAB, the South African Breweries, situated in Newlands, Cape Town. The brewery is home to most of South Africa’s iconic beer brands like Castle Lager, Castle Lite, Carling Black Label, Castle Stout, Lion Lager, Hansa Pilsner and more. They produce over 2.2million units of beer per day in a very impressive production line. One must take the opportunity to do a site tour which gives you scientific as well as historic insight in the brewing process at here at the  Cape. The tour takes you from the arrival of ingredients right through to the bottling and distribution and is followed by a tasting with two additional complimentary beers of your choice. Its a must do tour in Cape Town for beer lovers.

Tour Details
Monday 11am & 3pm (Speciality Brewery only)
Tuesday – Thursday: 10am, 12pm & 2pm
Friday 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
Wednesday evenings: 6pm
Saturdays: 10am, 12pm

Tour cost R80pp and includes a beer tasting and two complimentary drinks.
Contact: 021 658 7440
Email:newlandstours@za.sabmiller.com

Advance booking essential, No U18’s, closed flat non-slip shoes to be worn, No alcohol beforehand. Unfortunately the tour is not wheelchair or walking aid (crutches, walking stick etc) friendly.

Its Obviouzly Armchair in Observatory

Live Entertainment Venue

A week prior to this video we did a survey walk around the city center at night to ask people where their favourite places are to listen to live music in Cape Town. One of the answers that popped up was Obviouzly Armchair in Obs. Observatory has always had a reputation of being the student hangout area of UCT with its trendy and dodgy little digs along lower main street, where the music is good and the drink are cheap. Armchair is exactly one such a place and it prides itself on its mini theatre and the something on “every day of the month” lineup. You can expect anything from stand up comedy nights, to open mic to poetry and of course live music… check out their FB for what’s up next.

On this particular night we met up with Manager Wayne to hear a little more about what else we can expect. After a round of beers at the bonfire in the outside area (where they play classic cult films on a wall cinema, I know right?) Wayne introduce us to the live act of the evening: Mae Sithole. A fantastic evening of afro pop jazz fusion ensued. Mae is just absolutely lovely in person and has so much charisma on stage. You can follow her on her FB page to keep up with where you might find her next gig.

Top Burlesque dancers in Cape Town

Intro video: This is how you travel to a party in style.

Before heading off to the Trash Cabaret event, we decided a little sunset cruise along Table Bay would be in order.

Feature Video: Trash Cabaret Annual Event

We joined the Trash Cabaret – Carnival of Dreams at Hillcrest Quarry in Cape Town. The Trash Cabaret is a collaboration of local and international performers featuring circus, trapeze, fire dancing, burlesque, aerial, juggling and more – all to live music!!

 

Guided tour around Kirstenbosch Gardens

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

We picked a rainy day to do some “family time” and headed out to explore some iconic spots on the south side of Cape Town. Accompanied by Dean’s cousin from Colorado and her bestie from North Carolina, we ventured towards the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

The gardens are an important landmark for Cape Town as they put on an extraordinarily rich and diverse display of indigenous flora. The Cape Floral Kingdom is impressively unique as it covers the smallest area of land in comparison to the other floral kingdoms by far, but at the same time has the highest diversity of plant species by far. The Fynbos families make up for 80% of the Cape Floral Kingdom (there are about 8500 species of Fynbos) and 6000 of these are endemic to the area surrounding Cape Town. Fynbos means fine bush as it describes the thin leaves synonymous with the Fynbos species. There are so many fascinating facts about these plants, but we think it may be best that you come through and learn about it while you are here.

On entering the nature reserve, bordering Table Mountain National Park, we aimed our attention towards the Boomslang Tree Canopy Walk.
The dramatic clouds and views made it quite easy to admire this magnificent World Heritage Site.
We continued through open fields and dense foliage, discovering Proteas, cycads and the forest of centurions.
We climbed through trees and inhaled the wondrous scents in the herb garden… Regardless of rain, this is a must do if you plan on visiting Cape Town on holiday.
There are many breathtaking and engaging activities that you can find on your journey through the micro and macrocosm of the Botanical Gardens. Take your first step!

The next part of the day took us further south towards Kalk Bay.
We abandoned the car at St James, on account of a bit of road-works traffic, and walked the rest of the way.
There is a cool walk way between the railway line and the sea.
Our destination was the Brass Bell for fish and chips and a beer, the best way to catch up with family whilst overlooking the sea, with the Kalk bay harbor on the right, the Kalk bay surfers an the left and the Kalk Bay lighthouse under a beautiful rainbow dead ahead. All in all a fantastic day.

Music by Indigo Child, keep tabs on their FB page.

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