Winter in South Africa is relatively moderate. While there are a few snowfalls in high-lying areas, and the temperature does drop significantly, there are nevertheless loads of winter activities to keep locals and tourists entertained throughout the season
Cape Town is particularly busy during the colder months – just a quick online search will reveal many great deals and happenings to get you off the couch and out and about!
Someone who is right at the coalface, and has great knowledge of what’s on the go, is Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy, who’s given us his list of his top must-see winter sights and places to visit at attractive winter rates.
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Kalk Bay Theatre
Situated on Main Road, Kalk Bay, this is the perfect spot to end an afternoon spent cruising the seaside strip’s bespoke, mostly family-run, second-hand, locally-made furniture, curio and clothing shops. This August the theatre is running with a comedy theme, featuring shows such as Classy Clown starring Alan Committee, Barry Hilton starring Barry Hilton, and Man Band, a musical comedy four-man show. The Kalk Bay theatre restaurant is open from 18:15 for dinner before each evening show.
Christmas in July at the Company Gardens
Don’t let the name fool you, there’s still plenty of time to get your hands on tickets to Christmas in July at Cape Town’s Company Gardens, set to run from 23 August to 1 September 2019. It’s a Cape Town first with the City Gardens set to be adorned and decorated with Christmas lights, statues with artificial snow, and traditional music, creating an enchanted Winter forest effect. It promises to be fun for families, couples and groups.
Gate69 Cabaret Theatre
Show-stopping make-up, jaw-dropping outfits, uncanny musical renditions and exquisite cabaret flair are just some of the things that will have you wanting to visit Gate69 on Bree street a second time. The establishment’s first aviation themed act Non-specific starring Cathay and The Trolly Dollies is on from Wednesday till Sunday at 20:15 with economy, business and first-class tickets available for purchase. The venue seats around 80 guests and the small restaurant serves tapas and mezze from 19:00 for a small bite before the show. It’s a truly magical experience, and the perfect end to a winter’s day.
Greatest, littlest circus show
Running the entire year long, Zip-zap circus primarily functions as a not-for-profit organisation, with a mixture of local and international artists teaching youngsters from in and around the Western Cape the arts of juggling, trapeze, uni-cycling and clowning, to name just a few activities. This August their monthly performance runs at the Zip-Zap circus dome tent on the Cape Town Foreshore. Early bird family package tickets are R280 for two adults and two children. Drinks and snack tokens are available for sale in the dome tent.
August marks South Africa’s 25th National Women’s Month and there are a variety of new events planned for women across the country to take part in.
Winter makes for the best swells, with seas often in a perfect condition for longer than the summer months, which means it’s the perfect time to take up surfing. Lessons are taught by professional surfers and are a great way to meet people, get a bit of exercise, and maybe even experience nirvana in between the waves! Held at Blouberg, Muizenberg and Big Bay beach on selected days, with special rates for students, and discounts on selected dates.
Table Mountain sleepover
Sure, the idea of hiking up Table Mountain is great, but what about spending the night up there too? Hike up and spend the night on Cape Town’s famous landmark at winter rates. The stone-walled old Overseer cottage sleeps up to 16 people. Expect breathtaking views, a central fireplace heating the entire building, a communal bathroom and kitchen, and an outside braai and boma area.
Veld and Sea Indigenous workshops
Small and intimate indigenous knowledge workshops are held on most weekends throughout winter by the talented Roushanna Gray. Her beautifully crafted and curated immersive fynbos foraging, medicinal herb and wild food-cooking workshops could turn into the most exciting and innovative items on your winter activity list. Book early as classes held in and around the base, at the Cape Point indigenous plant nursery, are small and intimate, and fill up fast. Lunches are prepared with local and indigenous ingredients foraged in the wild surroundings.
Clarens, Free State Province