Find sanctuary at these spectacular parks and gardens where nature and art intertwine.
Sun-kissed beaches aren’t the only public places in Cape Town to take advantage of; our pretty city has a plethora of parks, which are perfect for walking your dog, a picnic with friends, or simply stretching out with a newspaper and enjoying the beautiful plant life. Discover green spots for lunch in city parks, or overgrown suburban wonderlands for a romantic rendezvous. Parks are not only relaxing and fun, but also meeting points for like minded folk.
Someone once said, “gardens are the windows to a city’s culture”. Which is so true… they offer interesting insights into the history, geology and climate of a place, revealing their many layers the further you explore.
More than that, gardens are such a wonderful refuge for those seeking sanctuary from the stress of modern life.
Capetonians are blessed to be living in a city that’s dotted with a verdant array of horticultural havens, offering serenity and peacefulness at every turn. From inner city delights to Winelands wonders, Overberg oases and Breede Valley beauties.
The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by blues-rock musicians Dan Patlansky and Albert Frost.
Dan Patlansky has become one of the busiest and most respected blues artists to ever come out of South Africa. His music can best be described as vacillating between slick, soulful blues and the renegade psychedelic angst and raw emotion of Hendrix and Zeppelin. He has released 7 albums to date and in 2015 “Total Guitar Magazine” voted him in the top 10 best guitarists in the world.
For the past two decades, the energetic performances of this accomplished guitarist have dazzled audiences. Besides collaborations with top international acts, Albert Frost has performed with most major SA artists and played every important stage in South Africa. April 2016, he released his third solo album, The Wake Up, which won the coveted Best Rock Album category at the 2017 SAMA Awards.
Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town Time: 5.15pm Cost: R135 – R180
Fresh air, mountain views and loads of stuff to eat, drink and buy make this monthly market a win.
On the last Sunday of every month (from October through to May), the Kirstenbosch Craft and Food markets are a wonderful way to enjoy the warm weather while exploring the nearly 300 stalls. Featuring unique and handmade crafts, jewellery, clothing, leather goods, soaps, candles, aromatherapy products, art, garden furniture, pottery, and much more, there’s bound to be something that tickles your fancy.
Naturally, there’ll also be stalls selling tasty food, as well as a bar, where you’ll be able to purchase craft beer and wine. Entertainment comes courtesy of a top-brass jazz band lead by UCT Professor Mike Campbell, who sometimes brings along a celebrity musician or two. Plus, there’ll be pony rides and other kids’ activities, making it the perfect place for a leisurely Sunday afternoon with the whole family.
British Pop-Rock band The Vamps – consisting of James McVey, Brad Simpson, Tristan Evans and Connor Ball – tour South Africa in 2018 in support of their new material as well as performing all their popular hits. The Vamps are one of “the UK’s biggest exports in music”, with five top 10 hits, prestigious tour support slots with the likes of Taylor Swift, McFly and Austin Mahone, and 450 million views across YouTube and VEVO.
The Vamps are a fine example of how social media has brought like-minded individuals together and propelled acts to national and international stardom.