Never mind the unnatural water crises currently battling the City, whether you live here or visiting Cape Town, we all know what time and month it is… Winter for sure! For some this is very difficult and boring season, but for some of us who like it wet or dry (of course with loads of activities that suits the weather), winter season can be very interesting just to know or develop the right interest, passion or friends to engage yourself and possibly knowing where to find whatever you might need to enjoy and relax in the ‘mother City’ when the already buzzing and busting winter alarm begins to blow pretty loud.
It is a planned City, pedestrian-friendly, less statics on traffic; all are welcome to do what they wish at any time, and since Cape Town has been turned into a place where people can holiday their entire life; ExpressCapetown has gone to the field to detect what is good for the season, recorded below these 11 exotic list of adventures to indulge in this month of June. Enjoy Cape Town From ExpressCapetown!
- Shop Ahead of winter
This is the right time to get some warmer fabrics and beddings as winter gradually trickles in and soon take center-stage. Winter stuff naturally becomes very expensive at the shops. So take advantage of time; buy your leather jackets, cardigan, sweaters or jerseys to ensure you always dress warm as weather changes quickly in the City so as to guard against cold. You might consider washing your blankets and beddings as well or to simply shop new ones before demands outwits supply and sometimes what you like becomes unavailable in the ‘heat of winter’. You can find some nice winter wears at Century City shopping mall, V&A Waterfront or any other outlet.
- 2. GO Cycling
All Cape Town roads are linked and smooth to ride on for every level of cycling. Peter Okafor ExpressCapetown.
Turn the body heat on, flex the muscles, it’s the best time to enjoy cycling activities… The beautiful roads of the ‘Mother City’ make it easy and fun for all cycling passion and activity. All the roads are structured and linked so you can ride around whole City on just your bike. So hit the pedal… Go! Go! Go bra!
- Head to Hermanus FynArts-Jazz Festival
If you are in the mood for a mid-year break or holiday, then head out to Hermanus in this June. The quality 10-day festival, Hermanus FynArts, will celebrate its fifth year from 9- 18 June with a showcase of the creativity of South African artists in the natural beauty of the Cape Whale coast.
There is something for everyone on the programme of events that make up this fusion of arts festival and winter school, including exhibitions, music, talks, demonstrations, workshops, wine tastings, films, and events for children.
This year, artist Willie Bester headlines the series of 33 exhibitions with his solo exhibition, Transformation, curated by Michael Godby and Sandra Klopper.
The performance series includes seven major concerts; the closing weekend presents Swinging 60s and the Lusanda Gospel Group on Saturday 17 June. According to Tygerburger, the next afternoon, Swing, Sing and All That Jazz will bring the festival to a rousing close.
The series of 11 demonstrations range from cooking to bronze pouring, while the series of 24 workshops include painting, drawing, writing, ceramics, photography and origami.
To book yourself into the event or get more information about the festival follow this link: www.hermanusfynarts.co.za Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za or at Hermanus FyArts in the station building, Mitchell street, Hermanus or call: 0283122629.
- Find Love
If you are single, bored or lonely and no partner to cling to at the moment, all is well, it is never too late! This is the right time to cultivate good friendship and be in position to meet someone before the winter hits up ‘you’ll know what I mean’. You can do this by networking, socializing or developing new interests in some games or activities where you can meet new people and make friends. You can also socialize online using social networks such as dating site & apps, go to public places like the library, café, restaurants etc.
- Find best Coffee & Tea
Cape Town boasts of the best Coffees and Teas around the globe and winter is the best time to enjoy those roasted-flavoured hot beverages. The best of coffees can be found at the following places:
- Go Hiking
Sweet Family goes on a serious hike at Table Bay Nature reserves in Table View. Peter Okafor ExpressCapetown.
There are lots of options when it comes to adventures in Cape Town; it is one of the best things to do in winter. Places include the famous Table Mountain in the CBD, Gorden’s Bay, Melkbosstrand etc. You can also join any of Cape Town hiking clubs out there, one which have been inviting hikers to join is the Meridian Hiking club. Contact Mecheal Wickham on 0826401268 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Go Fishing
Fishing is one of the coolest funs you can ever have in Cape Town and winter can be one of the best times to do this if you crave the skillful fun of capturing the aquatic animal. The water levels are going to swell up and that means more fishes to catch. All you need is fishing net/ hook and some bait to attract. Some of the best spots to fish are in Muizenberg, Melkbosstrand, Blouberg Beach, Khayelitsha, Hermanus, and KYSNSA etc.
- 8. Catch an Autumn Leaf
May/June is the best time to plant winter vegetables and shrubs. Peter Okafor. ExpressCapetown
If you own a garden or a little space then plant trees and shrubs. It can be very rewarding especially to those of us who love planting; autumn is a favorite season for some reasons. All the leave from the trees and plants change into multi-coloured works of art and then fall away. I love those Ivies, Liquid Amber, Petunias, perennial herbs such as Rosemary, Organum, Parsley, Thyme, Oak trees and Ornamental vines just to name a few. These trees according to one expert, Stark Ayres (manager Garden Centre West coast) create bare branches allowing the autumn sun into your garden and home, what a surprise! This is precious and also, it represents a beautiful cycle of loss, regeneration and regrowth once the spring season is around.
Again May/June is the perfect season for planting your winter vegetables. With winter already here, we can start looking forward to stews, saying goodbye to Braais. So establish those trees just before the onset of winter Citrus trees are also a brilliant idea at this time of the year. For more information on planting and landscaping talk to specialists: Starke Ayre 0215548450. The pink Olive: 0215540535. Garden Guru: 0218240888, 0845500227, all in the West Coast.
- Spice up your Winter Reading with good new Books, DVDs & CDs
BOOK SALE: Friends of the Milnerton library will hold a book, DVD and CD sale on Saturday June 3, from 9:30am to noon at the library in Pienaar Road. Donations of books, CDs and DVDs are also welcome. For more information, call: 0214440817.
BOOK LAUNCH: The book launch of Unfathered, by Dr Disa Mogashana, will take place at Snape Building LT 3A, UCT upper campus, on Thursday June 22, at 5:30pm. Self-published through Evera Publishing, Unfathered is about how not having her biological father in her life affected Dr Mogashana’s childhood and self-confidence. Tickets costs R200. Book through Quicket or email email@example.com for more 411.
In South Africa, Backpackers use simple mountain huts, so all you need in addition to that is your gear and some food to eat; then you are ready for your camping and bushwalking depending on your choice of hiking. You can also join Cape Town hiking clubs, one which have been inviting hikers to join is the Meridian Hiking club. Contact Mecheal Wickham on 0826401268 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prepare for Cape Town Festival
The enigma of our famous Table Mountain Milnerton-north view. Peter Okafor, ExpressCapetown.
This year’s Festival is looking TO ATTRACT CUSTOMERS DURING OFF PEAK SEASON. Among the events to be held include a Cape Town Golf Festival in August which has already generated interest from the international market.
Others projects to curb seasonality will include the Halal Tourism Festival that is aimed at educating and drawing in more tourists from the Muslim market. .
The idea is to grow the Cape Town Golf Festival to the same magnitude as the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon to drive more visitors to our city during the winter season.
The golf festival, to take place on August 20-26, will be held on four courses including, Durbanville, Clovelly, Milnerton and Royal Cape. The package comprises bed and breakfast accommodation at the Commodore Hotel at the V&A Waterfront, transport, as well as golf apparel which includes a golf shirt, a cap, balls and gloves, along with free wine-tasting at participating wine farms.
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International and local travellers are now booking during off peak seasons for the upcoming Cape Town Golf Festival in August as well as other activities. Picture: Supplied.
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