With the cultural diversity that gives Cape Town
its uniqueness, there are a variety of options when it comes to
being entertained. From classic culture to trendy hotspots, all
tastes are catered for.
Art - There are
numerous art galleries around the city that house some famous collections
of paintings and sculpture. An example of this is the William Fehr
collection in the Cape of Good Hope Castle.
Classical Music & Dance
- The Artscape and Baxter Theatres present ballets, operas and orchestral
performances. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will delight
you in scenic locations such as the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
during one of their Twilight Concerts on Sunday evenings during
summer. The St. George's Cathedral Choir entertain free of charge
and the Oude Libertas Open-Air Theatre in Stellenbosch is alive
with the strains of classical music from various performances.
Nightlife - Cape
Town buzzes after dark with a variety of nightspots to tempt all
tastes. You will find nightclubs, wine-bars, pubs, discotheques,
cinemas, cocktail lounges and, of course, restaurants. Many venues
have live bands or stand-up comedy to entertain you while you indulge
in some scrumptious local fare or just enjoy a few drinks. The North
Sea Jazz Festival is exceptionally popular and is held in the Good
Hope Centre in the city centre. Dockside at Century City is a massive
nightclub on four levels which houses various music styles in separate
bars. As with many establishments you can party the night away until
the early hours of the morning.
Theatre - There
is a great deal of local talent in the dramatic arts, which is evident
in the musicals and plays performed throughout the year. There are
indoor as well as outdoor theatres, the most well known of the latter
being the Maynardville Open Air Theatre. This is a magical setting
in which many of Shakespeare's great works are performed - nothing
prepares you for the ambience created by a floodlit garden on a
starry night. Cinema lovers will be delighted by the Imax Theatre
in the Waterfront. This has an incredibly realistic screen, which
is 5 storeys high and offers a unique viewing experience.
The Western Cape is the perfect area for those
who enjoy the outdoors. It offers a variety of water and land activities
for the serious sport enthusiasts as well as those who enjoy a gentle
stroll. South Africans are renowned for their passion about sport
and can usually be found either playing it, discussing it, watching
it or betting on it!
Bungee jumping -
This is for adrenalin junkies. Some of the best bungee sites are
in the Western Cape from incredibly high bridges. One of the most
famous and highest jumps is at Bloukrans along the Garden Route.
- White water enthusiasts will love the rivers. Organised trips
are offered on many rivers with varying levels of experience necessary.
Some well-known trips are along the Breede, Berg, Dorings and Orange
Deep Sea Diving/Fishing
- As Cape Town is flanked by both the Indian and the Atlantic oceans,
there is a thriving interest in marine sports. Some of the world's
finest big game fishing in the world is available here, in particular
long fin and yellow fin tuna, as well as broad billed swordfish.
False Bay is a famous breeding ground for Great White sharks and
you can arrange to go cage diving amongst these awesome creatures.
Normal scuba diving is also very popular all around the coastlines.
Golf - There are
many golf courses and driving ranges in and around Cape Town and
you will find that the courses are both pristine and diverse. They
are also highly affordable by international standards.
Hiking - With so
many mountain ranges surrounding the Cape, hiking is a popular pastime.
There are numerous trails that take several days as well as day
walks up Table Mountain. Before embarking on a trip up Table Mountain
it is essential that you contact the Mountain Club of South Africa
- (021) 465-3412. Without an experienced guide many people have
lost their way, sometimes with fatal consequences. Another well-known
activity is "kloofing". This is a combination of hiking
and swimming along a river in a ravine and is great fun.
- Prominent racing events such as the J&B Met and the Durban
July are highlights in the social calendar. In Cape Town there are
two main tracks - Kenilworth and Durbanville - where racing takes
place every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon. For social riding
along the beach or elsewhere you can contact The Riding Centre in
Hout Bay - (021) 790-5286. For scenic rides on horseback, in the
forests, mountains and vineyards of Stellenbosch - visit Amoi Horse
Motorcycling - Some
of the best biking happens around the Cape. There are many winding
mountain passes that provide an exhilarating ride with spectacular
views. The Gordon's Bay coastal road is also a favourite for a Sunday
morning blitz. There are numerous outlets where you can hire motorcycles
and find out the best routes to take. Warm weather and excellent
visibility make biking a pleasure most of the year.
- Feel the exhilaration of exploring the slopes of Table Mountain
on two wheels or ride through the winelands. Choose from any number
of rides, from the easiest stroll to a strenuous challenge. Adventure
without Limits offers a number of exhilarating options from day
tours to expeditions around the Western Cape. http://www.withoutlimits.co.za
Sailing - The Royal
Cape Yacht Club is situated at the docks in Table Bay. This is where
the famous Cape-to-Rio race starts. Other harbours are found in
Simon's Town, Fish Hoek, Hout Bay and Gordon's Bay. Competitive
as well as social sailing happens on oceans, dams, rivers and lagoons.
Surfing - Big Bay
in Blouberg is home to the Gunston 500 Surfing Competition and you
will find surfers at almost every beach along the coast. A local
radio station even broadcasts a daily "surf report" advising
people where to find the best waves each day. In addition to this
popular sport, you will see many windsurfers and kite-surfers. It
is an awesome sight to see them launched into the air as they jump
the waves. Blouberg is especially popular for power kites, whether
on the sand or on the sea.