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  • What’s Happening With Tourism Stats?

    Over the past several years headlines proclaiming excellent tourism growth have been common, and the perception of the average man on the street is that tourism is booming. I believe this is largely down to PR from the Dept. of Tourism who quote the gross number of all foreign arrivals, neglecting to mention that 90% of South Africa’s arrivals are from neighbouring SADC countries.

    Tourism on the increase?

    I’ve done an exercise recently, looking into the tourism stats focusing on our target market. The statistic that we chose to isolate is that of “overseas arrivals”, which includes all non-African arrivals. I believe this is much more reflective of our general market.

    Unfortunately this does not make for as much good news as the Dept of Tourism would have you believe. I was surprised to find out that overseas arrivals peaked in 2013 and have been declining steadily since.

    Based on 12 month averages, October 2015 is the worst 12 month average that we have recorded (since our records start in October 2010) and it is 19% off the peak 12 months average (achieved in January 2014).

     

    Reasons

    No one can give firm reasons for these falling tourism numbers, but contributing factors include:

    • the change of requirements for travellers with children (this impacted our larger villas severely this season)
    • changing visa requirements with respect to biometric visas (travel from some of the fastest growing markets was massively impacted)
    • the effect of the Ebola virus
    • bad press from the xenophobic attacks
    • load shedding concerns

     

    Whatever the reasons the fact is that South Africa experienced a 6.6% decline in overseas arrivals in 2015 (despite the global tourism industry growing by 4.4%).

    The Forecast

    The good news is that November 2015 was the first month in over two years that saw significant year on year growth (+6.4%). Although it is too soon to say, it looks as though tourism may be growing again.

    The extreme devaluation of the rand over the past twelve months can only help the industry, and the Ministry of Home Affairs appears to be softening its stance with respect to the visa issues.

    Within the industry vacation rentals have also experienced growing acceptance, as the existing traditional hotel booking portals have expanded to include vacation rental properties, and as new vacation rental sites have exploded into prominence.

    We’re cautiously optimistic that 2016 will be a year of firm growth for South African tourism. Within that, we are very excited about the impact that all the new listing channels with have (in combination with our dynamic pricing), both on increased revenues and reduced commissions.

     

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    Cape Town holiday rentals for the trendy set

    Be a trendsetter while enjoying your vacation using your Cape Town holiday rental as base camp.

    The streets where it is all happening in and around Cape Town include Kloof Street (Tamboerskloof); Long Street; Longmarket and Shortmarket Street; Bree Street, De Waterkant Street (City Centre); Beach Road (Granger Bay and Camps Bay); Albert Street (Woodstock) and Harrington Street (District Six).

    Hang out at any of a number of tremendously trendy places where you should be seen morning, noon or night.

    Early bird catches the worm

    There’s nothing better than a good start. Trendoits leave their self-catering spot early to saunter over to Jason Bakery or to the trendy Skinny Legs & All. Superette is uber cool and has almost reached cult-status amongst Capetonians. While waiting, broaden your mind with visual arts at the “What if the World Gallery”. If you focus on locally sourced and responsibly farmed food, find your breakfast fry-up at spasie]: Cape Town’s underground restaurant.

    Daytime hangouts

    The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock is host to the Neighbourgoods Market every Saturday. Apart from the market, this trendy shopping complex offers interesting and arty shops and galleries that are open all week. The Cape Quarter in De Waterkant – an area with avant garde self-catering apartments – offers some of the best restaurants, clothing stores and lifestyle shops.

    If you’re looking for deluxe coffees and sandwiches, go straight to Yourstruly where you can also view a variety of local art works exhibited on their walls. Field Office is a creative hub where you can indulge in excellent coffee, pastries and sandwiches while making use of the free Wi-Fi.

    The House of Machines offers everything from a coffee shop to a custom bike workshop. The bar opens at 5pm and stays open till late so you can enjoy live music and cool drinks. Start early and stay the night!

    Sunset spots

    Leave your luxury self-catering villa and find your way to Victoria Road in Camps Bay for sunset. Join classy young professionals, models and celebrities for sundowners at Café Caprice, or any other establishment on the strip. The VIP Sky Bar on the roof of the Cape Royale in Green Point is the place to unwind and relax while drinking in the awesome Atlantic Ocean views.

    When you arrive at Shimmy Beach Club for sundowners, chances are that you will stay at this seaside complex for sushi with your feet in the beach sand next to the pool and end up dancing the night away. The Grand Café and Beach in Granger Bay is a super spot for sundowners and good enough to stay for dinner. Just up the road, Wakame in Beach Road, Mouille Point is a vibey old favourite with superb sea views and an Asian inspired menu.

    Dinner delights

    Sevruga is a celebrity favourite and promises a feast for the senses. Become part of The Power and the Glory and join Cape Town’s arty set for craft beers and artisan ciders and wines. &Union is a restaurant and bar combination, which is set in what used to be a church in Bree Street.

    Combine people-watching with some of the best burgers in town at Royale Eatery or if you’re hanging for Mexican fare, head to El Burro. Finally, find some trendy Japanese-style décor and tapas at the Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar.

    Late night haunts

    Party the night away at Asoka, where you can listen to the best musical talent in Cape Town. Club ThirtyOne, situated on top of the Absa Building in the City Centre, is all about city views and late night partying. For slick music, Assembly is the place to get together. Electronic music is an institution at The Bullion Bar, which is found deep in a basement in the City Centre.

    Browse our Cape Town holiday rentals to secure your luxury villa or apartment, from which you can discover Cape Town’s chic spots.

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    Indulge in self-catering accommodation in Bantry Bay

    If you love exclusivity, the sea, sun and uninterrupted views, you are in for a treat when you book your self-catering accommodation in Bantry Bay.

    Not to be confused with its namesake in County Cork, Ireland, Bantry Bay in Cape Town has all the ingredients of a dream vacation.

    This affluent suburb is set on the Atlantic Ocean-facing slope of Lion’s Head , an abutting mountain peak which lies between Table Mountain and Signal Hill and forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.

    Buffered from the city centre by Lion’s Head, which is the eroded core of an ancient volcano, there is a plaque on the Bantry Bay seashore that commemorates an observation by Charles Darwin. During his visit to the Cape in 1836, he noted that Lion’s Head was the site of a unique geological feature with the intrusion of Basaltic volcanic rock into granitic rock.

    Bantry Bay sits on a rocky coastline with giant boulders. It is edged between Sea Point and Clifton. Originally named Botany Bay after a botanical garden earmarked for the cultivation of medicinal herbs that was planted here, the name was changed during World War 1.

    Because of its unique position with Lion’s Head behind it, Bantry Bay is known as one of the few wind-free areas in Cape Town. The ‘Cape Doctor’, as the infamous South Easter wind in Cape Town is known amongst locals, doesn’t let off easily during the summer months but Bantry Bay is secluded and protected. It is said that Bantry Bay records around 290 wind-free days per year.

    The selected self-catering accommodation options in Bantry Bay offer awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean, Lion’s Head or both. Once you have settled into your luxury vacation rental, you can sit back and relax to the sounds of waves from the Atlantic Ocean lapping onto the craggy boulders.

    If you want to make the most of your time in the sun while on vacation in Bantry Bay, you can head over to one of Clifton’s four beautiful and sheltered white sandy beaches, which is within walking distance. Or make your way down to be seen in Camps Bay, with its palm-lined strip of beach much like Miami in the US, but far less crowded.

    Less than 4km to Camps Bay and only 6km from the V&A Waterfront, Bantry Bay is perfectly positioned for holidaymakers to get around for some shopping, entertainment, restaurants and nightlife options. Plenty of taxi services are available along High Level Road that will safely deliver you to your destination and return you to your accommodation in Bantry Bay.

    Luxury is a definitely key word in Bantry Bay and you will not be disappointed by the uniqueness, high standard and quality you will find when opting for self-catering accommodation in this indulgent environment.

    Don’t take our word for it though. See for yourself by booking your self-catering accommodation in Bantry Bay.

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    Don’t miss First Thursdays in Cape Town while on vacation

    Join local culture vultures for a unique artistic and cultural experience on the first Thursday of every month.

    Cape Town’s foremost cultural experience

    Art galleries and cultural happenings around Cape Town’s city centre stay open until 21:00 (or some even later) on the first Thursday of every month. The idea is that anyone who is interested can explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth this city has to offer.

    There is no tour, schedule, or guided walk – you decide your own itinerary and where you want to linger. However, printed maps are available at most of the listed venues for the convenience of participants. The First Thursdays Cape Town organisation simply helps the public to figure out what is available to see and where they can go. First Thursdays is a free public event.

    When it first started late in 2012, First Thursdays Cape Town had just six participating art galleries. It has become one of the most popular items on Capetonian’s calendar and it is also finding its rightful place on visitors’ “must do” itineraries, attracting thousands of people every month.

    Night-time walkabout

    First Thursdays is as much about experiencing art and culture as it is about leaving your Cape Town apartment to explore the city on foot. The First Thursdays Cape Town organisation suggests that planning is key to make the most of your First Thursdays experience.

    How to plan your First Thursdays experience

    1. Familiarise yourself with locations using First Thursdays Cape Town’s Google map (link in the navigation)
    2. Decide where you’d like to start
    3. Invite friends along, or go solo
    4. Grab a printed map at your first stop

    You can browse exhibitions, performances and other events on First Thursdays Cape Town’s website and select the exhibitions and attractions you don’t want to miss. However, don’t be too rigid. Be prepared to get side-tracked or change your plans during the course of the evening while exploring Cape Town and its unique offerings.

    Getting there

    If you are staying in one of the plenty Cape Town apartments available to holidaymakers, you will probably be within easy walking distance. First Thursdays is spread throughout the city centre, but primarily between Bree and Church Streets. First Thursdays Cape Town recommends taking the MyCiTi Bus.

    If you’re driving yourself, park near to where you think your last venue of the evening will be. Parking is available on Riebeeck Square or park in one of the plenty street parking bays in the area. Another tip: don’t stress yourself out trying to find parking on the doorstep of where you want to go. It is recommend to park a little bit further away and enjoy the walk.

    What about the weather?

    First Thursdays takes place throughout the year (except for January), regardless of the weather. Cape Town’s cold and rainy season is usually in the winter months between July and September, when you should wear warm layers and bring along a rainproof coat and an umbrella.

    Safety

    Cape Town’s city centre is generally safe to walk around thanks to the presence of so many pedestrians. However, it still is a big city and like all other cities in the world, there may be criminals on the prowl to relieve unsuspecting tourists of their valuables.

    When you leave your apartment, make sure you’re not careless and don’t casually carry handbags, sling bags, backpacks, cameras, cell phones and other electronic devices within easy view. No valuables should be left visible inside cars, either.

    Visit the source for this article, www.first-thursdays.co.za, for more information. Or browse our website to select one of the many Cape Town apartments for your vacation.

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    Book luxury Cape Town villas through the professionals

    There are a number of reasons why it is advisable to book luxury Cape Town villas for your vacation through a professional property management company.

    According to Charlotte Metelerkamp, Sales & Marketing Manager of Nox Rentals, a professional luxury property management company like Nox Rentals builds relationships not only with their guests who book vacation villas through them, but also with the property owners.

    Property maintenance

    “Property owners list their villas, holiday homes and apartments with us to rent out when they’re not using it themselves. We stay in touch with them and regularly visit the properties to keep tabs on the general condition of the homes. We check that the building, outdoor areas, furnishings, décor and appliances are in good shape and working order. This is important. Nothing is more disappointing than arriving at a luxury holiday villa to discover that it has seen better days or has fallen into a state of disrepair due to a lack of basic property maintenance.”

    Convenience

    “However,” she adds, “this is not the only role that property management companies fulfil. Our service to guests who book their luxury Cape Town villas through us, is to make it as convenient as possible to select and book a suitable vacation home that will serve all their needs. Time is money and our service ensures that guests don’t have to trawl the Internet for days to find an appropriate villa. We do the homework for them and send them a shortlist of upmarket Cape Town villas that meet their needs and that are available for their dates.”

    Contact on hand

    Charlotte continues: “Another important role that Nox Rentals fulfills, is that we are our guests’ point of contact for the duration of their stay. We meet and greet guests upon arrival and make sure they feel welcome and settle in at their private Cape Town villas. The importance of having a contact person in a city that you’re visiting for the holidays should not be underestimated. Our team consist of Capetonians who are on call should our guests have any queries – be it an accident or emergency, assistance with anything in the villa or whether guests simply need information about car rental, babysitting or a restaurant recommendation.”

    Luxury Cape Town villas are serviced

    “Another benefit of booking through a property management company, is that we arrange for the villa to be serviced by trustworthy personnel. Our guests enjoy the best of both worlds in their luxury Cape Town villas. While they have the privacy of their own villa, they don’t have to get involved in the cleaning up and making beds for the duration of their stay,” concludes Charlotte.

    Prospective visitors will be pleasantly surprised to find that Nox Rentals offer an unmatched selection of luxury Cape Town villas to rent.

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    Get your weekend accommodation in Cape Town

    Is it time to leave the kids behind and treat your loved one to a dirty weekend in Cape Town? A self-catering apartment or villa may just offer the getaway you need. Let your hair down when you have the freedom knowing the kids are taken care of and Fido is fed.

    Enjoy some of the dirty spoils Cape Town has on offer!

    Get your feet dirty

    If you plan your weekend escape well, you can wow your loved one with full moon hike up Lion’s Head. You may really get dirty on your hike, but you will also enjoy rediscover the city light and stars reflected in your loved one’s eyes.

    Ride the dirt tracks

    When last have the two of you taken a bike ride together? Hire mountain bikes and take to some of the Cape’s best dirt tracks to test your love.

    Dust it off

    There is nothing like soaking up the sun on a sandy beach, and you and your loved one can enjoy a quiet morning warming up next to the lapping waters of Camps Bay or Clifton. Rekindle your camaraderie by towelling the sand from your loved one’s legs.

    Feast ’till you’re dirty

    Feasting on a lobster is a great way of getting really dirty. Panama Jacks has been on Quay 500 in Cape Town’s harbour since 1989 – even before the V&A Waterfront has been developed. This restaurant complex offer scrumptious seafood dishes and you can choose a live lobster to be cooked while you wait.

    Dirty Boots

    Dirty Boots is an adventure tour guide company that can arrange any activity which will result in you and your loved one, err, getting your boots dirty. Share an early morning gallop on horseback on the beach or ride together along Chapman’s Peak on a Harley-Davidson to satisfy you and your partner’s need for speed. Go kayaking, kite surfing, kloofing or karting to get the adrenalin pumping.

    One of Cape Town’s newest attractions is the Zip Line Adventures at the Silvermist Mountain Lodge and Wine Estate on Constantia Nek. Take a leap of faith with your partner on this 2,3 kilometre adrenaline pumping zip line, while marvelling at Cape Town’s stunning natural surroundings. Dirty Boots can arrange your fun activity which will reaffirm that you can always count on your partner.

    Dirty hands

    If you and your loved one share a passion for giving back, you can get your hands dirty by volunteering at any project which is close to your heart in the Mother City. While there are countless causes, non-profit organisations, community initiatives and NGOs all looking for people willing to lend a helping hand; it’s probably best to register with Volunteer Centre and find a cause where you and your partner’s skills are needed.

    When you plan your weekend accommodation in Cape Town, look no further for upmarket, luxury accommodation in the Mother City.

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    Beach checklist for your Cape Town holiday apartment

    When you’re leaving your self-catering Cape Town holiday apartment behind to head for the beach, this checklist will help you make the most of the sea, sand, sun, views and sunsets.

    Early bird catches the worm

    If the weather looks promising, don’t wait until you’re going to battle for space on the beach or get scorched in the middle of the day. Head out of your upmarket apartment early and enjoy a peaceful morning soaking up the softer sunrays.

    Pack a hat

    Whether you’re heading for the beach, shops or markets, a hat is always a good idea. Remember the South Easter can play up in Cape Town, so a hat with a chin string or a cap that sits securely on your head will work best.

    Sunscreen

    Keep the sting out of the sun by applying sunscreen first thing in the morning. Reapply every two hours or every time you come out of the water. Covering up also helps avoid sunburn.

    Change of clothes

    You and your family will get wet and sandy at the beach. Keep a dry change of clothes for everyone in plastic bags to keep out the sand. Replace the clean clothes with your wet beach clothes when it’s time to change.

    Snack time

    Make use of your luxury self-catering apartment’s facilities and raid the fridge to pack snacks so you don’t have to queue to buy fast foods while on the beach. Apples, cheese wedges, carrot, celery and cucumber sticks are healthy and refreshing on a hot day.

    Have a first aid kit handy

    Be prepared for scrapes and cuts with band aid and take along some headache tablets. An antihistamine cream and insect repellent may also save the day on the beach.

    Store electronics in plastic bags

    Slip your cell phone and camera into a zip lock plastic bag to protect them against sand, sunscreen and getting soaked.

    Safety

    While you are on holidays, criminals are still on the prowl and they often target relaxed holiday makers. Be aware of your personal safety while out and about – even on the beach. Avoid deserted areas and going to the beach all by yourself. Don’t leave your valuables unattended.

    Hydration

    When things heat up, you need to stay cool. Proper hydration is very important – especially when you spend a day in the sun. Opt for water as your drink of choice on the beach and make sure you drink a glass of water for every hour in the sun.

    Avoid alcohol

    A cold beer may sound inviting when the sun is hot, but remember that Cape Town’s beach authorities prohibit drinking of alcohol on our beaches. Alcohol also dehydrates your body, so it is not a good idea to take a toot in the sun.

    Listen to the lifesavers

    Most Cape Town beaches have lifesavers on duty in the summer months. They demarcate safe swimming areas. Take care to stay within their parametres and don’t swim out too far. Strong currents can catch you unaware.

    Browse our selection of great luxury and upmarket self-catering Cape Town holiday apartments.

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    Get close to the party with self-catering accommodation in Cape Town

    If you’re looking for a hot and happening New Year’s Eve event during your Cape Town vacation, book your upmarket self-catering accommodation in Cape Town now and finalise your party plans. Here are a few ideas of how you and your besties can ring in 2016.

    Kaapse Stories from Mother City

    Listen to tales from the Cape in this cabaret, hosted at Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro. Richard Loring (producer of worldwide-acclaimed African Footprint) offers guests a delicious buffet, Cape wines and an exciting musical show which celebrates the humour, challenges and talents of the locals, set in Main Road, Sea Point. Book on computicket.com.

    Cape Town Comedy Club

    Head to The Pumphouse at the V&A Waterfront for a New Year’s Party with a difference. The ticket price includes a show featuring five comedians, a champagne cocktail on arrival, countdown to 2016 and after party with DJ Aaron. The regular a la carte menu will be available plus an extravagant NYE Specials Menu. For more info and the lineup, visit capetowncomedy.com.

    New Year’s Eve Pacha Ibiza Party at the Grand Café & Beach Bar

    Right next to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is Granger Bay’s Grand Café & Beach Bar. Don’t miss the island-style jam at the Pacha Ibiza party on New Year’s Eve. Located on the private shores of this much-loved oceanfront eatery and club, the end-of-year celebrations will be sounded by Pacha Ibiza resident DJs Danny Wade and Josef Bamba as well as local DJs. The famous Pacha Ibiza dancers will also be there. Tickets are available through nutickets.co.za.

    Jeremy Loops and Grassy Spark in concert at Kirstenbosch

    This New Year’s Eve concert brings together two of South Africa’s best known performers with Grassy Spark opening and Jeremy Loops as the headline act. Jeremy Loops is a modern folk musician from Cape Town. Juxtaposing booming city rhythms with folk, he captures the duality of his South African life. Cape Town band Grassy Spark blends Ska with rock, funk, reggae and Latin. It is a picnic style concert, so bring a blanket and a picnic basket. Bookings can be made at webtickets.co.za.

    007-themed New Year’s Eve Parties

    The inimitable Mr Bond is on the menu at no less than three top spots this New Year’s Eve. Headquarters (HQ) Restaurant is one of Cape Town city centre’s swankiest steakhouses and restaurant and offers a night of dinner and dance. Email matt@hqrestaurant.co.za to book.

    Guests at the Azure Restaurant, located at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, should dress to kill in black and red before tucking into a decadent five-course dinner The night will start with dinner, followed by live music and plenty of dancing, after which there’ll be the traditional NYE countdown with French Champagne and a toast to 2016. Reservations can be made by email to restaurants@12apostles.co.za.

    An appropriately “From Russia with Love”-Bond-themed party awaits revellers at The Foreign Exchange Bar. FOREX is an eclectic Observatory-based nightlife spot. Snacks and champagne are included in the ticket price and guests can take a break from the vibrant dance floor to immortalise their evening at the professional photo booth. Tickets will be available via quicket.co.za.

    Host a party at your upmarket apartment

    One of the great things of staying in luxury self-catering accommodation, is that you may be able to host the party at home. Caterers can easily be arranged, freeing you and your friends up to party ‘till late. Just don’t forget to first check with your villa manager if you are planning to host a party, as terms and conditions may apply.

    Please note: drinking and driving is not cool, so make use of the various transport options available in the Mother City to take you home after the party. Oh, and a very happy 2016 to you!

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    Dream of a hot Christmas in a holiday house in Cape Town

    When Santa’s on his way, there are many ways to play from your self-catering holiday house in Cape Town. Here are some ideas to make the most of Christmas in the Mother City.

    Festive Lights Switch-on in Adderley Street (Mid December)

    Cape Town’s official switch-on of the festive lights in Adderley Street in the city centre has attracted locals and tourists for decades. Once the lights have been switched on, the historic main road in Cape Town comes alive with a rainbow of colourful lights. Access to the event is free. Check the date closer to the time, it usually takes place around the 14th of December.

    Christmas on Table Mountain

    Santa Claus and his elves may give stuffy chimneys a miss this year to wow Capetonians from the top of Table Mountain, one of the world’s ‘New7Wonders of Nature’. The big man in the red suit will be there on Christmas Day in the morning from 10:00am. Tickets for the Cableway can be bought online via Webtickets.co.za (there is an option to select a date) or at the cableway ticket office.

    Kirstenbosch Carols by Candlelight (17 – 20 December 2015)

    Sing along at this annual festive event , hosted at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 December 2015. A Rotary Club fundraising initiative, the Kirstenbosch Carols by Candelight is a family-friendly institution on the festive calendar. Email carols@kirstenboschrotary.co.za for more information.

    Attend a Christmas service at St George’s Cathedral (Anglican)

    Remember what the magic of Christmas really is about by attending a Church service on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. For more information, visit the St George’s Cathedral website or email reception@sgcathedral.co.za

    Christmas Eve Dinner at African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel

    Celebrate the festive season with a gourmet dinner at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel’s Savour Restaurant. Located in the city centre of the Mother City, you can book either Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner. The Christmas Eve Dinner costs R325pp. Book at reservations@15onorangehotel.com.

    Christmas at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa’s Azure Restaurant

    This five star Camps Bay hotel offers a festive Christmas feast at its Azure Restaurant. The selection includes traditional Christmas favourites with a gourmet twist. A gourmet Christmas Eve four-course set menu and a Christmas Day lunch buffet are available. On Christmas Day there will also be live entertainment and rumour has it that Santa may just drop by. Enquire at restaurants@12apostles.co.za.

    Christmas braai* in the comfort of your luxury self-catering Villa

    If you would like to celebrate Christmas in true Capetonian style, you can always have a braai at your upmarket self-catering villa. If you need some help, you can book a private caterer or chef to show you how it’s done. Sit back, relax and braai like the locals this Christmas. (braai – barbeque)

    Look for a luxury, upmarket self-catering holiday home in Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Bakoven or Cape Town for an unforgettable summer Christmas in the Mother City.

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    Arts & entertainment to enjoy on holiday in Cape Town

    Cape Town is well known as a hotspot for beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, luxury accommodation and stupendous shopping.

    But did you know that Cape Town is also a cultural hub that offers amazing art and theatre experiences that are unique to this southern tip of Africa?

    Get an art-fix at these galleries:

    South African National Gallery

    Home to some of the most beautiful collections, the South African National Gallery features art of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish origin. Collections are regularly rotated so that there is always a full programme of temporary exhibitions, including paintings, photography, sculpture, architecture, beadwork, textiles and works on paper. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00.

    The Cape Gallery

    Varied and interesting art exhibitions of numerous local artists with work for sale. The Cape Gallery is open Mondays to Fridays from 9:30 to 17:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00.

    Everard Read Cape Town

    View and acquire works by local and international artists at this Gallery, Everard Read is situated at the V&A Waterfront. Open Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to 18:00 and Saturdays from 9:00 to 13:00.

    The Ava Gallery

    The AVA Gallery in partnership with Spier, is Cape Town’s oldest non-profit, members based, public benefit organisation and art gallery, showcasing contemporary South African art in all media. Open Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 to 17:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:00.

    Goodman Gallery

    Goodman Gallery is at the forefront of international contemporary art with a focus on artists from South Africa, the greater African Continent, and beyond, who engage in a dialogue with the African context. Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 09:30 to 17:30 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 16:00.

    Theatre at its best:

    Artscape Theatre

    Situated in the heart of the Mother City, the Artscape Theatre Centre offers the highest level of artistic excellence in all aspects of performing arts for more than four decades. All this success is attributed to the combination of world-class productions, high tech sets and locally made period and modern costumes which makes Artscape Theatre Centre stand out as an iconic cultural beacon in the Western Cape.

    Fugard Theatre

    Athol Fugard is South Africa’s most significant and internationally acclaimed playwright and this theatre proudly bears his name. The 335-seater Fugard Theatre is located within the historic Sacks Futeran building in Cape Town’s District Six.

    Theatre on the Bay

    One of South Africa’s theatre greats, Pieter Toerien, owns this stunning intimate theatre in Camps Bay, where he puts up productions of international quality. Visit Pieter Toerien for an update on what’s showing.

    Waterfront Amphitheatre

    Sway your hips to great bands, live dance productions and storytelling or catch live action on the big screen. The V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre is one of Cape Town’s hottest stages, hosting live music and other entertainment that’s free to visitors. It’s also a popular place for shopping weary crowds to grab some fresh air, rest tired feet and watch the bustling harbour activity.

    Baxter Theatre

    The home of progressive South African theatre and performance since 1977, the Baxter Theatre Centre in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town boasts a world-class theatre and concert hall, as well as a studio stage, rehearsal rooms, offices, a restaurant and bars and an impressive, spacious foyer.

    Treat yourself to comfortable, upmarket holiday accommodation in Cape Town to enhance your amazing art and theatre experiences.

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