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Where to Have a Merry Christmas in Cape Town 2017

With Christmas just over 20 days away and the festive season kicking into full force, numerous tourists get themselves attracted to the beautiful City of Cape Town over the December season. With the late summer sunsets and amazing beaches, joyful holiday environment and a large number of attractions and restaurants in and around the city, it is pretty obvious why people would spend there holiday here.

There are various unique events, festivities, marketplaces, and concerts planned in December to commemorate Christmas. Regardless of whether your chance spent in Cape Town over the merry season is to reconnect with the family or to escape with your partner.

Celebrating Christmas in Cape Town:

3 Days of Celebration at Tobago’s – Enjoy a divine Christmas eve dinner in a festive setting (R795 pp), a scrumptious Christmas day feast with live entertainment (R965 pp) or a South African style live grill station planned for boxing day (R425 pp), overlooking the ocean from a gorgeous terrace. Tobago’s restaurant is located within the Radisson Blu Hotel at the V&A Waterfront. Kids between the ages of 5 – 12 cost half price and kids under 5 can join in for free. For more info, call: 021 441 3414

Fine Dining at Dash Restaurant – Promising an exquisite Christmas lunch or dinner, the Dash Restaurant in the V&A Waterfront puts an elegant spin on things by serving up a sensational 5-course menu (R850 pp) and welcoming guests with a glass of sparkling wine. This sophisticated setting will make this year’s festivities unforgettable. For more info, call: 021 418 1466

Isola’s Pool Side Christmas Braai – Celebrate in style at the beautiful Isola poolside restaurant, located on a private island at the One & Only Hotel in Cape Town. Bubbly, live music, desserts, Christmas crackers and a stunning seafood braai that can appeal to all tastes will be the order of the day this Christmas, for R1 500 pp, R750 for kids under 12 and free for kids under 4 years old. For more info, call: 021 431 4511

3 Course Feast at Sevruga – The luxurious Sevruga restaurant at the V&A Waterfront invites one and all to enjoy a Christmas Feast that will be like no other. At the great price of only R350 pp, this 3-course festive lunch will consist of hearty and scrumptious meals prepared by a Michelin Star Chef and is true value for money. Enjoy a delicious menu of options with loved ones this Christmas. For more info, call: 021 421 5134

Seaside Christmas Buffet at Shimmy’s – Worth every penny, spend this Christmas day eating to your heart’s content and being swept away by the famous Shimmy dessert table and perfect setting. At R950 pp and R275 for kids aged 4-11, guests can enjoy live music, Christmas crackers, and the full buffet. A designated kids play area will keep children busy and everyone will appreciate the swimming pools and outstanding ocean views, as well as the festive spirit of the day. For more info, call: 021 200 7778

A Mount Nelson Christmas – From a stylish 5 course Christmas Eve dinner and live entertainment (R1 825 pp) to a lavish Christmas day lunch buffet (R1 325 per adult, R610 per child) or set menu (R990 pp), spend a merry day at Mount Nelson and dress smart for this festive occasion. The Planet Restaurant in Mount Nelson is grand and intimate, perfect for a Christmas with loved ones over delectable dishes. For more info, call: 021 483 1000

Cape Gift Market-21 November – 3 December 2017
The Cape Gift Market offers a wide variety of beautiful products from over 160 crafters from across the country, everything that you can think of to spoil yourself or your loved ones during the festive season.
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Other Festivities

Carols by Candlelight: Pack a picnic this December and appreciate the hymns of Christmas carols as the summer sun sets in the background. Carols by Candlelight has been a long-standing tradition at Cape Town’s alluring Kirstenbosch Gardens for 26 years, attracting thousands of visitors over a period of four days and featuring a number of popular musicians. Those attending this year's Carols at this beautiful botanic garden can also pre-order a lovely picnic basket. For more information, call: 021 799 8783

CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY IN CAPE TOWN (24 – 25 DEC)
Eat, drink, be merry, and celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Cape Town and surrounds with a scrumptious dinner or lunch at one of the Mother City’s many top restaurants, eateries and wine estates. Forego slaving over a hot stove in a busy kitchen and rather enjoy gourmet fare and the company of family and friends at a swanky establishment of your choice.

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Guidelines For a Great Summer In Cape Town

Are you planning on coming to Cape Town for the summer?  And are not exactly sure what to expect? We have a great guideline for you to make sure you to make the most of your vacation with no tangles, hitches or hiccups. From getting around the Mother City to anticipating the weather, we need you to leave wanting to come back for more.

The Summer sun is no laughing matter in Cape Town, nonetheless, so ensure that you slap on a lot of strong sunscreen. The south-easterly wind known as the Cape Doctor additionally shows up in summer, wreaking havoc on haircuts and beach parties, yet playing out a key role for the city by clearing it of Smog. (November to February)

GETTING AROUND:

Right off the bat, we drive on the left hand side of the road and work in kilometers with regards to speed and distance

With that off the beaten path, there are various routes for you to get around our lovely city:

Cab or taxi: There are countless taxi Services in cape town like Taxi Cabs, Cabs on Call, Dial a Cab. Car hire, we would recommend using our service Cape Town Shuttle Service.

By walking or bike: There is an increasing number of tours accessible by run, bike or foot in the city.

Railway: Trains run basic commuter routes into the city and furthermore extend along the picturesque Southern line, which extends to Simon's Town. It is a cheap & fun choice to go around the city.

CASH AND SAFETY:

Currency and ATM: The local currency in South Africa is the (R)Rand, and Foreign Exchange is accessible around the city. It's implied that when utilizing the ATM, don't approach outsiders for help and don't flash money around. The same goes for expensive jewelry and try and avoid using mobile phones and tablets in the streets. Or maybe advance into a Cafe or a shop to do as such.

Stash, don't flash: Be mindful of suspicious individuals and abstain from wondering alone during the night, particularly if by chance that you don't have any idea about your way around the city. We likewise urge you not to offer cash to Homeless people and rather give the cash to NGOs

Nightlife:

When the sun sets on Table Mountain, the city comes alive. There are a number of restaurants, bars and clubs to try. If you are planning on taking a trip the clubs just make sure you go with a local or get your hotel to organize a guide to avoid getting into any hiccups. Again, it goes without saying that you should not leave your drinks unattended.

SUN, SEA AND SAND:

It gets hot in Cape Town, so make sure you plan accordingly when you hit the beach. Lots of water and plenty of sunscreen!

When swimming in the sea, make sure you use safe beaches where life guards are on duty.

There are shark spotters are deployed at several of Cape Town’s beaches along the False Bay coast line and use a flag and alarm system to warn beach users of a shark’s whereabouts:

A green flag means visibility for the spotters is good and no sharks have been seenA black flag means visibility for the spotters is poor but no sharks have been seenA red flag means a shark has been seen recently but is no longer visible to the spotters, stay alertA white flag with a black shark, along with a loud siren, means a shark has been sighted and bathers should leave the water immediately

THE MOUNTAIN:

Table Mountain is undoubtedly one of the city’s biggest attractions, but you need to be cautious when visiting. Follow the safety precautions below to ensure you don’t run into problems.

Steer clear during bad weather. The rocks on the mountain get very slippery in wet weather.

Do not hike alone – the ideal party size is four; travel at the pace of the slowest member

Always inform someone of your intended route and your expected time of return

The use of a qualified mountain guide is highly recommended

Make sure to take an up to date map, comfortable walking shoes, a few friends, a cellular phone, water, food, sun block, and something warm

On Table Mountain National Park, Skeleton Gorge & Nursery Ravine are dangerous and slippery routes when it rains.

When hiking Table Mountain, key 021 480 7700 into your cellular telephone before you begin your hike so that an emergency number is always on hand

HELPFUL NUMBERS:

Make sure you have all the following numbers saved in case of an emergency:

Ambulance – 10177

Fire Department – 021 535 1100

South African Police Services (SAPS) – 10111

Cape Town emergency – 107 from a landline OR 021 420 7700 from a mobile phone

Table Mountain National Park emergencies – 0861 106 417

Visitor Safety and Support Programme – 021 487 6552

Tourism Victim Support Programme – 021 487 4820

Cape Town Tourism – 021 487 6800

Cape Town Shuttle Services - 0847309467

 

Dial 911 from a mobile phone and receive emergency help

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