Issue 38
Cape Town – What's New?
Cape Town provides its visitors with a 1,001 nights - and days - of different and exciting experiences. Now they've added a few more…
Edited by Jo Kromberg  ·  2017-08-02  ·   Source:

Table Mountain 4x4 Picnic Experience 

Most people only know of the standard ascension methods (hiking, biking & the cableway) but we’ve got an exciting and exclusive adventure that is unlike anything else. With Explore Sideways you can enjoy a once in a lifetime view of Table Mountain from the only 4×4 allowed to operate within the State Park. After a short walk around the historic area, you’ll return to a picnic style lunch with ample cheese, charcuterie and spreads perfectly paired with a wide array of local South African wines from Durbanville Hills.   

Gin tastings at The Gin Bar  

The (secret) Gin Bar’s bartenders will take you around the world with a selection of local and international gins. Learn to identify a myriad botanical flavors, and experiment with different mixers and garnishes.

Tastings are a minimum of 6 people and costs approximately $13 per person for a tasting of three delicious, local gins, each with tonic and their appropriate garnishes. 

Kiff Kombi Tours 

Kiff Kombi Tours offer one day tours of Cape Town in their iconic VW Kombi, named Veronica, whilst listening to your favorite tunes and enjoying a couple of drinks. They only use local Capetonian guides, and you’ll get to see and learn about every aspect of the city by walking the streets and indulging in the famous restaurant and bar scene.  

Foodie Thursday Tours 

This new tour takes you on a culinary journey through Cape Town. Touching on the city's gastronomical past, with stops in the Bo-Kaap and the Company's Garden vegetable and herb garden, as well as visits to some of the city's trendiest new spots. Highlights include a craft beer tasting at Devil's Peak, an immersive chocolate experience at Cocoa Fair in Woodstock and a cheese and wine pairing at Culture Club in Bree Street. 

Cape Town Urban Adventure: SUP, Hike & Culture 

A day of contrasts exploring on foot the fascinating stories that tell Cape Town’s history and modern day make up, engaging and overlooked by so many. Start with Stand Up Paddling in the secure environment of the V&A Waterfront, head off to Sea Point to explore the art installations, hike to the colorful Bo Kaap, walking along the cobble stoned streets and end on top of Table Mountain where you will enjoy an afternoon picnic.  

Insider Shopping Safari 

Enjoy a curated shopping experience filled with bubbly and one-of-a-kind South African goods galore. Get taken to all the shopping secrets only known to the most fashionable and artistic locals.  

Cape Town Airbnb Trips and ExperiencesCape Town is one of only 12 cities worldwide that is part of the launch of Airbnb trips, offering new bespoke experiences hosted by locals. Currently Cape Town has more than 37 local city hosts all featuring fairly unique local experiences available in and around the city and ranging in price from about $55 to $300,depending on currency fluctuations. These include Walking in the footsteps of Mandela, Madame Mystery experience and an Ocean Advocate.

Township Art Tours 

Juma Mkwela is already well-known in the tourism industry for his vibrant tours of street art murals in Woodstock. He has now also launched Township Art Tours in Khayelitsha where visitors experience a real glimpse into the life of the locals, the opportunity to create a home garden or paint a mural and a cooking lesson where you prepare your own traditional lunch. 

Cost: About $60 all inclusive.  

GONOW Electric Bicycles in Cape Town 

GONOW Electric Bicycles is a new innovative electric bike company offering clients guided rides with rental (by the hour, half-day or full-day) and purchasing options. Self-powered and easy to ride (it’s like riding a normal bicycle, just with an extra boost), the custom-made bikes do all the work for you, so no fitness level is required. Ideal for all ages, the electric bikes give riders the freedom to do what they want without having to hassle about traffic, parking or fuel, not to mention physical exhaustion. 

Zeitz MOCAA - Opening September 2017

The Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is due to open in the first half of 2017 and will be the centerpiece of the new Silo district under construction at the V&A Waterfront. The project is the unintentional result of several simultaneous situations: the social aspirations of the V&A, a private collection of contemporary African art owned by Jochen Zeitz that needed a home, and the ideas of the curious Englishman, Heatherwick, who spent his time crawling through an abandoned silo to explore design possibilities. The $38.5 million redevelopment project will retain and honor the historic fabric and soul of the building while transforming the interior into a unique, cutting-edge space to house the Zeitz MOCAA. 

Hope on Hopkins Gin Experience 

The first gin distillery in Cape Town, Hope on Hopkins creates spirits using new flavors, an extensive group of botanicals and carefully sourced ingredients. All products are made in two trusty stills - named Mildred and Maude - that are the first to be licensed by the city of Cape Town. There are also tours and tastings available, specifically the private "gin experience" where you can learn about the fine art and process of making the celebrated spirit. These occur on Wednesdays and on Saturdays and can accommodate up to 12 people. Booking is required. 

Virtualworld Virtual Reality Arcade in Claremont 

Virtualworld, the country’s first-ever all-new virtual reality (VR) arcade, officially opened its doors to Mother City gamers in July 2016. The arcade - located on the ground floor of Stadium, on Main, in Claremont - is the passion project of Poland-born HTC fanatic Arek Komorowicz and his son, Konrad. 

Virtualworld uses the latest HTC Vive VR technology, presenting users with an unparalleled and immersive visual, audio and physical experience.  


If you’re looking for something new, something unique and something exciting, look no further, because your chariot awaits and it’s a scooter. But not just any scooter. These are scooters on steroids. Scootours offers a two-hour tour on the trails of Table Mountain and Signal Hill and mixes adrenaline with history, flora and even some fauna. 

City Skateboard Tour 

For the more adventurous traveler, City Cycle Tours now offers a one-of-a-kind tour of the city on a skateboard. Led by expert skateboarder Pedro, the tour winds its way from the iconic Cape Town Stadium, along the city’s popular Sea Point promenade and then back through the Cape Town city center. The tour lasts three to four hours and costs about $30 per person. If the skateboard option makes you a little nervous, scooters are available as well. 


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