#Moonlightmass has made riding bikes in Cape Town cool since 2012. Starting out as a social experiment, creators Daniel Graham and Elad Kirshenbaum had no idea that their initial tweet proposing the idea, would lead to up to a thousand Capetonians gathering at the Green Point Circle every full moon, for a night bike ride through the streets of the Mother City.
One of my favourite places in Cape Town has to be Rhodes Memorial, located on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak in the Table Mountain National Park. There are spectacular view points which overlook the panoramic vistas of the Mother City. On a clear day, as far as the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountain range can be seen.
We all have fond memories of LEGO® but who says they have to remain in our childhood? Cape Town welcomes The Art of The Brick, world-renowned LEGO® art exhibit which is taking place at the V&A Waterfront from 12 December 2014 until 28 February 2015. LEGO® fans, kids, adults, art-lovers and Cape Town’s creatives can look forward to up to seventy-six 3D art sculptures on display created from more than a million LEGO® bricks.
Who has included getting fit for their #CPTBucketList? Luckily for us Southern Suburbs Capetonians, we now have a S.W.E.A.T. 1000 Studio which has officially launched today – 4 August! S.W.E.A.T. 1000 stands for Specialized Weight Endurance and Aerobic Training and 1000 for the number of calories that you can burn in the class – and WOW does it live up to its name.
Last weekend, I had the privilege of staying in the Oudebosch eco-cabins, nestled in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve which can be found in the southern stretch of the rugged Boland Mountain Range in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is managed in compliance with the international standards set out for a biosphere reserve, therefore retaining its abundant floral wealth with minimal human disturbance. All this is a mere 100 km from the Mother City
Cape Town Street Food Festival 2014
What is something that all Capetonians have in common? The love of food! This Sunday, 27 July, Cape Town’s first street food festival is taking the love of food to a whole new level at Sidestreet Studios in Woodstock. The festival starts at 9am with a street food market running throughout the day until 3pm.
Mandela Day is internationally recognised and is celebrated every 18 July, our former late president’s birthday. People are encouraged to devote 67 minutes of their time to help others and/or support their local community. The symbolism of the 67 minutes is one minute for every year our Tata Madiba spent fighting for the rights of humanity.
Our Mother City is known for her beautiful, yet temperamental weather. Capetonians are more accustomed to the heat rather than the cold; however over the last few years Cape Town has experienced snow. The iconic Table Mountain was covered by a powdery, white blanket of snow. Many braved the cold and made their way to the top, to experience these unusual icy conditions.
Cape Town’s majestic Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is celebrating their 101st birthday today. The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway was launched in May to celebrate the 100 years of the Gardens existence. This walkway weaves in between 400 trees above the Arboretum. The panoramic views on the 130 meter long structure are exquisite. Otherwise known as the “boomslang”, it meanders amongst trees overlooking Cape Town with views of Table Mountain and the Hottentot Holland in the far distance.
The 5 million rand project had been planned over several years and was carefully designed so that the structure would blend in with the natural surroundings. Mark Thomas, a renowned South African architect, known for creating the “legendary treehouses” seen at Cape Town music festivals and the inflammable structures at AfrikaBurn, was inspired by the skeletal-like appearance of a snake when designing the walkway. When on it, there is the sensation of walking through a rib cage with the rails protecting you on either side, leaving you feel safe and secure despite being 11 meters above the ground.
This aerial forest boardwalk is definitely worth the scenic 15 minute walk to get there; the picturesque vistas are incredible. The direction I took on the walkway led towards the Summer Concerts Venue where there is a path that leads down to the left which is worth strolling through. This fairy tale-like route meanders over and around the incredible root systems of the trees that were seen from above when on the Canopy Walk.
The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is free but the admission fee to enter Kirstenbosch still applies. With the celebration of their 101st birthday today, 1 July, free entry is given to all visitors. This is the perfect opportunity to explore Cape Town’s botanical gardens. This #CPTBucketList activity is suitable for all Capetonians. Adventures lie on our doorstep, go explore them!