things to do

#WOZA!

I was fortunate enough to have a taste of African inspiration at WOZA! restaurant, located in the heart of the Mother City. This traditionally-inspired eatery has relocated from the Golden Acre to new premises on the corner of Burg and Church streets, just around the corner from Greenmarket Square. The Proudly African-vibe has impressed locals and those visiting from abroad.

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#HeritageDay

Heritage day has to be one of my favourite days of the year. A day where all South Africans get together to celebrate our rich heritage and the diversity of our rainbow nation. Most of us celebrate this through uniting around a fire and having a good ‘ol braai with family and friends. This #HeritageDay, Durbanville Hills Wines is having a relaxed Braai Day on their estate. They welcome all Proudly South African souls to come enjoy the live music, breathtaking views, award-winning wine and of course, the delicious aroma of meat on the braai.
Durbanville Hills restaurant will be preparing a variety of gourmet boerewors rolls fresh from the braai at R35, each served with some creative, interesting toppings. They will also be open for breakfast and lunch offering an la carte menu. The tasting room will be open from 10.00 until 15.00 and live music will be available from 11.00 until 14.00.
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Bring your family and friends and come enjoy this momentous day stretched-out under the olive grove with a glass of wine enjoying the panoramic vista of Table Mountain, the vineyards and rolling hills.
For more information you can follow them on Twitter @DHillsWine or check out their website www.durbanvillehills.co.za. Follow @CPT_Girl on Twitter and use the hashtag #CPTBucketList to find out more Proudly South African activities you can get up to this upcoming Heritage Day.

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#Earthdance

This weekend, 20-21 September, the Cape Town Trance Community welcomes the first official festival of the season: #Earthdance. This music festival has moved venues and will now take place at the good ol’ Nekkies-Resort in Worcester, only an hour drive from the Mother City.  Every year Earthdance holds over 500 events in 80 different countries worldwide and shares a vision between like-minded people to come together and celebrate life through the non-stop doof-doof beating of trance whilst stomping away with flowers in their hair and the earth below their feet.

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This trance party is enjoyed by all – newbies are welcome, as long as they show peace, love unity and respect to fellow stompers. This is a good jol for first timers because the Earthdance followers are known to be a great bunch.  This year the legendary festival’s theme is ‘Transformation’ which is being embraced in many ways. Earthdance has reason to boast, with the incredible line-up they have in store for the Cape psy-fanatics: 2 days and 1 night with 3 stages, playing trance, techno or mellow vibes.  The incredible PsyMedia Crew has put together a banger of a set – just under 17 hours long. This SoundCloud playlist features old and new music from internationals Lost & Found, Audioform and  Tristan, as well as locals Prefix, D-Sciple, Chabunk, Silo & Humerous,  Kalahari Kris, Zezia and Disco Volante. 

Since its inception in 1997, Earthdance events all over the world simultaneously join together in the Prayer for Peace – a powerful moment of coherent intention. At 1am on Sunday morning all parties link via the “Prayer for Peace” meditation, a song that is played at all events at exactly the same time, connecting all party-goers at every Earthdance in solidarity for Peace. How cool?

This is a trance party so don’t forget to be organised, a sleeping bag and tent is an absolute must or a friend with those items would come in handy! There will be clean ablution facilities and a strong security presence but all valuables need to be locked away at all times. There are many craft and food stores. No glass is allowed, so decantering of beverages is necessary before entry. There will be a fully-stocked cash bar to keep the masses hydrated!

Pre-sale tickets are R320 at selected retail outlets or R330 through Quicket.co.za. Tickets will also be available at the gate at R350 for the full weekend pass or R200 for some Sunday Funday from 8am on Sunday.  50% of profits sold at the door are donated to charities addressing peace, sustainability, and social justice. Earthdance Cape Town has donated close to 1.5 Million Rand over it’s existence, lets join together and show the rest of the world what our community is capable of,

So whether you are a newbie or a regular stomper, checking out #Earthdance 2014 is an absolute must. Grab a couple of friends and take a spontaneous road trip to the beautiful green lands of Worcester for some fun in the sun. Checking out the vibe amongst the Cape Town Trance Community is a must for your #CPTBucketList.

#FestivalOfBeer

The Cape Town Festival of Beer will be returning to the Mother City from the 28th – 30th November at Hamiltons Rugby Club in Greenpoint. This much-anticipated event is on the social calendar for Capetonians – young and old. The Festivals have cemented themselves as SA’s largest annual gathering for brewers, enthusiasts, beer-lovers and first timers who are up for a merry time. It is the ultimate celebration of brewing heritage, culture and beer craft from around South Africa and abroad.

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#LionsHeadWalk

I knew that one of my first posts on #CPTBucketList would have to inspire my fellow Capetonians to climb Lions Head. When I saw that @CityOfCapeTown posted that there will be an InstaWalk on Monday, 16 June – I knew that it was the perfect opportunity!

A few brave members of Cape Town’s Instagramming community met at the foot of Lions Head on a cold, misty morning on Youth Day. Shortly after 7am we started the 2195 ft. journey, leading us 669 meters above sea level with the hopes seeing sunrise through the clouds at 7:49.

We made our way up the fairly steep dirt track; luckily we were still able to see the beautiful city lights through the thick mist. The track later turns into a narrow trail which circles around the mountainside before the rocky section which is a steeper climb to the top. Around half way up there is an option to climb the rock face using chains and handles or to take the contour route around. After 45 minutes of brisk walking and many #InstaMoments later we reached the top of Lions Head.

With smiles on our faces, we had reached the summit – it is hard for all Capetonians not to have a patriotic moment with having a 360 degree view of the entire peninsula, with views of Cape Town CBD, Table Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard horizon extending as far as the eye can see. Submerged in the mist, the sunrise made a late but an impressive appearance, peeking is way through the heavy clouds with the rays of sunrise cast over the Mother City.

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In true Capetonian fashion, selfies were taken, friends were made and views were captured.  My choice of weapon for mass production is without a doubt a GoPro, Hero 3. Watch the time-lapse taken below of the mist passing over clouded Table Mountain taken by Craig Rhodes-Harrison.

The community of Instagrammers gathered at the top for a picture with an incredible backdrop of Table Mountain. The picture was taken by the talented Brendon Wainwright.

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We then made our way down, caution had to be observed due to the slippery rocks but otherwise the descent was an easy 30 minutes to the bottom. Due to the fog bank clearing, we were able to see breathtaking views of the Twelve Apostles; Camps Bay; Sea Point and Robben Island.

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I strongly encourage the people of Cape Town to get involved in the next #LionsHeadWalk hosted by @CityOfCapeTown. I urge you to add climbing Lions Head to your #CPTBucketList – you won’t be disappointed!

My CPT Bucket List

#CPTBucketList

A Bucket List is defined as a list of things to do before you die which originates from the term “kicked the bucket”

This is going to be the theme for my blog. I want my blog posts to inspire my fellow Capetonians to join me and explore the most beautiful city in the world: Cape Town. There are adventures which lie around every corner whether it be paragliding over our world renowned beaches, going to a music festival or even sitting in a coffee shop on Long Street enjoying our culturally rich and diverse city.

Something that has always confused me a little is when chatting to fellow Capetonians, I have noticed that we all have a yearning desire to travel the world but the question I ask myself is: why travel to the ends of the earth to seek adventure when it lies in our very own back yard? Recently, The New York times voted Cape Town as the Number One  Place to Go in 2014 as well as us all being very aware of the fact that Cape Town has been awarded Design Capital of the Year.

I urge everyone to create a Bucket List. This Bucket List will act as a blue print to your goals & dreams. As the months and years tick by, so will the activities on your list. No matter how small or big they may be, put them down – you never know when the opportunity may present itself!  I also ask you to share your idea’s with me, I am always up for something new and to learn from your experiences.

We live in a holiday destination, lets explore it!

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