To mark the 100th anniversary of Muizenberg Station, Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society will hold a talk on Saturday 8 June 2013 at 11h00 at The Stables (behind Het Posthuys), Main Road, Muizenberg. Chris Taylor will be talking about the holiday train that came from Johannesburg to Cape Town, as well as the history of the railway line from Cape Town to Simon’s Town, and the history of the station itself. Entrance is R20 including a glass of wine. Limited seating, please RSVP to George Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 021 788 5542
Surfing is both Fun and Healthy
Surfing provides many good health benefits and its a loads of fun. It’s an excellent cardiovascular exercise, involving your upper body muscles when paddling, and your leg muscles to steer the board once you stand up and ride – a great full body workout! Surfing involves more time paddling than riding, so it provides a good core workout as well.
With surfing being so much fun time flies by and your body just gets more healthy and strong every time you surf. When you go surfing, you’re always moving giving you a great fitness workout.
Some of the Health Benefits
Cardiovascular and heart health, muscle tone, endurance, increased energy, stronger back, shoulders and legs to name a few health benefits.
Stay Young All Your Life
The ocean is a major source of awesome re-energizing energy. Surfers live for riding the energy of the ocean waves and its organic energy that they will travel many kilometers to reach them. People who go surfing consistently can easily surf well into their 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s. Also older surfers don’t usually look their age because surfing is so healthy for them helping them to look and feel young.
Surfing is Good for Your Mental Health Too
The mental benefits of surfing are many. Being excited about surfing and doing it, also called Surf-Stoke, reduces stress, and many times gives surfers a more easy going attitude about life which is very beneficial to their mental health. The high stress of today’s world is a negative to your mental health. Physical exercise, especially something as fun as surfing, helps to offset the negative effects of stress.
Dance away 2012 in Cape Town by the sea. By Alex Isaacs.
CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH A SPLASH AT POLANA’S NAUTICAL THEMED DRESS-UP PARTY BY THE SEA.
Get festive and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Kalk Bay at popular Polana restaurant at Harbour House. Its costume party, with Shipwrecked II as the theme, will herald the new year with party stalwart DJ René along with guest musicians, including the likes of Buddy Wells on saxophone – a line-up that is guaranteed to keep the dance floor pumping.
The Shipwrecked theme is your cue to throw on your sexiest mermaid costume or pirate’s eye patch and peg leg and get to Polana for Atlantic-sized jol.The best-dressed partygoers will stand a chance of winning a bottle of bubbly, so be sure to dress to impress.
The trendy eatery’s kitchen will open for dinner too and bookings are essential as the venue is very popular with savvy locals and tourists alike because of its fantastic setting and noteworthy service. (Please note that dinner will be billed separately from the party.)
Tickets for Shipwrecked II the New Years Eve Party
Tickets for this Neptune-style bash are R100 per person if you book beforehand or R150 each at the door. Be sure to book early to take advantage of the discount – and to be guaranteed of entry for you and your entire crew. For more information and to book, contact René on +27 (0) 82 578 4888 or email@example.com.
About Polana at Harbour House in Kalk Bay
This famous Cape Town seaside venue serves a wide selection of seafood and has astounding oceanfront views so you can enjoy Mozambican prawns as well as the magnificent sight of whales frolicking in the water. This Mediterranean-style restaurant also serves a wide selection of wine and cocktails in a cosmopolitan, relaxed atmosphere. The upbeat vibe makes it a popular venue for any type of celebration, be it formal or informal.
A record lineup at the Wavescape Surf Film Festival boosts a bumper summer in Cape Town this December!
Apart from the annual screening under the stars at Clifton 4th Beach, a charity art surfboard auction and indoor screenings, a range of new events, artists and venues have been added to Wavescape this year. A record 20 feature and 11 short films will be screened at 4 venues around Cape Town during the festival, which is presented by Pick n Pay, with support from Billabong, Save Our Seas Foundation and Jack Black.
An outreach screening goes to the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Centre in Masiphumelele township near Kommetjie, while at the Wavescape Slide Night, Cape Town’s cool set mingle with some of South Africa’s top watermen, scientists and activists. The evening – set to take place on Thursday 13 December in Superette at the new Woodstock Exchange – adds an entertaining but educational touch to our interaction with the ocean as 10 prominent ocean figures speak for 10 minutes each about their experiences with the ocean. Each speaker will show film or photos to illustrate their talk.
Brett Murray has stepped out from his ordeal in the wake of the Zuma spear incident to decorate one of 10 specially shaped surfboards that go on show at Superette from Wednesday 29 November to Wednesday 5 December, when the charity auction takes place. Proceeds go to the NSRI, Shark Spotters and the Isiqalo Foundation’s Waves for Change programme.
The Missing Link surfboard, based on a shape by the father of surfing in the Cape, John Whitmore, comes from a time between the long and short board eras when surfing was moving from the old to the new.
Adding their weight to the charity project, internationally acclaimed photographer Guy Tillim rejoins the crew, while newcomers Roger Ballen and Wim Botha add some serious cultural power to the creative juices.
Headline films at the festival this year include Dave Rastovich’s Minds in the Water, and two films by Taylor Steele, This Time Tomorrow and Here and Now.
Ocean conservation and sustainability remain core motivations for Wavescape and its partners at the festival. Bronwen Rohland, Director Marketing and Sustainability at Pick n Pay, said: “Pick n Pay is passionate about the protection of our oceans and we have committed to stocking only sustainably sourced seafood by the end of 2015. Our association with Wavescape represents a strategic partnership and aligns with our aim to increase awareness of the importance of both sharing and protecting the goodness of our oceans.”
For a full list of artists, films, venues and the programme for this must-do event on Cape Town’s summer calendar, visit www.wavescapefilmfestival.co.
There are many great things to do in Cape Town, one of them is to visit Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a day out and about, even when on a tight budget! Here is a selection of fun things to do at the Waterfront that will allow you to explore Cape Town’s world-renowned working harbour without breaking the bank.
Amphitheater entertainment – FREE
Above: Enjoy live entertainment in Waterfront. Photo by Decafinata
The Cape Town Waterfront’s outdoor amphitheatre is a great spot to sit on a sunny day and enjoy the free, live entertainment provided on the stage. Gold-painted mimes, wandering magicians and brass bands can be found scattered throughout the outdoor waterfront area, providing free entertainment to anyone who cares to enjoy. These artists make for an upbeat, atmosphere.
Grab a scoop of frozen yoghurt – R16.95
If you have a sweet tooth, grab a scoop of frozen yoghurt from Marcel’s. Established in 1989 Marcel’s is South Africa’s original frozen yoghurt store. Choose your scoop from delicious flavours like English Toffee, Summer Berries and Fruit of the Cape from only R16.95 per scoop.
Harbour cruise – R50
Above: Enjoy a harbour cruise for just R50. Photo by HBarrison.
Cruise around Cape Town’s historic harbour on a cruise that is perfect to fit a tight budget. A half-hour daytime seal sightseeing trip around the harbour will only set you back R50 for adults and R25 for under 12′s. The trip treats you to fantastic views of Robben Island and a gives you a closer look at the various fishing boats and cargo ships in action. Keep your eyes peeled to see if you can spot one of the playful, resident seals that frolic about the waters of the Cape Town Waterfront. This budget activity is highly recommended, especially if you’re a family with curious kids.
Sightseeing – FREE
It doesn’t cost anything to look! Next to the waterfront’s Victoria and Alfred Hotel, on Nobel Square you will find four bronze sculptures of South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize winners proudly erected. These four faces include that of the country’s much-loved former president, Nelson Mandela. Next, take a stroll to the historic Clock Tower. Built in 1882, the building boasts Victorian Gothic-style architecture and once was the original Port Captain’s Office. From inside the clock tower you can see the original clock’s mechanism as well as a beautiful view of the immediate Cape Town surrounds.
Browse Craft Market – FREE
A visit to the vibrant African themed Craft Market will give you a free tour of what the capabilities of inspired South African artists are up to. Here you’ll find a diverse assortment of innovative designs and traditional handcrafts, antiquities and holistic lifestyle accessories.
Grab a beer at Ferryman’s Tavern – R25
Ferryman’s Tavern, which opened in 1989, was the first tenant in the waterfront and is still run by the original owners. It has established, over the years, a loyal following of regulars, both from Cape Town and further afield. Right next to the Ferryman’s Tavern beer garden is a large jungle gym where your kids can get rid of some energy while you enjoy a wide variety of beers from all over the world. Moreover they brew their own unique Ferryman’s ale which is brewed exclusively for the pub. Sports fan? Sit back and watch the game on the Ferryman’s Tavern TV while you sip on a cold one.
After enjoying a day at the Waterfront , hire a car in Cape Town and venture out to explore the rest of the Mother City!
There will be far more than just wave-riding at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg this weekend and those attending the fifth edition of the sustainable lifestyles event can enjoy and participate in a wide range of fun-filled and informative beach sports and activities.
Alongside the attempts to set world records for ‘longest line of surfboards on a beach’ on Saturday and the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ on Sunday are paddle races and touch rugby, a treasure hunt and beach cleanups, blood and ear testing, skincare advice, land paddling demos, celebrity autograph sessions, fund raising for worthy causes, give-aways, two after-parties and environmental talks and presentations.
The highlight of the environmental program is a presentation by renowned conservationist and extreme adventurer Braam Malherbe at 11am on Saturday. This motivational speaker, youth developer and TV presenter who ran the Great Wall of China for Operation Smile will elaborate on how we all need to DO ONE THING to make a difference for our environment!
There will also be videos on environmental talks and plenty of materials on sustainable lifestyle options from Greenpop, the City of Cape Town’s Environmental departments and WWF, while Tuffy have donated recyclable bags for the twice daily beach cleanups where those collecting the most rubbish earn prizes.
Spatone, the natural mineral-water-based iron supplement and sponsors of the medical facilities at the festival are offering FREE iron and glucose testing for athletes and spectators daily. MichaelGamePlan, the first CANSA endorsed men’s product in South Africa, is providing skincare advice and hampers of products on both days and Wavescape.co.za, SA’s foremost surfing portal, brings well-known ear, nose and throat expert Dr John Steer to conduct tests and give advice on ‘surfers ear’ on Sunday.
The marquee tent, where registration for the world record attempts takes place, will also host awareness and fund raising for the Sunflower Fund, whose Bandana Day is on 12 October, and the Shark Spotters who do so much to protect ocean users from apex predators but whose operations are only partially funded by local authorities.
The tent is also the venue for an autograph and poster signing session on Sunday featuring South African super-models Tracy McGregor and Leigh-Ann Roberts, both of whom have graced the cover of Playboy SA in 2012. The girls will be promoting the latest swimwear range from Fondle clothing, designed by Tracy, and we hope to see them gracing the waves during the Guinness World Record attempt too.
The inaugural People’s Post Touch Rugby Challenge is an invitational eight-team tournament on Sunday morning and the BOS Dig for Gold treasure hunt where hordes of kids comb the beach sand for prizes totaling thousands of Rand is scheduled for 12 noon the same day, just before the participants line-up for the attempt to set a new record for the number of surfers riding the same wave.
Demos and trials of the latest Land Paddling equipment from Kahuna Creations will run throughout the weekend, with one of the paddles up for grabs, and for those who want to try surfing for the first time there will be free Introduction to Surfing lessons available from Surf Emporium and Lifestyle Surf Shop.
The waves will be filled on both days with the region’s best young surfers in the Surf Emporium WP Inter-schools Champs, which includes a Surfing South Africa transformation project and the Battle of the Waves where all proceeds go to the Shark Spotters. The men’s final of the New Balance WP Longboard Champs will be run on Sunday morning to showcase the top local riders.
And for those watermen and women who would like to make history by being the country’s first tandem surfing champions, the inaugural Similasan Tandem Surfing Champs will see couples performing acrobatic lifts and poses as they ride the same surfboard. Anyone keen of participating in this event, which has unique handcrafted trophies and hampers of the sponsor’s homeopathic treatment for swimmer’s ear on offer, can enter for free via firstname.lastname@example.org
Another exciting new addition to the festival is the Coreban SUP Classic where stand up paddlers and surfskis will race from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay and / or Fish Hoek and back, depending on conditions. This demanding race will bring out the best in the burgeoning SUP community.
All these activities take place at surfers Corner on Muizenberg Beach, voted one of the world’s 20 top surf towns by National Geographic and undoubtedly one of the planet’s premier places to learn to surf. And thanks to the generous support of brands like BOS Ice Tea; Fondle; DaKine; Zigzag Magazine; Billabong; Rafikis; Von Zipper; Derevko Wetsuits; Kauai; Sector 9; MichaelGamePlan; Palmers and Kahuna Creations there will be heaps of valuable prizes to win while you’re there.
And when the beach action is over for the day, join the crowds at the official after-parties at Rafikis Restaurant in Kloofnek Rd in the city on Saturday night and at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay on the Sunday where the official results of the world record attempts will be announced.
For the latest information of the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival go towww.facebook.com/BOS.Earthwave <http://www.facebook.com/BOS.Earthwave> where you can find information, images and videos on how to become part of the activities.
The Cape Town surfing community will be participating in attempts to break multiple world records at the fifth edition of the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival which takes place at Muizenberg Beach on the weekend 29 & 30 September.
While the highlight of the beach and watersport festival that promotes sustainable lifestyle choices remains the attempt to break the existing Guinness World Record of 110 surfers riding the same wave set at Earthwave 2009, the organisers of the festival have introduced two more records that can be set if the waves are not ideal.
The first will be to try to establish a new Guinness World Record for the ‘longest line of surfboards laid on a beach’ which will take place at noon on the Saturday while the preliminaries of the New Balance WP Longboard Championships and the Surf Emporium WP Inter-Schools champs are being run.
“A record of 180 surfboards stretching for approximately 515 metres has been set at La Jolla in California but this has not been ratified by Guinness World Records,” says Paul Botha from Kahuna Promotions, the organisers of the festival.
“We are inviting surfers to bring their longest boards to the beach on Saturday and lie them nose-to-tail on the beach to create a spectacular display of surfing equipment. Everyone will receive a certificate of participation and the nett proceeds will be donated to worthy causes.”
The second new record attempt to be introduced this year is for the ‘largest logo created by surfboards’ and was set when 230 surfers paddled out and formed a peace sign in the ocean at Malibu in California in June last year to raise awareness about threats to ocean health.
This record will be challenged if the waves are too small to break the record for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ on the Sunday at Earthwave.
Other new events to be staged at the 2012 festival include the Similasan Tandem Surfing Challenge where a man and a woman perform acrobatic lifts and poses while riding the same surfboard; the Coreban SUP Classic that sees stand up paddlers and surfskis race to Kalk Bay and back and the People’s Post Touch Rugby tournament.
There will also be free iron and glucose testing at the Spatone First Aid Tent and skincare advice from Michael Game Plan for participants and spectators, the chance to try out the latest Land Paddling boards and the popular BOS Dig for Gold treasure hunt will again see dozens of kids combing the sand for valuable prizes.
The Shark Spotters will have a stand in the marquee tent where you can find out more about sharks and the Sunflower Fund will be raising awareness and funds for the great work they do for those with leukemia alongside talks and presentations on environmental issues and ideas on how to reduce your impact on the planet.
In addition to the events and displays spectators of all ages will be kept entertained with numerous challenges and give-aways ranging from beach cleanups to quizzes with prizes from local and international brands such as Fondle; DaKine; Zigzag Magazine; Billabong; Rafikis; Von Zipper; Derevko Wetsuits; Kauai; Sector 9; MichaelGamePlan; Palmers and more.
The legendary Earthwave party atmosphere will be even better catered for this year with a party at Rafikis Restaurant in the city after the first world record attempt on the Saturday as well as the customary shindig at the popular Brass Bell in Kalk Bay on the Sunday evening featuring live music and comedian Mark Sampson, SA’s funniest surfer, where the official results of the world record attempts will be announced.
For the latest information of the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival visit www.facebook.com/BOS.Earthwave or contact the organisers at email@example.com for particulars on how to become part of this sustainable lifestyle initiative.
The False Bay coastline has long been a popular tourist destination for it’s pristine white beaches, diverse plant and animal life, nature reserves, friendly people and fantastic weather. However, there is a whole other side to the Southern most tip of Cape Town that few ever get to experience, until now. We’ve put together a list of adventure activities for the tourist who’s seen and done it all and is ready to truly experience the Cape.
Surf’s up dude! Try something a little different this holiday and learn how to surf. Muizenberg’s long waves and tame tides have made it into Cape Town’s most popular surf spot, and there are surf schools dotted all along the beachfront that’ll get you up on the board in no time! Wetsuits and boards are available for hire, so all you need to bring is yourself and a free spirit.
For more information on surfing lessons and board hire visit click here.
Mountain Biking along the Cape Point and Winelands Route
Break free from the tour busses and trash the travel brochures, as you’re about to witness some of the most beautiful areas in South Africa first hand. The Cape Point and Winelands mountain bike trail takes you on a full day scenic tour of these areas for a truly unforgettable experience. Make sure to bring lots of high-energy snacks and plenty water!
For more information on the Cape Point and Winelands mountain biking route click here.
If you’ve visited Cape Town in the months of September, August, October or November you’ll have likely seen the whales, which make their annual trip to the False Bay area. What you probably haven’t seen are the whales up close! There are a number of whale safaris and tours in the False Bay area that offer you the chance to witness the giants of the sea from mere metres away!
For more information on boat whale watching click here.
Sunset Horse Riding
Here’s something for those who would like to relax and soak up the beauty of Cape Town in a somewhat alternative way. Go horse riding along Noordhoek beach and enjoy one of Cape Town’s most spectacular sunsets! You’ll witness an abundance of birdlife, as you make your way to the beach through fauna and flora rich wetlands.
For more information phone Imhoff Farm on 082 774 1191
During the late Summer months Cape Town is one of the windiest cities in world, which may not appeal to tourists in search of lazy days on the beach, but does offer a fantastic opportunity for those looking for a little adventure to experience the rush of kite-surfing! Sunrise Beach is located just off Muizenberg, and is a kite surfer’s Mecca. There are plenty of businesses in the area offering lessons in the sport to get you speeding through the surf!
For more information on kite-surfing lessons and equipment hire click here.
Shark Cage Diving
Attention all adrenaline junkies! Shark cage diving is without a doubt one of the most exhilarating experiences that the mother city has to offer, and runs between the months of October and March. While out at sea you can expect to see a host of other marine animals in their natural habitat, such as: dolphins, sunfish, whales and tuna.
For more information on shark cage diving click here.
Cape Point Sea Kayaking
Cape Point is one of the world’s most beautiful sea kayaking routes, and you don’t have to be a professional or even own a kayak to enjoy it! There are routes for the inexperienced and unfit, as well as for those energetic few who are seeking out something a little more challenging.
For more information on the various routes and sea kayaking tours click here.
Guided Hiking Trails
There are fantastic hiking trails all over the mountains and reserves in the False Bay area, many of which of which offer incredible views of the Peninsula! Guided hiking along these trails has become increasingly popular over the years as not only do you benefit from the increased safety of having a guide with you, but also gain an education on the history of the area, and the plants and animals that inhabit it.
For more information on guided hikes in the False Bay area click here.
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful and diverse cities for scuba diving in the world! You can dive shipwrecks and explore the sunken ships of old, experience the awesome and colourful coral reefs bursting with life, take a trip up to Partridge Point and swim with the Cape Fur seals and if you’re daring enough, take a swim with the sharks!
For more information on scuba diving in Cape Town click here.
Deep Sea Game Fishing
The False Bay coastline is home to a number of large game fish such as; yellow and long fin tuna, dorado, great white sharks, and southern yellowtail. Deep sea fishing expeditions last for around half a day, and make for an exhilarating experience as you wrestle with some of the biggest fish in the Indian Ocean!
For more information on deep sea game fishing in False Bay click here.
Come and join in all the fun, free activities and competitions with great prizes on offer at Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg Beach this Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. It’s the place to be!
Beach Festival activities will include Sand Sculpting demo and competition, Volley Ball, Skateboarding, a ‘generations’ family surfing event, Capoeira movement, Laughter Yoga, music, Flamenco dancing, horse and cart rides, a recycled Heritage hat contest with spot prizes, jumping castle and face painting, cannon ball rolling and Petanque. You can also enjoy breakfast or lunch in one of the mushrooming number of restaurants in Muizenberg.
Beach Buddies, a co-operative safety initiative unique to Muizenberg Beach, will also be officially launched during the morning. Team members are trained in First Aid, Beach Safety and Radio Protocol [they carry a radio linked to a security control room in case of emergencies]. The Beach Buddies also report crime and give visitors local information, advice and assistance. You can support the team by donating money, using the Beach Buddies collection boxes located at the till points of beachfront businesses, or to individuals carrying collection boxes. Collection proceeds are shared equally amongst all team members so do
donate generously, to this informal employment initiative.
For more information contact Marion Wagner on 0814250685.
The Heritage Kite Award competition at the seventeenth Cape Town International Kite Festival
According to Greg Mountjoy, a South African kite-maker who regularly travels to kite festivals around the world, the Swaeltjie or bat kites he saw at last year’s festival are very similar in style to a traditional kite originating in Indonesia and Malaysia. He believes that this historic design came to the Cape via immigrants from South East Asia. “When I spoke to the competition entrants, nearly all had been taught how to make kites by older family members. Kite-making is often a skill that is passed down through generations – history in the air,” said Mountjoy.
Last year’s winners of the Heritage Kite Award were a grandfather and grandson team from Manenberg – Goosain and Mujaid Davids. Goosain had been taught to make Swaeltjie kites by his father, and he, in turn, has taught his sons and grandchildren.
Every entrant in the Heritage Kite Award will receive a Certificate of Participation and there will be a R500 cash prize for first place, and R300 and R200 for the second and third prizes respectively. The prizes have been sponsored by Greg and Jacqui Mountjoy of Windsong Kites, loyal friends and supporters of the Kite Festival. The kites can be made of any materials, but they must be hand-crafted and able to fly. Entry is free. For more details and entry forms visit the Cape Town International Kite Festival website at www.capementalhealth.co.za
The Cape Town International Kite Festival