Spring has officially sprung and South Africa is getting back into the swing of things. In line with the warmer weather, events and activities aplenty are taking place around the country. The following are just a few things to look out for during the course of October.
Whale watching is well under way in Cape Town. The best place to view these majestic animals is at Walker Bay in Hermanus which has really come into its own in recent years. This once sleepy little hamlet now plays host to upmarket homes and a large collection of quaint seaside shops, cafes, art galleries, restaurants and B&B’s. Spend the day or make a weekend of it with the family. The choice is yours. The whales should continue to grace our shores with their presence until the end of November.
Baxter Theatre Festival of Dance
Cape Town boasts a robust dance scene which has long entertained and enthralled audiences. From the 8 to the 17th of October, this tradition will be upheld in fine style with the Baxter Theatre Festival of Dance which will take place at the Rondebosch Theatre. The festival is now in its eleventh year and has become the premier dance event on Cape Town’s calendar. It also serves as an important platform for emerging artists and choreographers. This year, the festival has been divided into three categories which should appeal to all tastes. Tickets can be bought at Computicket for R30 to R100pp.
The Titanic Exhibition has come to South Africa’s shores and is being held at The Zone in Rosebank. Genuine artefacts retrieved from the decks of the famous ship can be viewed at this fascinating yet poignant exhibition which outlines how the ship was constructed through to her fateful sinking – and beyond. Mock-ups of state rooms, personal belongings and cutlery branded with the White Star Line’s logo are just some of the objects on display. Links between the Titanic and a number of South Africans who went down with the ship are also highlighted. The exhibition opened on the 18th of September and closes on the 8th of November. Well worth a visit. Tickets cost between R85 and R320.
Dinosaurs! 20 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and various other interactive, kid-friendly activities all come together in one place at Cradlestone Mall. This exhibition is guaranteed to be a great day out for the family. What’s more is that you can go shopping and enjoy a bite to eat afterwards at this trendy new mall’s many shops. The exhibition opened on the 24th of September and closes on the 8th of November. Tickets cost between R80 and R120 each.
Treat yourself to a food spa
Suncoast Coast Towers Hotel Spa has put a new spin on the traditional spa day. Now, guests can sample the hotel’s authentic Durban Indian food while they are pampered. Specifically, each course of treatments has been paired with complementary fare. For example, the journey begins with a lime, jeera and mandarin exfoliation coupled with smoked salmon topped with lime and mandarin dressing. A must for all those seeking some well-deserved down time. The special will run until the end of March and costs R1, 400 for 3.5 hours.
Go wild at the Oktoberfest!
Those in the mood for something a little more raucous can get their fix at Pecanwood Farm’s Ocktoberfest which is taking place from the 10th to the 11th of October. This year, visitors will be treated to top brands, top musicians, adventure activities galore and of course, plenty to drink. Over 22 types of beer to be exact. German fare will take centre stage and guests will have the option to camp. Tickets cost R150 each.