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Retro décor, spaciousness and the hippest bands have earned The Assembly its reputation as one of the hottest nightspots in the Mother City.
Catch anything from live electronics, punk, rock, indie, jazz, ska, pop, comedy or the coolest new acts at The Assembly!
The enormous pimped loft has a great vibe with awesome lighting, seating and a huge bar. You'll always find the hip set here and the venue is often used for big parties.
This lovely little boutique winery is situated just outside Durbanville. Personal attention is the motto of the tiny vineyard of Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo and Viognier on Kronendal smallholding.
Magdaleen’s Rhône blend is named “Mirari”, Latin for "to wonder at" – in honour of passionate friends and family members who assist with each harvest.
Westerdale Road, Durbanville, Cape Town
Closed Sundays, call before visiting – Magdaleen Kroon 082 499 0198
Galleries and Museums
A shooting star in Observatory These Four Walls gallery has risen out of its humble beginnings as a series of affordable art exhibitions operating out of a small flat in Woodstock. Thanks to the overwhelming success of these exhibitions, the owners came to realise that there was indeed a gap in the Cape Town art market for a space that offers inexpensive, desirable and beautiful artworks in a semi-informal atmosphere.Our vision is to bring to the buying public a gallery that excels at exhibiting artwork that people want to live with and can afford to own.These Four Walls creates a space that is not completely defined. It is a space that can change and adapt with and to a variety of art and exhibitions in which the overwhelming sense is of honesty and integrity. Two elements which tend to be forgotten in the cut-throat world of art.It is a place to visit, be welcomed, and enjoyed, even if only for a fleeting five minutes.
Galleries and Museums
Have you ever wondered how the Mother City got flour for her daily bread? Visit the Josephine Mill Museum for a trip back to a bygone era. This darling of the Cape Town Historical Society was restored in 1988. The fine iron waterwheel turning once again supplying the surrounding community with freshly milled, stone ground flour, just as it had done, for so many years before. Today the Mill is a fun destination that not only honours a precious piece of Cape History, but also respects the traditions of the community, an awareness of natural and organic living and responsibility to the environment.Plans to turn the museum from a small display of recovered artefacts into a stimulating exhibition of the stone milling process are well underway. A major challenge is to recreate the original watercourses to supply the waterwheel and harness the power of the Liesbeek River. Mill pundits and scholars alike will be offered a rare insight into the methods and equipment devised to industrialise the production of flour. The Mill Museum will offer an intriguing exhibition of stone milling in process, and showpiece the history of power and its evolution from water to steam to electricity - and back again.
Galleries and Museums
Popular with discerning music and theatre lovers, Villa Pascal Theatre is a unique venue owned by well-known French chanteuse Danièle Pascal and Eugène Lebreton. This intimate theatre regularly hosts performances ranging from cabaret to classical to jazz by local and international artists.
Conveniently situated in the heart of Durbanville, Villa Pascal Theatre is close to the Durbanville Wine Route and Durbanville Golf Club. Patrons can bring a picnic basket and enjoy an unusual theatre experience in the Cape’s only theatre in a house.
Backed by the dramatic slopes of Table Mountain, Kenilworth Racecourse looks out on the spread of the Hottentots Holland range – a setting unrivalled in the country. But it has not rested on its geographical good fortune; it has done everything possible to make the racecourse physically and aesthetically more appealing.
It has built a second round course and today the two round courses, bisected by a 1 200-metre sprint course – the three converging in front of the main grandstand – make Kenilworth unique. They also offer what many consider to be the best going in the country.
The courses are complemented by the new Club Stand and the Grandstand, which is constantly being renovated. Set in park-like surroundings, each provides excellent viewing and luxurious betting and catering facilities close to the horses.
Durbanville Wine Valley boasts hectares of flourishing vineyards, award-winning wines and amazing hospitality. It's fast becoming Cape Town’s favourite destination. Twelve wineries offer superb wines, complemented with excellent fine dining restaurants and intimate country kitchens. Farms on this route include: Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D'Aria, De Grendel, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitída and Phizante Kraal.
Tiger Tiger offers a premier night-time experience in Claremont, Cape Town.
The club comprises 7 luxurious bars in a luxurious and warm setting. The club sports a commercial and hip scene, with music variety that will keep you moving throughout the night. Probably the most popular club in the area, Tiger Tiger Claremont has been frequented by movie and sport celebrities alike. Keep an eye on the news for local events and daily specials.
Dress code : collared shirts and smart shoes (no trainers/sneakers of any sort).
Located on the edge of the Cape winelands, Kuils River Golf Club offers a 72 par course with beautiful features to make your golfing day a memorable one.
This a full 18-hole parkland layout with some difficult holes to keep the challenge up. The clubhouse features excellent facilities as well as a conference facility. Visitors are welcome.
A long standing tradition in Cape Town is to climb Lion’s Head at full moon.The peak forms part of a dramatic backdrop with Table Mountain to the cityscape of Cape Town.Arm yourself with a bottle of Cape bubbly and plonk yourself down on the summit to watch the sun set over the ocean. The 360 degree views of the city and ocean are hypnotic, you won’t want to leave. Be sure to muster up a healthy sized group – it is not advisable to hike alone.You could also get really brave and book a tandem paraglide flight with an instructor. Lion’s Head is a popular launching site for paragliders.
Breath-taking views and close encounters with wildlife and pristine fynbos typify the Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail experience.
Starting at the main entrance gate, the trail is walked in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction. Pick up keys for the overnight hut and leave your car here.
Plan to make the most of the spectacular views from the overnight huts on Da Gama Peak. You can see the sunrise and sunset over sweeping ocean views on either side of the Peninsula.
The overnight hut has hot showers, solar lighting, a gas cooker, rudimentary cutlery and crockery and an outdoor braai area. Order braai wood before starting the trail.
Duration: 2 days
Distance: 23.3 km
If you are visiting Cape Town with kids then a stopover at the World of Birds is sure to be a big hit. This bird and wildlife sanctuary is home to over 3 000 birds in natural surroundings. Scrutinize some curious species in semi-tropical aviaries – it’s a very colourful and noisy experience!Visitors are able to walk through the large aviaries and come into contact with flamingos, crowned and blue cranes, guinea fowl, tiny squirrel monkeys and even meerkats, hawks, owls and eagles. You can see them feeding their youngsters, socialising, singing, nest building or incubating eggs depending on the season.The sanctuary is also a breeding centre for endangered species and cares for injured birds.
World famous for its wines, Groot Constantia Estate is one of the earliest proclaimed wine farms in the Cape and also a National Monument and prospective UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still producing award-winning wines today, it is a magnificent example of South Africa's heritage.
Groot Constantia Manor House is a museum that epitomises Cape Dutch architecture and a wealthy nineteenth-century homestead. Also worth a visit is the attractive Cloete Wine Cellar which has also been converted into a museum, this time with an emphasis on wine and brandy making in the Cape.
Visitors can enjoy strolling through the magnificent grounds or enjoy a meal, picnic or deli food from the two restaurants, Simon's Restaurant and Jonkershuis Restaurant.
Need to know? Situated in the heart of the Constantia Wine Route, Groot Constantia is open seven days a week, including public holidays. Closed only on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The wines of the Estate may be tasted and bought every day from 09:00 – 18:00.
18-hole golf course in a sheltered valley with views of the Hottentots Holland mountains. The course caters for golfers of all levels of expertise, is well bunkered and has 5 water holes. The dams and water canals abound with birds and wild fowl.
72 Par, 6000 meters.
Easy access from Cape Town.
Ratanga Junction, the 'Wildest Place in Africa', opened in 1998 and has been enthralling visitors ever since. Located at Century City in Cape Town, Ratanga offers more than 30 attractions ranging from kiddie and family rides to thrill rides guaranteed to satisfy the most avid adrenaline junkies.One of the most challenging rides is “The Cobra”, a suspended looping coaster which catapults riders from a height of 32m along 780m of track at up to four times the force of gravity and at speeds of close to 100km per hour. Adding to the thrill of the ride is the suspension of riders beneath the track, feet flying free. The ride is not for the faint hearted.Then there is the Slingshot, an ultimate thrill ride. This skycoaster combines elements from skydiving and bungie-jumping. Flying three abreast, riders are strapped into a full body harness which supports them in a prone position. They are then hoisted 10 storeys into the air to the top of the tower with nothing between them and the ground. The flight suits are connected to flight cables and on pulling their own rip cord, riders plunge in a 30m free fall at 80 to 90 km/h towards the ground before swinging upwards in a 180 degree arc and then straight down again.The white-knuckle thrills and spills, of which there are many, are just one element offered by Ratanga Junction. The other attractions are designed to entertain children, families, and those who prefer to take their thrills in more manageable doses. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of live entertainment which changes from season to season and eat at one of the many eateries around the beautifully landscaped park. If you’re looking for a great place to spend the whole day with friends, colleagues or family this is the place to be! The ride park operates seasonally during Western Cape school holidays however the function facilities are open year round for groups of 60 or more.Ratanga Junction also offers a large and unique variety of opportunities for corporate team building, incentive functions and events. Private function venues are available to accommodate groups of between 60 to 250 people and banqueting for up to 750, catering for product launches, corporate functions and other special events for up to 1 100 people seated and up to 7 000 people standing. Ratanga can host almost any function you can dream of from 60 to 7 000 guests.