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The Franschhoek Literary Festival 2018

The annual Franschhoek Literary Festival is one of the highlights of the literary scene in Cape Town. Every year, people travel to the beautiful Franschhoek Valley to attend discussions, debates, talks, and workshops, and to get their hands on the hottest new South African literature.

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The festival takes place on the third weekend of May annually, preceded by Book Week for Young Readers. The 2018 Franschhoek Lit Fest takes place between Friday, 18 May and Sunday, 20 May.

The venues
The events take place in various venues around the Franschhoek Village, all within walking distance of one another.

What’s on
Every year the programme is jam-packed with fascinating talks, lectures, and workshops. There are over 130 events associated with the festival. Themes range from social and political issues and economics to conservation, and everything in between. Take a look at the full programme for 2018 here.

The Authors
Lit Fest hosts authors across all genres..


The 2018 Slave Route Challenge

The Slave Route Challenge was born out of an idea to highlight the history and heritage of Cape Town, a city built by slaves. Thousands of slaves were brought to Cape Town between the 1650s and 1834, when the practice was abolished. They came from all over Africa and the Middle East, especially Indonesia and Malaysia. Many Capetonians can trace their ancestors through slavery, and the Malaysian and Islamic influence has shaped the city we know today.

The Slave Route honours this past, and takes in some of the most important areas and heritage sites tied to slavery in the city.

The Slave Route Challenge takes place just before the start of winter every year, around mid-May. The 2018 event takes place on Sunday, 13 May.

See details of the 2018 Slave Route Challenge

The Route
There are four different events which take place each year: the half marathon, a 10km run, 10km Big Walk, and a 5km fun run/walk. This means it’s open to everyone from seasoned athletes to total novices!



The best time of year to visit Cape Town

Planning a holiday can be a lot of fun, but there are some big decisions to make before you start. The biggest question: what time of year should you visit? Read on to find out what the weather is like, how busy the city is, and what things to do in each month of the year.

See what events are happening when you visit

Visiting Cape Town in January and February
January is one of Cape Town’s busiest months, and for good reason. It’s usually hot and sunny, and there are loads of summer events to attend. Summer is in full swing. The daily temperatures average between 17°C (63°F) and 28°c (82°F), although it can reach as high as 40°C (104°F). Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, which means that it gets its rainfall in the winter months, so January and February are mostly dry. Expect long, warm days with blue skies, when the sun only sets after 8pm and there’s always something going on. It can be windy sometimes, and Cape Town is a fantastic windsurfing destination in January and Februar..


Winter Deal – Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa


Follow the N1 highway from Cape Town for approximately 130km.
The road will take you past Paarl, through the Huguenot tunnel, past Worcester, De Doorns and through the Hex River Valley.
Approximately 30 km after De Doorns and just past the road sign indicating “10km to Touws River,” you will get to the R46 turnoff to Ceres.
Take the turnoff to the left. Follow the road for approximately 3km.
You will find the Aquila Private Game Reserve main entrance on your left hand side.



Swirl at Stellenbosch Vineyards is celebrating Mother’s Day in true family style on Sunday, 13 May 2018. Chef, Livinia Plaatjies, has created a divine three course lunch menu that offers the combination of fine dining and hearty home-style dishes, created with mom’s most loved memories in mind.

The venue, an extension to the contemporary tasting room, presents a warm atmosphere that portrays a sense of togetherness as guests enjoy the sensory adventure of wine and dining. The Mother’s Day menu provides an array of delicious options to choose from, such as stuffed leg of lamb with crispy baby potatoes, roasted vegetables, rosemary and garlic just as a main and a cheesecake panna cotta with orange infused berry compote for dessert. Moms will also be treated with a selection of treats and surprises from the Stellenbosch Vineyards team.

Treat mom this Mother’s Day with the Swirl experience and treat her to a well-deserved day out as you explore the superb wines on offer at Stellenbosch V..


Brace yourself: the winter specials are coming!

Winter in Cape Town has a lot of pros, but one thing locals look forward to most is the slashed prices at Cape Town’s best restaurants. Every year, there are fantastic and affordable deals that make it possible to have a really special meal without breaking the bank. Here’s our pick of the best winter specials for 2018.

La Colombe, Constantia Nek
La Colombe is one of Cape Town’s top fine dining restaurants, and this winter there’s a great special running on weekday lunches. Some of the delights you can expect include the famous Tuna ‘La Colombe’, springbok tataki, Chalmar beef fillet, and roasted Ivoire Namelaka. The dishes all combine bursts of flaour with stunning plating, and you’re in for a treat no matter what you choose.

Lunch Special: R465 for four courses for weekday lunches (closed for winter break between 28 May and 15 July)

View the menu and book at La Colombe

Bistro Sixteen82, Tokai
Bistro Sixteen82 specialised in bistro-style comfort food with gourmet flair. Whether yo..


Cape Town Culinary Tours Winter Deal

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside a fire. ~Edith Sitwell~

We know with winter we need more carbs but tend to feel bad not exercising so much as in summer times. Well, what better way to enjoy a day than through a 20% off, walking food tour.

Eat, walk and explore the warmth of the city this winter on an unforgettable journey.

Purchase date restrictions: 1 May – 31 August.

Booking Date restriction: Bookings can be made for any date within 2018.

Discount Code: WINTERCTT

We are looking forward to hosting you soon.


Tsogo Sun Hotels – Mothers Day specials

Visit the Blue Crane Restaurant
Sunday, 13 May 2018 between 12h30 – 14h30 and enjoy a Mother’s Day Lunch Buffet at The Blue Crane Restaurant.

Venue: The Caledon Blue Crane Restaurant
Times: Sunday from 12h30 – 14h30

More information:

Enjoy a family buffet with a South African twist at Vigour & Verve
Prices are as follows:

R250 per person
Half price per child under 12

Bookings are essential. To reserve your space, please contact Adele Flammini on 021 492 9999 or email

More information:

Join us at Zepi Grill & Bar
for an inviting Mother’s Day breakfast buffet.
Prices are as follows:

R170 per person
Half price per child under 12

Bookings are essential. To reserve your space, please contact Simone Hollenbach on +27 21 465 1311 or email

More information: http..


Treat mom with a trip on the red bus and receive a massage & free gift this Mother’s Day!

Cape Town, 2018 – Looking to spoil mom? This Mother’s Day, mothers travelling on the red bus can see the sights while having a free massage en route. As an added extra, all moms hopping off at our Long Street ticket office (stop 5) will receive a special gift!

On 13 May, we’re partnering with the International Academy of Health and Skin Care and Amiti Shop to make sure all moms on board the red bus have an extra-special Mother’s Day in Cape Town.

How to hop on this Mother’s Day:
Make this Mother’s Day unforgettable by buying one-day tickets for the whole family. The massage therapy team from the International Academy of Health and Skin Care will give mom the royal treatment between stops. All moms hopping off at our Long Street ticket office (stop 5) will receive a special gift from Amiti Shop, Cape Town’s leading design collective.

Don’t forget to make use of our 3-for-1 Kids’ Special. This entitles a maximum of two children under 18 to ride for free with every one-day adult bus ti..


10 things that are better during winter in Cape Town

If summer in Cape Town is for swimming, sundowners, and soaking up the sun, then winter is for red wine, crackling fireplaces, and roasted marshmallows. You probably prefer one or the other, but we’re here to make a case for why Cape Town is better between the months of May and August.

No Crowds at Iconic Attractions
Cape Town is renowned for its prominent attractions like the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens to name but a few. The great news is that winter is regarded as low season, which means fewer tourists, less traffic, no long queues, and little chance of someone photo-bombing your selfie.

Get an iVenture card for discounts on all the top attractions in town

Off-Season Special Deals and Offers
In winter you get way more bang for your buck as many hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and attractions discount their rates heavily during the off-season. Take advantage of a winter special and stay somewhere out o..