Top 5 Themed Year End Functions in Cape Town

Spice up your Cape Town Year End Function with a themed event.  If you are planning your year-end, award ceremony or Christmas party, then transform the occasion into a spectacular event with a themed function including decor and accessories.yef-themes-header3

From barn dances to formal dining and classy cocktails to themed dinner-dances.  Dress-up or dress-down but let the alter-ego shine at the Company Function. Take a look at these selected 2016 themes  and venues in Cape Town, which we’ve standardised to include the venue, a meal and an activity within the chosen theme. The rest – well that’s up to you!

Cape Point Route will donate a Santa Shoebox for every Year End Function booked.

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YEEHAH!  It’s Party Time in the Wild Wild West on the “The Ranch” in Cape Town.  Here your guests can dress up as cowboys and cowgirls where they may even learn some new skills…line dancing, bucking bulls and saloon shooting! No of persons: Min 60 | Max 450

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Experience an elegant Masked Murder Mystery Dinner in the heart of the Winelands on a Cape Dutch-style farmstead dating back to the 1700s, the perfect venue for an evening of mystery and magic.  No of persons: Min 15 | Max 150
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Under The Sea

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Perfectly situated on the V&A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium is renowned for its magnificent marine displays as well as its distinctive venues.  This world-class facility is the ideal place to thrill guests from formal dinners to cocktails parties overseen by ragged-tooth sharks! No of persons: Min 30 | Max 350

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An over-the-top experience of a life time!  Dress the part, order the Martini, and Play to Win!  An evening of glamour, thrill and fortune…at the enchanting Casa Labia our very own Venetian Palace. No of persons: Min 50 | Max 100

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A roaring 1920’s Gatsby Themed Dinner Dance awaits you at the Cape Town Club in a private venue including sit down dinner and dance with tunes provided by a DJ to suit the theme.  No of persons: Min 30 | Max 100

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Music Video’s you didn’t know where filmed in Cape Town

I had such fun writing this blog one evening sitting far from Cape Town. It made me both proud and nostalgic to call Cape Town home. I was so impressed by how many creative souls have been inspired by Cape Town, including this city and her people into their music videos. I love how all aspects of the city have been embraced by all genres of music from international superstars to local talents.

Cape Town’s attractions, her beaches, her beauty, her colour, her dancers, her emotions, her ‘hoods,  her moods, her mountains, her people, her streets, her townships, her vibrancy and her urban heart beat have been exposed in these visual delights.  Some are obviously Cape Town, some are more subtle and some merely allude to it. These are all part of the magic that we call home.

Enjoy and please let us know of any other music video’s shot and filmed in our enthralling city. We’d love to share them with the world.

Passenger – Setting Suns
I am just going to start with Mike’s quote -it says it all!  “The whispers world tour came to an end on Sunday so I thought I’d post a little video that we made over the last few days in CAPE TOWN. I can’t quite believe how beautiful that city is . SOUTH AFRICA has undoubtedly been one of the highlights and fantastic way to end this adventure!!!! the song is called “setting suns” and it felt like a fitting sentiment”.  This video with Cape Town’s city skyline, Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts, Chappies, Penguins, Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals and of course Sunsets really capture the magnificence of this city! Michael Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger, is an English singer-songwriter and musician. His most successful single, “Let Her Go”, has topped the charts in many countries.

Sigma – Nobody to Love
Summer, beach life, road tripping – this music video shows Cape Town at her fun loving best.  Sigma are an English drum and bass DJ and record production duo. Their single “Nobody to Love” topped the UK Singles Chart upon release, becoming their first UK number one.

Jeremy Loops – Down South
Local and proud! Hailing from Kommetjie in the South Peninsula, Jeremy Loops often features Cape Town in his music videos.  Table Mountain is a backdrop, Kirstenbosch Summer Music Concerts, horses in Noordhoek, surfing in Kommetjie and jamming at Farmhouse Rocks, one of the best live gig venues in the city.  Juxtaposing booming city rhythms with lilting folk, Jeremy Loops perfectly captures the duality of his South African life.

Laura Mvula – Phenomenal Woman
Laura Mvula is a British soul singer-songwriter from Birmingham. Shot in South Africa, in Cape Town’s historical Bo-Kaap neighbourhood Mvula’s wonderfully vibrant video, awash with colour and energy celebrates all phenomenal women.  Inspired by Maya Angelou’s iconic poem, “Phenomenal Woman” ,  “I’m a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.” Laura Mvula‘s song of the same title beautifully affirms that statement and we feel like saying Phenomenal Cape Town too!

Snow Patrol – The Planets Bend Between Us
This emotional song, will tug at the heartstrings of Cape Town fans. Snow Patrol walks the city streets from Cape Town Station, and the video has sweeping views of Table Mountain, our stately and iconic Cape Town City Hall, the colour of Bo-Kaap and sunsets from our beaches.  Snow Patrol are an Irish/British alternative rock band formed in 1993. Initially an indie rock band, the group rose to prominence in the early-mid 2000s as part of the post-Britpop movement.

Blue – You Make me Wanna
This song from English Boy band and R&B group Blue from their album ‘One Love’, was the third single on the album and it went to No 4 on the UK Charts  Filmed in summer in Cape Town, it will make you wanna come to Cape Town. Our beautiful ocean is featured prominently in this Cape Town filmed music video, sailing on our seas! Love the sunset silhouette of the Sentinel in Hout Bay near the end!

The Script – Man on a Wire
This one from Irish pop rock band, the Script, features Cape Town’s CBD. If you are afraid of heights this might not be one for you to watch as the video features the city streets – from above!  You’ll see familiar sights like the Absa Building and of course “The Mountain“.  This song is taken from their album “No sound without Silence”.

Solange Knowles – Losing You
The video for Losing You features a fascinating mix of cultures, fashion and distinctive township scenery as it was shot at various locations in Langa.  In the video, the singer invades people’s kitchens, barbershops and a tailoring shop, takes a 15-seater taxi like a normal Capetonian, goes bike riding around a neighbourhood, and takes a dip in a community swimming pool. Solange Piaget Knowles is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She has been recognised as a fashion icon and has received frequent comparisons to sister Beyoncé from the media, although insists they have different aspirations and are musically different.

Tinie Tempah – Girls Like
This one feels like it should be called “Name the Cape Town ‘hood?” It features Tinie and his crew dancing round the streets of Cape Town,  we love the colour and the moves! Speaking about the video, Tinie said ‘I’m really inspired by South African house music at present, and this video represents that very authentically with plenty of dancing and loads of really cool moves.’ Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, better known by his stage name Tinie Tempah, is an English rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer.

Zaki Ibrahim – Draw The Line
Growing up as what she describes as a citizen of the world, singer-songwriter Zaki Ibrahim spent her childhood living at different times in Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, France and Lebanon. The music video for the track ‘Draw The Line’ off her Every Opposite album was shot in her current home of Cape Town and although it faces the challenges of the Cape Flats, Zaki says its about creating your own path and shining your light through adversity, taking everything that you’ve experienced and everything you are. Featuring her home on the Cape Flats and Muizenberg Beach.

Coldplay – Paradise
Of the really big music stars in the Music Video’s Filmed in Cape Town Lineup is Coldplay. The British rock band with lead vocalist and pianist Chris Martin, rocked Cape Town with a massive concert at Cape Town Stadium in 2011. It’s hardly any surprise that their music video Paradise was filmed in Cape Town and the Karoo. That crowd in the movie –  that’s Cape Town having a whole lot of fun!

Travie McCoy – One At A Time
Travis “Travie” McCoy  is an American rapper and singer-songwriter.  This video starts with  Sea Point prom and classic Cape Town evening light. There are lots of Cape Town moments – and who recognises a throwback to the days when Mercury had checked blocks on it’s walls?

A – Nothing
Filmed more than 15 years ago – this is another throw back and you’ll instantly recognise Devil’s Peak behind “that Freeway”. The Civic Centre and Artscape (must have been the Nico Malan then!) are the stage but even the litter blowing in the SE on Long street will tweak Capetonian memories. Even Nando’s features! A are a British alternative rock band from Suffolk, England, that formed in the early 1990’s.

Harder to Tell Videos!  

Feeder – Seven Days In The Sun
Welsh band Feeder produced this oldie but goodie filmed in Cape Town. It may be one of the first music videos shot in Cape Town  – and although the song may be speaking of seven days in the sun in Majorca, Spain – Cape Town gets the film credits!

Faithless – Bombs
The British electronica band filmed part of this music video in Cape Town.  The beaches look familiar, but the conclusive part of the location shoot is the last scene.

Tom Odell – Wrong Crowd
This single release in April 2016, is a lot harder to tell it’s Cape Town, but shows the city’s nightlife. Once again – there is an easy Cape Town clue right at the very end, if you were ever in doubt. Hope he’s not trying to say our Cape Town party people are the wrong crowd?

Lily Allen – Air Balloon
In 2014 English Singer, Songwriter Lilly Allen released the video for Air Balloon, taking advantage of the South Africa’s scenery, sunshine and temperate climate.

Janet Jackson – Got Til It’s Gone
The youngest child of the Jackson family filmed this video in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. South African culture and character make the video for “Got Til It’s Gone” unique although it’s a little harder to prove Cape Town’s music video credentials from the visuals.

Leona Lewis – Run
Capetonians will innately know the mountains and the forests of Cape Town in this haunting music video from British singer Leona Lewis.  This is another of those keep-watching-to-the-end if you need evidence! There’s a gorgeous night scene overlooking False Bay from Silvermine.

Local Musicians and Some Fun from our Friends!

De Hofnar X GoodLuck – Back In The Day
This video is “Oh so Cape Town” – where the sound of the ocean, rhythms the emotions. From surfers to the stadium. Enjoy!

Beatenberg – Southern Suburbs
With a title like Southern Suburbs, Capetonians will recognise the southern suburb streets of local South African band Beatenberg.

Freshly Ground – Don’t leave me
Those faces! These are the people that bring life to this city captured by local musicians  Freshly Ground. This is the heart and soul of Cape Town & South Africa.

Abdullah Ibrahim – Mannenberg
Beautiful, haunting, emotive and true.  Abdullah Ibrahim takes us to visit Robben Island

Pharrel Whilliams – Happy in Cape Town
If you’re not happy or proud to be Capetonian after this video, you need to relocate!

Jimmy Nevis & Sketchy Bongo – All About It
This local Capetonian alternative pop sensation uses Cape Town to capture his quirky lyrics.

Caitlin de Ville – Black Jack
Wow! Cape Town and the Electric Violin like you’ve never seen it before!

Caitlin de Ville – Crowe
Yes we know Caitlin is included twice but this video is emotionally close to home for us south peninsula Capetonians after the Wild Fires in March 2015 and worth watching!

Barry Herbert – Touchies
This one was so much fun, shot right here below our office at Noordhoek Farm Village by friends and featuring De Noordhoek Hotel and Cafe Roux. You may even recognize some Cape Point Routers! It may not be a world No 1 single yet, but look how gorgeous our hood is! #Localislekker

Vicky Sampson – My African Dream
This may not be an official video but this Mandela tribute uses beautiful images of Cape Town to Vicky Sampson’s powerful hit “My Africa Dream”

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Cape Point Route are specialists in the south peninsula of Cape Town – we live, work and play here and are passionate about the area, it’s conservation and it’s surrounds.

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Fun filled Penguin Festival for African Penguin Awareness Day

On 8 October, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and South African National Parks (SANParks) are hosting the annual Penguin Festival at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town to celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day. The day is dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin, the only penguin endemic to the African continent.

The festival starts with the release of African penguins that were rehabilitated by SANCCOB and takes place at 10h00 at Seaforth Beach in Simon’s Town. Parking can be found at the Seaforth Beach parking area. Be sure not to miss this moving event as these penguins waddle their way back into the ocean.

After the release festival-goers can head to the Simon’s Town Navy Sports Fields, situated right next to Seaforth Beach, for the start of the festival activities.

This year includes three big tented areas for live music, kids’ games, edutainment and various exhibitions from marine conservation organisations. Kids’ activities include a chance to meet a real ambassador African penguin, a mini-soccer tournament, a puppet show, mini rides, an inflatable obstacle course and many other fun activities. For the adults, there will be craft beer, wine tasting, a special cooking demonstration by a SASSI Braai Ambassador and various tantalising food trucks.

General admission is free and R100 for an all-access pass to the kids games. Kids under 2 enter for free. The festival runs from 10h00 until 16h00 on the Saturday.

With the help of partners such as SANParks, SANCCOB admits close to 1500 African penguins (and a 1 000 other seabirds) for rehabilitation to its centres and releases them back into to the wild to boost the wild African penguin population. Alarmingly, only 2% of the African penguin population remain in the wild today.

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Together, SANCCOB, SANParks and their partners in conservation are at the forefront of saving the charismatic African penguin species. All proceeds from the festival are donated to SANCCOB in support of their African penguin conservation work. SANCCOB & SANParks proudly welcomes the Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust, managed by Nedbank Private Wealth, as the official sponsor for the Penguin Festival. The Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust facilitates the work of Public Benefit Organisations aimed at protecting, restoring and improving the sustainable use of South African species and eco-systems.

7 Ways you can help to conserve African penguins:

  1. Adopt and name an African penguin by visiting ttp://sanccob.co.za/adopt/

  2. Report injured penguins and/or oiled birds to SANCCOB by calling (021) 557 6155 (normal work hours) / 078 638 3731 (after hours & weekends) or to SANParks on 021 786 2329 (office hours) or 0861 106417 (24-hour emergency number)
  1. Donate to SANCCOB online at http://sanccob.co.za/donate.php or see what items are needed on SANCCOB’s Wish List http://sanccob.co.za/involved/#wishlist

  2. Visit SANCCOB’s online shop for penguin goodies at http://sanccob.co.za/shop.php

  3. Raise funds for SANCCOB by simply swiping your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card: http://sanccob.co.za/involved/#myschool

  4. Volunteer at SANCCOB by emailing volunteers@sanccob.co.za

  5. Start your own fundraising campaign for SANCCOB with Givengain: https://www.givengain.com/c/sanccob

African Penguin Awareness Day is also being celebrated at a second penguin release and festival at the Stony Point penguin colony in Betty’s Bay on the 15th October. Hosted by SANCCOB and CapeNature, the event includes fun-filled activities for young and old, all in the name of the endangered African penguin.

Cape Point Route loves the Penguin Festival

Boulders Beach Penguin colony Photo: What's the Point?!

Boulders Beach Penguin colony Photo: What’s the Point?!

Cape Point Route are specialists in the south peninsula of Cape Town – we live, work and play here and are passionate about the area, it’s conservation and it’s surrounds.

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Born to Fly – 22nd Cape Town International Kite Festival – 29 & 30 Oct 2016

#BornToFly is the theme of the 22nd Cape Town International Kite Festival which will fill the sky with incredible kites on 29 & 30 October 2016 in Muizenberg.

“We believe everyone is born with potential to fly beyond life’s circumstances,” says Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health, the organiser of the annual kiting extravaganza. “Our mission is to help people realise their potential and overcome mental health challenges they may encounter. Kites are one of the tools we use. Almost everyone feels lighter when they simply lift their heads and look up.”

Shark & elephant kites. Photographer Cathy Williams

Shark & elephant kites. Photographer Cathy Williams

This is Africa’s biggest kite festival. Kiters from Canada, China, Germany, England, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and all over South Africa are expected to attend. It is also South Africa’s biggest mental health awareness event, with 100% of the profit going to help provide vital mental health services to children and adults in Cape Town and beyond.

The festival offers affordable, feel-good, family fun with free kite-making workshops daily, including specialist sessions with master kite-maker Ebrahim Sambo (from Athlone) who be showing how to create a traditional Cape Swaeltjie (Swallow) kite. With a market, food trucks and tea garden there are plenty of food options, or bring along a picnic and let your spirit soar as you watch some of the world’s most amazing kites embrace African skies.

Emma Parsraman and Anastasia Pughe-Parry by Eric Miller

Emma Parsraman and Anastasia Pughe-Parry by Eric Miller

The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on (and above) the lawns of Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row). Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, the event offers lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations). Entry is R30 (R10 for children 12 years and under).

Tickets available online www.capementalhealth.co.za and at the gate. For info go to www.capementalhealth.co.za, contact Cape Mental Health on 021 447 9040 / info@cmh.org.za or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CTKiteFest.

About Cape Mental Health

Cape Mental Health provides innovative and effective mental health services to people in poorly resourced communities in the Western Cape. This non-profit organisation has been active for 103 years and continues to work towards a society where people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities are included in community life and have access to education, training, work and social opportunities. For more information call 021 447 9040, email info@cmh.org.za or visitwww.capementalhealth.co.za.

Cape Point Route loves the Kite Festival (and penguins)

Cape Town International Kite Festival

Cape Town International Kite Festival (Google images)

Cape Point Route are specialists in the south peninsula of Cape Town – we live, work and play here and are passionate about the area, it’s conservation and it’s surrounds.

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Cool Spring Adventures in Cape Town

Spring is a favourite time of year for many people – if only to shrug off the winter coats, enjoy the warmer days and feel excited as the days start getting longer. Spring in Cape Town is glorious in many ways – flowers line the roadside in carpets of colour and any drive along the coastline holds the promise of whale spotting. Hiking is simply magnificent, the ocean invites and outdoor fun overwhelmingly trumps home movies.

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It’s a privilege to be in Cape Town during spring – with mountains, ocean, vineyards, scenery and awesome weather the city comes alive with energy and action. Whether you are into art, wine, walking, diving or biking, there’s an activity in the Cape asking you to come out and play.

We invite you to explore the Mother City this spring with these cool Cape Town Adventures. Delve into the world below our waters, see creative Cape Town by bicycle, hike up Lions Head at sunrise, investigate funky food & wine pairings in the Winelands or carve up the dunes on a sandboard.

Art & Bikes City Cycling Tour

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Art and Bikes – city cycling tour

This half day tour explores the beauty of the Mother City by visiting the most iconic art & graffiti works of Cape Town by bicycle. Guests will visit District Six, The Bo-Kaap, Company’s Gardens & stop at the National Gallery to view works by iconic African & International artists.   More info
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Sandboarding Day Tour

Sandboarding Day Tour

Sandboarding Day Tour, Cape Town

Enjoy an exhilarating day carving up Sand Dunes that are a 45 minutes from the Centre of Cape Town and offer a multitude of different runs to cater for absolute beginners to experienced sand boarders ensuring a fun filled, memorable day for all. More info
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Winelands Tipple and Taste Tour

Food & wine pairing excursion

Food & wine pairing excursion

No visit to Cape Town is complete without an excursion in wine county! This unique beer and wine food pairing experience takes you through scenic farmlands & vineyards leading you to the finest wine, craft beer & MCC as well as unique culinary offerings like the boerebraai tapas. More info
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Seal and Sevengill Cowshark Scuba Dive

Dive with seals and sevengill cowsharks

Dive with seals and sevengill cowsharks

A classic Cape scuba diving adventure- dive with the playful & interactive Cape fur seals in a cold water reef and the Sevengill Cowsharks in a kelp forest. The Sevengill Cowshark, is a prehistoric apex predator which is seen regularly enough at one location. Easy open-water shallow dive. More info
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Cape Point Adventure & Lions Head Hike

Hike Lions Head at sunrise then explore the Cape in adventure style

Hike Lions Head at sunrise then explore the Cape in adventure style

Explore Cape Town with Cape Town’s coolest adventurers in your own AUV, starting with a hike up Lions Head, before heading to Kalk Bay & Cape of good Hope to explore & SUP the peninsula in style with adventure equipment. More info
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Cape Point Route loves Spring (and Penguins)

FIT Spring - header3bsmCape Point Route are specialists in the south peninsula of Cape Town – we live, work and play here and are passionate about the area, it’s conservation and it’s surrounds.

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Surfing in the headlines!

SURFING!  That water sport that involves riding breaking waves on a piece of equipment called a surfboard i.e. riding waves of course.

Surf's Up! Photo Brendon Tyree on Awesome Ocean

Surf’s Up! Photo Brendon Tyree on Awesome Ocean

 

Surfing originated in Polynesia & pre-modern Hawaii, but today has evolved into more than just a sport – it even has it’s own subculture. Surf culture appeals to notions of leisure, the ‘endless summer’ and has a laid-back, romantic & somewhat rebellious image.  Surfing has that “Carefree Casualness” image – from the sunbleached, wind swept look,  through fashion (bikini’s & boardshorts, hoodies & beanies), to the conversational lingo, music and films.

Iconic Surf Culture

Iconic Surf Culture

 

The ultimate goal of every surfer however is the desire to catch the perfect wave – in spite of weather, the ocean or geographical location.  We are lucky to have Muizenberg on the Cape Point Route. Muizenberg is the original hot spot of surfing and surf culture in South Africa.

Surfing has been in the headlines recently and has hit the international & national news:

  1. Billabong Pro Tahiti 2016
    Kelly Slater is King at Teapuho, Tahiti

    Kelly Slater is King at Teapuho, Tahiti

    The World Surf League tournament in Tahiti has just finished, with Kelly Slater taking top honours against John John Florence in the final at Teahupo.  That’s an unbelievable 55 CT elite tour wins for the 44 year old pro- surfer! Congratulations Kelly and well done to John John for taking the yellow jersey lead in the world title race. Read more on this story

  2. Surfing will be an Olympic Sport in 2020
    Surfing to be an Olympic Sport

    Surfing to be an Olympic Sport

    We’ve all been captivated by the recent Rio Olympics and the incredible athletes striving for medals. Surfing,A very popular sport in Cape Town, along with 4 other new sports (Baseball/Softball, Karate, Skateboard & Sports Climbing) has officially been approved by the International Olympic Committee to be added to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. More from SurferMag

     

  3. Chasing the Dragon: Surf Shack Outreach
    Chasing the Dragon, Surf Shack Muizenberg

    Chasing the Dragon, Surf Shack Muizenberg

    “The cure for addiction is another addiction…” Chasing The Dragon is a tale of young teens from the Cape Flats who have been rehabilitated through surfing by the Surf Shack Outreach in Muizenberg, Cape Town. This one part series produced by 7Films just won a Gold and Campaign Craft award at the 2016 Loerie Awards which took place in Durban from 15 – 21 Aug 2016.  More.

Check the video out..

Surf’s Up

Inspired by rehabilitation stories (& award winning doccies), inspired by pro surfers in Tahiti and inspired by the Olympics… isn’t it time to get out there and try surfing?!

Surfers Corner, Muizenberg at Sunrise Photo FB Surfers Corner

Surfers Corner, Muizenberg at Sunrise Photo: FB Surfers Corner

 

Spring is around the corner in the Cape and Muizenberg is the place to Learn to Surf.
Muizenberg Beach is known for its gentle sloping white beach and consistent waves, making it conducive for surf lessons.

Professional surfing instructors will show you how to surf quickly and easily.  Private Lessons are great for learning or improving skills. Group lessons are the cheapest way to get started, so grab some mates & book! The rest covered – all surfing equipment is provided. Get the details here

Warning:
Would-be surfers should know that the sport of surfing can be highly addictive, and it has been known to become an all-consuming passion.


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Cape Point Route are specialists in the south peninsula of Cape Town – we live, work and play here and are passionate about the area, it’s conservation and it’s surrounds.

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New Releases – Year End Functions 2016

With only 19 weeks left until Christmas, you need to hurry with booking your Cape Town Year End Function. Year End Functions - Header (1)

You’ve asked us for active year end functions.
You’ve asked us for sedentary year end functions.
You’ve asked us for day year end functions.
You’ve asked us for evening year end functions.
You’ve asked us for indoor year end functions.
You’ve asked us for outdoor year end functions.
You’ve asked us for big group year end functions.
You’ve asked us for small group year end functions.

You always ask about a venue and you always ask about a meal… so Here-they-are!
These 2016 new releases combine an exciting event, at a unique venue – with a meal.
We’ve tried to answer your requests in these new packages. We hope you love them as much as we do!

Cape Point Route will donate a Santa Shoebox for every Year End Function booked.


Survivor & Braai Cook-off: Inter-active Teambuilding Challenges and Braai

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Year end Functions – Survivor and Braai Cook off

A super fun and foodie year end function – in this Survivor Challenge, participants complete a variety of activities to earn their equipment, fire, and ingredients for the ultimate Braai Cook Off to celebrate a year well done!

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Beach, Braai and Sunny Sky: Beach Olympics & Braai

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Year End Functions – Beach, Braai & Sunny Sky

Let the Games Begin! You will be separated into competing teams to see who becomes the “Beach Olympic” team champions for your Company’s Year End Function. This fun event will be followed by a relaxing seafood braai at the beach!

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Pirates of the Atlantic: Murder Mystery Dinner Event

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Year End Functions – Pirates of the Atlantic

Who will walk the plank during this exciting “Pirates of the Atlantic” Murder Mystery Year End Function event at Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium, the ideal venue to thrill guests and capture their imagination with a living backdrop.

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The Great Gatsby: Themed Dinner Dance

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Year End Functions – The Great Gatsby

A roaring 1920’s Gatsby Themed Dinner Dance awaits you at the Cape Town Club in a private venue including sit down dinner and dance with tunes provided by a DJ to suit the theme of this classic Year End Function in Cape Town.

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Amazing Race & Beach Braai: Teambuild & Lunch

Year End Functions - Amazing Race & Beach Braai

Year End Functions – Amazing Race & Beach Braai

 

Amazing Mini Peninsula Race using the Hop – on – off Red City Bus as your mode of transport to get to each hot spot in order to complete the challenge. End this event and your Year End Function with a Lunch Braai on Hout Bay Beach!

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Fish Hoek’s Spring Splash

Splash StripHave a bash and a splash for Spring! Fish Hoek’s wonderful Spring Splash takes place on Sunday 4 September 2016 at Fish Hoek Beach.
Presented for the TENTH consecutive year, the Spring Splash is a forceful statement that Spring is sprung – regardless of the weather on the day!

The 10th Annual Spring Splash on Fish Hoek Beach
Date:  Sunday 04 September 2016
Theme:  Marine
Dress:  Your most outrageous MARINE THEME outfit!
Why? Because you can!
Venue: Fish Hoek Beach, in front of Fish Hoek Galley
Time: From 12 noon – late. 
Main event – “The Big Splash” will take place at 3pm
Bring: Cozzie, towel, something warm for after your dip, friends, family and attitude!
Beach Activities:  Sandcastle Competition, Treasure Hunt,  Mr & Miss Fish Hoek,  Music, Crazy Dress, Line Dance
More information: https://www.facebook.com/SpringSplashBash

There will be prizes galore, including a prize for the best-dressed on the day. It’s simply a wonderful day out for families to enjoy fun and festivities on the beach. There are no costs for participation in any of the Spring Splash activities.

THE SPRING BASH:  3 Sept 2016
The Spring Splash will be preceded for this year by a Spring Bash the night before at the Fish Hoek Galley, the restaurant complex on Fish Hoek Beach. The Spring Bash will not only banish the winter weather the night before the official start of Spring, but will also act as a fundraiser for Fish Hoek’s own education fund, the Empowerment Through Education Trust.

Empowerment Through Education (ETE) Benefit themed dinner with raffles, fun, prizes and excitement. All benefits go to the charity which educates underprivileged children from the townships of Ocean View and Masiphumelele. The theme this year is the movies, so get creative and, innovative and come as your favourite star or movie, there are prizes for the best dressed. The bash starts at 18h30 and tickets are only R150 per person for a 3 course set meal with music. Book early as seats are limited.

Date:  Sat 3 September 2016
Event:  The Fish Hoek Spring Bash
Time: 18h30
Venue: Fish Hoek Galley Restaurant
Theme: Movies (come as your favourite movie star or movie!)
Tickets:  R150 (includes 3 course set meal with Music)
Contact: Book your table by the seaside for this fun event on (021) 782-3354

Fish Hoek:
This seaside village is surrounded by rugged mountains and boasts one of the safest swimming beaches in Cape Town. Fish Hoek is a glorious bay with a beautiful white sandy beach, with colourful Victorian bathing boxes that add a festive flavour. The beach is a favourite with wind surfers, lifesavers and hobie cat sailers. Visitors will mingle with the locals who swim and walk their dogs on the accessible beach or stroll along the catwalk which heads southwards to Sunny Cove. Fish Hoek Galley, situated right on the beach offers a restaurant and take-aways and is a prime whale watching site to view the Southern Right Whales when they are in the bay to calf between July and November.  Fish Hoek is home to an early stone age historic site where the remains of the 12 000 year old Fish Hoek man was found. More history of the area can be found at the Fish Hoek Valley museum.
Accommodation in Fish Hoek: Come for the weekend or longer

Spring bash ETE Movies

Cape Point Route loves the Spring Splash (& penguins) 

Cape Point Route are specialists in the south peninsula of Cape Town – we live, work and play here and are passionate about the area, it’s conservation and it’s surrounds.

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Get off Auto! Photography Crash Course

If you want to stop using your camera on AUTO and take control of your digital camera this One Day Practical Photography Course will be perfect for you.

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When: Saturday 20 August from 09h00 till 17h00
Where: Kalk Bay

No need for a lengthy Photographic Course, this Crash Course will have you shooting on Manual by the end of the day.
Learn how to control Depth of Field with your Aperture and get creative with your Shutter Speeds.

GET OFF AUTO PHOTOGRAPHY CRASH COURSE
Cost: R1,500 per person
Contact: info@capepointroute.co.za for bookings.

Instructor: Peter Haarhof
Peter’s career as a pro photographer spanned over 20 years, and for the last 6 years, his focus (pan intended) has been on the tourism industry. When Peter is not out photographing, he works as a tour guide, offering scenic as well as photo tours to locals and international visitors. His photographic workshops are presented to only a handful of photographers to ensure personal attention. Peter is very passionate about South Africa, and loves to explore and discover new places of interest.


You might also like these awesome photographic tours…

Cape Point Nature Photo Tour

Cape Point Nature Photo Tour Photo: Peter Haarhof

Cape Point Nature Photo Tour Photo: Peter Haarhof

From beginners needing advice on camera settings, to advance photographers seeking the best nature shots from the best nature spots on the Cape Peninsula including a variety of wildlife, landscape and seascape, as well as flower photography. Check it out here 


Cape Point Shipwreck & Lighthouse Tour: 

Cape Point Lighthouse & Shipwreck Tour Photo: Peter Haarhof

Cape Point Lighthouse & Shipwreck Tour Photo: Peter Haarhof


South Africa has a beautiful and very photogenic coast line. Add to the picture a lighthouse, or even an old rusted shipwreck, and now you’re talking. WOW!
The stories of the shipwrecks and lighthouses around the Western Cape coastline has for most part remained untold, and because most shipwrecks are often in very remote and isolated areas, not often photographed, or even visited for that matter. Get the shot on this epic tour.  Check it out here


Winelands Photographic Tour:

Winelands Photo Tour Photo: Peter Haarhof

Winelands Photo Tour Photo: Peter Haarhof


Prefer wine to lighthouses? Load up your camera, and charge your batteries, the Cape Winelands are one of the most beautiful places you will ever photograph. On this photographic tour of the winelands, we visit the historical towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. And yes… wine tasting included! Check it out here


Township People and Portrait Tour:

Township People and Portrait Tour. Photo: Peter Haarhof

Township People and Portrait Tour. Photo: Peter Haarhof

If you want to take more interesting photographs, get your camera to more interesting places… and the township of Langa and Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats is such a place. At the informal settlement we photograph the shacks, the street children and also interact with the people that live there as they go about their daily routine.  This is one of our most popular photo tours! Check it out here


City BoKaap Photo & Cooking Tour

Bokaap Photo and Cooking Tour. Photo: Peter Haarhof

Bokaap Photo and Cooking Tour. Photo: Peter Haarhof

Join an adventure of photography and food in the historic and picturesque Bo-Kaap.  Complete a 2 hour walking tour with your personal photocoach around the colourful streets of the Bo-Kaap before you’re enticed into the kitchen to cook a traditional Cape Malay meal.   You will photograph the vibrant colourful street scenes, and enjoy panoramic views of Table Mountain, Cape Town and Table Bay.  From beginners needing advice on carmera settings to advanced photographers seeking technical photographic skills, the Bo-Kaap is a photographic delight.  Check it out here


Cape Point Route loves Photography (& penguins) 

Penguin Splash at Boulders Beach Photo: Peter Haarhof

Penguin Splash at Boulders Beach Photo: Peter Haarhof

Cape Point Route are specialists in the south peninsula of Cape Town – we live, work and play here and are passionate about the area, it’s conservation and it’s surrounds.

Call Cape Point Route on 021 789 0093 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za
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Wild About Whales

In South Africa we are privileged to live in a natural environment, where 2 great oceans converge and one can experience the combination of land and sea.  South Africa (and the Western Cape in particular) remains one of the world’s best destinations to view whales.  These magnificent migratory mammals cruise our seas – with the whale watching season generally running from July to November, when our coastline is awash with these massive creatures.

Southern Right Whale. Photo: D. Hurwitz 2015

Southern Right Whale. Photo: D. Hurwitz 2015

Seeing these marine giants in their natural environment, by land, sea or air, is an experience you won’t want to miss.  Hermanus has proclaimed itself as the Whale Watching Capital but this is a debatable point. The Cape Peninsula is an awesome destination for dolphin and whale watching, and is often referred to as the discerning whale watchers holiday destination.

Humpback Whale Tail Photo: D.Hurwitz 2015

Humpback Whale Tail Photo: D.Hurwitz 2015

Who are these whales?

The most common and well known species seen off the South African Coast is the mighty Southern Right Whale, which arrives from its’ Antarctic feeding grounds, where they have been krill-loading in preparation for mating and birthing.  They spend the winter in quiet bays to mate and calve. Southern rights come close to the shoreline, often only metres from the land.  They are powerful acrobats and usually steal the whale-watching show with elegant water displays.

Southern Right Whale. Photo: D. Hurwitz 2016

Southern Right Whale. Photo: D. Hurwitz 2016

 

There is a good chance of seeing Humpback whales, the second most common whale species in South Africa.  They move past our coastline in winter on their northward migration to Mozambique and West Africa, where they mate and calve in the warmer waters off the east coast.  These singing whales return past our shores, to the Southern Ocean in October and November.  Humpbacks are well known for their striking tails with contrasting colour, white underneath and dark on top!

Humpback Whale Tail. Photo. D.Hurwitz 2016

Humpback Whale Tail. Photo. D.Hurwitz 2016

 

The third most sighted whale is the Brydes whale – shyer, less acrobatic and often alone. They are small to medium in size, with long sleek bodies and a distinctive hooked dorsal fin, a special treat to see these whales as it is rare to see them anywhere else.

Brydes Whale lunge feeding . Photo: D.Hurwitz 2016

Brydes Whale lunge feeding . Photo: D.Hurwitz 2016

Also look out for the playful dolphins who frolic in the shallows behinds the breakers and if you are lucky the Orcas (killer whales).

Dolphin Photo: D.Hurwitz 2016

Dolphin Photo: D.Hurwitz 2016

When to see whales?

The Whale season is roughly from June – November but you can get stragglers before or after this period or lone rangers who visit out of season!  August – October tend to be the peak periods for whale watching around the Cape Peninsula.

Clear windless days are best for whale watching, it makes it easier to spot a whale blow which is usually the first sign of its presence.

Where to see whales?

Land: The Cape Point Route has some of the best land-based viewing spots, any drive to Cape Point will take you along scenic routes, loaded with the possibility of epic sightings.  Travel along Chapman’s Peak Drive or Boyes Drive as you head south, scanning the ocean,  the bays and the coves.   There are restaurants on the water’s edge, where it is very possible to have lunch with a whale show!  (See our archived article: Top 10 Land based whale watching spots)

Land based Whale Watching Fish Hoek. Photo: Allan Roy 2013

Land based Whale Watching Fish Hoek. Photo: Allan Roy 2013

 

Air: An aerial experience worth every cent for the unforgettable views of mothers and babies.  The calves are not always visible from the shore, so the flight over the bay is nothing short of spectacular to see the whale “nursery” or deep sea breaching.  Get your wings on, over the whales for your sightings {& some sharks too!}

3 Southern Right Whales from the air Photo: Jean Tresfon 2015

3 Southern Right Whales from the air Photo: Jean Tresfon 2015

 

Water: If you want to get even closer, then leave Simon’s Town harbour on a whale-watching boat cruise for a classic adventure.  This is the primo positioning for being up close and personal to these spectacular marine giants.

Boat Based Whale Watching. Photo: Calders Hotel

Boat Based Whale Watching. Photo: Calders Hotel

 

Take a tour: The seasonal Whale and Wine Tour to Hermanus, runs from July – November 3 times per week and gives you an excellent chance of seeing whales and combining some wine tasting- great for those on a short stay in the Cape.

Whale Crier of Hermanus Photo: southafrica.net

Whale Crier of Hermanus Photo: southafrica.net

What do you need to see whales?

Whales are wild animals and there is never a guarantee that you will spot one. However going out there with a love of nature and the right attitude always helps.  We also recommend:

  • Know your whales, so you can identify the type of whale.
  • Brushing up on whale behaviour – know what to look for: breaching, spy-hopping, tail-slapping etc
  • Always take a warm jacket as the wind can be chilly whether you are watching from land, sea or air.
  • Binoculars
  • A good camera.
  • The Whale Watch Hotline – help keep records by calling in your whale or dolphin sighting to 079 391 2105 or Tweet @WhaleHeritage (it’s a great Twitter account to follow if you are searching for whales too!)

Where to eat, stay and play?

  • Stay: The Cape Point Route is a whale watching paradise, and luckily there is a vast selection of accommodation establishments, many with views of the ocean and whale sightings from your bed! Contact us to help match the right spot & budget to your needs.
  • Eat: You could quite literally be sipping a cappuccino whilst watching whales on the Cape Point Route, a delight for the land lubbers who like their comforts.  Almost any cafe on the waters edge of False Bay, will give you a good chance of mammal action while you tuck into your meal.
  • Play: A person can only watch so many whales, so try out some other ocean activities, like sea kayaking or surfing.  Perhaps you’d rather ride a horse along the beach, or maybe a camel?  Hike, bike or photograph your way around the Cape Point Route and then take in some live entertainment, visit our galleries or museums.  And in a moment’s notice, you could see the whales pulling in.
Southern Right Whale tail Photo: D. Hurwitz

Southern Right Whale tail Photo: D. Hurwitz

One thing we know for sure is that nature rewards those who venture out, so if you want to be sure to see whales – you’ve got to get out here.

Big shout out to Dave Hurwitz of Simon’s Town Boat Company for most of these images taken from the whale watching boat trip which aims to leave Simon’s Town harbour at 10h30 and 14h00 daily in whale season (weather depending).

Cape Point Route loves Whales (& penguins) 

Cape Point Route are specialists in the south peninsula of Cape Town – we live, work and play here and are passionate about the area, it’s conservation and it’s surrounds.

Call Cape Point Route on 021 789 0093 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za
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