There’s no denying, 2021 was a year filled with obstacles; whether it was due to COVID-19, load shedding or general working-from-home fatigue, we are ready for a festive break. Or should we rather say to EAT, PLAY & EXPLORE? But, if you’re anything like the rest of the population, knowing where to go and have (safe) fun has become quite a challenge. Many of your favourite restaurants might have closed down, or after being stuck at home for a few days, even months, you have no idea what to do when the sun is out. We see you! Enter our top 10 must-see places to explore, while we take care of your home & outdoor chores.
- Feel Alive At The V&A Waterfront
If you live in Cape Town, visiting the V&A Waterfront for their live events, bustling views and the shopping experience is simply a must-see. But, also if you live in Cape Town, you already know this. However, did you know that the V&A Waterfront has listed a few returning activities for people to enjoy during the summertime? One of them is “LIVE at the Makers” where you can enjoy live music with local artists at their Makers Landing At The Cruise Terminal. Artists include Thandeka, a singer/songwriter whose entrancing voice is shaped by the likes of Anita Baker & Letta Mbulu. She is known to be an absolute hit when watching live. You can also enjoy the sounds of a young and upcoming jazz pianist, Nobuhle Ashanti & MORE.
- A Guided Bicycle Tour Of Soweto
For everyone living in Johannesburg, why not take the unique opportunity to explore your city, tourist style. Embark on a unique tour experience exploring the beautiful qualities of Soweto on a bicycle. While exploring the township, you will catch a glimpse of Hector Pietersen Museum, Tutu House and Mandela House. The bicycle tour starts in Killarney, where you will learn the history of the township and how Soweto was created in 1904. For more information click here.
- Experience The Taste Of Africa
There’s no better way to explore a city than to experience the delicious food. Introducing Yeoville, a diverse suburb in South Africa, best known for being highly Afro-cosmopolitan with many African nationals found in the area. The entire location offers a rich history and due to the diversity of African culture, you can experience a wide variety of African cuisine. The guide will be leading you to local restaurants like Malalahitoka for traditional Ghanaian Wat, Kifto and Injera, Pondu and Kwanga, Mama Osu will be our Nigerian stop for Akara and Killshi. To book click here.
- Enjoy Movie Night Under The Stars
For Capetonians, this event is a must-see adventure. The Galileo Open Air Cinema presents a selection of great and classic movies at Battery Park (V&A Waterfront), under the stars! This summer, the unique cinema experience offers two types of cinema styles: Picnic & Royale – Tickets start from R109. Each week a new classic is featured on the outdoor big screen.
- Go For An Adventures Hike
Explore the outdoors with a few unspoiled nature areas at Hennops Hiking Trail. This beautiful area is situated on the doorstep of both Johannesburg and Pretoria. View the breathtaking mountains along the Hennops River by enjoying one of the 3 trails setting out from Hadeda Camp. The cost is R100/adult and R50/schoolchildren. To learn more about the hiking trail and what trails are available, click here.
- Visit A Delicious Food Market
There’s nothing better than exploring a market filled with a variety of stalls, including locally grown food products, art and crafts, curios, clothing and jewellery & MORE. Join the festivities, and stroll along with the Hazel Food Market under the huge trees. The delicious food market offers spacious restrooms and visitors can be assured that strict COVID-19 protocols are followed. Visit the Hazel Food Market for more information.
- Go To The Durban Botanical Gardens To See Living Fossils
Did you know that the Durban Botanical Gardens was established on the edge of the Berea Ridge in 1849 by Dr. Charles Johnston. At this historic site, you will find Durban’s oldest public institution and one of Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens. Visitors adore the place since here you will find many living fossil plants with many pre-dinosaur cycads (plant seeds that go as far back as 250 million years ago). This garden offers a rare opportunity to view these plants up close. Learn more about this spectacular destination here.
- Have The Ultimate Staycation
Whether you stay in Durban or anywhere else in South Africa, you need to take the time to visit and stay at The Oyster Box Hotel. This beautiful luxury five-star hotel in Umhlanga is guaranteed to take your breath away. Discover beautiful ocean views and sceneries, while relaxing in South Africa’s most cherished hotels. Make your booking today – click here.
- Take A Special Wine Tour
If you’re in Cape Town, you need to take a tour of one of South Africa’s finest and most famous wine-producing regions. When you book you can enjoy a tour guide by a wine specialist as well as an in-depth tasting of the best wines in South Africa. You will fall in love with this experience when you visit or stay in Cape Town. Learn more about the wine adventure right here.
- Enjoy An Unforgettable Brunch
Take a break from home chores and everyday life, and go and experience one of the best brunch spots in Cape Town called Mulberry & Prince. The beautiful spot offers visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy delicious breakfast dishes, all day, every day. Meals on the menu include Almond Waffles & Warm Berries, Nutella French Toast & MORE. Book your table today.
So much to do, and so much to explore! This is why you have no time to waste on doing your home chores. Book a trusted and reliable home service today and say goodbye to ongoing house admin forever. Rather take the time and explore your city by ticking off the top 10 things to do in South Africa list above!