By Nicole Hoey
At Africa’s southern tip lies Cape Town, the capital city of South Africa. The metropolis has many great events that blend a lively urban lifestyle with the unique nature that surrounds the city. Read on to discover 9 exciting things to do in Cape Town this September!
On the foot of the mountains, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is home to a wide variety of colorful plant life. Said to be one of the best gardens in the world, you can wander throughout the grounds and find some truly amazing vegetation. The gardens focus on sustaining the ecosystems throughout its lands, making sure that future visitors will be able to enjoy its views again and again. Address: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa
2. Robben Island
Located in Table Bay off the coast of Cape Town, Robben Island is a former political prison turned educational center. Robben Island today is home to a museum that shares the history of the island, as well as tours led by former prisoners. One of the most notable prisoners was Nelson Mandela, a South African anit-apartheid leader who helped changed the landscape of South African politcs.
Address: Robben Island, South Africa
3. The Tata Madiba at the Iziko South African Museum
Speaking of Nelson Mandela, the Tata Madiba exhibition was updated last year to reflect on the life and legacy of the famous political leader. The exhibit’s goal is to not only honor Mandela, but to connect his belief in preserving the country’s biodiversity to present day situations. The museum has made the exhibit permanent, meaning you can enjoy everything it offers whenever you want!
Address: Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
4. The Chocolate Festival
On September 1, catch the second of The Chocolate Festival, a two-day event that revolves around everyone’s favorite sweet. Name a kind of chocolate, and it’s sure to be at this event in some shape or form. Besides some delicious dessert, check out the live music and other kid-friendly events the festival has to offer.
Address: Stellenbosch, South Africa
5. Open Book Festival
An annual literary festival that takes place from September 4-8 this year, the Open Book Festival invites authors and readers from across the globe to join in on this bookish celebration. Throughout the festival, there are a variety of authors from all genres invited to speak about their work. The event also highlights some of the best South African writings, and encourages especially young audiences to keep up their passion for reading.
Address: Discover the different venues around the city here.
6. Street Food Festival
In early September, take to the streets and divulge in South African specialties at the annual Street Food Festival. Different vendors around the city join in on the event, ensuring that you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of fun foods. Also, this gives you a great way to enjoy the local community of Cape Town while you snack!
7. Franschhoek Uncorked Festival
About two hours outside of Cape Town, you can have the wine experience of a lifetime at Franschhoek Uncorked. Throughout the Franschhoek region, wineries will offer plenty of activities to mark the beginning of the wine season, such as vineyard tours and tastings, delicious food options and fun games. The perfect way to kick off the spring season, head to the festival on September 14-15.
Address: Franschhoek Wine Valley, 62 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
8. Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
On September 15, watch runners embark on the beautiful Peace Trail during the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. The race invites runners, both young and old, to join in on this incredible athletic event around Cape Town. With the Atlantic Ocean and the mountain range as a background for the marathoners, it’s a race that can’t be missed.
Address: Vlei Road, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051, South Africa
9. Hermanus Whale Festival
About a two-hour drive from Cape Town lies the town of Hermanus, home of the Whale Festival during the peak whale-watching season.The town explodes into celebration from September 27-29, with restaurants serving new specials and a variety of musical performances as you wait to catch a glimpse of a whale. Besides all of the great activities, and seeing some spectacular whales, the festival focuses on conservation of these creatures as well as all animal and plant life.
Address: Hermanus, South Africa