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Our Wedding Dream Destination Guide


How to talk like a South African!!!!

Howzit my Bru

Hello

Ag man!

Oh man!

Aikona!

No Way!

Bakkie

Pick up truck

Biltong

Dried meat

Boerewors

Traditional spicy sausage cooked on the fire (braai)

Bokkie

A buck or doe – but more traditionally used as a reference to one’s sweetheart

Braai

SA style barbeque

Cherry

Girlfriend-"she's my cherry"

Cozzie

Swimsuit

Doff

Stupid

Dorp

Small Town

Fundi

An expert

Howzit?

How are you?

Izzit?

Really?

Jolling

Having fun, out partying

Just now

Sometime soon - but not necessarily on the same day

Lekker

Great or good-"it tastes lekker"

Miggie

Little flying bug or midget as known in the UK

Mozzie

Mosquito

Muti

Medicine

My bru

My brother - but also used to refer to a close male friend

My China

My mate - my friend

Now now

Very soon - "See you now now"

Sarmie

Sandwich

Takkies

Sneakers / Trainers

Trek

A journey

Tsotsi

A thief

Yebo!

Yes!


TRAVEL / TRANSPORT


BEST TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

As March is the peak season in Cape Town, we would suggest that you make all the necessary travel arrangements as soon as possible. To assist you as much as possible, we have registered with Timeless Africa Safari’s. Our contact person is Nicki and she deals with the booking of accommodation, safaris, holiday packages, car hire / shuttles and tours for wedding couples and their guests anywhere in South Africa. Nicki will happily deal with your arrangements and her response time is very good. Her details are listed below:

Nicki Wray
TIMELESS AFRICA SAFARIS

Tel: +27 21 461 9001 | Mobile: +27 83 415 6615 | Email: nicki@tasafaris.com


BEST DESTINATION

Cape Town!! Welcome to an exceptional city! It's a place where old and new harmoniously converge in history, architecture, cultural pursuits and the essence of its people. Warmed by the African sun, the city is dominated by a towering, table-shaped mountain, set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights and lush valleys, where two oceans converge - the Indian and Atlantic. Immense natural beauty and the fast pace and bright lights of a great urban centre meld effortlessly here. Firmly positioned on the international map, Cape Town offers a myriad of things to do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget.


BEST CAR RENTALS

Budget Rent-a-Car - www.budget.co.za | +27 21 418 5232 (0861016622)
Avis Car Rental & Luxury Car Rentals - www.avis.co.za | +27 21 424 1177 (0861113748)
Europcar Rental - www.europcar.co.za | +27 11 574 4457
Hertz Car Rental - www.hertz.co.za


BEST TAXI SERVICES

Uber Cape Town by downloading the mobile phone app
www.uber.com/cities/cape-town | www.stellenboschdigital.co.za/uber/

Rikkis Taxi - +27 (0)21 4473559 | 086 174 5547
Marine Taxis (24 Hour Contact) - Tel: (0861) 434 0 434 | +27 (21) 913 6813 | +27 (21) 913 6866
Excite Taxis – 021 448 4444 | www.excitetaxis.co.za
Intercab – 021 447 7799
Unicab - +27 (0)21 4481720


BEST TRANSFERS AND TOURS

Jeff Edison Tours and Transfers - +27 (0)82 979 4664
Green Cab Transfers - +27 (0)21 788 3706

BEST THINGS TO DO

WITH TIME ON YOUR HANDS


Robben Island Head for the Cape's version of Alcatraz, now a museum where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. A moving experience is guaranteed. Boats leave hourly from the V&A Waterfront, but booking ahead is essential.
Contact: +27 21 409 5100 | bookings@robben-island.org.za | www.robben-island.org.za

V&A Waterfront Situated in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour with the dramatic backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is widely acknowledged as Cape Town's premier shopping and tourist destination and a well known entertainment hotspot. Here, an innovative fusion of history and modern convenience has resulted in a multi-purpose, dockside environment unlike any other in the world. We invite you to share the experience... to live, work and play.
Contact: +27 21 408 7600 | www.waterfront.co.za

Table Mountain Cape Town's most recognizable landmark- the cable cars take you to the summit in under 10 minutes. Go early to avoid queues!
Contact: +27 21 424 0015 | www.tablemountain.net

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony) Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. Its Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre. It is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon's Town towards Cape Point, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. It is also a popular swimming beach, although humans are restricted to beaches adjacent to the penguin colony. TIP: Combine a trip to see the penguins with a few hours on Boulders Beach, or a few hours in the quaint and historical town of Simon's Town. The penguins can also be visited before or after a visit to Cape Point.
CPNP website: www.cpnp.co.za

Kirstenbosch Gardens - The beautiful Kirstenbosch gardens cover an area of 528 hectares with 36 hectares of cultivated garden. The gardens are a celebration of South African flora - showcasing only indigenous South African plants. Fynbos, proteas, cycads and rolling lawns are intermingled with streams and ponds and well-laid out pathways for easy walking. A great variety of birds inhabit the gardens and the sweeping views from the upper slopes are spectacular. Whether for a casual stroll, a more strenuous walk or a lazy picnic, the gardens are a must-see when visiting Cape Town. TIME NEEDED: Anything from an hour or two, to a full day. www.kirstenbosch.co.za

Winelands - Follow the wine trails and have lunch at one of the excellent restaurants en route. Go trout fishing or wine tasting on horseback.
Franschhoek Tourism: +27 21 876 3603 | info@franschhoek.org.za | www.franschhoek.org.za
Stellenbosch Tourism: +27 21 883 3584 | eikestadt@iafrica.com | www.stellenbosch.org.za
Paarl Tourism: +27 21 872 3829 | paarl@cis.co.za | www.paarlonline.com
Popular and beautiful wine farms to visit: Steenberg / Buitenverwachting / Boschendal / Vergelegen / Lanzerac / Rust en Vrede / Babylonstoren / Haute Cabriere / La Motte / Delaire Graff

False Bay Seaboard The warmer waters on the south-eastern side of the city, running from the faded resorts of Muizenberg to Simon’s Town, allow for a spot of swimming. The best vantage point is Boulders Beach at the southern end of Simon’s Town (see above).

Surfing Lessons Gary’s Surf School www.garysurf.com | +27 21 788 9839 | +27 83 324 5110

Cape of Good Hope is often taken to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. This actually occurs 300 kilometres further east at Cape Agulhas. This wild and windy area encompasses the Cape Point nature reserve. Climb to the famous viewpoint and old lighthouse and keep your eyes peeled for Zebra, buck and baboons.
Contact +27 21 701 8692 | www.cpnp.co.za

Sandy Bay to Sea Point Drive south to bare all on Sandy Bay, Cape Town’s spectacular nudist beach, with it’s white, coarse grain sand, stunning dunes and dense fynbos. Continue on to Camps Bay with it’s infamous sea food restaurants and vibrant main road. Follow the picturesque coastline to Sea Point for a walk along the promenade.

Shark Diving If you are brave enough, go White Shark cage diving... or just stay on the boat...
Contact +27 28 384 2787 | www.sharkdivingunlimited.com | www.whitesharkdiscovery.com

Paragliding From Lion's Head and Signal Hill - Cape Town Tandem Paragliding - +27 (0)768922283 | +27 (0)829637729

Two Oceans Aquarium Waterfront - Experience the incredible diversity of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean - +27 (0)214183823

Waterfront Boat Company Sailing and luxury boat cruises and sunset charters.
Wendy: +27 21 418 5806 / 418 0134 or Richard: +27 82 554 6058

Wineland Ballooning Hot-air Balloon flights - +27 21 863 3192


For general information on Cape Town and surrounds – www.aboutcapetown.com

BEST RESTAURANTS


Cape Town has a huge amount to offer food and drink lovers. As some of you may well know, we have done a fair amount of eating and drinking in and around Cape Town - we have put together a list of recommended places, should you find yourself hungry or thirsty.

Knead (Seapoint and Kloof Street) - Brilliant breakfasts
Kleinsky's Delicatessen (Seapoint) - First-rate bagels and Jewish deli
The Roundhouse (Camp's Bay) - Breakfast with a view
Newport (Mouille Point) - Outstanding breakfasts, sandwiches and salads
Manna Epicure (Gardens) - Delicious breakfasts and a great early bird dinner deal.
Jason Bakery (City Bowl) - Fresh ad tasty sandwiches
Hudson’s The Burger Joint (Gardens and Green Point) - Best burgers (healthy options too)
Royale Eatery & Royale Kitchen (City Bowl) - Infamous burger joint
The Hussar Grill (Camp's Bay) - Good steakhouse
Carne SA (City Bowl) - Upmarket steakhouse
Tashas (V&A Waterfront) - Everything you want from a quick and easy cafe.
Hemelhuijs (City Bowl) - Original salads and stylish food.
NU Cafe (Greenpoint and Seapoint) - Ultimate health kick
Cafe Paradiso (Gardens) - Great pastas and meats at great prices
Black Sheep (Gardens) - bistro-style and sharing food
The Hoghouse Brewing Company (Ndabeni) - Trendy
The Grand (Granger Bay & Camp's Bay) - Good all-rounder with a beach location.
The Backyard Grill (Seapoint) - Chilled-out braai spot
Chapman's Peak Hotel (Chapman's Peak) - Great seafood, calamari is a must!
La Perla (Seapoint) - Good seafood lunch spot
Kalky’s (Kalk Bay) - Beloved fish and chips place
Harbour House (Kalk Bay) - Views and top-notch seafood.
Mano’s (Green Point) - Second home of the Kantor family. Excellent food and best service in town.
Beluga (Green Point) - Good and affordable sushi
Haiku (City Bowl) - some of the best dim sum, robata and wok dishes
Kitima at the Kronendal (Hout Bay) - appetising Thai food in a Cape Dutch homestead
Takumi Sushi (Gardens) - Good quality traditional sushi
Willoughby's (V&A Waterfront) - Some of the best sushi, tempura, soups and salads
Posticino (Sea Point) - Pizzas and pastas at reasonable prices, generous portions
Burrata (Woodstock) - Tasty Italian food
Il Leone Mastrantonio (Green Point) - Best pastas in town
95 Keerom (City Bowl) - High quality Italian, delicious tagliata
* The Foodbarn (Noordhoek) - Kim and Gregg's favourite for a long lunch; elegant, inventive and unpretentious food with South African flavours in a thatched cottage.
The Test Kitchen (Woodstock) - Michelin starred, one of the world's best restaurants, eclectic and innovative food in a relaxed environment.
The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock) – good alternative if you can't get into the Test Kitchen, great views.

EAT / COFFEE


Cheap and easy eating (all over):

Primi Piatti
Ocean Basket
Nandos
Sushi from Spar
Anything from Woolworths


Coffee shops:

Truth (East City)
Origins (De Waterkant)
Tribe (Woodstock)
Mischu (Seapoint)
Baked (Bakoven)
Vida e Caffe (all over)

Western Cape Vineyards

everywhere has great food


Meerlust - very traditional wine estate
Thelema - quaint vineyard with delicious wine
Babylonstoren - extraordinary farm, vegetable patches & gardens
Vergelegen - beautiful rose gardens and forest
Morgenster - olive oil tasting
Waterkloof - modern with wonderful views
Delaire - modern with spectacular views
Tokara - fine food and views
Waterford - wine tasting with chocolate
Kanonkop -award-winning wines
Rust En Vrede - charming winery

For a comprehensive guide on the most current, hip and happening restaurants please refer to the following culinary guides:
www.eatout.co.za/article/best-of-cape-town-2/
www.capefusiontours.com/pams-favourite-cape-winelands-restaurants/
www.capetownmagazine.com/restaurants-wine-estates/158

BEST BARS


When Cape Town dims her lights after dinner, it’s time for the real fun to start. Take your pick of the numerous nightclubs, discotheques , wine-bars, music pubs and cocktail lounges. The Waterfront, Sea Point, Camps Bay, Observatory and lower Cape Town buzz until the early hours.


OUR RECOMMENDATIONS:

Bungalow (Maiden's Cove) - relaxed sundowners
Cafe Caprice (Camp's Bay) - sundowners and party on Sundays
The Orphanage (Bree Street) - small late night cocktail bar
La Parada (City Bowl) - busy late night bar
Mother's Ruin (Bree Street) - chilled gin bar
Ace n Spaces (City Bowl) - loud rock bar
Straight No Chaser - fun jazz bar
Anywhere on Long Street!

www.capetownmagazine.com/bars/53
www.timeout.com/cape-town/search/tag/4298/bars-pubs

TOURS / SHOPPING


BEST TOWNSHIP TOURS

Experience how the vast majority of Capetonians live by visiting one of the thriving township centres that surround the city. Every township has an individual character. What they all have in common is hospitality, vibrancy and determination to escape the cycle of deprivation. Special tours are offered to these disadvantaged areas providing an opportunity to interact with the communities and be immersed in a rich culture of traditional values. Experience unique culinary trends, or duck into a smoky shabeen to enjoy the local brew and savour the sounds of township jazz. Visit a craft market or engage with local customs through the vibrant community centres or spaza shops that are an intrinsic element of township life. The Sivuyile Centre in Guguletu also provides information and reservations for tours, accommodation and entertainment in the townships of Cape Town. The Centre showcases artists at work and encourages the purchase of community produced craft.
www.capeafricatours.com | www.take2tours.co.za | www.hyltonross.co.za


BEST SHOPPING

"Shop till you drop" is not an uncommon phenomenon in Cape Town, where your hunt for that special something can lead you on a trail right around the mountain and back... Retail therapy is one of Cape Town's favourite pastimes, enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike. One of the best things about shopping, however, is the enjoyment to be had from browsing itself - the city's intricate streets, enticing markets and cool, glamorous malls offer a splendid way to wile away entire days!

V & A Waterfront, a fine selection of trendy boutiques and shops. While there take in The Watershed Craft and Design Market and the V&A Food Market. Not to be missed!!!!!!

The Old Biscuit Mill Market, Woodstock - A vibrant warm hearted little shopping village in the heart of Woodstock +27 (0) 4478194

Cavendish Square, Claremont Elegant shopping centre with the top SA brands- but don't expect international labels.

Long Street and Church Street, Afro-chic furnishing stores, second hand bookshops and great curios.

De Waterkant at The Cape Quarter, Green Point Cape Town’s coolest complex housing clothing outlets, interior stores, trendy restaurants and coffee shops.

BEAUTY / HAIR / NAILS


BEST BEAUTY

ALTIRA SPA - As market leader in hotel spa and wellness centers, stunning views over the V & A Waterfront and harbour, make the 1000m2 AltiraSPA on the 19th floor unique…as it is the only facility of its kind in Cape Town. 20 treatment rooms allow for body and skin treatments, as well as relaxing or toning body therapies. From the indoor heated lap pool with underwater music, whirlpool, steam bath and sauna, a modern state-of-the-art gymnasium and the chefs carefully selected cuisine – this SPA will set new standards.
Tel: +27 (0)21 689 2221

ANGSANA SPA - The Angsana Spa at the Vineyard Hotel is situated alongside the banks of the Liesbeeck River at the bottom of the hotel's beautiful manicured gardens. Operated by the International Banyan Tree Spa Group this spa opened officially this summer.
Tel: +27 (0)21 657 4500

S.K.I.N. - Dock Road, V&A Waterfront: +27 21 425 3551 | www.skinonline.co.za

Serenité Spa Green Point - +27 21 4342950 | info@serenite.co.za | www.serenite.co.za

CACI Clinic - The Radisson Hotel, Granger Bay: +27 21 418 5729

For an overview of Health Spas in South Africa: www.healthspas.co.za


BEST HAIR

SEA POINT AREA:
Jade Hair - +27 (0)21 4342415
Yemaya Hair and Spa - +27 (0)21 4392266
Hair @ London - +27 (0)21 4346580
Excentric Hair and Nail - +27 (0)21 4341413
Terenzo Hair - +27 (0)21 4349475
Kavanagh"s Hair and Beauty - +27 (0)21 4340206
Sorbet Face, Body,Wax and Nails - +27 (0)21 4331417/+27 (0)21 4331306

CAMPS BAY AREA:
Steven Alan Hair - +27 (0)21 4389218
Eva Hair and Beauty - +27 (0)21 4385060
Langara Wellness Centre - +27 (0)21 4371690
Sorbet Face Body Nails - +27 (0)21 4371755

V&A WATERFRONT:
Partners - +27 (0)21 4218845
Scar - +27 (0)21 4225900
Edge for Men - +27(0)21 4194021


BEST NAILS

Dante Express - +27 (0)21 433 0798
Sorbet Nails Sea Point V&A - +27 (0)21 4250234
Sorbet Face Body Nails Camps Bay - +27 (0)21 4371755
Sorbet Face, Body,Wax and Nails Sea Point - +27 (0)21 4331417/+27 (0)21 4331306

BEST ART


Irma Stern Museum (1894-1966), a major South African artist who achieved national and international recognition in her lifetime. The permanent collection on display shows Irma Stern's development as an artist whose subject matter included exotic figures, portraits, lush landscapes and still lifes conveyed in a variety of media, ranging from oils and water colours to gouache and charcoal. The Irma Stern Museum was established in 1971 and is the house the artist lived in for almost four decades. Several of the rooms are furnished as she arranged them while upstairs there is a commercial gallery used by contemporary South African artists. A lively temporary exhibition programme is arranged annually and visitors can enjoy the garden. Cecil Road, Rosebank Cape Town South Africa
Tel: +27(0)21 685 5686

WHATIFTHEWORLD GALLERY acts as a platform for a new generation of emerging South African contemporary artists, and was selected in 2007 by Contemporary Magazine (London) as one of the ‘Top 50 Emerging Galleries from Around the World.’ 1 Argyle Street (Corner of Argyle & Albert Road) Woodstock 7925 Cape Town, South Africa
Viewing Hours: Tues - Fri 10.00 - 17.00 / Sat 10.00 - 14.00 or by appointment

The National Gallery Operating hours: Daily from 10h00 to 17h00
Telephone:+27 (0)21 481 3970 | Fax: +27 (0)21 467 4680
Location: Government Avenue, Company's Garden, Cape Town

The Goodman Gallery is at the forefront of contemporary art in South Africa. Its focus is on artists – from South Africa, the greater African Continent, and other countries – who engage in a dialogue with the African context.
3rd Floor, Fairweather House,176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock
T: +27-21-462-7573/4 | F: +27-21-462-7579 | cpt@goodman-gallery.com | www.goodman-gallery.com
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday 09h30–17h30, Saturday 10h00–16h00, Closed Monday

Michael Stevenson Gallery Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, 7925.
E: cpt@stevenson.info | T: +27 (0)21 462 1500. | F: +27 (0)21 462 1501