From Big 7 to Big 6: Cape Town's top tourist attractions ready to usher in summer

Table Mountain Cableway.
Table Mountain Cableway.

If your time is short on a visit to Cape Town, the Big 6 offers an itinerary that will ensure you get the best of the Mother City.

Previously known as the Big 7 (the City Walk was disbanded), the Big 6 will get you to where the two oceans meet in Cape Point, tasting wine on the oldest wine estate in South Africa at Groot Constantia, have a picnic among rare plants in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, see the city from the sky on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, do some shopping in the V&A Waterfront and reflect on South Africa's past on Robben Island.

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As the cold makes way for the sunshine of summer, the Big 6 will be giving visitors some fun in the sun with cool events that will drive your FOMO far out to sea.

“We are extremely excited about the Cape Town Big 6 upcoming summer.  There is renewed vigour in our tourism sector thanks to the wonderful rains we have had. Cape  Town has reaffirmed itself as the destination of choice for the upcoming holiday season,” says Wahida Parker, managing director at Table Mountain Cableway.

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This 4-day itinerary is the perfect guide to see Cape Town:

4-day itinerary to see Cape Town's Big 6

Get out your calendar and pencil in these events to make your summer in Cape Town popping:

V&A Waterfront

Besides adding a new Canal District that will bring some green to the harbour area, the V&A Waterfront is setting up to have a jam-packed season of events for the whole family. The Cape Town Buskers Festival from 1-11 November will be entertaining visitors across the Waterfront, and for the more classically-minded the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing concerts in the Silo District. 

The Galileo Open Air Cinema will also start playing your favourite movies throughout the season, and kids will be delighted with a meet and greet with Peppa Pig and the Magic of Christmas Show in the main shopping mall. The main event however will be the annual New Year's Eve celebration, where you'll welcome 2019 with sparkly fireworks. 

Find out more here. 

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Groot Constantia

The 333-year-old wine farm will be offering their whole Chocolate and Wine Pairing experience with the Visitors Route Experience for only R155 per person. You'll experience the history of the wine farm through its historic cellars, Manor House and ancient vineyards, all accompanied by an audio tour.

Find out more here. 

Robben Island Museum

Once the home of political prisoners during the colonial era and Apartheid, Robben Island Museum is giving South Africans the chance to walk through the past for a 20% discount until 30 September - perfect if you don't know what to do with yourself this weekend. It is Heritage Month after all!

Find out more here. 

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The Table Mountain Cableway

With summer comes spectacular sunsets, and from 1 November to 28 February, South Africans can go up Table Mountain's cable cars for half price for sunset from 18:00 every evening. To book your half-price return ticket simply produce your valid SA ID at the Cableway’s Ticket Office or provide your details when booking online. 

Find out more here. 

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

You know summer has arrived when the season of Kirstenbosch's annual Summer Sunset Concerts start up again. This year it will be running from 8 November until 31 March. Gates open at 16:00, and concert start times vary between 17:00 and 17:30. Ticket sales will open from 1 October on Webtickets and prices range between R190 and R350 for adults with a special Youth Ticket (6-21 years) on offer.

Find out more here. 

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Cape Point

Travel to the edge of Cape Town where civilisation makes way for the wildness of nature with pristine beaches, spectacular oceanic views and fine cuisine at the Two Oceans Restaurant. Best of all, from 1 November South Africans only have to pay R76 entry fee instead of the usual R147 - you just need to show your SA ID. 

Find out more here. 

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