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Life Doesn’t Stop When Winter Starts

The perks go up as the temperature goes down with these winter specials.


Last Updated: 18 April 2019

Winter is here, and like a new episode of Game Of Thrones, our selections of winter specials are something to look forward to. From restaurants to hotels and even the Philharmonic Orchestra, there’s lots to keep you from just holing up indoors. Have a look at some of the winter restaurant, lunch and experience specials we’ve discovered so far.

Until 31 August
Game drives are fun, but when the weather turns cold it's uncomfortable being in an open trailer. Vredenheim Animal Farm has a simple solution to this, they’re offering a free glass of body warming port when you join them on a game drive to see their range of antelope, including a rare golden wildebeest.
That’s not even all. They’re also offering 20% off to see their off colour lions and quirky tigers in their Big Cats Park, every Wednesday until 31 August.
Cost: Game drive is R225 for adults and R170 for kids (no port for them). Big Cat entry is  R60 for adults and R40 for kids (less 20% discount).

Baden Powell Drive | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)60 387 5593 |

Until September
Aubergine Restaurant believes in doing special things. This is why they’re offering an array of great dishes, in two or three courses, all winter long. From starters such as pressed Iberian pork terrine and pickled wild mushroom vinaigrette to mains like beef shin croquette with potato mash, cabbage, cumin and pomegranate. Desserts range from caramelised pear to glazed raspberry mousse and to top it all off you get  an amuse-bouche. What is that? It’s a free, bite-sized hors d’oeuvre that could be anything the chef chooses.
Like the amuse-bouche, the winter menu at Aubergine Restaurant is subject to change, so it’s best to keep an eye on their online winter menu for any changes.
Cost: R305 (2-course), R415 (3-course)

39 Barnet Street | Gardens | +27 (0)21 465 4909 |

1 June - 31 August
There’s a little piece of Ethiopia in the massive CBD and it’s colourful, vibrant, friendly and best of all unique. For winter Addis In Cape is offering R75 off on their vegan or mixed menu made with spices flown straight out of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. You can also experience a post meal traditional coffee ceremony with fresh ground Ethiopian coffee served in a traditional coffee pot.
Cost: R200 (normal price R275)

41 Church Street | CBD | +27 (0)21 424 5722 |

Until 31 August
Winter chills make tea time more enjoyabled and the people at Royaltea are planning to keep you warm for less this cold season. Take your pick from a selection of their hot drinks including cheese tea, bubble tea plus choco earl and get a 20% discount on it all winter long. Visit any store for options and prices. 
Cost: 20% off the price of your chosen beverage.

RoyalTea | Lifestyle On Kloof | 50 Kloof Street | Cape Town |

Until 31 August
Franschhoek is beautiful no matter the season, so head out to the wine route town and enjoy a three-course lunch with a bottomless bubbly option. Meals include starters like Saldanha Bay oysters, mains like braised lamb roti and desserts that include vanilla panna cotta. The special runs from Monday to Sunday at Protege Restaurant.
Cost: R275 (any three-course meal), R75pp (extra course), R195 (bottomless bubbly)

18 Huguenot Road | Franschhoek | +27(0)21 224 0801 | | Book Online

6–27 June
Let the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra warm your soul with a list of shows featuring some of the country’s top conductors and soloists. Discover the likes of Robert Moody and Bryan Wallick playing classics from the likes of Tchaikovsky, Barber and Dvorak at City Hall for Winter Symphony Season 2019.
Cost: R135–R350

City Hall | Darling Street | +27 (0)21 410 9809 | | Book Online

Until 31 August
Have a winter lunch at a restaurant that receives global acclaim and is amongst the best restaurants in the world. La Petite Colombe in Franschoek is doing a winter lunch special with fresh west coast oysters, yellowfin tuna, beef fillet and Gonedsa Boerenkaas on their menu, among other things. You also get a wine pairing option, vegetarian menu and for R100 extra you can meet the chefs.
Cost: R450pp, R835 with a wine pairing

Huguenot Road | Franschhoek | +27 (0) 21 202 3395

20 June
Take a walk through the vineyards of the Warwick Wine Estate and be rewarded with a taste of their top wines. Bring shoes, water, snacks and willingness to socialise, but don’t snack too hard as food and drinks will be supplied at the finish of the Wine Walk To Warwick.
Cost: R250pp, R150 for under-18’s

Dirtopia Cafe | Delvera Farm | R44 | Stellenbosch | +27(0)21 884 4752 |

Crispy pork belly, big casseroles, soups, grilled trout and curried wheat salad. Those are just some of the dishes you can expect when at this Overberg restaurant’s five-course Sunday special. With views of the valley and a fireplace for cold days, you can get cosy when the temperatures drop at Gabrielskloof Restaurant.
Cost: R385pp, R450pp with wine (Sunday Special)

R43 Bot River | 028 284 9865 | 

Wedged between offices and a cocktail bar in Cape Town’s CBD lies a true hidden gem. This bistro-style restaurant is available for hire, which includes catering, waiters, table settings and venue clean-up. It can accommodate up to 32 people. Read more about Jéan-Luc’s Kitchen.
Price: From R4000 (morning only)–R12 500 (full day)
Availability: May–August

11 Orphan Street | Cape Town CBD | +27 (0)21 204 4636 |

Experience a new way to hotel at the AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront, conveniently located just minutes away from the buzzing V&A Waterfront (connect via a complimentary canal shuttle) and a 25-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport. Their 188 spacious rooms feel stylish, and boast unparalleled views of the imposing Table Mountain, Lion's Head and Signal Hill. Read more about AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront, or get more information on their offers and packages on their website.

Offers and packages:
Family Experience: Keep the kids engaged and busy throughout your stay, because happy kids mean a happy family.
Available: until 30 August 2019
Transport Experience: Let them help ensure that getting there is just as stress-free as being there.
Available: until 5 September 2019
Romantic Experience: Enjoy time with your favourite person while they help make this a stay to remember.
Available: until 5 September 2019

Dockrail Road | Foreshore | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 137 1100


Discover a Tuesday treat to share with a friend at Royaltea's awesome tea special.

Discover one of the most unique and quintessentially Capetonian restaurants, plus excellent food at the Monday burger special at Moyo Eden on The Bay. Plus: Unlock R25 draughts and R39 cocktails at Moyo's Friday drinks specials

Check out the ever-changing R50 Wednesday lunch special at House of H. Also check out the 2-for-1 after-work specials at Roast & Co. There's all-you-can-eat pasta Wednesday dinner special at RBG Grill & Bar in the Foreshore.

Experience one of the most popular spots on the Garden Route in sophisticated luxury and home-feel comfort at aha The Rex Hotel

The winter specials don’t stop here. Check out these sweet deals on accommodation specials, Snuggle up at these restaurants with fireplaces this winter. And here’s more reason why Cape Town is a great place to visit in winter.

Also check out the South Africa Black Friday specials

Have a meal or glass of wine on the shaded terrace at Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate.

Get SA food with an international flair at The 41 in Camps Bay. And they have live music every Thursday.


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