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Plan Easter Early: Save the Date and Try These Events, Holiday Destinations and Family Braai Spots

Heads up Easter is coming 19–22 April 2019 and we’ve rounded up some fun things, from soccer and crayfish to giant Easter eggs, which will get the family excited.

Whether you celebrate it religiously, traditionally or socially, there’s one common denominator for Easter, that’s family. This year, the Easter weekend falls on 19–22 April and, although we know it’s early, we wanted to enable you to bookmark the date and plan an awesome family Easter.

So, we’ve found four exciting events happening this Easter in Cape Town, as well as some unique (and affordable) getaway spots at popular Easter family holiday destinations. We also highlight a select few braai spots around Cape Town for a fun get-together on Easter or Family Day.

WITNESS THE NEXT GENERATION OF SOCCER STARS
19–22 April
Bring the family to witness the next generation of soccer greats at the Bayhill Premier Cup. The annual Easter soccer tournament hosts top amateur and professional U19 soccer teams and has catapulted the careers of the likes of Benni McCarthy and former Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena. Some of the teams playing the tournament this year include Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns, Supersport United and a Palestinian team called Khanyounis Centre Club, among a host of others.
Cost: R10pp per day
Time: 8:30am–5pm

Erica Park | 3 Erica Drive | Belhar | info@premiercup-bayhill.co.za

FORGET ABOUT LAMB AND PICKLED FISH… IT’S CRAYFISH SEASON
19–21 April
Seafood is Easter food, and crayfish is the perfect delicacy to celebrate it with. West coast rock lobster becomes legal to fish over the Easter weekend (specifically open on 19, 20 and 21 April 2019, and closing officially thereafter), and all you need is a permit, which you can get at your nearest Post Office. Just remember that there’s a bag limit of four crayfish and your permit must be on you at all times, even when transporting it.

NB! Also note that it’s only for the specified dates. Crayfish is a protected species and fishing them outside the season dates could result in a large fine or jail time.  
Cost: R94 (for the permit)
Time: 8am–4pm

Various Beaches along the west coast | www.gov.za

PICNICS, HUNTS AND GIANT EASTER EGGS
21 April
Come out for a full-on easter experience, complete with an Easter egg hunt, live music, and delicious treats. There’s lots of other entertainment for the kids including face painting, a jumping castle and a giant Easter egg to decorate. For you it’s a chance for a laid back afternoon relaxing with wine and and an Easter food basket at Grande Provence wine estate in Franschhoek.
Cost: Entry is free, but you’ll have to book an easter basket in advance. It’s R800 per couple. R400 per single and R300 for a kids basket.
Time: 12pm–4pm

Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate | Franschhoek winelands | reservations@grandeprovence.co.za | +27(0)21 876 8600

SPIRITUAL HEALING AND POSITIVE VIBES
20-22 April
Join a family of a different kind for a weekend of love, peace and joy in Riviersonderend. Camp out and experience art, meditation, the best trance DJs and a joyful psychedelic culture. It’s all about enlightenment and positivity at the Circle Of Dream for Vortex Parallel Universe.
Cost: From an Outlet, it’s R550. At the gate, it’s R600 (all weekend), R480 (Sunday), R320 (Monday). R1950 gets you a luxury dome tent. Online bookings are R450 (early bird), R570 (all weekend regular) and you can book here.
Time: 8am–8pm

Circle of Dreams | Riviersonderend | admin@intothevortex.co.za | +27 (0)74 791 5555

A HOLIDAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Make use of the entire Easter long weekend and take the family to a resort for a four-day escape. There are plenty of options across the Cape, from seaside cabins to inland adventures. We’ve found two special spots in popular destinations for you to discover below:

Augusta de Mist
Situated on the Cape Garden Route, Augusta de Mist is an Africa-themed homestead situated on 2 hectares of fynbos. It has six stylish luxury suites and an African kitchen serving authentic pan-African dishes made with inhouse roasted spices and herbs and veg from its own garden.
Cost: R1315–R1565

3 Human Street | Swellendam | info@augustademist.co.za | +27 82 842 3444

The Sea Shack in Paternoster
Sometimes all you need is your loved ones, a cabin and the ocean outside your door. Like at The Sea Shack in Paternoster. It’s seaside glamping at its best, with the option of single cabins (queen or double bed) or tent hire. Each cabin, powered by solar energy and gas, is named and themed, featuring only the bare necessities and allowing you to fully explore the Paternoster area.
Cost: R400–R750

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve | Paternoster | +27 (0)79 820 6824

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something different to these then try one of these budget getaways.


HIGH AND BRAAI
The Easter weekend is capped off by a holiday fittingly called Family Day. Make that name really mean something by bringing the family together in the best way possible: with fire, meat and salads. Cape Town offers a wide selection of picturesque braai areas. And we’ve highlighted two special ones to check out this Easter weekend.

Millers Point
Just off Main Road in Simon’s Town is a camping spot with a tidal pool, open space and most importantly, braai spots. And, it allows day visitors. The kids are sorted with space to play and swim, and you are sorted with a designated braai area. Just note that the braai area is separate from the day visitors’ area, which is closer to the ocean, to avoid any accidents that could result in fires. So, if you want to make use of the day visitors area proper, you’ll have to just braai a little ways away from the rest of your party.
Cost: R14 (adult), R7 (Child)

Main Road (M65) | Murdock Valley | Simonstown | 021 786 6012

Tokai Forest
A shaded forest setting with braai spots and space for kids to play. Pack in some camping chairs because you can park right at your chosen braai spot making unpacking and packing back easy.   
Cost: R31 (Adult), R16 (Child), R28 (vehicle)

Tokai Road | Constantia Valley | +27(0)21 712-2337

Alternatively, discover more unique and special braai spots in Cape Town.


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