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End-Of-Year Party Ideas To Pitch To Your Boss
Outdoor adventure, wine tastings, a cultural food tour + more
Last Updated: 13 July 2022
What a year! With vaccine rollouts and the world slowly nearing a new normal, it's been quite a rollercoaster of a year. What better way to end 2021 off than with a memorable year-end team party. With some one-of-a-kind venues, adventurous fun to bring out your inner child and office-function ideas that keep the Covid-19 precautions in mind, this year end function will be one for the books.
RIDE MONSTER MOUNTAIN SCOOTOURS
Freewheel down a purpose-built Scootour track on Swiss-designed Monster Mountain Scooters at Middelvlei Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. It’s a 45-minute, action-packed Flow Trail, an 850-metre long adrenaline rush complete with berms, rollers, and a bush tunnel. Scootours also does a longer, mid-week special, and both options include a guide, equipment and a complimentary glass of wine. Plus, you can work from the farm, eat a lekker boerebraai lunch, and add an archery session when booking.
How to book: Website
Cost: Scootours Flow Trail from R290 pp; lunch from R265 pp; archery from R180 pp; Scootours mid-week special is R500 pp
Scootours Cape Town | 082 7760 557 | @scootourscapetown | Image: Scootours
OPT FOR A STEAMPUNK STEAKHOUSE
This spot in Hermanus has it all: Attitude, orgasmic steaks, sensational loaded fries, delicious vegetarian options, sassy waitrons, a fabulous cocktail menu, a gin bar that includes a Victorian contraption – make no mistake, this is a scene set for celebration. There’s seating inside and out – a special plan will be made. You’ll find killer burgers, plus vegetarian options at Char’d Grill & Wine Bar.
How to book: Call 028 312 1986 or mail email@example.com
Cost: From R38 to R320
Shop 4 Village Square | Hermanus | 028 312 1986 | Instagram: @chardhermanus
CAROUSE WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES
I’m sure you’ve seen the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat sailing off the Atlantic seaboard coastline, but have you actually been on it? It’s South Africa’s only pirate ship and you can board it and carouse with your colleagues. A more memorable end-of-year do you’ll struggle to find. Plus, book it out for the entire company and you get to choose your own food (even a braai), hooch and tunes to do a jig to – even a themed party can be arranged.
How to book: Call 021 421 0909 or book on webticket
Cost: Start at R250 per person
GO FOR A FABULOUS FAREWELL DINNER, DARLINGS
This is for colleagues who appreciate a classy celebration. Or a company looking to spoil their team. Come dressed to play, Zsa Zsa is a glamorous night out. There’s attention-grabbing cocktails, surprise performances and the decadent French, Italian and Mediterranean-style menu. Perfect for a small team wanting an intimate dinner or colleagues wanting to let it all hang out. Get spoiled at the showy Zsa Zsa.
How to book: Call 079 656 1080 or book on Dineplan.
Cost: From R125 for mains
Pitch it to your boss: The surprise pop-up shows (music or stand up) is what sets it apart, and will make the celebration memorable.
101 Hout Street | CBD | Cape Town | 079 656 1080 | Instagram
IF YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE LIKE FAMILY, SHARE A MEAL
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard celebrates family, and it handles work functions in the same way by making the experience special. There are many options to choose from: wine tastings, a rotisserie roast-chicken lunch and more. The Leopard’s Leap team can serve lunch in a dedicated dining area. They curate and cater for the type of event that creates an intimate, friendly connection at this Franschhoek vineyard.
Pitch it to your boss: Celebrate your diverse company heritage by having your very own South African table – delicious food and wine pairing that celebrates all things local and lekker.
Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards, R45, Main Road | Franschhoek | Western Cape | https://leopardsleap.co.za/ +27 (0)21 876 8002
PLAN A COSY DINNER FOR YOUR TEAM
The Blue Café in Tamboerskloof is a delightful spot to stop off for coffee, pastries, pizzas or goodies from the deli. It’s set amongst Victorian buildings and has Table Mountain for a backdrop. There’s seating on the sidewalk in the front of the café, but there’s also a more intimate and cosy downstairs basement area that can be booked for private events for up to 25 people. So why not have a lovely dinner with your team at The Blue Café.
Cost: R3 000 minimum spend
How to book: Call 021 426 0250 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
TOUR AND EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH BO KAAP
Experience the iconic Bo Kaap area like never before with The Bo Kaap Cooking Tour, hosted by Zainie Misbach. You and your team of up to 15 people, can get a chance to go on a walking tour where you’ll get a chance to learn about the rich history of the area, from your tour guide. Your team will then be treated to an authentic 3 course Cape Malay lunch at Zainie’s family home in Bo Kaap. The full duration is 2 hours. Indulge in and learn about a rich culinary history with The Bo Kaap Cooking Tour.
Cost: R740 per person until end November, R815 per person from 1 December
Read more and book: Get more information on booking your tour at The Bo Kaap Cooking Tour . Questions? Email: email@example.com
46 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap | Cape Town | www.bokaapcookingtour.co.za | 078 739 4073
GET YOUR ADRENALINE PUMPING
End the year off by whizzing your way above the treetops, overlooking the city. One of the largest in Africa, the SA Forest Adventures’ Cape Town Zipline Tour, is sure to get your heart racing. The zipline tour takes place in Constantia for teams of up to 8.
From the base at Silvermist Estate, guests will go on a 4x4 drive up the Constantia mountains, on the outskirts of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve, where 12 exhilarating zipline platforms await, some as high as 155m high and 500m long. Go on a thrilling ride with SA Forest Adventures.
Cost: R600 per person. Between 20th December 2021 & 2 January 2022, the rates will increase to R650 per person.
Read more and book: Get more information on this exhilarating experience on the SA Forest Adventures website. For booking visit the online booking page.
Silvermist Estate, Houtbay Road | Hout Bay | Constantia | 021 7950 225 | www.saforestadventures.co.za
ESCAPE GAMES FOR REMOTE OR OFFICE-BOUND TEAMS
Take part in the kind of challenge that bonds any type of team with HintHunt’s escape games. Think “the thrill of Mission Impossible with the laughs of 30 Seconds”, played with 100 to 200 people online or 3 or 4 people in the actual escape rooms. There are three games in the Original Live Escape Games, Shipwrecked, The Old Hotel and The Cursed Treasure. The rules are simple: you have 60 minutes to solve the slew of complex riddles or perish. Where? Cape Town’s original Escape Rooms at HintHunt in the V&A Waterfront. (Read our full feature)
Read more and book: Get all information and book online on hinthunt.co.za. Questions? Mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021-001-4215.
Watershed, 17 Dock Rd | Victoria & Alfred Waterfront | Cape Town | www.hinthunt.co.za | +27 21 001 4215
CELEBRATE WITH MOVIE MAGIC
Bring your friends and family for an unforgettable night under the stars at the Galileo Open Air Cinema. Watch a movie while picnicking in some of the Cape’s most gorgeous gardens and wine estates. If you’re planning a birthday for someone special, you can arrange for an on-screen birthday message beforehand. Find out more about Galileo.
Good to know: Galileo is only active during the warmer months of the year (October to April)
Various locations | 071 471 8728 | Instagram: @thegalileo | Image: Galileo Open Air Cinema
GLIDE THROUGH GLOWING GREEN VINEYARDS
Segways will get the entire team excited. What’s awesome about them is that they move intuitively with your body, which you’ll learn to do in a 30-minute lesson at the start. Once you’ve mastered this, there’s the whole of Spier to explore – imagine gliding through glowing green vineyards, 360° views of mountains. If the team loves a bit of rivalry, opt for the Segway Soccer activity, which ends with a soccer “shoot-out”. If the entire crew is not convinced, there are numerous great activities, from spa treatments to picnicking and wine tasting, that have been paired with Segway Tours.
Pitch it to your boss: This is active, but not sweaty-active, plus it’s adaptable for the whole team (and there’s the best wines to taste afterwards).
How to book: Book online on Segway Tours ; Questions? email@example.com or Tel: + 27 (0)21 809 1157; Mobile: +27 (0)74 14 22 307
Spier Wine Farm, R310 Lynedoch Road, Stellenbosch | 021 809 1157 | firstname.lastname@example.org
BOND OVER A SHARED BOTTLE OF DISTILLERS & UNION GIN
Capetonians love gin, it's no secret and what better way to celebrate your team’s wins for the year than over a shared bottle of personalised gin. At Distillers & Union, you can handpick the complete flavour profile you want, from the spices, citruses, herbal notes and floral fragrances, even your own logo. Plus, if you'd like to taste exceptional gins produced by master distillers, the distillery is home to brands such as 5 Pence, Ora, Enigma and Dragon Brewing Co., all of which are available for tastings at Distillery & Union in Woodstock.
Pitch it to your boss: You get to take home your own bottle of gin and show it off to your friends and family.
How to book: Book online at Distillers & Union. Questions? Email: email@example.com
156 Victoria Road Woodstock | firstname.lastname@example.org | 076 726 3093 | distillersunion.co.za
CLAY SHOOTING, GIN TASTING + MORE WITH KIFF KOMBIS
If the best way to get your colleagues to gel is through an activity, here’s another idea: an epic road trip through Cape Town. Kiff Kombi Tours is perhaps the city’s ultimate company year-end experience as it’s so much fun, but chilled at the same time. The Gin Jol, Craft Beer Safari and Wine, Beer & Biltong Safari that takes you from Cape Town to picturesque Stellenbosch are recommended. These offer fun activities such as clay-shooting, paintball and bubble soccer. However, you can also custom-make a tour.
Pitch it to your boss: Kiff Kombis is all about good vibes, plus it’s as active or chilled as you want it to be. Get your bosses in the mood, let them watch this video of Kiff Kombis’ one-of-a-kind tours .
How to book: Book an event at Kiff Kombi Tours. Questions? Email: email@example.com
kiffkombitours.co.za | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)72 213 3888
MY BEST FRIEND: YEAR END OFFIC GETTOGETHER
Make it magical and exploratory, with this maritime experience. The state-of-the-art Two Oceans Aquarium accommodates big (1000 guests) and small (25 guests) teams. Host a sit-down dinner just metres away from ragged-tooth sharks or let the jellyfish fascinate your guests during a walkabout cocktail party, it’s your pick at Two Oceans Aquarium.
Pitch it to your boss: There are different packages to fit various budgets. These can include catering, evening tours, bar staff and even recommendations for entertainers.
How to book: Book an event by emailing: email@example.com or call: +27 (0)21 814 4504
Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront | Cape Town | www.aquarium.co.za | +27 (0)21 418 3823
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