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Team-building activities you’ll actually enjoy

Surprise your team with these fun team-building activities

Last update: 6 February 2024

Close your laptops and explore unique ways to keep up the momentum at work. Treat your team to thrilling escape-room adventures (where you'll play pirate, prisoner or detective), learn how to make your own gin, freewheel down breathtaking vineyards + more ideas for you next team-building experience. 

BOOST MORALE WITH A SCOOTOURS RACE

Nothing like competition to get colleagues vibing. Consider Scootours at Middelvlei Wine Estate, a 850 metre adrenaline-rush race with berms, rollers, and a bush tunnel on Monster Mountain Scooters. It’s an hour-long experience. There’s also a 1.5 hour Scootours mid-week special. Both options include a guide and equipment. Plus, you can work from the farm, eat a lekker boerebraai lunch, and add an archery session to your team-building session.

Note: Scootours also has team-building experiences in Franschhoek, Cape Town and Banhoek


Middelvlei Farm | Stellenbosch | @scootoursbestdayever | Image: Scootours

TEAM UP LIKE THE AVENGERS

This thrilling new escape game, called the “king of escape rooms”, feels like a superhero simulation. You and your team get to play like the Avengers, and have 75 minutes to save Cape Town. It’s full of mysteries and thrills (and maybe a few jump scares). Each team can be between four to six players. Find out why HintHunt’s Marble is possibly the best escape room in the world

Note: HintHunt Africa has five more escape rooms to choose from. 


Watershed | 17 Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | @hinthuntafrica | Image: Claire Photography

BRAINSTORM AT A HOLISTIC RETREAT

Take your team on a holistic retreat in the Cederberg mountains. Cederkloof Botanic Retreat is located in a secret valley, just minutes away from Citrusdal, a quick 2 hour drive from Cape Town. There are 10 self-catering cottages on site, some of which with wifi available. Whether you want a midweek brainstorming session or just want to bond as a team, the quiet retreat gives you loads of opportunity to spark creativity. 

Note: There are two hiking trails on site, so further your team building with an early morning 20 minute stroll or a 2 hour trek into the valley.


R303 | Regional Road | Citrusdal | 083 285 6766 | @cederkloof | Image: Cederkloof Botanical Retreat

PLAN THE YEAR IN EXQUISITE LOCATIONS

Ideas Cartel co-working spaces are loved by highly productive teams. There are properties across locations in and around Cape Town, from close to the Waterfront to the suburb and the Winelands. They are the work, play + stay hub for today's businesses.
What you get: Boardrooms and meeting rooms that have up to 20, with video display. But also back-up power,  private offices, lounges, cafes… and luxury hotels

Note: They are in 5 locations: The Old Foundry, Green Point; Ideas Cartel, Claremont; Ambassade in Stellenbosch; Casa Labia in Muizenberg. Book a tour.


Ideas Cartel | Various locations | info@ideascartel.com | +27 21 824 1782 | @instagram | Image: Ideas Cartel

MAKE TEAM-BUILDING MEMORIES  

There’s nothing like sharing a memorable experience to bring people together. Take your team to Zip Zap’s latest variety show, VOOMA! and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of the Zip Zap Dome. VOOMA! combines acrobatics, juggling, mind-blowing stunts, outrageous comedy and dazzling sing-along performances. Plus, there are food stalls selling everything from chips and chocolates to boerie rolls and wine, beer, tea and coffee. 

What you get out of it: Watching a circus show is an experience that leaves a lasting impression, and it’s a childhood memory that many people share. You can take a piece of Zip Zap home with you by supporting their merchandise stall.
Note: There is ample, secure parking outside the Zip Zap Dome, so no need to use the Artscape Theatre parking areas.


You can also hire the Zip Zap Dome for any event.  Image: Joan Ward

NEW GAMES ADDED: TAKE THE TEAM TO HINTHUNT

HintHunt, who made escape rooms viral in South Africa, have two new escape games, Escape Plan and Torpedo, in which you and your colleagues are locked away in a themed room and challenged to solve riddles and puzzles in 60 minutes or less. You can do it during your lunch break (even midweek) or after work till late on Fridays. There are three more escape games to choose from at HintHunt.

What you get out of it: Team bonding and the satisfaction of beating your opponents and a team photo at the end. See CapeTownMagazine.com team after a game.
Note: If you have a big team or remote teams, consider playing the outdoor and online game: Amazing Race, played around the V&A Waterfront, or the online and mobile escape games.


HintHunt | Watershed | 17 Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | 076 187 2764 | capetown@hinthunt.co.za | Instagram: @hinthuntafrica

TREAT THE TEAM TO GIN, BEER + PIZZA

What better way to celebrate your team than with a bottle of personalised gin. At Distiller’s Union, you can make your own gin, while enjoying snacks and drinks. Handpick your own ingredients – the spices, citruses, herbal notes and floral fragrances – and each member can design their own label. Plus, pop down to Sweet River Brewery for a beer tasting and pizza (for those team members who aren’t a huge gin fan)

What you get out of it: You make your own gin and take a 500ml bottle of it home with you.
Note: 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.


156 Victoria Road | Woodstock | 021 447 2517 | @distillersunion | Image: Lara van Zyl

ORDER IN FOR YOURSELF OR THE OFFICE 

Corporate cocktails, Friday drinks for the office, even hump-day Wine Wednesday (yes, it’s a thing) don’t have to be a schlep to organise. Because Bar Keeper, Cape Town’s seamless service liquor store, delivers ice cold in an hour (that’s if you’re within a 6km radius). It is open for trade every day of the week, 364 days a year (it’s closed on Christmas Day). And because it has a van for deliveries, not only a scooter, you can get anything from a few bottles of wine to many cases of booze.

What you get out of it: You can order 1 bottle or a few cases for an office-party or after-work drinks
Note: Bar Keeper also offers a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. 


Bar Keeper | 103 Strand Street, Cape Town City Centre | 021 422 1024 | capetown@barkeeper.co.za | Instagram:@bar.keeper

SING WITH A LOCAL MUSIC STAR

If there’s a man that can get your teammates expressing themselves loudly and having fun while they do it, it will be Dirty Skirts lead singer Jeremy de Tolly. The singer has travelled down the path of self-healing and sees the voice as a central part of this process. Working with him will show you how to “express yourself with ease, confidence and freedom” – can you imagine the benefits of that in a team, giving presentations or even socially? You might discover you – or a teammate – have a singing voice to die for.

What you get out of it: A fun and dynamic experience that will leave each team member more confident in expressing themselves. You’re also sure to feel more confident speaking in public.
Note: This experience is shared, but if you want more access to freeing your voice, there are private sessions available, too.


Find Jeremy de Tolly on jeremydetolly.com, facebook.com/jeremydetollymusic, youtube.com/channel and @jeremydetolly Image: Jeremy de Tolly

GET JOLLY WITH A FINE WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE

Get the conversation flowing by bonding over tasty, local cuisine and world-renowned wines in a relaxed, family farm setting. Enjoy a delicious food and wine pairing that celebrates all things local and lekker about South African fare, in a way that encourages sharing stories and personal experiences. Or indulge in a wine tasting experience in their modern tasting room at Leopard’s Leap.

What you get out of it: A fun, relaxed dining experience in a picturesque setting, while enjoying the best wines South Africa has to offer.
Note: On weekends, the winery serves a colourful range of wine cocktails.


Main Road | Franschhoek Valley | +27 (0) 21 876 8002 | reservations@leopardsleap.co.za | www.leopardsleap.co.za

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FOR FURTHER READING

Park Inn has conference and meeting rooms for teams of 4 people to 120.

Split into teams MasterChef style at Food Jams cooking party.

Treat the team to Cape Town's best drumming show (limited run).

Get over the midweek hump with a HintHunt escape game

Get in early to book your function venue for your end of year party.

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