Spring is in the air and we’re welcoming sunshine and warmer weather in Cape Town. Mention “Spring2018” when making your reservation in order to qualify for a 15% discount for reservations between 1.9 – 31.10.2018 for any travel dates till 30.11.2019 inclusive.*
Here are a few more reasons we are delighted about the arrival of Spring.
Dam water levels rising.
It’s September and that means the beginning of Spring in Cape Town. The days are getting warmer and longer, the whales have returned and the dams have filled up nicely. Thankfully Cape Town has water reserves now well above last year’s low. Of course we all still need to be mindful of our water usage, but for many Capetonians taking shorter showers has become a habit.
Fit for summer.
September also sees the Cape Town Marathon, one of the reasons why there are more people out jogging along the Atlantic Seaboard’s beachfronts; or could they just be trying to get fit for summer?
The Marathon takes place on Sunday the 23rd of September. Runners can choose between the full 42.2 km marathon, 12 km, or 22 km peace trail run. For those just getting back into running, try the 5km peace run. The 10 km peace run/walk has a two hour cut-off time. Best of all it is the day before Heritage Day, an ideal opportunity to make a weekend of it in Cape Town.
Many Hotels and Guesthouses are also getting ‘fit for summer’ by completing renovations and upgrades. Ocean View House is no exception. Individual rooms have been completely renovated with brand new bathrooms and even more comfortable accommodation. The upgrades at Ocean View House are not only restricted to the inside of the buildings, also the front entrance has received a whole new look with a mural soon to be added.
Have a whale of a time.
Whales are frequent visitors to the Cape’s Atlantic shoreline. These gentle giants spend summer feeding around Antarctica and then migrate thousands of miles to our waters where the sheltered bays of the South African coast provide perfect refuge to mate and calve. The Southern Right Whale can weigh up to 60 tonnes, averages 14 metres in length and lives to be about 100. They are huge – which is why we are certain to catch a sighting at this time of year. This year marks the 26th Hermanus Whale Festival from 28th-30th September; another good reason to spend time in the Cape Town area.
Look out for pre- season specials.
The main tourist season hasn’t yet started so it pays to shop around. There are still some great specials available both on accommodation and restaurant experiences. Staying an extra night can actually work out cheaper and picking a restaurant mid-week might even get you a complimentary glass of wine.
And speaking of wine, Cape Town’s CTICC is the venue for Cape Wine from 12th to 14th September. Hosted by WOSA (Wines of South Africa) the event boasts the best of South African wines under one roof. Visitors are welcome and registration can be done online.
Here’s another tip: if you find a good accommodation deal online it is a good idea to contact the hotel or guesthouse directly. You could be rewarded with an upgrade or an even better deal.
*Terms and conditions: New reservations only, Not applicable in conjunction with other specials or promotions, In order to qualify for this special the promo code ‘Spring 2018’ needs to be referenced when making the reservation.