What's on in South Africa this week

  • 17 November 2014 | Cassidy Parker
Take a guided walk through the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden this week and learn more about South Africa's diverse flora. Image South African Tourism

With the summer days getting longer and hotter, more and more visitors are making their way to South Africa’s shores. If you’re looking for fresh ideas to recommend to your guests in Gauteng, the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West, take a look below.

Western Cape

Guided strolls through the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden take place from Monday to Saturday. Detailed seasonal insight into the garden is offered, and every tour is tailored to meet the interests of the group.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Time: 10am and 4pm (additional walk at 11am on Tuesdays, and no 4pm walk on Saturdays)

Duration: Approximately two hours

Cost: Free (garden entrance applies)

For more information, call Kirstenbosch on +27 (0)21 799 8783 or visit their website.


A monther and calf at the Rhion and Lion Park. Image South African Tourism 

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is running tours every Saturday for the month of November that include visits to the Rhino and Lion Park, the Wonder Caves and the Sterkfontein Caves. The tours offer incredible insight into the area’s world-renowned paleontological sites.

Venue: Cradle of Human Kind World Heritage Site

Date: Saturday 22 November

Time: 8am

Cost: R1 440 (tickets available through Computicket)


The Durban Botanic Gardens, a perfect place to enjoy live music in the summertime. Image courtesy of Shubert Ciencia 

The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series brings together great local music, a beautiful environment and some summer sunshine. All proceeds from the performances go towards a people and plant development programme, the Garden Window Project, within the Durban Botanic Gardens.

This Saturday’s performance features high-profile South African artists such as electro house duo Goodluck; the modern folk sounds of the talented Jeremy Loops; The Kiffness; and Rubber Duc.

Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens

Date: Saturday 22 November

Time: 6pm

Cost: Adults R140 (children 8 – 12 years: R50; children under 8: free; tickets available from Webtickets)

North West

Sun City offers something for every taste: from concert fans to casino-goers. Image courtesy of Sun International

Vocal Mania showcases finely chosen songs spanning five decades, with a fresh a cappella and acoustic approach. The production combines rhythmic and vocal harmonising using non-musical instruments and objects, and the group stays true to its South African heritage by performing songs such as Homeless and Sarie Marais.

Venue: Sun City Theatre

Date: Tuesday to Sunday until 29 November

Time: 8.30pm, with a 3pm matinee on Saturdays

Cost: R130 (tickets available from Computicket)