Can you believe it’s nearly Easter? This year has been flying by at break-neck speed and we’ve already almost arrived at the first long weekend of the year. This is an unbelievably good reason to do cool things.

Here are five of the best things to do over the Easter weekend in Cape Town.

Celebrate Easter the traditional way at Spier


A Good Friday seafood braai and an Easter Sunday treasure hunt followed by a harvest lunch … these are but a few of the activities happening at Spier this Easter. If trekking back and forth daily to the estate is not your glass of 21 Gables Pinotage, there is even an Easter Weekend accommodation special on at the the four-star Spier Hotel during this period. Ideal for families (well actually anybody) who find foraging for chocolate eggs in the morning (with a sneaky glass of wine) fun.

Where R310 Baden Powell Road, Stellenbosch
When Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April 2015
Cost Friday seafood braai R220 pp, Sunday Harvest lunch R260 pp, Monday Easter brunch R160 pp
Contact +27 21 809 1100,


Dance under the stars and go nuts at Easter Vortex – it is a long weekend after all


Get your doef-doef on at this large festival gathering that is a tradition for some, and a rite of passage for others (myself included). Tip-top event organisation by the owners of Vortex ensures a jolly good time for all and it’s been that way for over 20 years. The music may not be for everyone, but embarking on a camping expedition out of the city for the long weekend, with a group of friends for bonding purposes, can never really be a bad thing. It’s not strictly Easter themed in the religious sense, but could be construed as a pagan/change-of-the-season type festival. Bring chocolate eggs for sharing in any case.

Where Hillside, Caledon (click for directions)
When Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April 2015
Cost R390 from Quicket, R380 from selected outlets, R420 at the gate
Contact +27 78 510 5455,


Binge on comedy and laugh so much it hurts


They say that laughter is the best medicine, and the Cape Town Comedy Club has the medication you need over the long weekend. Previously called ‘Jou Ma se Comedy Club’, this stand-up comedy venue will be open Thursday through to Sunday with a single, repeat line-up for each night. Pick any night and bring tissues.

Where The Pumphouse, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
When Thursday 2 April to Sunday 5 April 2015
Cost R95 pp on Thursday and R120 pp on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Contact +27 21 418 8880,


Take the kids to the V&A Waterfront and let them meet the Easter Bunny


Technically I never got to meet the elusive Easter Bunny as a kid so this is the big chance. From noon to 12:45 pm on Friday through to Sunday, kids (and adults) can come face to face with the six-foot, bipedal rabbit who will almost certainly be dispensing chocolate. The V&A will also be bringing back their petting zoo this year at the Watershed, where children of all ages can meet furry and feathery friends for a fee of R20 each.

Where Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Breakwater Boulevard
When Friday 3 April to Sunday 5 April 2015
Cost Free
Contact +27 21 408 7500,


Partake in a Easter egg hunt on Table Mountain (because gardens are too mainstream)


If the kids are getting too clever and you’re running out of spaces to hide the eggs on Easter Sunday morning, the Table Mountain Easter egg hunt is just up your alley. That sneaky and elusive bunny will be leaving clues in the form of paw prints for the kids to pick up on and entry includes a return trip on the Cableway. Fairies performing magical tricks and puppet shows will keep the parents and their little ones entertained as they hunt for chocolate on one of the natural seven wonders of the world.

Where Tafelberg Road, Gardens
When Sunday 5 April 2015, 10 am – 1 pm
Cost Adults pay R225 return up the Cableway and kids under 18 pay R110 from Webtickets
Contact +27 21 424 8181, [email protected]


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