Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events,Hotel | on: June 23, 2017

Monday Night Magic at the Cape Town Club

There’s a certain kind of magic in the Mother City – and now even more so. Located in the city centre, and held each Monday, The Cape Town Magic Club hosts ‘Monday Night Magic’ until the 31st of July 2017. With three successful seasons already under its belt, the fourth season will once again keep audiences enthralled with tricks, sleight of hand and illusion, all woven together with a little theatrical drama.

Take a Seat in the Front Row

Guests can choose from the tamer family oriented 7 pm show or the adult only 9 pm late show. The intimate venue accommodates up to 50 people with tickets available from R150, or R200 for golden circle if you would like to get up close and personal. Refreshments are available at the theatre’s private bar before and after the show. Fine wine, malts and beer are available from 6:15 pm and 10:30 pm.

The Talent

The Monday Night Magic show has one staple – the late show features comical burlesque performer Diva Disastar. Aside from the burlesque performance, each night the line-up varies, giving both up-and-coming magicians the opportunity to perform in front of an audience and hone their craft alongside their renowned local and international predecessors. Show-goers can expect to bask in the talent of magicians such as Russell Fox, Greg Gelb, Stuart Lightbody, Larry Soffer, Bryan Miles, Alan Marriot and host Marcel Oudejans.

Magical Performances in a Magical Venue

Located on 18 Queen Victoria Street, the Cape Town Club is the historic centre of Cape Town. Dating back to 1898, the club is flanked by the Company’s Garden on one side and the Cape High Court on the other side. The building itself was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and the interior remains clad in dark wood, filled with leather furniture and finished with chandeliers and pressed ceilings. The Cape Town Club is truly a throw-back to simpler times. Lending its basement to the Cape Town Magic Club, the show takes place behind a nifty bookcase-come-secret-door. In true Victorian style, the secret door leads guests down a wooden staircase into a mysterious and intimate setting.

With Taj Cape Town a mere two-minute walk from the Cape Town Club, where better to indulge in after-show drinks? The Twankey Bar at the Taj offers impeccably magical cocktails. The cocktail menu is inspired by the inner workings of a true taste-magician – the talented and award-winning Mixologist, AJ Snetler.

To book luxury accommodation in the heart of Cape Town, email res.capetown@tajhotels.com, or call us at +27 21 819 2000. Taj Cape Town is also home to Bombay Brasserie and Mint, the Local Grill, for those wanting to enjoy dinner AND a show. To reserve a luxury fine dining or casual contemporary dining experience, email us at bc.capetown@tajhotels.com.

 
 
 
Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town | on: June 15, 2017

Have a Whale of a Time in Cape Town

The Western Cape is known around the world for its incredibly beautiful scenery, thriving nightlife, uniquely cosmopolitan African culture… and its whales! The oceans off the coast in the Western Cape are teaming with diverse marine life which lends its self to all manner of nature oriented adventures. Those with a fondness for the warmer blooded ocean dwellers are in for a special treat – year-round whale and dolphin watching.

The South African Ocean Ecosystem

Be it the southern right whale, the humpback whale, gargantuan dolphin pods or even Cape Fur seals, there is no shortage of exciting sea mammals to be spotted. In fact, for those with an experienced whale-spotting eye, there are at least 37 different species of whales and dolphins to be spotted. In addition, wildlife lovers can see a plethora of unique coastal birdlife, including penguins.

A Southern Right Display

While other sea mammals can be seen year-round, it’s the Southern Right whale that is famed for yearly migration from June to November. They travel from Antarctica to our warmer climates to engage in mating, calving and fun filled acrobatic displays.

The Southern Right Whale Trail

For the Southern Right whale, peak calving season occurs during the months of July and August, with them generally rearing their calves over the course of September and October. Although not the norm, the playful giants have even been seen rearing their young as far north as Kwazulu Natal. Still, their favourite breeding spots are in the sheltered bays which span the coast of the Western Cape, making for incredible land viewing.

Other Whale Species

From May to December whale watchers can observe the migration of Humpback whales from Hermanus to iSimangaliso (formerly St Lucia wetlands). Orcas and Bryde’s whale however, can be seen all year round on the odd occasion.

Close-by Whale Watching

Right on the other side of the mountain lies the cosy spot known as False Bay. This stretch of coastline is prime whale viewing territory. From a higher viewing point, whales can be seen breaching, blowing, spy hopping and lob tailing. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town city centre, the best viewing spots in False Bay are on Chapman’s Peak, Boyes Drive and Clarence Drive. Those who have a generous dose of adventure running through their veins may choose to rather opt for a spot of sea kayaking, just to get up close and personal with the whales.

Of course, whether you choose to admire whales from afar or up close, you will still need to rest after a long day of whale watching. Where better to do just that than at the five-star hotel, Taj Cape Town at 1 Wale Street? If you haven’t already had your fill of whales, the artisanal cocktail – Whale’s Bones, comes highly recommended. The blend of Don Julio Reposado, Aperol and medium cream Sherry is served with a smile at The Twankey Bar. To book accommodation, phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or email sales.capetown@tajhotels.com.

 
 
 

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