Explore Cape Town with us!

Part of what makes this event so special is the spectacular location. In order to help our visiting dancers get the most from their trip, we’re offering a suite of tours around the peninsula in the week leading up the festival: Monday 19th – Thursday 23rd March 2018. This has a been a highlight for many of our visitors at previous editions and is a great way to get to know other dancers before the festival. The details will be available closer to the time but we arrange all of the logistics including transport, park fees and food. Spaces are limited so it is best to book for this as soon as ticket sales open!

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Cape Town wraps around the base of one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the iconic Table Mountain. Hike up one of many beautiful trails to the top of Table Mountain to see the Cape Peninsula from above. The cape floral kingdom is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet with thousands of plants found nowhere else. The hike is steep but we take it slow and stop to smell the gorgeous proteas and ericas. If you want to save your energy for dancing there is the option to take the cable car instead.

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Robben Island, Just 8km off the coast, was used during apartheid as a prison. Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of his 27 years in a cell at the facility as a political prisoner of the Nationalist government. The prison has been converted into a museum and tours are guided by ex-prisoners. Hearing their accounts and witnessing Mandela’s cell, number 46664, is a moving experience that’s an important part of visiting Cape Town and learning about it’s history.

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Langa is the oldest township in Cape Town and has a strong culture of jazz and dance. We’ll be visiting the cultural centre and doing a walking tour around the area, meeting local artists and learning about its history from a local resident.

Cape Town is one of the most segregated cities in the world. The apartheid government enforced laws that placed people in different areas of the city, based on their skin colour. Even though apartheid ended in 1994, the geography of the city (built between mountain and ocean) and the income disparity created, have made this racial segregation slow to change – South Africa is still one of the most unequal societies in the world. While most tourists see only wealthy areas of the city, the majority of Capetonians live in townships that are far from the city centre, and we feel that it is important for our visitors to have a more balanced perspective on South African life. Despite the challenges, South African township communities have a beautiful culture of art, music and dance that we wish to share with our visitors in a way that supports local artists and is sensitive to the community.

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The Table Mountain National Park stretches all the way to the southern tip of the peninsula that separates the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. We’ll take a drive through this spectacular park, meet quirky penguins and cheeky baboons and with a bit of luck some of the other, more elusive wild life. The narrow strip of land is edged with secluded beaches and we’ll have some time for a walk or a dip. A truly breath-taking place.

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The hot summers, offset by cool sea breezes make the cape the perfect location for wine-making. We’ll take a stroll through the vineyards of the world’s longest wine route, and sample the award winning wines. For those not interested in wines, there is also local craft beer and single origin chocolate tasting available. A relaxing day of beautiful scenery, delicious local cuisine and excellent wines.