How to celebrate Mother’s Day in Cape Town

May 02, 2019

Did you know Cape Town is affectionately known to locals as the Mother City? Although there are many theories about the origins of this nickname, it’s quite fitting for celebrating the leading lady in your life on 12 May 2019.

Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate Mother’s Day in the Mother City:

Sip a spot of high tea

Tea, scones and a selection of sweet and savoury treats are the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day with an air of sophistication. Cape Town also happens to be host to a number of iconic and exciting high-tea events.

The high tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel – fondly known by Capetonians as the “Pink Lady” – at the foot of Table Mountain is considered legendary. As one of the city’s oldest establishments, it will whisk you away to a bygone era. There are three high-tea sessions a day, accompanied by live piano music.

For something a bit more extravagant, visit the One&Only Cape Town in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where you’ll be treated to French confectionery, tea sandwiches, and treats wrapped in gold leaf. Tea is served daily from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

If you’re looking to indulge in a glass of bubbly with sprawling ocean views, look no further than the elegant Winchester Mansions. Overlooking the Sea Point Promenade, Winchester Mansions offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and hosts weekly Jazz Brunches on Sundays from 11am to 2pm, as well as high tea on Saturday afternoons from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Sit back, relax and enjoy the live music!

Spend the day out in Mother Nature

Who needs an excuse to enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery in the great outdoors? For an outside-the-box Mother’s Day take on one of the city’s famous hiking routes.

The walk up Lion’s Head is easily one of the most famous hiking routes in the world, gathering titles each year as a top attraction. The hike circles the hilltop and offers 360-degree views of the city, Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain. The walk is fairly easy and it takes about an hour to two hours to reach the peak.

For a slightly more challenging excursion, take on the city’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain. There are many routes to the top that vary in time and difficulty, so researching your route in advance is a must. If your legs get a bit tired, remember you can take a shortcut to the top or bottom with the Table Mountain Cableway.

If a strenuous hike isn’t quite what you imagine to be a leisurely day outdoors, visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Spend hours exploring one of the most famous botanical gardens in the world on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, or simply find a spot under a tree and unpack a lavish picnic. The Kirstenbosch Tea Room also offers tasty treats and a decadent afternoon high-tea option.

Dress up for a night at the theatre

Dress for the occasion and head to one of Cape Town’s top theatres for a memorable night out.

The Fugard Theatre in the heart of the historic District Six area has a portion of an old Gothic-style church building at its core, and an old church hall as its entrance. It is known for spellbinding dramas and performances. Until the end of May 2019, catch the play Kunene and the King, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in the UK.

Take your mom out for an early Mother’s Day treat  by booking tickets for the satirical musical masterpiece Offbeat Broadway 5, on at the Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay until 11 May.

If you’re after dinner and a show, look no further than Star Dust theatrical dining in Woodstock. While you enjoy a scrumptious Mediterranean feast, the waiters will entertain you with lively song and dance.

Not in the Mother City?

We’ve gone the extra mile to organise travel experiences for you, so all you need to do is pack your bags. Fly down with mom, or treat her to a luxurious weekend in Cape Town – flights, accommodation and transport included!

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