Easter Staycation

April 16, 2014

Easter-Eggs-1It is that time of the year again, but if you haven’t managed to secure that last-minute booking don’t despair or even if you decided against tackling the busy roads this weekend, you can still enjoy your Easter staycation in what is arguably the best country on earth (we’re only a little biased). We’ve rounded up some of our favourite things to do across the country. So in no particular order, here are our favourite ideas on what to do this weekend.

Durbaville Hills for a Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Cape Town:

  • Swan Lake Ballet: If you’ve got small children, why not treat them to a midday viewing of the classic ballet in which love triumphs over evil? The Artscape theatre is running both afternoon and evening viewings so you can even make it part of date night if you’re so inclined. Tickets start at R120 and are available from Computicket.co.za.
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens: Instead of hiding Easter eggs in your garden, why not visit these magnificent gardens instead? Pack the picnic baskets and blankets, stash a few Easter eggs near your chosen spot and enjoy the great weather. Entrance is R45 for adults and R10 for children and are available at the gate.
  • Easter Chocolate and Wine Pairing at Durbanville Hills: If you’re looking for something a little more grown-up, why not head out to the Durbanville Hills wine estate for a chocolate and wine pairing. Enjoy beautiful views of Blaauwberg whilst indulging in the ultimate Easter treat, chocolate. The chocolate and wine tasting costs R60 and bookings can be made at [email protected].

Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition


  • Kamers vol geskenke: The successful pop-up market will set-up shop at The Forum Campus in Bryanston over the Easter weekend. Enjoy live music whilst shopping up a storm and supporting local design. Bring the whole family and grab a bite to eat before browsing endless stalls from local crafters and designers. Tickets are R75 each and are available from Computicket.co.za.
  • Da Vinci-The Genius Exhibition: If you’re into something education then view some of Da Vinci’s most remarkable achievements as an artist, inventor, engineer, architect, sculptor, anatomist and mathematician at this acclaimed exhibition. The exhibition includes full-scale models of some his inventions as well as in-depth analysis of his art. Tickets are R140 p.p. and are available from Webtickets.co.za.
  • Emerentia Dam: Join the crowds at this popular open-air location (weather permitting). Arrive early to secure yourself a nice spot and pack a nice brunch picnic. Don’t forget the Easter eggs!

Easter High Tea at The Oyster Box


  • Handel on Easter Sunday: Handel’s famous work Messiah tells the Biblical story of Nativity, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and has become synonymous with Easter weekend. Join the Playhouse Company for a performance of this classical piece and reflect on the true meaning of Easter eggs. Tickets cost R85-R120 p.p. from Computicket.co.za.
  • Easter High Tea at The Oyster Box: If indulging in Easter treats doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, then you have to try The Oyster Box’s Easter High Tea. Tables laden with sweet confections, delicious treats and a variety of teas will keep you coming back for more. Entrance costs R250 p.p and bookings can be made at [email protected].
  • uShaka Mega Egg Hunt: Your kids will love uShaka Marine World, but add Easter eggs into the mix and you might be considered parent of the year, at least in their eyes. On Saturday and Sunday parents and children can embark on a trail leading through the Marine World in search of a 100 000 Beacon marshmallow Easter eggs, making this one of the largest Easter egg hunts in South Africa. Tickets are available at R110 from Computicket.co.za.

We hope you enjoy your Easter weekend and squeeze in as much time with friends and family. For those who are escaping the city, travel safely and enjoy!

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