This weekend’s highlight event certainly is the semi-final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, as the beloved Springboks will take on the All Blacks on Saturday afternoon at Twickenham Stadium. The kick-off is at 16:00, by which time you should already have a seat warmed at one of the many dedicated rugby watching venues across the country.
Though it may be high on the agenda, the RWC isn’t the only exciting thing happening in SA this weekend.
Traveller24 has put together a suggested list of things to do in Joburg, Bloemfontein, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town to help you unwind – it couldn’t be easier to make sure you enjoy your weekend.
Easy mornings: Visit one of Traveller24’s favourite South African markets – the iconic Bryanston Organic Market in the heart of Jozie.
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Day Tripping: More than a museum! Get in touch with your roots at the Origins Centre in Enoch Sontonga Avenue.
Expo yourself: For bicycle boffins, the Standard Bank Africa Cycle fair takes place this weekend.
For the love of Art: Mesmerized by the lost love story of the Titanic? Check out Titanic – The Artifact Exhibition on show until 8 November.
Treat the Family: Form alliances and get down and dirty at the Bush Paintball Range, just outside Fourways in Jozie.
Wine and Dine: Why not educate yourself with an in-depth course on South African wine which covers viticulture, winemaking, distillation, fortification, sweet and sparkling wines? Available through the Cape Wine Academy.
Couple Karma: Pack a picnic and head out for lazy spring afternoon in the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens.
Easy Mornings: Go for pancakes and sweet tea at Langenhovenpark Boeremark. Explore the markets stalls for vintage finds, art, homemade goods and flowers.
Day Tripping: Pack your backpack and hit the road to the Mangaung Rose Festival. You can expect sweet smelling flower exhibitions, garden tours, a teddy bear’s picnic and flower cutting workshops. For the adventurers, join in the cycle tour bus rides.
Expo yourself: South African favourite, Laurika Rauch and the Bloemfontein Kinderkoer are performing this weekend. Be entertained by the country’s finest musicians.
For the love of Art: Oliewenhuis Art Museum – After Landscape solo exhibition by Landi Raubenheimer, portrays facets of Afrikaans Heritage. The artist unfolds the role of Afrikaans and African roots, language and history in 21st century SA.
Treat the family: The Bloemfontein City orchestra will be playing hits from Les Miserable, Beauty and the Beast, Moulin Rouge and Rent this weekend. Enjoy an evening of quality music, lights, glitter and action.
Movers and Shakers: Cocktail time at New York restaurant and bar’s intimate lounge will have you finding your groove in no time.
Wine and Dine: Authentic Italian restaurant, Avanti, offers guests evenings of good food in a chic and cozy courtyard. Enjoy their famous crusted pork shops with a glass of prosecco.
Couple Karma: Spend a night under Willow Trees and pamper your significant other with fine dining and romance.
Easy Mornings: The Maritimos Fair trade market is taking place in Umhlanga or try firm weekend favourite The Morning Trade in Morrison for some delicious artisan food and drink.
Day Tripping: Head to the Sun Coast Casino’s Bok Town – not only will all Springbok fans (the bokke are in the world cup semi-final which pretty much means all of us) be stoked but so will the rest of your clan with all the entertainment on offer. Otherwise Giba Gorge Mountain biking in Hillcrest is a pretty intense kick-off option for the weekend.
Expo Yourself: Indulge in one of the most popular genres of the 20th century – Pulp Fiction culture is celebrated at the ArtSpace Durban until the end of October.
Treat the Family: People’s Park at Moses Mabhida Stadium has a lovely kid’s play area for under 12’s, expansive lawns and a kilometre-long track for the skaters in the family. Or check out an oldie but goodie, Fun World, which also won’t cost the earth.
Movers and Shakers: Open Strings has sensibly decided to host Jesse Clegg on Saturday 24 October AFTER their big screening of the RWC semi-final. Non-rugby fans can head to Society for a stylish and alternative clubbing experience.
Wine and Dine: Book for some fine Portuguese fare at Atasca’s in Durban North or simmer with some Mexican flavours at Four15 a trendy San Francisco-inspired burrito bar on Mackeurtan Avenue.
Couple Karma: What better way to enjoy your QT together than learning to hit the waves together, with a few personalized surfing lessons. Get wiped out, laugh, endure.
Easy mornings: Take an early morning stroll down the Port Elizabeth Promenade, meandering all along the beautiful coast from the Boardwalk to the harbour.
Day Tripping: Strengthen your body and soul by walking the iconic Donkin Heritage Trail. The Trail links 51 places of historical interest in the old Hill area of central Port Elizabeth.
Expo yourself: Have yourself a German weekend at the Port Elizabeth leg of the internationally celebrated Oktoberfest at the German Club.
For the love of Art: If you’re into alternative Afrikaans rock, head out to see Francois van Coke at the Dispatch Rugby Club on Friday night.
Treat the Family: Get out and about and active at the FUN Tennis day at Wembley Tennis Club.
Movers and Shakers: Go see the Fantastic 50 show – A golden theatrical anniversary of laughter, love, glamour and humanity featuring fabulous costumes, dynamic dancing, magical music and pianist pow!
Wine and Dine: The ROUTE M15 Market, previously known as Wyndomayne Sunday Market will be having a 60s theme craft and food market on Sunday. Don’t miss out!
Couple Karma: Spoil your loved one with a relaxed day lounging away, listening to the birds and enjoying a picnic at Thunzi Bush Lodge.
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Easy mornings: Gourmet meats, pickled preserves, sweet nibbles and good cheese in the vineyards can turn a simple weekend into a luxury. Start your Mother City weekend with a picnic at Simons, Constantia.
Day Tripping: Can you keep a secret? Travel along the coast to Cape Point and stop the car at Smitswinkel beach. Take the hidden path through the trees to one of the country’s most secluded and scenic beaches.
Expo yourself: The Gabriel Goliath – Elegy Exhibition at the Goodman Gallery this weekend is a performance piece that addresses the perpetration of violence against women in a deeply moving way.
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Movers and Shakers: Treat yourself to an evening of fine entertainment with the dazzling Hail the Kings, Queens and Divas of music show happening at Grand West. Colourful costumes, soulful; voices and music’s favourites will make this a night to remember.
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Wine and Dine: Val de Vie Wine Estate will host a fun run and market this Sunday. Expect a day filled with good wine, fine dining, polo and live music all in the leafy Paarl Valley.
Couple Karma: Dress-up and head out for an evening of beautiful music on the Nederberg Wine Estate with world renowned pianists Vassily Primakov and Natalia Lavrova.