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Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts attract over 75,000 visitors per year

The recent drought has done nothing to reduce the number of tourists that still flock to the Mother City over the December and January holidays. With many airlines, like FlySafair, offering cheap flights to Cape Town, the city is geared up and prepared for the most festive time of year for tourism.
Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts attract over 75,000 visitors per year

The city's blue flag beaches and uniquely diverse scenery and cultures still deliver planeloads of tourists to boost the economy.

But situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, just over 10km from the city centre, Kirstenbosch Gardens is a peaceful oasis that includes a cycad amphitheatre, protea garden, a medicinal garden, a fragrance garden, 2,500 species of plants found on the Cape Peninsula, and a braille trail.

From a handful to a gardenful of concertgoers

From November to April, set amongst this beauty, one of the highlights on the itinerary of things to do in Cape Town is attending the annual Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts.

Over two decades ago, when the series was introduced as a fundraiser for the Gardens, it attracted approximately 200 concertgoers. Today, the concerts have progressed and grown monumentally in popularity over the years and now attract approximately 80,000 music-lovers each year and has evolved into a much-anticipated fixture on the City’s annual entertainment calendar.

All proceeds from the concerts go towards maintaining the Gardens. The concerts have drawn large crowds from across the world and have helped to create awareness and maintain a steady flow of visitors throughout the year.

Aside from the Summer Concert series, there are often art exhibitions, open-air movie nights and talks on a variety of conservation topics that also attract people to the gardens even throughout the Cape’s wet winter weather.

Another world-class line-up for Cape Town music-lovers

This year the concerts have once again brought all the best artists to the amphitheatre. The impressive line-up for the 2018/19 series is as follows:

18 November 2018Tresor/Majozi
24 November 2018James: Living in Extraordinary Times
25 November 2018Mango Groove
2 December 2018Lady Zamar/Black Motion
9 December 2018Mi Casa
13, 14, 15, 16 December 2018Kirstenbosch Carols
23 December 2018Boney M featuring Liz Mitchell
30 December 2018Lira
31 December 2018NYE: Jeremy Loops/Crimson House
6 January 2019Goldfish
13 January 2019The Parlotones
20 January 2019Freshlyground
26 January 2019James Morrison
27 January 2019Mafikizolo
3 February 2019The Soil
10 February 2019Fokofpolisiekar
17 February 2019Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival
24 February 2019The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
3 March 2019Amanda Black/Sun El Musician
10 March 2019Matthew Mole
17 March 2019Spoegwolf/Jan Blohm
24 March 2019Shortstraw/Bam Bam Brown
31 March 2019Goodluck/Easy Freak

The concerts usually start in the early evening, but it’s best to get there ahead of time. Spend the day exploring and immerse yourself in all that the Garden has to offer before settling down to enjoy the evening’s entertainment.

There are also free guided tours that depart from the Visitors’ Centre at 11am and 2pm from Monday to Saturday. If you prefer to wander at your own pace, audio guides are also available.

Book your cheap flights to Cape Town and your tickets to the concerts as soon as possible as both sell out quickly at this time of year.


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7 Nov 2018 14:29