See the 8th Modern Wonder of the World
Free entry for African citizens every Wednesday
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High on the list of places to visit will be the V&A Waterfront and particularly the Zeitz Museum, the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world. With 100 galleries spread over nine floors and containing more than 30 000 exhibits, it was hailed as the 8th Modern Wonder of the World when it opened in September 2017.
There is free entry for African citizens (not just South Africans) every Wednesday between 10am and 1pm, and for under 18s it is free all-year-round. The usual cost is R190 for a single-day entry.
On the first Friday of the month, Zeitz stays open until 9pm (normal closing is 6pm) and visitors get a 50 percent discount on entrance fees from 4pm onwards.
More discounts at the V&A Waterfront
Before leaving home for the V&A Waterfront, please remember its Especially for You seniors discount, which offers South African pensioners free parking anywhere at the V&A from Monday to Friday between 9am and 12 noon.
The City Sightseeing Pensioners’ Special is a wonderful opportunity to experience the Cape Town sights at reduced rates.
Park in the Portswood Parking Garage at the V&A Waterfront and take a short stroll over the road to the City Sightseeing Tour Office situated outside the Two Oceans Aquarium, where you can purchase the City Sightseeing pensioners’ tickets for half the normal price.
You must register with the V&A Waterfront at its information centre to access the Especially For You special offers. Please note that the City Sightseeing Pensioners’ Special Tickets cannot be bought online and cannot be combined with any other specials, and you must show your SA bar-coded ID book.
For more information on the City Sightseeing tours, visit www.citysightseeing.co.za or telephone
021-511-6000, where you can confirm the current prices and discounts.
For pensioners who prefer to leave their cars at home, Metrorail runs a pensioners’ special on Tuesdays, where the over 60s can travel free by train from any station to any destination within the Metropolitan area.
This discount applies only on weekdays during off-peak times (9am to 2pm) and remember to bring your ID book. To get to the V&A Waterfront, go to Cape Town station and catch a bus.
Activities for the over 60s in the Cape
The Western Cape offers plenty in the way of things to do and see for the over 60s, and a number of them offer discounts if you show your ID book.
With the warm sun on your face and the soft wind in your hair, you can enjoy the following:
Safaris and Nature Tours
Cape Town Tourism says that scenery and nature are the top-ranking attractions for visitors to Cape Town. These range from bush life to scenic coastal, wetlands to woodlands, forests to mountains, and from sand dunes to semi-desert.
Useful information can be obtained from Come to Cape Town on www.capetowntours.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 021-300-0777. It says it has the lowest rates online, and will beat any written quote.
Cape Town offers a wide range of beaches, from the Clifton and Camps Bay busy beaches to the more peaceful ones at Hout Bay, Fishhoek and Noordhoek.
Boulders Beach and its penguin colony in Simon’s Town is a popular attraction.
A morning on the beach is often combined with a trip to one of the many wine-growing areas to enjoy a lunch which can range from simple but highly enjoyable cheese and wine to a full-blown restaurant meal with all the trimmings.
Come to Cape Town is also helpful here, because it can arrange a half-day or full-day wine tour.
Museums and Galleries
Back in the city there are many museums and galleries within walking distance, such as the South African National Museum and Planetarium and the South African National Art Gallery. as well as the Jewish Museum and the Castle of Good Hope museum, plus a host of others.
If you feel like a breather after a hot day in a museum, you will get lungfulls of fresh air on top of Table Mountain and at Table Mountain National Park, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Point and Lion’s Head with its panoramic views of the city.
For a full list of attractions and upcoming events, Cape Town Tourism has information desks with skilled consultants and plenty of leaflets and brochures. The head office is situated in central Cape Town at the Pinnacle Building on the corner of Burg and Castle Streets. www.tourismcapetown.co.za Tel 021-487-6800 Fax 021-487- 6859