From languages and culture to food and cuisine and everything else in-between, Heritage Day is a celebration of all things South African.
Heritage Day is a public holiday where all South Africans can observe and celebrate their diverse cultural and heritage. Speaking to our creative expression and historical inheritance, this annual celebration recognises the diversity that remains the life blood of this great nation.
It is also a time when South Africans join in eagerly lifting their braai tongs (South African BBQ utensil) for what has popularly become known as National Braai Day. The idea for a National Braai Day belongs to Braai4Heritage, a non-profit organisation committed to uniting South Africans around the world on Heritage Day for an activity enjoyed by all: the Braai (South African BBQ). The national holiday has become a celebration of South Africa and its unique national pastime and on 24th of September when all South Africans are encouraged to gather around a fire and braai.
Taj Cape Town will join in in celebrating our nation’s culinary heritage at Mint – The Local Grill, where a specially prepared Heritage Braai Day menu will be on offer. On the 24th of September diners at Mint will be able to enjoy boerewors rolls (traditional sausage in a bun) with braised onion and sauces; sweet & sour chicken sosatie (two kebabs); Potato salad; and braai broodje (flame grilled sandwich) with tomato, onion and chutney. Wine by the glass will also be available with a choice selection from the Pendock Wine Gallery including: Perdeberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Welgemeend Chenin Blanc 2014m, Lemoenfontein PinoTaj Rosé 2013 and Lemoenfontein Pinotage 2009
It is also important to remember that this annual celebration of our great heritage extends beyond the 24th of September, and Taj Cape Town encourages both locals and visitors alike to visit Iziko Museums of South Africa’s during Heritage Week for a week of fun-filled free entertainment and education at their museums.
The Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in Cape Town in heart of the city centre and a variety of year end event venues as well as such fine dining establishments as Bombay Brasserie, Twankey Bar and Mint, the Local Grill.
Taj Cape Town is located in the heart of the inner city of Cape Town where history and culture meets natural beauty and adventure can be found within a few minutes’ walk or a short taxi ride away.
History And Culture
For the historic and culturally minded, the city centre has historical monuments, museums and cultural attractions with Iziko Museums of South Africa operating 11 national museums, the Planetarium and the Social History Centre as well as three collection-specific libraries in Cape Town.
Much of South Africa’s rich political history can be found in Cape Town, including the Robben Island Museum which from the 17th to the 20th centuries served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Many indigenous African leaders, Muslim leaders, Dutch and British soldiers and anti-apartheid activists, including South Africa’s first democratic President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela spent time on this island prison turned world heritage site.
Vast Natural Beauty
Cape Town can also accommodate nature-lovers looking for magnificent views, one-of-a-kind flora and wild life. Cape Town is rich in natural beauty including stunning views from one of the official New 7 Wonders of Nature – Table Mountain. The flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city is home to a variety of activities including an abundance of excellent hiking trails, mountain biking and bird watching.
Closer to the inner city is the Company’s Gardens which has been enjoyed by visitors for the sheer beauty of its flora and the allure of its historic setting since it was proclaimed for public use in 1848. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing walk through the gardens as they take in over 8 000 species of plants or the many sites including the oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa, a rose garden designed and built in 1929 and the Dellville Wood Memorial Garden.
The Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town is also home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. This colony is one of only a few in the world, and the site has become famous and a popular international tourist destination with three pristine beaches and a penguin viewing area with three boardwalks within a few metres of the 2122 birds that call the colony their home
Live The Adventure
The Mother City also has a great collection of adrenalin pumping adventure tours for the extreme sports enthusiast. From Great White shark cage diving in Gansbaai harbour to sand boarding in the incredible dunes nature reserve situated just a short distance from central Cape Town – Cape Town has it all.
More extreme adventure seekers can experience tandem skydiving, paragliding from Lions Head and Signal Hill, abseiling off Table Mountain or even sea kayaking through the warm waters of False Bay. Downhill Adventures Mountain Biking day trips are also carefully designed to offer guests of all experience levels a challenging, fun-filled experience.
The Welcoming City
Much of beautiful Cape Town can be seen on the exciting Hop On Hop Off tours available, including a Red City Tour and a Blue Mini Peninsula Tour as well. Taj Cape Town’s professional City Specialist Guides and Concierge teams are also ready to introduce to you the highlights and little known gems.
Discover the historic, beautiful and exhilarating Mother City with Taj Cape Town.
The Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in Cape Town in heart of the city centre and is within walking distance to most tourist attractions, shopping outlets, bustling restaurants and nightlife.