You don’t need to be a serious star-gazer (or a werewolf) to come alive at full moon. The fourth lunar phase – which occurs when the Earth lies between the sun and the moon – is a special time of month for most people. Particularly in a city like Cape Town, whose iconic landmarks seem to become even more exquisite when illuminated by the moon.
Whether you like to enjoy monthly full moons in quiet contemplation on your own, on a board, or riding around the city on a bicycle, we’ve rounded up a bunch of fun activities to enjoy under the moon.
Do you know of any fun full moon activities you think should be on our list? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
Cape Point Vineyard’s Market
This weekly community market is where South Peninsula locals flock on Thursday evenings in summer. And luckily for us, February’s full moon happens to fall on market day!
The festivities take place in the restaurant and picnic area of Cape Point Vineyards, whose award-winning wines are available at great prices. The views at sundown are breathtaking – especially with a glass of CPV sauvignon blanc in hand and the full moon rising.
Good to know To experience the market in all its full-moon glory save 21 March 2019, 15 August 2019 and 12 December 2019.
Time Thursday, 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost Free entry
Contact 021 789 0900, email@example.com
Where to find it Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek (via M3)
Kayaking in Simon’s Town
Experience Simon’s Town like never before with a moonlit kayak trip. Once a month from March until October, experienced paddlers and novices alike are invited to watch the sun set across the ocean – and the full moon as it rises over the bay – from a kayak!
The two-hour experience kicks off from the Simon’s Town Waterfront, and during the ride you’ll be able to spot penguins and seals. From August until October, there’s even the chance of spotting a whale or two.
Good to know This experience is not available to children younger than 16 years, and to persons who weigh more than 120kg.
Where Simon’s Town
Make a Booking
Times 6pm – 8pm
Diaries these upcoming dates:
Thursday, 20 March 2019
Friday, 19 April 2019
Saturday, 18 May 2019
Monday, 17 June 2019
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Saturday, 14 September 2019
Sunday, 13 October 2019
Location Simon’s Town Waterfront, Cape Town
Picnic at Taalmonument
Located on a hill overlooking Paarl, with some of the most unique and beautiful views in the Western Cape, the Taalmonument was officially opened in 1975 to celebrate the diverse origins of the Afrikaans language. Its location makes it the perfect venue for these full-moon picnics, which happen throughout summer (26 October 2018 to 22 March 2019). Picnickers are free to bring their own hampers, or you can pre-book one from Volksmond Coffee Shop.
Cost R30, adults
R5, children 6 – 18 years
Free, children 0 – 6 years
Make a Booking
Times 5pm – 10pm
Location Taalmonument, Gabbema Doordrift Street, Paarl Mountain, Paarl
Galileo Open Air Cinema
If the idea of watching your favourite flick under the light of a full moon sounds wonderful, listen up. Every year during the summer months, Galileo Open Air Cinema screens a series of silver-screen classics (as well as some millennium favourites) at various scenic locations around the Cape, including the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, and rotating venues in the Cape Winelands.
This full moon, 21 March, catch Hairspray at Kenilworth Racecourse for a chilled yet fun full-moon celebration.
Good to know Blankets and backrests can be hired, and there are vendors selling food and beverages at the location (you’re also welcome to bring your own picnic basket). Get there before the movie starts, so you can enjoy the live music and festive atmosphere (it also helps to reserve your spot on the lawn).
Time 21 March 2019, 6pm
19 April 2019, 6pm
Cost R89, standard
R110, includes backrest and blanket
R175, VIP (includes reserved area, 2 blankets, 2 pillows, chocolates)
Make a Booking
Where to find it V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens and rotating venues in the Cape Winelands
Yoga on Table Mountain
Breathe in unadulterated fresh atop the Mother City’s most famous landmark, while increasing your flexibility, improving your posture and building core strength at a moonlit yoga class on Table Mountain’s Pipe Track. Head towards the Kloof Nek parking lot on Table Mountain, then walk over the grassy hill in the direction of Camps Bay. Here you’ll find an open concrete slab where other yogis will be arriving to begin the Vinyasa-style class. After the hour-long class, fresh Kombucha will be served.
Good to know please check Facebook for any changes and for the class schedule.
Time 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Contact 071 274 3908, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it The Pipe Track, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town
Critical Mass City Cycle
They say a city comes alive at night, so why not enjoy all it offers with a fun and safe cycle around its streets? #Moonlightmass is a monthly event, organised by Critical Mass Cape Town, which gives cycling enthusiasts and moon-gazers the opportunity to cycle around the city at full moon. Attendees meet at the Green Point circle, before cycling along Granger Bay Boulevard through Mouille Point and Three Anchor Bay, culminating in Long Street for a fun end to the evening.
Where Cape Town
Times 8pm – late (March – October)
9pm – late (November – February)
Location Green Point Circle, Green Point, Cape Town
Moonlit Hike in Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Hidden among the hills in Cape Town’s northern suburbs, the 388-hectare Tygerberg Nature Reserve offers an easy escape from Bellville’s urban sprawl. Blessed with a rich diversity of plant and bird life, this lush haven offers spectacular views of city, sea and mountain. And, at full moon, hikers have an opportunity to experience its rich nocturnal life, which includes owls, frogs, porcupines and the Cape dwarf chameleon. The entrance fee includes a guided night walk and moon gazing, and light refreshments. Booking is essential.
Where Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Cost R100, adults
R70, children 3 – 17 years
Contact 083 300 5146, email@example.com
Times 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Location Kristo Pienaar Environmental education centre, Tygerberg Nature Reserve, Welgemoed Entrance, Totius Street, Welgemoed
Picnic on Clifton Beach
There are few better ways to unwind after a long, hard week than spreading out a blanket, throwing down some cushions, and enjoying an outdoor feast with friends. And at full moon, such an occasion becomes a memorable affair indeed, especially when enjoyed against the backdrop of the night sky, with the serene sound of gently lapping waves on the shore.
Dial-a-Picnic offers the option of creating an entire picnic experience from start to finish – where everything is totally taken care of – from choosing a venue, and providing scene-setting additions (such as roses and bubbly on ice) to setting up and packing away.
Where A venue of your choosing
Cost R140, Snack Pack for one
R195, Standard Lunch Package for one
R235, Deluxe Package for one
R1 100, Simple Romance Picnic package for two (includes six red roses)
Times Your choice
Location Dial-a-Picnic Cape Town, Tanglin Court, 22 Thomas Road, Kenilworth
Sunset Cruise from the V&A Waterfront
There are few things more luxurious than feeling the wind in your hair, the warm rays of the setting sun on your face, and the spray of the ocean, as you sip on a glass of sparkling wine aboard a luxury vessel, as Cape Town’s landmarks whizz past you. During this particular cruise, you’ll experience all of that, plus there’s a cash bar, so you can stay hydrated with your tipple of choice.
Time The cruise is 90-minutes-long, and departs at different times depending on when sunset is. On 19 February 2019 (the next full moon) departure is at 6.45pm. You can check the schedule online for more information.
Cost R369, adults
R184.50, children 0 – 17 years
Make an Enquiry
Where to find it Shop 5, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Green Point, Cape Town
Cape Town Wheel
Gaze at the full moon from various heights as you cruise 40 metres above ground in a fully enclosed cabin on the Cape Wheel. The wheel offers mesmerising views of the Mother City’s iconic landmarks, including Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Town Stadium, and the burgeoning skyline. Sky Dining allows you to stay on the wheel to enjoy any snacks and drinks you might have bought along.
Where V&A Waterfront
Good to know If you’re feeling fancy, there is a VIP cabin known as the Black Gondola, with tinted windows, leather seats, a glass floor, music and bottle of sparkling wine and/or Appletizer. Pre-booking via email is required.
R75, children 4 – 17 years
R75, South African pensioners on Tuesdays only
Free, children 0 – 3 years
R260, Sky Dining
R1 500, VIP Gondola (accommodates four people)
Good to know Two of the cabins are wheelchair-friendly.
Make a Booking
Times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 10.30pm
Location V&A Waterfront, Dock Road, Cape Town
Researched by Alicia Chamaillé, Kent Cloete, Annabel Short, Matthew Flax, and Michelle de Bruin
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