November is coming to an end but before you set up your tree, make the most of the last weekend with our pick of things to do. Share a laugh with Schalk Bezuidenhout, reconnect with nature (and others) through art, run and ride Stellenbosch’s mountains and enjoy the sunset with signature cocktails. Avoid disappointment by booking ahead.
With the decline of our environment and the increase in urbanisation, it has become more important to see the impact we humans have on the planet. The exhibit at Cavalli Estate explores that connection by immersing natural landscapes into urban spaces with oil paintings, woodwork, and photography. The artist of these thought-provoking pieces is Jordan Sweke, an independent South African painter and photographer from Johannesburg, currently based in Cape Town. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. Read more.
A fresh breeze, a forested courtyard, delicious food, and the sounds of laughter are what you can expect from Schalk Bezuidenhout’s night at Warwick wine estate. Schalk is a Comic’s Choice nominee, but you may know him best as Johan Niemand in the acclaimed film Kanarie. This Saturday, 27 November, come and experience this comedian in action starting at 8 pm. Doors open at 6 pm, so come early to try some of the estate’s food and acclaimed wine. Book here.
Jonkershoek: Created by Durbanville AC Trail
There is a fun experience waiting for you at the Trail Goats Pack Run on Sunday, 28 November, at 6:15 am in Jonkershoek. This ‘pack run’ isn’t a race, it’s about the joy of running in a group. Best of all, it’s free; you just have to pay for entry to Jonkershoek. The trails start at the entrance of this stunning nature reserve and there are three options: 9km, 15km and 22km. All these trails are worth a run around as they have gorgeous streams and breath-taking views of the mountains to enjoy. Because it’s a friendly run, you can even bring your family to come and experience the all-around natural beauty. Read more.
The 40 under 40 presentation is 60 diverse works from 40 young artists under the age of 40 displayed at the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate in Tulbagh. These works collectively address a pandemic-shaped world that demands renewed connections with oneself and also with others. The art on display ranges from oil paintings and photography to sculpture, murals, video, mixed media, and installations. Don’t miss the chance to see these artworks: Mia Chaplin’s beautifully made beadwork, sculptures by Asemahle Ntlonti in collaboration with Noxolo Dyosi and Pumla Lempuku; and a delicate pencil drawing by Dada Khanyisa. The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday from 10h00 to 16h00. Click here to discover more on this exhibition.
Come rekindle your love of biking this Saturday and Sunday, 27 and 28 November at the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience. Dubbed “SA’s MTB party of the year”, this is a 2-day MTB Stage Race, starting at 07h00. The routes highlight Stellenbosch’s beauty and splendour; bikers can look forward to experiencing a vast network of world-class trails while celebrating the origin of SA mountain biking! The Race Village will be buzzing with excitement, live music, mouth-watering food, drinks and more. What better way to take in the scenery and enjoy the best routes Stellenbosch has to offer than taking part in the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience! Click here for more information.
Sundowners, snacks, and the sounds of live music – just the way to unwind after a busy week. So, start your weekend on Friday, 25 November, by experiencing the laid-back atmosphere of the Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery at their Sundowners event. Entrance is free, but for R275 you can get a Cheese and Charcuterie platter with two complimentary cocktails. A top local performer will set the mood with live music. Click here for more information.