Women’s Day is a public holiday in South Africa and in 2011 will be celebrated on the 9th August. Before continuing we’d like to point out that this day is not about gender bias and that men are not excluded! Woman’s day commemorates the 20 000 women who marched on parliament to petition against the pass laws in 1956 – led by Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophie Williams and Lilian Ngoyi.
Woman’s day honours their courage and strength to fight for a free and fair South Africa and the role they played in building the new South Africa.
However Women’s Day has come to herald treats for women. This is not another Mothers’ Day in the making but it is an opportunity to recognise strong women, powerful women, women who believe in their convictions and women who stand up for their beliefs. It is not uncommon practice for women in South Africa to gather a group of their closest friends and participate in a fun activity on the 9th August. (I reiterate that men are welcome too- we happily reach out to the men in our communities!)
So to all the women out there – if you are tired, uninspired, feeling ordinary or have lost the ability to dream big, reach your goals and feel good about yourself then we hope you will enjoy and experience some of our Cape Point Route suggestions of what to do as a woman this month (because one day just isn’t going to cut it!) Get the men folk to look after the kids, do the household chores or plan the calendar if you have to – but women we want to see you out here!
Girls just need to get Away!
One of the best ways to feel inspired is to hang out with inspiring women. So gather your closest, wisest women and book a girls weekend away. The options are vast and range from a large to a small group getaway and from camping to luxury. The choice is yours!
- Table Mountain National Parks Tented camps: Book one tent or all 6 (2 people to a tent) and “camp” in nature at Orangekloof, Silvermine, Slangkop or Smitswinkel. The camps accommodate a total of 12 people. You won’t need to pitch the tent, just bring your own sleeping gear, some food and use the communal facilities at any of the camp. Add some hiking or surfing or market cruising for some weekend activity and reconnect with women and nature.
- Grosvenor Guest House in Simon’s Town: Overlooking Simon’s Town Harbour is Grosvenor House which is a self catering apartment sleeping 8 people, adjacent to the B&B. This apartment has a central living area with open plan kitchen and dining area leading onto the deck. This is one of those places that have been lovingly decorated with little items from markets and small shops making all the girls sigh and wish their own homes had the same touch. Easy to walk into Simon’s Town or just hang out with the girls and not go anywhere! Read More…
- Villa St James: This big rambling villa is perfect for a women’s indaba! This is not a trendy minimalistic hotel, this is a rambling rabbit warren of rooms (like an old farmhouse by the beach), a huge dining room table for bubbly and dinner with the ladies. It’s ideal for 12 – 20 women – to sit chatting around a roaring fire in the evening, stroll into quirky Kalk Bay for coffee or a massage and to let the active women run, walk or surf. Read More…
Girls just wanna have… TLC
Is there anything better than being pampered? Spa devotees will answer “NO” – that feeling of toes being buffed and polished, the knots being untied in your back by a professional massage therapist, the glowing radiance of your skin after a facial or a scrub… well ladies book it and feel good! Massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, body wraps and scrubs…
- The Majestic Spa: it’s not called the Majestic for nothing! You will leave the spa feeling like a princess. They have 20% off all treatments on the 3rd, 17th or 31st August and a month long special which gets you a Free full Body Exfoliation (worth R450)
- Shaya Moya Day Spa: for pure pamper look no further than this Simon’s Town spa and they have a 24 hour women’s Day Pamper special which is valid for the month of August and includes accommodation at Whale View Manor, spa treatment and breakfast with strawberries and champagne!
- Caroline’s Health and Beauty: this secret at Noordhoek Farm Village should probably be called serenity, as it is calm, white, revitalising and has the added bonus of the aroma of freshly baked goods wafting past from the Foodbarn Bakery wafting past. Caroline is offering 50% off all August treatments in celebration of Women’s Day
Girls just gotta go… Shopping
- Kalk Bay is one of the hot spots with everything from 17th Century sea maps to coffee sets and everything inbetween, including a fabulous bookstore for post activity relaxing!
- There is also a superb 2nd hand bookstore at the Foodbarn Deli at Noordhoek Farm Village – combined with a steaming mug of coffee and some deli delights. Whilst at the village check out shops – all of whom are covered in Pink for their August Pink Dot specials to honour women at the Village- trendy jackets and boots to artworks and antique pendants!
- Simon’s Town is another gem for treasure hunting, browsing and shopping along the linear main road through the town but don’t skip the waterfront centre for some additional retail therapy.
- Hout Bay of course has unique shops along the Main Road but some quaint stores can also be found along Victoria Road and in the Mainstream Mall (which is as unmall like as you will find for a mall).
- For mall rats – Longbeach Mall has everything from major anchor tenants to niche boutiques and is well worth a visit.
Girls just need… a good cuppa tea.
Having tea with wonderful women is an art. Many of us have a cup of tea every day, but there is something about unravelling the tastes, textures and aromas in a ritual with the girls that just makes it an art form. And one just has to quote Eleanor Roosevelt when thinking about women and tea: “A woman is like a tea-bag, you only know how strong she is when she is put in hot water”
- Sophea Gallery and Tibetan TeaHouse: This has to be the natural start for tea drinkers as it is a dedicated tea house. They offer homemade spiced Chai and Tibetan Butter tea as well as more familiar Ceylon teas! All tea is served in a wooden cup as Tibetan folklore states “drinking tea from a wooden cup makes you handsome, popular and wise”
- Casa Labia Cafe: This stately home was built to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice and whilst Italians may be more well renowned for their coffee, the Casa Labia Cafe has combined the opulence, charm and authenticity of the era and created an ideal venue for an elegant afternoon tea.
- Original T Bag Designs: Essential to the Tea Experience. This empowerment project in Hout Bay makes fabulous items from used tea bags! But visitors are welcome to stop at the workshop and shop and join the ladies for a cup of tea. As Jill and the team frequently quote: “If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed it will cheer you. If you are excited it will calm you” No better recommendation than that!
Girls on the move
After all the eating, drinking, shopping and pampering girls just have to move! As much as we love indulgence letting those muffins land on our hips and our thighs is not much fun so getting out and moving is an excellent counter-balance and really fun to do with a group of phenomenal women. The Cape Point Route has heaps of activities and things to do.
- Winter hiking: its a great time of year to walk up to the Kalk Bay Caves , or meander up the Karbonkelberg in Hout Bay and Silvermine in Table Mountain National Park has a gentle reservoir stroll or a longer circuit (Cape Town residents remember to get your MY GREEN CARD for 12 entries to the park)
- Winter Strolls: If a hike is too energetic, try one of the coastal walks. Muizenberg – St James walkway and Jaggers walk (Fish Hoek – Sunny Cove) are gentle undulating paths along the False Bay coastline and there is a good chance of land based whale watching at this time of year. In Kommetjie, walk along the boardwalk from the lighthouse to the beach or just hit Noordhoek’s long beach to stroll for as long as you like!
- Surf lessons: A fun, energetic aqua sport combining paddling strength, co-ordination and balance. Get a bunch of the girls together and take a group lesson.
- Sea kayak: A fun way to explore the coastline – sea kayaks are stable so no experience is necessary and it is a great way to be as close to the water as possible without being IN the water. For a more challenging paddling experience try surfskiing- you’ll find lessons on the beach in Fish Hoek most Saturday mornings from September.
Let us know who your top Women are and how you plan to celebrate Women’s Day on the 9th August and how you plan to honour the wonderful women who rock your world this month. We’d love to hear about women who have inspired you and why (they can be famous celebrities or the girl next door!)