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Summer Concerts at Helderberg Nature Reserve

January 13, 2012

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but the Helderberg Nature Reserve which is just up the road from my guest house, is a fabulous local attraction. It is owned and managed by the City of Cape Town with the support of the Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve.

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains, with breathtaking views of False Bay, the reserve is home to a spectacular array of plant and bird life. The reserve is famous for its proteas, and the indigenous nursery is a definite drawcard. Enjoy guided walks to learn more about the local flora and fauna (proteas, fynbos, birds and medicinal plants). The birdlife is prolific and you might be fortunate to spot bontebok, tortoises and duiker. The Helderberg Nature Reserve is the ideal spot for a relaxed picnic while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.

A particular feature are the Sunday Sunset Concerts which run through the summer. The concerts all start at 7.30, but it’s usually wise to go early to get a prime spot on the lawn in front of the concert stage. You bring your chairs or blankets, a picnic and something refreshing to drink, then sit back and enjoy the show as the sun sets over the reserve.

This year the concerts opened with the Blues Broers group, which was followed by a German Oompah Band which went down a storm with the large German community here!

Next to come on 22 January, Shiraz are playing – for those of you from the UK (and who are old enough to remember) some of this fine band were formerly members of well-known 70s group, The Dooleys. Shiraz are hugely popular and always put on a good show.

This is followed by Virtual Jazz Reality, with a top line up of fabulous jazz musicians playing a variety of styles on 5 February. Also popular is the SA Navy band who will be playing on 19 February, and the season closes with Banned in Evolution.

Whichever band is playing, the summer concerts are a great evening out, very reasonably priced at R40 for adults and R10 for scholars, and in a superb setting. A real summer evening treat!

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