How to celebrate Women’s Day 2022 in Cape Town

On 9 August, it’s the time of year when we get to celebrate the special women in our lives! National Women’s Day is an annual public holiday in South Africa. To make it extra special this year, dk villas has put together a list of wonderful ways to treat the women in your life this
Women’s Day in Cape Town.

A brief history of Women’s Day in South Africa:
National Women’s Day marks the anniversary of the 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings during which approximately 20,000 South African women from all races protested the apartheid government’s Urban Areas Act and carrying of pass books which hugely impacted the lives and movements of black South Africans.

Decades later, the holiday gives South Africans a day to dedicate to the wonderful women who shape, impact and influence our lives. From wives, mothers, sisters, grandmothers and aunts to teachers, colleagues and friends!

Did you know? There is also an annual international Women’s Day which takes place on 8 March. This is a global day celebrating the various achievements of women around the world.

Below are a few ideas of wonderful ways to celebrate the women in your life:

Treat her to breakfast or brunch

Start the day off with a treat! A sumptuous breakfast or delectable brunch is sure to kick the day off on a high note. Does the special woman in your life have any foodie favourites? Find a spot that specialises in what she loves! Cape Town city centre is home to several incredible breakfast and brunch spots. Indulge at restaurants such as Jarryd’s, Kloof Street House, Jason Bakery, Coco Safar, and Butter. In the southern suburbs, Four & Twenty and Chardonnay Deli are perennial favourites. Alternatively, head to oceanside in neighbourhoods such as Hout Bay and Muizenberg and choose a cafe near the water for a Women’s Day meal with a view!


Enjoy a spa day

A spa day is a classic treat! Make it a super relaxing Women’s Day by spoiling the special ladies in your life with a spa day. Many Cape Town hotels have incredible spas on site. These include the One&Only, the Mount Nelson, the Twelve Apostles, the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, the Cape Grace and the Radisson Blu, among others. Another great option is to travel outside of the city! The Cape Winelands is home to several amazing spas and wellness centres. Destinations to take a look at include the Babylonstoren Garden Spa, Lanzerac Spa and Leeu Spa by Healing Earth. Mangwanani African Spa also has a location in the winelands and offers a number of specials throughout winter and the rest of the year.

Day Spa

Indulge in a High Tea

This next suggestion is another classic. A high tea is the chance to spoil yourself with delicately crafted savoury and sweet treats. Luckily for those of us living in and around Cape Town, there are plenty of wonderful high teas on offer! Fabulous destinations for high tea include the Mount Nelson in Cape Town, La Residence in Franschhoek and the One&Only plus many more. Take a look at our pick of the best high teas around Cape Town here.

High Tea

Get active!

Women’s Day 2022 is your chance to get active! Lace up your running shoes as the Mother City will be hosting the Totalsports Women’s Race Cape Town 2022. The event proudly supports the Pink Drive which is a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer. Expect to see a “sea of pink” as thousands of participants descend on the city for the 10km and 5km races. You’re able to run or walk the routes. Look forward to making your way through the city centre, from Darling Street to the Grand Parade as you go!

Please note that race entries close on 3 August. Entry fees range between R100 - R130.


Visit a wine farm with unique spin

Another classic Cape Town activity is a wine farm visit! The Cape Winelands are world-famous and we are absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to the selection of world-class wine estates to visit. Venues across Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Constantia offer excellent options for tastings, breakfasts, lunch and dinner.

This Women’s Day, why not treat your favourite lady to a wine farm visit and wine tasting with a unique twist? You could enjoy a traditional russian tea ceremony at Hazendal Wine Estate, embark on a Biltong and Droewors adventure at Stellenbosch Hills, a nougat pairing at J.C. Le Roux or a fynbos cupcake pairing at Delheim.

Wine tasting

Watch a show

Love watching a good show? There are some great Women’s Day productions in the line up! Enjoy ‘An Ode to Women 3’ at Grand West, during which South African crooners Craig Lucas and Robin Pieters will perform a selection of power ballads, toe-tapping classics and recent hits honouring strong women. Be prepared to sing along and dance the night away! Tickets are available here and the event takes place on 8 August at 8pm at the Grand West Arena.

For an evening of entertainment, head to “Wonder Women! A Women’s Day Special” hosted by
Tracey Lange and friends. The radio and TV presenter will be joined by Marc Lottering, Katlego Maboe, Jamali and more. “Wonder Women!” takes place on 6 August at 8om and looks set to be a night of fun! Tickets are available here.


More Cape Town Women’s Day Events in 2022

Take a look at a few more quirky, cool and exciting Women’s Day events taking place in Cape Town and the Western Cape this year:

Doek On Fleek Women’s Month All White Picnic at the Castle of Good Hope

Get ready for a day that’s all about women! Doek on Fleek is a women’s only picnic that has the aim of connecting women and offering some well-deserved down-time for attendees - all in a beautiful setting! The theme is “all white” and sneakers and a doek are on the “what to wear” list. Bring along a picnic, some chairs and a smile! The Doek on Fleek picnic will take place on 7 August at the Castle of Good Hope and tickets are available here.

Women’s Day Floral Workshop at Benguela Cove

Travel further along the coast of False Bay to Benguela Cove in Walker Bay (between Cape Town and Hermanus) for a Women’s Day Floral Painting workshop. During the workshop, you’ll learn about the basics of painting while creating your own art piece to take home!

Women’s Day Swing Night at Truth Coffee Company

Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate women’s power with a night full of swinging jazz! The Blues Shoes Swingtet will perform and the event is hosted in support of Vintage with Love - bring along a bag of “gently worn” clothing to donate and enjoy R50 off the ticket price. The Swing Night takes place on 9 August at 7pm at Truth Coffee in the Cape Town city centre.

Women’s Day Swing Night

Please note: Due to the Women’s Day 2022 public holiday falling on a Tuesday, some of the events listed above take place over the weekend before Women’s Day.

By now, you should be buzzing with Women’s Day activity ideas! Keep an eye on social media for more Women’s Day events taking place in your area.