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July 28, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa: Cape Town’s Hidden Gems

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There’s nothing like an extraordinary venue to inspire creativity, excitement and an unforgettable experience. Cape Town has all of that and more, with an exceptional range of venues catering to anything from an end-of-year party or a beautiful wedding to a business meeting or corporate teambuilding. Below are some of the beautiful hidden gems available for conferencing and business events. 

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Colorbox Studios

ColorBox Studios is a fascinating, experimental event space with no agenda. That is, its free flowing form and moveable components is ideal for the event planner with something special in mind. With a splash of colour and a quirky feel, the venue is a fun space for large or small functions including meetings and conferences. 

Located on Industry Street in the centre of Paarden Island – a relatively unexplored trade location in Cape Town – ColorBox Studios sits on the first floor of a former box cutting factory. This edgy, urban environment offers 300 square metres of unadulterated warehouse space for up to 400 standing or 80 seated banquet style. For more information, visit www.venueforhirecapetown.co.za.


This incredible rooftop venue is part of Media24’s impressive new structure in central Cape Town. The space is ideal for private functions of up to 250 people and is fully equipped with a licensed bar and two outdoor terraces. Located in the city’s bustling foreshore precinct, it offers 360 degree panoramic views of Cape Town, and provides world class facilities for all event and conferencing needs. The indoor space can be tailored to suit your specific requirements while the buzzing Crous Bar is perfect for sundowners. For more information, email [email protected].  

Nitida Wine Farm

Nestled in the tranquil Durbanville hills, Nitida is a stunning property with award-winning, handmade wines. Their annual Cellarbake festival is renowned for its decadent food and wine, while their venue is ideal for both an indoor or outdoor functions. With rolling vineyards, beautiful gravel walkways and a nearby dam, any small conference or event would be inspired. Nitida is home to two restaurants, Cassia and Tables at Nitida, and is a popular wedding venue. 

Cassia, named after the bold and intriguing spice, offers event planners two dedicated function rooms, both of which led out to a beautiful cobbled courtyard overlooking the farm dam. The Sage Room is ideal for private VIP dinners or strategic sessions, and seats up to 20 guests, while the Saffron Room seats 200 cinema style, 200 banqueting, and 60 boardroom style. This room has surround sound and a PDA system installed, and clients are welcome to sit down with Cassia’s team of chefs to design a menu specific to their event. 

Tables at Nitida is a much smaller venue that’s ideal for intimate functions of up to 80 guests, from kids’ parties to weddings and small conferences. The al fresco restaurant is focused on bringing natural, healthy and delicious food to diners, coupled with fine hospitality and breath-taking scenery. For more information, visit www.nitida.co.za

Thunder City

Home to the only private fighter jet school in the world, Thunder City is most definitely a venue with a difference. Conveniently located at the Cape Town International Airport, the facility is perfect for individual flying adventures, corporate teambuilding events, or your next mid-sized business event. 
The four main areas of the venue are the Apron at 2 000 square metres, hosting up to 1 000 guests, the Hangar at 4 000 square metres, hosting up to 2 000 guests, and the Entrance and the Boardroom, which can both host up to 20. Thunder City also has a 2.5m bar and an indoor bar space of 30 square metres. One of its special features is the hourly use of the Puma Helicopter, which can seat up to 16 guests. 

Workshop 17

Workshop 17 is a sensational new business hub created to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship for positive social and economic change. Since its launch not too long ago, it has already become home to over 240 entrepreneurs and 80 companies, and is a partnership between OPEN and the world-renowned V&A Waterfront

Workshop 17 is ideal for anything from plenary presentations and launches to hackathons, creative work sessions or dinner meet-ups – with an added bonus that delegate downtime can be filled with any of the exciting activities and attractions at the Waterfront. The event space holds up to 250 people, and a large, public area is also available for showcases and exhibitions. 


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