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Stay Hermanus: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve


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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is the kind of place you never knew was missing from your life until you’ve experienced it. It’s a sort of African kingdom overlooking the sea. Only 2 hours outside of Cape Town along the stunning “Whale Coast” through Hermanus, it’s a glorious bubble of nature safaris, candle-lit dinners, horse-back excursions, whale-watching outings, historical tours & community outreach projects.

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Filming Dear Me in Cape Town for Skybok


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Shooting the video profile of this divine coffee shop and restaurant – just off Longstreet in Cape Town, South Africa – was a pleasure! An all-day brasserie, pantry and event space, this is really a nice place to host a function you’re having. Breakfasts, lunches and afternoon nibbles are what you can expect to find here. I love the upstairs function areas – very chic and quirky. It shares the same owner as Tjing Tjing rooftop bar, which is located above it.

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Filming Zula Bar in Cape Town for Skybok


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Zula Bar, Cape Town’s premier sound bar, is located at number 98 Longstreet. The night we went to shoot was absolutely packed – see for yourself in the video. The line was all the way down the road. It really reflected the vibrant night life of Cape Town, South Africa. I loved that this venue had people coming in to do all sorts – party, have a quiet drink or just have dinner. They do breakfasts, lunches and dinners every day of the week. They have various dance floors in different sections upstairs and downstairs, where people can listen to up to four different types of music on popular nights. You can order a drink and then walk around until you find your kind of music. Come in the week for stand-up comedy acts, acoustic music or bands and on the weekends to club.They’re very well-known for their pizzas if you’re coming in for dinner with friends. They’re open Mondays to Thursdays from 12pm-2am and on Fridays to Saturdays from 12pm -4am.

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Filming Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar in Cape Town for Skybok


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One of Cape Town’s favourite night clubs, “Tjing Tjing” is a rooftop bar located just off Longstreet. We got to shoot on an absolutely packed night. It was pumping and the video came out exceptionally. I love their colour scheme and ‘attic’ feel. The owner is friendly and professional and I can really recommend hiring this place out as a venue for a birthday party, corporate function or business meeting. It has a festive atmosphere and shooting their official video profile was a dream. I enjoyed editing this and doing the voice over particularly because I enjoy the venue so much and I wanted to do Ilse Koekemoer (owner)  justice on her fabulous club! For more photos Skybok took on the night click HERE.

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Filming The Artscape Theatre in Cape Town for Skybok


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“The Artscape Theatre Centre”, which belongs to the provincial administration, was opened on 19 May 1971 as the Nico Malan Theatre Centre. In line with the new South African political dispensation and the concurrent changes to the complex, it was renamed to “Artscape” in March 2001. Shooting their official video profile for Skybok was an honour. I love the Artscape myself and I remember going to see many an Opera there. One of the perks of having a business in online video profiling showcasing South Africa is in fact just that… getting to see all these magnificent venues that are an absolute credit to South Africa! Being proudly South African, my heart warms up in amidst the cold of Cape Town’s winter when I get to shoot places like these. Not to mention meeting all these fantastic people behind the scenes who are involved in keeping them running!  Editing for hours on end and recording all the voice overs becomes so worthwhile when the final product in done and I watch the profile of whatever venue I am busy with… whether it’s a wine farm, golf estate, nightclub, restaurant, coffee shop, hotel, school, resort or a point of interest. A big smile spreads across my face when I know I’ve done a venue justice. One of those instances was when I completed The Artscape. See the video on their website here.

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Filming Groot Constantia Wine Estate in Cape Town for Skybok


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Ok so one of my favourite wine farms of all time is Groot Constantia Wine Estate, located in the Constantia Valley Cape Town. I like it so much that I requested it when I shot my Top Billing interview with Janez. Click HERE to read more about that interview and HERE to see the photos from it. What a pleasure shooting Groot Constantia’s official video profile for Skybok. Here’s putting in a word for Grant Newton, its Marketing Director – absolute legend. The entire estate is a national heritage site and fully operational wine farm. The shoot was smooth and the weather was perfect. Did you know that it’s one of Cape Town’s “Big 6”? – Fellow members are Table Mountain, The V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Cape Point. It’s won over 36 gold medals over the last 10 years in various wine excellence competitions… Now that’s impressive!

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Filming The Kalk Bay Theatre in Kalk Bay for Skybok


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This quaint 78-seater theatre located in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, was actually originally an old Dutch Reformed Church. It was built in 1876 and is a heritage protected building. Going there to shoot for Skybok was super – we got great weather and shooting their video didn’t take too long. I personally love the red interior and the upstairs where patrons can eat dinner before the show. I think it’s a super idea – dinner and a show at the same venue. The theatre is constantly showing new and popular theatre pieces….and the idea is that patrons arrive from 6:30pm and, after reserving their theatre seats, are directed upstairs to the restaurant. There is a set menu and the food is mainly served before the show but drinks and dessert are served after the performance. Patrons make their way down to the theatre when the show is due to start. Drinks may be taken into the theatre but there is no service in the theatre during the show. We loved the owners – very friendly and professional people. Here is their website if you’re interested in finding out more about the theatre or the shows which are currently showing there (you will also see Skybok’s logo featured on the website, directing visitors to check out their video profile, which is really nice!) — THE KALK BAY THEATRE

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Filming Cape To Cuba in Kalk Bay for Skybok


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With Cuban-inspired cuisine and its famous “Che Bar”, Cape-To-Cuba is a popular restuarant to tourists and certainly to a lot of locals in Kalk Bay! Only a 30 minute drive from Cape Town, it’s always a festive destination. Shooting a video profile for them was an absolute delight, as their colourful interior set a very fun and vibrant tone for their video. I loved the Cuban theme with all its decor indoors & outdoors… and I can personally vouch for their Mojitos! It’s definitely a good place for a delicious meal. Here’s their website if you’re interested in finding out more: http://www.capetocuba.com/ Apparently Che Guevara mixed the first one ever made there himself!

“North Americans don’t understand… that our country is not just Cuba; our country is also humanity.” -Fidel Castro

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Filming The Brass Bell in Kalk Bay for Skybok


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Bordering the waters of Kalk Bay’s gorgeous ocean, The Brass Bell is actually a lot bigger than I realised. Going there to shoot their profile was enlightening because apart from the main restaurant that we all know and love (The Bikini Deck), there is also the Cabin Bar & Restaurant, The Water’s Edge Restaurant, The Pavilion and the Izannes fine dining restaurant! Shooting was an absolute dream; the owner is very friendly and we were pleased with the great weather we got! It’s always packed with people and I can see why. It’s definitely a hot spot for a functions – birthday parties, cocktail parties or corporate functions – because of the great views, reasonable prices, efficient service and also because the whole area has such a rich history. Check out their website for more info on opening times and contact details: THE BRASS BELL