Horse racing is as much a part of summer in Cape Town as visits to the beach and poolside cocktails.
There's no better way to celebrate this sizzling season than at one of South Africa’s most renowned social, fashion and sporting events, The Sun Met.
The biggest race of the summer sees South Africa’s top racehorses compete for a purse of R5 million. While tradition and equestrian pageantry may be central to the historic horse race, The Sun Met (formerly the J&B Met) has become synonymous with decadent glamour. Here, fashion, celebrities and high-stakes betting meet in a sophisticated and exhilarating spectacle to celebrate the grace and speed of South Africa’s top racehorses.
Since the first official running of The Metropolitan Mile (later shortened to ‘The Met’) in 1883, the event has been a highlight of the social calendar. Every year on the last Saturday in January, Africa’s richest horse race draws over 50 000 people to the Kenilworth Racecourse. An important contest, The Sun Met puts South Africa’s top racehorses on an even footing and features an honour roll which includes many of South Africa’s top racehorses, such as Ariel, Pocket Power, Wolf Power, Model Man, Empress Club, London News and Horse Chestnut.
If you want to experience the world of celebrity couture, endless champagne and thoroughbred horses in January, put your best foot forward in the fashion department (there’s always a theme to The Sun Met, with prizes awarded to the Best Dressed Couple) and book 2019 Sun Met packages through Edusport.
The Sun Met was formally known as the J&B Met, this year saw new sponsors taking over the event and giving the event a new lease on life. The organisers have promised a much more exciting programme that will attract many horse enthusiasts to a fashionable day out.
From the busy waterfront to the mountains, forests, beaches and vineyards, Cape Town’s bounty of things to see and do can be overwhelming, even for the most seasoned travellers. Start with a visit to the V&A Waterfront, the most visited tourist attraction in South Africa featuring world-class shopping, excellent dining and entertaining nightlife. Take a stroll along the Sea Point Promenade to the Green Point Urban Park, which showcases some spectacular public artworks. Alternatively, tackle one of Cape Town’s many hiking trails - Newlands Forest offers a leisurely wander while Lion’s Head poses more of a challenge. As far as mountains go, no trip to Cape Town would be complete without riding the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to soak up the views from one of the New 7th Wonders of the World. Depending on your timeframe, explore the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, go pub-hopping down Long Street or go wine tasting in the Winelands (or, closer to the city, the Constantia Wine Route).