Have you planned your year-end function yet? Instead of throwing a conventional party, it’s becoming more and more popular to reward employees with engaging activities and entertainment to strengthen team ethics while having fun. In Cape Town, there are many options to provide quality entertainment in an environment that encourages bonding outside of the workplace. Booking a magician to mingle with guests, taking a 1930s-style motorbike side-car tour or navigating Cape Town’s waters on a SUP (Stand Up Paddle) board are just some of our ideas for a memorable year-end function. Take a look at the rest.
Founded by managing director and executive producer, Marcel Oudejans, Magic Africa Productions is a creative consulting and magical entertainment production company with a wide network of professional performing artists and presenters across Africa. The company is based on the success of The Cape Town Magic Club – an initiative Marcel started to give young local talent a chance to perform professionally alongside South Africa’s best magicians, mentalists and illusionists, as well as to produce high-quality, regular and accessible shows.
Magic Africa Productions can arrange magicians and mentalists for year-end functions at any venue in Africa. To provide entertainment that is informal and appropriate for diverse audiences, the team can assist with an interactive and close-up magical experience for mingling guests, a short stand-up or stage performance for guests to enjoy after the speeches or meal, or a combination of both options. For something more formal, consider taking a look at their Gala Dinner performance option.
With a fleet of 31 vintage sidecars, these chauffeured tours provide an opportunity to experience the Cape Peninsula and Winelands in a classic style – the 1930s, World War II motorbikes are practically unchanged, say the organisers. To go with the theme, passengers will be kitted out with the coolest retro leather jackets, helmets and goggles as well as a complimentary bandana.
From a two-hour trip around Cape Town’s coast to four-hour trips down the peninsula to a full-day Winelands tour, Cape Point round trip or whale-watching outing to Betty’s Bay, there are plenty of options to choose from. Each vehicle has three seats and can carry the chauffeur plus up to two passengers, and the full fleet can carry groups of up to 50 guests at a time.
Apart from providing introductory lessons in Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding and renting out boards, SUP Cape Town offers fun “get-together activities” for functions.
They are able to provide a suitable centrally-located venue with ample parking, proximity to hotels and accommodation and the added benefit of being an ideal starting point for a day out on the water. Tables, chairs and a covered area will be made available, and – no matter how big or small the party is – they can accommodate the group with Stand Up Paddle Board options. According to the team, SUP is a great activity for staff and team-building functions.
Kiff Kombi Tours offers an epic road trip through Cape Town, going from one hot spot to the next, in a colourful, painted minibus with “the coolest tunes blaring from the speakers”.
For a unique company year-end experience, Kiff Kombi Tours provides a variety of tour options, but management recommends the Gin Jol, Craft Beer Safari and Wine, as well as the Beer and Biltong Safari, which takes passengers from Cape Town to Stellenbosch.
They also offer suitable team-building activities such as clay shooting, paintball or bubble soccer, which can be combined with wine, beer and gin venues. Or, there’s an option to custom-make a personalised tour by choosing your own route, sites and pick-up and drop-off spots – “perfect for creating a year-end jol that everyone will be talking about for years to come”.
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Scootours consist of freewheeling down-hill runs on non-motorised push bikes. Originally used on the ski slopes of the Alps during the snow-free summer season, these Swiss-designed, eco-friendly scooters are available to groups wanting to explore Cape Town in a unique way.
For year-end functions, Scootours offers various tour options for small to large groups, including Table Mountain and Signal Hill, as well as Middelvlei Wine Farm. What’s more, these options can be paired with other activities, such as a Tuk Tuk or E-Bike Amazing Race experience, as well as archery and wine blending.
All trips are guided by professional, qualified guides and groups will be transported to the starting point, where they embark on their gravity-driven Scootours run. Tours generally last around 1.5 to 2 hours and don’t require previous experience.
The Gallivanting Goose offers app-driven scavenger hunts designed for groups to not only strengthen their team-work abilities, but have fun and a laugh while doing so. Beyond being entertaining, the tasks are educational, challenging and engaging. According to The Gallivanting Goose team, it’s a friendly competition that encourages its participants to explore an area in an interactive way, while experiencing the local sights and sounds. “Participants will need to get creative, use teamwork, good communication and strategy to climb to the top of the leaderboard”.
A game can be customised to suit a particular company’s requirements, but there are also standard existing games on offer to choose from, which includes The V&A Waterfront – Gateway to South Africa, the Cape Town City Walk, Kirstenbosch NBG’s, Two Oceans Aquarium and Stellenbosch – Town of Oaks.
Each game starts with a pre-event orientation to explain the rules and provide an outline, as well as smartphones with the preloaded requirements. Games are played live and teams get to view the moving leaderboard.
Prices for games start at R460pp.
Sandboarding is an adventure sport that doesn’t require much prior training – as long as you are relatively fit and old enough to walk, you can sandboard. Sandboarding Cape Town offers tours and trips in the Atlantis dunes of the Western Cape and will transport their customers straight to the dunes in their 4×4 to avoid a strenuous hike and allow for more sandboarding time.
For team-building functions (can accommodate up to 25 people comfortably, larger groups require consultation), they supply a gazebo for shade and a table, but drinks are “bring your own”. Depending on the organiser’s budget, quad biking, 4×4 drives and an offroad rollercoaster-like ride on The Dune Thrasher – a custom-built sand rail pipe car imported from the USA – can be added to the sandboarding experience.
Remember to bring at least one litre of water per person (tip: freeze water the night before), sunscreen, towel (to wipe off the sand), comfortable shoes, thick long socks, and sunglasses. Dress like you’re going to the beach, girls normally wear leggings and guys wear shorts.
Visit Sandboarding Cape Town’s website to enquire about pricing and book.
Providing an easy-going and accessible way of exploring the Cape Winelands, Vinebikes’ guided tours are completed on motorised e-bikes. With their pedal-assist features, the e-bikes allow keen explorers to soak up the surroundings without using much effort. Tours are available in Franschhoek, Banhoek and Stellenbosch, and guides will lead the group on a scenic route, stopping for wine-tasting on the way.
The e-bikes are fitted with comfortable leather seats and saddlebags to make sure there’s enough space for wine shopping, and year-end and team-building options include an E-Bike Amazing Race experience.
Visit Vinebikes’ website to find out about different combos and packages.