Bianca ColemanThe Belmond Mount Nelson, affectionately known as ‘the Nellie’, or ‘the Pink Lady’ – the distinctive rosy hue was mixed specially for the hotel in the 1920s – has a fascinating history which dates back to when it was opened in March 1899.
Kelly Lodewyks & Rob PetersThe Mother City has shrugged off her winter coat and slipped into something a little sleeker as the summer months settle in. Get ready to kick off your shoes, sink your toes into the warm sands of the most beautiful city on earth and knock back a cocktail or two as we present your ultimate summer guide to Cape Town! It’s where to go and what to do this summer in the Mother City.
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As the days get longer and warmer, what could be better than sipping a refreshing drink at one of Cape Town’s top rooftop bars? Check out our top five.
On a fine winter’s afternoon in July 2009, two intrepid young adventurers, Warren Gans (24) from Newlands and Sean Wakelin (22) from Pinelands, chose to claim their stake as the first people to slackline on Table Mountain.
There’s no doubt that one of the nicest activities to indulge in is a good hike, and what better place to walking up a mountain, through great fynbos or along the coast than Cape Town?
The 2011 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour was held in Cape Town today. Have a look at the photographs below and then read our blog about the race winner.
Tyler Day is the winner of the 2011 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, pipping his Team Bonitas partner, last year’s winner Malcolm Lange, at the post. Herman Fouche of DCM finished third. Day, 21, crossed the line in 2:32:10 to claim his first Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour title. The 2011 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour women’s race was won by Chrise Taylor of Team USN, in a time of 2:49:45. Second was Ashleigh Moolman Pasio of Nashua Toyota and third was Catherine Williamson of Team Bizhub. Thousands of spectators screamed wildly at the finish line in the Cape Town suburb of Green Point, as a large bunch of cyclists gave their all in an exiting conclusion to the 109km challenge. The elite riders departed Adderley Street in Cape Town at 06h15 and pedaled rapidly to Cape Point and back around Chapman’s Peak, passing superbly scenic locations like Llandudno, Camps Bay and Clifton on their way to the finish.
Cape Town Tourism’s IPL photographer Greg Beadle has collated his top ten shots of IPL cheerleaders. All photos by Greg Beadle.
Ask any rugby-mad South African where the home of rugby is, and they will tell you it’s Newlands Stadium. It was at this venue in the leafy Cape Town suburb of the same name that the 1995 Rugby World Cup kicked off, a tournament which South Africa went on to win.
Riding the monstrous waves at Cape Town’s seven blue flag beaches and enjoying the vibrant city nightlife are all in a day’s work for local champion surfers Roxy Louw and Heinrich Rohwer. They shared their perfect surfing spots and water safety tips with us.
The chilly season might be upon us but things are only getting hotter in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City. So throw aside the bedcovers, stop staring at your boring four walls, and come and experience 48 unforgettable hours in our bustling hometown, with our #LoveCapeTown City Breaks.
Thousands of people braved the rain in Cape Town to watch Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe win the 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. This was Muzhingi’s second title and many now predict that he will also win the Comrades Marathon in a few months. Elena Nurgalieva of Russia was the first woman home, claiming her fourth Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon title. Her twin sister, Oleysa, did not compete this year, but second place was still claimed by a Russian, in the form of Natalia Volgina.
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Cape Town has waves to suit all types of surfers. According to www.capetownactivities.co.uk, the more experienced riders will find the waves they’re looking for on the Atlantic Ocean, Fish Hoek or the infamous Long Beach.
As thousands descend on Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday January 28 for the largest annual outdoor social event in Cape Town, some will be looking at more than just the racehorses. In this instance the show ponies on display will be the fashionistas.
The 2012 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday attracted an array of fashion fundis and creative outfits.
Beach and water activities are naturally the order of the day in Cape Town during the balmy summer months. Here are a few adrenaline-pumping ideas for your next visit.
Former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss (right) at the J&B Met last year with friend Jennifer Su. Photo courtesy Jennifer Su. With just two weekends left before the 2010 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town, fashion designers and stores are getting seriously busy.
Cape Town has done it again, scooping Top prize in Travel + Leisure’s annual online poll of best destinations and establishments in the world. Cape Town was awarded the the accolade of the World’s Top City in Africa and the Middle East in the 2012 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards as well as being ranked fourth overall in Top 10 Cities list. Additionally, Cape Town’s The One&Only Hotel was ranked as the Top Hotel in Africa & Middle East.
On January 23, 2010, the first soccer match to be played at the new R4.5-billion Cape Town Stadium will be a clash of Cape Town’s two top Premier Soccer League teams, Ajax Cape Town and Santos.
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon was held in Cape Town on April 7. See some photos of the event, taken by Deon Gurling.
White men can’t jump? With all the wind power in Cape Town, ALL men can! In Big Bay, when the wind starts howling, the surf starts calling! After all, life really only starts at 20 knots.
The 2011 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon was won by George Ntshiliza from the Eastern Cape, who completed the 56km race in 03:08. Second place went to Motlhokoa Nkabutlane (Lesotho), while Tsokang Maine (Lesotho) finished third to complete the world’s most beautiful marathon podium. The women’s event was won by Oleysa Nurgalieva (Russia), with her twin sister Elena, in second place and Mamorollo Tjoka (Lesotho) claiming third prize.
Photo courtesy ClareC79 Thousands of cycling enthusiasts from around the world converged on Cape Town today for the Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour, the world’s largest individually-timed road race. This year’s event was won by Tyler Day, while his teammate and defending champion, Malcolm Lange, finished second in his final professional race.
Often referred to as “the Eden of the Cape”, the town of Ceres is world famous for its exceptional deciduous fruit production. Fruit tours present a great way to appreciate the journey from tree to table, while sampling fresh fruit along the way.
It is that time of year again – the clock is winding down to the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday 10 March, 2013, and the kilometres are adding up on our bike and trailer. After negotiations with the organisers, the rules were altered and Damian Gower, my 14-year-old son who is quadriplegic, will be able to participate – towed in a trailer attached to my bike. We will be riding in support of the Chaeli Campaign, to raise funds and awareness.
The main race of the 2011 J&B Met got some 50 000 hearts racing at Kenilworth Racecourse as the thoroughbreds and jockeys battled it out for the R2.5 million prize money. The race was won by Past Master, and outside favourite with odds of 16/1. The favourite, Mother Russia, came in second, while Run For It claimed third place.
Some may call it “slaapstad” (sleepy city) but Cape Town has an active community, conscious of its health and wellness. Our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Chris Hitchcock shares his views with us.
What better way to end a perfect summer’s day than with a twilight surf?
My first flying instructor once told me, “You are privileged to be able to fly, and doubly privileged to be able to fly in Cape Town!” As with most of his teachings this statement continues to ring true.
Those attending the J&B Met at Cape Town’s Kenilworth Racecourse on January 29 are running out of time to prepare their outfits. The theme this year is “larger than life”, allowing for broad interpretation. The J&B Met is arguably the biggest fashion event in South Africa, with more than 50 000 people dressing up to the max for the prestigious horse race. Cape Town boasts a large range of boutique fashion stores specialising in exclusive outfits for events such as the J&B Met…
Born and raised in Parow, Christi Wiehann has been skating since 1994 and making a successful career in skateboarding for the past four years. Ranked the number one skateboarder in South Africa, Christi competes across the world but admits there is no better place to “live the dream” than in the Mother City.
Today’s 42km Cape Town Marathon was won by Zimbabwean Gilbert Mutandiro in a time of 2:19:16. Second place went to Lungile Gongqa (2:19:23) and Mike Fokoroni finished third in a time of 2:21:04.