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Top 10 reasons why Liezel van der Westhuizen loves Cape Town

I moved to this beautiful city 849 days ago (I am still counting, and enjoying every day in this fantastic city). Over the past two years I have spent a lot of time exploring Cape Town. Every corner you turn is like unwrapping a new gift, as there’s always something amazing to be discovered.

Eggciting Cape Town Easter events 2013

Celebrations, quality family time and tons of chocolate ... yes, Mother City lovers, it’s my favourite time of the year in Cape Town – Easter! From exciting egg hunts with mythical characters on the top of Table Mountain to decadent feasts at the luxurious Pure restaurant in Hout Bay, there is plenty to see and do in Cape Town over Easter.

Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2011: Cycling enthusiasts flock to Cape Town

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.

Cape Town summer sea adventures

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.

J&B Met 2011 race photographs

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.

Your #LoveCapeTown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September, 2013

Who is ready for a fabulous #LoveCapeTown weekend? Let’s kick your fun factor into overdrive over the next 48 hours with a thrilling variety of adventurous, theatrical and foodie experiences in our inspirational Mother City.

Your #LoveCapeTown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September,2013

Are you ready for 48 hours of non-stop fun in #LoveCapeTown and beyond? Whether you’re admiring sea views and frolicking whales, immersing yourself in poetry or being active outdoors, there is plenty for you to do along our gorgeous coast this weekend. Join me at the following events from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September, 2013:  

Ajax and Santos to kick the first ball at Cape Town Stadium

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.

Father’s Day 2013 events in Cape Town

He’s your pillar of strength and the gruff heart of the family … he’s your dad, and he serves to be spoilt with a variety of amazing Father’s Day events in Cape Town on Sunday 16 June, 2013. Whether you’re making his Top Gun dreams come true with a helicopter ride over the Peninsula, indulging his inner wine lover with a tasting at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl or pampering him with a spa treatment or two at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, there is plenty for your dad to see and do on his special day. Join us on the third Sunday of June for these fabulous Father’s Day events in Cape Town.

My Top Five Cape Town Videos on YouTube

Cape Town, our beloved Mother City, is truly a vision ... and how better to enjoy her numerous sights and gorgeous people than on video?

Put the Mother City on the world’s Biggest, Baddest Bucket List

As locals, we already know that Cape Town, our inspirational hometown, should be at the top of every traveller’s bucket list. But what if you could win an all-expenses-paid, six-month trip to six continents – and US$50 000 on your return home, for proving it?

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2013: preparing for a ride less ordinary

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.

Cape to Rio connections

Photo by Skye Grove The links between South Africa and Brazil can be drawn back a long way.  The seas that supposedly divide these two countries in some sense unite them. Both ancient ships and hi-tech yachts have charted their course along these ocean lines. Pedro Cabral, the 15th century Portuguese explorer, was on his way to the Cape of Storms (named so by Bartolomeu Dias, another Portuguese explorer of the age, and one of Cabral’s contemporaries) when he landed on the coast of Brazil.

Braai & Camping spots in Cape Town

Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting close to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.

Top 5 things you didn’t know about the Newlands rugby stadium

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.

Official Road Closures for the Discovery Cape Times Big Walk 2013

The Discovery Cape Times Big Walk 2013 is here! Here are this year’s official road closures in Cape Town.

Girls’ getaways in Cape Town for the non-Valentine’s Day celebrators

If the sight of a cherub shooting arrows at loved-up couples and the over-the-top teddy bears and hearts displays in retail stores makes you see red, chances are you’re not in the mood to celebrate Valentine’s Day … at least not in the traditional sense. I understand, Mother City fans, I do, which is why I’ve compiled a list of fabulous getaway spots for us singletons to see this commercialised holiday through.

A day pioneering the Hoerikwaggo Trail

The Hoerikwaggo Trail in the Table Mountain National Park is one of the most scenic hiking trails in Cape Town. The route takes you all the way from Table Mountain to Cape Point. Last week we took a break from the city to be one with nature and gain some new perspective.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2013

It’s a long weekend in the spectacular Mother City, Cape Town fanatics! Four long, lazy days of uninterrupted fun and pleasure in our gorgeous hometown, and there is plenty to see and do. Join me at the following events in Cape Town this Easter weekend.

Top places to visit in Kenilworth

The suburb of Kenilworth forms part of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. Sandwiched between Wynberg and Claremont, this suburb is nestled right in the heart of the Southern Suburbs action. Situated within Kenilworth is the famous racecourse, not to mention the shopping mecca, Access Park. A 20-minute drive takes you to the city centre or any of the beaches along the Atlantic Seaboard. These are our top things to do in Kenilworth.

South Africa’s Chef Reuben Riffel‘s Top Reasons to #LoveCapeTown City Breaks

He is to Cape Town, South Africa what the Naked Chef Jamie Oliver is to London (with more clothing, naturally)…  and we are proud to call top chef Reuben Riffel one of our own.

My Cape Town Ambassador: Christi Wiehann

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.

Where Would You Rather be Wednesdays in Cape Town: Twitter Followers’ Top Suggestions

Wednesday is my favourite day in the Mother City!  Why? Because Mother City lovers, it’s the day I get to hear “Where You Would Rather be in Cape Town” of course!

School holidays: endless fun for the little people in Cape Town

The 2013 mid-year school holidays are just around the corner. It may be winter but there is still plenty of sunshine, and if wet weather does drive enthusiastic adventurers indoors, there are still plenty of cool activities for all age groups.

Road Closures for 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Thousands of participants and spectators are set to descend on picturesque Cape Town for the 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon this Easter weekend, April 6 and 7, 2012. Known as “the world’s most beautiful marathon”, this year’s event will take runners on a scenic tour of the Peninsula, with the Half Marathon set in the Southern Suburbs and the Ultra Marathon along the Chapman’s Peak Route.

#LoveCapeTown City Breaks: what to do in Cape Town in 48 hours

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.

Road closures and transport options for Manchester United vs Ajax Cape Town match

It’s the match of the year and it’s coming to the Mother City! Don’t miss the Manchester United vs Ajax Cape Town friendly soccer match at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Before you paint your face red and white and head out to Green Point, be sure to heed the following road closures and transport options of this not-to-be-missed match:

Manchester United in Cape Town: What a match!

Yesterday’s 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Ajax Cape Town was possibly the most exciting game of football played at Cape Town Stadium so far and the fans got full value for money, despite having to endure a fair amount of rain.

Sporty Cape Town – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

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.

J&B Met 2011 fashion: Get your larger than life outfit

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…