Rob PetersThe Cape Canopy Tour in the in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve was recently named by Lonely Planet as the second best new attraction in the world, I have been desperate to experience since they began operating last year and recently got a chance. Suffice to say I was not disappointed.
Hannah DeallCascade Country Manor has become firmly fixed in my mind as Paarl’s best kept secret. Nestled between an olive grove and a buchu plantation, it is the perfect haven for a cosy winter weekend to recharge and detox. And as I am in a generous mood, and because something as good as this needs to be shared, here are 5 reasons to visit.
Rob Peters and Kelly LodewyksYou’ve seen our list of 50 restaurants to try and we received such great feedback on that one that we simply had to make a list out of all the suggestions. Here you go - 50 restaurants to try as recommended by locals.
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Can you feel it, #lovecapetown? An insanely creative weekend is on its way to our inspirational Mother City!
We’re set for a musical weekend in #lovecapetown, folks! Nothing tells the story of our beautiful Mother City quite like the rhythmical beats of her music and this weekend, there are a variety of outdoor concerts for you to enjoy. Get your groove on with me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 January, 2014:
Mother City lovers, who’s ready for your #lovecapetown weekend?!
Studying abroad? The thrill of completing high school, moving out of your parents’ home and making new friends in a new city comes with an intriguing appeal that opens doors to a whole new adventure - especially if that city is Cape Town.
Are you ready for the long weekend, Mother City lovers? There is plenty to see and do in #lovecapetown over the next four days and if you are not picking out your top braai spot for Reconciliation Day, why not join me at the following events from Friday 13 to Monday 15 December, 2013:
We are mere hours away from an eventful weekend in #lovecapetown! From cycle tours around the Peninsula to artistic fairs and rocking wine festivals, there is plenty to see and do in our hometown. Join me at the following events in and around the Mother City from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 March, 2014:
Cape Town, our creative World Design Capital 2014, is bursting at the seams with a variety of artistic events this Autumn, and none more inspirational that the GUILD Design Fair, which was held at the V&A Waterfront ‘s Lookout venue from 28 February to 9 March, 2014.
Looking for a place to get in a good show? Cape Town has many great theatres where you can do just that. Everything from the larger ones with big productions to smaller ones with only puppet shows.
Cape Town Tourism, along with Uthando, Robben Island Museum and Tsogo Sun International, spent International Mandela Day - Friday 18 July, 2014 - with senior citizens of Masibathande.
I awoke on Monday morning with a sensory overload hangover and I’m blaming the 2014 Design Indaba Expo, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday 28 February to Sunday 2 March, 2014 for that, Cape Town’s creative piece de resistance!
We all have different, needs, desires, dreams and aspirations. This is not only for us, but for our friends and the future. But what people tend to forget is that our dreams, needs and aspirations stem from somewhere, and in some circumstances, a lack of something.
The Waterfront has truly grown into a place for everyone. On top all its current offerings – shopping, eating, nightlife, water sports, boat trips, helicopter rides, accommodation, creative designer spaces and so much more – the V&A continues to expand. The latest space set to make waves is Workshop 17. This is an innovative space where those involved in entrepreneurship and creating a positive social and economic impact can meet, work and network.
I’ve always enjoyed painting and art. I’m not very good at it, but I’ve always found something relaxing and therapeutic about drawing, taking photos on my own and sitting with a canvas and being able to paint whatever I want to. Needless to say that when I got the chance to experience Art Jamming, I was quite excited about it.
Mpinga Mornings is a one-person play told from the perspective of three Rhodesian-born (now Zimbabwe) characters – a farmer’s wife, her daughter and their domestic worker. It spans the time from around the start of the Rhodesian Bush War to the land grabs and beyond and shows the different ways in which each character was affected by these events.
Cape Town is the oldest city in the country, with many tales of brave pioneers and its fair share of broken hearts and tragedies. It’s only natural that our Mother City should have a few ghost stories. Here are some spooky spots….
If there is one thing Capetonians are good at, other than socialising of course, it’s braaing. Whether it’s meat or fish, you can be sure that on a spectacular summer’s day (winter too!), you will find us gathered around the fire, enjoying each other’s company, the tantalising aroma of meat on the grill and our breathtaking city views.
The Castle of Good Hope, a Cape Town landmark, is a prime example of a “star fort”. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it’s the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Its position marks the original shoreline before years of land reclamation changed the Table Bay coastline.
Drinking tea is a gentle, languid pastime and there’s no shortage of amazing places to indulge in an excellent blend in our gorgeous Mother City. I did a tea meander in the Cape Town CBD and surrounds, and these are a few amazing places to sip and savour the leaves – be they from Ceylon, China, prepared by the Earl, or plucked in the Cederberg, like our local pride and joy, rooibos.
Cape Town has long been renowned for its beautiful winelands and award-winning wines. But more recently, beer and spirits have become a part of its quaff culture.
Nothing turns my pages quite like a marvellous second-hand bookstore and in inspirational Cape Town, there are plenty to keep me happy. As fantastic as Kindles, Nooks and iPads are, there is nothing the feel of a book in your hands and it is for this reason that having a plethora of great second-hand bookstores in the Mother City is such a joy. Join me at the following bookstores in Cape Town and rediscover the wonder of reading.
The rich diversity of Cape Town’s natural and cultural heritage is part of the city’s appeal. For those on limited holiday time, here are some top heritage sites to take in…
From retail to events and from fashion to food, the pop-up trend is sweeping the globe. Cape Town, too, offers its share of fabulous foodies who roam the town, delighting us with their gourmet street food.
Mother City lovers, today is December 12, 2012…12/12/12, the last time our generation will ever experience a sequential date this century (the next one will be January 1, 2101!) Big deal, I hear you say… but in the spirit of keeping things fun (and in Cape Town, when are they not?), I‘ve put together a list of 12 amazing things to do in the Fairest Cape today:
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Table Mountain Cableway, Happy Birthday to you!
If, like me, you find yourself taking a “jump to the left” then “a step to the right” at inappropriate places and times (like at your desk at work), then you know about and are probably excited for the much-anticipated South African production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town!
We asked local Capetonian blogger Dawn Jorgensen to share her Top 5 places to take a first time visitor to Cape Town and this is what she had to say: “The decision to visit Cape Town by any tourist or friend should be richly rewarded with a list of the must-sees on offer. In a city like ours, it isn’t easy to narrow these down to just a handful and when I was thinking about the Top 5, my mind – and heart, burst with recommendations. These making my final list.”
Come Dine‘s Martin Rose shares his top V&A Waterfront craft breweries with us.
A glimpse behind a magical velvet curtain, a whiff of sea breeze in the air and a feeling deep within your soul that anything is possible … this is what a night at the enchanting Madame Zingara’s Miracle Tour promises – and boy, does it deliver!
Cape Town, the responsible Mother City, is always looking for bigger, more creative ways of giving back to the community and now two of its sizzling coffee shops, Haas Coffee Collective and Bolo’bolo Coffee House, have found a heart- and body-warming way to do so – with suspended coffees.
We’ve shared our top haunted places in Cape Town with you but there are loads more spooky tales and ghostly wails to come out of the Mother City, including one of the ghost of Verlatenbosch (“Bush of the Forsaken”).