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.
Capetonians have come out in support of United States President Barack Obama, who announced on Wednesday that he is in support of same-sex marriage.
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.
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…
Cape Town is not only a great value-for-money destination, it also offers good value for time. You can see and do so much in a relatively short time, if that’s all you have. Here are some things to do if you have as little as 48 hours in Cape Town.
Condé Naste Traveller readers voted Cape Town the second-best city in the world and Africa’s number one in their 25th annual Readers’ Choice survey. A total of 46 476 readers took part in the 2012 annual survey, in which 1 306 winners were nominated.
Tipping can be a bit of a grey area when you’re travelling. Who do you tip? When? And how much is acceptable? So here are some guidelines on tipping in Cape Town, the Mother City:
The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited tourist attraction. With its combination of popular nightspots, restaurants, shops, museums and things to see and do, this is one place never to miss on even the briefest of visits to Cape Town. Take a peek at some of the sights at the Waterfront in our photo essay below, compiled from Creative Commons images taken by locals and travellers to the Mother City.
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.
Township tours are a great way to explore the city’s vibrant informal settlements and interact with local residents. With anything from a rundown of the history of the area, city and country, to tasting home-cooked meals, visitors will return home with a broader knowledge of the city and its inhabitants, having experienced a lesser-known side of Cape Town.
Planning your annual vacation? Have you considered Cape Town and its agreeable year-round weather, spectacular scenery and plethora of tourist attractions?
Cape Town features prominently in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards 2012, with two establishments featuring in the Top 25 Hotels in the World. Derwent House boutique hotel (5th) and Blackheath Lodge (18th) were recognised for their excellent all-round value, while the Villa Zest Boutique Hotel was voted the Trendiest Hotel in the World.
Cape Town Tourism has launched a Facebook application that allows users to send their profiles to Cape Town and stand a chance of winning the trip for real - and bringing someone with you.
I went for a nice walk on the beach on Sunday and caught a few people having fun on the beach. Kite surfer in the distance
This image of a stunning sunrise at Kommetjie was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member, Carla Schnetler.
It’s the start of a new day in Cape Town, and all over the Cape Peninsula people are starting to stir. The Mother City is beautiful at any time of the day, but particularly so at sunrise, when it is bathed in glorious hues of pink, orange and gold.
This image of the UCT Jammie Steps at night was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ihsaan Adams aka Ihsaan Adams | Photography ©.
This image of a beautiful Hout Bay harbour sunrise was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Trevor, aka Trevor Exposed.
Sailors Ralph Mothes and Paloma Werner, from the Cape Town Sailing Academy, got the fright of their lives when a southern right whale breached onto their yacht over the weekend. They were sailing in the Cape Town harbour when a southern right whale breached about 100 metres from their boat. The whale – which was between 11- and 14-metres long – then resurfaced and breached again, this time about 10 metres from their yacht. Before they knew it, the whale was breaching again and it landed right onto their yacht.
This image of the spectacular view from Rhodes Memorial on Devil’s Peak, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce, aka smee.bruce.
This photograph of the Cape Town city centre was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Aquila.
Cape Town is a beautiful city, where you can get your fill of welcoming locals, gourmet food, award-winning wines, mind-blowing scenery, and so much more.
This dramatic panorama, of a view of the Athlone stadium and Table Mountain in the background, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce aka smee.bruce.
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and there is no better place to be this summer.
Blissful beach days are upon us, and when you’re having too much fun to stop, there are loads of venues where beachwear is welcomed at any time of day.
There is no end to Cape Town’s white, sandy, sun-kissed beaches as they stretch along the Peninsula, circling the coast of Cape Town. For a cosmopolitan city boasting a world-famous flat-topped mountain and which is sandwiched between two oceans and three coastlines, it’s no wonder Cape Town has been awarded a number of titles.
This image of a giant praying mantis at the 2013 Cape Town Carnival, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ajay, aka AJAY B2010.
This beautiful image of a stained-glass mermaid at the V&A Waterfront was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Anna Phillips.
This photo of Cape Town showing off one of her stunning views was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Mujahid ur Rehman, aka Mujahid’s Photography.
Head north out of Cape Town on the R27, then take the R307 turn off and drive for around 70km, and you’ll arrive in quaint Darling – a picturesque village in the heart of the West Coast. A day trip to this idyllic community of vineyards and canola fields is a must for city slickers looking for a change of scenery.