Rob PetersThe Titanic has always held me in its thrall. The ill-fated voyage of the most famous ship in history is a story that you could not make up – complete with villains, heroes and ultimately tragedy. So when the Titanic Expo sailed into Cape Town this month, I was first in line to snap up a ticket.
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.
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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.
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.
On Friday 15 March 2013 Cape Town Tourism’s Tourism Services team made their way down to Cape Town Station to experience the public arts festival, Infecting the City. The event is held annually in public spaces across the city centre, and is free and accessible to the public.
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…
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.
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.
Cape Town International Airport has been rated the Best Airport in Africa for the third year in a row by the Airports Council International. It is also one of five airports in the world (for 2012) nominated for inclusion on the Director General’s Roll of Excellence.
On hot days it’s a sanctuary, in winter it’s an inspiration. A cultural treasure, the South African National Gallery is in the heart of Cape Town’s green Company’s Garden, a squirrel scampering path and goldfish pond away from the Iziko South African Museum.
This image of vibrant Cape minstrels at Wale Street near Bo-Kaap was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Sumaya Hisham.
Electronic music has taken Cape Town, the music-loving Mother City, by storm in recent years, and her residents turned out in their thousands to show their love for this fast-growing genre at the 2013 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF), at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday 16 February, 2013.
Like most Parlotones fans, I was horrified at the prospect of my favourite band relocating to LA. We will no longer see them at festivals or shows, and are losing a special talent to the US. Thus, when I saw The Parlotones featured in the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts line-up for Sunday 13 January, 2013, I jumped at the opportunity to book tickets!
A streaky sky behind the spectacular Wheel of Excellence at the V&A Waterfront.
Playing popular tunes, Cape minstrel troupe after troupe walk down Darling Street in the Cape Town city centre to welcome in the new year, revelling in the perfect Cape summer weather. The Minstrel Carnival is one of the most popular events on the calendar and is watched by thousands of people every year. It's also called Tweede Nuwe Jaar, which means "Second New Year" in Afrikaans, because it traditionally takes place on January 2.
When the clock strikes 12 in Cape Town on December 31, where will you be? If you still haven’t decided, or if you’d like to weigh up your options, check out this lineup of hip and happening events taking place in the city and surrounds.
People in Cape Town are hilarious – and I don’t mean accidentally because they look funny. Some of them purposely step onto a stage and try make locals and tourists laugh at them. This isn’t some form of sick sadomasochism – this is the Cape Town comedy scene, and it’s better than ever!
Imagine it’s January 1, 2013. You’ve had a hectic week on holiday in Cape Town – exploring the winelands , shopping at the V&A Waterfront, wining and dining in Camps Bay and catching all the sights and sounds of the city on the City Sightseeing Bus.
Three, two, one…Happy New Year! If your plans for ringing in 2013 include having fun, fun and more fun, we have just the list of parties. Enjoy the countdown on December 31, 2012 at the following fabulous events.
Local band, Freshly Ground, play at the Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts.
Our Facebook Man has been popping up all over sunny Cape Town this week but he really turned heads at the 2012 Community Chest Twilight Run on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Amidst a sea of clowns, witches, assorted carnival folk, superheroes and the like, the Facebook Man made quite an impression on the Grand Parade, moments before the Best Dressed Competition was held on the main entertainment stage.
There will be plenty to see and do – the market will showcase some of Cape Town’s finest craft-makers and entertainers, offer gourmet food and drink (including a beer garden), a picnic zone, and a lifestyle and eco tent.
Photos from last night’s Lady Gaga concert at Cape Town stadium as part of her ‘Born this Way’ tour.
The festive season kicked off in fine style this weekend and set the trend for what promises to be an amazing summer in Cape Town. Yesterday was a special day for Cape Town when our beloved Table Mountain was inaugurated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature before Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia De Lille switched on the festive lights in the city.
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.
The first weekend of December promises to be an exciting one for Capetonians, when the city’s festive lights are switched on and Table Mountain officially takes its place as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
Spring comes to Kirstenbosch in colourful displays of interesting flowers.
Colourful shot taken at the International Kite Festival, recently held at Muizenberg.
Cape Town Stadium has certainly seen a lot of action and excitement over the last few years, especially in the sporting arena. On January 8, 2013, Cape Town Stadium will see Bafana Bafana take on Norway – an awesome way to see in the new year, if you ask us.
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.
Talented singers entertain shoppers and passersby at the V&A Waterfront.