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Five things you didn’t know about the Castle of Good Hope

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.

Your Cape Town weekend: top 3 events in the Mother City

Party, party, party… that’s the theme for your weekend in sunny Cape Town, Mother City lovers! Go forth and spend your hard-earned salary on fabulous outfits, then shimmy on over to the following events from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 February, 2013 – and discover why the fun never stops in Cape Town.

Feel the love this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town

With her breathtaking beauty, tantalising restaurants and spectacular sunsets, Cape Town has to be South Africa’s ultimate romantic destination for Valentine’s Day 2013.

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.

J&B Met 2013: Tanki Em’s guide to being Made To Fly

Oh my. It’s that time of the year where classic style and fashion are put aside for the celebration of avante-garde looks and one-of-a-kind garments that are either custom-made for the J&B Met, happening at the Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday 2 February, 2013 – or dramatically altered retail store dresses and tresses which make the cut for this annual themed horseracing event.

An open apology to the Parlotones from a four-legged Capetonian

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!

The Parlotones‘ Final Curtain Call at Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts in Cape Town

It’s the moment many fans have anticipated with both excitement and dread … The Parlotones‘ last South African performance, which took place at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on Sunday 13 January, 2013! The multi award-winning band will soon jet off to the United States in pursuit of international fame and fortune. Renowned for hits like Push Me to the Floor, Beautiful, I’ll Be There and Honey, our boys are sure to make an equally stellar impression on global audiences, too.

Waterfront wheel – Flickr pic of the day

A streaky sky behind the spectacular Wheel of Excellence at the V&A Waterfront.

2013 Cape Minstrels on the march – photos and video

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.

New Year celebrations in Cape Town

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.

Fazielah’s top three festive weekend events in Cape Town

Deck the halls with cheer and holly, Cape Town fanatics, because it’s officially festive season in the Mother City! What that means, party animals, is that we are free to let our hair down and boogie like there’s no work on Monday…

12 amazing things to in Cape Town on 12/12/12

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:

MCQP brings fairy-tale magic to Cape Town

Once upon a time, in an inspirational city by the sea, thousands of princes and princesses-to-be gathered for one magical night to attend the biggest lifestyle ball of them all… the Mother City Queer Project! Event director Ian McMahon and his trustworthy fairies will make wishes come true with the 19th Mother City Queer Project (MCQP), aptly themed Fairytale Fantasy, at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, December 15, 2012.

Comedy in Cape Town: Your fix of laughter in the Mother City

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!

A week of free fun in Cape Town

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.

Fazielah’s top three weekend adventure events

Cape Town, the Mother City, is an exhilarating playground for adrenalin junkies and nothing gets our hearts thumping quite like an adventure-filled weekend. Join me at the following exciting events from December 7 to 9, 2012:

Name Your Hood Initiative Kicks Off in Gugulethu

The Name Your Hood initiative, which kicked off in November 2012,  is set to create a sense of pride and identity in one of South Africa’s most famous townships, Gugulethu.

New Year’s Eve 2012 parties in Cape Town

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.

Kirstenbosch concerts - Flickr pic of the day

Local band, Freshly Ground, play at the Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts.

Facebook Man rocks 2012 Twilight Run in Cape Town

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.

How to host a Christmas market on the southern tip of Africa

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.

Lady Gaga concert in Cape Town: Photos

Photos from last night’s Lady Gaga concert at Cape Town stadium as part of her ‘Born this Way’ tour.

Believe it: Justin Bieber is coming to Cape Town!

Baby, baby, believe it because it’s true… the Biebster is coming to the Mother City in 2013. In a spectacular concert that is sure to set the hearts of many tweens aflutter, multi award-winning pop star Justin Bieber will makes thousands of admirers’ dreams come true by performing live at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 8 May, 2013.

Take a photo of our Facebook man in Cape Town and win big!

Mother City fans, your opportunity to win an R2 000 V&A Waterfront shopping voucher is here! To enter, all you have to do is snap a pic of our Facebook Man in and around Cape Town this week, from Monday to Sunday, December 3 to 9, 2012, upload it to our I ♥ Cape Town Facebook fan page wall or tag @CapeTownTourism on Twitter with the #wheresyourprofileat by Monday, December 10, 2012.

Table Mountain inaugurated as a New7Wonder of Nature, festive lights switched on

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.

Little Monsters’ guide: Important news for Lady Gaga’s Cape Town gig

Tonight (Monday December, 3, 2012) is the night, Lady Gaga fans! Mother Monster is ready to shock and entertain you at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. If you received your invitation to the Born This Way Ball with glee and booked your tickets months ago, there’s little doubt that you are going to have a fabulous time, darling! Before you rush off to Marry the Night with your favourite superstar and her opening acts Lady Starlight and The Darkness, let’s run through a few important things you need to know:

Cool summer entertainment for 2012/2013 in Cape Town

It’s not just the weather that’s hot in Cape Town during summer – it’s the entertainment, too! And this season, things are really heating up in the Mother City.

Festive season: How Cape Town fans will celebrate Christmas 2012

The festive season is nearly upon us in sunny Cape Town. From the illuminating switch-on of the festive lights in the city centre to special lunch menus and bustling markets, the Mother City is decking her streets and halls with cheer and holly.

Top five day-to-night spots in Cape Town

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.

Table Mountain set for New7Wonders of Nature inauguration

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.
 
 

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