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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Guy Fawkes, the night many celebrate the thwarted efforts to blow up the British Houses of Parliament in 1605, is fast approaching. And the City of Cape Town is urging residents to act responsibly during their festivities on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
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.
This image of children playing on a breakwater wall in Kalk Bay was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Hassner Pepler, aka hassner.
This image of children learning how to sail in Hout Bay harbour was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Trevor Exposed.
This image of a family enjoying a leisurely swim at Boulders Beach was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Hugo, aka The dead Oak.
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.
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.
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.
This image of a fisherman getting the earliest catch at Kalk Bay harbour was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ian Junor.
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.
This image of Cape Town’s Wheel of Excellence at the V&A Waterfront was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Janet Prentice, aka Janet.
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.
The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “the Earth laughs in flowers”. If this is true, then the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden must be one of the happiest places on Earth.
Often referred to as “the Eden of the Cape”, the town of Ceres is world famous for its exceptional deciduous fruit production. Fruit tours present a great way to appreciate the journey from tree to table, while sampling fresh fruit along the way.
For years the beauty of Cape Point, Africa’s most south-westerly tip, has captured travellers, nature lovers and adventurers.
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.
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.
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.
Ask any South African, and they will tell you that the braai – or barbeque – is a part of South African culture.So much so, in fact, that 24 September (Heritage Day) is now also popularly known as National Braai Day.
Have you heard the one about the dog that joined the Royal Navy? They called him Nuisance … Just Nuisance. He was one of a kind, a hero to his fellow servicemen, and he is now a local legend.
There’s no doubt that one of the nicest activities to indulge in is a good hike, and what better place to walking up a mountain, through great fynbos or along the coast than 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.
The sun is shining and the weather is sweet. If you are in Cape Town, you’ll want to be out and about, soaking up the warmth, exploring the fairest Cape with your beautiful family. And what an adventure that would be – there’s plenty for kids (and families) to do in Cape Town during summer!
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.
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.
There really is no end to the appeal of Cape Town’s diverse heritage, cuisines and natural wonders. Whether your itinerary is for business or leisure, it’s impossible to fit everything into a single trip – so you’ll have to visit our Mother City again to experience the rest!
By sending your Facebook profile to Cape Town in our My Cape Town Holiday competition, you not only stand a chance of winning the trip for real, but you could also be the lucky recipient of one of our many spot prizes.
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.
Talented singers entertain shoppers and passersby at the V&A Waterfront.