Rob PetersChristmas under the African sun can take a bit of getting used to for those used to more chilly locales, but while it may not be a white Christmas in Cape Town there is still plenty of festive cheer to go around. Want to know how to do the silly season like a local? Look no further, we have everything you need to know on how to enjoy Christmas like a local.
FeaturedIt’s amazing how easily we underestimate the power of a great hand-massage. I know I certainly have. Thankfully I have seen the light, and trust me, I will never look back. It will become a must-have treat. This is all part of looking after my own wellbeing.
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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!
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.
Whether you’re after the simple or the exotic, the fresh or the pre-prepared, the neighbourhood market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town, is the perfect place to stock up on tasty food. The market is held every Saturday – but make sure you’re there early to get your hands on the pick of the crop. There are over 80 stalls to browse at the weekend market and not all of them sell food. You can also find beautiful jewellery, trendy fashion and gorgeous bouquets of freshly-cut flowers.
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.
The Wheel of Excellence. Photo courtesy Warren Rohner With only a week before the World Cup kicks off in South Africa, the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town launched its state-of-the-art Wheel of Excellence, from which World Cup fans will be able to see the whole of the Mother City.
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?
Decommissioned in 2003, the French-built submarine SAS Assegaai has been lovingly restored by a group of retired and in-service naval staff who, with the blessing of the South African Naval Museum, have opened her up to the general public. In addition to having some degree of sea legs, it is imperative that visitors are reasonably fit and don’t have a fear of small, enclosed spaces: Simon’s Town Boat Company’s dockyard ferry takes you to the sub, and you enter and exit the vessel on a vertical ladder.
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.
Green Point Urban Park.Photo courtesy: RichardAtUCT/Flickr As lovers celebrated Valentine’s Day in February, the city of Cape Town proudly launched the Green Point Urban Park to the public. Situated in Green Point next to the Cape Town Stadium, which was used for the FIFA 2010 World Cup™, the multipurpose 10.5 hectare park is open seven days a week from 07h00 to 19h00.
Photo courtesy Robert Wallace This Friday is Heritage Day, but just as commonly known as National Braai Day. South Africans all over the country will be stocking up on meat and getting ready to celebrate their heritage with friends, family and some lekker boerewors.
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.
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.
Photos by Richard Frank One of the best kept secrets at the moment is the new MyCiTi Airport Shuttle. For a reasonable R50 you can catch a ride from outside the Cape Town International Airport terminal to the Civic Centre in town. The buses are new and clean and the attending staff are friendly and eager to please.
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.
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.
Please note that from December 31, 2010, South African National Parks (SANParks) will no longer honour Infinity Wild Cards. The Infinity Wild Card will be replaced by a new card which can be purchased at any one of the Wild Card partner websites, at http://www.wildcard.co.za, http://www.sanparks.org or through the call centre on +27 (0)861 46 9453. Current cardholders are requested to update their contact details at one of the Wild Card partner websites, at http://www.wildcard.co.za, http://www.sanparks.org or through the call centre on +27 (0)861 46 9453.
Cape Town Tourism and Cape Town Routes Unlimited (the marketing organisation for the Western Cape) hosted a walk along the 2010 FIFA World Cup fan walk last week. This is the route that pedestrians can take to Green Point Stadium after they have commuted to the city using public transport
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.
On January 23, 2010, the first soccer match to be played at the new R4.5-billion Cape Town Stadium will be a clash of Cape Town’s two top Premier Soccer League teams, Ajax Cape Town and Santos.
For years the beauty of Cape Point, Africa’s most south-westerly tip, has captured travellers, nature lovers and adventurers.
The Cape Minstrel Carnival is Cape Town’s longest-running street party and parade, which takes place every year on January 2. Historically January 2 was the one day Cape slaves were given off each year. Called Tweede Nuwe Jaar (“second new year”), it is a colourful celebration of our history and sees minstrels, dancers, performers and marching bands performing on the streets of Cape Town.
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 write with passion about this place, the Two Oceans Aquarium, because it is so much a part of me that I struggle to remember what life was like before the aquarium. I remember walking onto the building site, where huge, empty tanks sat like ghostly caverns in unpainted, uncarpeted, cement-strewn galleries. Within weeks, things changed before my eyes. Water filled the I&J Predator Exhibit. Maxine, the shark, made her grand appearance, as did the snoek, which disappeared just as suddenly – down Maxine’s gullet! Thirteen-and-a-half years later, Maxine has been back in the ocean for almost four years, roaming the waters off Southern Africa.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
You’re itching to go out and do something with the kids but it’s overcast, damp, and just plain miserable outside. Winter is not everyone’s favourite time of year and while the season does have a few perks, braving the rain and wind with your kids may not be top of the list. To help your children deplete their abundance of energy we have come up with a few ideas for fun and educational outings to wrap their inquisitive minds around.
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.