Rebekah KendalThese days, a trip to Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-do on the itinerary of any tourist to Cape Town. For centuries, however, the trip was one to be feared.
Stefan De ClerkCapetonians are known for their laid-back attitudes and love of great food and drink, especially if it’s locally produced. And with the recent surge in popularity of community markets, there’s something for every taste and flavour, every day of the week.
Rebekah KendalCape Town’s Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is proof that not all gardens were created equal. Go on, pay it a visit. You can thank us later.
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It’s Tata Madiba’s 95th birthday on Thursday 18 July, 2013 and Cape Town has is plenty to do to embody the spirit of the legendary Nelson Mandela.
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.
We’re in for a slightly cooler weekend in the beautiful Mother City this weekend, Cape Town fanatics, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. In fact, there is plenty to see and do indoors in our bustling hometown, so join me at the following events and activities from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 April, 2013 and discover some of Cape Town’s hidden gems.
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
So, it’s the middle of January (or, as our team likes to call it, Januworry) and you’re broke, but you simply HAVE to start shopping for that über-fabulous J&B Met, Swedish House Mafia or Madame Zingara outfit. Stash those credit cards, my frugal friends, and come and hunt for bargains with me at these shopping spots in Cape Town from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 January, 2013.
We recently opened our Instagram account, where we’ll be posting weekly #InstagramDiary trends in exciting things to do and see in Cape Town ... as well as lots of other pictures in between.
Bloggers love South Africa – we know this from our #LoveCapeTown campaign. This campaign saw us bringing four international travel bloggers (@traveldudes @velvetescape @landlopers and @wildjunket) to Cape Town in July 2012 during a social media drive in which Capetonians interacted with the bloggers and their followers, telling the stories of Cape Town and her people.
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.
Yesterday, we asked the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town: which is your favourite wine farm to visit on a wintry day in Cape Town?
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 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.
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.
I confess this was my first visit to the Good Food & Wine Show in a long time. With more than 200 stands in the vast CTICC venue over four days from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May, 2013, I was amazed at the event’s growth over the last few years. The stalls, some far more fabulous than others in both product and appearance, offered everything from food and wine to everything in between that relates to the home.
The only thing greater than my passion for Cape Town is my passion for its food. I have often waxed lyrical about my top breakfast spots, lunch venues and all-you-can-eat buffet joints, but have yet to share my favourite dinner spots. I love breaking bread with you (even if it’s only virtually), so here are my top three Cape Town dinner spots:
It’s Wednesday in the inspirational Mother City, friends, and that means I want to know Where Would You Rather be in Cape Town today.
Cape Town’s diverse multicultural ancestry has enjoyed the influence of many traditional cooking styles; but Mexican food, in particular, is on an upward trend in Cape Town these days. Chilli poppers, quesadillas, tortillas, fajitas, taquitos, enchiladas … you name it, we have it! And here’s where to satisfy your cravings …
10, 9, 8, 7, 6 ... the yearly countdown to the switch-on of the festive lights by Executive Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille is a sure sign that the Mother City is geared up for her summer holiday season. On Sunday 2 December, 2012, this popular annual event will once again ignite the city’s cheerful spirit amid great fanfare.
He’s the BIGGEST thing to hit the Cape Town entertainment scene since Lady Gaga, and he’s sure to have thousands of tweens screaming for all they’re worth ... yes, Mother City lovers, mega pop star Justin Bieber is in town!
The fourth annual Cape Town Carnival once again had the streets of the Mother City awash in colour, festivities and entertainment when it was held on Saturday 16 March, 2013.
And the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature goes to … Searching for Sugar Man, a film focused on the rediscovery of elusive musician Rodriguez and partially filmed in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City!
Cape Town isn’t just beautiful; she’s cost-effective, too … the Mother City has been named as the ninth-cheapest city in the world by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, on Wednesday 12 June, 2013.
Rondebosch is a charming little area in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. It is a student and family-friendly suburb only 5km from the city centre.
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.
The Helderberg region lies just 40 minutes outside of Cape Town and has something to offer everyone. From hiking, mountain biking and golf to food, wine and some of the Cape’s most beautiful beaches ... all this and more can be found on the slopes of the magnificent Helderberg mountains.
Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town’s tourism marketing organisation, is the winner of Travel + Leisure’s SMITTY Award (Social Media in Travel + Tourism 2013) for Best Overall Use of Social Media by a Global Tourism Board.
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.
By a show of likes, who of you, like me, have left your Christmas gift shopping to this weekend? No need to fret, my late fellow shoppers, because there are plenty of fabulous markets in festive Cape Town this weekend to ensure that everyone gets a little something from Santa:
Imagination is a wonderful thing to have and nothing piques it quite like reading. In the Mother City, there are plenty of interesting spots to ensure your reading pleasure. Whether you’re browsing through a well stocked bookstore, attending literary events like the Open Book Festival or Cape Town Book Fair or just spending a lazy afternoon reading in the Company’s Garden, Cape Town is at the top of the bestseller’s list. Get a page-turning experience at our top spots.
Adderley Street has always been the high street of Cape Town. For many it’s the site of nostalgic childhood memories, having been taken to see the Christmas lights. Today, this main artery of the city buzzes with activity. Cape Town’s central train station, bus terminals and the entrance to the Golden Acre shopping centre, numerous shops, banks, hotels and offices are located on Adderley – along with a jamboree of informal traders and a seasonal night market.