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#InstagramDiary: Cape Town Honours Nelson Mandela

The City of Cape Town is celebrating the life of former president Nelson Mandela by declaring 2013 a year in which “Cape Town Honours Nelson Mandela”. In a Mayoral-lead program, beginning with an exhibition currently on show at the Cape Town Civic Center, the city will pay tribute to our great leader and national hero throughout the year.

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.

Eggciting Cape Town Easter events 2013

Celebrations, quality family time and tons of chocolate ... yes, Mother City lovers, it’s my favourite time of the year in Cape Town – Easter! From exciting egg hunts with mythical characters on the top of Table Mountain to decadent feasts at the luxurious Pure restaurant in Hout Bay, there is plenty to see and do in Cape Town over Easter.

Top places to visit in Claremont

Claremont forms part of Cape Town’s bustling Southern Suburbs and is one of the Mother City’s most recognisable areas. It is where you might find families enjoying a day of shopping and entertainment at the renowned Cavendish Square, bridal parties posing for unforgettable photographs at the Arderne Gardens, or students from the neighbouring University of Cape Town exploring the vibrant nightlife of the area.

My Top 3 Dinner Spots in Cape Town

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:

Jupiter in Cape Town’s Space Orbit: April Fool’s joke

On Monday 1 April, 2013, we reported, via our Twitter and Facebook channels, on what looked to be another planet, namely Jupiter, spotted in the sky above our beloved Mother City and boy, did the video footage below look realistic.

Sizzling Mexican restaurants in Cape Town

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 …

My Good Food & Wine Show experience in Instagram

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.

Food and wine festivals in Cape Town

Let’s face it: not only is Cape Town the number one destination to visit on your travel bucket list, it’s the best place to get a taste of the African motherland. With a variety of world-class food and wine events all year round, the tasty Mother City is a food and wine lover’s dream vacation spot.

COMPETITION: WIN 4 tickets to see Disney on Ice - Passport to Adventure

We’ve got a family ticket for 4 to give away to the spectacular Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure!

Top 5 things to know about the Bo-Kaap

The sounds of Cape Town would not be complete without the beautiful call of the mosque that emanates from the colourful, characterful Bo-Kaap.

South African star Emo Adams’ top reasons to #LoveCapeTown City Breaks

He is one of South Africa’s biggest musical entertainers and beloved television personalities but at heart, Emo Adams is and always has been a true Cape Town “boykie”.

Five things you didn’t know about Adderley Street

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.

Fazielah’s top three weekend bargain shopping spots in Cape Town

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.

Cape Town Festival of Beer 2013: 22-24 November at Hamilton’s Rugby Club

Beer enthusiasts can look forward to a weekend of being spoilt for choice as the Cape Town Festival of Beer once again hits Cape Town this weekend, the 22nd-34th of November at Hamilton’s Rugby club in Greenpoint.

A world of wonder at the Two Oceans Aquarium – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

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.

Send your Facebook profile to Cape Town: You could win the trip for real

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.

#DiscoverHelderberg: Where to stay in the Helderberg

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.

Top places to visit in Kenilworth

The suburb of Kenilworth forms part of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. Sandwiched between Wynberg and Claremont, this suburb is nestled right in the heart of the Southern Suburbs action. Situated within Kenilworth is the famous racecourse, not to mention the shopping mecca, Access Park. A 20-minute drive takes you to the city centre or any of the beaches along the Atlantic Seaboard. These are our top things to do in Kenilworth.

Your #LoveCapeTown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September, 2013

Who is ready for a fabulous #LoveCapeTown weekend? Let’s kick your fun factor into overdrive over the next 48 hours with a thrilling variety of adventurous, theatrical and foodie experiences in our inspirational Mother City.

Father’s Day 2013 events in Cape Town

He’s your pillar of strength and the gruff heart of the family … he’s your dad, and he serves to be spoilt with a variety of amazing Father’s Day events in Cape Town on Sunday 16 June, 2013. Whether you’re making his Top Gun dreams come true with a helicopter ride over the Peninsula, indulging his inner wine lover with a tasting at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl or pampering him with a spa treatment or two at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, there is plenty for your dad to see and do on his special day. Join us on the third Sunday of June for these fabulous Father’s Day events in Cape Town.

Things to do in Cape Town: See the city by bicycle with AWOL Tours

Cape Town may have a reputation for being rainy in winter, but on a clear day (which happens a lot more often than generally reported) there is no better way to explore the city than by bicycle…

Your #LoveCapeTown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September,2013

Are you ready for 48 hours of non-stop fun in #LoveCapeTown and beyond? Whether you’re admiring sea views and frolicking whales, immersing yourself in poetry or being active outdoors, there is plenty for you to do along our gorgeous coast this weekend. Join me at the following events from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September, 2013:  

Two days hiking the Hoerikwaggo Trail

Cape Town has an extensive offering of hiking trails for hikers of every fitness level ... I recently spent two days on the Hoerikwaggo Trail, taking in the views and enjoying nature’s splendour.

Inspiring Spring – Get Out And Enjoy The Sun In #LoveCapeTown

Capetonians are weather sensitive creatures and nothing makes them happier than the arrival of spring – turn on some sunshine, add a spray of spring blossoms and everyone is in a good mood!

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2013: preparing for a ride less ordinary

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.

Enjoying Milnerton Beach – A Cape Town Tourism Photo Essay

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

Top Five Reading Spots in Cape Town

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.

Visit Ceres – the ‘Eden of the Cape’

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.

Taste of Cape Town 2013: Photos and video

“Delicious” is too mundane a word to describe the 2013 Taste of Cape Town festival. So is “scrumptious”. Because this year’s event was simply DIVINE! Now in its sixth year, the Taste of Cape Town was held at the chic Green Point Cricket Club from Thursday April 11 to Sunday 14 April, 2013, with some spectacular upgrades and additions that added to its phenomenal success.