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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Township tours are a great way to explore the city’s vibrant informal settlements and interact with local residents. With anything from a rundown of the history of the area, city and country, to tasting home-cooked meals, visitors will return home with a broader knowledge of the city and its inhabitants, having experienced a lesser-known side of Cape Town.
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 the spectacular view from Rhodes Memorial on Devil’s Peak, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce, aka smee.bruce.
This image of yachts sailing in Table Bay, as seen from Milnerton, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Mervyn Hector.
Cape Town has long been renowned for its beautiful winelands and award-winning wines. But more recently, beer and spirits have become a part of its quaff culture.
The rich diversity of Cape Town’s natural and cultural heritage is part of the city’s appeal. For those on limited holiday time, here are some top heritage sites to take in…
Ask any rugby-mad South African where the home of rugby is, and they will tell you it’s Newlands Stadium. It was at this venue in the leafy Cape Town suburb of the same name that the 1995 Rugby World Cup kicked off, a tournament which South Africa went on to win.
A rugged outcrop on Table Mountain was captured through the lens of our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Mel de K, aka meeeeeeeeeel.
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.
White men can’t jump? With all the wind power in Cape Town, ALL men can! In Big Bay, when the wind starts howling, the surf starts calling! After all, life really only starts at 20 knots.
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 the UCT Jammie Steps at night was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ihsaan Adams aka Ihsaan Adams | Photography ©.
Electronic music has taken Cape Town, the music-loving Mother City, by storm in recent years, and her residents turned out in their thousands to show their love for this fast-growing genre at the 2013 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF), at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday 16 February, 2013.
The thing about getting hitched, these days, is that - thanks to a generation of over-zealous romantics, and a deluge of big-budget tear-jerking romantic comedies - going down on one knee over a pint at your local pub just isn’t going to cut it. Apparently a casual question around the Sunday morning breakfast table is also considered unacceptable these days.
There is nothing that says holiday like a lazy day in the Winelands ... sipping wines and savouring excellent cuisine, while enjoying relaxing, leafy landscapes.
Tweede Nuwe Jaar (Second New Year) celebrations in the Mother City – a vibrant explosion of sound and colour.
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.
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.
Cape Town has a number of attractions to entice any would-be visitor to come to our shores, and locals to leave the comfort of their homes and venture out, but one of the Mother City’s most treasured possessions is Table Mountain. With the mountain’s inauguration as an official New7Wonder of Nature taking place this Sunday, December 2, 2012, we’ve compiled a list of seven reasons why Table Mountain is by far a worthy wonder of nature. Be sure to join us at the inauguration at the switching on of the Festive Lights!
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.
Cape Town has scored another touchdown for South African tourism by beating Vancouver and New York into top spot as Favourite Worldwide City – as voted by readers of UK online news journal The Telegraph. The Mother City’s Telegraph Travel Awards win comes courtesy of 17 000 Telegraph readers polled on their favourite travel companies, airlines, countries, cities and other travel-related topics.
Tombstone tourists will find Cape Town interesting ground for exploration, with the eras of the Mother City’s history offering diverse sites for cemetery enthusiasts to discover.
Our Facebook fans gave the movie Safe House, and the city of Cape Town, rave reviews and had a lot to say about how proud they were to see the city they loved on the big screen.
This photograph was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Casian Johnson Wright.
Voting for Table Mountain to become a New7Wonder of Nature closes today (Friday November 11) at 13h07. Table Mountain has long been a muse/ model/ subject for our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group! members.
The one-hour tour of the Newlands Brewery is a must for visitors as well as locals. It is the oldest commercial brewery in South Africa and was granted National Heritage Status in 1995. Today it brews eight award-winning and famous beer brands, satisfying this beautiful corner of our very thirsty land with 1.5-million ice-cold beers every day. The popular tour takes you through the old brewery heritage areas and the impressive modern brewery. It had been highly recommended to us and my colleagues and I were not disappointed. We found it informative and fascinating and our guide, Lauren, was well versed in the current operations, as well as the history of the brewery – she clearly has a passion for brewing and all that goes with it!
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.
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.
A shot of the Athlone cooling towers being imploded, taken from Newlands Forest. Photo by Travis Robertson Thousands of Cape Town residents and visitors braved the rain to watch the demolition of the two Athlone cooling towers today. The 50-year-old landmarks were imploded and reduced to dust in less than 30 seconds.