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.
FeaturedBanting. If you haven’t yet heard of the concept, then you clearly haven’t been out in the big wide world in a while because everyone is talking about it and everyone knows someone who is on the banting (essentially meaning low carb, high fat) diet (or eating plan). But sometimes it’s a mission to cook up a banting storm, so it’s nice to know where you can go to get a decent meal that won’t push you off the banting wagon. Here are some Cape Town spots that either fully cater for banting customers or offer the option on the menu.
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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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
Which defining moments in South African history do you remember? Nelson Mandela walking out of prison? Winning the Rugby World Cup? The first democratic election? What about the world’s first heart transplant – that amazing event in 1967 when a young, charismatic doctor from the Karoo dazzled the world with his brilliance, his daring, his technical skills and his flashing smile?
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.
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.
Mzoli’s in Gugulethu, photo courtesy j.knutzen As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town is rich in history and culture. There is so much to see, do and learn about the city and the people who live here. The best way to discover Cape Town is through interacting with the people. So take a tour through the townships of Gugulethu, Khayelitsha or Langa and hear what they have to say about life in Cape Town. You can enjoy a meal and drink at Mzoli’s, a chisa nyama in Gugulethu. A chisa nyama is basically a butchery where you select your meat and take a seat at a nearby table – an open-sided restaurant – while it’s prepared. You can enjoy the township vibe and the company of those around you while you wait.
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!
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.
Photo courtesy Ian Junor aka ifijay Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape, could hardly have known what incredible wine estates would emerge from the farm he envisioned when he occupied Constantia, today South Africa’s oldest winelands. Constantia Vineyards is a wine route consisting of five vineyards, restaurants, hotels and a golf course.
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.
Simon’s Town, photo courtesy Andy Carter Only the brave – and imaginative – can stand the cries of prisoners and slaves who can still be heard to this day in the basement punishment cell of “The Residency”, built in 1777 for the Governor of the Cape. The whiplash marks remain on the ceiling of the cell, which is now part of Simon’s Town Museum. If that doesn’t have you shaking in your boots, the museum has an oil painting which fails to appear in photos when they are developed.
There is nothing that says holiday like a lazy day in the Winelands ... sipping wines and savouring excellent cuisine, while enjoying relaxing, leafy landscapes.
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.
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.
Tweede Nuwe Jaar (Second New Year) celebrations in the Mother City – a vibrant explosion of sound and colour.
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.