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 spring southeaster is Cape Town’s harbinger of happiness, for it signifies that summer is finally here. From a diving perspective, it is fulfils another useful function: the wind is directly offshore and blows the dirty surface layer away. This is replaced by the ice-cold, crystal-clear water from the deep in a process known as “upwelling”. This nutrient-rich water is welcomed by the bait fish shoals, which are pursued by dolphins, snoek and game fish such as yellowtail. Following several days of a pumping southeaster, the water on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard on Saturday, October 31 was about as good as it gets – 20m underwater visibility and a chilly 10°C.
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.
On a fine winter’s afternoon in July 2009, two intrepid young adventurers, Warren Gans (24) from Newlands and Sean Wakelin (22) from Pinelands, chose to claim their stake as the first people to slackline on Table Mountain.
Our man on the ground, event reporter Deon Gurling, was there to record the afternoon of gorgeous outfits, colour, excitement, surprise winners and sunshine at the 2010 J&B Met in Cape Town. Crowds were treated to a great day out and exciting racing. Filly River Jetez won the feature race, beating the favourite and her brother, Pocket Power.
This morning Cape Town residents awoke to the chills of winter but were greeted by an astonishing sight: Table Mountain wore a crown of snow. For those who were already braving the icy conditions in an attempt to get to the summit, it was the icing on the cake – so to speak.
The #LoveCapeTown Photo Competition winner is Naude Heunis for his photo titled “Our own seventh wonder”.
Thousands of monsters have gone gaga at the announcement that five-time Grammy Award-winning artist, Lady Gaga, will end her South African leg of her Born This Way Ball at Cape Town Stadium on December 3, 2012.
Cape Town Tourism’s IPL photographer Greg Beadle has collated his top ten shots of IPL cheerleaders. All photos by Greg Beadle.
Scores of celebrities attended the 2011 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday, January 2011. You can submit your images of the event to the Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group. Tag your pictures of people “capturesummer2010” and you could stand a chance of winning R10 000 in our Capture Summer Photography Competition.
Lights, camera, action! The winners of the Capture Your Cape Town photo competition have been announced.
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.
Gabriella Demetriades from Port Elizabeth, is a favourite to win the crown The heated search for Miss Bollywood IPL South Africa now enters its final stages, as the field of Bollywood beauties has been whittled down to 16 hopefuls. The competition was launched at the start of the DLF IPL tournament and 46 contestants were chosen (one from each match). After much frenzied voting last weekend on the official IPL website, 16 contestants have been chosen to go through to the finals.
As thousands descend on Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday January 28 for the largest annual outdoor social event in Cape Town, some will be looking at more than just the racehorses. In this instance the show ponies on display will be the fashionistas.
The 2012 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday attracted an array of fashion fundis and creative outfits.
Driving round False Bay on a drizzly winter afternoon I stopped off at Boulders Beach just outside Simon’s Town hoping for some good light and inspiring views. The last time I was at Boulders was in mid-December and, as expected for summer and holidays, it was packed with people enjoying the beach and wonderful shallow water.
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Cape Town has waves to suit all types of surfers. According to www.capetownactivities.co.uk, the more experienced riders will find the waves they’re looking for on the Atlantic Ocean, Fish Hoek or the infamous Long Beach.
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon was held in Cape Town on April 7. See some photos of the event, taken by Deon Gurling.
The Bo-Kaap is an area in Cape Town filled with brightly coloured houses and narrowed cobbled streets located at the foot of Signal Hill. But for all the its cheerful achitecture and facade the suburb has a rich histry, with it’s people being integral to it.
Shoals of sardines were recently trapped along the Atlantic coast. They moved into Hout Bay and surrounding areas causing a frenzy of activity for fishermen, seals and dolphins. Our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member captured these awesome images.
Former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss (right) at the J&B Met last year with friend Jennifer Su. Photo courtesy Jennifer Su. With just two weekends left before the 2010 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town, fashion designers and stores are getting seriously busy.
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 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.
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!
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.
Cape Town Fashion Week 2011 showcased the brilliance of South African fashion designers.
For years the beauty of Cape Point, Africa’s most south-westerly tip, has captured travellers, nature lovers and adventurers.
Photos from last night’s Lady Gaga concert at Cape Town stadium as part of her ‘Born this Way’ tour.
I had not been to the Two Oceans Aquarium since its opening, and last Sunday, being at a loss on what to do, I took a drive on my scooter and landed up at the V&A Waterfront.
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