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The face of fun in Cape Town – Video

Student Simon Leigh filmed this footage during his 2012 Easter holiday in Cape Town, and he turned the fun levels to 11. Take an inside look at backstage work at the Two Oceans Aquarium (where you too can scuba with sharks, stingrays, yellowtail, turtles ...), his hike up our New7Wonder of Nature Table Mountain, a ride in the cable car, a splash into the chilly Atlantic Ocean at Clifton Fourth beach (respect!), and general can’t-match-that Cape Town experiences.

Whale breaches onto yacht

Sailors Ralph Mothes and Paloma Werner, from the Cape Town Sailing Academy, got the fright of their lives when a southern right whale breached onto their yacht over the weekend. They were sailing in the Cape Town harbour when a southern right whale breached about 100 metres from their boat. The whale – which was between 11- and 14-metres long – then resurfaced and breached again, this time about 10 metres from their yacht. Before they knew it, the whale was breaching again and it landed right onto their yacht.

Heart 104.9FM’s Keri Miller’s Top Reasons to #LoveCapeTown

You’ve heard her vibrant, upbeat voice on local radio station Heart 104.9FM’s Afternoon Drive show and seen her at events around the Mother City but do you know what makes the gorgeous Keri Miller #LoveCapeTown?

Strand Summer – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Sunsets, skylines and summer romance… Our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Dawie Malan shares his images of a Strand summer with us.

Top stylish shopping spots in Cape Town: an Instagram essay

As far as my favourite stores in Cape Town’s CBD go, these five are at the top of my list at the moment. I tend to shop where products stand out by way of design and quality, and where I know I’ll always get amazing service.

It’s Vote for Table Mountain Thursday!

Photo courtesy * hiro008 Cape Town’s iconic, oft photographed, much revered Table Mountain is one of 28 global natural sites shortlisted to become one of the New7Wonders of Nature. But the mountain needs your help: According to the latest rankings, our city’s beloved landmark is falling behind! It’s currently ranked in the bottom 14 and needs your support to secure a place at the top.

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.

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.

J&B Met 2011 theme: Larger Than Life

Those attending the 2011 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on January 29 can start preparing their outfits based on the theme: Larger Than Life. Extroverts and exhibitionists in the Mother City now really have reason to go over the top. For 2011, bigger is certainly better. Tall hats, large accessories, stilts and puffy dresses are just a few fashion ideas that have been bandied about so far.

Hiking Table Mountain – A Cape Town Tourism Tourism Photo Essay

We Started hiking from Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens renowned for its spectacular array of indigenous plants.

Where Would You Rather be Wednesdays in Cape Town: Twitter Followers’ Top Suggestions

Wednesday is my favourite day in the Mother City!  Why? Because Mother City lovers, it’s the day I get to hear “Where You Would Rather be in Cape Town” of course!

St George’s Cathedral – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Stewart Harris paid a visit to St. George’s Cathedral recently. He managed to get some of the iconic and captivating stained glass windows on camera.

Sporty Cape Town – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Some may call it “slaapstad” (sleepy city) but Cape Town has an active community, conscious of its health and wellness. Our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Chris Hitchcock shares his views with us.

Thousands watch demolition of Athlone cooling towers in 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.

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.

Solange Knowles releases music video filmed in Cape Town

Pop singing sensation Solange Knowles has released the music video for her hit single, Losing You, which was filmed in Cape Town.

Cape Town Named as One of TripAdvisor’s 15 Destinations on the Rise

Inspirational Cape Town continues to garner accolades from around the world. This time the city has been named one of TripAdvisor’s 15 Destinations on the Rise, an honour that follows hot on the heels of Cape Town’s Villa Zest Boutique Hotel topping the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2012 Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in the World Awards. In the Tripadvisor 2012 Top 25 Hotels in the World Awards, Derwent House Boutique Hotel in Cape Town came fifth.

Send your Facebook profile to Cape Town: Awesome prizes up for grabs

By sending your Facebook profile to Cape Town in our My Cape Town Holiday competition, you not only stand a chance of winning the trip for real, but you could also be the lucky recipient of one of our many spot prizes.

Top ten Flickr pics of 2011 – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Cape Town’s beauty is endless, from rolling hills and valleys to the both calming and sometimes tumultuous oceans, from urban landscapes to our very own wonder of nature, which dominates the city. Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group members captured it all and shared their images with us through out the year. We feature the most-viewed photographs of 2011.

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

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…

Next Stop: Cape Town – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Cape Town has an endless array of attractions for those visiting the Mother City’s shores. But there are a few places that some just have to cross off their bucket list. Our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Christina Karchevskaya recently visited our city and shares some of her favourite sites wth us.

Wonderful Waterfront – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member adiedonoghue shares his experiences of a recent visit to the V&A Waterfront.

Your Guide to Creative Week 2013 in #LoveCapeTown

Can you feel the air brimming with innovative ideas and creativity in inspirational #LoveCapeTown? Yes, it’s that time of the year again…. Creative Week 2013 is coming to the Mother City!

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.

Picture Perfect V&A Waterfront Backdrop for Table Mountain in #LoveCapeTown

World Tourism Day on Friday 27 September, 2013 was an auspicious occasion for #LoveCapeTown‘s wonder of nature, Table Mountain , as it celebrated its new status as co-signee of the Responsible Tourism Charter with the City of Cape Town and unveiled a large picture frame, which provides an iconic view of the mountain from the V&A Waterfront.

A lolly to make you jolly – Flickr pic of the day

An ice-cream vendor smiles broadly, spreading summertime cheer, on Camps Bay beach.

Give our #LoveCapeTown bloggers a warm Mother City Welcome

In 2012, Cape Town Tourism rocked the social networking world by hosting four international bloggers on a series of experiences around our hometown and getting them to share their adventures on their platforms. This ultimately contributed to us winning the Travel + Leisure SMITTY Awards (Social Media in Travel + Tourism Awards) in the category Best Overall Use of Social Media, CVB, Global. From Wednesday 18 September to Monday 7 October 2013, we are set to do it again so join us in giving our #LoveCapeTown bloggers Rachel Lucas, Abigail King and Carol T. More a warm welcome to our inspirational Mother City!

Kogelbaai – Flickr pic of the day

This moody and unusual shot of Kogelbaai (which literally means “provocative bay” in Afrikaans) was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Paul Bruins, aka Panorama Paul.

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!