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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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!

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

How to get involved in an Instagram community

You love taking photos; your Instagram feed is a collection of beautiful squares that can easily be placed on the walls of an art gallery; you’re the person at the picnic who whips out their phone in the most random occasions trying to get a macro shot of the water droplet on a leaf. But you have no one to take photos with you and your friends don’t really get that you can take such amazing shots with just your phone. If this sounds like you, meet the Instagamers Cape Town community.

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.

Metallica Live in Cape Town: Photos

It was the night many of Cape Town’s metalheads had been waiting for, for more than seven years ... legendary band Metallica’s return to the Mother City, live in a rocking concert at the Bellville Velodrome on Wednesday 24 April, 2013!

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.

Cape Town’s stars win top honours at 2013 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

It’s official … Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City, is home to the most talented thespians! Homegrown stars walked away with top honours at the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday 17 March, 2013.

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!

#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.

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!

My weekend away at the Agulhas National Park

There are few things I enjoy more than exploring my beautiful Cape Town and her gorgeous surrounding towns, so my adventures with South African National Parks are a real treat. Marking a year since our first trip to the West Coast in April 2012, our media family set off for the luscious shores of the Agulhas National Park on Friday April 19, 2013.

Award-winning Jersey Boys opens in Cape Town

“Oh, what a night!” The strains of the renowned Four Seasons song December, 1963 are still playing in my head and putting a bounce in my step following the opening of the award-winning Broadway hit musical Jersey Boys at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday 23 June, 2013.

Hilarious line-up for Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2013

It’s the number one comedy event of the year and it’s returning to the Mother City this June ... friends, it’s time to gear up for the hilarious Jive Cape Town Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre, from Monday June 10 to Sunday July 7, 2013.

#OpenStreets 2013 in pictures

Open Streets is a citizen-driven initiative, working to design and promote streets which embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and how they move. Not to mention ... a great opportunity to get some amazing Instagram shots!

Fresh fish shopping in Kalk Bay – Flickr pic of the day

As part of Responsible Tourism Week, a global initiative from February 14 to 18, 2011, we’ll be highlighting images that show people taking responsibility for their communities and the places they live in and visit. You can get involved by logging on to the global journal of practical ecotourism, Planeta.com‘s wiki and registering.

Good Food & Wine Show 2012 in photos and video

Celebrate the onset of winter with warming gourmet and wine offerings at the Good Food & Wine Show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this weekend.