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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It’s Tata Madiba’s 95th birthday on Thursday 18 July, 2013 and Cape Town has is plenty to do to embody the spirit of the legendary Nelson Mandela.
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…
I recently spent some time discovering all that the Helderberg has to offer, from places to stay to things to do. You can read all about it here: Where to stay in the Helderberg, and here: Things to do in the Helderberg. Here are a few pictures I took on Instagram along the way.
Claremont forms part of Cape Town’s bustling Southern Suburbs and is one of the Mother City’s most recognisable areas. It is where you might find families enjoying a day of shopping and entertainment at the renowned Cavendish Square, bridal parties posing for unforgettable photographs at the Arderne Gardens, or students from the neighbouring University of Cape Town exploring the vibrant nightlife of the area.
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.
Baby, it’s cold outside ... Cape Town lovers and friends, it’s been a chilly few days in our beloved Mother City. And if you weren’t hibernating indoors, chances are you were outside photographing the powerful hail storm on Sunday June 2, 2013.
The sounds of Cape Town would not be complete without the beautiful call of the mosque that emanates from the colourful, characterful Bo-Kaap.
Hello, weekend in the Mother City! If, like me, you feel that the weekend has been a long time coming, I’m sure you cannot wait for 48 hours of rock stars, nature walks and lovely Cape Malay cuisine, too. Join me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June, 2013.
Cape Town just begs to be photographed from every angle. From the beaches to the mountain, the people, the wine farms and, of course, the coffees, the Cape is an Instagrammer’s dream come true. I recently spent a morning at Cape Point and left with more images than I knew what to do with.
They’ve been spreading their “Magic of Compassion” all over the Peninsula by mobilising #BlanketWings, a huge blanket donation drive to bring winter warmth to the Mother City’s less fortunate residents, and now Cape Town Angels will round off their virtuous efforts with a heavenly final drop-off event at the chic Alexander Bar & Café on Friday 31 May, 2013.
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.
At the heart of responsible tourism is a new generation of responsible travellers who are seeking real, meaningful and authentic experiences and are in tune with responsible lifestyle practices such as buying fair-trade products and experiences, and supporting community tourism. Cape Town has been working towards being a responsible and sustainable city and destination for many years and we have again seen an increase in responsible tourism awareness, products and practices at Indaba 2013.
Do you hear that, rock music lovers? The early strains of You Give Love a Bad Name, the thunderous applause and the crazy screams of the crowd? Yes, Mother City fanatics, it’s time for superstar rock band Bon Jovi to perform live at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday 7 May, 2013.
Bloggers love South Africa – we know this from our #LoveCapeTown campaign. This campaign saw us bringing four international travel bloggers (@traveldudes @velvetescape @landlopers and @wildjunket) to Cape Town in July 2012 during a social media drive in which Capetonians interacted with the bloggers and their followers, telling the stories of Cape Town and her people.
This beautiful photo of a sunset at Long Beach, Kommetjie, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Keith Lyle.
Cape Town, the musical Mother City, is big on talent, big on culture and now, big on opera winners too! Our gifted Cape Town Opera chorus has won the Best Opera Chorus Award at the inaugural International Opera Awards in London.
Cape Town, the responsible Mother City, is always looking for bigger, more creative ways of giving back to the community and now two of its sizzling coffee shops, Haas Coffee Collective and Bolo’bolo Coffee House, have found a heart- and body-warming way to do so – with suspended coffees.
So, it’s the weekend, just after a public holiday, and you’re not ready to stop partying? That’s great news because there is plenty to see and do in sunny Cape Town. Join me at the following events in the Mother City this weekend and discover how you can see and do it all in just 48 hours in Cape Town.
Mother City lovers, it’s time to dim the lights and do great things in the dark in Cape Town for the annual celebration of Earth Hour on Saturday 23 March, 2013. Earth Hour is the largest mass global participation event, in which people the world over switch off their lights for one hour, to reflect on our impact on the environment and renew our commitment to protecting our planet.
To truly experience the culture and people of a city one needs to indulge in local cuisine. While most of the Mother City’s culinary offerings are steeped in Dutch and Malaysian culture – legendary curries, bobotie, koeksisters, milk tarts and samoosas – Capetonians also draw inspiration from the cookery of Greece, Morocco, Nigeria and America.
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then gold is her bosom buddy and platinum her soulmate. These are the lasting relationships that await the jewellery lover in Cape Town.
This image of a beautiful beachfront view at Kogel Bay was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Francois, aka Cape Town Guy.
The first call for projects to highlight Cape Town during World Design Capital 2014 is out. The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lille, officially opened the call for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 submissions at the Design Indaba Expo on Thursday 28 February, 2013.
Langa, South Africa’s oldest township, was established in 1923 as part of the then Urban Areas Act. Similar to Nyanga, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha, Langa is one of the areas in South Africa that was designated for black Africans before the apartheid epoch. The name Langa means “sun” in Xhosa, but the name of the area is actually derived from the name Langalibalele – a famous chief who was imprisoned on Robben Island for rebelling against the government.
It is that time of year again – the clock is winding down to the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday 10 March, 2013, and the kilometres are adding up on our bike and trailer. After negotiations with the organisers, the rules were altered and Damian Gower, my 14-year-old son who is quadriplegic, will be able to participate – towed in a trailer attached to my bike. We will be riding in support of the Chaeli Campaign, to raise funds and awareness.
Much like New York’s Grand Central Station, Cape Town’s bustling railway station on the Foreshore is the arrival and departure point for local and international visitors, and a final destination for travelling employees, students and residents.
Like most Parlotones fans, I was horrified at the prospect of my favourite band relocating to LA. We will no longer see them at festivals or shows, and are losing a special talent to the US. Thus, when I saw The Parlotones featured in the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts line-up for Sunday 13 January, 2013, I jumped at the opportunity to book tickets!
Cape Town is an inclusive, caring city, and with the festive season now upon us, responsible tourism through the assistance of the less fortunate is at the top of our list of priorities. Having won the Best Destination category in the 2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, the Mother City knows a thing or two about caring.
Summer in the Mother City is glorious ... it’s the time for family, friends and smiles, beaches, cocktails, picnics and adventure on your travels through Cape Town and its surrounds. We don’t want to be a wet blanket, but – as with any other city – you should take note of basic personal safety precautions to ensure a happy holiday.
We can finally say it; hipsters have changed the world. They might not know it, or even care, but these counter-culture kids helped steer a global movement – one that lauds responsible consumerism – to far beyond what was once, a fad.