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Get cooking with cuisine courses in Cape Town

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.

Gemstones and jewellery: a Cape Town shopper’s guide

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.

Kogel Bay view – Flickr pic of the day

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.

Ready, steady, go… World Design Capital 2014 in Cape Town

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.

Discovering Langa – a photo essay

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.

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2013: preparing for a ride less ordinary

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.

Five things you didn’t know about Cape Town Railway Station

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.

An open apology to the Parlotones from a four-legged Capetonian

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!

Give responsibly this festive season in Cape Town

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.

Be safe … not sorry, this summer season in Cape Town

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.

(Hand) Made in Cape Town

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.

Table Mountain inaugurated as a New7Wonder of Nature, festive lights switched on

The festive season kicked off in fine style this weekend and set the trend for what promises to be an amazing summer in Cape Town. Yesterday was a special day for Cape Town when our beloved Table Mountain was inaugurated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature before Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia De Lille switched on the festive lights in the city.

Seven reasons why Table Mountain is a worthy New7Wonder 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!

Beach culture in Cape Town

There is no end to Cape Town’s white, sandy, sun-kissed beaches as they stretch along the Peninsula, circling the coast of Cape Town. For a cosmopolitan city boasting a world-famous flat-topped mountain and which is sandwiched between two oceans and three coastlines, it’s no wonder Cape Town has been awarded a number of titles.

Grand Daddy hotel: Nothin’ trashy about Cape Town’s award-winning trailer park

Cape Town’s quirky Grand Daddy hotel, with its trademark rooftop trailer park, has been recognised yet again for its unique contribution to luxury accommodation in the Mother City.

Tips on tipping in Cape Town

Tipping can be a bit of a grey area when you’re travelling. Who do you tip? When? And how much is acceptable? So here are some guidelines on tipping in Cape Town, the Mother City:

Why Cape Town fans love summer in the Mother City

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.

Fazielah’s top three weekend beach spots in Cape Town

I simply cannot contain my excitement when I think of a long, lazy day spent suntanning and relaxing on one of Cape Town’s beautiful, sandy, white beaches. Combine that with a cold drink, sweet ice cream and the company of loved ones and you have my idea of a perfect weekend in the Mother City.

Cape Town in summer – no better place to be

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and there is no better place to be this summer.

My Table Mountain National Park quickie

A quickie by definition, is a brief, passionate interlude that leaves you wanting more, but there is nothing brief, or unfulfilling, about a 36-hour weekend getaway in the gorgeous Table Mountain National Park.

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.

Vote for Table Mountain

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.

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.

World AIDS Day in Cape Town

Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been about raising money for, heightening awareness of, combating prejudice through and improving education around AIDS-related efforts. In 2010, Cape Town will be part of global efforts to raise awareness around HIV/AIDS, as part of both the (RED) and the Lights for Rights campaigns, by illuminating Table Mountain with red lights from 19h00 until midnight tonight. The (RED) campaign raises money for the Global Fund, the biggest pot of money dedicated to overcoming AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, by co-branding products and releasing them in limited (RED) editions, donating up to 50% of the proceeds. One of the components of this campaign involves turning iconic landmarks around the world red. The initiative dovetails well with the Lights for Rights campaign, which places emphasis on “shining a light on human rights” in relation to HIV and AIDS, drawing global attention to the rights of those infected and affected by HIV.

Cape Town makes visitor safety a priority this summer season

Cape Town’s busy summer season is fast approaching and tourism authorities are gearing up for an upturn in business. An influx of tourists is expected on the back of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and the city is looking forward to welcoming visitors from South Africa and the rest of the world.

Cape Town Tourism adopts a penguin for World Tourism Day

Jinga, Cape Town Tourism’s adopted African penguin. Photo by Skye Grove Today, September 27, is World Tourism Day and the theme of this year’s celebration is “Tourism and Biodiversity”. African penguins are a familiar sight to Capetonians and visitors to our city alike, but it is alarming to know that the plight of these beloved seabirds is more critical than most of us realise.
 
 

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