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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.

SANParks Smitswinkel Bay Tented Camp

As you make your way from Cape Town to Cape Point, you pass through the quaint harbor village of Kalk Bay, winding along through the naval-themed Simon’s Town and around the bend past Smitswinkel Bay. To your left, a jewel-coloured bay overlooked by a slope dotted with ramshackle houses takes your breath away. Just past this, on your right, lies the entrance to the SANParks Smitswinkel Bay Tented Camp.

#lovecapetown Instagram Walk in video

You’ve seen the photos, used the hashtags and shared the posts… now you can watch the #lovecapetown Instagram Walk in video on our YouTube channel too.

Top Places to be in Noordhoek

For years Noordhoek was a secret community of surfers and eco-lovers, but the word got out and now this nature-loving suburb on the Peninsula’s west coast is a magnet for family life, happy pets, surf and sand, outdoor living and great food.

#InstagramDiary: Discover the Helderberg

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.

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.

Your #lovecapetown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 October, 2013

There’s nothing I love more than a weekend in gorgeous #lovecapetown filled with entertainment and folks, let me tell you, things are about to kick off with a bang!

Uthando South Africa Gives Back to Communities with Responsible Tourism Award Prize

Uthando South Africa, the innovative non-profit organisation, has been spreading the love and warmth this chilly season in Cape Town, as they distributed uniforms and an educational grant to their beneficiaries, Betterchoice Gumboots and Dance for All, on Saturday 27 July, 2013.

#Instagram Diary: Cape Town Tourism and Tsogo Sun’s Mandela Day Soup Kitchen

In the spirit of spreading the charitable love on Mandela’s Day, Cape Town Tourism teamed up with leading hotel chain Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Cape Sun to host a soup kitchen at the Central Methodist Mission Church on Greenmarket Square, Thursday 18 July, 2013.

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.

Uthando South Africa wins at Indaba 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.

Cape Town Opera chorus wins Chorus of the Year Award at International Opera Awards

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 Angels keep Mother City warm with #BlanketWings drive

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.

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.

Your Cape Town weekend: Things to do from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March, 2013

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.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June, 2013

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.

Why Cape Town fans love summer in the Mother City

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.

Put an Unexpected Spring into your step with the V&A Waterfront in #lovecapetown

It’s the season of new beginnings, romance, burgeoning sunshine and thrilling adventures in gorgeous #lovecapetown and where better to experience of all these amazing things than at our top seaside shopping and lifestyle destination, the ever popular V&A Waterfront?

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.

Top Places in Sea Point

Sea Point has long been a #lovecapetown favourite.

Show your Cape Point of View and Win BIG!

Shutterbugs and Instagrammers, how would you like to win an iPad Mini, just for doing what you do best – taking jaw-droppingly amazing photos of one of #LoveCapeTown’ s most iconic attractions, the impressive Cape Point?

Facebook Feedback Friday: Things to do with your last R 500 in Cape Town

So, you’re visiting beautiful Cape Town and you’re down to your last R500… what would you do and see in our inspirational Mother City?

Your Cape Town Weekend: Things to do from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July 2013

The countdown to a thrilling weekend in the Mother City begins! From hilarious musicals to gorgeous bridal fairs and markets, there is plenty to see and do in our gorgeous hometown. Join me at the following events and activities in entertaining Cape Town from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July 2013:

The V&A Waterfront Harbour Life in #LoveCapeTown

The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s oldest working harbour and the country’s most visited cultural destination in #LoveCapeTown, attracting millions of visitors each year.

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.

Inside the Travel Lab #Love(s)CapeTown

Our #LoveCapeTown blogger, Abigail King , has been in Cape Town for a little over a week now experiencing our hometown through the eyes of locals, from the City Centre and Bo Kaap to Langa and Masiphumelele.

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2014: Tsogo Sun is the place to stay in Cape Town

It’s the world’s largest timed cycling event and it’s heading for #lovecapetown on Sunday 9 March 2014… it’s the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour!

Creative Week 2013 in #LoveCapeTown: Photos

Imaginations have been piqued, design has been celebrated and countless new art forms realised as Creative Week 2013 captivated the inspiring Mother City from Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 September, 2013.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays in Cape Town: Fans’ Suggestions

I’ve got to say, Mother City lovers, you guys and girls sure know how to show this writer some love! I am inspired by your responses to my “Where Would You Rather Be” in Cape Town on Wednesdays question.