Bianca ColemanPicture the scene – a softly lit wine cellar full of barrels, a hound sleeping on the floor, a table set with glasses and a huge platter of bread, olives, olive tapenade, olive oil, cheese, salami, mixed nuts, biltong and droëwors, bottles of some of the finest wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, and a tasting led by the wine-maker Peter Finlayson.
Rob Peters and Kelly LodewyksSo you’re looking for a night out are you? A couple of drinks you say? Maybe you want to cut loose on the dance floor, but aren’t sure where to go? Our handy list of 50 of the most popular clubs and bars in the Mother City will help you on your way then! Enjoy!
Bianca ColemanIt’s interesting to note how popular townships tours have become with visitors to our country who are searching for personal and authentic encounters with our citizens. A walking tour of Kayamandi in Stellenbosch does exactly that.
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February is, of course, the month of love and what better place to get romantic than in the Mother City, #lovecapetown? This city is the romantic’s paradise, with some of the world’s most beautiful views, top restaurants and idyllic picnic spots. Still stuck for ideas on how to show your crush, partner of friend that you love them? We might be able to help.
Festival season in Cape Town means weekends of local music, camping with friends, relaxing in rivers and enjoying the summer sun. The 2014 festival season in upon us, so here is a list of my three favourites that are not to be missed.
Think “adventure in Cape Town” and your first thoughts will probably be along the lines of shark cage diving, hiking up Table Mountain and kite surfing in Blouberg. Now there’s a new activity to add to your adventure bucket list.
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.
There are many ways to see the Mother City. From the top of Table Mountain, from the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean or from the winding roads that weave across the city…but the very best way to marvel at the majesty of Cape Town must be from the sky!
Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting close to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.
There is no denying that summer in Cape Town is pure magic. Long, long days, salty skin, tanned bodies and beachy hair…these are the things that a Cape Town summer is made of. Of course, not every day can be spent on the beach, so it’s important to make the most of the extra hours summer brings with daily activities after work. I try to make a concerted effort to spend as many hours as possible outdoors during summer and these are a few spots where I’ll be doing that.
The countdown to RTD 2013 has officially begun and with just 2 more sleeps until the gates officially open it’s time to pull out your pen and paper and start ticking off your “to do” list.
On Tuesday 24 September,2013, the weather played along beautifully and the smell of good old, South African braai meat was in the air all around Cape Town. If there’s one thing South Africans love to do, it’s braai, and by “braai” we obviously mean barbeque. What better way to celebrate our heritage than by introducing our #lovecapetown visitors to our braai culture?
If incredible wine, delicious country fare and wildlife spotting are not enough, Groote Post also offers visitors the opportunity to see the colourful carpet of Darling’s famous flower season…and it’s all just an hour out of the city!
Fancy a spot of whale watching? Maybe a couple of hours of seal spotting? How about a leisurely afternoon with playful penguins? If this sounds like your cup of tea, then a day out along the False Bay coastline, into Kalk Kay, Boulders Beach and Cape Point is just what you’re looking for. Give yourself a full day, because you won’t want to rush through this experience.
You love Cape Town and you love Instagram. And who wouldn’t? This city was made to photograph and Instagram makes it so easy to share your love for everything Cape Town! Join the local Cape Town Igers for a #LoveCapeTown Instagram Walk on Monday, the 23rd of September at the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront at 4:30pm.
We asked local Capetonian blogger Dawn Jorgensen to share her Top 5 places to take a first time visitor to Cape Town and this is what she had to say: “The decision to visit Cape Town by any tourist or friend should be richly rewarded with a list of the must-sees on offer. In a city like ours, it isn’t easy to narrow these down to just a handful and when I was thinking about the Top 5, my mind – and heart, burst with recommendations. These making my final list.”
Snow in Cape Town is a rare and exciting sight and while there’s nothing worse than being stuck at work or in another another city when all you want to do is build a snowman, at least you can share in the excitement via social media. Here’s a collection of our favourite #CapeSnow pictures from all over the web.
Britain’s The Guardian newspaper has named the Sea Point swimming pool as one of the top ten swimming pools in the world.
We’ve been treated to some exceptional Cape Town sunrises and sunsets of late and we just had to share a couple that we pulled from Instagram. Share your pictures of Cape Town with us by using the #lovecapetown hashtag and you might see them on our blog. Also follow these accounts for year-round beautiful pictures of Cape Town and her people.
Do you love shopping? Eating, sightseeing, history and culture? The V&A Waterfront has it all…and more!
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’m not a Capetonian by birth, but by breed. I’ve lived in this beautiful city since October 2010 and am still in awe of her beauty every day. Cape Town always quietens during the winter months, which means that there are some fantastic winter specials running everywhere from hotels to restaurants, spas and salons. I like to take full advantage of these in the colder months. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite things to do in Cape Town in winter.
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.
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.
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.
There are very few places you’ll find where some of the world’s most famous vineyards hugging the slopes of one of the world’s natural wonders, where exclusive shopping complexes and rustic hiking trails are swept by a cool breeze from the Atlantic Ocean, and horses roam paddocks between gorgeous mansions ... Welcome to Constantia.
With almost half-a-million followers between them, Germany’s top two Instgrammers, Thomas Kakareko and Sylvia Matzkowiak, are racking up the “likes” as they Instagram their way through Cape Town.
Cape Town has an extensive offering of hiking trails for hikers of every fitness level ... I recently spent two days on the Hoerikwaggo Trail, taking in the views and enjoying nature’s splendour.
Yesterday, we asked the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town: which is your favourite wine farm to visit on a wintry day in Cape Town?