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Top 10 reasons why Liezel van der Westhuizen loves Cape Town

I moved to this beautiful city 849 days ago (I am still counting, and enjoying every day in this fantastic city). Over the past two years I have spent a lot of time exploring Cape Town. Every corner you turn is like unwrapping a new gift, as there’s always something amazing to be discovered.

Jupiter in Cape Town’s Space Orbit: April Fool’s joke

On Monday 1 April, 2013, we reported, via our Twitter and Facebook channels, on what looked to be another planet, namely Jupiter, spotted in the sky above our beloved Mother City and boy, did the video footage below look realistic.

Shipwreck trails in Cape Town

Encountering the shipwrecks that litter the beaches of the Cape Peninsula can be poignant and awe inspiring in equal measure if you are interested in South Africa’s maritime history. Their twisted, rusted, metal husks are a stark reminder that no matter how advanced naval engineering and ship building becomes, the Cape of Storms’ turbulent oceans remain an unforgiving place, especially when human error and folly enter the seafaring equation.

Top places to be in Observatory

Quirky Observatory is the bohemian soul of Cape Town … it is here where you will find some of the Mother City’s most interesting residents and visitors enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of this whimsical suburb’s numerous cafés, theatres and bars.

Your #LoveCapeTown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September, 2013

Who is ready for a fabulous #LoveCapeTown weekend? Let’s kick your fun factor into overdrive over the next 48 hours with a thrilling variety of adventurous, theatrical and foodie experiences in our inspirational Mother City.

Your #LoveCapeTown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September,2013

Are you ready for 48 hours of non-stop fun in #LoveCapeTown and beyond? Whether you’re admiring sea views and frolicking whales, immersing yourself in poetry or being active outdoors, there is plenty for you to do along our gorgeous coast this weekend. Join me at the following events from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September, 2013:  

Five things you didn’t know about Adderley Street

Adderley Street has always been the high street of Cape Town. For many it’s the site of nostalgic childhood memories, having been taken to see the Christmas lights. Today, this main artery of the city buzzes with activity. Cape Town’s central train station, bus terminals and the entrance to the Golden Acre shopping centre, numerous shops, banks, hotels and offices are located on Adderley – along with a jamboree of informal traders and a seasonal night market.

Kirstenbosch Chelsea Flower Show Exhibition Opens at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront

“It’s blooming beautiful!” - That was the overall sentiment of Cape Town’s media and tourism VIPS at the launch of the South African National Biodiversity (SANBI) Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens’  Chelsea Flower Show Exhibition at the V&A Waterfront on Friday 30 August, 2013.

Father’s Day 2013 events in Cape Town

He’s your pillar of strength and the gruff heart of the family … he’s your dad, and he serves to be spoilt with a variety of amazing Father’s Day events in Cape Town on Sunday 16 June, 2013. Whether you’re making his Top Gun dreams come true with a helicopter ride over the Peninsula, indulging his inner wine lover with a tasting at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl or pampering him with a spa treatment or two at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, there is plenty for your dad to see and do on his special day. Join us on the third Sunday of June for these fabulous Father’s Day events in Cape Town.

My Top Five Cape Town Videos on YouTube

Cape Town, our beloved Mother City, is truly a vision ... and how better to enjoy her numerous sights and gorgeous people than on video?

Put the Mother City on the world’s Biggest, Baddest Bucket List

As locals, we already know that Cape Town, our inspirational hometown, should be at the top of every traveller’s bucket list. But what if you could win an all-expenses-paid, six-month trip to six continents – and US$50 000 on your return home, for proving it?

Cape Town Weekend Highlights for March 23 to 25, 2012

This weekend, the Mother City provides an assortment of carnivals, concerts and sports activities for you to enjoy. Your weekend weather forecasts, as predicted by South African Weather Services: Friday: Maximum temperature of 27°C, partly cloudy skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 22°C, clear skies, 5% chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 23°C, clear skies, 7% chance of rain

Cape Town Weekend Highlights for April 6 to 9, 2012

It’s the Easter weekend, baby! Get a sweet taste of Cape Town at these fun-filled events. Your Easter weekend weather forecast as predicted by the South African Weather Service: Friday: Maximum temperature of 25°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 17°C, cloudy skies, 46% chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 15°C, cloudy skies, 21% chance of rain

Girls’ getaways in Cape Town for the non-Valentine’s Day celebrators

If the sight of a cherub shooting arrows at loved-up couples and the over-the-top teddy bears and hearts displays in retail stores makes you see red, chances are you’re not in the mood to celebrate Valentine’s Day … at least not in the traditional sense. I understand, Mother City fans, I do, which is why I’ve compiled a list of fabulous getaway spots for us singletons to see this commercialised holiday through.

Mother’s Day events in Cape Town 2013

The second Sunday in May (May 12) is Mother‘s Day ... and where better to treat the special woman in your life than in Cape Town, the caring Mother City? Mums do a lot for us, providing support in ways we can never fully repay. So treat her to some fanciful and decadent treats in Cape Town this Mother’s Day.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2013

It’s a long weekend in the spectacular Mother City, Cape Town fanatics! Four long, lazy days of uninterrupted fun and pleasure in our gorgeous hometown, and there is plenty to see and do. Join me at the following events in Cape Town this Easter weekend.

Cape Town weekend highlights for March 16 to 18, 2012

Party all weekend in the Winelands, enjoy live outdoor music across the Peninsula and attend great productions in the Southern Suburbs. Your weekend weather forecast as predicted by the South African Weather Service: Friday: Maximum temperature of 20°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 18°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 20°C, clear skies, no chance of rain

The Parlotones‘ Final Curtain Call at Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts in Cape Town

It’s the moment many fans have anticipated with both excitement and dread … The Parlotones‘ last South African performance, which took place at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on Sunday 13 January, 2013! The multi award-winning band will soon jet off to the United States in pursuit of international fame and fortune. Renowned for hits like Push Me to the Floor, Beautiful, I’ll Be There and Honey, our boys are sure to make an equally stellar impression on global audiences, too.

South Africa’s Chef Reuben Riffel‘s Top Reasons to #LoveCapeTown City Breaks

He is to Cape Town, South Africa what the Naked Chef Jamie Oliver is to London (with more clothing, naturally)…  and we are proud to call top chef Reuben Riffel one of our own.

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!

Fazielah’s Top 3 Weekend Nature Activities

If memories of your leave are quickly fading away and you want to maintain some semblance of tranquillity, you can’t do better than enjoying some of Cape Town’s nature activities top this weekend. Join me for the following activities in the Mother City from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 January, 2013, and discover why you don’t need a holiday – you need Cape Town.

Top Five Reading Spots in Cape Town

Imagination is a wonderful thing to have and nothing piques it quite like reading. In the Mother City, there are plenty of interesting spots to ensure your reading pleasure. Whether you’re browsing through a well stocked bookstore, attending literary events like the Open Book Festival or Cape Town Book Fair or just spending a lazy afternoon reading in the Company’s Garden, Cape Town is at the top of the bestseller’s list. Get a page-turning experience at our top spots.

Heart 104.9FM’s Keri Miller’s Top Reasons to #LoveCapeTown

You’ve heard her vibrant, upbeat voice on local radio station Heart 104.9FM’s Afternoon Drive show and seen her at events around the Mother City but do you know what makes the gorgeous Keri Miller #LoveCapeTown?

Switched on by Cape Town’s Festive Lights

10, 9, 8, 7, 6 ... the yearly countdown to the switch-on of the festive lights by Executive Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille is a sure sign that the Mother City is geared up for her summer holiday season. On Sunday 2 December, 2012, this popular annual event will once again ignite the city’s cheerful spirit amid great fanfare.

Women’s Day Events 2013 in Cape Town

It’s August in the passionate, powerful and inspirational Mother City and that means we are celebrating our femininity in honour of National Women’s Day on Friday 9 August 2013. Thanks to the women who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956 to protest against the pass laws, modern-day Capetonian women, like their sisters country-wide, enjoy the right to independence and equality and where better to celebrate it than on the Fairest Cape’s streets and shores? Join me in a month long celebration of girl power at these top Women’s Day 2013 Events in Cape Town:

Top places to visit in Claremont

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.

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!

Do it in the dark in Cape Town: things to do to celebrate Earth Hour

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.

Fuad’s top unexpected winter experiences in Cape Town

Why should winter have us all indoors, feeling bored and gloomy when we have so much to experience in the Mother City? Here are just a few of the things I love doing during winter:

Five Great Spring Adventures in Cape Town

It’s been a long time coming, but it seems that spring is finally on its way. The whales are in town and the flowers are magnificent, so there’s no better time to head outdoors. Here are five must-do adventures in and around Cape Town.