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.
Bianca ColemanThere are a few things you might already know about Allée Bleue in Franschhoek – that it’s a wine farm where you can taste and buy, it has a bistro, it’s where most of the herbs you find in supermarkets are farmed, and you can have picnics, or a wedding. But did you know you can also spend a night there?
Rob PetersOn Wednesday, the Big 6 of Cape Town became the Big 7 with the official unveiling of the new Cape Town City Walk. The City Walk joins Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch and the V&A Waterfront to form the Cape Town Big 7, a marketing body to ensure visitors know there are seven unmissable, awesome things to do in Cape Town.
Rob PetersOne of the oldest areas in Cape Town, and South Africa, Constantia doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. From the incredible wine farms, to the unrivalled beauty of the valley as a whole, Constantia has a fantastic story to tell.
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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.
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.
Monday 23 September, 2013, saw me heading out of the Mother City along the West Coast road and bouncing in a mini van through the veld towards the Darling Hills where, between the Kapokberg on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, lies a gem of a wine farm called Groote Post.
The question on our minds on Saturday 28 September, 2013, was what to do with two international visiting bloggers on a sunshine-filled morning 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Vineyard Hotel , one of #LoveCapeTown’s top hotels in Newlands, is also a pioneer in responsible tourism, offering eco-friendly hospitality in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.
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.
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:
Do you know what day it is, Mother City lovers? It’s wonderful Wednesday and that means I want to know Where You Would Rather be in #LoveCapeTown today!
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?
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!
If there is one thing Capetonians are good at, other than socialising of course, it’s braaing. Whether it’s meat or fish, you can be sure that on a spectacular summer’s day (winter too!), you will find us gathered around the fire, enjoying each other’s company, the tantalising aroma of meat on the grill and our breathtaking city views.
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?
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.”
Stuck at your desk on the other side of the world and dreaming of Where You Would Rather be in #LoveCapeTown this Wednesday?
Not just an affordable accommodation option The Backpack is also a pioneer in responsible tourism, offering eco-friendly hospitality in the heart of the Mother City (74 New Church Street, Cape Town).
This week, in honour of Tourism Month, we asked you, our loyal Facebook fans, to tell us what your favourite Cape Town icon is from the list: 1) Table Mountain 2) Robben Island 3) Kirstenbosch Gardens 4) Boulders Beach 5) Cape Point 6) Constantia Winelands and 7) V&A Waterfront. While most of you said it was a tough choice, which we have to agree with, it was quite clear that your favourite Cape Town icon is the majestic Table Mountain.
As pioneers of responsible tourism in #LoveCapeTown, we pride ourselves on being home to some of the most eco-friendly establishments in the Mother City. One of our stellar accommodation spots which is as big on giving back to their community as they are on giving visitors a phenomenal stay is Ocean View House in gorgeous Bakoven, along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
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.
We kidnapped Cape Town Tourism’s CEO, Enver Duminy, from his desk, and took him for a milkshake at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden to drink in the views of the city he calls home:
Capetonians are weather sensitive creatures and nothing makes them happier than the arrival of spring – turn on some sunshine, add a spray of spring blossoms and everyone is in a good mood!
“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.
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?
I’m a big fan of Cape Town. I’ve had the luxury of living in a few other cities so I feel I can make a fair comparison, but every so often I need to get out of the Mother City. Recently, I picked Paternoster as my weekend destination, and before my girlfriend even had time to say “It’s the weekend!”, we were off.
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.