Rob PetersAs the sun beats down on the Mother City, there are few better places to be than bobbing around in the Atlantic Ocean, even when it is at its iciest. Add to the occasion, a pod of dusky dolphins in the midst of a feeding frenzy and I think it’s pretty safe to say there are none.
FeaturedDid you know that the City Sightseeing Bus goes to almost all of the Cape Town Big 7? So when you plan a trip to one of Cape Town’s top attractions, why not get there with City Sightseeing? That’s exactly what a group of local Igers were invited to do – take the bus to Cape Town’s oldest wine producing farm, Groot Constantia. And here are some of the amazing images that came out of the day.
Rob PetersPresident Jacob Zuma will be delivering his State of the Nation Address at the Opening of Parliament on Thursday, 11 February. With all the pomp and ceremony and influx of people into the city centre, there will be a number of road closures before and on the day. Make sure you plan ahead by taking note of them before you attempt to head in - or out - of the CBD.
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Britain’s The Guardian newspaper has named the Sea Point swimming pool as one of the top ten swimming pools in the world.
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.
He is one of South Africa’s biggest musical entertainers and beloved television personalities but at heart, Emo Adams is and always has been a true Cape Town “boykie”.
Beach and water activities are naturally the order of the day in Cape Town during the balmy summer months. Here are a few adrenaline-pumping ideas for your next visit.
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?
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.
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.
This photograph was taken on Muizenberg Beach by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Ian Junor.
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.
The great thing about experiencing Cape Town is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun. Usually around this time of year most of us need to budget rather than blast our money, so why not embrace the philosophy that the best things in life are free … or perhaps rather, very affordable.
There’s nothing like enjoying a great cappuccino while catching up on your emails in one of Cape Town’s trendy coffee shops-cum-restaurants. Although the main attraction is, without doubt, the hot coffee and tasty food, customers are encouraged to take advantage of the FREE Wi-Fi service on offer while topping up caffeine levels.
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.
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?
It’s Wednesday in the inspirational Mother City, friends, and that means I want to know Where Would You Rather be in Cape Town today.
Bloggers love South Africa – we know this from our #LoveCapeTown campaign. This campaign saw us bringing four international travel bloggers (@traveldudes @velvetescape @landlopers and @wildjunket) to Cape Town in July 2012 during a social media drive in which Capetonians interacted with the bloggers and their followers, telling the stories of Cape Town and her people.
I write with passion about this place, the Two Oceans Aquarium, because it is so much a part of me that I struggle to remember what life was like before the aquarium. I remember walking onto the building site, where huge, empty tanks sat like ghostly caverns in unpainted, uncarpeted, cement-strewn galleries. Within weeks, things changed before my eyes. Water filled the I&J Predator Exhibit. Maxine, the shark, made her grand appearance, as did the snoek, which disappeared just as suddenly – down Maxine’s gullet! Thirteen-and-a-half years later, Maxine has been back in the ocean for almost four years, roaming the waters off Southern Africa.
Township tours are a great way to explore the city’s vibrant informal settlements and interact with local residents. With anything from a rundown of the history of the area, city and country, to tasting home-cooked meals, visitors will return home with a broader knowledge of the city and its inhabitants, having experienced a lesser-known side of Cape Town.
For years the beauty of Cape Point, Africa’s most south-westerly tip, has captured travellers, nature lovers and adventurers.
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.
Cape Town has done it again, scooping Top prize in Travel + Leisure’s annual online poll of best destinations and establishments in the world. Cape Town was awarded the the accolade of the World’s Top City in Africa and the Middle East in the 2012 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards as well as being ranked fourth overall in Top 10 Cities list. Additionally, Cape Town’s The One&Only Hotel was ranked as the Top Hotel in Africa & Middle East.
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.
And the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature goes to … Searching for Sugar Man, a film focused on the rediscovery of elusive musician Rodriguez and partially filmed in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City!
“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.
German travel blogger Melvin Böcher has been loving his time in Cape Town as a guest of Cape Town Tourism. He’s been staying at a villa in Camps Bay and he’s enjoyed adventure activities such as climbing Table Mountain and cage diving with sharks.
Cape Town isn’t just beautiful; she’s cost-effective, too … the Mother City has been named as the ninth-cheapest city in the world by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, on Wednesday 12 June, 2013.
By a show of likes, who of you, like me, have left your Christmas gift shopping to this weekend? No need to fret, my late fellow shoppers, because there are plenty of fabulous markets in festive Cape Town this weekend to ensure that everyone gets a little something from Santa:
Rondebosch is a charming little area in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. It is a student and family-friendly suburb only 5km from the city centre.
Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town’s tourism marketing organisation, is the winner of Travel + Leisure’s SMITTY Award (Social Media in Travel + Tourism 2013) for Best Overall Use of Social Media by a Global Tourism Board.
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.
TGIF! It’s the long-awaited weekend in entertaining #LoveCapeTown! Now, I know staying under the covers is very tempting but there is so much to see and so much fun to be had in our Mother City over the next 48 hours, staying indoors is just not an option.