Rob PetersChristmas under the African sun can take a bit of getting used to for those used to more chilly locales, but while it may not be a white Christmas in Cape Town there is still plenty of festive cheer to go around. Want to know how to do the silly season like a local? Look no further, we have everything you need to know on how to enjoy Christmas like a local.
FeaturedIt’s amazing how easily we underestimate the power of a great hand-massage. I know I certainly have. Thankfully I have seen the light, and trust me, I will never look back. It will become a must-have treat. This is all part of looking after my own wellbeing.
FeaturedBanting. If you haven’t yet heard of the concept, then you clearly haven’t been out in the big wide world in a while because everyone is talking about it and everyone knows someone who is on the banting (essentially meaning low carb, high fat) diet (or eating plan). But sometimes it’s a mission to cook up a banting storm, so it’s nice to know where you can go to get a decent meal that won’t push you off the banting wagon. Here are some Cape Town spots that either fully cater for banting customers or offer the option on the menu.
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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:
An ice-cream vendor smiles broadly, spreading summertime cheer, on Camps Bay beach.
What happens when you ask about 800 000 seasoned globetrotters to vote for their best beach destination in Africa? Naturally, Cape Town comes out tops. Voted the favourite beach holiday hotspot on the continent, and with good reason, Cape Town’s sandy shores are renowned for their global appeal. But just what is it that makes Cape Town’s coastline so charming?
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.
The 2013 mid-year school holidays are just around the corner. It may be winter but there is still plenty of sunshine, and if wet weather does drive enthusiastic adventurers indoors, there are still plenty of cool activities for all age groups.
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.
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?
Often referred to as “the Eden of the Cape”, the town of Ceres is world famous for its exceptional deciduous fruit production. Fruit tours present a great way to appreciate the journey from tree to table, while sampling fresh fruit along the way.
Long before the Dutch East India Company landed at the Cape to set up a refreshment station, the Helderberg region provided grazing for the animals of the indigenous Khoisan people, and wildlife such as eland.
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.
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.
The Metropolitan Golf Club, within walking distance of the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point, gets well-deserved awards
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.
The Hoerikwaggo Trail in the Table Mountain National Park is one of the most scenic hiking trails in Cape Town. The route takes you all the way from Table Mountain to Cape Point. Last week we took a break from the city to be one with nature and gain some new perspective.
I went for a nice walk on the beach on Sunday and caught a few people having fun on the beach. Kite surfer in the distance
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
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
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.
Lisa Huang shares some great breakfast options to refuel on the Two Oceans Marathon training route in Cape Town.
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.
We want more! We want more! This was the refrain of the crowd at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival free concert on Wednesday 3 April, 2013.
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:
Andrew Evans, also known as the Digital Nomad, who has been in Cape Town filming a documentary for National Geographic, says he has a dream to return to Cape Town for six months. He describes the city as “the great central station of all the continents,” and has wanted to visit for a long time.
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
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.
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!
My exploratory adventures with South African National Parks continues this winter and if I thought that quad biking along the West Coast in April was thrilling, I clearly had not seen anything. For me Bontebok National Park, on the outskirts of Swellendam, has taken the title of most exhilarating weekend getaway spot.
This moody and unusual shot of Kogelbaai (which literally means “provocative bay” in Afrikaans) was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Paul Bruins, aka Panorama Paul.
There are few things I enjoy more than exploring my beautiful Cape Town and her gorgeous surrounding towns, so my adventures with South African National Parks are a real treat. Marking a year since our first trip to the West Coast in April 2012, our media family set off for the luscious shores of the Agulhas National Park on Friday April 19, 2013.
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!