Bianca ColemanThe Belmond Mount Nelson, affectionately known as ‘the Nellie’, or ‘the Pink Lady’ – the distinctive rosy hue was mixed specially for the hotel in the 1920s – has a fascinating history which dates back to when it was opened in March 1899.
Kelly Lodewyks & Rob PetersThe Mother City has shrugged off her winter coat and slipped into something a little sleeker as the summer months settle in. Get ready to kick off your shoes, sink your toes into the warm sands of the most beautiful city on earth and knock back a cocktail or two as we present your ultimate summer guide to Cape Town! It’s where to go and what to do this summer in the Mother City.
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Lisa Huang shares some great breakfast options to refuel on the Two Oceans Marathon training route in Cape Town.
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.
It’s no secret that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world so why waste time not taking in the spectacular sea, mountain and city views. Here’s how you are going to be spoilt for choice…
White men can’t jump? With all the wind power in Cape Town, ALL men can! In Big Bay, when the wind starts howling, the surf starts calling! After all, life really only starts at 20 knots.
Photo by Skye Grove The links between South Africa and Brazil can be drawn back a long way. The seas that supposedly divide these two countries in some sense unite them. Both ancient ships and hi-tech yachts have charted their course along these ocean lines. Pedro Cabral, the 15th century Portuguese explorer, was on his way to the Cape of Storms (named so by Bartolomeu Dias, another Portuguese explorer of the age, and one of Cabral’s contemporaries) when he landed on the coast of Brazil.
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.
Usually we Mother City lovers don’t need much to boast about our amazing hometown. But when you’re dangling a six-month trip around the world and a US$50 000 cash prize in front of us in exchange for a video tour of Cape Town, like My Destination is currently doing with the Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition, you can be sure that not only will we grab the opportunity with gusto, we’ll also blow your minds with our entries!
Cape Town, a favourite destination among whale watchers, has long been a meeting place not only for our annual migratory visitors, the southern right whale (Eubalaena australis), but also for some others, such as humpback whales and, more recently, orcas, which tend to hunt the common dolphins found in False Bay.
We chatted to Riaan Vorster, top local mountaineer and tour guide, to find out why he loves the 540-million-year-old Table Mountain so dearly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This photograph was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ihsaan Adams Photography.
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.
It is that time of year again – the clock is winding down to the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday 10 March, 2013, and the kilometres are adding up on our bike and trailer. After negotiations with the organisers, the rules were altered and Damian Gower, my 14-year-old son who is quadriplegic, will be able to participate – towed in a trailer attached to my bike. We will be riding in support of the Chaeli Campaign, to raise funds and awareness.
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…
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:
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
This photograph of Boulders beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Cape Town Guy.
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.
An ice-cream vendor smiles broadly, spreading summertime cheer, on Camps Bay beach.
It’s Wednesday in the gorgeous Mother City, and that means I want to know Where You Would Rather Be today 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:
Charley Boorman, famous for television shows such as The Long Way Round, led a cavalcade of around 200 bikers from Stellenbosch to Cape Town today. The cavalcade ended their journey on Signal Hill and Boorman took time to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans.
Like most Parlotones fans, I was horrified at the prospect of my favourite band relocating to LA. We will no longer see them at festivals or shows, and are losing a special talent to the US. Thus, when I saw The Parlotones featured in the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts line-up for Sunday 13 January, 2013, I jumped at the opportunity to book tickets!
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.
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