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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.

Cape Town official King of the Castle with eight Blue Flag beaches

The Mother City officially boasts the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in South Africa, with all of the city’s eight submissions having received the coveted international accolade.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: A paradise of plants and flowers in photos

The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “the Earth laughs in flowers”. If this is true, then the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden must be one of the happiest places on Earth.

The Cape Town Stadium Course: The Golfing Jewel in the Mother City

The Metropolitan Golf Club, within walking distance of the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point, gets well-deserved awards

Breakfast spots to fuel up for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Lisa Huang shares some great breakfast options to refuel on the Two Oceans Marathon training route in Cape Town.

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.

Summer restaurants with a view

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…

Kiteboarding in Cape Town

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.

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.

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.

Cape to Rio connections

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.

A whale of a tail in Cape Town

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.

My weekend away at the Agulhas National Park

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.

Sunset over Table Mountain – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ihsaan Adams Photography.

Top 3 Capetonian entries for My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition

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!

An Insider’s View of Table Mountain with My Cape Town Ambassador Riaan Vorster

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.

Four things you didn’t know about Somerset West

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.

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.

Boulders beach fun – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of Boulders beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Cape Town Guy.

Two days hiking the Hoerikwaggo Trail

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.

Iconic Table Mountain – Flickr pic of the day

Table Mountain bathed in golden light.

Visit Ceres – the ‘Eden of the Cape’

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.

My Bontebok National Park getaway

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.

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2013: preparing for a ride less ordinary

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.

The 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival free concert: photos

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.

Enjoying Milnerton Beach – A Cape Town Tourism Photo Essay

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

Natalie Roos’ Top 5: Places to make the most of summer in Cape Town

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.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: top places to visit

It’s Wednesday in the gorgeous Mother City, and that means I want to know Where You Would Rather Be today in Cape Town.

Things to do in Cape Town: See the city by bicycle with AWOL Tours

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…

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: