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South Africa’s Chef Reuben Riffel‘s Top Reasons to #LoveCapeTown City Breaks

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.

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.

A world of wonder at the Two Oceans Aquarium – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

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.

Cape Town Weekend Highlights for March 23 to 25, 2012

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

Cape Town weekend highlights for March 16 to 18, 2012

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

Switched on by Cape Town’s Festive Lights

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.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2013

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.

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.

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.

Fazielah’s Top 3 Weekend Nature Activities

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.

South African star Emo Adams’ top reasons to #LoveCapeTown City Breaks

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”.

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:

National Geographic in Cape Town: An interview with Andrew Evans

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.

Do it in the dark in Cape Town: things to do to celebrate Earth Hour

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.

Where Would You Rather be Wednesdays in Cape Town: Twitter Followers’ Top Suggestions

Wednesday is my favourite day in the Mother City!  Why? Because Mother City lovers, it’s the day I get to hear “Where You Would Rather be in Cape Town” of course!

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

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 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.

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.

Give our #LoveCapeTown bloggers a warm Mother City Welcome

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!

Kogelbaai – Flickr pic of the day

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.

#DiscoverHelderberg: Where to stay in the Helderberg

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.

Inspiring Spring – Get Out And Enjoy The Sun In #LoveCapeTown

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 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.

Kids ride free on Table Mountain Cableway this winter!

Winter is an exciting time in the Mother City, and with school holidays upon us packing in as much fun as possible into their free days is a challenge. As always, Table Mountain Cableway is at the ready to provide lots of fun for youngsters to sink their teeth into, with its Kidz Season promotion.

Five spots in Constantia

There are very few places you’ll find where some of the world’s most famous vineyards hugging the slopes of one of the world’s natural wonders, where exclusive shopping complexes and rustic hiking trails are swept by a cool breeze from the Atlantic Ocean, and horses roam paddocks between gorgeous mansions ... Welcome to Constantia.

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.

CTT makes a tasty splash at the TOPS Soweto Wine Festival 2012 in photos

Wine lovers in Johannesburg were delighted by the viticultural information provided by Cape Town Tourism at the TOPS Soweto Wine Festival 2012, held at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus from September 6 to 8, 2012. groot

Cape Town market browsing under cover

Everything I love about winter, including the familiar comforts of Sunday lunch at mom’s and an earnest raid through grandmother’s closet, I can find while browsing through the indoor markets of Cape Town. A marriage of home-made goodness and an admirable sense of entrepreneurship and initiative await you at the Cape Town markets, which offer some of the best local produce, lovingly wrapped in a charming shopping experience.

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.