Hannah DeallCascades Country Manor has become firmly fixed in my mind as Paarl’s best kept secret. Nestled between an olive grove and a buchu plantation, it is the perfect haven for a cosy winter weekend to recharge and detox. And as I am in a generous mood, and because something as good as this needs to be shared, here are 5 reasons to visit.
Rob Peters and Kelly LodewyksYou’ve seen our list of 50 restaurants to try and we received such great feedback on that one that we simply had to make a list out of all the suggestions. Here you go - 50 restaurants to try as recommended by locals.
Rob PetersSouth Africa is a huge golfing nation and Cape Town is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. Having produced 10 Major winners - two women and eight men – the country has enjoyed considerable success in the sport and the Southern African Museum of Golf and Golf Hall of Fame at the V&A Waterfront has done a fantastic job capturing both the history and our impressive success.
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She’s celebrating 1 000 days in the Mother City on Tuesday 18 June, 2013 and from her numerous photos, social media posts and on-air shout-outs, it’s clear for all to see that media personality Liezel van der Westhuizen loves Cape Town.
Fancy a spot of whale watching? Maybe a couple of hours of seal spotting? How about a leisurely afternoon with playful penguins? If this sounds like your cup of tea, then a day out along the False Bay coastline, into Kalk Kay, Boulders Beach and Cape Point is just what you’re looking for. Give yourself a full day, because you won’t want to rush through this experience.
This photograph was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ihsaan Adams Photography.
This photograph of Boulders beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Cape Town Guy.
Are you ready for 48 hours of non-stop fun in #LoveCapeTown and beyond? Whether you’re admiring sea views and frolicking whales, immersing yourself in poetry or being active outdoors, there is plenty for you to do along our gorgeous coast this weekend. Join me at the following events from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September, 2013:
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.
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.
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?
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.
This Africa Day, Cape Town’s vibrant locals and visitors will be taking to the streets ... the Opens Streets in Observatory, that is, on Saturday May 25, 2013. Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia and projects in other cities like San Francisco and Jakarta, Open Streets in Observatory will see the usually traffic-congested Lower Main Road collectively transformed from a car-dominated road to a people-friendly public space.
Our #lovecapetown food blogger, Rachelle Lucas (@TravelBlggr), recently spent a week exploring Cape Town’s diverse culinary scene. From dinners in chefs’ private cellars and an eight-course meal with The Creamery, to a V&A Waterfront Foodie Tour and roadside stops for local favourites, Rachelle has experienced a taste sensation!
For most people, the weekend is a treasured time at the end of a busy week, and full advantage should be taken of it. Here are some activities in the Mother City that may be new to you, or may be due for a revisit. They are sure to relax you and contribute to that perfect weekend feeling.
This image of a stunning sunrise at Kommetjie was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member, Carla Schnetler.
On Tuesday 24 September,2013, the weather played along beautifully and the smell of good old, South African braai meat was in the air all around Cape Town. If there’s one thing South Africans love to do, it’s braai, and by “braai” we obviously mean barbeque. What better way to celebrate our heritage than by introducing our #lovecapetown visitors to our braai culture?
The West Coast, which stretches from Blaauwberg to Namaqualand, consists of 44 small towns and everything from lagoons to bird sanctuaries, and kayaking to whale watching. There’s so much more to this part of the Cape than meets the eye.
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 you love shopping? Eating, sightseeing, history and culture? The V&A Waterfront has it all…and more!
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.
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.
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.
National Geographic’s Andrew Evans, aka @WheresAndrew, continued his exploration of Cape Town this weekend making his way south to the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
What better way to end a perfect summer’s day than with a twilight surf?
This image of a beautiful sunrise taken from Table Mountain was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Flavio, aka whats_ur_flava2000.
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.
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
It’s Wednesday in the gorgeous Mother City, and that means I want to know Where You Would Rather Be today in Cape Town.
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!
A quickie by definition, is a brief, passionate interlude that leaves you wanting more, but there is nothing brief, or unfulfilling, about a 36-hour weekend getaway in the gorgeous Table Mountain National Park.
She’s impressed locals with her passion for the Mother City in her amazing video, and scored hundreds of votes on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more ... Now exuberant videographer Ceara McEvoy heads off to London as one of 10 finalists in My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition on Friday 18 May, 2013.