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.
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Hot days, sunny skies, gorgeous sunsets and white sandy beaches naturally lend themselves to cool summer entertainment in gorgeous Cape Town. If there is one thing I love more than delicious cocktails and sexy people watching, it’s being entertained in the fun, flirty Mother City and this season, there is plenty to keep us all amused. From award-winning musicals at the city’s top theatres, to live music and movies at open-air venues and costume parties to tasty festivals, there is a little something for everyone in #lovecapetown this summer:
I’m a movie buff with a passion for Cape Town and the outdoors like no other… so when I recently received an invitation to the launch of the V&A Waterfront’s new Galileo Open Air Cinema, there was no way I was going to turn it down.
Mother City lovers, raise your glass with me and let’s toast to the onset of a fabulous weekend in our amazing hometown! Whether you’re flying a kite in a surfer’s paradise, channelling your inner salsa dancer or attempting to set a new peak running record, there is plenty to see and do in #lovecapetown. Join me at the following events from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 November, 2013:
They beat nine other finalists to win the coveted My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List Competition and travel all over the world for six months… now winners Alex and Marko Ayling (known as the Vagabrothers) are headed to gorgeous Cape Town!
“Some people stand in the darkness/ Afraid to step into the light/ Some people need to help somebody/ When the edge of surrender’s in sight/ I’ll be ready /Forever and always/ I’m always here”… Break out those sexy red cossies and ripped bodies, Mother City lovers, because the highly anticipated Baywatch spin-off, SAF 3, is coming to gorgeous Cape Town!
Cheers to the freakin’ weekend in #lovecapetown! There is just so much to do in your beloved Mother City so why not frolic with impressive wildlife in the Winelands, colour yourself happy on an ostrich farm or get your oriental dance on at the seaside?
Will something bad really happen to you on Friday the 13th September in #LoveCapeTown? Through years gone by, storytellers in Cape Town have exchanged a rich variety of unique myths that has been carried across from generation to generation. Have a look at three of the most interesting legends around and decide for yourself – truth or tale, busted or brilliant?
As you make your way from Cape Town to Cape Point, you pass through the quaint harbor village of Kalk Bay, winding along through the naval-themed Simon’s Town and around the bend past Smitswinkel Bay. To your left, a jewel-coloured bay overlooked by a slope dotted with ramshackle houses takes your breath away. Just past this, on your right, lies the entrance to the SANParks Smitswinkel Bay Tented Camp.
Want to see how you rated in the walk? Get your provisional results while you wait.
Do you know what day it is in the beautiful Mother City today, folks? It’s Wednesday and that means I want to know Where Would You Rather Be in Cape Town today.
Calling all runners! Dates for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon have been finalised and the race has been dubbed “the most beautiful race in the world”. Get your entries in now!
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.
Hands up, folks, who’s ready for a thrilling weekend in #lovecapetown? Whether you’re a wine lover, fitness and colour fanatic or a classical music devotee, there is plenty to see and enjoy in the Mother City. Join me at the following events from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October, 2013:
Mother City lovers, are you ready for a fantastic weekend in #lovecapetown?
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Table Mountain Cableway, Happy Birthday to you!
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!
You’ve seen the photos, used the hashtags and shared the posts… now you can watch the #lovecapetown Instagram Walk in video on our YouTube channel too.
Monday 23 September, 2013, saw me heading out of the Mother City along the West Coast road and bouncing in a mini van through the veld towards the Darling Hills where, between the Kapokberg on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, lies a gem of a wine farm called Groote Post.
The question on our minds on Saturday 28 September, 2013, was what to do with two international visiting bloggers on a sunshine-filled morning in #LoveCapeTown?
Our #LoveCapeTown blogger, Abigail King , has been in Cape Town for a little over a week now experiencing our hometown through the eyes of locals, from the City Centre and Bo Kaap to Langa and Masiphumelele.
The Vineyard Hotel , one of #LoveCapeTown’s top hotels in Newlands, is also a pioneer in responsible tourism, offering eco-friendly hospitality in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.
Do you know what day it is, Mother City lovers? It’s wonderful Wednesday and that means I want to know Where You Would Rather be in #LoveCapeTown today!
Shutterbugs and Instagrammers, how would you like to win an iPad Mini, just for doing what you do best – taking jaw-droppingly amazing photos of one of #LoveCapeTown’ s most iconic attractions, the impressive Cape Point?
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!
You’ve heard her vibrant, upbeat voice on local radio station Heart 104.9FM’s Afternoon Drive show and seen her at events around the Mother City but do you know what makes the gorgeous Keri Miller #LoveCapeTown?
We asked local Capetonian blogger Dawn Jorgensen to share her Top 5 places to take a first time visitor to Cape Town and this is what she had to say: “The decision to visit Cape Town by any tourist or friend should be richly rewarded with a list of the must-sees on offer. In a city like ours, it isn’t easy to narrow these down to just a handful and when I was thinking about the Top 5, my mind – and heart, burst with recommendations. These making my final list.”
Stuck at your desk on the other side of the world and dreaming of Where You Would Rather be in #LoveCapeTown this Wednesday?
Not just an affordable accommodation option The Backpack is also a pioneer in responsible tourism, offering eco-friendly hospitality in the heart of the Mother City (74 New Church Street, Cape Town).
Can you feel it, Mother City lovers? Your entertaining weekend in #LoveCapeTown is on its way! From 80’s legends in concert to literary festivals and moving theatrical productions, there is so much to see and do in our hometown this weekend.