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Cape Town – then and now

Local photographer and panorama fundi Paul Bruins recently contacted us about a great project he was involved in – recreating a panorama of the Cape Town city centre, as it was captured back in 1884! Here’s Paul’s story.

Facebook Feedback Friday: the best place to take the kids during the school holidays

School’s out! It’s holiday time, and while we know about plenty of fun activities in Cape Town to keep the kids entertained, we wanted to hear from you too. We asked the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town, “Where’s the best place to take the kids during the holidays?” Here are some of the suggestions.

Why Rob Vember loves Cape Town

Rob Vember is a radio DJ and proud Capetonian. He grew up in Cape Town and studied in Grahamstown, where, working at the campus station, he was bitten by the radio bug. Returning to the Mother City to join the DJ line-up on Heart FM, he then made the move to Johannesburg to become part of the 5FM team, where he has been for the last few years. He recently made the move back home to continue presenting his weekday show from 5FM’s Cape Town studios. We asked him what he loves about the city.

Facebook Feedback Friday: your plans for Father’s Day in the Mother City

Bring your father to the Mother City this weekend and celebrate! We asked the members of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town, what they’ll be doing this Father’s Day. Here’s a selection of some of their responses.

Peaks of Africa: tours to pique your interest

There are many ways to explore Cape Town – and finding a good tour guide is one way to help you see everything the Mother City has to offer. Peaks of Africa is a tour operator that prides itself in designing travel packages for wholesale tour operators, travel agencies and individual travellers. They will organise your accommodation and airport transfers, and create an itinerary for your holiday that caters to exactly what you’re after, whether it’s thrill-seeking adventure or some quiet time away from the bustle.

Facebook Feedback Friday: Your weekend plans

Stuck for what to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered! Check out our guide on things to do from Friday to Sunday, as well as some other suggestions too.

Smooth operators: find a Cape Town tour company that suits you

If you’re planning on holidaying in Cape Town, but don’t know where to start, there are a number of excellent tour operators available, with great local knowledge and the flexibility to offer a package that is right for you.

Facebook Feedback Friday: Your favourite thing to do in Cape Town on a rainy weekend

With a forecast that promises rain for Cape Town this weekend, it seemed like the right time to ask the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town, “What is your favourite thing to do in Cape Town on a rainy weekend?” Here’s a selection of some of their answers.

Kapstadt ist wunderbar!

Visitors flock from every part of the world to experience Cape Town, and everything it has to offer. And its picturesque beauty also makes for a great backdrop for capturing that visit in photos or on video. German musical group Büro am Strand recently visited the Mother City, and documented their experience. They also very cleverly filmed a music video while they were here. The track is called Mit Der Welt Zufrieden, which translates as Satisfied with the World. Although the lyrics are in German, anyone who watches the video can get a sense of the carefree, lively and welcoming energy of Cape Town that the band captures so well. Check it out here.

Cape Town hotels make ‘world’s best service’ list

Three hotels in Cape Town have received recognition as offering the “World’s Best Service”, in a recent survey by Travel + Leisure. The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, the Cape Grace and the One & Only all appear on T+L’s list of City Hotels in Africa and The Middle East that made the grade.

Discover wine and good times in the Helderberg

A visit to Cape Town is not complete without a drive out to the Helderberg region of the Cape – the areas around Somerset West, Gordon’s Bay and the Strand, that lie under the shadow of the Helderberg Mountains (Afrikaans for “clear mountain”). Apart from the prestigious wine estates in this area (there are some 40 estates to be found in the Helderberg), it’s also a great location for cultural and outdoor activities, as well as fine dining. Check out our list of recommended things to see and do in the Helderberg ...

Happy Africa Day!

Today is Africa Day, in commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which became the African Union in 2002. Although not a public holiday in South Africa, the day is still recognised as an important celebration of African unity. This year will be the 50th celebration of Africa Day.

Facebook Feedback Friday: Your favourite soup spots in Cape Town

With cooler weather setting in, it’s important to know where in Cape Town you can find some warm, delicious soup. So who better to ask than the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town? On Thursday, we posed the question: “Where do you go to have your favourite soup in Cape Town?”

Cape Town makes TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Travelers’ Choice list

TripAdvisor has listed Cape Town as one of its Top 25 Travelers’ Choice World Destinations, as part of its 2013 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards.

Kirstenbosch takes gold at the Chelsea Flower Show

Last month, we showed you a sneak peek of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s exhibition that would be on display at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. Today we can report that Kirstenbosch has won a gold medal for their amazing work. Congratulations to the team!

Cape Town welcomes World Economic Forum delegates

The 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa kicks off in Cape Town tomorrow – and we’d like to officially welcome all the delegates to the beautiful Mother City!

Five spots in Green Point

From being the site of a concentration camp during the Anglo-Boer War to one of Cape Town’s most stylish suburbs, Green Point is an important part of the city, and definitely not to be missed on your next holiday.

Facebook Feedback Friday: The best scenic drives in Cape Town

Yesterday, we asked the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town: “What is the best scenic drive in Cape Town?”

Happy Workers’ Day!

Today is Workers’ Day in South Africa – a public holiday that has its origins internationally, within the historical struggles of workers and their trade unions.

Luxury vehicles, scenic drives – Cape Town has both!

Cape Town is already one of the most beautiful cities in the world, surrounded by unparalleled natural scenery. So what happens when you add one of the greatest feats of human engineering and design, and let it loose on the roads around the Mother City? A jolly fun morning, I’d say.

Struggle heroes honoured in Cape Town road name changes

South Africa’s long and painful history under apartheid is well known, and its legacy is one that the country is still dealing with today. This past Saturday, Freedom Day, celebrated 19 years of democracy and the historic 1994 general election, which saw the end of apartheid rule.

Happy Freedom Day!

Nineteen years ago today, South Africa began voting in its very first free and fair elections. On April 27, 1994, millions of people, many of whom had never been allowed to cast their vote under South Africa’s apartheid rule, went to the polls for the first time.

Facebook Feedback Friday: Your favourite building in Cape Town

As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town’s architecture is a testament to the many and varied influences on the country’s unique history. With a mix of historical and modern, Cape Town’s buildings help to characterise the city. We asked the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town, about their favourite building in the Mother City. Here’s a selection of some of the responses.

Sterling EQ musician tackles Cape Point swim to raise money for fight against cancer

Carina Bruwer, lead flautist in local all-girl instrumental pop group Sterling EQ, completed an 8km swim around Cape Point earlier today in aid of the fight against cancer.

Liverpool FC confirmed for Cape Town fixture

Cape Town Stadium has seen plenty of action since it was opened in time for the FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa, and this week it was confirmed that the venue will also host English Premiership League team Liverpool FC. Update: The City of Cape Town announced on Friday, May 10 that the match had been cancelled.

Facebook Feedback Friday: your favourite indoor activities in Cape Town

With winter setting in, we asked fans of the I ♥ Cape Town what their favourite indoor activities are in Cape Town.

Sharks in Cape Town: get up close and personal

It was an honour to be invited by the Two Oceans Aquarium to document the release of two ragged-tooth sharks back into the wild on 11 April 2013.

Facebook Feedback Friday: The best meal you’ve ever had in Cape Town

This weekend is a big one for foodies, so we took the opportunity to ask the fans of the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page, “What’s the best meal you’ve ever had in Cape Town?”

Cape Town on a budget: places to eat

Cape Town offers something for everyone’s wallet. We’ve mentioned the affordable accommodation in the Mother City, recommended places to take your loved one for a romantic picnic, and shared some great ideas for a night out that won’t break the bank. But when hunger strikes, where do you turn?

Urban farming in Cape Town

Population growth, rapid urbanisation, scarce food resources and environmental concerns have forced cities around the world to think about their future in innovative ways. A non-profit project in the Cape Town suburb of Oranjezicht looks to address some of these concerns – by starting a farm in the city.