Bianca ColemanIt’s interesting to note how popular townships tours have become with visitors to our country who are searching for personal and authentic encounters with our citizens. A walking tour of Kayamandi in Stellenbosch does exactly that.
Bianca ColemanThere are a few things you might already know about Allée Bleue in Franschhoek – that it’s a wine farm where you can taste and buy, it has a bistro, it’s where most of the herbs you find in supermarkets are farmed, and you can have picnics, or a wedding. But did you know you can also spend a night there?
Rob PetersOn Wednesday, the Big 6 of Cape Town became the Big 7 with the official unveiling of the new Cape Town City Walk. The City Walk joins Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch and the V&A Waterfront to form the Cape Town Big 7, a marketing body to ensure visitors know there are seven unmissable, awesome things to do in Cape Town.
Rob PetersOne of the oldest areas in Cape Town, and South Africa, Constantia doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. From the incredible wine farms, to the unrivalled beauty of the valley as a whole, Constantia has a fantastic story to tell.
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Between October and March, the south-easterly wind blows through Cape Town, clearing up the city’s air and taking the edge off the summer heat.
Yesterday evening we asked people who like the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page: “Where is your favourite ‘phuza Thursday’ spot in Cape Town?” (Phuza is the Zulu word for “drink”.) Check out some of the responses here.
The Harlem Shake was an Internet phenomenon that came and went last week, getting hundreds of bored office workers up out of their seats and dancing in a most ridiculous fashion. Check out the best Cape Town ones here.
Adderley Street, in Cape Town’s city centre, has been the site of a flower market for more than 100 years. During that time, the flower sellers have become the saviour of many hopeless romantics, especially those who have left their Valentine’s Day shopping until the last minute!
Several roads will be closed and parking restricted around Parliament during the State of the Nation address on Thursday, 14 February 2013. The closures and parking restrictions will take place from midnight on 13 February until 01h00 on Friday, 15 February.
Wedged between Table Mountain and the sea, central Cape Town is commonly known as the City Bowl. This area is relatively small (in comparison to other cities), making it the perfect place to explore on foot.
Twenty-three years ago today, ANC leader Nelson Mandela stood triumphantly on the balcony of the City Hall, a free man after spending 27 years in jail. He would go on to help forge hard-won freedom for all South Africans.
Yesterday evening we asked people who like the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page: “Which restaurant serves the best pizza in Cape Town?” It generated a fierce debate, with hundreds of comments from our Facebook fans.
The University of Cape Town (UCT)‘s annual Sax Appeal magazine showcases some of the best South African writers and satirists, and introduces readers to some fresh talent from the students too. This morning, UCT students were out and about selling the 2013 edition of Sax Appeal in Cape Town and its surrounding suburbs. Check out some of the pictures from Twitter earlier.
Cape Town is a popular destination for expats, who have decided to leave their country of origin and head for warmer climes – we look at some of the reasons why expats choose to call Cape Town home.
Cape Town is synonymous with live music – from being the host of the annual International Jazz Festival, to the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, and a number of famous international acts. There’s also a number of alternative music venues in the Mother City.
The J&B Met, the biggest horserace in Cape Town, takes place this Saturday – and while many of the spectators will be focused on the fashion, the punters have their eyes on the racetrack.
The curious tale of Sixto Rodriguez has long been known to many South Africans, but has only recently caught the rest of the world’s attention – and excitement is already building as Capetonians prepare welcome the original Sugar Man back to our shores for his latest tour.
Cape Town has long inspired the arts – either in song, or by capturing the beautiful scenery and inhabitants of the place. In the world of music videos, there is no shortage of examples of the Mother City’s stunning visuals.
Every Thursday afternoon we pose a question to our Facebook followers at I ♥ Cape Town. We want to know what you love about Cape Town, and we’ll take some of the best responses and post them collectively on our blog. Yesterday we asked you: “Where is the best live music venue in Cape Town?” Here’s what some of you had to say ...
“This is not a walking tour – it’s an exercise tour!” I looked up at the others who had gathered outside the Dutch Manor Hotel in Bo-Kaap, giving a nervous laugh at the thought of what I’d gotten myself into.
So you know that there is a flat mountain and pretty beaches, but there is much, much more to the beautiful Mother City than that. Here are a few short, interesting facts about Cape Town to share on Twitter, among friends, or maybe at your next pub quiz, to help you sound like an authority on the matter!
Every Thursday afternoon we’ll be posing a question to our Facebook followers at I ♥ Cape Town. We want to know what you love about Cape Town, and we’ll take some of the best responses and post them collectively on our blog. Yesterday we asked you: “What is your favourite summer outdoor activity in Cape Town?” Here’s what some of you had to say ...
Cape Town’s famous open-top bus tours have long been known as one of the best ways to see the Mother City. Now, City Sightseeing Cape Town offers canal cruises from the V&A Waterfront to the Cape Town International Convention Centre and back, providing an interesting insight into the city’s waterways, and some stunning views to boot.
Actor, adventurer and motorbike enthusiast Charley Boorman was recently in South Africa filming his latest TV show, Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure. The first episode aired on Wednesday night in the United Kingdom and generated a lot of buzz online.
If you’ve ever been on a City Sightseeing Bus in Cape Town, you’ll know about the audio commentary that plays as you approach various attractions around the city. You simply sit back, plug in your earphones, and enjoy listening to interesting and informative tour guides as they talk you through the history, significance and little-known facts of the Mother City. Well, imagine that same concept, but applied to a much smaller scale – a walk around Cape Town’s City Bowl and surrounds.
The result may not have been what fans were hoping for, but the atmosphere during last night’s match between Bafana Bafana and Norway at the Cape Town Stadium was a lively one. Capetonians were happy to see the national side playing again, even if they lost the match 1-0. Bafana Bafana hadn’t played in the city since 2010, and the chance to watch a game provided a fun evening out for everyone. Social media were buzzing with updates from the game, and Twitter users shared their experiences on the #BafanaVSNorway hashtag. Here are some of the photos that were tweeted last night:
Bafana Bafana face Norway in an international friendly at the Cape Town Stadium tonight as they continue their preparations ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Cape Town’s reputation for hosting some of the best live international music acts is steadily growing, as the recent announcement of a South African tour by dubstep DJ Skrillex proves. Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) has helped bring dubstep into the mainstream. While some characterise his music as the soundtrack to an alien invasion crossed with an army of angry robots, he has proven wildly popular in the past few years, with his latest album selling over a million copies.
Long Street is the place to be for Cape Town’s buzzing nightlife. With a wide variety of bars, pubs and clubs, there’s something for everyone. Whether you are there to dance the night away among a crowd of revellers, or if you’re looking for a laid-back restaurant to see off 2012, Cape Town comes out to play in Long Street. If you plan to head there this evening, be sure to stay safe and have a good time!
Who needs four wheels when you can have three? Cape Town’s newest transport service, The Monarch Tuksi Company, recently launched a fleet of 20 brand new tuk-tuks to operate across the City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard. Tuk-tuks are usually associated with cities in Asia and parts of Europe, but they are already causing quite a stir among tourists and locals in the Mother City.
Did you blow the budget this festive season? Is your new year’s resolution to save some pennies? Why not start a day earlier and celebrate New Year’s Eve on the cheap? Here are some smart ways to have a fab, free evening.
Clouds were in the sky and love was in the air on Table Mountain, when two City Sightseeing passengers got engaged.
Summer is returning to Cape Town, and so are direct flights from London with Virgin Atlantic. Flights will depart London thrice weekly until October 31, 2012, and then daily from November 1, 2012 until April 2013.
The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is one of the most scenic road races in the world.