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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Yesterday, we asked the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town: “What is the best scenic drive in Cape Town?”
“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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
With winter setting in, we asked fans of the I ♥ Cape Town what their favourite indoor activities are in Cape Town.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
With the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon just a week away, we thought it would be a good time to ask the fans on our I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page, “What is your favourite jogging route in Cape Town?”
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 ...
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.
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?”
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 ...
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!
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.
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.
Sometimes we all need a little inspiration. Luckily, fans of the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page are willing to offer some and share where they find theirs. We asked: “Where is the most inspirational place you have been in Cape Town?”
Two cricketing legends, South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis and former Australia spinner Shane Warne, were in Cape Town this week to promote the hair product that gave them a new lease on life, and a full head of hair.