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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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.
If you were in Cape Town on the 31st of December 2013, you would have heard the music, the shouts of excitement and the official countdown to 2014 ringing out though the streets as the Mother City welcomed the new year in style.
There are many ways to see the Mother City. From the top of Table Mountain, from the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean or from the winding roads that weave across the city…but the very best way to marvel at the majesty of Cape Town must be from the sky!
This picture of Slangkop, Kommetjie was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce Smee.
This picture of the Cape Town Stadium at sunset was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Waldo Buckle.
This picture of a panoramic view of Cape Town was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member P van Schalkwyk.
Beer enthusiasts can look forward to a weekend of being spoilt for choice as the Cape Town Festival of Beer once again hits Cape Town this weekend, the 22nd-34th of November at Hamilton’s Rugby club in Greenpoint.
This picture of Muizenberg at sunrise was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member P van Schalkwyk.
This picture of Kommetjie Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Gale McAll.
This picture of Hout Bay was taken from Chapman’s Peak Drive by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce Smee.
Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting close to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.
This picture of Camps Bay at sunset was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member meeeeeeeeeel.
This picture of misty rays creeping over the mountains was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member flava2000.
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.
Fifty thousand fans, one hundred thousand eyes, one hundred thousand clapping hands and one mega star! Rihanna’s sold-out concert in Cape Town last night was one for the record books!
Rihanna Navy - ASSEMBLE! Just two more days to get through before our RiRi will be lighting up the stage at Greenpoint Stadium and we could not be more excited! Don’t get stuck in traffic, we’ve got the lowdown on the road closures around the stadium.
This picture of orange skies at sunset was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Antonella African Soul.
This picture of St. James Beach in Muizenberg at sunset was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce Smee.
We spent a day in the colourful Bo-Kaap with our #lovecapetown foodie blogger, Rachelle Lucas, learning how to cook traditional chicken curry, roti’s and samoosas in the kitchen of one the Bo-Kaap’s friendliest locals, Amina.
The countdown to RTD 2013 has officially begun and with just 2 more sleeps until the gates officially open it’s time to pull out your pen and paper and start ticking off your “to do” list.
A Chefs Table lunch at one of the world’s premier hotels, followed by an eight-course ice cream midnight feast… Does this sound like your dream foodie day? If so, you’d best add #LoveCapeTown to your “foodie destinations” Bucket List!
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?
If incredible wine, delicious country fare and wildlife spotting are not enough, Groote Post also offers visitors the opportunity to see the colourful carpet of Darling’s famous flower season…and it’s all just an hour out of the city!
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.
“And the Gold Loerie Award goes to….” There is cause for much celebration here in the Cape Town Tourism office this morning, as we celebrate Saturday night’s win at the 35th annual Loerie Awards!
If your Twitter timeline is not flooded with the #Loeries hashtag yet it will be soon as Loeries Weekend hits Cape Town in a big way from today until Sunday! The top creatives in the country will this weekend be rewarded for their hard work and dedication as the creative awards honour excellence in creativity.
You love Cape Town and you love Instagram. And who wouldn’t? This city was made to photograph and Instagram makes it so easy to share your love for everything Cape Town! Join the local Cape Town Igers for a #LoveCapeTown Instagram Walk on Monday, the 23rd of September at the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront at 4:30pm.
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.”
With Spring finally here after a long winter, we can officially start saying things like “summer is just around the corner”. This means that at long last, we will all be emerging from hibernation and going out more. These are my Top 5 Cape Town hot spots right now.
Snow in Cape Town is a rare and exciting sight and while there’s nothing worse than being stuck at work or in another another city when all you want to do is build a snowman, at least you can share in the excitement via social media. Here’s a collection of our favourite #CapeSnow pictures from all over the web.