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The best hiking routes in Cape Town

There’s no doubt that one of the nicest activities to indulge in is a good hike, and what better place to walking up a mountain, through great fynbos or along the coast than Cape Town?

Mzoli’s Place – My first township experience

For a friend’s recent birthday, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to experience another side of Cape Town, an experience that is now firmly placed in my top five favourite things about Cape Town. Sadly, Ratanga had to fall away, but is still held close to my heart. Since early 2003, Mzoli Ngcawuzele’s business has been meat, through which he has transformed a run-of-the-mill butchery into one of the most popular experiences in Cape Town.

“Glitz and Glam” at the 2009 J&B Met – A Cape Town Tourism Flickr photo essay

The 32nd J&B Met – South Africa’s most prestigious horse racing event – took place on January 31, 2009 at Kenilworth Racecourse. With the “Glitz and Glam” theme, Cape Town’s beautiful people outshone the horses in an array of sparkling, flamboyant outfits. Freelance photographer Francois Willemburg captured all the glamour of the event.

Signal Hill at night – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph was taken on Signal Hill by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jh Bartlett.

Cape Argus 2011 results: Tyler Day edges Malcolm Lange

Tyler Day is the winner of the 2011 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, pipping his Team Bonitas partner, last year’s winner Malcolm Lange, at the post. Herman Fouche of DCM finished third. Day, 21, crossed the line in 2:32:10 to claim his first Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour title. The 2011 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour women’s race was won by Chrise Taylor of Team USN, in a time of 2:49:45. Second was Ashleigh Moolman Pasio of Nashua Toyota and third was Catherine Williamson of Team Bizhub. Thousands of spectators screamed wildly at the finish line in the Cape Town suburb of Green Point, as a large bunch of cyclists gave their all in an exiting conclusion to the 109km challenge. The elite riders departed Adderley Street in Cape Town at 06h15 and pedaled rapidly to Cape Point and back around Chapman’s Peak, passing superbly scenic locations like Llandudno, Camps Bay and Clifton on their way to the finish.

University of Cape Town: One of the most beautiful places to study

Accolades for Cape Town just keep rolling in. Last week, the University of Cape Town (UCT) was named one of the most beautiful universities in the world, by British newspaper The Telegraph. The newspaper said that it is UCT’s mountain setting that helped it clinch the third spot on the list. Top spot was taken by Oxford University followed by Harvard University. UCT is the only African university on the list.

Restaurant Ramadan Iftar Specials in Cape Town

We’re halfway through the holy month of Ramadan and Eid is fast approaching. Reward yourself each evening with affordable and mouth-watering specials at the fantastic halaal restaurants in and around the Mother City. There is nothing as refreshing and fulfilling as biting into a flavoursome chicken samoosa, tasting well-made split pea soup or satisfying your thirst with a glass of falooda, that rose syrup-flavoured milky beverage. From the City Centre to the Cape Flats and Hout Bay, you can break your fast without breaking the bank.

Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2011 action photos

The 2011 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour was held in Cape Town today. Have a look at the photographs below and then read our blog about the race winner.

The Cape Town fashion scene is always in season

A Stoned Cherrie dress. Photo courtesy Simon Deiner Miss Port, Tart, Wild Fig and Stoned Cherrie? You would be excused if your eyes are glazing over at the prospect of winter delicacies consumed in front of a fireplace or with our famous mountain or ocean as backdrop. We are, however, talking about hot local fashion designers, as the Cape Town Fashion Week came to a close on August 14, 2010, after 35 designers showcased their talent in 15 fashion shows over the course of 3 days at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

Cape Town has a beach for every reason

With soft, white sand and clear water stretching as far as the eye can see, Cape Town’s beautiful beaches attract thousands of holidaymakers keen to keep their cool during summer. And there’s a beach suited to every beach-orientated activity imaginable.

Braai, braai, braai your boerie…

Ask any South African, and they will tell you that the braai – or barbeque – is a part of South African culture.So much so, in fact, that 24 September (Heritage Day) is now also popularly known as National Braai Day.

Slacklining on Table Mountain – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

On a fine winter’s afternoon in July 2009, two intrepid young adventurers, Warren Gans (24) from Newlands and Sean Wakelin (22) from Pinelands, chose to claim their stake as the first people to slackline on Table Mountain.

Two Oceans Marathon 2012 results: Stephen Muzhingi wins again

Thousands of people braved the rain in Cape Town to watch Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe win the 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. This was Muzhingi’s second title and many now predict that he will also win the Comrades Marathon in a few months. Elena Nurgalieva of Russia was the first woman home, claiming her fourth Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon title. Her twin sister, Oleysa, did not compete this year, but second place was still claimed by a Russian, in the form of Natalia Volgina.

Jamie Oliver gets a taste of Cape Town at Mzoli’s Place

Jamie Oliver, photo courtesy Downing Street While going through the newspaper the other day, I saw that Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu played host to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver last weekend. Apparently, Jamie loved it and found the experience “very sexy”. He also mentioned that “in this part of the world, fresh is where it’s at”.  Jamie is now featuring Mzoli’s Place on the cover of his April magazine, describing its food as “heaven”. I have to agree that in general Cape Town is the capital of good food – from a braai at Mzoli’s to the city’s chic restaurants, a Camp’s Bay sundowner seafood feast and the utterly luxurious winelands lunch.

Infecting the City is here – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Infecting the City is here! Happening all week, from February 21 to February 26, in and around inner-city Cape Town, the Spier Public Arts Festival celebrates the Cape’s creative treasures … Be sure not to miss the wide range of instalments this week: You’ll learn something about your city and be reminded of just how original our inhabitants – young and old – really are.

J&B Met: a final look at the 2010 event

Wonderbra model Elbe van der Merwe and her partner Beto Malfacini at the 2010 J&B Met. Last weekend’s J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse will be remembered for the vibrant outfits inspired by the event theme, “In full colour.”

Cape Town’s Famous Landmarks – A Cape Town Tourism Photo Essay

The City of Cape Town has a diverse character, architecturally speaking. With colourful homes and streets in the Bo-Kaap, a little more modernity on Thibault Square, one of a kind lighthouses, and the iconic City Hall, Cape Town offers many sites on which to feast your eyes when walking or driving around the city.

Visit the SAS Assegaai submarine in Simon’s Town

Decommissioned in 2003, the French-built submarine SAS Assegaai has been lovingly restored by a group of retired and in-service naval staff who, with the blessing of the South African Naval Museum, have opened her up to the general public. In addition to having some degree of sea legs, it is imperative that visitors are reasonably fit and don’t have a fear of small, enclosed spaces: Simon’s Town Boat Company’s dockyard ferry takes you to the sub, and you enter and exit the vessel on a vertical ladder.

Mad Max 4: Fury Road to film in Cape Town

Filming of the post-apocalyptic action adventure epic Mad Max 4: Fury Road is set to take place in Cape Town later this year – according to unverified reports. The film will star South African-born Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, as well as Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) and is directed by Academy Award winner George Miller (Happy Feet, Babe, Mad Max trilogy).

Snow in Cape Town: Table Mountain’s crown

This morning Cape Town residents awoke to the chills of winter but were greeted by an astonishing sight: Table Mountain wore a crown of snow. For those who were already braving the icy conditions in an attempt to get to the summit, it was the icing on the cake – so to speak.

Cape Town voted world’s second-best city in Condé Nast Traveller survey

Condé Naste Traveller readers voted Cape Town the second-best city in the world and Africa’s number one in their 25th annual Readers’ Choice survey. A total of 46 476 readers took part in the 2012 annual survey, in which 1 306 winners were nominated.

Sahara Park Newlands rated second best cricket ground in the world!

In a survey of the best cricket grounds in the world, published in the May 2012 issue of The Cricketer magazine, a panel of 40 cricket experts has rated Sahara Park Newlands as the second best cricket ground in the world, after the historic Lords Cricket Ground in London.

J&B Met in full colour: photos

Our man on the ground, event reporter Deon Gurling, was there to record the afternoon of gorgeous outfits, colour, excitement, surprise winners and sunshine at the 2010 J&B Met in Cape Town. Crowds were treated to a great day out and exciting racing. Filly River Jetez won the feature race, beating the favourite and her brother, Pocket Power.

The Cape Floral Kingdom – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

The Cape Floral Kingdom was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2004. Many of the beautiful indigenous flowers that form part of the kingdom can be seen in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Lady Gaga concert in Cape Town – video and ticket information

Thousands of monsters have gone gaga at the announcement that five-time Grammy Award-winning artist, Lady Gaga, will end her South African leg of her Born This Way Ball at Cape Town Stadium on December 3, 2012.

Big city lights – Flickr pic of the day

This striking photograph of the Cape Town city centre was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Daniel Lurie. Daniel says, “I have many personal favourite images of Cape Town, but this one of the city at night has a particular majestic quality.”

Cape Town Carnival: Long Street awash in spectacular colour – photos

Long Street lit up with a spectacular show of colour on Saturday, March 19, as the Cape Town Carnival parade headed up the famous one-way street. Feather boas, glitter, Harley-Davidsons and reams of partygoers all helped to make the spectacle reminiscent of the Rio Carnival, but ours had a wonderfully South African flavour. Here are some highlights of the dazzling event. All photos by Deon Gurling.  

Swedish House Mafia in Cape Town

The house DJ collective Swedish House Mafia is the latest acclaimed international music act headed to Cape Town. Clearly the southern tip of Africa is the place to be for lovers of good music!

Muizenberg – one of National Geographic’s World’s 20 Best Surf Towns

Accolades for Cape Town continue to roll in. Following the recent announcement that Tjing Tjing bar was named one of The 10 Hottest New Bars Around The World by Conde Nast Traveler, now National Geographic has listed Muizenberg as one of its World’s 20 Best Surf Towns.

J&B Met 2011: A showcase of elegance

These photos of people having a great time at the 2011 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse, on Saturday, January 29, were taken by Deon Gurling. You can submit your images of the J&B Met to the Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group. Tag your pictures of people “capturesummer2010” and you could stand a chance of winning R10 000 in our Capture Summer Photography Competition.