Bianca ColemanThe Belmond Mount Nelson, affectionately known as ‘the Nellie’, or ‘the Pink Lady’ – the distinctive rosy hue was mixed specially for the hotel in the 1920s – has a fascinating history which dates back to when it was opened in March 1899.
Kelly Lodewyks & Rob PetersThe Mother City has shrugged off her winter coat and slipped into something a little sleeker as the summer months settle in. Get ready to kick off your shoes, sink your toes into the warm sands of the most beautiful city on earth and knock back a cocktail or two as we present your ultimate summer guide to Cape Town! It’s where to go and what to do this summer in the Mother City.
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The Mother City Queer Project took place at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night, where thousands of fantasy characters partied until the early hours of the next morning.
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.
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.
Cape Town is not only a great value-for-money destination, it also offers good value for time. You can see and do so much in a relatively short time, if that’s all you have. Here are some things to do if you have as little as 48 hours in Cape Town.
There really is no such thing as a dull moment if you’re in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre – as you can see in this photo by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Andries Steyn aka profpetrof. Andries says, “If you’ve grown up in the Cape Town region, you could easily take this world gem for granted. But as soon as you leave, you realise that there can be only one city.”
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.
From retail to events and from fashion to food, the pop-up trend is sweeping the globe. Cape Town, too, offers its share of fabulous foodies who roam the town, delighting us with their gourmet street food.
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.
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?
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).
This photograph was taken at Oudekraal beach by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Cape Town Guy.
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.
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.
It’s the season to be jolly, but it’s also the season to eat your fill, take a break, smell the flowers and party like crazy. And Cape Town is the place to be.
Numerous roads in and around Cape Town will be closed to accommodate the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on March 13 and motorists are advised to plan their routes carefully. Some of these road closures will become effective as early as 04h00 and many roads will remain closed until around 23h00 in the evening. Some of the areas around the city centre directly affected include Sea Point, Green Point, Camps Bay, Clifton, Bantry Bay and Woodstock. Outside the city, Cape Peninsula suburbs such as Llandudno, Noordhoek, Hout Bay, Kommetjie, as well as Southern Suburbs such as Mowbray, Tokai, Rondebosch, Newlands and Claremont, will also experience extensive road closures.
It’s no secret that Cape Town is a great place to live and visit, but many international investors still haven’t discovered the range of opportunities that exist in South Africa’s oldest city. To get a basic overview of Cape Town’s investment potential, I sat down with Guy Lundy recently, an economic genius and futurist. In short, he is the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, co-author of South Africa 2014: The Story of our Future, a keynote speaker, strategy consultant and board member of Wesgro (the Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency).
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.
This vivid landscape was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Frame Muller aka flamed. Frame says, “Cape Town is a photographer’s dream. It has a range of landscapes and subjects rarely found in other parts of the world. “The light in Cape Town is something special too and when I’m photographing on vacation, I always make a point of being out around sunset.”
Photo courtesy Nick Gray The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock awaits those who rise early on Saturday mornings. Established in 2006 as an organic farmers’ market, it occupies an old Victorian warehouse and features more than 100 specialty traders. Gastronomes will marvel at the abundance of organic goods. From farm fresh produce and organic cheeses to gourmet sandwiches and decadent confections, every palate will be satisfied. Every Saturday, foodies pour into the market to indulge their taste buds with flavours from around the world. Parisian tarts and crêpes, thin-based pizzas, fragrant curries and organic chocolate will delight both young and old. For those who have worked up a thirst, organic wines and beers are on offer.
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.
This lovely image was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member liquidpremium. Liquidpremium says, “This photo of baby African penguins was taken at Boulders Beach.”
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.
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.
This stunning shot of Crystal Pools was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Julian Knutzen aka j.knutzen. Julian says, “Last year in November, I got the chance to visit a German friend who was studying for one semester at the University of Cape Town. Without hesitation another friend and I started to plan our trip to South Africa.”
You’re bound to bump into your fair share of famous faces in Cape Town, with celebrities from far and wide expressing a soft spot for its charms. With its trendy hangouts, breathtaking scenery, vibey atmosphere and warm people, it’s no wonder Cape Town has impressed many a star visiting our shores.
This photograph of an orange Volkswagen was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Venu Prayag.
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 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.
Green Point Urban Park.Photo courtesy: RichardAtUCT/Flickr As lovers celebrated Valentine’s Day in February, the city of Cape Town proudly launched the Green Point Urban Park to the public. Situated in Green Point next to the Cape Town Stadium, which was used for the FIFA 2010 World Cup™, the multipurpose 10.5 hectare park is open seven days a week from 07h00 to 19h00.
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.