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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.

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.

Cape Town at night – Flickr pic of the day

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.”

Cape Town road closures for Cape Argus Cycle Tour on March 13

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Oudekraal beach – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph was taken at Oudekraal beach by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Cape Town Guy.

Food on the move: pop-up trucks in Cape Town

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.

New Year’s Eve 2012 parties in Cape Town

Three, two, one…Happy New Year! If your plans for ringing in 2013 include having fun, fun and more fun, we have just the list of parties. Enjoy the countdown on December 31, 2012 at the following fabulous events.

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.

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.”

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.

Penguin chicks on Boulders Beach – Flickr pic of the day

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.”

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.

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.

Christmas and New Year – the top 10 things to do in Cape Town

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.

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).

Cape Town’s top five heritage sites

The rich diversity of Cape Town’s natural and cultural heritage is part of the city’s appeal. For those on limited holiday time, here are some top heritage sites to take in…

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).

Crystal Pools – Flickr pic of the day

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.”

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 Town reviews on TripAdvisor: Global travellers love the Mother City

Capetonians are justifiably proud of their city. However, they’re not the only ones who think the Mother City is Africa’s most awesome tourist destination. See what independent TripAdvisor reviewers from other continents have to say…

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.

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.   

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.

Hippie van at Chapman’s Peak – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of an orange Volkswagen was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Venu Prayag.