Rob PetersThe Titanic has always held me in its thrall. The ill-fated voyage of the most famous ship in history is a story that you could not make up – complete with villains, heroes and ultimately tragedy. So when the Titanic Expo sailed into Cape Town this month, I was first in line to snap up a ticket.
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.
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The chilly season might be upon us but things are only getting hotter in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City. So throw aside the bedcovers, stop staring at your boring four walls, and come and experience 48 unforgettable hours in our bustling hometown, with our #LoveCapeTown City Breaks.
The aptly named Table Mountain is one of Cape Town’s best-known landmarks. The mountain, which has unusually rich biodiversity, was recently named one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
The Cape Whale Coast Route, which was recently launched at a ceremony in Hermanus, is an excellent option for a family vacation. Connecting Gordon’s Bay to coastal towns like Gansbaai, the route offers something for people of all ages, especially those who enjoy whale watching. Whale watching in Hermanus. Photo courtesy fajula
One of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Camps Bay is the place to see and be seen in the Mother City. Sivan Miller, one of our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group members, captured this beautiful shot. “The tidal pool in Camps Bay is one of my favourite places to shoot,” says Sivan. “Usually it reflects the clouds and makes for an amazing composition!”
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.
Playing popular tunes, Cape minstrel troupe after troupe walk down Darling Street in the Cape Town city centre to welcome in the new year, revelling in the perfect Cape summer weather. The Minstrel Carnival is one of the most popular events on the calendar and is watched by thousands of people every year. It's also called Tweede Nuwe Jaar, which means "Second New Year" in Afrikaans, because it traditionally takes place on January 2.
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.
Photo courtesy Robert Wallace This Friday is Heritage Day, but just as commonly known as National Braai Day. South Africans all over the country will be stocking up on meat and getting ready to celebrate their heritage with friends, family and some lekker boerewors.
When I woke up on January 2, 2010, I decided to grab my camera and see the Cape Minstrel Carnival. I had never been to see the Klopse and decided that in order to call myself a true Capetonian, it was necessary to see them at least once.
If your plans for ringing in 2012 include having fun, fun and more fun, we have just the right list of parties to ensure that happens. Enjoy the countdown on December 31, 2011 at the following fabulous events…
Drunk driving is one of the biggest threats to road safety in South Africa and over the festive season the temptation to drink and drive increases. The 2009/ 2010 annual report by the Road Traffic Management Corporation reported 1 307 fatalities in the Western Cape alone, versus 13 923 deaths nationally. Cape Town Tourism would like to urge all locals and visitors to Cape Town to be responsible this summer holiday by refraining from drinking and driving.
The Africa Café Restaurant has been feeding Capetonians and visitors for nine years in a beautiful 18th-century Georgian home on Heritage Square in downtown Cape Town. The grand old building has three floors of dining and seven richly decorated dining rooms.
The Bo-Kaap is an area in Cape Town filled with brightly coloured houses and narrowed cobbled streets located at the foot of Signal Hill. But for all the its cheerful achitecture and facade the suburb has a rich histry, with it’s people being integral to it.
This powerful image was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Keith Lyle aka Stanleyace. Keith says, “This was captured on September 1, 2008 after a storm had passed over Cape Town. When I saw these huge waves flooding the breakwater I made an immediate U-turn and drove into the harbour precinct. It was a humbling experience to observe and hear the absolute power of nature in action.”
The 201 J&B Met took place at Kenilworth Racecourse on February 2. See some photos from the event that were posted on Twitter.
TripAdvisor has named our own Boulders Beach, near Simon’s Town in False Bay, as one of its top 10 truly unique beaches in the world.
Hout Bay is a vibey coastal town with a beautiful swimming beach and a picturesque harbour where you can buy the best fish and chips in the world.
An active and outdoor lifestyle has long been part of the Cape Town mindset, and locals know Cape Town is often at its verdant best during winter, when cooler days, lush vegetation and lively seas become the backdrop for an adventure playground. In winter, conditions are perfect for kite-surfing, wind-surfing, board-surfing and extreme wave-surfing, as well as paragliding, abseiling, helicopter flips and skydiving. If you’re happier with your feet on the ground, the city’s mountainous landscape, nature trails and golf courses promise to keep you occupied. Here are some of the great activities in Cape Town during winter.
This year’s Gay Pride Parade, which took place on February 28, marked eight years since Cape Town’s gay community first donned their best drag outfits and strutted their stuff on the streets of central Cape Town. Jo Legutko aka Parfait Barners captured this proud profusion of pink.
This photograph of girls enjoying a warm winter’s evening on the beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member jvdblog.tumblr.com.
This beautiful photo of a sunset at Bloubergstrand was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Ryan Hasselbach. Ryan says, “On the day that this photograph was taken I was acting as a tour guide for two Australian friends who had come out to South Africa for my wedding.”
As I was walking along Camps Bay beach, I noticed a lady playing with her dog in a little pool of ocean. It was a beautiful scene and I just couldn’t miss it.
Photo courtesy Chris Cloete 9:30pm: I was driving back home with my girlfriend from somerset west on the N2 towards Rondebosch last night when I first saw the sparkly flicker of the fire that would, by the early hours of the morning, go on a devouring rampage of Devil’s Peak. Our first thought was that it seemed very close to Rhodes Memorial and that it would be heart-breaking to see this Cape Town landmark devastated. At that point, though, we never expected the fire to grow into the menace it would become.
On Monday December 27, I went on a hike up Devil’s Peak led by Larry from the Meridian Hiking Club. There were only four of us on the hike and it was quite windy, for which we were grateful on one level as it kept us cool. We set off from Tafelberg Road at the base of the Saddle and walked up to the contour path and then along to the base of Oppelskop. We did a bit of scrambling and went up the ridge past the ruin at the top of Oppelskop. From there we went on up until we connected with the two trails that meet near the top of Devil’s Peak.
I’ve had a bit of time on my hands between job hunting and getting completely paranoid about what I’m going to do with my life, so I’ve been going out taking photographs of this beautiful place we live in! Kayaking in Kommetjie
Gabriella Demetriades from Port Elizabeth, is a favourite to win the crown The heated search for Miss Bollywood IPL South Africa now enters its final stages, as the field of Bollywood beauties has been whittled down to 16 hopefuls. The competition was launched at the start of the DLF IPL tournament and 46 contestants were chosen (one from each match). After much frenzied voting last weekend on the official IPL website, 16 contestants have been chosen to go through to the finals.
Fish Hoek gained its place in world history with the discovery of a fossilised skeleton, in 1926, in Peers Cave. The cave had been used as a shelter by a group of prehistoric people. A father and son team, named Peers, excavated the cave site, discovering stone tools and the remains of nine people, one of whom became known as Fish Hoek Man.
Photo courtesy mickeymox Africa is a continent steeped in tradition and South Africa is a veritable melting pot of customs, beliefs and, of course, fashion. If you’re visiting this country or continent for the first time, as a football fan coming to watch your team compete in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, prepare to be bombarded by culture and inundated with extremes.
Recently I was offered a flight around the peninsula in a microlight with well-known adventurer and pilot Ricky De Agrela (www.safreedomflight.com). The light was soft, the weather was perfect and the Mother City lifted her skirts for us.
This year’s Cape Town Pride represented the city’s diverse and accepting community, and truly reflected our Rainbow Nation.