FeaturedIt’s about that time of year when we’re all feeling a little under pressure. More than half the year has flown by and we’ve worked our tooshies off juggling work, family and friends. It’s getting a bit stressful. Here are 10 fun and unique ways to recharge your batteries in and around Cape Town. These are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and re-energised for the next part of the year.
Rob PetersThe month of September not only heralds the arrival of Spring in Cape Town, but it is also the start of World Tourism Month and heritage month in South Africa, with World Tourism Day celebrated on 27 September. Here are 10 ways you can celebrate Tourism Month in Cape Town.
Rob PetersIn my experience there are two types of whisky people – those who do and those who do not. You either like it, or you hate it, there doesn’t seem to be much room for indifference or sitting on the fence.
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Riding the monstrous waves at Cape Town’s seven blue flag beaches and enjoying the vibrant city nightlife are all in a day’s work for local champion surfers Roxy Louw and Heinrich Rohwer. They shared their perfect surfing spots and water safety tips with us.
This stunning panoramic picture of the Two Oceans Aquarium was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mauro Pimentel aka violencia.visual. Mauro says, “I took this shot in my first week in Cape Town. It’s a technique called panoramic photo. I created it by stitching three images together.”
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 201 J&B Met took place at Kenilworth Racecourse on February 2. See some photos from the event that were posted on Twitter.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
We took to Facebook to encourage those who love Cape Town to look at the lighter side of living in Cape Town.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This beautiful image of Canal Walk shopping centre was composed by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mark Liebenberg aka mliebenberg. Mark says, “I hadn’t been back to Cape Town since I moved to the UK in 1997, and this complex hadn’t been built yet. So I was delighted to see the beauty of this place when visiting at sunset to meet up with some friends for dinner.”
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 beautiful sunrise was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Darby Sawchuk. Darby says, “Last year, I was in Cape Town for a couple weeks on a product shoot with work. It was a hectic schedule which left almost no time for seeing the city. That was a bit of a shame since Cape Town is a captivating place, with a lot to explore.”
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.
As thousands descend on Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday January 28 for the largest annual outdoor social event in Cape Town, some will be looking at more than just the racehorses. In this instance the show ponies on display will be the fashionistas.
Winter is here, bringing with it cooler weather and the need to fill up on some comforting, warm and delicious food. Luckily for us, Cape Town restaurants are making it their business to provide warmth and good food with some terrific specials. Get your soul food at the following superb restaurants:
To truly immerse yourself in the culture of a city means to savour everything, including the local food. What better place to start than by sampling the best curries Cape Town has to offer?