Rob PetersAdventure tourism is a booming business and Cape Town is quickly becoming the go-to place for travellers looking for their adrenaline fix. From shark cage diving to abseiling down Table Mountain, the Mother City is the adventure capital of the world and she is waiting for you to cut loose. Here are our top 10.
FeaturedNature nerds unite! If you’re looking for one of the most enchanting earth adventures ever look no further. Fynbos is one of six floral kingdoms in the world and its the only one that occurs entirely in one country. Ours!
Rob PetersCape Town played host to yet another sold-out show this past weekend with 30 Seconds to Mars packing the Grand West Casino on Sunday night. Frontman Jared Leto may not have been quite as active as fellow singer John Legend, but he still managed to snap a couple of pics – and post a video - to Instagram, chronicling his time in the Mother City. To be fair, the group didn’t spent quite as long in town as the R&B crooner, but it’s still pretty clear that the city worked its magic on Leto.
FeaturedCommuters on the MyCITI rapid bus service will have more reason to jump on board with the City of Cape Town planning to offer free Wi-Fi. According to a report on BDLive, the city is conducting a pilot project which will allow access to the Wi-Fi while travelling or waiting at various stations in and around Cape Town. The news comes on the back of the city’s announcement on Thursday that it has entered into a partnership with Orange Wi-Fi service to provide Wi-Fi to people living in parts of Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain.
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On Monday 23rd September, we hosted our first #LoveCapeTown Instagram walk in collaboration with the Instagramers Cape Town community. We were also privileged enough to be joined by international iPhoneography app creator, Aaron Marshall.
September 24 is Heritage Day in South Africa. It is also Braai Day. Last week, in honour of #BraaiDay we asked you, our Facebook fans what your number one favourite braai food is?
Our second annual #lovecapetown tweet-up took place on the 22 September and was not only a big success; it was also an opportunity for us at Cape Town Tourism to gain some deeper insight into what you love most about Cape Town.
September is World Tourism Month and to observe the period, the staff of The Peninsula All Suite Hotel is organising a beach clean-up along the Atlantic Seaboard.
Will something bad really happen to you on Friday the 13th September in #LoveCapeTown? Through years gone by, storytellers in Cape Town have exchanged a rich variety of unique myths that has been carried across from generation to generation. Have a look at three of the most interesting legends around and decide for yourself – truth or tale, busted or brilliant?
You love taking photos; your Instagram feed is a collection of beautiful squares that can easily be placed on the walls of an art gallery; you’re the person at the picnic who whips out their phone in the most random occasions trying to get a macro shot of the water droplet on a leaf. But you have no one to take photos with you and your friends don’t really get that you can take such amazing shots with just your phone. If this sounds like you, meet the Instagamers Cape Town community.
If you’re in South Africa between the 9th and 14th of September, take advantage of the annual South African National Parks (SANParks) Week! All South African citizens get free entry into almost all of the 19 South African National Parks in and around South Africa.
This week, in honour of Tourism Month, we asked you, our loyal Facebook fans, to tell us what your favourite Cape Town icon is from the list: 1) Table Mountain 2) Robben Island 3) Kirstenbosch Gardens 4) Boulders Beach 5) Cape Point 6) Constantia Winelands and 7) V&A Waterfront. While most of you said it was a tough choice, which we have to agree with, it was quite clear that your favourite Cape Town icon is the majestic Table Mountain.
As pioneers of responsible tourism in #LoveCapeTown, we pride ourselves on being home to some of the most eco-friendly establishments in the Mother City. One of our stellar accommodation spots which is as big on giving back to their community as they are on giving visitors a phenomenal stay is Ocean View House in gorgeous Bakoven, along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
We kidnapped Cape Town Tourism’s CEO, Enver Duminy, from his desk, and took him for a milkshake at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden to drink in the views of the city he calls home:
It’s the season of new beginnings, romance, burgeoning sunshine and thrilling adventures in gorgeous #lovecapetown and where better to experience of all these amazing things than at our top seaside shopping and lifestyle destination, the ever popular V&A Waterfront?
As the last few days of the Open Design Cape Town festival draws near, we’d like to recap on the 10 days of creativity and inspiration that we’ve experienced thus far. And if this festival is anything to go by for what’s in store for 2014, then the world will really be impressed with what Cape Town has to offer as the World Design Capital 2014.
Whether you’ve read up on, visited or even lived in Cape Town, you’re probably more familiar with the attractions of the Atlantic Seaboard, South Peninsula or the wine lands. For an alternative Mother City experience, cross the bay from Cape Town CBD, find yourself in the Blaauwberg region and explore the West Coast like never before.
For years Noordhoek was a secret community of surfers and eco-lovers, but the word got out and now this nature-loving suburb on the Peninsula’s west coast is a magnet for family life, happy pets, surf and sand, outdoor living and great food.
It might be the ocean air, or the majestic power of Table Mountain, maybe it’s the ‘vibe’ of the city streets. Whatever the reason, Cape Town (named World Design Capital 2014) is a hive of creative activity and draws artists of all shapes and sizes to its heart.
Cape Town is one of the most fascinating destinations in … the world! The sun, surf, sea and of course the mountain are all iconic attractions, but make your way down the eastern side of the peninsula and you’ll find yourself in Simon’s Town.
The City of Cape Town, Iziko Museums and service provider Connected Space have joined forces to make the city as connected as possible by introducing free Wi-Fi to those taking in the natural beauty of the Garden. Now, armed with laptop or tablet, you can sit yourself down under an ancient tree and fill in your friends and family about your adventures in the Cape.
We love Olga Jewellers so much – a boutique jewellery design studio in Cape Town, with branches throughout South Africa. As specialists in the industry since 1977, Olga Jewellers is renowned for their exquisite diamond and tanzanite pieces that catch the eyes of many onlookers peeping through their studio windows.
Fairtrade Label South Africa calls all shoppers to WAKE UP to a new coffee experience this July – one that will not only tantalise your taste buds but will also create better deals for small-scale coffee producers.
Seasoned and aspiring travel bloggers will be spoilt for choice at this year’s Getaway Travel Blog Conference, which will for the first time provide breakaway sessions catering for niche interests, hosted by experts in their fields.
In the spirit of spreading the charitable love on Mandela’s Day, Cape Town Tourism teamed up with leading hotel chain Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Cape Sun to host a soup kitchen at the Central Methodist Mission Church on Greenmarket Square, Thursday 18 July, 2013.
Madiba turns 95 today, and the 67 Minutes campaign for Mandela Day saw acts of kindness being implemented around the country. Mandela Day aims to inspire people to take action to help change the world for the better, and build a global movement for good.
The Metrorail, originally constructed as a commuter train system, has 688 trains operating on a 481km rail track length, servicing 122 stations. But what makes Cape Town train rides unique are the picturesque suburbs and places of interest along any particular trip. The recently launched Bikes on Board initiative, a service available to cyclists during off-peak hours from 09:00 – 15:00 and then from 19:00 till the last train, means you can take your bike with you. This enables you to explore places of interest on the route leisurely by bike.
“We got a friend of ours in Wellington to make the kill, but he got the boar between the eyes so we needed to get another pig’s head in for presentation purposes.” When it comes to the culinary adventures of Matthew Freemantle and Andrew Kai, there is an almost sacred policy that anything goes.
The locals like it so much they once declared it its own ‘republic’ – Hout Bay is a quirky coastal town on Cape Town’s southern peninsula.
Calling all changemakers… The second call for submissions for World Design Capital 2014 projects opens on 1 July and runs until 31 July 2013.
I have a bit of a thing for fireplaces, not to mention my love affair with food and my growing wine collection, and winter is the perfect time to indulge in all of them.
The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival comedians and organisers took to the coast on Sunday 16 June, 2013, to explore the many wonders that the West Coast National Park (WCNP) has to offer.
Cape Town Tourism’s Facebook game, My Cape Town Holiday, picked up a Gold award at the 2013 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, in the Branded Content & Entertainment category. This comes within weeks of Cape Town Tourism picking up a Travel + Leisure award for Best Overall Use of Social Media.
Long before the Dutch East India Company landed at the Cape to set up a refreshment station, the Helderberg region provided grazing for the animals of the indigenous Khoisan people, and wildlife such as eland.