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#Instagram Diary: Cape Town Tourism and Tsogo Sun’s Mandela Day Soup Kitchen

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.

Songs for Madiba

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.

Cape Town by train

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.

SUP dinner club hits Cape Town in time for winter by Kelly Berold

“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.

Hout Bay - Where sea meets Milkwood Forest

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.

World Design Capital 2014 - Round Two Submissions

Calling all changemakers… The second call for submissions for World Design Capital 2014 projects opens on 1 July and runs until 31 July 2013.

My love affair with winter in Cape Town

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.

Jive Cape Town Funny Festival cast explores West Coast National Park

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 Facebook game wins Cannes Lions Gold

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.

Four things you didn’t know about Somerset West

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.

Cape Town named as TripAdvisor’s ninth-cheapest city for world travellers

Cape Town isn’t just beautiful; she’s cost-effective, too … the Mother City has been named as the ninth-cheapest city in the world by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, on Wednesday 12 June, 2013.

How to skydive at 96, and other life lessons

Don’t be fooled by this great-grandmother enjoying the winter sunshine and quietly knitting – she jumped out of an aeroplane when she was 96, loves taking road trips to Fish Hoek and plays croquet three times a week. Age is clearly no match for Georgina Harwood. I could call her feisty and sprightly, but that would be an insult. She may see herself as a very ordinary woman, but spend a few hours in her company, and you will be bowled over by her.

School holidays: endless fun for the little people in Cape Town

The 2013 mid-year school holidays are just around the corner. It may be winter but there is still plenty of sunshine, and if wet weather does drive enthusiastic adventurers indoors, there are still plenty of cool activities for all age groups.

Top places to be in Rondebosch

Rondebosch is a charming little area in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. It is a student and family-friendly suburb only 5km from the city centre.

Why Alexander McCall Smith loves Cape Town

Alexander McCall Smith has written international bestsellers, including the very popular No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, and is an emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Law – and he loves Cape Town: the food, the light, the people and the city’s natural splendour.

IATA spouses treated to tea on the mountain

Spouses of delegates to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general meeting were treated to a trip up Table Mountain and a visit to the historical Bo-Kaap on Tuesday. And even though it was a cloudy day on the mountain, this did not stop them from experiencing Cape Town from on high.

Top 5 things to know about the Bo-Kaap

The sounds of Cape Town would not be complete without the beautiful call of the mosque that emanates from the colourful, characterful Bo-Kaap.

Five spots in Muizenberg

From being a millionaire’s paradise to a bohemian village, Muizenberg remains a lovely seaside town to visit.

Liverpool versus Ajax match cancelled

The highly anticipated match between English Premier League team Liverpool and local team Ajax Cape Town has been cancelled.

A paragliding adventure

Winchester Mansions Hotel MD Nils Hecksher experienced the Atlantic Seaboard from up high when he celebrated his birthday with a paragliding experience.

Disabled tourists can enjoy Cape Town

Cape Town is becoming a city that offers universal access, and many of the city’s attractions are already wheelchair-friendly. Many disabled visitors, including cosmologist and physicist Stephen Hawking, have enjoyed the splendour of the city.

Biggest Baddest Bucket List – Ceara McEvoy puts Cape Town on the map

Watch and vote for Ceara McEvoy’s video of Cape Town, and she could win the Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition.

Chelsea Flower Show 2013 – Kirstenbosch going for gold again

It’s the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s centenary this year, and they are going to the Chelsea Flower Show for the 39th time – with high hopes of adding another gold medal to their burgeoning collection.

Family-friendly restaurants in Cape Town

Families love steakhouses and pizza joints, but occasionally parents want to introduce their kids to a range of experiences. With this in mind, we found a number of great eateries, specially tailored for families.

Rihanna Cape Town concert: date and ticket information

The stars are going to shine like diamonds come October 16 when music superstar Rihanna performs her brand of magic at the Cape Town Stadium.

Blind adventurer Hein Wagner appreciates Cape Town’s beauty

Being born blind has not deterred Hein Wagner of taking on amazing adventures and challenges, including the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.

Endurance athlete Ryan Sandes has his feet firmly planted in Cape Town

For ultra-marathon legend Ryan Sandes, trail running is his life’s work. And while there are not many opportunities to race in Cape Town, the Mother City is his home.

Facebook feedback: the best places to take kids in Cape Town

We asked people who like our I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page where the best place is to take kids in Cape Town, and this is what they had to say:

World Design Capital 2014: design submission deadline is 5 April 2013

It’s time to get your designs in for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 – and a chance of global exposure.

Two Oceans Marathon road closures and spectator information

This Saturday the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place and a number of Southern Suburbs roads will be closed at different times to cater for runners.