Rob PetersChristmas under the African sun can take a bit of getting used to for those used to more chilly locales, but while it may not be a white Christmas in Cape Town there is still plenty of festive cheer to go around. Want to know how to do the silly season like a local? Look no further, we have everything you need to know on how to enjoy Christmas like a local.
FeaturedIt’s amazing how easily we underestimate the power of a great hand-massage. I know I certainly have. Thankfully I have seen the light, and trust me, I will never look back. It will become a must-have treat. This is all part of looking after my own wellbeing.
FeaturedBanting. If you haven’t yet heard of the concept, then you clearly haven’t been out in the big wide world in a while because everyone is talking about it and everyone knows someone who is on the banting (essentially meaning low carb, high fat) diet (or eating plan). But sometimes it’s a mission to cook up a banting storm, so it’s nice to know where you can go to get a decent meal that won’t push you off the banting wagon. Here are some Cape Town spots that either fully cater for banting customers or offer the option on the menu.
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“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 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.
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.
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.
The Discovery Cape Times Big Walk 2013 is here! Here are this year’s official road closures in Cape Town.
The Hoerikwaggo Trail in the Table Mountain National Park is one of the most scenic hiking trails in Cape Town. The route takes you all the way from Table Mountain to Cape Point. Last week we took a break from the city to be one with nature and gain some new perspective.
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.
Nothing announces summer and the “silly season” in Cape Town quite like the Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. This season’s line-up brings together some of South Africa’s best musical talents to perform between the idyllic surrounds of the mother city’s grandest botanical gardens.
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.
Being born blind has not deterred Hein Wagner of taking on amazing adventures and challenges, including the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
It’s high season in Cape Town and airlines that fly direct to the city have put on extra flights for the next few months to cope with the influx of tourists.
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:
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.
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.
With the March school holiday starting on Thursday, there are loads of activities on the go in Cape Town, from Easter egg hunts to thrilling rides.
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.
The Cape Town Fan Walk, designed to be part of the Cape Town Stadium for the 2010 World Cup has evolved into a strip people look eagerely forward to.
The UCT Graduate School of Business’ MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world by the Financial Times.
From being a millionaire’s paradise to a bohemian village, Muizenberg remains a lovely seaside town to visit.
What makes Cape Town so fantastic? What makes it a city so great that no matter who visits or moves there, and for whatever reason – they’re always left with a feeling of being in one of the best places on the planet?
The highly anticipated match between English Premier League team Liverpool and local team Ajax Cape Town has been cancelled.
Holding chopsticks deftly and picking up a piece of sushi or a tempura prawn have became standard in Cape Town ... as is knowing that the mound of green paste is wasabi and not avocado. There are many Japanese restaurants in Cape Town, most of which offer a menu that goes further than just delectable sushi.
Thousands of people entered our fun Facebook competition and watched their profiles have a fabulous holiday in Cape Town – and one player was so inspired that she booked a trip to the Mother City, not anticipating that she was going to be named as the winner of an all-inclusive holiday.
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.
Calling all runners! Dates for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon have been finalised and the race has been dubbed “the most beautiful race in the world”. Get your entries in now!
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.
Thousands of runners are marking down the days to the 43rd Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon – and for one it will mark his 35th race.
Jorg Knorr is “super-stoked” that Sir Richard Branson could be riding his state-of-the-art mountain bike in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday.
The Cape Town Stadium will host Bafana Bafana for the second time this year, when the boys in green and yellow take on the Central African Republic. This gives Cape Town another opportunity to show off its stadium and organisational abilities.
Winchester Mansions Hotel MD Nils Hecksher experienced the Atlantic Seaboard from up high when he celebrated his birthday with a paragliding experience.