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The V&A Hotel was a mail warehouse, the Breakwater Lodge was a prison and the Hildebrand Restaurant was the Port Master’s offices… sound like fiction? Well, it’s true and you can learn about that, and more, during the V&A Waterfront’s historical tour.
2586 books, 1 Guinness Book World Record and global recognition … that’s what was at stake when the Central Library, Cape Town in connection with Open Book Festival, attempted to topple thousands of book in domino effect on Tuesday 27 August, 2013. The record attempt was a precursor to the upcoming Open Book Festival, a popular annual event held to promote literary awareness in The Fringe district of the Mother City, with the dramatic Fugard Theatre as its central hub…
The blogs have been written, the tweets have been posted and the #LoveCapeTown hashtag has made more than 23 million tweet impressions but the time has come to say goodbye to Cape Town Tourism’s four pioneer #iAmbassadors. Keith Jenkins (@velvetescape), Nellie Huang (@wildjunket), Matt Long (@landlopers) and Melvin Böcher (@traveldudes) spent a week in Cape Town, exploring the diverse cultural, creative and natural wonders of our city.
There are few things I enjoy more than exploring my beautiful Cape Town and her gorgeous surrounding towns, so my adventures with South African National Parks are a real treat. Marking a year since our first trip to the West Coast in April 2012, our media family set off for the luscious shores of the Agulhas National Park on Friday April 19, 2013.
Dreaming of a luscious feast, cooked by someone else, to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the joyous occasion of Eid? We look at restaurants offering Eid specials in the Mother City.
The Mother City offers a number of wonderful and unexpected experiences, and for visitors to our picturesque hometown there is no one of greater assistance, and with a wealth of knowledge, like a friendly hotel concierge. For guests of the Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront, the man to call on for all practical and information needs is the Table Bay Hotel Head Concierge, Ryan van Zyl.
He is to Cape Town, South Africa what the Naked Chef Jamie Oliver is to London (with more clothing, naturally)… and we are proud to call top chef Reuben Riffel one of our own.
The second Sunday in May (May 12) is Mother‘s Day ... and where better to treat the special woman in your life than in Cape Town, the caring Mother City? Mums do a lot for us, providing support in ways we can never fully repay. So treat her to some fanciful and decadent treats in Cape Town this Mother’s Day.
Cape Town, a favourite destination among whale watchers, has long been a meeting place not only for our annual migratory visitors, the southern right whale (Eubalaena australis), but also for some others, such as humpback whales and, more recently, orcas, which tend to hunt the common dolphins found in False Bay.
It’s the stuff of legends … one magical night when locals and visitors come together to celebrate their vibrant diversity by marching to the beat of drums, wearing fantastical and colourful costumes, and enjoying world-class entertainment. The popular Cape Town Carnival, which has delighted spectators since 2010, will once again fill the Mother City’s Fan Walk with vivid colour and boisterous energy on Saturday 16 March, 2013.
Pop singing sensation Solange Knowles has released the music video for her hit single, Losing You, which was filmed in Cape Town.
As locals, we already know that Cape Town, our inspirational hometown, should be at the top of every traveller’s bucket list. But what if you could win an all-expenses-paid, six-month trip to six continents – and US$50 000 on your return home, for proving it?
We want more! We want more! This was the refrain of the crowd at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival free concert on Wednesday 3 April, 2013.
My exploratory adventures with South African National Parks continues this winter and if I thought that quad biking along the West Coast in April was thrilling, I clearly had not seen anything. For me Bontebok National Park, on the outskirts of Swellendam, has taken the title of most exhilarating weekend getaway spot.
It’s the Easter weekend, baby! Get a sweet taste of Cape Town at these fun-filled events. Your Easter weekend weather forecast as predicted by the South African Weather Service: Friday: Maximum temperature of 25°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 17°C, cloudy skies, 46% chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 15°C, cloudy skies, 21% chance of rain
Party all weekend in the Winelands, enjoy live outdoor music across the Peninsula and attend great productions in the Southern Suburbs. Your weekend weather forecast as predicted by the South African Weather Service: Friday: Maximum temperature of 20°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 18°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 20°C, clear skies, no chance of rain
He’s nearly as well-known for his fiery temper as he is for his heavenly culinary creations … celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is headed to the Good Food & Wine Show in Cape Town from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May, 2013.
Mother City lovers, it’s time to dim the lights and do great things in the dark in Cape Town for the annual celebration of Earth Hour on Saturday 23 March, 2013. Earth Hour is the largest mass global participation event, in which people the world over switch off their lights for one hour, to reflect on our impact on the environment and renew our commitment to protecting our planet.
The inaugural Cape Town World Music Festival hits Cape Town’s groovy city centre from November 9 to 10, 2012, where Afro-pop local band Freshlyground will be proudly waving the Mother City’s musical flag.
It’s a long weekend in the spectacular Mother City, Cape Town fanatics! Four long, lazy days of uninterrupted fun and pleasure in our gorgeous hometown, and there is plenty to see and do. Join me at the following events in Cape Town this Easter weekend.
If memories of your leave are quickly fading away and you want to maintain some semblance of tranquillity, you can’t do better than enjoying some of Cape Town’s nature activities top this weekend. Join me for the following activities in the Mother City from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 January, 2013, and discover why you don’t need a holiday – you need Cape Town.
The global economic recession has not been kind to small businesses in South Africa that rely on tourism, so when I heard the Gordon’s Bay Business Forum was putting on a festival to invigorate the beach town during its slow season, I was keen to attend. And after spending last Saturday evening taking in the sights and sounds of the Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland festival, I can report it was truly heartening to see the community spirit on show in the small town tucked away in False Bay’s eastern corner.
A day-trip or holiday to Zevenwacht Wine Estate in Kuils River is like a little slice of Heaven. Where else would you be able to savour the delightful tastes of superbly made wines, relax in beautiful surroundings and be pampered from head to toe all at the same venue? A mere 45 minutes from the City Centre, Zevenwacht is the ideal breakaway spot. Situated on a vast 450 hectare plot, you will find luxurious self catering chalets and stone wall cottages nestled between the bountiful vineyards. These homes away from home are well stocked with all the necessary amenities to make your stay a memorable one. A gorgeous pool and braai spot, just a stone’s throw away from the accommodation, makes the perfect socialising place.
Thousands of participants and spectators are set to descend on picturesque Cape Town for the 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon this Easter weekend, April 6 and 7, 2012. Known as “the world’s most beautiful marathon”, this year’s event will take runners on a scenic tour of the Peninsula, with the Half Marathon set in the Southern Suburbs and the Ultra Marathon along the Chapman’s Peak Route.
Capetonians are now spoilt for choice with gay bars and clubs on their doorsteps, providing lower drink prices and fresh faces. More than 200 000 gay visitors frequent the gay clubs of De Waterkant’s cobbled streets, however, to get another taste of the local flavour and have an even bigger party on a tight budget, a trip to Cape Town’s suburbs will have you smiling ear to ear.
This April, inspirational Cape Town plays host to the wanderlust-filled National Geographic travel writer and wanderer, Andrew Evans. Known to more than 14000 Twitter followers, 2000 Facebook fans and National Geographic’s thousands of readers as the Digital Nomad, Andrew regales his fans with vibrant, captivating stories of his travels all over the world.
What do you get when you combine gourmet food and flash photography in an inspirational seaside city? Why, the Discover Delicious winter campaign at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, of course!
In 2012, Cape Town Tourism rocked the social networking world by hosting four international bloggers on a series of experiences around our hometown and getting them to share their adventures on their platforms. This ultimately contributed to us winning the Travel + Leisure SMITTY Awards (Social Media in Travel + Tourism Awards) in the category Best Overall Use of Social Media, CVB, Global. From Wednesday 18 September to Monday 7 October 2013, we are set to do it again so join us in giving our #LoveCapeTown bloggers Rachel Lucas, Abigail King and Carol T. More a warm welcome to our inspirational Mother City!
It’s official … Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City, is home to the most talented thespians! Homegrown stars walked away with top honours at the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday 17 March, 2013.
Photo provided by Adele Kruger of Cafe Mozart The Mother City will be abuzz with creative energy this February, thanks to the Design Indaba and Spier’s Infecting the City festival. When you’ve seen all you can see at these artistic events, here are a few of the inspired places you should try. For the famished artist: Café Mozart The long-time favourite of city shoppers everywhere, Café Mozart has been give a wonderful makeover and is under the dazzling and imaginative management of Richard Griffin, owner and creator of dinner theatre extravaganza, Madame Zingara.