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South Africa’s Chef Reuben Riffel‘s Top Reasons to #LoveCapeTown City Breaks

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.

Open Book Festival Breaks Longest Book Chain World Record in Cape Town

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…

#iAmbassadors in Cape Town in retrospect

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.

Fuad’s top unexpected winter experiences in Cape Town

Why should winter have us all indoors, feeling bored and gloomy when we have so much to experience in the Mother City? Here are just a few of the things I love doing during winter:

Mother’s Day events in Cape Town 2013

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.

Discover the history of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront with Oom Willem Steenkamp

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.

Metallica Live in Cape Town: Photos

It was the night many of Cape Town’s metalheads had been waiting for, for more than seven years ... legendary band Metallica’s return to the Mother City, live in a rocking concert at the Bellville Velodrome on Wednesday 24 April, 2013!

Cape Town: A man’s guide to life 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.

Cape Town Weekend Highlights for April 6 to 9, 2012

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

Cape Town weekend highlights for March 16 to 18, 2012

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

The 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival free concert: photos

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 weekend away at the Agulhas National Park

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.

Do it in the dark in Cape Town: things to do to celebrate Earth Hour

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.

Gordon Ramsay heads to Good Food & Wine Show 2013 in Cape Town

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.

Freshlyground set to rock Cape Town World Music Festival

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.

My Bontebok National Park getaway

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.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2013

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.

Solange Knowles releases music video filmed in Cape Town

Pop singing sensation Solange Knowles has released the music video for her hit single, Losing You, which was filmed in Cape Town.

Road Closures for 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

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.

African legends to descend on the Mother City for Cape Town Carnival

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.

Winter wonderland in the Cape’s Gordon’s Bay

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.

Fazielah’s Top 3 Weekend Nature Activities

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.

National Geographic’s Andrew Evans in Cape Town

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.

A whale of a tail in Cape Town

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.

Savouring the tastes of Zevenwacht

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.

Cape Town Weekend Highlights for March 23 to 25, 2012

This weekend, the Mother City provides an assortment of carnivals, concerts and sports activities for you to enjoy. Your weekend weather forecasts, as predicted by South African Weather Services: Friday: Maximum temperature of 27°C, partly cloudy skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 22°C, clear skies, 5% chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 23°C, clear skies, 7% chance of rain

Give our #LoveCapeTown bloggers a warm Mother City Welcome

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!

Suburban bliss: Styling on a pink dime in Cape Town

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.

iAmbassadors explore Cape Town in photos

Cape Town Tourism is hosting four top international travel bloggers and by the looks of things on Twitter, these three guys and one girl are having fun! Keith Jenkins, Matt Long, Melvin Böcher and Nellie Huang are in the Mother City for a week to explore our inspirational destination and act as digital ambassadors for Cape Town.

Eat, shoot, share and win at the V&A Waterfront

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!