Bianca ColemanPicture the scene – a softly lit wine cellar full of barrels, a hound sleeping on the floor, a table set with glasses and a huge platter of bread, olives, olive tapenade, olive oil, cheese, salami, mixed nuts, biltong and droëwors, bottles of some of the finest wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, and a tasting led by the wine-maker Peter Finlayson.
Rob Peters and Kelly LodewyksSo you’re looking for a night out are you? A couple of drinks you say? Maybe you want to cut loose on the dance floor, but aren’t sure where to go? Our handy list of 50 of the most popular clubs and bars in the Mother City will help you on your way then! Enjoy!
Bianca ColemanIt’s interesting to note how popular townships tours have become with visitors to our country who are searching for personal and authentic encounters with our citizens. A walking tour of Kayamandi in Stellenbosch does exactly that.
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Uthando South Africa, the innovative non-profit organisation, has been spreading the love and warmth this chilly season in Cape Town, as they distributed uniforms and an educational grant to their beneficiaries, Betterchoice Gumboots and Dance for All, on Saturday 27 July, 2013.
The Mother City has been described by many as a cultural melting pot that offers locals and visitors an experience of sights, sounds and tastes. Good food has always been one of the city’s major offerings and there is no shortage of good eateries and fine wines. Here are a few secret Cape food spots that offer patrons a tantalising taste of popular Cape cuisine.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Let’s say cheers to the successful third annual TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival, held on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Shopping Mall in Cape Town from Friday 24 to Saturday 25 May, 2013.
The Cape Town International Convention Centre was abuzz with designers, interior decorators, architects, fashionistas, photographers, artists and students at the 2013 Design Indaba Expo on Friday 1 March, 2013.
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 quickie by definition, is a brief, passionate interlude that leaves you wanting more, but there is nothing brief, or unfulfilling, about a 36-hour weekend getaway in the gorgeous Table Mountain National Park.
You talked and Cape Town Tourism’s four visiting international travel writers listened… Keith Jenkins, Matt Long, Melvin Böcher and Nellie Huang are having a blast trying out your recommendations in and around the Peninsula.
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.
Many of us fantasise about taking a little break from our busy lives when things seem to overwhelm us. A dream mini-break is within your reach at the Lagoon Beach Hotel and Spa in Milnerton, which is less than seven kilometres from the Cape Town city centre. This gorgeous establishment offers breathtaking views, luxuriously furnished rooms, decadent restaurants and world-class spa treatments at the onsite Camelot Spa.
The marvellous Masque Theatre has been bringing drama and the arts to the magical shores of Muizenberg for more than 50 years but what exactly inspired the creation of this theatrical venue?
The glamorous Upper Eastside Hotel in creative Woodstock played host to the second annual Getaway Travel Blog Conference, an initiative by Getaway Magazine and Cape Town Tourism, on Saturday 4 August, 2012.
“Oh, what a night!” The strains of the renowned Four Seasons song December, 1963 are still playing in my head and putting a bounce in my step following the opening of the award-winning Broadway hit musical Jersey Boys at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday 23 June, 2013.
It’s the number one comedy event of the year and it’s returning to the Mother City this June ... friends, it’s time to gear up for the hilarious Jive Cape Town Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre, from Monday June 10 to Sunday July 7, 2013.
We’re just hours away from a scrumptious weekend in Cape Town, the delicious Mother City. So gear up for 48 hours of incredible smells, tastes and sights. Whether you’re a fine-dining lover, a fresh-goods fanatic or a food and wine aficionado, there is something for everyone in our delectable town this weekend.
Tonight (Monday December, 3, 2012) is the night, Lady Gaga fans! Mother Monster is ready to shock and entertain you at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. If you received your invitation to the Born This Way Ball with glee and booked your tickets months ago, there’s little doubt that you are going to have a fabulous time, darling! Before you rush off to Marry the Night with your favourite superstar and her opening acts Lady Starlight and The Darkness, let’s run through a few important things you need to know:
She’s impressed locals with her passion for the Mother City in her amazing video, and scored hundreds of votes on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more ... Now exuberant videographer Ceara McEvoy heads off to London as one of 10 finalists in My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition on Friday 18 May, 2013.
Wine lovers in Johannesburg were delighted by the viticultural information provided by Cape Town Tourism at the TOPS Soweto Wine Festival 2012, held at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus from September 6 to 8, 2012. groot
The Design Indaba Expo 2012 had the Cape Town International Convention Centre teeming with creatives, design lovers and innovative thinkers from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March, 2012.
One of the best things about living in Cape Town is that it feeds my addiction. Before you start judging me, my habit is surfing, which you’d have to admit doesn’t really compare to some of the more self-destructive addictions out there (although I did get a surfboard fin stuck in my forehead once, which was a bit reckless of me). And it seems I’m not the only one who thinks Cape Town is a bit of a surfing mecca.
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
Can you feel the air brimming with innovative ideas and creativity in inspirational #LoveCapeTown? Yes, it’s that time of the year again…. Creative Week 2013 is coming to the Mother City!
Cape Town Tourism’s Burg Street Visitor Information Centre was a hub of needle-clicking activity as team members and friends joined woolly forces at its knit-a-row-and-go relay station on Mandela Day.
Wednesday is my favourite day in the Mother City! Why? Because Mother City lovers, it’s the day I get to hear “Where You Would Rather be in Cape Town” of course!
This year, Cape Town Tourism and our partners are giving you the opportunity to win an all expenses paid inspirational trip for two to the Mother City, including flights, accommodation, car rental and city experiences, as well as entries into the world’s most beautiful marathon, the 2013 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Half or Full Marathon.