Did you know? South Africa is the second most halaal-friendly country in the world, and the Muslim community in Cape Town is the largest in the country. This week we look at five Kramats in Cape Town that you need to visit.
We started our Flickr pic of the day feature on January 1, 2009 and over the course of the year have accumulated a staggering number of incredible photographs of Cape Town and her surroundings.
To thank our wonderful Flickr community and our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group members, we are holding a competition where we ask you to choose the best pic of 2009.
Surfing is a hobby worth looking into when considering active new year resolutions. Photo courtesy Steve Crane.
It’s that time again when people start making resolutions to live by in the new year.
Some research using Cape Town Tourism’s Twitter followers has found that most people’s resolutions relate to improving their fitness and health, taking up new hobbies and spending more time with their families.
And of course, it’s 2010 – year of the FIFA Soccer World Cup. Eight matches are being played in Cape Town, in the spectacular new Cape Town Stadium. So your resolutions really ought to include getting into the soccer spirit, whether it’s doing a tour of the stadium, learning the rules, picking a team or two to support, or simply wearing the gear and singing the national anthem.
Cape Town is one of the most fabulous cities in the world to achieve these sorts of resolutions!
We’ve come up with some ideas to help Cape Town’s residents and visitors carry out them out.
Photo courtesy sunsurfr
On an ordinary night, the nightlife in Cape Town is something to write home about. Add to the mix a whole city of people whose common goal is to bring in the New Year in style, and you’ve got something quite spectacular in store for you.
There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a classy dinner under the stars or a whirlwind party. Here are Cape Town Tourism’s top five New Year’s parties in the Mother City:
The carols by candlelight at Kirstenbosch Gardens is always a very popular event with Capetonians and visitors alike. This photo was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member dan.rich77.
Dan says, “This shot was taken at Kirstenbosch Gardens at carols by candlelight.”
A Cape minstrel, photo courtesy Clarissa de Wet
The Cape Minstrel Carnival – South Africa’s answer to the New Orleans Mardi Gras – runs from January 1-5 and is the perfect way to kick off 2010 with a multi-cultural bang.
Also known as the Kaapse Klopse or Tweede Nuwe Jaar (second New Year), the carnival sees more than 13 000 brightly dressed minstrels from the coloured community dance through Cape Town’s city centre, singing traditional songs and playing banjos.
This photo of one of the Kloof Nek guns was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member John B aka moi images.
John says, “Just below Camps Bay High School is Kloof Nek Gun. These 12-pounder guns were placed in Kloof Nek by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) to defend the settlement near the castle from attack by a force which could land on Camps Bay beach.”
Llandudno offers spectacular sunsets and bracing cold water. This beautiful panorama was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Craig Wilson aka creative666.
Craig says, “Llandudno has a picture-perfect setting and great waves, though the ocean can be very cold!”
Photo courtesy Ian Junor
Cape Town hums with activity over the December school holidays and, whether you’re visiting or resident, there are barrow-loads of activities to choose from to keep your kids occupied and happy.
One of the great pleasures of Cape Town life is going for walks on the beach. This photograph, taken near Melkbosstrand, is the work of our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Stiaan Schoeman aka Quantum Theory.
Five a side gets going
The Free Ball Initiative (FBI) launches its beach soccer at Muizenberg beach in December 2009.
Beach soccer a.k.a. “SAN SOKA” is growing in popularity by the day. When soccer is mentioned, most people think of the traditional soccer game that is played on a field. But many soccer teams, including many of the World Cup teams, do in fact play this widely recognised form of soccer.
FBI “agent” heads for the beach
The FBI is the latest offering by the organisers of the Muizenberg Community Festival.
Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Jean Trefson shares his collection of seal photographs with Cape Town Tourism.
South African fur seals are abundant in the Cape Town area, and can be seen at locations such as the V&A Waterfront and Simon’s Town.
With its beautiful, white 5km-long beach, Strand is an ideal family venue for swimming, sunbathing and a variety of watersports.
This photo of the beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Steve Crane.
Thousands gathered for the FIFA World Cup™ draw in Cape Town recently, and many thousands more will now be applying for tickets. Photo courtesy Tara Turkington
The latest phase of ticket sales for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ has begun, and will continue until January 22, when applications close.
South African residents can apply for tickets by visiting their nearest FNB branch, while overseas residents can apply online through FIFA.
This surreal image of the Hout Bay Sentinel was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Sebastian Selzer aka mountainSeb.
Sebastian says, “A friend and I decided to do a full moon hike to the top of Chapman’s Peak and were greeted by the most amazing sight once on top.
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway takes visitors to the summit of Table Mountain in under 10 minutes.
This image of the cableway in the mist was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Damien du Toit aka coda.
Cape Town Stadium, photo courtesy Bruce Sutherland
Local and international media have recently reported that South Africa plans to dramatically increase prices during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. According to news reports, South African airlines and accommodation providers are planning to fleece tourists visiting the country for the international soccer extravaganza.
Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk has responded to the allegations, pointing out that no radical increases have been detected. He has also encouraged tourism and related industries to respect South Africa’s solid reputation of providing good value for money.
The ocean and small islands around Cape Town are teeming with life. Seals have made their homes on both Seal Island and Duiker Island.
This photo of a seal playing in Hout Bay was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Geoff Spiby.