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SA a tourism hotspot says New York Times

The V&A Waterfront, photo courtesy slack12 South Africa has been listed as one of “The 31 Places to Go in 2010” by the New York Times for the second consecutive year. The list – which features other global hotspots such as Istanbul, Copenhagen and Sri Lanka – provides compelling reasons for visiting the country.

Cape Town sparkles at sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of Cape Town city at dusk was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member simon_lewis7.

Cape Town’s ready for 2010!

Soccer fans at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Final Draw The long-awaited 2010 is upon us and Cape Town is prepared – and excited – to welcome the world! Capetonians have put their hearts and souls into transforming an already fabulous city into a world-class tourist destination.

Get ready for the Peninsula Marathon

The new route takes runners over Red Hill and around Cape Point. Photo courtesy Clarissa de Wet Cape Town’s athletic set will take their mark on February 21, 2010 for the BDO Peninsula Marathon, to be held in Simon’s Town. Marathon runners will follow the picturesque “new route” – described by organisers as “scenic yet challenging” – which takes runners over Red Hill and around Cape Point.

Misty Milnerton morning – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of canoeists in Milnerton was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Louis Prinsloo.

Thoughts on last week’s shark attack from Capetonian Dawid Mocke

Fish Hoek beach, photo courtesy Ian Junor It was quite weird and slightly frightening hearing about the shark attack on Fish Hoek beach.  Six years ago I was in Perth when a shark appeared in the middle of a surfski school class. The last fatal shark attack on Fish Hoek beach had happened just weeks before, in November. I was shocked and surprised, as it was totally unexpected and out of the ordinary.   

J&B Met Draw

A view of Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town. Photo courtesy Gold Circle. The draw for next weekend’s J&B Met at Kenilworth was held today.

Behind the scenes at Boulders Beach – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a penguin posing for a tourist, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Lauren Barkume.

V&A Waterfront by day – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Pierre van Eck aka pierrej7.

Camps Bay reflections – Postcard from Paul

A fiery Blouberg sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a stunning sunset, taken from Big Bay Lifesaving Club, Blouberg, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Diane Stockell aka di-izzy, as she enjoyed sundowners at the club.

Lion’s Head – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of Lion’s Head was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Rudolf Henning.

Hinds brothers to perform in Claremont

The Hinds brothers SA acoustic rock band Watershed will be performing at the Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts on March 28, 2010. Bring along a picnic basket and blanket and your preferred drinks. Some liquid refreshments will also be available on sale at the concert.

Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival

Bryan Habana (left) and Schalk Burger will be key to the Stormers 2010 Super 14 campaign. Photo courtesy jomike. The Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival, which features a warm-up game for the Super 14 side the Vodacom Stormers, takes place on February 6, 2010.

Vuvuzela etiquette for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

The vuvuzela, much like the 1995 Rugby World Cup victory in South Africa, is a unifying force for South Africans. In the case of the vuvuzela, the common purpose appears to be blowing as loudly as possible into a plastic tube that, when played correctly, sounds like a sheep being “waterboarded” by a particularly enthusiastic US marine.

Bafana Bafana begin training

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has not been included in Bafana Bafana’s squad for a training camp in Durban, but is expected to be called up in a few months. Photo courtesy nicksarebi. The Bafana Bafana training squad of 29 began their two-week training camp in Durban today.

J&B Met fashion frenzy: what are you wearing?

Former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss (right) at the J&B Met last year with friend Jennifer Su. Photo courtesy Jennifer Su. With just two weekends left before the 2010 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town, fashion designers and stores are getting seriously busy.

Last year’s Diwali Festival at the V&A Waterfront – A Cape Town Tourism Flickr photo essay

The Diwali Festival took place at the V&A Waterfront on October 11, 2009, drawing a crowd of appreciative spectators.

V&A Waterfront hustle and bustle – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Barry J Mitchell.

Ragged tooth shark – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of a ragged tooth shark was taken during a dive off Cape Town by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jean Tresfon.

Get sand in your knickers for a good cause

Haul out your buckets and spades and head down to Hout Bay beach for the annual Sandcastle Competition, to be held on Saturday February 13, 2010 and you’ll be making a difference in a number of schools in the Cape Town area. Funds raised go toward improving facilities and sponsoring underprivileged children at Valley Pre-Primary school, Sentinel High School in the Hout Bay Harbour community and Little Lamb Crèche in Imizamo Yethu township.

Fine 2010 wine

The beautiful Vergelegen wine estate. Photo courtesy slack12 Watching the sun set over the Cape’s fabulous beaches is an experience incomplete without a glass or two of one of the many fine vintages produced by the region’s renowned wine farms. Be it with a woody Chardonnay, or a spicy Shiraz, visitors to the breezy shores of South Africa’s premier wine region will find their holiday immeasurably improved by homegrown sundowners, to accompany tans and windswept hair.

Berthed boats at the V&A Waterfront – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Deji Fisher aka dejifish.

Cricket spectators at Newlands – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of cricket fans awaiting action at Newlands, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member smee.bruce.

“World Cup will be safe,” says Everton football star

Photo courtesy Robert Muñoz. The attack on the Togolese football team in Angola last week has created unfounded fears that South Africa will not be a safe place during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Granite boulders – Postcard from Paul

An artful stroll on Fish Hoek Beach – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a tattooed beach-goer was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Day Is Coming.

Pocket Power takes the honours in L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth

The amazing Pocket Power has done it again, winning his fourth successive L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town yesterday. Writing in The Times this morning, racing corresponent Jimmy Lithgow contended: “Yesterday’s fourth successive victory by Pocket Power in the R1-million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate confirmed his standing as one of the greatest horses ever to compete in this country.”

Boulders on a Simon’s Town beach – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of sunset-smouldering boulders on a Simon’s Town beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Michael Snethlage aka silver.moon296.

Yacht in Cape Town Harbour – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a yacht in Cape Town Harbour was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Dr. ZVLV.