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Fazielah WilliamsWoohoo, Mother City music lovers! The 2014/2015 Summer Sunset Concerts at the impressive Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden‘s programme has been announced and it’s EPIC!
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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.
There’s plenty of ocean action in Cape Town. This photograph of a couple having fun at Table View beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Alex Bond-Smith.
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.
Sky, sea and sand are bathed in rich colour in this photo of a swimmer taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Sonja_za.
You can get quite close to the African penguins on Boulders Beach, as you can see from this photograph taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member assadmd.
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.
On January 23, 2010, the first soccer match to be played at the new R4.5-billion Cape Town Stadium will be a clash of Cape Town’s two top Premier Soccer League teams, Ajax Cape Town and Santos.
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.
City Sightseeing Open-Top Tours, Table Mountain Cableway and Two Oceans Aquarium have joined forces to launch the Go Cape Town Card, an all-inclusive ticket for the three popular tourism attractions.
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 beautiful image of the moon rising over Cape Town city centre was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Tara Turkington aka flowcomm.
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.
Simon’s Town, South Africa’s third-oldest settlement, is steeped in history. This image of the Simon’s Town yacht basin was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Ian Junor aka ifijay.
This photo of a fire in Durbanville was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Craig Pitchers.
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.
Even for an old Capetonian like me, the V&A Waterfront is always an experience. It’s fun, it’s exciting and there are so many people to meet and exciting adventures to go on.
This photo of Cape Town’s beloved Table Mountain was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Tiffany Turkington-Palmer aka wooze66.
Cape Town offers an extensive variety of dive sites that are within reasonable range of the city. This photo of divers descending on Vulcan Rock was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jacques aka Day Is Coming.
The newly completed Cape Town Stadium, photo courtesy Bruce Sutherland Only 32 months after the first sod was turned, the spectacular new Cape Town Stadium has been completed exactly on schedule. In a special ceremony for more than 200 invited guests and media, the contractors handed “the key of the door” to Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato.
The Aqua Festival at the V&A Waterfront Paris is known internationally as the “City of Lights” and although Cape Town cannot rival gay Paris in terms of the sheer number of lights, the Mother City is bathed in a special glow of its own at this time of year. While the northern hemisphere wraps up warmly, treads through snow in degrees below freezing point and starts stuffing the turkey, we in the south prepare for an entirely different festive season altogether.