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Diving with Dolphins – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

The spring southeaster is Cape Town’s harbinger of happiness, for it signifies that summer is finally here. From a diving perspective, it is fulfils another useful function: the wind is directly offshore and blows the dirty surface layer away. This is replaced by the ice-cold, crystal-clear water from the deep in a process known as “upwelling”. This nutrient-rich water is welcomed by the bait fish shoals, which are pursued by dolphins, snoek and game fish such as yellowtail. Following several days of a pumping southeaster, the water on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard on Saturday, October 31 was about as good as it gets – 20m underwater visibility and a chilly 10°C.  

Llandudno beach – Flickr pic of the day

With a wealth of beautiful landscapes, Cape Town inspires moments of introspection as you gaze across the horizon – even in toddlers, it seems! This lovely photo was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hirohiko Okada aka 1/8 sec. Okada says, “I took a walk along Llandudno beach on a pleasant, sunny afternoon. Surfers were enjoying the waves, as usual, but what caught my eye was an adorable baby toddling around the shore. His pose was so cute it made my day!”

Guy Fawkes tonight, which means fireworks!

Photo courtesy sunsurfr Just to remind you what all the fuss is about, Guy Fawkes was the explosives expert in a group of English Catholics involved in the Gunpowder Plot. This was intended to overthrow the English Protestant King James I and to knock off as many members of the Protestant aristocracy as possible by blowing up barrels of gunpowder during the Opening of the Houses of Parliament on November 5, 1605. The plan went awry and ended gorily when the rebels were captured and a number executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered. Happily, South Africans don’t have to engage with the historical subject matter and can just enjoy the chance to legally set off fireworks and light bonfires.

Cape Town in line for international tourism award

St James Beach The City of Cape Town is delighted to be shortlisted for the Responsible Destination Award at this year’s prestigious Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, to be held at the World Travel Market in London. The awards will be presented to the winners at a ceremony on World Responsible Tourism Day on November 11. Founded by responsibletravel.com in 2004, the awards recognise individuals, companies and organisations in the travel industry that are making a significant commitment to the cultures and economies of local communities and contributing positively to biodiversity conservation.

200 days to 2010 Soccer World Cup kick-off

Learn the diski dance with Cape Town Tourism In celebration of 200 days to kick-off, Cape Town Tourism will be teaching the famous diski dance at the Amphitheatre, V&A Waterfront on Sunday November 22, 2009, from 14h00 to 16h00. Enjoy an afternoon of great Cape Town entertainment and stand a chance to win some Cape Town Tourism memorabilia in the diski dance contest. We are on the lookout for the best diski dancer on the day! No entrance fee is required.

Join the diski dance movement with Cape Town Tourism

Join the diski dance movement! The first monthly Cape Town Tourism public diski dance took place on Friday October 30 – and everyone was invited! Amanda, one of the dancers from the pop group CODA, was on hand to teach the steps. A large group of Cape Town Tourism staff joined in. Most of the marketing team, some members and a few staff from Hout Bay and even Muizenberg made their way to town.

V&A Waterfront to host exciting Aqua Festival

The V&A Waterfront will be the spectacular setting of a brand new music and entertainment festival running for three weeks at the height of Cape Town’s vibey summer season. The Aqua Festival, which will run from December 15 to January 6, 2010, promises to delight locals and visitors to the Mother City.

Kirstenbosch pincushion – Flickr pic of the day

Now that summer has arrived, the Kirstenbosch Gardens are looking particularly stunning – as you can see in this photograph of a pincushion protea, taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mervyn Hector. Mervyn says, “You only have one Cape Floral Kingdom and it can all be seen at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town. What a treasure!”

Cape Town transport: your guide to getting around for the World Cup

Let’s say you’re a visitor to the world’s most beautiful city – which, in case you’ve just emerged blinking from the woods shouting “Is the war over?”, is Cape Town. And let’s say it’s 2010 and the FIFA World Cup crowds are coursing through the streets and up the lanes and down the highways, seething like lava flow along pavements, pouring into alleys and boiling onto the beaches and far, far out to sea and, well, just everywhere in the world’s most beautiful city. Given this scenario, we thought you could use a few pointers on getting around if you’re planning to be in Cape Town during the World Cup.

Devil’s Peak – Flickr pic of the day

Capetonians are notoriously proud of their beloved mountain – and when you see photos like this, can you blame them? This shot of Devil’s Peak was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Ian Junor aka ifijay. Ian says, “Getting to work early at this time of the year makes one appreciate the true beauty of our Mother City. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular.”

Summer in the city

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts “Summertime, and the living is easy. Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high…” The words of George and Ira Gershwin and Heyward DuBose’s classical jazz song Summertime, from the musical Porgy and Bess, is as appropriate for summer living in the Mother City as it is for the Deep South in America, which it was originally written for. For most of us, our favourite memories of a Cape Town summer are entangled somehow in the music that our creative city is renowned for, be it soul, jazz, hip-hop, rap, classical music, rock, folk or a fusion of these genres. Cape Town is basking in the glow of summer and as the days get longer and the evening hours get duskier, there are countless musical events to explore.

Kalk Bay storm – Flickr pic of the day

The power of nature is clear to see in this dramatic photograph of the Kalk Bay Harbour during a storm, taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Keith Lyle aka Stanleyace. Keith says, “Who would have thought that we would experience a thunder storm during the night of October 25, accompanied by a 130km/h south-easter?”

Seven Cape Town beaches get Blue Flag grading

Muizenberg Beach, photo courtesy slack12 The new season of Blue Flag South Africa was launched at Muizenberg on Thursday, October 29, with 29 South African beaches (up from last year’s 19) being awarded Blue Flag status. Seven of these beaches are in Cape Town. According to Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, the Blue Flag endorsement is a thumbs up for tourism.

Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain – Postcard from Paul

Cape Town Stadium lit up – Flickr pic of the day

The thrill of the 2010 World Cup is almost tangible in this stunning image of the Cape Town Stadium all lit up, taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jim Sher aka Blyzz. Jim says, “I was excited to hear on Tuesday (October 27, 2009) that the lights were going to be turned on and tested that evening in the newly built Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.”

Durbanville sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This peaceful image of a sunset in Durbanville attracted our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Stiaan Schoema aka Quantum Theory. Stiaan says, “I noticed the sky as I was driving from the city down the N7. By the time I reached Vissershok Road the sky was starting to explode with colours. I knew I had to find an interesting foreground – and fast. I remembered an interesting field a few hundred metres down one of the side roads. When I got there I didn’t have long to set up the tripod, but with skies like these, you only need one shot. Magic!”

Scarborough Beach sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a sunset on Scarborough Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mandy Freeman. Mandy says, “My love for Cape Town lies in the variety of the beauty that surrounds us, waiting to be discovered and explored in an afternoon’s drive or a leisurely walk. Cape Town is ever changing, ever beautiful and always home.”

Cape Town panoramas – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Each of these beautiful panoramic images of the Mother City comes from a photographic series that was stitched together using Photoshop.

Camps Bay moment – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a mother and child at Camps Bay was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mikko Kapanen aka mikmikko.

“My Cape Town” competition winner claims his prize

Sivan Miller (middle) receiveing his prize from Aslam Levy and Mike Metelerkamp of Cape Town Tourism “My Cape Town” competition winner Sivan Miller claimed his R15 000 prize at the Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town on Friday, October 23. The “My Cape Town” competition was launched in celebration of World Tourism Month and asked photographic enthusiasts to enter images that they thought epitomised Cape Town.

Table Mountain as you’ve never seen it before

The Hoerikwaggo Trail The Khoisan word hoerikwaggo, meaning “mountain in the sea”, perfectly describes the setting around Table Mountain. See this for yourself – there’s no better way to discover the Cape mountains than hiking the Hoerikwaggo Trail.

Pincushion protea – Flickr pic of the day

This striking image of a pincushion protea was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Anja aka anni.b’s.

Enjoy Cape Town responsibly

Reducing and recycling waste is a key objective of responsible tourism, photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe Concerns about global warming, the destruction of the environment, erosion of cultures and lifestyles, and poverty have created a need for responsible tourism – a way of making global travel economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. While responsible tourism includes environmental awareness, it is also about the all-encompassing legacy of tourism. It aims to make a positive contribution to the conservation of cultural heritage, to provide more meaningful connections with local people, foster a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues, and generate greater economic benefits for local communities.

Sunset from Table View – Flickr pic of the day

This evocative photograph was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Grant Johnson aka the mule in the pool. Grant says, “One of the things I love most about Cape Town is the separation of the seasons, whether it’s heading out for a hot sunny day on the beach or staying inside on a stormy day with friends and red wine.”

Table Mountain Cableway’s sunset special

The Table Mountain Cableway is offering a four-month-long sunset special from November 1, 2009 to February 28, 2010.

Nurturing a green city

The Hoerikwaggo Trail, Silvermine Nature Reserve The seed for a “Green October” was planted by the City of Cape Town’s Green Week, which ran from October 19-23. In an effort to make the Mother City the greenest city on earth, an unprecedented number of sustainability driven events took place during this time, including:

2009 Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced

The Vineyard Hotel, photo courtesy David Hewson The 2009 Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards finalists have been announced and they include five proud Cape Town Tourism members:

Brackenfell sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This beautifully serene image was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hendrik Groenewald aka hgroenewald. Hendrik says, “Brackenfell is situated in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. In recent years, it has experienced incredible residential growth. This picture was taken at one of the developments that has shot up in the past six or so years.”

Clifton – Postcard from Paul

V&A Waterfront panorama – Flickr pic of the day

This stunning panorama of the Bank of England building at the V&A Waterfront was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Lee Casalena aka rival412. Lee says, “This is a 360-degree panorama taken at the V&A Waterfront.”

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