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Cape Seals – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

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.

Ajax and Santos to kick the first ball at Cape Town Stadium

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.

Strand – Flickr pic of the day

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.

Three tickets in one with Go Cape Town Card

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.

FIFA explains new ticket application process

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.  

Moon rising over Cape Town – Flickr pic of the day

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.

The Sentinel from Chapman’s Peak – Flickr pic of the day

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.

Theewaterskloof Dam – Postcard from Paul

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway – Flickr pic of the day

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 yacht basin – Flickr pic of the day

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.

Durbanville fire – Flickr pic of the day

This photo of a fire in Durbanville was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Craig Pitchers.

South Africa is not out to take 2010 tourists for a ride

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.

Hout Bay seal – Flickr pic of the day

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.

V&A Waterfront characters – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

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.

Back view of Table Mountain – Flickr pic of the day

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 scuba divers – Flickr pic of the day

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.

Cape Town Stadium construction complete

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 city of summer light

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.

Table Mountain lit up – Flickr pic of the day

It’s no secret that Capetonians love their mountain – obsessively, some might say. But when you see photos like this one, taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jim Sher aka Blyzz, can you blame them?

The Parlotones live at Cavendish Square

The Parlotones Well-known South African rock band the Parlotones will be at Cavendish Square on Friday, December 18, from 12h00-14h00, for a CD signing and acoustic session. The band, which recently returned from a whirlwind world tour, will be in the Cavendish Centre Court, opposite Col’Cacchio pizzeria, for all fans to see.

Cape Town in high definition

This amazing picture of the Mother City was taken by Tinus le Roux from South African virtual tour company Virtual Africa. It is the highest definition photograph ever taken of Cape Town. If it doesn’t impress you now, try zooming in at the link below –the detail is truly astonishing.

Educators “get down”!

Follow me! You kick… you kick! False Bay College is one of the top-performing further education and training colleges in South Africa, so it was fitting that the staff from its various campuses got treated to a day of fun, survivor games and great give-aways.

Ruud Gullit soccer clinic a hit with Cape Town kids

Some lucky Capetonian youngsters recently had the opportunity to play soccer against legendary Dutch mid-fielder Ruud Gullit and other European stars. Gullit – who was in Cape Town to support the Holland-Belgium bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ – hosted a soccer clinic in Hout Bay on December 3, before attending the December 4 Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Witsands beach – Postcard from Paul

Twelve Apostles – Flickr pic of the day

The Twelve Apostles form the dramatic backdrop to the Camps Bay beach – the place to see and be seen in Cape Town. This photo was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member dan.rich77.

Hoerikwaggo Trail – Flickr pic of the day

The Hoerikwaggo Trails in Table Mountain National Park take in all the natural attractions of the park – beaches and mountain – as well as some city highlights.

V&A Waterfront saxophonist – Flickr pic of the day

This photo of a busker at the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Koeshke.

Surfing in Cape Town – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

With so many beaches to choose from, surfing in Cape Town is a very popular pastime – and a way of life for some.

Chapman’s Peak Hi-Five Scooter Club ride – Flickr pic of the day

This picture puts you right in the scene on Chapman’s Peak Drive. It was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Grant Johnson aka the mule in the pool.

While the rest complain, Sir Alex just gets on with it

Sir Alex Ferguson, photo courtesy minhquangle87 For South African viewers, this weekend’s English Premier League fixtures have a touch of spice. In addition to watching some of the world’s best players strut their stuff we have the added knowledge that a lot of them are itching to light up our lives next year at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. But while we’re busy savouring that thought, there will be a number of Premier League managers sweating through this weekend’s clashes like pubescent boys at a strip club.