FeaturedAs every tourist knows, the story of a country can’t be adequately told in the history books. It’s in the people, the buildings, the laughter and the landscape and it demands to be experienced before it can be understood. Here are 6 of Cape Town’s most beautiful heritage spots for you to begin your journey.
Cape Town TourismPlanning your next summer vacation or international business trip to gorgeous Cape Town and dying to stay along the Atlantic Seaboard in Sea Point but you’re at a loss as to which amazing property to reserve your stay at?
Fazielah WilliamsGear up, folks, because 72 hours of unbelievable fun and activities await in the gorgeous Mother City – from delectable seafood festivals to thrilling arts celebrations and side-splittingly funny comedy shows, we’ve got it all and so much more!
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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™.
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.
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.
This photo of a busker at the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Koeshke.
With so many beaches to choose from, surfing in Cape Town is a very popular pastime – and a way of life for some.
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.
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.
Sinako Cultural Group is the community theatre group that created the giant puppets that wowed the crowds at the FIFA World Cup Final Draw and the Fan Fest launch in Cape Town on December 4. Sinako got its start in the world of entertainment through a competition run by Unima SA, a non-profit organisation which promotes the art of puppetry and visual performance in theatre, entertainment, education and social development.
Springleap – “an e-commerce website that prides itself in selling the funkiest designs sourced from around the world on the best South African quality T-shirts you will ever purchase”, according to its website – will be having a holiday clearance sale on Friday and Saturday (December 11 and 12). The sale will take place at Springleap’s head office (Suite 301, Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock) and T-shirts will be sold for as little as R30 – a far cry from their usual price of R183!
On December 4, 2009, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw, soccer fans filled Long Street, celebrating the fact that Cape Town is ready to welcome the world.
The University of Cape Town Urban Hip Hotels will be managing campus accommodation in Cape Town for students, backpackers and the young at heart for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The group is offering visitors the option of a fun, secure and affordable stay on university campuses around South Africa, including in Johannesburg and Durban.
Photo courtesy Deon Gurling Even the meanest sceptic (and at the end of a long year that was almost me) could not fail to be overwhelmed by the energy on Long Street this past weekend. I was lucky enough to be there on the evening of the World Cup Final Draw, which showed a pink-tinted, beautifully warm Cape Town at its best.
“I was stuck in Hout Bay with a spare hour one winter’s morning so I took a stroll on the beach with my camera,” says Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Natalie Shutttleworth aka snapclicktripod.”
Photo courtesy Jared Botha Cape Town couldn’t have had a better start to December – the 2010 World Cup Final Draw on Friday and an amazing performance from The Killers on Sunday. To get to the concert at Val De Vie Wine and Polo Estate, we organised a speedy shuttle with a vibey driver who let us pump our Killers mix all the way to the venue. The two-hour ride there was a party on its own.
Thanks to Cape Town Tourism for the diski dance lessons at Noordhoek Farm Village’s end-of-year function last night! Everyone who attended the party came away with lovely memories and had lots of fun and laughter.
Fun at the Final Draw Cape Town’s counting the days to World Cup kickoff, after a fantastic Final Draw on December 4 which had 55 000 people partying in Long Street while stars and dignitaries packed the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Visit Cape Town Tourism’s special 2010 mini-website to spot yourself or your friends in our image gallery or to catch the match schedule and latest news at www.capetown.travel/2010.
On the right of this silhouette you can see Cape Town Stadium, a view from across the Atlantic taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Out_In_Africa.
In May 1954 I joined the British Merchant Navy as an apprentice deck officer. My first ship, which I joined in Birkenhead, was the SS City of Colchester, an American Liberty Ship in the Ellerman & Bucknall Steamship Company. My first voyage was to South Africa, and my first overseas port, apart from bunkering in Las Palmas en route, was Cape Town.
An estimated 70 000 people crowded into Cape Town’s Long Street on Friday, December 4, with an additional 200-million viewers following on TV, to watch the highly anticipated 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw. Flags of all countries waved as the expectant crowd waited for the big draw, but it was the South African flag that flew most prominently and proudly as Cape Town represented the country in spectacular fashion.
This photograph of the beach at Camps Bay was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hirohiko Okada aka 1/8 sec.