Bianca ColemanPicture the scene – a softly lit wine cellar full of barrels, a hound sleeping on the floor, a table set with glasses and a huge platter of bread, olives, olive tapenade, olive oil, cheese, salami, mixed nuts, biltong and droëwors, bottles of some of the finest wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, and a tasting led by the wine-maker Peter Finlayson.
Rob Peters and Kelly LodewyksSo you’re looking for a night out are you? A couple of drinks you say? Maybe you want to cut loose on the dance floor, but aren’t sure where to go? Our handy list of 50 of the most popular clubs and bars in the Mother City will help you on your way then! Enjoy!
Bianca ColemanIt’s interesting to note how popular townships tours have become with visitors to our country who are searching for personal and authentic encounters with our citizens. A walking tour of Kayamandi in Stellenbosch does exactly that.
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United States President Barack Obama could be one of many famous faces visiting Cape Town for the Fortune/Time/CNN Global Forum in June. Photo courtesy jmtimages Cape Town will host some of the world’s most influential people during the three-day Fortune/Time/CNN Global Forum, which takes place during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
The FIFA World Cup™ ticketing sub-committee has opened a call centre to assist soccer fans who want buy tickets for the World Cup.
Graffiti on a wall in Cape Town. Photo courtesy Mike Metelerkamp While walking through town a few weeks ago I came across some chalk graffiti outside my office, with the images translating into: “Love equals football”.
Photo courtesy Mike Metelerkamp About two weeks ago I attended a dinner at the home of a good friend, who is lives in an upmarket top-floor apartment in the middle of the Cape Town CBD.
This photograph of a tattoo artist at work was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mark Kalkwarf.
The Wishing Wall is a fluid collage created from Capetonians’ wishes, hopes, dreams and opinions. Photo courtesy Felicia Pattison Walking up Adderley Street, you’re usually accompanied by wind-blown detritus. But Adderley Street will be surprisingly different for the rest of the week.
Infecting the City 2009, photo courtesy Yasser Boodley Infecting the City, or the Spier Public Arts Festival, is taking place in Cape Town for the third year, in February. The theme for 2010 is Human Rites and the idea behind the concept “Infecting the City” is that of infectious enthusiasm, laughter or empathy. The organisers want people to be infected with energy, colour, excitement and surprise at having public art in inner-city spaces, where they may not have noticed it before.
This photograph of horses at the Zorgvliet wine estate was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Amanda Cooper aka *betonoir*.
Cape Town website owner and editor, Alison Beere, advises visitors to consider Cape Town’s villages when planning their visit. Kalk Bay, pictured above, within 20-minutes drive of Cape Town central. Photo courtesy Ian Junor Alison Beere is a Cape Town mom and the owner and editor of Cape Town Family Holiday Magic, a website dedicated to family-friendly holidays in and around the Western Cape.
Children at Bloemvlei Primary School “As members of the tourism and hospitality industry, we believe the TCD Trust can play a leading role in facilitating community development, by channelling the extensive resources our sector can provide. We believe strongly that tourism and hospitality stakeholders can play an enormous role in bringing about real change in our society,” says Di Thomas of Daytrippers, one of Tourism Community Development (TCD) Trust’s trustees.
This photograph of a dancer at the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Richard Pixels.
This photograph of a visitor blowing a vuvuzela in an empty Cape Town Stadium was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Gabby Gang aka cosmopolitan photography
This photograph of a jazz performance at the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Trevor Exposed.
Cape Town Tourism now has more than 1000 followers on Twitter Cape Town Tourism’s Twitter following has passed the 1000 mark! As of today, CapeTownTourism is being followed by 1002 people looking to know what’s happening in and around the Mother City. Cape Town Tourism is also following more than 1100 people on the social networking site.
Cyril Ramaphosa remembering February 11, 1990. Photo courtesy Carina Beyer/Iziko Museums Two major exhibitions opened this week at the Iziko Museums’ Slave Lodge in the Cape Town city centre: Mandela: Character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator, statesman; and Drawing on Madiba, by Zapiro. Twenty years ago yesterday, on February 11, 1990, Mandela was released after spending 27 years in prison.
Bryan Habana will start his first Super 14 game for the Stormers, against the Lions at Ellis Park tomorrow. Photo courtesy gillstrawberry The popular Super 14 rugby tournament, featuring regional teams from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, kicks off this weekend. Cape Town’s local team, The Stomers, will begin their campaign against the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg tomorrow.
This photo was taken just after sunrise at Maiden’s Cove in Camps Bay. This is one of my favourites – there’s great colour in the sky. I used a three-stop filter to blur the movement of the water. Just after I took this shot the wave broke over the rocks, soaking my feet!
. This photograph of a fishing boat in Kalk Bay Harbour was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Steve Crane.
Watch the sun set from the top of Table Mountain with your loved one this February. Photo courtesy Douglas Walker The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway’s Month of Love Sunset Special is valid until February 28, 2010, and offers visitors the chance to spoil their loved ones, by taking them to the top of Table Mountain, after 18h00, for half-price.
Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison on Robben Island. Photo courtesy Mark Holtzhausen Today marks 20 years since former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison. In celebration of Madiba’s 20 years of freedom, people will be gathering just outside Cape Town in their thousands to march from the former Victor Verster Prison (now the Groot Drakenstein Correctional Centre) in Paarl, in the Western Cape. According to the Mail & Guardian online, the 500m march will be led by Mr Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and aims to symbolise his walk to freedom, broadcast globally to millions of people 20 years ago.
President Jacob Zuma will be delivering his State of the Nation Address in Cape Town this evening. Photo courtesy World Economic Forum Parliament will officially open today at 19h00, when President Jacob Zuma delivers the State of the Nation Address to the Joint Sitting of Parliament. This event usually takes place in the morning, but this year will see an evening event. Traffic will thus be more heavily affected than in the past.
Cindy Kleinhans and children from the Open Door Project I recently visited Ocean View to deliver some Cape Town Tourism items to the children of the Open Door Project. The experience left me with overwhelming feelings of humility and awe at the work being done by the Open Door Centre’s umbrella organisation, the Valley Development Project. Just some of its projects include:
This close-up of a blue shark was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jean Tresfon.
Soccer fans at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in Cape Town on December 4, 2009. Photo courtesy Tara Turkington In an effort to replicate the party atmosphere of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany, Cape Town is set to host one of the country’s largest fan parks during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, on the city’s Grand Parade. Fan parks are sheltered public viewing areas where live matches are broadcast on big-screen TVs for free, with additional entertainment provided between games. Football fans in Cape Town will be able to enjoy local cuisine as well as performances by local and international artists, DJs and comedians at the city’s fan parks.
This photograph of footprints on Big Bay Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Chester’s Mate.
Buy your sweetheart flowers from the Adderley Street flower sellers This Valentine’s Day we unearth a centuries-old African symbol for love, re-visit the origins of the day and celebrate love in the Mother City. Valentine’s Day, named after one of the early Christian martyrs, Valentine, was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496AD. The association with romantic love reportedly started in the 11th to 13th centuries with the rise of “courtly love”, which involved chivalrously expressing your admiration. This practice was established when sending Valentine’s cards became fashionable in the 19th century. Today, Valentine’s Day is still associated with expressing admiration for that special someone, be it a public or secret declaration. The Mother City sets the scene for the perfect romantic day, with a candlelight dinner at one of the city’s excellent restaurants; a romantic stroll along Mouille Point promenade; picking up a gift of chocolate or jewellery and that perfect bunch of flowers.
The new pocket-size guide to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Photo supplied by E.etiquette A pocket-size book with concise information about FIFA, South Africa and teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, has been published ahead of the big event, which kicks off in June.
The soccer day was sponsored by Totalsports The town of Atlantis, located off the N7 highway outside Cape Town, is a small community with a rich but turbulent history. In the past, the town has been thrust into the spotlight because of gangsterism, drug and alcohol abuse and prostitution among its youth. Initiatives including the West Coast Environmental Co-operative have researched and implemented uplifting developmental programs, to stimulate and involve youngsters, encouraging sobriety, growth and responsibility.
Cape Town is one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Cities”. Photo courtesy InsideSouthAfrica Popular website Forbes.com has published its list of the “World’s Most Beautiful Cities” for this year, and Cape Town has been included, along with cities such as Paris, Vancouver, Sydney, Florence, Venice and London.