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Table Mountain – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

The single most photographed view of Table Mountain is from Blouberg beach. This is almost always a postcard-perfect perspective of this wonderful mountain and shows the table top off at its best.

Comment on your favourite photo featured in 2009 and win a prize

We started our Flickr pic of the day feature on January 1, 2009 and over the course of the year have accumulated a staggering number of incredible photographs of Cape Town and her surroundings. To thank our wonderful Flickr community and our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group members, we are holding a competition where we ask you to choose the best pic of 2009.

Happy New Year!

We wish all Capetonians and lovers of Cape Town everything of the best for 2010. May the year bring you happiness, peace, and if you don’t live here already, a visit or two to our beautiful city!  

Blouberg beach – Flickr pic of the day

Blouberg beach is not only known for its picture-perfect view of Table Mountain – it’s a very popular spot for kite-sufing too.

Cape Town 2010 new year resolutions

Surfing is a hobby worth looking into when considering active new year resolutions. Photo courtesy Steve Crane. It’s that time again when people start making resolutions to live by in the new year. Some research using Cape Town Tourism’s Twitter followers has found that most people’s resolutions relate to improving their fitness and health, taking up new hobbies and spending more time with their families. And of course, it’s 2010 – year of the FIFA Soccer World Cup. Eight matches are being played in Cape Town, in the spectacular new Cape Town Stadium. So your resolutions really ought to include getting into the soccer spirit, whether it’s doing a tour of the stadium, learning the rules, picking a team or two to support, or simply wearing the gear and singing the national anthem. Cape Town is one of the most fabulous cities in the world to achieve these sorts of resolutions! We’ve come up with some ideas to help Cape Town’s residents and visitors carry out them out.

New Year’s Eve parties in Cape Town

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:

Kirstenbosch carols by candlelight – Flickr pic of the day

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.”

Add some cultural colour to your New Year with the Cape Minstrel Carnival

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.

Kloof Nek Gun – Flickr pic of the day

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 panorama – Flickr pic of the day

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!”

Family fun in the Mother City

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.

Wijnland Auto Museum – Postcard from Paul

Melkbosstrand beach footprints – Flickr pic of the day

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.

Fun at Table View Beach – Flickr pic of the day

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.

Here comes the FBI!

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.

Swimming at Melkbosstrand – Flickr pic of the day

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.  

Penguins on Boulders Beach – Flickr pic of the day

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 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.