Bianca ColemanThe Belmond Mount Nelson, affectionately known as ‘the Nellie’, or ‘the Pink Lady’ – the distinctive rosy hue was mixed specially for the hotel in the 1920s – has a fascinating history which dates back to when it was opened in March 1899.
Kelly Lodewyks & Rob PetersThe Mother City has shrugged off her winter coat and slipped into something a little sleeker as the summer months settle in. Get ready to kick off your shoes, sink your toes into the warm sands of the most beautiful city on earth and knock back a cocktail or two as we present your ultimate summer guide to Cape Town! It’s where to go and what to do this summer in the Mother City.
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Someone once said - “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as one great adventure.” And I agree wholeheartedly! I’ve been on many ‘adventures’, which include cycling to Everest Base Camp and sleeping in a jungle in Malaysia, but to me real adventure starts wherever you are – it’s a mind-set. And so one Saturday morning I woke up and decided that it was time for an unplanned exploration of Cape Town. We can all be creatures of habit and so I had got into a rut…
Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and we like to think we are one of the most romantic as well. The city has become a favourite wedding destination for domestic and international travellers, not surprising really when you consider the glut of awesome locations we have. To help you in your search for the perfect venue and the ideal spots to propose to your – hopefully – soon-to-be better half, we have selected some of our favourites.
A gem on the False Bay coastline, Kalk Bay is known for its raw beauty, interesting shops, vast selection of restaurants and stunning views. You could easily spend a full day in this little neighbourhood and still not be able to experience it all! Here’s a guide on what to do and where to go in Kalk Bay.
Motlokoa Nkhabutiane of Lesotho won the 2015 Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday in a time of 3:10:27.
I have lived in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town my entire life, in and around the borders of Constantia to some degree through all of it, but I have never explored it to the extent that I should have. Call it lazy if you must, but that changed when I was given the opportunity by the Constantia Wine Route to get stuck into the area, pull back the outer layer and really uncover what is happening there – turns out there is a lot!
The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon is happening this weekend with thousands of hardy souls taking to the streets to take part. Take a look at our Two Oceans Survival Guide, written with the runners, spectators and everybody else in mind!
It’s one of the most anticipated shows of the year – One Direction. Here are some important details that all show-goers need to know.
Affectionately known by locals as “little Germany”, because of its popularity with German tourists, Somerset West is a grand mix of wine farms, top–notch restaurants, majestic golf estates and adrenaline-inducing adventure activities. More of a town than a neighbourhood, you will need to set aside a couple of days to truly explore this beautiful area.
On Saturday 28 March homes and businesses across the world will switch off their lights for an hour in support of Earth Hour. All across Cape Town, locals will lend their support by flicking the switch between 8.30pm and 9.30pm – here are 5 ways to celebrate Earth Hour in the Mother City.
There are so many things to do in Cape Town this Easter. Everything from special lunches to Easter Egg hunts for the kids. Here’s how to make the most of this holiday in Cape Town.
There are just 7 500 cheetahs left in Africa and less-than 1000 of these majestic cats in South Africa. Thankfully, the Cheetah Outreach programme in Somerset West is doing everything it can to turn things around.
It’s the Cape Town Jazz Festival this weekend and whether or not you were one of the lucky few to get your hands on those much desired tickets, here are some events to get you into a jazzy mood this week.
Just over half an hour out of Cape Town, along the N1, is Klein Joostenberg Farm. It’s a poorly hidden gem that few people no about and one that is incredibly child-friendly and well worth the visit.
There’s so much happening in Cape Town this weekend. Be sure to catch some of these events!
Sevens Rugby is back in Cape Town from December this year with the South African leg of the IRB Sevens Series moving to the Mother City! We’re pretty happy about and you should be too – here are five reasons why the tournament belongs in Cape Town.
The Infecting the City festival has become one of the big crowd-pleasers in the city with its ‘takeover’ of the CBD challenging the audience’s understanding of art by using the urban space as its stage. The latest edition once again left its mark on the Mother City.
Cape Town’s diverse african identity was marvelously show cased and celebrated at the 2015 Cape Town Carnival. Creativity and unique talent was evident in the beautiful and bright costumes specially designed for the carnival. It was truly an Elemental affair show casing the elements with flair and style.
With a history dating back to the 1700s, it’s clear that Vergelegen is more than just a regular wine estate. It’s a historical destination that offers so much for everyone. We recently spent some time in Somerset West and we couldn’t resist popping in to this incredible place.
You are going to be hard-pressed to find a better view than the one on offer at Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate. The stillness of the reed-lined dam creates a mellowness you won’t find in the city and the looming Helderberg mountain range is a sight to behold. Suffice to say it sets the mood rather nicely for an afternoon spent tasting olive oils, olives and wine.
If spending the day on a beautiful golf course in glorious weather is enormously good fun, then sending pictures of your day out to friends stuck at home in foul weather is even more so. When those pictures extend to glorious wine estates visited after your round, you’re set for some extremely envious mates…Few courses offer the golf and wine combination as perfectly as Stellenbosch.
Whether you’re seeking adventure, festive celebrations or live music this weekend, there is something for everyone. Take a look at what’s on this weekend in the Mother City.
We all have different, needs, desires, dreams and aspirations. This is not only for us, but for our friends and the future. But what people tend to forget is that our dreams, needs and aspirations stem from somewhere, and in some circumstances, a lack of something.
Cape Town is a food lover’s paradise. The Mother City has restaurants a-plenty, from traditional African fare to the more exotic such as Asian, Mexican and Italian, the sheer variety of choices on offer speaks to the city’s incredibly diverse heritage. Here we bring you 50 restaurants you NEED to visit in the city.
Georgina turns 100 on the 10th March 2015. I have the distinct pleasure of sharing a birthday with her, so I was absolutely delighted when I was given the green light to meet her and her daughter, Sue, at Georgina’s home in Rondebosch this morning for a pre-birthday chin wag!
The Mother City is about to be ‘infected’ as the annual public arts festival, Infecting the City kicks off on Monday. This spectacular event will play out across theatres, galleries and public spaces through a range of exciting and socially-engaging performances that will transform the city into one immense outdoor venue for the arts. Here we highlight some of the performances to keep an eye out for across the week.
When you hear the words ‘bikes’ and ‘wine’, you may think they are complete contradictions. Riding a mountain bike while drinking is crazy, right? Well, here in Cape Town we just blame the mountain air and get on with it.
South African cyclist Nolan Hoffman won the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday to retain his title.
Two bike rides this weekend - one with clothes, one without - cocktail specials at The Waterfront and a concert at Spier! It’s another big weekend in the Mother City!
This weekend around 35 000 cyclists will take part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Due to the fires raging in Cape Town, organisers have been forced to shorten and rework the route. We bring you all the road closures in effect this weekend.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour may have been cut to 47km, but there is nothing stopping you loading up on on some much-needed fuel before taking on the historic ride this year. Check out these 11 carb-friendly spots in the Mother City!