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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For natural beauty, solitude, and just plain fun, you can’t beat the classic adventure camping trip.
Here 10 amazing events happening in Cape Town this weekend.
The African National Congress (ANC) will be celebrating its 103rd birthday at a public event at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point on Saturday 10 January 2015. Take a look at the road closures in and around the stadium as well as transport options if you are attending the event.
Did you know that Cape Town has a whopping 72 beaches with a coastline extending 307km along the West Coast, Cape Peninsula and False Bay? Though it’s impossible to choose, here’s our selection of our favourite 15 Cape Town beaches, what to expect, insider’s tips and how to get there ASAP…
Cape Town is home to some of the most epic, adrenaline-fuelled past-times on the planet. The city has an industry dedicated to ensuring you put the ‘warrior’ into your weekend. From paragliding to shark-cage diving, we bring you our top five adrenaline-fuelled activities in Cape Town.
So Christmas and New Year’s Eve are done and dusted, but don’t let that get you down. Cape Town still has loads to offer. Here are our top five events to hit in the Mother City this month!
It’s quite simple. No smell in the world will uplift a South African’s mood faster than the lazy woodsmoke scent of a traditional South African braai. Here are the 7 most beautiful spots in Cape Town for you to unleash your glorious cooking!
Have you ever looked at the edge of a cliff and thought: ‘I want to go over that on a rope’? No? Neither have I. But alas, I still found myself leaning backwards over the edge of Table Mountain recently, attempting to make my grin look less like a grimace as I posed for a photo. Behind me was a 112-metre drop. I am just glad that I was wearing glasses to hide the obvious terror in my eyes…
The Stellenbosch Slow Food Market, surrounded by vineyards and oak trees at the historic Oude Libertas estate, is a revival of the public marketplace where you can buy food which is grown, raised harvested and transformed by local producers. Here are 10 reasons why you need to visit this summer!
There are few things lovelier than relaxing under ancient oaks in the dappled sunlight, wine glass in hand, a panorama of mountains around you and the yummiest picnic of all time before you.
Summer in Cape Town is going to be as busy as ever this year. Travelling by car may not be the best way to go, but thankfully the city is geared to ensuring you don’t need to.
Christmas under the African sun can take a bit of getting used to for those used to more chilly locales, but while it may not be a white Christmas in Cape Town there is still plenty of festive cheer to go around. Want to know how to do the silly season like a local? Look no further, we have everything you need to know on how to enjoy Christmas like a local.
It’s amazing how easily we underestimate the power of a great hand-massage. I know I certainly have. Thankfully I have seen the light, and trust me, I will never look back. It will become a must-have treat. This is all part of looking after my own wellbeing.
Banting. If you haven’t yet heard of the concept, then you clearly haven’t been out in the big wide world in a while because everyone is talking about it and everyone knows someone who is on the banting (essentially meaning low carb, high fat) diet (or eating plan). But sometimes it’s a mission to cook up a banting storm, so it’s nice to know where you can go to get a decent meal that won’t push you off the banting wagon. Here are some Cape Town spots that either fully cater for banting customers or offer the option on the menu.
So you want to travel on a budget, but you also love style? Time to meet the cool kids of the travel industry. They’re called “poshtels” and they’re a combination of hostels and posh design.
In case you’re not yet feeling the Christmas spirit, here are some ways to get the festive feeling.
Another big weekend in the Mother City with some big dance events and plenty of market shopping on the agenda. Looking for something to do? Well look no further than this handy guide!
If you’re coming to Cape Town this summer and are not quite sure what to expect, we have a handy guide to help you enjoy your holiday without any snags, hitches or hiccups. From getting around the Mother City to predicting the weather, we want you to leave wanting to come back for more.
“We will need your left shoe please sir, we can’t have you running off with our glass…” And with that begins my Kwak Beer Experience at Den Anker at the V&A Waterfront. The relinquishing of my left shoe dates back to a tradition which began in 19th Century Belgium. If I want to drink the beer, I need to forfeit my left shoe… for a time at least. The tradition started because the glasses were extremely expensive and difficult to replace at the time. It sparked a Belgian custom in which the barman kept the left shoe of patrons until the glass had been returned.
If, like mine, your heart beats faster at the feel of a goose down duvet, the smell of lilies, Molton Brown hand cream and the taste of the perfectly poached egg, these boutique hotels are right up your alley.
Summer in Cape Town is a thing of beauty. Locals and visitors spill out onto the beaches and into the bars. But summer in the city is also about the markets as the Mother City’s inhabitants take advantage of the longer days and the sultry evenings to stroll through stalls as they browse everything from curios and clothes, while indulging in delectable food and drinks. Here are 8 markets you need to visit in the city this summer.
Reflection is a powerful experience. On the 3rd of December the world celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities. And I thought let’s bring it closer to home. What does this mean to me as a “disabled” person living in Cape Town? And how I, revel, embraced and advocate the fact that we are all “dis-abled” or how I would hope people would see it; is that we are all in fact “differently-abled”.
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” said the great ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. And indeed many an explorer has come to Cape Town, seen mountains that dip their toes into both Atlantic and Indian oceans, and been filled with wonder.
Another weekend is upon us in the Mother City and there is plenty to do! Market-shopping, LEGO®, music and Christmas lights, it’s all happening in the world’s most beautiful city!
Cape Town is known for great food and restaurants. More recently though, food truck culture has really taken off and it’s definitely something that everyone should indulge in when they can. Here’s a selection of some of the popular ones.
Cape Town has been voted the best city to visit in the Telegraph Travel Awards, the world’s biggest reader travel awards. Regarded as one of the most comprehensive and reliable surveys of its kind, the award proves once again that the Mother City is a hit with travellers, both local and international. The city beat out international contenders such as runners-up Vancouver and Venice.
I didn’t really know what to expect from the Springbok Experience at the V & A Waterfront. I am a rugby fan, but I am not rabid. So how much interest could a museum dedicated to South African rugby have for me? Turns out a lot… The great thing about the experience is that it goes beyond just the rugby. The brains trust behind it wanted it to appeal to everybody and they have achieved that.
What a goose bump moment. Turning your back on the land, looking out over the ocean and knowing that the entire Africa is lying behind you. It’s a must-do at least once in your life: visiting the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas, the place where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet.
Rock super group Foo Fighters is in the Mother City on Wednesday night. We bring you all the information you need to know, whether you are attending or not. From road closures to parking, to getting tickets and getting to the show, this is your Foo Fighters Survival Guide.
Load-shedding. It’s a reality we have to live with. But thankfully we live in the world’s most beautiful and awesome city. When the lights go out in Cape Town you don’t have to stop enjoying yourself, because there is plenty to do when Eskom flips the switch. And the Mother City will be showing off this weekend with sunny weather during the day and a full moon at night. So, who needs electricity? Here are my five top things to do when the lights go out in Cape Town.