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Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June, 2013

It’s almost the weekend! And while you may still be recovering from the recent epic long weekend, there are plenty of things to see and do in our gorgeous town over the coming 48 hours.

Four things you didn’t know about Somerset West

Long before the Dutch East India Company landed at the Cape to set up a refreshment station, the Helderberg region provided grazing for the animals of the indigenous Khoisan people, and wildlife such as eland.

#DiscoverHelderberg: things to do in the Helderberg

Between the hiking and mountain-biking trails, horse riding, wine and beer tasting, wildlife encounters, spectacular beaches, golf courses and mouth-watering restaurants, there are hardly enough hours in the day to explore all that the Helderberg has to offer!

Hout Bay at sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of Hout Bay at sunset was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Trevor Exposed.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays in Cape Town: Facebook fans’ top suggestions

Friends, you certainly know how to get a girl inspired, don’t you? I put a call out on our I ♥ Cape Town Facebook fanpage for you to tell me Where You Would Rather Be on Wednesdays in Cape Town and boy, did you blow me away with your responses!

Beach houses – Flickr pic of the day

This picture was taken at St James beach by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce, aka smee.bruce.

Why Rob Vember loves Cape Town

Rob Vember is a radio DJ and proud Capetonian. He grew up in Cape Town and studied in Grahamstown, where, working at the campus station, he was bitten by the radio bug. Returning to the Mother City to join the DJ line-up on Heart FM, he then made the move to Johannesburg to become part of the 5FM team, where he has been for the last few years. He recently made the move back home to continue presenting his weekday show from 5FM’s Cape Town studios. We asked him what he loves about the city.

Side Street art – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of the artwork of DALEast at the Side Street Studio was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Jenny Hallward, aka j_hallward.

Eat, shoot, share and win at the V&A Waterfront

What do you get when you combine gourmet food and flash photography in an inspirational seaside city? Why, the Discover Delicious winter campaign at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, of course!

Facebook Feedback Friday: your plans for Father’s Day in the Mother City

Bring your father to the Mother City this weekend and celebrate! We asked the members of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town, what they’ll be doing this Father’s Day. Here’s a selection of some of their responses.

Liezel van der Westhuizen‘s top reasons to #LoveCapeTown City Breaks

She’s celebrating 1 000 days in the Mother City on Tuesday 18 June, 2013 and from her numerous photos, social media posts and on-air shout-outs, it’s clear for all to see that media personality Liezel van der Westhuizen loves Cape Town.

The Fog – Flickr pic of the day

This picture was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Graham Bartholomew, aka graham_bart.

Cape Town named as TripAdvisor’s ninth-cheapest city for world travellers

Cape Town isn’t just beautiful; she’s cost-effective, too … the Mother City has been named as the ninth-cheapest city in the world by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, on Wednesday 12 June, 2013.

How to skydive at 96, and other life lessons

Don’t be fooled by this great-grandmother enjoying the winter sunshine and quietly knitting – she jumped out of an aeroplane when she was 96, loves taking road trips to Fish Hoek and plays croquet three times a week. Age is clearly no match for Georgina Harwood. I could call her feisty and sprightly, but that would be an insult. She may see herself as a very ordinary woman, but spend a few hours in her company, and you will be bowled over by her.

Buffelsfontein, Cape Point – Flickr pic of the day

This picture was taken at the Buffelsfontein Visitor’s Centre at Cape Point by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Cathy Withers-Clarke.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 14 to Monday 17 June, 2013

Baby, it’s a long weekend in gorgeous Cape Town! It’s going to be chilly, but that doesn’t mean you should stay indoors. With the red-hot entertainment on offer in the Mother City, there is plenty to see and do.

Top places to visit in Claremont

Claremont forms part of Cape Town’s bustling Southern Suburbs and is one of the Mother City’s most recognisable areas. It is where you might find families enjoying a day of shopping and entertainment at the renowned Cavendish Square, bridal parties posing for unforgettable photographs at the Arderne Gardens, or students from the neighbouring University of Cape Town exploring the vibrant nightlife of the area.

Lunchtime in the Company’s Garden – Flickr pic of the day

This picture was taken at lunchtime in the Company’s Garden by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Graham Bartholomew, aka graham_bart.

Peaks of Africa: tours to pique your interest

There are many ways to explore Cape Town – and finding a good tour guide is one way to help you see everything the Mother City has to offer. Peaks of Africa is a tour operator that prides itself in designing travel packages for wholesale tour operators, travel agencies and individual travellers. They will organise your accommodation and airport transfers, and create an itinerary for your holiday that caters to exactly what you’re after, whether it’s thrill-seeking adventure or some quiet time away from the bustle.

Beautiful lines – Flickr pic of the day

This picture was taken in the Cecilia Forest by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Natalie Shuttleworth, aka snapclicktripod.

School holidays: endless fun for the little people in Cape Town

The 2013 mid-year school holidays are just around the corner. It may be winter but there is still plenty of sunshine, and if wet weather does drive enthusiastic adventurers indoors, there are still plenty of cool activities for all age groups.

Hilarious line-up for Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2013

It’s the number one comedy event of the year and it’s returning to the Mother City this June ... friends, it’s time to gear up for the hilarious Jive Cape Town Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre, from Monday June 10 to Sunday July 7, 2013.

Cape Town Tourism wins Best Overall Use of Social Media title at SMITTY Awards in New York

Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town’s tourism marketing organisation, is the winner of Travel + Leisure’s SMITTY Award (Social Media in Travel + Tourism 2013) for Best Overall Use of Social Media by a Global Tourism Board.

Facebook Feedback Friday: Your weekend plans

Stuck for what to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered! Check out our guide on things to do from Friday to Sunday, as well as some other suggestions too.

#DiscoverHelderberg: Where to stay in the Helderberg

The Helderberg region lies just 40 minutes outside of Cape Town and has something to offer everyone. From hiking, mountain biking and golf to food, wine and some of the Cape’s most beautiful beaches ... all this and more can be found on the slopes of the magnificent Helderberg mountains.

Top places to be in Rondebosch

Rondebosch is a charming little area in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. It is a student and family-friendly suburb only 5km from the city centre.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June, 2013

Friends, are you ready for a rocking weekend in the Mother City? Gear up for 48 hours of international rock gods, bridal festivals, and local stars raising funds for charity.

Smooth operators: find a Cape Town tour company that suits you

If you’re planning on holidaying in Cape Town, but don’t know where to start, there are a number of excellent tour operators available, with great local knowledge and the flexibility to offer a package that is right for you.

Father’s Day 2013 events in Cape Town

He’s your pillar of strength and the gruff heart of the family … he’s your dad, and he serves to be spoilt with a variety of amazing Father’s Day events in Cape Town on Sunday 16 June, 2013. Whether you’re making his Top Gun dreams come true with a helicopter ride over the Peninsula, indulging his inner wine lover with a tasting at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl or pampering him with a spa treatment or two at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, there is plenty for your dad to see and do on his special day. Join us on the third Sunday of June for these fabulous Father’s Day events in Cape Town.

Why Alexander McCall Smith loves Cape Town

Alexander McCall Smith has written international bestsellers, including the very popular No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, and is an emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Law – and he loves Cape Town: the food, the light, the people and the city’s natural splendour.
 
 

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