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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.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: iconic attractions to visit

We live in a truly beautiful Mother City with a multitude of inspirational and iconic attractions, and friends, that is where I would rather be this Wednesday in Cape Town.

IATA spouses treated to tea on the mountain

Spouses of delegates to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general meeting were treated to a trip up Table Mountain and a visit to the historical Bo-Kaap on Tuesday. And even though it was a cloudy day on the mountain, this did not stop them from experiencing Cape Town from on high.

Cape Town hail storm: Photos

Baby, it’s cold outside ... Cape Town lovers and friends, it’s been a chilly few days in our beloved Mother City. And if you weren’t hibernating indoors, chances are you were outside photographing the powerful hail storm on Sunday June 2, 2013.

Five amazing places for tea in Cape Town

Drinking tea is a gentle, languid pastime and there’s no shortage of amazing places to indulge in an excellent blend in our gorgeous Mother City. I did a tea meander in the Cape Town CBD and surrounds, and these are a few amazing places to sip and savour the leaves – be they from Ceylon, China, prepared by the Earl, or plucked in the Cederberg, like our local pride and joy, rooibos.

Handstands on Llandudno beach – Flickr pic of the day

This picture of kids doing handstands was taken at Llandudno beach by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Trevor Exposed.

Facebook Feedback Friday: Your favourite thing to do in Cape Town on a rainy weekend

With a forecast that promises rain for Cape Town this weekend, it seemed like the right time to ask the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town, “What is your favourite thing to do in Cape Town on a rainy weekend?” Here’s a selection of some of their answers.

Top 5 things to know about the Bo-Kaap

The sounds of Cape Town would not be complete without the beautiful call of the mosque that emanates from the colourful, characterful Bo-Kaap.

Sunday Morning – Flickr pic of the day

This picture was taken on the way to the Table Mountain Cableway by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Flavio, aka whats_ur_flava2000.

Kapstadt ist wunderbar!

Visitors flock from every part of the world to experience Cape Town, and everything it has to offer. And its picturesque beauty also makes for a great backdrop for capturing that visit in photos or on video. German musical group Büro am Strand recently visited the Mother City, and documented their experience. They also very cleverly filmed a music video while they were here. The track is called Mit Der Welt Zufrieden, which translates as Satisfied with the World. Although the lyrics are in German, anyone who watches the video can get a sense of the carefree, lively and welcoming energy of Cape Town that the band captures so well. Check it out here.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June, 2013

Hello, weekend in the Mother City! If, like me, you feel that the weekend has been a long time coming, I’m sure you cannot wait for 48 hours of rock stars, nature walks and lovely Cape Malay cuisine, too. Join me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June, 2013.

#InstagramDiary: Cape Point

Cape Town just begs to be photographed from every angle. From the beaches to the mountain, the people, the wine farms and, of course, the coffees, the Cape is an Instagrammer’s dream come true. I recently spent a morning at Cape Point and left with more images than I knew what to do with.

Cape Town Angels keep Mother City warm with #BlanketWings drive

They’ve been spreading their “Magic of Compassion” all over the Peninsula by mobilising #BlanketWings, a huge blanket donation drive to bring winter warmth to the Mother City’s less fortunate residents, and now Cape Town Angels will round off their virtuous efforts with a heavenly final drop-off event at the chic Alexander Bar & Café on Friday 31 May, 2013.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: top bars to visit in Cape Town

The chilly weather we’ve been having lately makes wish I was sipping on a sweet Cosmopolitan in the cosy warmth of the chic Alexander Bar in Cape Town’s bustling city centre this Wednesday.

Cape Town hotels make ‘world’s best service’ list

Three hotels in Cape Town have received recognition as offering the “World’s Best Service”, in a recent survey by Travel + Leisure. The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, the Cape Grace and the One & Only all appear on T+L’s list of City Hotels in Africa and The Middle East that made the grade.

Discover wine and good times in the Helderberg

A visit to Cape Town is not complete without a drive out to the Helderberg region of the Cape – the areas around Somerset West, Gordon’s Bay and the Strand, that lie under the shadow of the Helderberg Mountains (Afrikaans for “clear mountain”). Apart from the prestigious wine estates in this area (there are some 40 estates to be found in the Helderberg), it’s also a great location for cultural and outdoor activities, as well as fine dining. Check out our list of recommended things to see and do in the Helderberg ...

Five spots in Constantia

There are very few places you’ll find where some of the world’s most famous vineyards hugging the slopes of one of the world’s natural wonders, where exclusive shopping complexes and rustic hiking trails are swept by a cool breeze from the Atlantic Ocean, and horses roam paddocks between gorgeous mansions ... Welcome to Constantia.

#OpenStreets 2013 in pictures

Open Streets is a citizen-driven initiative, working to design and promote streets which embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and how they move. Not to mention ... a great opportunity to get some amazing Instagram shots!

The 3rd TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival 2013 in Instagram

Let’s say cheers to the successful third annual TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival, held on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Shopping Mall in Cape Town from Friday 24 to Saturday 25 May, 2013.

My Good Food & Wine Show experience in Instagram

I confess this was my first visit to the Good Food & Wine Show in a long time. With more than 200 stands in the vast CTICC venue over four days from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May, 2013, I was amazed at the event’s growth over the last few years. The stalls, some far more fabulous than others in both product and appearance, offered everything from food and wine to everything in between that relates to the home.

Happy Africa Day!

Today is Africa Day, in commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which became the African Union in 2002. Although not a public holiday in South Africa, the day is still recognised as an important celebration of African unity. This year will be the 50th celebration of Africa Day.

Open Streets in Observatory

This Africa Day, Cape Town’s vibrant locals and visitors will be taking to the streets ... the Opens Streets in Observatory, that is, on Saturday May 25, 2013. Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia and projects in other cities like San Francisco and Jakarta, Open Streets in Observatory will see the usually traffic-congested Lower Main Road collectively transformed from a car-dominated road to a people-friendly public space.

Facebook Feedback Friday: Your favourite soup spots in Cape Town

With cooler weather setting in, it’s important to know where in Cape Town you can find some warm, delicious soup. So who better to ask than the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town? On Thursday, we posed the question: “Where do you go to have your favourite soup in Cape Town?”

#InstagramDiary: the awesome architecture of Long Street

Long Street is one of Cape Town’s most iconic streets, and with the incredible variety of food, fashion, nightlife spots, book stores, antique stores, street vendors and international visitors lining the sidewalks, it’s easy to see why. But don’t let all of this distract you from one of Long Street’s finest features: the awesome architecture.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May, 2013

Tick tock, tick tock … can you hear that? It’s the countdown to an eventful weekend in gorgeous Cape Town! From hilarious comedies to divine wine festivals and gourmet shows, there is plenty to see and do in the Mother City over the next 48 hours. Join me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May, 2013.

Cape Town makes TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Travelers’ Choice list

TripAdvisor has listed Cape Town as one of its Top 25 Travelers’ Choice World Destinations, as part of its 2013 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards.

Germany’s top Instagrammers visit Cape Town

With almost half-a-million followers between them, Germany’s top two Instgrammers, Thomas Kakareko and Sylvia Matzkowiak, are racking up the “likes” as they Instagram their way through Cape Town.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: top foodie spots with fireplaces in Cape Town

There is just something about the cooler weather in inspirational Cape Town that makes me wish I was at one of her top foodie spots, enjoying the warmth of a fireplace this Wednesday. Several delectable establishments where I’d rather be indulging my Hump Day cravings come to mind, but if I absolutely had to choose I’d pick these ones.