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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You’ve seen the Hello Weekend video (who hasn’t right?) and now we are unpacking it for you! In Cape Town there is always something on, no matter what type of weekend person you are. So whether you crave adventure or relaxation, romance or culture, Cape Town is your port of call.
It’s the Good Food and Wine Show this weekend and this year there is even more on offer! The Good Food and Wine Show is an institution and you can’t come to Cape Town without making an effort to drop by and try new and delicious products, sip some wine and interact with some of the best chefs on the planet!
Cape Town is a melting pot of culinary delights, pulling on a multitude of cultures and cooking techniques to become one of the most diverse and exciting foodie destinations on the planet. Recently voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveler as the third-best food city in the world, the Mother City is ready to host you for a weekend of glorious gourmet experiences!
Close to 10 000 people lined up to take part in the FNB Cape Town 12 OneRun in Cape Town this weekend. I would say that’s a rather impressive debut for the newest race on the Mother City’s calendar. Wouldn’t you?
How did you say Hello Weekend this past weekend? We filled the weekend with some adrenaline pumping activities. Here are some Instagram highlights.
The best way to discover and unlock a city is to hit its streets, pound the pavement and mingle with the locals. Cape Town, naturally, has a variety of tours to help you get to know the city, and few cover as much ground as AWOL Tours Cape Town City Cycle Tour.
This weekend it’s time to get your endorphin fix! Hike Lion’s Head, jump off Table Mountain or go face to face with a Great White Shark! Anything to get that adrenaline rush! Adventure is calling will you answer?
Planning a weekend away with young children can be a difficult proposition. So one of the great draws of Spier Wine Farm is its family orientated vision that allows you to make a weekend of it. Kids are not just tolerated, they are welcomed and it makes a massive difference knowing that upon arrival.
Cape Town is a city blessed with a vibrant history and a rich, diverse and passionate artistic and cultural scene. From the inner city to the townships, travellers and locals have plenty to choose from every weekend.
Is there anything more tempting than the smell of a delicious chicken curry or a plate of denningvleis, prepared in the traditional Cape Malay way? In Cape Town, there are plenty of restaurants and cafés that cater for visitors and residents who prefer their meals cooked according to Halaal standards.
The coffee culture is strong in Cape Town with shops lining the corners and main strips across the city, calling on java connoisseurs to sample their latest brews. From little nooks in the CBD to seaside meeting places in Simonstown, check out some of our local coffee shops with character.
Another weekend is nearly upon us in the Mother City! Plenty on the go and don’t forget the most important day of all – Mother’s Day. We have cherry-picked some of the best events and lined up some awesome things for you to spoil your mom with this weekend!
Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is not only one of the most beautiful estates in the country, boasting a world-class hotel, two fantastic restaurants, an excellent conferencing centre and award-winning wines, it also leads the way in terms of sustainable and ethical farming.
Who would have thought that on a Sunday afternoon in Cape Town you could don a real McCoy jet fighter pilot helmet with visor, oversized leather riding jacket and hop into a vintage World War Two sidecar? Well, this is exactly what you get when you book a tour with Cape Sidecar Adventures and they even throw in a scarf to complete the look.
Chocolate. Chocolate is everyone’s favourite indulgence. So, isn’t it great that we have amazing hand-made and imported chocolate right here in Cape Town? And you can do this and SO much more at Rococoa. And it’s the perfect weather to indulge…
There is so much on offer for kids in Cape Town that you might have to scratch off some activities on your to-do list or you could just make a weekend of it.
You know which important day it is on Sunday 10 May, 2015, right? The one day of the year that you get to honour the number one woman in your life – it’s Mother Day, in beautiful Cape Town, the Mother City.
Every journey starts with a single step. For John McInroy that journey started four years ago with the inaugural Unogwaja Challenge in 2011, but on Friday 1 May, he plans on taking it a ‘few’ steps further with the very first Unogwaja on Foot - a walk from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg.
There’s something about the ice rink. Whenever I go there, and it’s not very often at all, I feel genuinely happy in a very child-like way. It reminds me of my childhood and when my mom used to take my sister and me there. And I firmly believe that everyone should make a point of going at some point or another.
Did you know there is an original Salvador Dali artwork residing in Stellenbosch? I did not. It can be found in the glass museum at Glenelly. And there is wine as well.
Picture the scene – a softly lit wine cellar full of barrels, a hound sleeping on the floor, a table set with glasses and a huge platter of bread, olives, olive tapenade, olive oil, cheese, salami, mixed nuts, biltong and droëwors, bottles of some of the finest wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, and a tasting led by the wine-maker Peter Finlayson.
So you’re looking for a night out are you? A couple of drinks you say? Maybe you want to cut loose on the dance floor, but aren’t sure where to go? Our handy list of 50 of the most popular clubs and bars in the Mother City will help you on your way then! Enjoy!
It’s interesting to note how popular townships tours have become with visitors to our country who are searching for personal and authentic encounters with our citizens. A walking tour of Kayamandi in Stellenbosch does exactly that.
There are a few things you might already know about Allée Bleue in Franschhoek – that it’s a wine farm where you can taste and buy, it has a bistro, it’s where most of the herbs you find in supermarkets are farmed, and you can have picnics, or a wedding. But did you know you can also spend a night there?
On Wednesday, the Big 6 of Cape Town became the Big 7 with the official unveiling of the new Cape Town City Walk. The City Walk joins Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch and the V&A Waterfront to form the Cape Town Big 7, a marketing body to ensure visitors know there are seven unmissable, awesome things to do in Cape Town.
One of the oldest areas in Cape Town, and South Africa, Constantia doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. From the incredible wine farms, to the unrivalled beauty of the valley as a whole, Constantia has a fantastic story to tell.
I love being a tourist in my own city and it gives me great pleasure to share my great finds with family and friends. I recently visited the One&Only for High Tea and if brought back so many fond memories of my childhood that I just had to share the experience!
Summer is not the best time of the year for shark spotting; it’s much better during the winter months. But I was in the area and had my heart set on ticking this thing off my bucket list. It was one of the worst days possible – the wind was howling, the swells were high, and almost every one of the skippers of the many shark boats based in Gansbaai were shaking their heads and saying no way, all except Marine Dynamics.
We all love having a meal with a view, and what better way than to start the day with stunning scenery? Here are some breakfast spots with a view in Cape Town.
It’s another epic weekend in the Mother City. Here are just some of things you can get up to, from Taste of Cape Town to a classic movie under the stars!