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A Summer Road Trip through the Northern Suburbs

Nothing beats grabbing a few of your pals, hopping into your car and heading out on a gorgeous summer’s day. Last December, a few of my fabulous co-workers and I, all city girls, took an unexpected sightseeing drive through the Northern Suburbs and made some wonderful discoveries:

Restaurant Ramadan Iftar Specials in Cape Town

We’re halfway through the holy month of Ramadan and Eid is fast approaching. Reward yourself each evening with affordable and mouth-watering specials at the fantastic halaal restaurants in and around the Mother City. There is nothing as refreshing and fulfilling as biting into a flavoursome chicken samoosa, tasting well-made split pea soup or satisfying your thirst with a glass of falooda, that rose syrup-flavoured milky beverage. From the City Centre to the Cape Flats and Hout Bay, you can break your fast without breaking the bank.

University of Cape Town: One of the most beautiful places to study

Accolades for Cape Town just keep rolling in. Last week, the University of Cape Town (UCT) was named one of the most beautiful universities in the world, by British newspaper The Telegraph. The newspaper said that it is UCT’s mountain setting that helped it clinch the third spot on the list. Top spot was taken by Oxford University followed by Harvard University. UCT is the only African university on the list.

Braai, braai, braai your boerie…

Ask any South African, and they will tell you that the braai – or barbeque – is a part of South African culture.So much so, in fact, that 24 September (Heritage Day) is now also popularly known as National Braai Day.

Lady Gaga concert in Cape Town – video and ticket information

Thousands of monsters have gone gaga at the announcement that five-time Grammy Award-winning artist, Lady Gaga, will end her South African leg of her Born This Way Ball at Cape Town Stadium on December 3, 2012.

Slacklining on Table Mountain – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

On a fine winter’s afternoon in July 2009, two intrepid young adventurers, Warren Gans (24) from Newlands and Sean Wakelin (22) from Pinelands, chose to claim their stake as the first people to slackline on Table Mountain.

Infecting the City is here – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Infecting the City is here! Happening all week, from February 21 to February 26, in and around inner-city Cape Town, the Spier Public Arts Festival celebrates the Cape’s creative treasures … Be sure not to miss the wide range of instalments this week: You’ll learn something about your city and be reminded of just how original our inhabitants – young and old – really are.

Visit the SAS Assegaai submarine in Simon’s Town

Decommissioned in 2003, the French-built submarine SAS Assegaai has been lovingly restored by a group of retired and in-service naval staff who, with the blessing of the South African Naval Museum, have opened her up to the general public. In addition to having some degree of sea legs, it is imperative that visitors are reasonably fit and don’t have a fear of small, enclosed spaces: Simon’s Town Boat Company’s dockyard ferry takes you to the sub, and you enter and exit the vessel on a vertical ladder.

J&B Met: a final look at the 2010 event

Wonderbra model Elbe van der Merwe and her partner Beto Malfacini at the 2010 J&B Met. Last weekend’s J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse will be remembered for the vibrant outfits inspired by the event theme, “In full colour.”

Cape Town voted world’s second-best city in Condé Nast Traveller survey

Condé Naste Traveller readers voted Cape Town the second-best city in the world and Africa’s number one in their 25th annual Readers’ Choice survey. A total of 46 476 readers took part in the 2012 annual survey, in which 1 306 winners were nominated.

Free New Year’s Eve parties in Cape Town

Did you blow the budget this festive season? Is your new year’s resolution to save some pennies? Why not start a day earlier and celebrate New Year’s Eve on the cheap? Here are some smart ways to have a fab, free evening.

Swedish House Mafia in Cape Town

The house DJ collective Swedish House Mafia is the latest acclaimed international music act headed to Cape Town. Clearly the southern tip of Africa is the place to be for lovers of good music!

J&B Met in full colour: photos

Our man on the ground, event reporter Deon Gurling, was there to record the afternoon of gorgeous outfits, colour, excitement, surprise winners and sunshine at the 2010 J&B Met in Cape Town. Crowds were treated to a great day out and exciting racing. Filly River Jetez won the feature race, beating the favourite and her brother, Pocket Power.

Big city lights – Flickr pic of the day

This striking photograph of the Cape Town city centre was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Daniel Lurie. Daniel says, “I have many personal favourite images of Cape Town, but this one of the city at night has a particular majestic quality.”

The Cape Floral Kingdom – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

The Cape Floral Kingdom was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2004. Many of the beautiful indigenous flowers that form part of the kingdom can be seen in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Rihanna Cape Town concert: date and ticket information

The stars are going to shine like diamonds come October 16 when music superstar Rihanna performs her brand of magic at the Cape Town Stadium.

Snow in Cape Town: Table Mountain’s crown

This morning Cape Town residents awoke to the chills of winter but were greeted by an astonishing sight: Table Mountain wore a crown of snow. For those who were already braving the icy conditions in an attempt to get to the summit, it was the icing on the cake – so to speak.

Mad Max 4: Fury Road to film in Cape Town

Filming of the post-apocalyptic action adventure epic Mad Max 4: Fury Road is set to take place in Cape Town later this year – according to unverified reports. The film will star South African-born Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, as well as Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) and is directed by Academy Award winner George Miller (Happy Feet, Babe, Mad Max trilogy).

Climate Smart Cape Town Pavilion wins at COP17

The Climate Smart Cape Town Pavilion has won the best outdoor and best overall stand in the Climate Change Response Expo at COP17. The pavilion, constructed from 1884 plastic milk crates and more than 22,000 plastic bottles, is a completely sustainable structure that will be dismantled after COP17, with all materials re-used.

Cape Town Carnival: Long Street awash in spectacular colour – photos

Long Street lit up with a spectacular show of colour on Saturday, March 19, as the Cape Town Carnival parade headed up the famous one-way street. Feather boas, glitter, Harley-Davidsons and reams of partygoers all helped to make the spectacle reminiscent of the Rio Carnival, but ours had a wonderfully South African flavour. Here are some highlights of the dazzling event. All photos by Deon Gurling.  

Sahara Park Newlands rated second best cricket ground in the world!

In a survey of the best cricket grounds in the world, published in the May 2012 issue of The Cricketer magazine, a panel of 40 cricket experts has rated Sahara Park Newlands as the second best cricket ground in the world, after the historic Lords Cricket Ground in London.

New Year’s Eve parties

If your plans for ringing in 2012 include having fun, fun and more fun, we have just the right list of parties to ensure that happens. Enjoy the countdown on December 31, 2011 at the following fabulous events…

#CapeSnow - A white blanket over Cape Town

Snow in Cape Town is a rare and exciting sight and while there’s nothing worse than being stuck at work or in another another city when all you want to do is build a snowman, at least you can share in the excitement via social media. Here’s a collection of our favourite #CapeSnow pictures from all over the web.

“South Africa”, NerdzSquared’s first music video, filmed in Cape Town

NerdzSquared, two multi-talented YouTubers have been taking the online world by storm with their latest release, South Africa and their first music video –filmed right here in Cape Town.

Robben Island – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

In celebration of Heritage Week, we look at Robben Island, once “home” to South Africa’s most famous political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, and an integral part of South Africa’s history.

Muizenberg – one of National Geographic’s World’s 20 Best Surf Towns

Accolades for Cape Town continue to roll in. Following the recent announcement that Tjing Tjing bar was named one of The 10 Hottest New Bars Around The World by Conde Nast Traveler, now National Geographic has listed Muizenberg as one of its World’s 20 Best Surf Towns.

Eid Preparations with The Next 48Hours’ Naushad Khan

Muslims in Cape Town will be joining some two billion Muslims around the world this weekend to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which means “the feast of the breaking” (to break the fast).

Festive season dining in Cape Town

Nothing says Christmas like a tenderly cooked turkey or ham, sweetly mixed eggnog or chilled champagne and decadent desserts. If slaving away in your kitchen to create these mouthwatering delicacies makes you want to run for the hills, fear not – there is a wide range of stellar restaurants in sunny Cape Town, ready to relieve you of your culinary duties.

Cape Town’s Famous Landmarks – A Cape Town Tourism Photo Essay

The City of Cape Town has a diverse character, architecturally speaking. With colourful homes and streets in the Bo-Kaap, a little more modernity on Thibault Square, one of a kind lighthouses, and the iconic City Hall, Cape Town offers many sites on which to feast your eyes when walking or driving around the city.

Cape Town curry restaurants – they’re hot!

To truly immerse yourself in the culture of a city means to savour everything, including the local food. What better place to start than by sampling the best curries Cape Town has to offer?
 
 

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