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September 30, 2009

Cape Town celebrates World Tourism Day

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Bloubergstrand, photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe

Cape Town celebrated diversity on World Tourism Day, September 27, with beach soccer, traditional food, diski dancing and exciting tours in the Mother City.

The tours ranged from vibrant township experiences to wonderful winelands, historic Cape Town, nature, nightlife, family fun and gourmet safaris.

Tourism Month is not just for visitors – it’s a reminder for Capetonians to explore the natural and cultural diversity of their own city in preparation for hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

One attraction well worth knowing about is Blaauwberg, the area stretching from Milnerton to Mamre. It’s well known for its stretches of beach, small nature reserves, eclectic markets and outdoor living.

What’s happening in Blaauwberg?

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Wave fun at Blaauwberg, photo courtesy Ian Junor

  • Go and fly a kite in Table View, visit the Milnerton Water Park – complete with waterslide, pool, mini golf and braai areas – or learn more about the history of aviation in the Airforce Museum at the Ysterplaat Aerodrome in Milnerton.
  • The adventurous can go quad biking or release some pent-up energy at the paintball farm located at the Melkbos Country Club in Melkbosstrand.
  • Head out to the West Coast Ostrich Farm for a guided tour and an opportunity for the kids to sit on a live ostrich! Linger longer and enjoy some lunch or tea at their restaurant.
  • Drive out to Bloubergstrand or Melkbosstrand and enjoy fresh seafood with a breathtaking view of the ocean.
  • Becoming a “recessionista” gives you the perfect excuse to shop at craft markets or your favourite value-for-money haunts. On Saturdays and Sundays, from 09h00 to 14h00, Milnerton hosts one of the largest flea markets in Cape Town.
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    Kite surfing at Bloubergstrand, photo courtesy Jan Koch

  • Take the family to Seaside Village, a more recent development, in Big Bay, where you’ll find shopping, bistros, and bakeries on the beach – also perfect for swimming or windsurfing.
  • Go sandboarding at the Atlantis dunes on the West Coast Road or enjoy a relaxing drive to Mamre to see the spring wild flowers.
  • Visit !Khwa ttu on the west coast. Set up by the South African San Institute in co-operation with the Swiss charitable organisation Ubuntu, the project is located on historical San land. It gives visitors an insight into the Khoisan culture and involves the clearing of alien plants, the purchase of game, training, schooling and exhibitions.
  • Take the kids to SANCCOB to learn about the care and preservation of our coastline’s sea birds.
  • Indulge in a romantic break, including a scenic horse ride on Bloubergstrand beach with Thandeka Stables, a reviving spa treatment and a seaside dinner to relax and unwind.

For more information on the above activities call Cape Town Tourism’s Contact Centre between 08h00 and 21h00 at +27 (0)21 487 6800.

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