Newspapers and Magazines
The Cape Argus, an afternoon newspaper, and Die Burger, an Afrikaans-language morning newspaper, are the most widely-read daily papers, and provide general-interest news with a dash of politics and an emphasis on human-interest stories. The Cape Times, a morning newspaper, carries more international news and provides readers with greater detail on South African and international political developments. The Sunday Times, Weekend Argus and Rapport, the three major Sunday newspapers, include an addictive mix of sensation, summary, and detailed analyses of political developments. The Mail & Guardian is an excellent weekly read, published on a Friday, it focuses on South African, African and international politics, and is read by leaders and decision-makers throughout Southern Africa.
All these newspapers are available at stores throughout the Western Cape. You can pick up a copy of the Big Issue magazine at most traffic intersections. Proceeds of the sale of the magazine, goes to the vendor. Vendors are usually homeless people in need of an income. The two major newspaper houses also have excellent, constantly updated online versions:
Die Burger (Afrikaans)
Take the scenic route
If you are driving west from Cape Town and have some time to spare its worth turning off the N2 onto the R44 (Clarence Drive) and taking the coast road to Gordon's Bay and following it round to where you join the road to Hermanus. The road parallels the coastline almost all the way with wonderful views and beaches.
At Betty's Bay you can stop off at Stony Point to see the Jackass Penguin colony. This is also a great place for land-based whale watching between May and December.
All under one roof at the Cape Town Waterfront
Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a conglomeration of MANY shops of a high standard, formed around Cape Town harbour. You can buy anything you can think of here!
My uncle has an export business here at the docks. He retired in 2005 and my clever (hehe) cousin has takenover. He and his wife are visiting us in London in July 2060 and we look forward to seeing them! Woohoo! Okay, off that little nit of a family tangent now haha
Many people do not like the Waterfront. Yes, it is commercialised, yes it is pricey. But there is so much to see and do here, from the imax to craft markets, from sailing or helicopter rides, to buying books and viewing sharks at the excellent Aquarium, it is all here. Plenty of evening entertainment and great food too. Arts and crafts, everything non-arty and carafty too! There really is something for everyone here. Here's the catch. Even though there is everything you could possibly hope to buy here, it is expensive and priced for tourists. Locals are not able to buy at the majority of the shops. You can buy the same thing at a local mall for alot less. Here you pay a shopping premium.
South African Airways
We flew from Zurich via Jo'burg to Cape Town by South African Airways which is in my opinion one of the best airlines.
It was a pretty long flight, but the crew did their best to make it as comfortable as possible.
Get on one of the many minibuses which stop wherever passangers want to get off. It's a pretty cheap way to get from one place to another.
A "whale" of a meal
An upscale restaurant located in a converted warehouse. Really a good ambience, especially if you enjoy an urban feel.
I recommend this restaurant highly for the fresh seafood and if you want a "white cloth" night out. Lobster Bisque, followed by seared Tuna, and topped off with a creme brulee