General info on Cape Town
Favorite thing: Cape Town is bustling with life and has loads to do.
I wouldn't swim with the penguins in winter (June/July, as it is very cold then! Although the Indian Ocean (Fish Hoek, Simon's Town side) is warmer than the Atlantic Ocean (Hout Bay, Clifton Beach and Camps Bay Beach side).
Imhoff is OK, has some nice cheese and arts and crafts... if you enjoy browsing then it's lovely to visit.
The camels do not ride on the road, but on the beach, which is lovely. I do recommend this. There are places there to horse ride on the beach too (Long Beach, Noordhoek).
For Ostriches I would venture to Oudtshoorn, which is a bit far out of Cape Town... but I would not condone riding an ostrich, it is NOT healthy for them at all, no matter what people say. It does a lot of damage to their legs.
Winter weather is not great in Cape Town, if it were only cold that would be fine, unfortunately Cape Town gets cold, wet and windy... so let's hope for a mild winter whilst you are there! The cold is chilly but not as cold as other places in SA, like Joburg (inland and on the Highveld).
Car rental is definately best, get a car at Cape Town International. Alamo are a good hire company, inexpensive and we have used them a couple times when we have been back on holiday.
www.sleeping-out.co.za is quite good, as is Rooms For Africa, here is a link to cheap accomm there.
If you have more questions, please do feel free to ask. Happy planning! :)Related to:
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What is happening?
The city is abuzz with events all year round. The list of highlights include: the Cape Minstrels celebrating on the streets of Cape Town on the 2nd of January, the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Argus Cycle Tour, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, Cape Town Fashion week, Cape Town Jazz Festival, Decorex Cape, J&B Met, Cape Gourmet Festival, the Red Bull Big Wave Africa, Cape Town Festival, SA Music Week Festival, Hip Hop Indaba, Cape Town World Cinema Festival and many more.
View the events below or contact Cape Town Tourism office on +27 21 487 6800 for further information.
Airwaves in the Western Cape are alive with local, regional and national radio stations. While most radio stations broadcast in English, some radio stations broadcast in other South African languages. Kfm (94.5FM) is the most popular radio station in the Western Cape, playing a mix of 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s “Hits and Memories”. Good Hope FM and P4 Radio are two of the most popular radio stations in Cape Town. Community radio stations have boomed in South Africa in the past decade. Stations such as Christian station CCFM in Cape Town and Muslim community station Voice of the Cape are among the community stations aimed at serving the Western Cape’s diverse population.
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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)
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Favorite thing: Mangawani Spa is an experienc not to be missed when visiting Cape Town and you feel the need to be pampered. For approx R1000.00 you get served breakfast & lunch together with 7 different treatments. When you leave you would have been massaged from head to toe.
Fondest memory: To me the hot stone massage was the best
Groote Schuur Hospital
Favorite thing: This is prob not your normal photo of the hospital. It was taken from the hospital graveyard and has the new hospital in the back ground. Made famous by Dr Christiaan Barnard and his team of heart surgeons with the first ever human heart transplant in the world.
Freedom Pride Parade
Favorite thing: The tenth Freedom Pride Parade was held on Saturday 1st March. Approx 20 "float's" took part in the very colourful event that started out at Greenpoint. Thousand enjoyed the event which lasted until late night. The freedom pride parade lasts for more than a week and usually starts with the beauty contest to select Mr & Miss Cape Town Pride.
cape town pass
Favorite thing: You will need to buy a multiday pass because doing the museums alone can be an all day event. Go to the site and figure out what you want to do add up the costs of those things and the cost of buying a multi-day pass and see if it is cost effective for you.
If you can get it online it is best because not all hotels have this on hand. If not then at the Waterfront Boat company which I believe is key 5 underneath the big mall is where you will buy it. When they asks you what time to activate make sure that you say 9am-10am.
To use the hop on hop off bus you will have to go the office near the aquarium give them the card and then they will give you the ticket.
Fondest memory: http://www.thecapetownpass.com/Related to:
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Moullie Point Lighthouse
Favorite thing: The Mouille Point lighthouse was declared a National Monument in 1973 and is a popular landmark, the light was lit for the first time on the 12 April 1824.
The original installation had two fixed white lights on the top of the masonry tower, it was upgraded in 1865 when the tower was increased to its present height of 16 meters and a 3rd order light replaced the two fixed lights which is still in use today. There is a great promenade stretching along the beachfront from Seapoint till the end of Mouille Point overlooking the Atlantic Ocean which is ideal for taking long walks or a jog
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Favorite thing: Table Mountain is an absolute must! The trip up the mountain in a cable car that rotates gives you wonderful views of the mountain and the city below. Once on top there are various walks that show off both sides of the mountain and the suburbs that surround it. There is also a gift shop and a canteen. I would also say that the trip out to Robben Island is a must - it is a very informative trip and an amazing place.
Fondest memory: What I miss the most.... well that is a very hard choice to make. The mountain, the V&A Waterfront - where we did a lot of shopping and had our evening meals. It is an amazing place, but then I'm biaste, because I lived there for nine years.Related to:
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Good Food & Wine Show
Favorite thing: The Good Food and Wine Show is hosted at the CTICC and it seems like it is becoming a bi-annual event. The retail group Pick 'n Pay sponsors it and they bring a few celeb chefs out to come and do demonstrations. The last one I went to see Anthony Warrel Thompson and he was absolutely fab. Afterwards we bought some of his cook books and did a 'photoshoot' with him. He is such a darling.Related to:
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Kalk Bay Fishing Harbour
Favorite thing: There's nothing that compares to a fresh linefish straight from the boat and Kalk Bay is the place to get it!
Fondest memory: The Kalk Bay community has it's roots in fishing and many colourful characters can be seen if you pop in to the picturesque little harbour.
Fresh food guaranteed
Favorite thing: South African food is mostly of the highest quality. Meat, fruit and shellfish such as crayfish (rock lobster) and perlemoen (abelone) are found in the finest restaurants, as well as on the tables of homes.
A tip for the freshest fish possible... go down to the harbour and haggle with the local fisherman there for some fish! We usually go to either Hot Bay or Kalk Bay harbour. They come in on their little fishing boats with their fresh catch. Best to get down to the harbour by at least 7am.
Fondest memory: Eating freshly caught and cooked lobster at Kommetjie Beach watching the sun disappear on the horizon of the sea.Related to:
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The lay of the land
Favorite thing: South Africa is made up of 9 provinces, some small, some large, with the 2 small countries of Swaziland and Lesotho landlocked within it's borders. The smallest province, Gauteng, is the most productive of all provinces in South Africa.
The Western Cape is the most visited province overall by travellers and tourists from around the world. Fondly known as the 'fairest Cape' by the locals, it's charm and beauty is world renowned, Cape Town itself being a favourite destination.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Just a few pictures of a bygone era. From some you'll notice just how much of Cape Town is situated on reclaimed land. It seems that we inherited this need to reclaim land from our Dutch ancestors! lolRelated to:
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