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Yoga!
4 Sep 2013
 
     

Top 3 yoga studios in Cape Town

By Natalie Roos for Cape Town Tourism

Cape Town has a very passionate and dedicated yoga community and as every yogi knows, it offers an excellent form of exercise and relaxation.

From Bikram, Vinyasa and Ashtanga to Immersion and Kundalini, there is a studio, class and payment option for every yogi, from beginners to those who have been practising for years.

When I need to find my centre and relax in #LoveCapeTown, I head out to these three yoga studios:

YOGAZONE

My personal favourite, Yogazone offers Bikram and Vinyasa classes, all suitable for beginners as well as experienced yogis. Conveniently located in the heart of the City Bowl, the studio is within walking distance of Long Street and many hotels and backpackers' establishments. Sign up for its special offer of 10 classes at R120 (within two weeks), or attend a drop-in class for R90. (+27 (0)21 421 8136)

AIR YOGA

Who said Woodstock was only for creatives? Air Yoga, in the Mother City’s art and design district offers a variety of yoga and meditation, with Ashtange yoga being the foundation for its other styles and practices. The studio also offers a variety of treatments such as Thai traditional massages and reflexology. Drop in for a class at R70 or sign up for 10 classes at R500. (+27 (0)73 584 2978)

GOYOGAH

Find inner peace and gawk at the view with GoYogah in Clifton. They offer daily classes, as well as two-hour workshops on Saturdays for those looking for a more intense session. Drop-in classes are R100 per class. (+27 (0)83 225 9312)

Second-hand book stores in Cape Town
28 Aug 2013
 
     

Second-hand book stores in Cape Town

By Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Nothing turns my pages quite like a marvellous second-hand bookstore and in inspirational Cape Town, there are plenty to keep me happy.

Put down your Kindle or iPad, and join me at my favourite stores:

TOMMY’S BOOK EXCHANGE

I spent many happy years at this Long Street gem as a child (thanks to parents who were even bigger book-lovers than I am!) and although the store has diminished in size over the years, it is no less magical.

Visit Tommy’s for novelizations of your favourite TV series and works of your most beloved horror, romance and thriller authors.  

Contact: +27 (0)21 424 7675

HELP THE RURAL CHILD TRUST

This delightful Southern Suburbs store is a two-storey nirvana of fiction, cookery, spirituality, children’s books and more.

Best of all, I can indulge my book-buying obsession with a clear conscience as each purchase at this Mowbray gem helps to support the Catholic Welfare and Development ‘s charity programmes.

Contact: +27 (0)21 689 8392

CAFDA BOOK STORE

Yes, there is more to Claremont than partying at Tiger Tiger and shopping until you drop at Cavendish Square. 

Spend your hard-earned cash at this worthy little literature mecca on the likes of Wilbur Smith, Patricia Cornwell, Nora Roberts and more.

Contact: +27 (0)21 674 2230

BIKINI BEACH BOOKS

Need a great book to read while sunbathing on Bikini Beach in gorgeous Gordon’s Bay? Then you can’t go wrong with this quaint seaside bookstore on Beach Road.

Housed in the former The Oleanders residential hotel, Bikini Beach Books is a fascinating labyrinth of novels, poetry, historical ledgers, biographies and more at really affordable prices, and also boasts interesting decor and a resident ginger cat who might or might not want to help you with your reading requests.

The Great Gatsby Hunt
21 Aug 2013
 
     

The great Gatsby hunt in Cape Town: Where to find it and how to enjoy it

By Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

On any given day of the week, I’m a burger and chips-, pizza- or KFC-loving girl. But there is something about a Friday night that demands to be celebrated with a true, Cape Flats-style Gatsby.

The way the pink Viennas and hot chips fit so perfectly inside the long French roll (drizzled with tantalising chilli or tomato sauce and cut into four pieces) gets my cholesterol-filled arteries pulsating. And don’t get me started on how good a two-litre Frulati juice or Coco-Cola tastes with it.

So, where did this heaven-sent meal originate? In years gone by, Cape Flats residents would fill long rolls with whatever meal leftovers they had, and split the roll in four.

Sharing a Gatsby with loved ones has since become a treasured Capetonian tradition and one we’re eager to share with visitors.

And since sharing is caring, and I couldn’t possibly keep all this delicious goodness to myself (though I’m very tempted to), here are my top three Gatsby joints in the Mother City:

MARIAM’S KITCHEN

A Vienna Gatsby might be my first love, but no one makes a steak Gatsby quite like the lovely “tieties” (aunts) at Mariam’s Kitchen in the city centre.

While you’re there, place a side order for the mouth-wateringly good samoosas and half-moons!

Contact: +27 (0)21 423 0772

GOLDEN DISH

Driving up to this Rylands institution in a pimped-out car with your burly boyfriend and his motley crew of friends for a bite to eat at 10pm on a Friday night is a rite of passage for most local girls ... but let’s not forget that the Golden Dish is renowned for its Full House Masala Steak Gatsby too.

Contact: +27 (0)21 638 3796

SUPER FISHERIES

Legend has it that the Gatsby was created by the owner of this popular fast food joint in Athlone in the 1970s...

Whether you’re a fan of its atchar polony Gatsby or its hake and chips parcel, Super Fisheries is sure to satisfy you.

Contact: +27 (0)21 696 9833

My Top Five Cape Town gems
14 Aug 2013
 
     

My Top Five Cape Town Gems - Lesser-known things to do in the Mother City

By Sarah Gurney for Cape Town Tourism

Every visitor to Cape Town will have the same things on their must-see list: Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Robben Island...

There’s no denying that these are attractions not to be missed, but there are many lesser-known gems in the beautiful Mother City that should definitely be added to that list.

Here are my top five things to do:

1. Go for a walk in the Tokai Forest.

Escape from the noise of the city for a few hours as you wind your way through beautiful trees, soaking up the peaceful sounds of the forest.

2. Walk along the promenade from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay.

With its endless stretch of white sand and colourful changing huts, Muizenberg is one of the most popular swimming and surfing beaches in Cape Town. Take a stroll along the beach and continue along the promenade to Kalk Bay. 

3. Have a chocolate brownie at the Olympia Café in Kalk Bay.

After your walk, you might need a little sugar infusion, and there is no better place than the Olympia Café. Choose from a range of delicious treats (chocolate brownies highly recommended) and don’t forget to try their legendary hot chocolate.

4. Have a braai at Silvermine Nature Reserve.

My favourite thing to do on a sunny day is pack a picnic basket and head up to Silvermine Nature Reserve for a braai. Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as you relax beside the lake with the sweet smell of lunch cooking on your fire (note: made in the designated braai areas).

5. Go for a drive over Ou Kaapse Weg or Chapman’s Peak.

One of the best ways to appreciate Cape Town’s dramatic landscapes is to go for a drive over Ou Kaapse Weg or Chapman’s Peak. Stop along the various lookout points and admire the breath-taking views over the mountains and sea – and even spot a whale or two if you’re lucky.

Southern Line Tourist Route
7 Aug 2013
 
     

Southern Line Tourist Route: A beautiful day trip around the Peninsula

By Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Imagine a train ride around the gorgeous Mother City. The sun is shining, the skies are blue and you’re free to hop on or off at any stop all the way from Cape Town to Simon’s Town to visit any of your favourite tourist attractions… sound fantastic? With the Southern Line Tourist Route, it’s possible!

I recently had the privilege of enjoying a trip aboard the stylish Southern Line coach to experience this fantastic ride along the ocean-side, which includes stops  at Observatory, Newlands, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek.

For those so inclined, there is stargazing at the South African Astronomical Observatory. Surfers can catch the big waves at Fish Hoek Beach and art lovers should visit the Kalk Bay Modern art gallery.

I stayed on board, taking in the breath-taking sights along the way until we alighted at Simon’s Town station. In this charming seaside town, there are plenty of cultural attractions, great restaurants and shopping spots to enjoy.

Most fascinating to me was the Simon’s Town Museum. Housed in Cape Town’s first Governor’s winter residence, Simon van der Stel (after whom the town is named), the museum is home to exhibits of the cultural history of the townspeople and their connection to the Royal Navy of the town.

When you’ve absorbed all you can about the history of this picturesque little place, head downstairs to the basement of the museum and take a look at the hidden jail cells (in one of its many incarnations over the years, the house was a jail). Eerie and with just a hint of the dangerous criminals that were once ensconced in those cells, the basement is a potent reminder of an era gone by.

A delicious must-visit spot is the Quarterdeck Restaurant. It overlooks Simon’s Bay, offering you an unparalleled view of the harbour and excellent service from friendly staff. Their seafood platter is to die for, as is their super-sweet waffle and ice cream.

The Southern Rail Tourism Route is more than worth the R30 ticket price for a one-day trip or R50 for a two-day trip.  Visit http://www.capemetrorail.co.za/ for more info.

Cape Town Undercover
24 Jul 2013
 
     

Cape Town market browsing under cover

Sachiko Okada for Cape Town Tourism

Everything I love about winter, including the familiar comforts of Sunday lunch at Mom's and an earnest raid through Grandmother's closet, I can find while browsing through these indoor markets of Cape Town:

CITY BOWL MARKET

The historical building that hosts the market is filled with delicious smells and a bustling variety of foodies, fashionistas and families who sample their way around cosy stalls. As a self-professed macaroon enthusiast, it doesn't take me long to spot Swoon Treats and indulge in the Red Velvet French-style macaroons.

Upstairs you will find a massive closet richly stocked with young Cape Town designers. Keep an eye out for one-of-a-kind items from Vintage Lover and designer steals from Adam and Eve. I adore the collection from The Little Hattery of adorable miniature hats!

www.citybowlmarket.co.za

BAY HARBOUR MARKET

For most people, “organic” is synonymous with “expensive” but that's simply not the case at Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay. You will find this market with its unusual floor plan, consisting of a rather fun hobnob of more than 100 stalls, inside the old fish factory. In one corner you may find delicious delicacies and in another an aspiring designer or specialist in a particular craft.

The market’s vibe is so welcoming and that may be because of the musicians (quite synonymous with the cheerful bunch who serenade on the harbour itself) or the people – a merry mix of old and young.

www.bayharbour.co.za

BLUE BIRD GARAGE FOOD AND GOODS MARKET

The surfers' village of Muizenberg hosts the Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market every Friday night. Inside a beautiful, old warehouse, delight in tongue-and-cheek goodies including “What the f**** chilli paste” and live entertainment.

Vintage is king here – you’ll find quirky collectibles such as books, designer furniture and reworked novel clothing or a keepsake in the form of a portrait created on rizla paper.

www.bluebirdmarket.co.za

Hoerikwaggo Trail
17 Jul 2013
 
     

Two days hiking the Hoerikwaggo Trail

Natalie Roos for Cape Town Tourism

On a beautiful Sunday morning I awoke to the sounds of birds chirping and the smell of a wood fire being prepared outside my tent. It was still dark and my muscles were aching, but I was already looking forward to the day’s challenges that lay ahead.

 I had spent the night at the Orangekloof Tented Camp in the Constantia Nek Valley, after an 11km hike from Silvermine on the day before. We had 14 more kilometres to climb before we reached our final destination: the top of Table Mountain.

The full Hoerikwaggo Trail ("Hoerikwaggo" comes from the Khoisan word for “mountain in the sea") takes you from Table Mountain to Cape Point over a five-day hike. We were only hiking part of the trail, spanning 25km over two days. Our group was made up of first-timers as well as more experienced hikers but our guide, Binny Ridgway of Ridgway Ramblers, set a pace that was comfortable for everyone in our party.

Binny has been a full-time walking leader in the Cape Peninsula region for over six years and knows all the hidden gems, like the Waterworks Museum and the opening on the Woodhead Tunnel, which was built in 1891 to transport water from the mountain to the city.

The trail starts off at Table Mountain, taking hikers to Maclear's Beacon, its highest point, , passing one of the dams along the way to Orange Kloof Forest.

From there hikers head towards Silvermine, and enjoy the magnificent views of False Bay. The adventure continues towards Kommetjie via Chapman’s Peak, along the magnificent beaches. Hikers then make their way towards Simon's Town and Cape Point, to explore the beauty of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

After a long day, hikers arrive at one of the eco-friendly camps which were exclusively built for the Hoerikwaggo Trail. Hikers overnight in tented camps that blend into the surroundings, boasting comfortable beds and are equipped with fireplaces, braai facilities, and a big kitchen.

On Sunday we hiked through thick indigenous forest and over rocky plains, stopping for lunch on a rock ledge overlooking the route we had experienced so far. We reached the top of Table Mountain with its spectacular views later that day with aching legs, feet and shoulders, but the sense of accomplishment and joy was worth all the effort. The experience was definitely one to remember.

Cape Town Spas
10 Jul 2013
 
     

Cape Town spas: Indulge in a little more “me time”

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Sometimes we need to break away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. My “me time” means one thing – a day at the spa.

You could say I’ve become a bit of an addict. I’ve had Swedish massages in Newlands, back massages at the V&A Waterfront, manicures in Vredehoek and most recently, a Thai massage to die for in Gardens.

A quiet room, someone attending to my aching body and total bliss ... What’s not to love?

These are my few of my top spas in Cape Town:

ENMASSE

Many places claim to offer unique service, but Enmasse delivers: Guests are dressed in white cotton clothing for their treatments, which are all oil-free. Enmasse offers reflexology, shiatsu and Thai and pregnancy massages by talented, trained therapists.

I had a Thai massage by a woman I swear must be some kind of muscle whisperer – I’ve never been that relaxed.

Founded by a former banker of all people, Enmasse is proving to be a hit with those needing some tender loving care after a hard day of work or after overloading on sightseeing.

www.enmasse.co.za

ONE&ONLY SPA CAPE TOWN

Luxury, beauty and pleasure are the words that come to mind when thinking of the V&A Waterfront’s One&Only Spa.

With various treatment plans designed to help you unwind, and access to a heated pool and delicious, healthy snacks (be sure to try their smoothies) after your session, you are sure to be thoroughly spoilt all day.

Body massages, facials, chakra balancing treatments, waxing, manicures and hair styling are just some of the goodies on offer.

www.capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com/spa

URBAN SANCTUARY

True to its name, this decadent skin and body day spa in Newlands is a sanctuary for tired and aching bodies. My best friend and I had Swedish body massages – Urban Sanctuary offer great couples’ deals and occasion packages – and practically floated home on a cloud of aromatic oils and relaxation.

Highly qualified therapists offer wraps, facials, beauty treatments and more using their unique fynbos range, Moya.

www.thesanctuarygroup.co.za.

Skydiving at 96!
3 Jul 2013
 
     

How to skydive at 96, and other life lessons

Lynnette Johns for Cape Town Tourism

Everyone needs purpose in their lives, something to which to strive. It may be a career, taking care of your family or loving your city. For Georgina Harwood, it is all three. Born in 1915 – yes, that's almost 100 years ago – Harwood has always stood out. One of a handful of women who went to university during the 1930s, she was a career woman, still single until the ripe old age of 28, then a devoted wife and mother and now, a two time sky diver in her 90s.

She was 92 when she jumped from a plane in a tandem skydive, and she repeated the feat four years later. It was her son Jim, who used to be a paratrooper, who persuaded her to do her first tandem skydive.

"I knew I was in safe hands, I was strapped to a highly qualified instructor. When we jumped out of the aeroplane I couldn't stop looking around me. I could see Cape Town, the sea and the mountain. I couldn't hear anything," she says. She remembers that she had to land on her knees and her ears had "popped" due to the sudden drop in altitude. A few years later Susan, and her daughter Georgina, persuaded her to jump again.

Two years away from her century, Harwood remains active: she plays bridge, and croquet at the Woodside retirement village in Rondebosch, where she lives, and at Kelvin Grove. She shrugs her shoulders; who knows, she may jump one more time if she lives to celebrate her 100th birthday. But in the meantime, she will continue living her life, being as active as possible and not letting anything get her down.

Cape Town in 48 Hours
26 Jun 2013
 
     

#LoveCapeTown City Breaks: what to do in Cape Town in 48 hours

By Cape Town Tourism

The chilly season might be upon us but things are only getting hotter in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City. So throw aside the bedcovers, stop staring at your boring four walls, and come and experience 48 unforgettable hours in our bustling hometown, with our #LoveCapeTown City Breaks.

Partnering with travel agency extraordinaire Thompsons Holidays, we are delighted to bring you value-for-money #LoveCapeTown City Breaks packages  until 30 September 2013, which include great deals, accommodation, flights, car hire, discounts on selected event tickets and fabulous mystery experiences in the Fairest Cape.

So, just what can you get up to in Cape Town in 48 hours?

How about:

Being a culture vulture: take in some live entertainment at one of the spectacular theatres and music venues in Cape Town, including the Theatre on the Bay in chic Camps Bay, the entertaining Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro in Sea Point or &Union in trendy Bree Street.

Shopping until you drop: renowned for her fantastic shopping spots, the Mother City encourages you to visit her delightful undercover markets, including the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay, and the Kalk Bay Arts and Antiques Mile.

Indulging your inner foodie and wine lover: nothing tells you more about a destination quite like its cuisine, so indulge to your heart's content in our spicy dishes at the opulent Roundhouse Restaurant, or sample the divine wine-and-chocolate pairing at the Durbanville Hills Wine Estate.

Feeling like royalty: world-class and expertly trained therapists await at the Vineyard Hotel’s Angsana Spa, to pamper you with their luxurious treats.

Being an adrenaline junkie: get up close and personal with the predators of the sea at the Two Oceans Aquarium, take in the sights of the town on a hike with Mother City Hikers or paddle the famous False Bay with the Surfski School’s experienced ocean paddlers.

Doing some spectacular sightseeing: get a bird’s eye view of Cape Town from the top of the impressive Wheel of Excellence at the V&A Waterfront, explore the colourful Bo-Kaap on a walking tour, or take a guided cycle tour through the Winelands with Bike & Saddle.

Staying in the lap of luxury: spend two unforgettable nights in ultimate decadence at the One&Only Cape Town or Cellars-Hohenort in the Constantia Winelands. For the truly brave, you can sleep within metres of majestic animals at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

Visit www.capetown.travel or  www.thompsons.co.za for more information.

Mzoli's
19 Jun 2013
 
     

Mzoli’s Place – My first township experience

By Mike Metelerkamp for Cape Town Tourism

For a friend’s recent birthday, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to experience another side of Cape Town, an experience that is now firmly placed in my top five favourite things about Cape Town. Sadly, Ratanga had to fall away, but is still held close to my heart.

Since early 2003, Mzoli Ngcawuzele’s business has been meat, through which he has transformed a run-of-the-mill butchery into one of the most popular experiences in Cape Town.

Located in the township of Gugulethu, Mzoli’s Place offers great-tasting meat with a secret sauce with a taste factor in the leagues of those by Colonel Sanders and the legend who started Spur. In the manner so typical of our local businessmen, he has not restricted his establishment to delicious food, but also offers energetic live entertainment, including deep house and kwaito music.

Mzoli’s Place is a great tourism boost for the area and attracts an array of celebrities, such as Jamie Oliver, and groups made up of students, tourists, business people and locals – all are welcome.

The afternoon was an awesome and inspiring experience, which proved that the diverse Cape Town cultures have open arms. The day wouldn’t have been the same without the welcoming vibe, big smiles, thumping music and the great mix of people.

High Tea
12 Jun 2013
 
     

High tea spots in Cape Town

 By Kayli Vee Levitan for Cape Town Tourism

Often the perfect way to catch up with friends or loved ones in Cape Town, high tea not only offers an afternoon of exciting new teas and treats that delight the eyes and palate, you can also enjoy all of this while admiring the splendour of your surroundings.

These are few of my gems:

The Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront was my first lucky high tea. We feasted on a 3 course buffet of savoury goods, cakes and hot desserts and a selection of over 100 teas. It’s an extravagant experience, where you feel spoilt, but not quite as comfortable as I would have liked. Staring out the double doors over the sea, I felt a tad regal, and when the pianist started playing My Heart Will Go On, the picture was complete.

Created for, but not limited to, two people sharing, the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay’s high tea is a reasonable treat. Hosted in the warm and inviting Leopard Room and balcony, each stand is served with two drinks and a range of sweet and savoury nibbles. The atmosphere is so relaxing that we lost ourselves in the afternoon and only realised once it was dark outside that it was probably time to go home.

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ‘s take on high tea is an English Tea for Two. As this was the only high tea I went to that was not hosted in a hotel, it was quite a different experience. You have a choice of sandwiches, as well as a selection of cakes, mini quiches and biscuits to choose from. I quite liked the fact that there is somewhere to go for a simple, mini high tea, and that you can amble around the gardens afterwards.

Probably Cape Town’s most well-known high tea venue, The Mount Nelson Hotel, with its lovely setting, was the last venue on my journey. Served on its vast patio you are offered an extensive buffet, including my favourites, the salmon wraps and apple crumble with clotted cream.

Agulhas National Park
5 Jun 2013
 
     

My Weekend Away in the Agulhas National Park

By Fazielah Williams

Our latest South African National Parks (SANParks) trip took us to the gorgeous shores of the Agulhas National Park.

Following 48 hours of hours of non-stop adventure, sightseeing and oh-so-much eating, I’d say a visit to the Park is a must for:

The unbeatable views:

Trust me when I say that you have not truly experienced a South African sunset until you have seen it from the porch of the Lagoon House, on the shore of the Agulhas lagoon.

The luxurious accommodation:

I’ve found that with each trip, SANParks continuously dispels the notion of rustic lodgings meaning tin shacks  with dodgy loo facilities for me… case in point is that the Agulhas Park accommodation is just a pure pleasure for the senses.

From the impressive Lagoon House, which was the original farmhouse in the area complete with a fireplace in the kitchen to the Rest Camp’s wooden chalets which are fitted with all of the modern comforts you could ask for and the fact that you awaken to the roar of the ocean waves each morning, these getaway dwellings are my idea of paradise!

The delicious food and wine:

The only thing I love more than sightseeing is indulging in my food and wine fetish and friends; let me tell you, you’ll find both in scrumptious abundance in Agulhas.

Whether you are stopping for a filling breakfast at the Pelican Harbour Café in Struisbaai; popping by for wine tasting and lunch at the Black Oystercatcher boutique winery or digging into homemade goodies at the Napier Farm Stall and Restaurant, Cape Agulhas is a note-worthy gourmet and wine-making destination.

The incredible discoveries and adventures:

Boasting a myriad of thrilling activities, including hiking trails across its dense terrain, the Park is also the final resting place of more than 250spooky shipwrecks, most notably the Meisho Maru 38 which ran aground in 1982.

The Park’s primary claim to fame, though, remains Cape Agulhas, the Southern Tip of Africa, and it is here where scores of tourists and locals will stop for a photo to mark their accomplishment of a seemingly impossible feat – crossing two oceans at once.

Being a group of whimsical writers, we naturally took this photo opportunity up a notch and managed a never-to-be seen again levitation at the Tip of Africa shot, under the careful tutelage of resident group photographer Rory Alexander.

For more information and reservations, please visit http://www.sanparks.org/parks/agulhas

Living on student coin
27 May 2013
 
     

Living on student coin in Cape Town

By Lynnette Johns for Cape Town Tourism

There are many ways of surviving your student years in Cape Town: you could get a part-time job, or you could find ways of making your rand stretch as far as it will go. Students love to party and some of the best places to hang out at include Long Street, Edward Street, Bellville and Lower Main Road, Observatory. Most pubs have happy hours so show up early, before sunset, to get your drink on. Share a cab with friends if you are pub hopping or use the Myciti bus service, a safer, cheaper way of travelling.

Chain restaurants, like the Spur, Ocean Basket and pizza places have standing weekly specials, but any Capetonian will tell you that Malay fast food is still the quickest and the best. Four of you could share a gatsby, or a vienna and chips parcel. Use your student card whenever you can. Iziko museums offer students discounted entry, so too do attractions like Table Mountain and the Two Oceans Aquarium.

The Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront often has free concerts and events, and when you get hungry, there are a number of fast-food joints only a few metres away. Get into shape, enjoy the free exercise equipment at the Urban Park in Green Point, go for a jog on the Sea Point Promenade or tackle one of the many hikes up Table Mountain.

Ferrari Review
22 May 2013
 
     

Luxury vehicles, scenic drives – Cape Town has both!

By Stuart Buchanan for Cape Town Tourism

Cape Town is already one of the most beautiful cities in the world, surrounded by unparalleled natural scenery. So what happens when you add one of the greatest feats of human engineering and design, and let it loose on the roads around the Mother City?

A jolly fun morning, I'd say.

This is what the crew at Overdrive TV were lucky enough to experience recently. The show airs on Expresso every Friday on SABC 3, and in a first for South African television, presenters Ciro de Siena and Gavin Williams took a Ferrari 458 Spider for a spin.

As you'll see in the video clip below, the segment becomes less of an objective car review and more like a moment of pure joy and excitement for the two presenters.

http://youtu.be/9km69dvJ2qs

Cape Town is a great place for experiencing your ultimate luxury car fantasy. With a number of companies offering car hire, there's nothing better than hitting the open road and enjoying some of the most scenic drives in the world:

Chapman’s Peak Drive encompasses sheer drops to the sea below and towering mountains rising above you.

The Stellenbosch Wine Route takes you past picturesque wine farm estates surrounded by mountains and vineyards.

Take a drive out along the West Coast, and see the stunning fauna and flora of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve Company.

Catch a sunset from Signal Hill, and enjoy views of the harbour and Table Mountain.

De Waal Drive hugs the side of Table Mountain – a dual carriageway that carries you into central Cape Town, and one of the most pleasant roads to drive on.

Head out along the Atlantic Seaboard, along Victoria Road, with a stopover at Camps Bay for sundowners (remember to arrange a designated driver).

Boyes Drive, between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay, offers great views of False Bay and whale-spotting sites.

Treat yourself to one of Status Luxury Vehicles' extensive fleet of supercars, exotics, sports cars, convertibles, hardtops, sedans, SUVs, 4x4s, passenger carriers and luxurious limousines.

Tune in to Expresso every Friday morning between 07h00 and 08h00, to see more great cars being showcased on Cape Town's roads.

Craft Beer
15 May 2013
 
     

Craft Beers at the V&A Waterfront

By Martin Rose for Cape Town Tourism

If you’re at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and have a fancy for speciality beer, then I have three must-visit places you need to stop at.

If you are keen for a taste of Belgian beer then there is no other place you should visit than Den Anker. There is a specific beer menu with some 16 imported Belgian beers. Four of these beers are on tap, including the establishment's very own Anker beer, especially made for the restaurant. The recipe for this beer was conceived by the late owner and the beer is produced in Belgium and flown to South Africa. You can opt to try all four as a beer tasting for R45.

If there is one beer you should try it must be the Kwak! It comes in its own special glass – well, all Belgian beers have their own unique glasses, but this one is especially unique as it has a round bottom and wooden holder.

The fact that you have to hand over your left shoe until you have finished the beer is quirky in its own right.

If you are in the mood for local beer, then you must visit Mitchell’s Brewery, which has six locally brewed beers on tap. These beers brewed and served on tap incudes Forester's Lager, Bosun's Bitter, 90 Shilling Ale ,Raven Stout, Milk & Honey Ale and Old Wobbly Lager.

If you are not sure which one to taste, I recommend the R50 tasting that includes all six plus a Mitchell’s key ring. There is also a Paulaner beer on tap for those that enjoy Weiss beer.

Ferryman’s, which opened in 1989, is a popular venue for locals and tourists alike.  The pub only has a single beer bearing its name – the Ferryman’s Ale, a spicy ale with complex aromatics and a full-bodied amber glow.

The tavern also stocks a few Mitchell’s beers, such as Forester’s Lager and Bosun’s Bitter, as well as some international favourites like Guinness and Kilkenny.

Ferryman’s has a large outside seating area and a play gym for kids. In summer I’ve seen Ferryman’s braaing (BBQ) lunchtime meals. This is the perfect place to soak up some sun and taste local braai flavours with local beer.

For more information about these craft breweries and bars, please visit www.waterfront.co.za.

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Enjoy the site
Erik