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Rock Climbing in the Western Cape
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Rock Climbing in the Western Cape

I have to admit, I'm not a very good rock climber. I'm the guy that experienced climbers take along in order to show off their skills and soon regret it. Invariably I'm the guy that gets stuck or injures myself and has to be helped and/or rescued. But one doesn't have to be Stallone in Cliffhanger to recognize the goldmine of rock climbing opportunities that Cape Town offers. Those coming from abroad will find rock climbing in the Western Cape extremely inexpensive as well as very accessible. Having entire crags and routes to themselves also often pleasantly surprises climbers visiting the ...
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Live Music in Cape Town
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Live Music in Cape Town

Crammed inside a smoky Cape Town club watching a floppy-haired, skinny jean-wearing indie band prance around on stage, it can be difficult to put your current musical appreciation into its proper historical context. And considering that last round of tequilas at the bar, probably unwise. That said, it can be an interesting trip looking at just how much musical history is concealed beneath the surface of Cape Town's nightlife. Music has always been part of Cape Town's legacy, from the earliest music of the Cape indigenous peoples to the folk music brought by European settlers to the area...
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Visit Langebaan
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Visit Langebaan

Mention Langebaan to Capetonians and they smile; only 100 kilometres from Cape Town this hugely popular holiday town offers the ultimate in easy getaways. Weekends away in Langebaan are an excellent opportunity to get some time out and indulge in the holiday mood without arduous planning or a long drive. But it's not only convenience that this West Coast town has in its favour. The Langebaan lagoon is simply stunning; crystal clear water surrounded by snow-white beaches attracts water sports enthusiasts from all over South Africa. Windsurfing, kite-surfing, angling and yachting are some of ...
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Cape Town Craft Markets
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Cape Town Craft Markets

Shopping is one of those small joys in life. Although there's a lot to be said for the simple things in life that don't require money, sometimes nothing makes you feel quite as good as buying some new stuff. That said, big shopping centres offer the same thing all over the world and finding something unique to an area is becoming more and more difficult. Craft markets have long been a part of Cape Town's way of offering alternatives to mainstream shopping. Several markets exists, each completely different to one another, and each offering a special little piece of Capetonian lifestyle. ...
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Cape Town Theatre
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Cape Town Theatre

When it comes to the dramatic arts, Cape Town is a real diva. Home to a number of theatres and performing arts groups as well as the world-class University of Cape Town arts and drama schools, you’ll never be at a loss for theatrical entertainment when visiting the city. Whether it be Shakespearean drama, dance, stand-up comedy, Theatresports, or experimental fringe theatre, you’re bound to find something to suit your taste. For starters, as a theatre buff, you can hardly afford to miss out on the Maynardville experience. The Maynardville Open-Air theatre is situated in Wynberg and e...
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Diary of a Cape Town Wedding
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Diary of a Cape Town Wedding

“So you're sure you've spoken to the priest?” Catherine asked Georgia for the hundredth time over the phone. At least I think that's what she asked. All I could hear was my girlfriend Georgia dutifully repeating the information into the receiver; “Yes yes, I've spoken to the priest, going to meet him and his wife, the organist, tomorrow.” Georgia, Catherine's younger sister, lives in Cape Town. Catherine lives in London. Catherine had decided to have her wedding in Cape Town, which had swiftly catapulted Georgia into the unenviable position of wedding planner. All that stood between her an...
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South African Wine
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South African Wine

The South African wine industry has grown in leaps and bounds since the dawn of democracy in 1994. Many producers have won prestigious international awards for their creations, and South Africa is fast gaining acclaim as a wine producer to watch. Like the culture itself, dubbed the Rainbow Nation for the diversity, wines from South Africa range from crisp, clear whites to robust reds, and everything in between. We have even developed our very own grape varietal, Pinotage, a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Hermitage, which is slowly gaining popularity and acclaim worldwide. While there have...
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Surfing in Cape Town
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Surfing in Cape Town

With around forty-nine established surf spots all within an hour’s drive and the choice of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is somewhat of a haven for surfers from around the world. Cape Town has a very active surfing community and the variety of surfspots means that everybody can be accommodated. If you’re looking for a beginner’s wave, one of the best beaches to start off is Muizenberg beach. Muizenberg offers gentle waves, but they are fun and just keep on coming all day long. Not really the right kind of beach if you’re looking to carve your name or ride barrels. But if y...
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Another Good Reason to Visit Cape Town
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Another Good Reason to Visit Cape Town

Cape Town’s icon, Table Mountain, stands with her base firmly within the Table Mountain National Park, 1 086 metres above Table Bay. The imposing table top, more often than not draped in rich cloud that seems never to quite tumble from its sides, is a national monument and her shape has been adopted as a ubiquitous scribble for many a company logo of those working within her shadow. The mountain is sculpted from sandstone and her summit measures nearly 3km from end to end. Views from up here are remarkable and the panorama stretches from Table Bay to False Bay around the mountain to Hout Ba...
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The Waterfront and Two Oceans Aquarium
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The Waterfront and Two Oceans Aquarium

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s magnificent harbour. Set against a backdrop of stunning sea and mountain views, it has become South Africa's most visited destination. For an unforgettable experience head over to the Two Oceans Aquarium. This aquarium is the largest aquarium in South Africa, housing over 300 marine species in impressive displays. It is a spectacular experience! As you enter, you enter a new world. Long paths lead to all variations of marine species in colourful and informative displays. ...
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Route 62 – The longest wine route in the world
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Route 62 – The longest wine route in the world

Route 62  is modeled after the iconic US Route 66, made famous by the late, great Nat King Cole in the eponymous song of the mid 20th century. Travelers headed for the fabulous Garden Route will find that Route 62 offers a better alternative to the dull N2 motorway between Cape Town and George, being much more scenic and slightly shorter. This well-maintained blacktop highway meanders from Worcester, by way of the Breede River valley, through Robertson, Ashton and Montagu, then the Klein Karoo landmark towns and thence on to George and the Garden Route. The road follows winding and spectacu...
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Sea Kayaking in Cape Town
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Sea Kayaking in Cape Town

Sea kayaking with Coastal Kayak Trails along the Cape Peninsula are varied, from a relaxing 2 hour sunset trip near the Cape Town city centre to exciting kayaking around Cape Point, from encounters with penguins at Boulders Beach near Simonstown to encounters with Southern Right Whales, the endemic Heaviside Dolphins and also Dusky, Common and Bottlenose dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, African Penguin and a variety of other sea birds ... No previous kayaking experience is needed. All the kayaking and safety gear is provided. Kaskazi double kayaks provide for a comfortable and safe ride. Experienc...
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Get married in Cape Town – The Cape Town Wedding
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Get married in Cape Town – The Cape Town Wedding

Making your wedding ‘just perfect’ entails a blend of factors, not least of which includes the dress ‘to die for’ and a great cape town wedding venue. With Cape Town as the city of choice for your big day, you won’t have far to look. Cape Town is the city of fair skies, gorgeous beaches, magnificent gardens and an extensive list of Cape Town wedding and reception venues. Outdoor locations for stunning wedding photographs abound. Picture the oldest and largest botanical gardens in South Africa, Kirstenbosch, with the eastern slopes of Table Mountain as your backdrop. These gardens alone cont...
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Featured Cape Wine Routes
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Featured Cape Wine Routes

Traditionally, when referring to the Cape Winelands, one called to mind the cellars around Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Franschhoek. However, South African wine has undergone a whole new momentum. An emerging ethos has taken the local wine industry into the global arena. South African wine has come of age and is now competing on the world wine stage. A whole new generation of winemakers has appeared and there has been a shift from grape farming to wine growing. The Cape winelands stretch from the coast to the plains of the Little Karoo, where grapes are also grown in the riverine ...
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Special Report – Liziwe’s Guest House in Gugulethu
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Special Report – Liziwe’s Guest House in Gugulethu

Liziwe Ngcokoto is the owner of Liziwe's Guest House. Long before the establishment of the Guest House, Liziwe bought the plot of land and lived in a shack on the plot for five years. Then she and her husband, Donald, decided to build a house. Together they worked tirelessly towards building their dream home. Once completed, the couple decided to extend their home into a welcoming Guest House. “My husband and I have come a long way, from staying in a shack on the plot and receiving a donation of bricks from Sappi Craft where my husband has been working for 25 years. He would come home at nigh...
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