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The Two Oceans Marathon: everything you need to know

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It’s that time of year again when thousands of runners descend upon the Mother City to take part in “The world’s most beautiful marathon”, the annual Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.

On Easter weekend every year, more than 10,000 ‘lang-asems’ (local lingo for distance runners) will make their way around the Peninsula on the spectacular 56km route that takes in False Bay, Fish Hoek, Chapman’s Peak, and Constantia Neck. Another 15,000 eager runners will tackle the popular Half Marathon, that takes participants on a scenic meander through the Southern Suburbs. It’s a festive affair, even if you’re not a runner.

What’s happening and when
Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo
For the latest and greatest of all things running, head over to the Cape Town International Convention Centre and catch the latest gear, nutrition and even sports tours. It’s also the venue where participants register for race day.

When: The week leading up to the race.

Trail Run, Fun Runs & International Friendship Run
The ever popular Two Oceans Trail Run takes the more adventurous runners through the forests of the Southern suburbs. The various fun runs offer everyone from toddlers, tots and eager walkers a chance to get in on the action. Also taking place on Good Friday, is the International Friendship Run, which takes foreign athletes and their families for a 5.6km run/walk through the city past a number of the city’s famous landmarks.

When: Good Friday

Ultra Marathon & Half Marathon
Easter Saturday is race day for the two main events, the 56 km ultra-marathon, and the 21 km half-marathon, which will see more than 25,000 runners of all shapes and sizes hit the road.

When: Easter Saturday

Road closures
More than 25,000 runners take to the streets of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and the Peninsula, and to accommodate these eager athletes (and for everyone’s safety), there will be a number of road closures along and around the route. If you plan on driving on Friday or Saturday, have a look a..

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5 reasons to stay in a Hostel in Cape Town

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When you visit Cape Town, you’re spolit for choice when it comes to the kind of accommodation you choose. There’s everything from luxury hotels to rooftop Airstream trailers and everything in-between. Cape Town has many fantastic hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and BnB’s, but those travelling on a tight budget may want to explore other options. If you want to get the most out of your budget, a hostel or backpackers is a good choice. Here’s why.
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Make new friends
If you’re hoping to meet new people on your trip, a hostel is the way to go. You’ll meet travellers young and old from all corners of the globe, and many locals hang out at the on-site bars at backpackers. There is no better way to meet like-minded friends while travelling than booking into a hostel!

On-site bars
Many of the backpackers and hostels in Cape Town have places to eat and drink on-site, so you can easily grab a bite to eat or join your new friends at a bar without having to worry about where to go. These bars are often affordable, full of like-minded folks, and some of them have live music in the evenings.
Save your money for what matters
Hostels and backpackers are a really affordable option. Staying in a hostel is one of the only ways to find great accommodation in the heart of the city without having to blow your budget on a room. You can get a bed in a dorm for as little as R150-300 ($10-20) a night in some establishments. Private rooms cost a little more, but they’re still a lot cheaper than other options, and you get great value for money.
Search for affordable hostel accommodation now using the Booking.com portal below:

High quality accommodation
Gone are the days of dingy hostels with questionable cleanliness: Cape Town’s backpackers are a pleasure to stay in. Most places have great facilities, like comfy lounges, a pool, free wifi, and many more. Browse your options on Booking.com to see what’s available.

Join in on great activities
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5 reasons to stay in a Hostel in Cape Town

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When you visit Cape Town, you’re spolit for choice when it comes to the kind of accommodation you choose. There’s everything from luxury hotels to rooftop Airstream trailers and everything in-between. Cape Town has many fantastic hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and BnB’s, but those travelling on a tight budget may want to explore other options. If you want to get the most out of your budget, a hostel or backpackers is a good choice. Here’s why.

Book your stay now with Booking.com

Make new friends
If you’re hoping to meet new people on your trip, a hostel is the way to go. You’ll meet travellers young and old from all corners of the globe, and many locals hang out at the on-site bars at backpackers. There is no better way to meet like-minded friends while travelling than booking into a hostel!

Friends enjoying drinks at Once in Cape Town

On-site bars
Many of the backpackers and hostels in Cape Town have places to eat and drink on-site, so you can easily grab a bite to eat or join your new friends at a bar without having to worry about where to go. These bars are often affordable, full of like-minded folks, and some of them have live music in the evenings.

Save your money for what matters
Hostels and backpackers are a really affordable option. Staying in a hostel is one of the only ways to find great accommodation in the heart of the city without having to blow your budget on a room. You can get a bed in a dorm for as little as R150-300 ($10-20) a night in some establishments. Private rooms cost a little more, but they’re still a lot cheaper than other options, and you get great value for money.

Search for affordable hostel accommodation now using the Booking.com portal below:

High quality accommodation
Gone are the days of dingy hostels with questionable cleanliness: Cape Town’s backpackers are a pleasure to stay in. Most places have great facilities, like comfy lounges, a pool, free wifi, and many more. Browse your options on Booking.com to see what’s avail..

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Visitors’ Guide Listing

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The Cape Town Official Visitors’ Guide is published by Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town’s official regional tourism organisation.
The guide is a wealth of information and essential reading for first-time visitors who want to get to grips with all the city has to offer. The guide offers readers tips on top attractions, accommodation, experiences and tours. It breaks the city down into neighbourhoods, allowing visitors access to an in-depth and local knowledge of the areas.
If you wish to have your business included as a Standard Listing, please ensure you provide the following in the form below:
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Safari Experiences Near Cape Town

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Going on safari is a must-do experience when visiting Africa. While Cape Town’s mediterranean climate doesn’t lend itself to the traditional African bush experience, the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – are but a couple of hours’ drive from the city centre. Here’s a look at a few of your best safari options in and around Cape Town.

Aquila Private Game Reserve
One of the most popular game reserves near Cape Town, Aquila boasts a big five safari experience. Situated in the Klein Karoo, just two hours outside of the city centre, they offer a variety of experiences. Go on a traditional game drive or explore the reserve on horseback, quad bikes, or even from the air. Aquila caters to both day visitors and those who wish to stay overnight in one of their luxury chalets.

Website: aquilasafari.com

Image courtesy of Aquila Private Game Reserve.

Africa Explore Safaris
If you want to leave your safari experience to the experts, Africa Explore Safaris is the perfect choice. They create bespoke safari experiences that are completely personalised to your budget, timeline, and tastes. Their rates depend on what you’re looking for, but will usually include meals and drinks with unrestricted choices off the menu.

Website: africaexploresafaris.com

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Another Klein Karoo favourite and also home to the big five, Sanbona is as well known for its luxury as it is for great safari experiences, which includes the rare white lion. Ranging from five star lodges to luxury tented accommodation, Sanbona has something for everyone and they offer an array of activities for kids to make it an entertaining visit for the whole family.

Website: sanbona.com

Inverdoorn Game Reserve
A short two hour drive from Cape Town, Inverdoorn Game Reserve is well known worldwide for their cheetah rescue and rehabilitation program. This 10 000-hectare Klein Karoo park also boasts the big five, and offers both game drives, as well as unique guided walks with giraff..

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Join the President Hotel to celebrate Easter with the entire family

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Make it the best Easter this year by celebrating Easter with the President Hotel as they invite you to enjoy live tunes and a scrumptious egg – ceptional 3 course Easter lunch with activities for the kids to enjoy. Cost R320 pp excluding drinks, Children under 6 years of age eat for free if they are accompanied by a paying Adult.

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How to find affordable internal flights in South Africa

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When you’re planning a holiday, booking flights from your home country is just the first step. Getting around in South Africa is easy and affordable if you know where to look. Your best option is to go local, and Cape Town Tourism has partnered with Travelstart, a local flight booking platform, to help you book the most affordable local flights for your trip.

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Major Airports in South Africa
There are a number of international airports in South Africa. OR Tambo is located in Johannesburg and it is the busiest airport in the country. This is where the majority of international flights land. Cape Town International Airport also has a large international terminal, but few countries fly direct here; many flights stop over in Johannesburg. It’s a good idea to check for local flights between Cape Town and Joburg. You can save a lot by booking these internal flights separately through a platform like Travelstart.

Lanseria International Airport is a smaller airport located just outside of Johannesburg, and is a good place to fly to if you want fast local transfers in the Joburg area. The Nelspruit International Airport is a good option for those who want to get to Kruger National Park and other game parks in Mpumalanga. There’s also King Shaka International Airport in Durban. With airports in 130 cities in South Africa, it’s possible to get just about anywhere in the country by air.

South African Airlines
There are many local flight operators: you’re spoilt for choice. Budget airlines like Kulula, Mango, and Flysafair are great choice for shorter trips. They are no-frills carriers who offer internal flights to most cities. The main national airline is South African Airways (SAA), and they fly to most major cities. SAA offers perks like in-flight meals and the option to book seats with extra leg room. While all of these airlines offer bookings directly for their website, Travelstart allows you to choose your destination and dates and compare..

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Your De Waterkant Cheat Sheet

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It’s hard to believe that there’s a charming little village right next to the bustling City Bowl, but De Waterkant somehow manages to be both part of the centre of town and detached from it—a suburb hidden in plain sight that is home to some of the city’s most on-trend inhabitants.
Great restaurants and coffee shops, a friendly neighbourhood culture, and plenty of unique shopping experiences make De Waterkant an essential stop on your Cape Town itinerary.

The Cape Quarter
To call the Cape Quarter a mall is a bit of a disservice. The Cape Quarter is not a string of bland chain shops, but rather a curated retail quarter that is great for art-lovers, fashionistas, and those looking for unique design pieces.
Website: capequarter.co.za
Piano Bar
Great live music on every day of the week is what this little tapas bar offers, and it consistently delivers on its promise. The place has an indoor area for those wanting to focus on eating the excellent tapas and listening to the music and a wrap-around terrace for those that are there to drink and socialise. A spot well worth visiting for the ambience alone.
Website: thepianobar.co.za
Origin Coffee
You may notice that several coffee shops around Cape Town boast about serving Origin coffee. What you may not know is that many of Cape Town’s best baristas have been trained by Origin at their headquarters in De Waterkant. Visit them at their heritage building home in Hudson Street, learn more about coffee and then drink some of the best coffee you’ll ever have at their on-site café.
Website: originroasting.co.za
Anatoli
Down an unassuming side-street, you’ll find one Cape Town’s best Turkish restaurants. The décor and low-lighting and music set the mood, and the food completes the experience—a mezze extravaganza that makes it difficult to choose. Try to go with a large party and get a little of everything, it’s all good!
Website: anatoli.co.za
Il Leone Mastrantonio
Il Leone is one of Cape Town’s top Italian restaurants and offers..

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Eight incredible Table Mountain specials you need to know about

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Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most iconic attraction. The ride on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is one you’ll never forget: it rotates 360° as it ascends, slowly revealing better and better views as you approach the summit. Everyone knows that it’s an essential stop on your Cape Town trip, but did you know about the amazing specials you can take advantage of? Read on to find out if you qualify for some serious savings!
The Student Special
Reward yourself for all the hard work with a discount on tickets and a meal special at the top! If you’re a registered student, age 18 or older, simply show your student card at the ticket office and you’ll pay R150 for a return ticket. For those who would prefer to hike up and take the Cableway down, get hold of a one-way ticket for just R80. If you feel hungry at the top, show your student ID again to enjoy a slice of pizza and a soft drink or juice for just R75.
The offer is not available online; you’ll need to show your student card in person at the Lower Cableway Station. It’s valid all year round for both local and international students.
Read more: tablemountain.net/content/page/students

Free Transport on the MyCiTi Shuttle
Get to the Lower Cable Station for free on the MyCiTi Shuttle! If you’re coming by car, park in the Lower Tafelberg Road parking lot. From there, you just need to hop aboard the 10 MyCiTi shuttle at the bus stop just opposite the parking lot. If you’re coming by bus or taxi, simply disembark at the Kloof Nek stop and then walk the short distance uphill to the MyCiTi stop. You do not need a MyCiTi myconnect card to use the free shuttle service. It operates daily from 7am in summer (7.30am in winter. The last shuttle leaves the Lower Cable Station at 7pm in summer (6.45pm in winter). Buses depart every 20 minutes.
Read more: tablemountain.net/blog/entry/how-to-take-the-free-my-citi-shuttle-to-table-mountain-from-kloof-nek-road
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10 attractions that are free with a Cape Town City Pass

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Cape Town can be a really pocket friendly destination if you’re smart about planning your vacation. A Cape Town City Pass is one of the best deals around. The pass offers free entry or discounts to over 70 attractions and activities. Here are 10 of our favourite free attractions that you can get with your City Pass!

Get your Cape Town City Pass now for these and other free attractions

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway tickets
Cape Town’s crowning jewel is the number one item on most vacationers’ bucket lists, and for good reason. The view from the top of Table Mountain is the stuff of legends. With a City Pass, you get free tickets to the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. The cable cars rotate 360° as they climb to the top, and with each revolution the views get better and better. There are also plenty of things to do at the top of Table Mountain. You can simply admire the spectacular vistas, visit the Shop at the Top, settle in for a meal overlooking the Atlantic Seaboard, take a free tour, or explore at your own pace.

Book now: capetown.citypass.co.za

Two Oceans Aquarium entry
The Two Oceans Aquarium is the perfect activity for a windy or rainy day. It’s wonderful for kids—but no matter your age, you’ll be enthralled by the beautiful marine life you meet here. From the bizarrely beautiful basket stars to otherworldly jellies to the waddling African penguins, there are so many Cape Town characters to get to know. Your City Pass gets you free entry, so set aside a few hours and get lost in Cape Town’s startling ocean biodiversity.

Book now: capetown.citypass.co.za

Wine tasting and tour at Groot Constantia
Cape Town’s oldest wine estate is another incredible free attraction when you have a City Pass. Groot Constantia is located just 20 minutes from the city centre, nestled beneath dramatic mountains with sprawling vineyards. Your pass entitles you to a free wine tasting and tour of the estate, the Manor House Museum, the historical Cloete Cellar. While you’re there,..