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One Day in the Southern Suburbs

Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs are vast, starting from Observatory just outside of the city, skirting Devil’s Peak through Newlands, Claremont, and Wynberg, and round the side of Table Mountain to Constantia. The neighbourhoods are leafy and suburban, with many little eateries, bars, parks, and other hallmarks of suburban life. For those looking for a quieter Cape Town day, the Southern Suburbs are a great place to spend a day exploring.
Morning: Take a hike or stroll
There are some lovely walks, hikes, and parks in the Southern Suburbs where you can work up your appetite for a good breakfast. Newlands Forest has some beautiful shady trails, which can range from light forest walks to big half-day hikes, depending on the route you choose. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, also near Newlands, is the starting point for the popular Skeleton Gorge Hike. For those who prefer a quiet stroll, try Arderne Gardens in Claremont. It’s a Heritage Site filled with beautiful and exotic trees, and a lovely place to relax and wander among the shady glades. Tokai Forest has wonderful running and mountain bike trails.

Breakfast time
One thing the Southern Suburbs has no shortage of is amazing breakfast spots. Whether you’re after an extravagant brunch or a healthy, light brekkie, there are plenty of places worth trying. Starlings Café is one of the area’s most popular breakfast spots. It’s unsignposted and tucked behind a tall hedge on one of the main roads in Claremont, and locals love it. Get there early if you’re around on a weekend, because it fills up fast. The Larder, in the Claremont CBD, does wonderful healthy brunches, and Four & Twenty in Chelsea Village does a great eggs Benny. Constantia also has many great eateries. The Alphen Hotel’s La Belle Bistro & Bakery is the perfect spot for a croissant and coffee in the shady courtyard. Green Vine on Silvermist Estate is fantastic for brunch, as is Open Door on the Constantia Uitsig Estate. Bistro Sixteen82 on the Steenberg ..

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Cape Town Township Tours

The vast majority of Cape Town’s residents live in townships around the city. Some of the larger townships include Khayelitsha, Langa, Gugulethu, and Imizamo Yethu. These places are an important part of Cape Town’s history, and they’re a huge part of what makes Cape Town what it is today too. Here are five great tour operators that can show you around Cape Town’s townships.

ABCD Concepts
ABCD is a locally-run tour operator based in Khayelitsha. They offer running tours, cycling tours, and even a nightlife tour where you can go make new friends over a few beers. There are also The co-owners, Buntu and Ayanda, are from Khayelitsha, so you can be sure you’re supporting local entrepreneurs. They can also customise tours to your interests. Highlights usually include Lookout Hill and number of local businesses like The Spinach King for breakfast, Siki’s Koffee Kafe, Makkhanye Art Room (South Africa’s first shack theatre), the 18 Gangster Museum, or a service at one of the vibrant local churches. A tour with them is a sure way to make new friends, laugh a lot, and experience Khayelithsa through a truly local lens.

Website: abcd-concepts.co.za

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City Sightseeing LaGugu Township Tour
The City Sightseeing LaGuGu Township Tour takes in Langa (Cape Town’s oldest township) and Gugulethu. There are marked pick-up and drop-off areas along the route, so you can take your time exploring each stop. The tour includes a walk and a bicycle ride. A local residents will be your guide, and you’ll visit an arts and crafts market, meet a traditional healer, and visit a shebeen.

Get this tour free with a Cape Town City Pass

Website: citysightseeing.co.za

The Township Winery Tours
The Township Winery is based in Guglethu, where local farmers grow the grapes to make this unique wine. The tours invlove meeting the growers, followed by a wine tasting over lunch at The Village House in Khayelitsha. The Village House is an ecclectic wonderland designed by Thusile Celesi, who is..

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Cape Town Township Tours

The vast majority of Cape Town’s residents live in townships around the city. Some of the larger townships include Khayelitsha, Langa, Gugulethu, and Imizamo Yethu. These places are an important part of Cape Town’s history, and they’re a huge part of what makes Cape Town what it is today too. Here are five great tour operators that can show you around Cape Town’s townships.
ABCD Concepts
ABCD is a locally-run tour operator based in Khayelitsha. They offer running tours, cycling tours, and even a nightlife tour where you can go make new friends over a few beers. There are also The co-owners, Buntu and Ayanda, are from Khayelitsha, so you can be sure you’re supporting local entrepreneurs. They can also customise tours to your interests. Highlights usually include Lookout Hill and number of local businesses like The Spinach King for breakfast, Siki’s Koffee Kafe, Makkhanye Art Room (South Africa’s first shack theatre), the 18 Gangster Museum, or a service at one of the vibrant local churches. A tour with them is a sure way to make new friends, laugh a lot, and experience Khayelithsa through a truly local lens.
Website: abcd-concepts.co.za

City Sightseeing LaGugu Township Tour
The City Sightseeing LaGuGu Township Tour takes in Langa (Cape Town’s oldest township) and Gugulethu. There are marked pick-up and drop-off areas along the route, so you can take your time exploring each stop. The tour includes a walk and a bicycle ride. A local residents will be your guide, and you’ll visit an arts and crafts market, meet a traditional healer, and visit a shebeen.
Get this tour free with a Cape Town City Pass
Website: citysightseeing.co.za
The Township Winery Tours
The Township Winery is based in Guglethu, where local farmers grow the grapes to make this unique wine. The tours invlove meeting the growers, followed by a wine tasting over lunch at The Village House in Khayelitsha. The Village House is an ecclectic wonderland designed by Thusile Celesi, who is also the chef. He coo..

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Where to get great local gifts

Score big brownie points on your Cape Town trip by surprising your loved ones with a beautiful and distinctively Cape Town gift! Here are our top eight places to get great local gifts.

Vannie Kaap, Salt River
Vannie Kaap is a locally run gift and apparel store in Cape Town, with a great and user-friendly online store too. It was started by a mystery founder from Mannenburg in the Cape Flats, and the items are a homage to coloured culture in Cape Town. The brand is all about humour, and many of the shirst, mugs, and other items are emblazoned with quirky, proudly Capetonian sayings.

Website: shop.vanniekaap.com

Streetwires, Bo-Kaap
Streetwires has a shop and working artists’ studio in the colourful Bo-Kaap. You can take a tour of the studio space, and browse the custom-made artworks and South African mementos at the shop. Streetwires is a fair trade organisation with over 60 permanently employed bead and wire artists, and by shopping here you’re helping to support these local artists and crafters.

Website: streetwires.co.za

Original T-Bag Designs, Hout Bay
Original T-Bag Designs employs people from Imizamo Yethu Township in Hout Bay, who create greeting cards, artwork and a variety of other products from recycled tea bags. Enjoy a cup of tea in the store and see how the used tea bags are dried, emptied, ironed and then painted in the individual style of the artist. These tea bags are then applied to stationery, wooden boxes, trays, coasters and other décor items, making for the perfect gift or souvenir to take home.

Website: tbagdesigns.co.za

Khayelitsha’s Finest Wines, Khayelitsha
Take a really unique gift back for your wine-loving friends! Khayelitsha’s Finest Wines currently offers a petit verdot rosé, a chenin blanc, and a mourvedre. The delicious small batch wines are available from some Khayelitsha venues, including Rands Cape Town and King Steak. They are also available to order directly through Facebook or Instagram, and make for amazing local gifts.

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Where to get great local gifts

Score big brownie points on your Cape Town trip by surprising your loved ones with a beautiful and distinctively Cape Town gift! Here are our top eight places to get great local gifts.
Vannie Kaap, Salt River
Vannie Kaap is a locally run gift and apparel store in Cape Town, with a great and user-friendly online store too. It was started by a mystery founder from Mannenburg in the Cape Flats, and the items are a homage to coloured culture in Cape Town. The brand is all about humour, and many of the shirst, mugs, and other items are emblazoned with quirky, proudly Capetonian sayings.
Website: shop.vanniekaap.com
Streetwires, Bo-Kaap
Streetwires has a shop and working artists’ studio in the colourful Bo-Kaap. You can take a tour of the studio space, and browse the custom-made artworks and South African mementos at the shop. Streetwires is a fair trade organisation with over 60 permanently employed bead and wire artists, and by shopping here you’re helping to support these local artists and crafters.
Website: streetwires.co.za

Original T-Bag Designs, Hout Bay
Original T-Bag Designs employs people from Imizamo Yethu Township in Hout Bay, who create greeting cards, artwork and a variety of other products from recycled tea bags. Enjoy a cup of tea in the store and see how the used tea bags are dried, emptied, ironed and then painted in the individual style of the artist. These tea bags are then applied to stationery, wooden boxes, trays, coasters and other décor items, making for the perfect gift or souvenir to take home.
Website: tbagdesigns.co.za
Khayelitsha’s Finest Wines, Khayelitsha
Take a really unique gift back for your wine-loving friends! Khayelitsha’s Finest Wines currently offers a petit verdot rosé, a chenin blanc, and a mourvedre. The delicious small batch wines are available from some Khayelitsha venues, including Rands Cape Town and King Steak. They are also available to order directly through Facebook or Instagram, and make for amazing local gifts.
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The Two Oceans Marathon: everything you need to know

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

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

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!

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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

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:
1.Company name
2.50-word business description
3.Contact details
4.Image

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Safari Experiences Near Cape Town

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

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

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..