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A Guide to the Cape Town Cycle Tour

If your idea of fun is to clad yourself in lycra, don cleats and get around on two sets of wheels, then the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour is definitely an event to put into your diary. It’s the largest individually timed cycle race in the world (with approximately 35,000 entrants), and it boasts one of the most picturesque routes in the world, making it a bucket list item for those who like active holidays. Better still, there are various events happening in the week leading up to the big race, making it a great trip for the whole family.

The race
There are three main races to take part in, including two other races in the run-up to the Cycle Tour.

Junior: This fun ride takes place on the Sunday before the main event, with several races available to a few age groups, from toddlers to energetic 12-year-olds. For safety purposes, entries are limited and parents are encouraged to accompany their kids on foot. Each child will walk away with a medal, certificate, and goodie bag for completi..


New amphibious wheelchairs to improve accessibility at selected Blue Flag beaches

In an effort to create awareness and to make our beaches universally accessible to persons with disabilities, WESSA has donated amphibious wheelchairs to four coastal municipalities in South Africa, with the support of generous funding made available by The Ford Motor Company Fund.

The amphibious wheelchairs were supplied by Blue Flag partner AccessRec and have a unique design that allows them to move easily on the sand, as well as to enter and float in the sea.

This initiative has been launched by WESSA – the implementer of the international Blue Flag programme in South Africa – in partnership with the National Council for Persons with Disabilities. The aim is to create awareness and to achieve universal access to Blue Flag beaches, through improved infrastructure and amenities.

The City of Cape Town, Overstrand, Bitou and Kouga municipalities were identified as recipients for the chairs, based on their existing disabled access to beaches and on their commitment to making their Blu..


This weekend in Cape Town

Cape Town comes to life over the weekends, with live music, festivals, races, and plenty of wining and dining. This Sunday is the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and much of the city comes to a standstill around this huge event, but there are still a many things to do in Cape Town this weekend.

The Galileo Open Air Cinema
The Galileo has two screenings this weekend. On Friday, Reel Rock 12 screens at Kirstenbosch. Reel Rock is a film series following the world’s most exciting climbers. Reel Rock 12 features Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; and Maureen Beck, a one-handed crusher who’s gonna knock your socks off. The Saturday screening needs no introduction—enjoy the cult classic Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John at the stunning Blaauwklippen Wine Estate.

When: Friday 9 March, 6 pm and Saturday 10 March, 5 pm

We Love Summer: The Last Dance
We Love Summer has hosted some pretty incredible events th..


6 reasons to visit the Old Biscuit Mill

The Old Biscuit Mill is a vibrant hub of art, design, and food, right in the heart of Woodstock. It’s the capital of cool here in Cape Town, and it’s one of the most exciting up-and-coming hubs.

The market
The Neighbourgoods Market is one of Cape Town’s biggest markets. It’s well known for the incredible spread of food offerings, with everything from breakfast fare to dumplings and gyros with craft beers to wash it all down. There are also great clothing stalls, crafts, artisan products, cosmetics, and just about everything else you could want!

The food
The Biscuit Mill is an unlikely culinary hub, in the middle of downtown Woodstock. But enter the premises and you’ll be greeted by the wonderful aromas of all kinds of cuisine. The Pot Luck Club serves tapas style treats overlooking the whole neighbourhood, and The Test Kitchen serves fine dining downstairs (it books out months in advance—make sure you reserve your spot). Saucisse Boutique Deli is all about fresh produce, with amazing..


Cape Town Tourism Media Library

Cape Town Tourism (CTT) is the destination marketing organisation responsible for promoting Cape Town, South Africa as a travel destination worldwide. As the official tourism organisation for the City of Cape Town, we have a number of digital assets including photography, documents, videos, and footage. These assets are for use in promoting Cape Town as a travel destination.

CTT purchases rights and leases assets for our online galleries and manages a large volume of quality, high-resolution images and high-definition footage. These rights-protected assets may be used royalty free at no cost provided usage meets our Digital Asset Usage Guidelines. Assets remain the property of Cape Town Tourism and the originating artist.


Cape Town on a budget

Cape Town offers world-class food, accommodation, and activities that cater to every taste, but you might be wondering what to do if you’re travelling on a budget. The good news is that you can still get the full Cape Town experience, even on a dime.

Where to stay
While Cape Town offers world class luxury accommodation, there are a myriad of different options available depending on your budget.

Places in the City Bowl or Atlantic Seaboard are close to the action and convenient. Whichever accommodation type you choose, you’ll find it gets cheaper the further you stay from the city. The Blouberg area is a great choice, with postcard views of Table Mountain, and is only about 20 minutes from the city centre. A little farther afield, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, or Simon’s Town are a great choice for a coastal village vibe. Gordon’s Bay is a fantastic romantic seaside option, with some of the best sunsets you’ll ever see, while Somerset West is located a stone’s throw from the best wine estates..


A message from Lisa-Ann Hosking, Tourism Services Executive

It seems like just yesterday we were anticipating the start of the domestic high season, yet in what feels like a flash, here we are well into what promises to be another of year of growth and innovation for tourism in Cape Town.

Over the past few months, we have often been asked whether tourism to the city should still be encouraged amidst the current water crisis. Since tourism is such a vital part of the City’s economy, our answer has remained a resounding “yes”, while encouraging all tourism establishments and visitors to practice responsible, water wise tourism. The water crisis has presented the tourism industry with a range of challenges, but these challenges have in turn provided opportunities for improvement, especially in terms of practising sustainable tourism. We’ve been working hard alongside other tourism stakeholder organisations to ensure that all visitors know that it’s necessary to save water wherever possible, and we believe that this has helped reduce tourism’s H20..


District Six: the official guide

District Six is one of Cape Town’s most politically and historically important suburbs. It’s also known as Zonnebloem, or sometimes the East City. It has a turbulent history, which reached a pinnacle in the 70’s and 80’s. Prior to the 70’s, it was a vibrant mixed race community. In 1970 District Six was renamed “Zonnebloem” and deemed a “white area”, and the residents were forcibly removed, mostly to the distant Cape Flats.

Throughout the 80s and 90s, protests halted almost all development in the area, leaving the open fields you see today. Some apartments have been built, which house some of the former residents. There is also the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, as well as a few churches and mosques which were spared during the demolition.

Today the area is starting to regain its vibrancy as a design and art hub. You’ll find a high concentration of street art, between design shops, eateries, alternative nightlife spots, and bars. It’s home to The Fugard Theatre, which showc..


The Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour

By far the most memorable thing about the Bo-Kaap is the food. It’s all about aromatic spices, colour, and love in a Malay kitchen. There’s something about the careful folding of samoosas, kneading of buttery dough, and the bubbling of a pot of curry that brings people together. But if you really want to understand Malay food, you’ve got get into the kitchen.

The Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour begins at the Bo-Kaap Bazaar, where Zainie Misbach waits. Her arms are folded and her hair is tucked beneath a salmon headscarf. She watches as the group bustles about, eyeing the products and photographing the scene—the colourful houses, the spice racks, the cobbled streets—before gathering everyone together for an introduction and the first stop.

The tour starts next door at the overwhelming Atlas Trading Co. It’s a feast for the eyes: red, orange, yellow, brown ground spices are piled up to the ceilings, alongside bags of rice and flours ranging from wheat to pea. Zainie moves through the store with p..