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How the tourism industry is adjusting to the Cape Town water crisis

The drought has left the region severely water-stressed, with restrictions in place and concerns about how this will affect visitors coming into Cape Town. This is the result of three years of lower than average rainfall in the region, and with creative solutions on all levels, from the government to residents, Cape Town will remain a great place to visit. South African Tourism has reassured the world that Cape Town is open for business and all visitors are welcome as long as they are willing to work with us in conserving water. Water restrictions are in place and visitors and locals need to ensure they use less than 50 litres per day.

Infographic courtesy of the City of Cape Town

It’s not only Cape Town that is affected by issues surrounding water. It’s important to think about water use on a global scale, and preserve this precious resource as best we can. The water shortage in Cape Town is a valuable learning experience. We have to get used to a new normal, where water is used wit..

Eat & Drink, Editors Pick, Restaurants, Uncategorized, Vegetarian and Vegan,

Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town

Cape Town is known for its incredible and diverse food scene and vegans and vegetarians will never go hungry in the Mother City. Here are some of our favourite vegan-friendly eateries, offering everything from quick takeaways to delicious gourmet meals.

The Hungry Herbivore, City Bowl
This cosy hangout specialising in hearty, preservative-free, plant-based food is located on Orphan Street, just off Bree Street in the CBD. Their 100% vegan menu includes everything from pizzas, burgers, salads, and bowls to juices, smoothies, and decadent desserts. They’ve also added a stall at the Moyo Market to their offering, so you can grab a vegan bunless-burger or pizza on the go while in Sea Point.

Website: thehungryherbivore.com

Plant Café, City Bowl
One of Cape Town’s vegan food gems is Plant Cafe. It calls the CBD home and is a fully vegan eatery that prides itself on its delicious, plant-based meals, smoothies, juices, and desserts. While you’re there you can also stock up on supplies like ..

South Peninsula, Uncategorized,

The Muizenberg Beach Huts

Whether they are called beach huts, beach boxes, bathing boxes or even beach houses, there is never any doubt, when mentioned alongside Muizenberg, that people are referring to the stretch of colourful beach huts on Muizenberg beach.

The bathing box is a throw-back to the “bathing machine” of the 1800’s—a cart-like structure that was wheeled down to the water’s edge, allowing the ladies to change into their chin-to-ankle bathing wear and frolic modestly in the shallows.

There are two rows of beach huts along the shoreline. One row opposite the children’s play-park at Surfer’s Corner and the other closer to the elevated walkway that runs adjacent to the Putt-Putt. The soft white sands behind the boxes offer some shelter from the wind in the height of summer and this part of the beach is manned by lifesavers in season, forming part of the Blue Flag section of Muizenberg beach. In the past, this section behind the boxes got very crowded and was known as the “snake pit”.

Some huts, in r..

Eat & Drink, Editors Pick, Featured, Uncategorized,

Water-wise restaurants in Cape Town

With the water crisis on every Capetonian’s mind, it’s more important than ever for businesses to adapt themselves to the situation. Kitchens can be notoriously water-heavy, and as a responsible traveller it’s important that you choose the most water-wise places to eat. Below, you’ll find some of the restaurants in Cape Town that have made every effort to reduce their usage.

Vineyard Hotel, Newlands
The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands has made a big change to its menus: no more pasta or boiled vegetables. They’re using other cooking methods like frying and streaming. Water used to wash vegetables is stored and re-used too. The four restaurants (The Square, Myoga, Garden Lounge and Splash Café) have all made these water-wise changes so you can enjoy a meal guilt-free.

Website: vineyard.co.za

Catch22, Tableview
Catch22 is a fantastic venue with ocean-side dining, fresh seafood, and tasty cocktails. They’ve done away with ice-buckets, opting instead to use wine-cooler sleeves that are store..

Cape Winelands, Uncategorized,

Paarl – The official Guide

The third oldest settlement in South Africa, Paarl is steeped in history, culture, natural splendour and a centuries-old tradition of winemaking. Paarl, Western Cape is just over an hour’ drive from the Cape Town city centre.

In 1657, Abraham Gabemma set out from the Cape in search of resources. On his journey he came across a giant granite rock gleaming in the distance. He called this Pearl Mountain, and the town that grew at its base eventually became known as Paarl.

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This rock is significant as it is the second largest granite outcrop in the world. Called Paarl Rock, it features the Taal Monument, which was designed by architect Jan van Wijk in 1975 and is a celebration of the Afrikaans language. Be sure to pop inside, as the monument boasts an unexpectedly beautiful interior. Free guided tours are available daily.

Discovering the Paarl wine regi..

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Jubilee Square & Jetty, Simon’s Town

Jubilee Square in the centre of Simon’s Town is the heart of this naval town and has been the meeting and market place of locals and visitors since the 1880’s. Visitors to Simon’s Town, whether on their way to the penguin colony at Boulders, or heading down to Cape Point, find this a perfect stop because there is a lot to see and do.

The square itself is full of surprises and you could come across a Great Dane parade in honour of Just Nuisance, a display of vintage cars, the Great Little Market under colourful bunting, carols on the square and other local community events and festivals.

The statue of Just Nuisance on Jubilee Square, Simon’s Town, is the most photographed and iconic feature of the square. Honouring the Great Dane who was enlisted as Able Seaman in the Royal Navy at the start of the Second World War, the bronze statue of this famous dog stands proudly overlooking the SA naval harbour and the False Bay Yacht Club. Another more sobering reference to SA’s naval history, i..

Cape Winelands, Uncategorized,

Travel Like a local: Your neighbourhood guide to Franschhoek

Franschhoek lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys, just about an hour from Cape Town. The valley is characterised by rolling vineyards and fields and is encircled almost entirely by scenic mountains. To this day, the village has kept a certain boho French chic. In July, it becomes almost entirely French when it hosts Bastille Day festivities, one of the many events on the almost year-round calendar of wine, food and literary festivals. You will need a couple of days to truly explore this quaint town centre.

Where to eat and make merry
The main road of the village is lined with a cosmopolitan mix of trendy street cafés and bistros along with superb restaurants and bars to enjoy. The Franschhoek Wine Route has some of the best wine estates in the country where you can spend the afternoon sipping on fine wines and snacking on platters, visitors are spoilt for choice.

Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
This 300 year old Wine Estate offers wine tasting, wine blending and picnic..

Editors Pick, See and Do, Uncategorized,

How how to have an Anti-Valentine’s Day in Cape Town

If you’re single on Valentine’s Day or just like to rebel against the system there’s still plenty of things to do in Cape Town to make the 14th of February aka Singles Awareness Day a memorable one. It’s a day of love so why not show some love to your bestie, family, pet or yourself? Here’s how you can celebrate anti-Valentine’s Day in Cape Town.

Go to the Tinder party at Beerhouse
If you’re sexy, single, and ready to mingle then head over to Long Street’s beloved Beerhouse for their Tinder Party. Test your knowledge with a sex quiz and YOLO with half-price beer cocktails all day long and their bottomless ribs special.

Website: beerhouse.co.za

Take a hike
Watching the sun rise or set over the city is the perfect way to meet your soulmate — endorphins. Join the cool kids for a morning hike up Lion’s Head or if you have more free time hike up Table Mountain, have a slice of their milktart, and take the cable car down. See our top five ways to hike Table Mountain for some inspiration.

See and Do, Uncategorized,

Lighthouses in Cape Town to visit

One of Cape Town’s early European explorers, Bartolomeu Dias, nicknamed the city Cabo das Tomrentas: The Cape of Storms. True to this moniker, there are days when thick fog rolls in, or gale force winds pummel the shores, and waves reach monumental heights, sometimes crashing over onto buildings and roads. Today the city is well equipped to handle the temperamental seas, but the 1800s were a dangerous time for sailors. The entire coastline is littered with the rusting wrecks of vessels claimed by those tumultuous seas.

By the 1900s, the peninsula was dotted with lighthouses which served to warn ships of the rocky outcrops that define the Cape coast. Of course, they have a practical use, but they’re also really pretty to look at. Here is our pick of the prettiest lighthouses in Cape Town. Visit them, and you’re guaranteed a great view and some fantastic photo ops.

Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie
The Slangkop Lighthouse stands tall over the Kommetjie shore. It was completed just after W..

Members Blog, Uncategorized,

Nine Differently-Abled Children Prepare for the Iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour

Super-Human Cyclists Give the Gift of Adventure

On Sunday 11 March 2018 nine differently-abled children, ranging from eight- to twenty-years-old and with varying disabilities, will share in the spirit and camaraderie of the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour towed by able-bodied cyclists in specially manufactured buggies.

Partnering with Cape Town Tourism on this event for the second year, and with new buggies sponsored in 2018 by The Diamond Works Institute, CapeNature, Enterprise Solutions 365, and Pedal Power Association, the Warrior On Wheels Foundation aims to promote universal access in tourism and sporting events while giving the gift of adventure to some brave children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity of participating in an event of this nature.

“CapeNature is honoured and proud to form part of this initiative. Providing universal access is at the core of what we promote. It is heart-warming that through this race we can give differently-abled children the joy of adventu..