Everyone has been on at least one terrible date. If at this point you are thinking to yourself, “No, not me”, perhaps you are unwaveringly optimistic, perhaps you have flexible expectations, or perhaps you are downright nauseatingly lucky. For the rest of us (who can relate to horror stories of small-talk that led to “I only listen to heavy metal bangra”, or the maniac that asked to see your feet on the first date), we understand how a terrible choice of place can ruthlessly catalyze an already souring date. Luckily for you though, the Mothercity is nurturing when it comes to romance. The rain and winter breeze encourage opportunists to venture in closer, under the guise of consideration and warmth. From Gugulethu to Camps                  

Cape Town you BEAUT!

Conde Naste Traveller Cape Town Voted Second Best City in The world

South Africa bow down, raise your glasses and give Cape Town a huge pat on the back for the Mother City has recently been named the SECOND BEST CITY IN THE WORLD and BEST CITY IN AFRICA by the readers of US-based travel resource Condé Nast Traveller. Cape Town scored a whopping 84.8%, just beating the popular southern US city of Charleston. In detail Cape Town received top scores for ambience 92.3%, lodging 89.3%, culture and sites 86.7%, friendliness 86.6%, restaurants 86.0% and 69.2% for shopping. The following cities came within the top 10; Florence, Bangkok, Vancouver, Sydney, Beirut, St Miguel de Allende, Buenos Aires and Gustavia. Within Africa, Cape Town topped the list followed by Knysna and Marrakech in                  

Experience Cape Town…

Experience CApe Town as a local

In the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, “God did something very special when he created Cape Town. This city where the currents of two oceans meet is the entry to a beautiful continent and her people” Cape Town, affectionately referred to as The Mother City, the heart of which beats with an abundance of creativity, beauty, cultural diversity, vibrancy and mere magic. Capetonians are an eccentric and eclectic mix, from chaps busking, chatty flower sellers, live land art performers, babes on the beaches, minstrels, to the businessman with his take-away coffee strolling to work… everyone is a unique puzzle piece that all slot in perfectly together to form one colourful unit. Here is our guide to experiencing the city of Cape                  

Table Mountain officially one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature

Table Mountain

Even though we all celebrated like crazy when our iconic Table Mountain was named as a provisional entry onto the New Seven Wonders of Nature list, some were a wee bit uneasy it wasn't quite official – until now, that is. The Swiss-based New7Wonders foundation has confirmed Table Mountain's status as one of the New Seven Wonders is official, after an audit confirmed the result of a global voting process. More than 100 million votes were received from 220 countries. Phew, now we can really crack open the bubbly. Again! What's Up Cape Town joined many others in campaigning tirelessly for Table Mountain to make the list, and it now joins Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island and Puerto Princesa Underground River                  

An Author’s take on Cape Town.

Alex Pearl Author

  A few years ago I was in Cape Town on business with a work colleague. Having sat through three days of interminable meetings we both felt the need to spend what little time we had left, exploring this remarkable city on four wheels. With this in mind we found ourselves the cheapest car hire company in town and made a hasty exit. Cape Town is quite some city. Imagine Sydney and San Francisco rolled into one with mountains, white sandy beaches and ostriches thrown in for good measure, and you’ll get some idea of the place. It’s also a land of contrasts with clear and visible traces left behind by apartheid. Drive from the up-market leafy environs of Clifton to Stellenbosch and you’ll suddenly find                  

Join the protest to stop Table Mountain being fenced off!

Table Mountain

  A protest march has been organised outside Parliament on Sunday after it emerged that authorities are planning to fence off the entire Table Mountain National Park. This means that no hikers, dog walkers, climbers or sightseers will be able to roam the extensive footpaths and hiking trails. A hefty entrance fee will be charged to those who want to enter the park, and their movements will be severely limited. Tjops van den Berg, a spokesperson for SANParks, said reasons for this drastic move are fourfold: Firstly, to prevent the recent spate of muggings on the mountain; secondly, to prevent dangerous dassies, baboons, tahrs and other animals from escaping and causing havoc in residential areas; thirdly, to prevent people                  

From Beaches to Bistros: iKapa Delivers!


    Cape Town is one of the most unique cities in South Africa – in terms of its mixed population, mild weather and varied landscape. Because it’s on the very tip of the country (at the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic oceans), it’s a microcosm of culture, energy and idiosyncrasy that lies in the cool shadow of Table Mountain. Cape Town provides some of Africa’s most exciting all inclusive holidays, partly because the oceans, mountains, fynbos and wine regions are within spitting distance of one another; meaning visitors can safari, swim, taste wine or hike in picturesque settings, and enjoy world-class accommodation and amenities. South Africa’s “Mother City”                  

One Final Push: Table Mountain Needs your Support!


      We had had THE most AMAZING response from Jozi in our call to get out there and vote. In fact, within a few hours, our plea was retweeted 127 times! Thank you! Go Jozi, GO! With voting closing at 11.11am on Friday 11.11.11, we still all need to help  to get Table Mountain voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. If you ain't voted yet,               PLEASE VOTE HERE   Or alternatively, via MXit or via SMS as often as possible. SMS “Table” to 34874. Each SMS costs R2. There is going to be a party on the evening of 11.11.11 - at the Amphitheatre at The V & A Waterfront where fans will be able to learn of the                  

All systems go! MyCiTi to launch today.


  "It’s all systems go for the long-awaited next phase of the City Of Cape Town’s bus rapid transit system, following agreements with public transport industry operators and approval of the launch schedule by the City's mayoral committee. Agreement between the City of Cape Town and three vehicle operator companies (VOCs) paves the way for the commencement of services on the trunk route between Table View and Civic Centre stations, via Paarden Eiland and Woodstock. This will be the public’s first taste of a radically different form of public transport travelling on its own dedicated routes, with closed stations and prioritised signaling at intersections. The service will also include feeder                  

Cape Town Festive Lights Switch-on, 28 November


Cape Town is getting ready to usher in the festive season with the official switching on of the Adderley Street festive lights. The theme is "Celebrating Africa's Greatest City". This annual celebration has become Cape Town's largest public open-air event, with crowds reaching 100 000 in previous years. The festivities will kick off on Sunday afternoon with a star-studded concert from 16:00 to 20:00. Acts include the latest winner of SA's Got Talent, James Bhemgee from Cape Town, as well as Limited Edition Drum Corps, Freshlyground, La VuVuZela and Gang of Instrumentals. Executive Mayor Dan Plato will officially switch on the lights at 20:00 at the Cape Town Station forecourt. The switch-on will be