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It’s 4.15 am. Still quite sleepy, I creep out of my tent to be, some minutes later, ready to sit in the truck that is waiting for us. Shortly after 5.00 am, we leave the campsite and after a one-hour-drive we reach our destination. I jump out of the truck and feel the fresh, clean air surrounding me. Above me lies nothing but the still dark and cloudless sky. Immediately, we start climbing “Dune 45” which spreads itself right in front of us. Finally we sit on the ridge of the dune, searching in anticipation for the expectant sunrise. Bit by bit, it edges out of the darkness until its warm rays caress our faces and then the entire plain before us. And as J.W. Goethe’s writes in “Faust” “I am a man here; I can be a man here!”                  

Out of Town

Afrika Burns

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22nd-27th of April, Afrika Burns is up next on the South African social calendar. And for those of you thinking trance, dance and liquored prance, you should know what sets Afrika Burns apart: Founded on the principles of the United States Burning Man Festival, Afrika Burns is all about the gift economy and the freely expressed community. To quote their mission statement: “This “gift economy” means that there is no commercial exchange at the event – no vending, no cash bars and no branded promotion of services or products – the aim being real social interaction. It is an exercise in total self-reliance: participants camp for four days and provide entirely for themselves, including all their water,                  

About Cape Town

Who says Cape Town is special?

Whilst browsing around Cape Town Tourism's website recently, I stumbled upon an interesting list of what they have called the " Accolades and Awards" received by our "Mother City". Herewith their list: # Best holiday destination – Heat magazine reader survey January 2010 # Second favourite overseas city – Guardian, UK # World's Number Two City - Travel+Leisure magazine July 2009 # World's Best Incentive Destination - Conference & Incentive Travel magazine October 2009 # World's Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Destination - Luxury Travel Awards April 2009 # Best Tourism Investor City of the Year - AI Tourism Investor Awards 2009 # 3rd Best City In The World - US Travel And                  

Night Life

Friday Night Fever

For the working men and women: Time to unwind - head to Relish for a drink. The name perfectly describes its bite-size delicacies and, on a Friday, the bar is always bustling with twenty-somethings and up. HQ is newly opened as is already causing a stir. The venue is famous for scintillating sirloin and fries, housing South Africa's own home-brewed Jack Black draught. Most importantly, Friday nights at HQ are lit up by Latin lounge and vibrant disco. This venue in a great one-stop shop when it comes to Friday requirements - the after-work drink at the bar, the delicious dinner and the great night out. Kink is the new burlesque-inspired haven for a drink, always full of Friday night party-goers. Meanwhile while The Waiting                  

Accommodation

Guest House to participate in One Year Countdown to 2010 FIFA World Cup celebrations.

On Thursday, 11 June 2009, the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be exactly one year away. 17 on Loader Guest House is going to join Cape Town Tourism in celebrating this milestone. Cape Town Tourism plans a fun day of activities, including a symbolic football kick-off on Table Mountain at noon. The activities include a City Sightseeing bus which will take a party of soccer celebrities, fans and guests through the city. For a map on on this, see www.capetown.travel The bus is scheduled to travel around the City between 10h30 and 11h30 en route to Table Mountain for the noon kick-off. All of us "Slaapstadters" have been urged  to actually get out of our beds (I know this is a tough one!) have a huge cup of coffee (Origin coffee