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Explore the Western Cape from V&A Waterfront

Travel Tips for Area: V&A Waterfront
Explore the Western Cape from V&A Waterfront

It may seem peculiar to learn that of all the attractions in South Africa, Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Complex boasts the most number of foreign tourists. What about the animals you ask? Well, while almost all who venture this far south will undoubtedly join a game park safari at some stage of their trip, the V&A still claims the highest patronage out of all of South Africa’s attractions. It’s really that good! More like a city within a city, the V&A is home to Cape Town’s most celebrated restaurants, best boutiques, markets and more entertainment options than the remainder of the city’s suburbs combined. Not bad uh? Add to that one of the world’s best aquariums, a launching pad for boat trips to Robben Island and breathtaking views of Table Mountain, and you soon start to realize why many who visit don’t venture far from here at all. Oh but venture you must! Book your holiday rental apartment in the V&A Waterfront Complex in Cape Town and be in the midst of the action; just don’t forget that you’re just a hop, skip and jump from the best Capes in the world. Hire a car for a day ...

Best Gay Bars in De Waterkant, Cape Town

Travel Tips for Area: De Waterkant
Best Gay Bars in De Waterkant, Cape Town

De Waterkant is to Cape Town what Paddington is to Sydney, or Greenwich Village to New York: the city’s most vibrant gay-friendly suburb. Infinitely popular with yuppies, fun seeking professionals and an eclectic mix of multi-cultural, multi-sexual and multi-everything fabulous folks; de Waterkant is fast emerging as one of the South African’s capital’s most sought after addresses. Fabulous homes, apartments complexes and super trendy bars and clubs adorn the streets of De Waterkant and help make this by far the most exciting holiday base for anyone who wants to add a little sparkle and pizzazz to their Cape Town vacation. Book your holiday rental apartment in De Waterkant when visiting Cape Town and fill your nights with an infinite amount of play at the following ab fab gay-friendly bars. Amsterdam Action Bar This everything-goes men-only bar is at the epicentre of De Waterkant’s gay nightlife scene. Spread out over two floors, this club is certainly home to much action, most of it centred on the dark upper level where private cubicles seem to receive much patronage. Darts, pool and drag makes up most of the action of the lower ground, where an older gay crowd tends to converge most nights. Bubbles Bar  The absolute ...

Discover the Clifton Beaches in Cape Town

Travel Tips for Area: Clifton
Discover the Clifton Beaches in Cape Town

Stunning is how most people describe the fashionable Cape Town suburb of Clifton. With the multi-million dollar properties perched atop vertiginous cliffs above the crashing waves of the Atlantic, the four utterly sparkling beaches and the infinite amount of trendy restaurants, cafes, bars and equally stylish crowd, there aren’t many other hoods anywhere which even come close to Clifton’s sheer beauty. Some consider it the South African equivalent of the French Riviera, yet we say the intrinsically African feel of Clifton propels it to a whole different level. The area’s phenomenal splendour gave rise to Millionaire’s Row, the most expensive street in Cape Town, and attracts the country’s rich, famous, glamorous and gorgeous folks in outlandish abundance (those amazing yachts off-shore are not for rent). The beaches here have won numerous awards over the years (namely by Forbes and Discovery Channel) and rate among the most pristine in the world, Fourth Beach even winning brownie points for its commitment to environmental preservation. So if you’d like a bit of glitz with your fun in the sun, book your holiday rental apartment in Clifton when next visiting Cape Town and discover why its beaches are the bees’ knees in South Africa. The ins ...

Brilliant Guided Tours from Camps Bay, Cape Town

Travel Tips for Area: Camps Bay
Brilliant Guided Tours from Camps Bay, Cape Town

Camps Bay, by far the most elegant and trendy suburb of Cape Town, is your best choice for accommodation if you wish to have excellent shopping, dining and drinking right outside the front door of your holiday rental apartment. The beach here is by far one of the best in the whole country, and the nightlife is reason enough to attract locals from every corner of the city. But let’s not forget that you are in Africa! While holidaying in camps Bay, don’t forget to plan at least two days’ worth of exploration. From here, you are but a hop away from some of the most formidable sites in Africa, so pack a bay bag, book a guided tour and discover the real beauties of Cape Town. The African must-do: Game Driving Animals, animals, everywhere you look...animals! Only this time, they’re not hiding behind zoo cages, but they’re roaming free in one of the best preserved private game parks in South Africa. The Aquila game Reserve is only 1.5hr out of town, and is home to lions, zebras, giraffes, leopards, hippos and a vast array of other endemic species. Spending a day animal spotting on the back of an open-top 4WD is ...

Food Glorious Food: Cape Town’s Farmer’s Market

Travel Tips for Area: Cape Town CBD
Food Glorious Food: Cape Town’s Farmer’s Market

Cape Town’s reputation for good food, fine wine and a buoyant gastro culture is word-renowned. Every Saturday morning, you can get close up and personal with a vast range of South Africa’s organic and local produce at the Neighbourgoods Farmer’s Market. The market stretches out over Albert Road in Woodstock, an up and coming inner-city area that is rapidly gentrifying and becoming Cape Town's creative hub. Galleries, artist’s workshops and specialist shops are springing up, and the Neighbourgoods market reflects Woodstock’s inventive spirit and vitality. Started by a New Yorker and local Capetonian, over 120 stalls make up the Neighbourgood’s market with street food stalls, musicians, make-shift tea rooms and trestle table cafes and an overriding festive atmosphere making it a real destination worth coming to whether you plan to cook at home or not. Should you do, you’ll find the best produce and home-baked goodies the Cape has to offer, from purveyors that have a contagious enthusiasm for what they do. From exotic fruits and vegetables, bunches or fresh herbs and flowers, large rounds of organic cheeses, hand-bottled organic olive oil, freshly baked breads and cakes and jars or chutneys, sauces and marmalades (great for taking back home) Cape ...

Enjoying a laid-back lifestyle in Camp’s Bay

Travel Tips for Area: Camps Bay
Enjoying a laid-back lifestyle in Camp’s Bay

The beautiful, beachside community of Camps Bay is nestled between Table Mountain and the glittering Atlantic Ocean. It is perhaps Cape Town’s most happening and upmarket location, with swish bars, restaurants and shops along the promenade, palm-tree lined streets and a vibrant beach life lending the area a Riviera-type vibe. Camps Bay was first settled in the mid-1600s, when it became a stop over for traders working for the Dutch-East India Company. In the early 18th century, Lord Charles Somerset, the British Governor of the Cape, built a retreat there and news of the natural beauty of Camps Bay spread throughout the empire. Early on in Camp Bay’s history, local residents were determined that housing development would not spoil the location, resulting in the gentle, harmonious mix of low-rise apartments and villas that you see here today. If you are staying in Camps Bay, you will find most of the services you need, such as supermarkets and pharmacies along in the Promenade shopping arcade by the beach. If you are hankering for something a little more special, here are some suggestions: Sanctuary Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay. Tel. 021 437 9000One of the most renowned spas on the African continent, ...

Football and Fine Sand: Cape Town’s Green Point

Travel Tips for Area: Green Point
Football and Fine Sand: Cape Town’s Green Point

When fans watched the final games of the 2010’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they experienced games in the sweeping new Cape Town Stadium, a 68,000-capacity structure designed by the German architect’s studio GMP in partnership with two local firms. This state-of-the-art football stadium has been arranged much like the spokes of a bicycle wheel, which together support a glass roof high above the pitch, and then covered in a fibreglass mesh ‘skin’. Sixteen lifts will ensure that fans have easy access to their seats and noise reduction measures are optimum. Apart from its architectural merits, Cape Town Stadium is situated in one of the most beautiful locations in one the most stunning cities in the world. Green Point forms part of Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard, that stretches the along the Western periphery of the city and contains the most luxurious properties, stunning beaches and picturesque public pleasure grounds. With the majestic Table Mountain – Cape Town’s most famous natural landmark – on one side and the glittering Atlantic on the other, the stadium is surrounded by the city’s most extensive urban park, with sports fields, a golf course and promenade thronged with skaters, runners and strollers day and night. ...

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