24 April 2015

Cape Town: Explore Robben Island from your desktop!

To commemorate South Africa's "Freedom Day" (27 April), Google has partnered with the Robben Island Museum and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to bring the story of Robben Island online. You can now explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site by clicking through Google Maps' Street View imagery of Robben Island as well as by following an audio-visual tour of the island hosted on Google Cultural Institute.

The audio-visual tour of Robben Island includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell and activist Robert Sobukwe’s house. The imagery, audio-effects, video and virtual tour provide insights into the story of the island and some of its more famous prisoners.

22 April 2015

Cape Town: Concert Boulevard renamed Joe Marks Boulevard!

The City of Cape Town has renamed Concert Boulevard in Retreat after South African struggle activist Joe Marks (Joseph Johannes Marks (1936-2011)). Mayor Patricia de Lille unveiled Joe Marks Boulevard along with family members in honour of his contribution to building a free and democratic society earlier today (22 April 2015).

21 April 2015

Air Botswana to stop direct flights between Maun <> Cape Town!

Botswana's state-owned national flag carrier, Air Botswana, will no longer operate direct flights between Maun Airport (MUB) in Maun and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town from 04 May 2015. The service will instead be routed through Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone. The airline has therefor increased the flight frequency between Gaborone and Cape Town from two flights per week to four flights per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (also effective from 04 May 2015).

20 April 2015

Cape Town: Robben Island Museum introduced "off-peak tour schedule"!

The Robben Island Museum has introduced its "off-peak tour schedule" a couple of days ago. Tours to Robben Island droped from four to three daily tours; they now run at 09:00 and 11:00, with the last ferry leaving the Nelson Mandela Gateway at 13:00. The 15:00 tour will return in peak season, which will recommence in September 2015.
The Robben Island Museum also announced that ticket prices will get increased from the current R280 for adults to R300 on 01 June 2015.

17 April 2015

Video: "Project 2'22" Cape Town Food Safari"!

Cape Town was recently voted third-best food city in the world at the Condè Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2014. Swiss filmmaker Stefan Rüegg's video "Project 2'22" Cape Town Food Safari" perfectly demonstrates why the Mother City is such a great foodie destination. Kudos Stefan!

15 April 2015

Cape Town voted third-best food city in the world!

According to the Condè Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2014, Cape Town is the third-best food city in the world. The description of Cape Town on Condé Nast Traveler's site reads, "In Cape Town, ‘local’ rules. The Mother city is smallish, casual but supremely stylish, and welcoming—words that describe its artisanal foods and restaurant scenes as much as its citizens." Condè Nast Traveler's travel writer, Maria Shollenbarger, also highlights the following foodie hot spots in her describtion of Cape Town:

The Top 20 Best Food Cities according to Condè Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2014:
  1. San Sebastián, Spain
  2. Paris, France
  3. Cape Town, South Africa
  4. Florence, Italy
  5. Rome, Italy
  6. Tokyo, Japan
  7. Hong Kong, China
  8. Singapore
  9. Barcelona, Spain
  10. Quebec City, Canada
  11. Sydney, Australia
  12. Vancouver, Canada
  13. Montreal, Canada
  14. Lyon, France
  15. Bologna, Italy
  16. Kyoto, Japan
  17. Vienna, Austria
  18. Budapest, Hungary
  19. Madrid, Spain
  20. Melbourne, Australia

14 April 2015

Malawi: "Lake of Stars" festival is returning to the shores of Lake Malawi!

The famous, award-winning and simply awesome Lake of Stars festival will be returning to the shores of Lake Malawi in 2015. The arts & music festival will take place at the Sunbird Nkopola Lodge from 25 - 27 September 2015. The lodge is located right at Lake Malawi about 20 km north of the town of Mangochi in the southern region of Malawi
The Lake of Stars festival features artists from Malawi, Africa and the rest of the world and promotes tourism in Malawi, raises funds for charity and provides travellers and Malawians alike with the opportunity to enjoy incredible live music in an exotic and beautiful location. Alongside the main festival at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, free outreach activities will also take place in neighboring Chipoka Village for the local community.