Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The most spectacular wildlife photos

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Hermanus Whale Festival

The Hermanus Whale Festival is celebrating the returning of the southern right whales to the bay of Hermanus for its 22nd year from Friday, 20 September to Tuesday, 24 September. Some events are also held on the following weekend on Saturday, 28 September.

As home to the best land-based whale watching in the world,
Hermanus is just the right place to pay homage to the magnificent Southern Rights, and there’s no better time to recognize their miraculous survival than during September, which is peak whale-watching season in the coastal village.

The marine giants will definitely remain the star of the Hermanus Whale Festival, but on land, visitors to the small seaside town can expect to be equally dazzled by great entertainment and activities, gut-busting eats, quality crafts and kiddies fun.

Plus, the fit and sporty can participate in one of four Hermanus Adventure Week activities such as the Hermanus Open Water Swim, the Hermanus Whale Festival Night Run, the Hermanus Whale Festival Mountain Bike Classic or the festival trail run.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kirstenbosch Chelsea Flower Show at the V&A Waterfront

When the Kirstenbosch Chelsea Flower Show Exhibition was launched at the V&A Waterfront on Friday 30 August, 2013, the overall sentiment of the visitors was: “It”s blooming beautiful!”.

The inspirational exhibition, which runs daily from 09h00 to 18h00 at the Mother City’s premier seaside shopping destination
V&A Waterfront until Tuesday 24 September 2013, is free to the public and features the gold medal winning exhibition within the Clock Tower precinct.

A 33 time Chelsea gold winner, this year’s spectacular exhibit is themed 'Come into the Garden', and the achievement has particular poignant meaning as both
Kirstenbosch and the Chelsea Flower Show celebrates their centenaries in 2013.

The exhibition is a snapshot of South Africa’s distinctive botanical heritage. Come and experience the beauty and tranquillity of being surrounded by the Dell and Cycad Amphitheatre on one side and the Protea Garden and mountain skyline on the other of the circular exhibition.

Other highlights include South Africa’s indigenous fynbos such as the protea and Mandela’s gold strelitizia, as well as the oldest plants in the garden.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Celebration of World Tourism Month in Cape Town

September is World Tourism Month and the City of Cape Town is doing a lot in order to celebrate it the right way. On World Tourism Day, 27 September 2013, the celebration culminates, when Cape Town’s Big Six attractions will sign a Responsible Tourism Charter.

By signing the Charter, the chief executives of the Big Six – the Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the V&A Waterfront, Groot Constantia, Cape Point and the Robben Island Museum – will commit to a more sustainable and responsible tourism industry in Cape Town, in line with the 2013 World Tourism Day theme “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”.

In Cape Town, September traditionally has a strong focus on citizen tourism. Residents, Cape Town’s best ambassadors, are encouraged to become tourists in their own city by making use of affordable and exciting experiences right on their doorstep.

“Tourism is a key economic driver for Cape Town and the largest contributing sector to the Western Cape economy. The City has lined up programmes aimed at growing local tourism this month and will be encouraging residents to discover the hidden gems within our beautiful destination,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe.

Cape Town was awarded the accolade of the ‘World's Top City in Africa and the Middle East’ in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2013 as well as being ranked fourth overall in the Top 10 Cities in the World list.

Other accolades include being named:
The ‘16th Top Destination in the World’ and ‘Top Destination in Africa’ by TripAdvisor’s travel community in 2013; 
The ‘Favourite City Worldwide’ by 17 000 Telegraph readers at The Telegraph Travel Awards in 2012; 
The ‘Number Two City in the World’ and the ‘Top City in Africa’ in the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2012;
The ‘Best Beach Destination in Africa’ at the World Travel Awards 2012; 
Eighth in the ‘Top 10 Truly Unique Beaches in the World’ by Tripadvisor 2012; 
‘One of the World’s Ten Most Loved Cities 2012’ by CNNgo.

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Free entrance to Cape Point

Free access to Cape Point Nature Reserve will be given to all South Africans from 9 to 14 September. Cape Point is offering visitors the chance to get a free ticket for the Flying Dutchman funicular. 

Cape Point’s two-for-the-price-of-one-adult ticket offer, means a trip to the reserve and a ride on the funicular will cost very little. For every return adult ticket purchased for R49, another adult or child may travel for free.

Fresh sea air is known to work up an appetite, so once visitors have descended on the funicular they can head off to the Two Ocean’s Restaurant where kids eat free during SANParks week. 

As part of SANParks Week free guided walks are also on offer in the Park, and Metrorail are offering daily trips on their Tourism Train from Cape Town to Simons Town stations Monday to Saturday. A HGTS Tour bus transfers visitors from Simons Town station to Cape Point. The cost of this package is R120 per adult (12 years and older) and R60 per child, student and seniors (students and seniors need to show proof).

The Cape Point Nature Reserve is open seven days a week (7am to 5pm April to September, 6am to 6pm October to March), with the Flying Dutchman funicular, Two Oceans restaurant and the Curio Stores open from 9am to 5pm.

For more information visit or call the Information Centre on (021) 780 9010/11.

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