Cape Town has once again done Capetonians proud by receiving the title of Second Best City Worldwide in the Lonely Planet’s newly published travel guides category, Top 10 Cities, with France in first place. If excitement, adventure, beauty and scenery are things you are searching for, search no further.
Cape Town is blossoming with beauty from every corner, whether you visit the world renowned Table Mountain or simply want to enjoy a day of leisure at the beach, come and have the experience of a life time in the Mother City, where we promise to exceed your every desire.
Bursting with excitement and an uncontrollable passion for Cape Town a resident from Mitchells Plain, Leonardo Matthee, explained that Cape Town is a beautiful place, but he feels that more can be done to improve the conditions within the city.
Matthee says that not enough emphasis is placed on safety within the city or what can be done to better the lives of citizens.
“Wow, Cape Town is a beautiful place and what is even more beautiful is the fact that I don’t even have to go far to enjoy the beauty. I can literally go to Portland’s Rugby field and sit there enjoying the view of Table Mountain.”
Drawing on the vibrancy of the community, he says the natural beauty is not restricted to the scenery, but extends to the positive and friendly attitude of Capetonians.
“What makes this place so beautiful is not only the scenery and tourist’s attraction, but also the fact that people are so friendly and have this beautiful outlook on life,” a proud Matthee stated.
He adds that Cape Town has such a diverse culture and is absolutely amazed at how people from completely different backgrounds can live side by side, despite vast socioeconomic inequalities.
Many citizens, including a Philippi resident, Mayford Van Cooper, explained that the things they love the most about Cape Town is the beach sites, recreational parks, the city life and the national beauty that Cape Town has to offer.
Speaking with pure bliss and a tone of uncontrollable delight, Yushriek Salie, explained why Cape Town is unlike any other city and why he loves living here.
“This is such a unique city. The one thing we have that can’t be found anywhere else is our Minstrel “Coon” Carnival that takes place during the festive season.”
The carnival traditionally begins on the 25th December with a parade through the City Streets and enters New Year’s Eve with the Malay Choir.” Salie explained.
Local resident, Duane Bailey, describing Cape Town as a place “for all”, encourages tourists to visit the Mother City and share in the cultural ambiance.
“The residents have a way of making everyone feel welcome and there are so many places to explore. There are various tourist destinations that can be visited such as Table Mountain and Robben Island. There are so many site seeing sites and you don’t even have to worry about travelling because the city caters for that through the MiCiTy buses and the city site-seeing hop on, hop off bus,” Bailey continued.
Braai, potjie kos and breyani
Culinary tourism is becoming a growing trend and goes to show with the mention of Cape Town’s hip markets and inventive restaurants, in the Best in Travel 2017.
Aside from wonderful places to explore, Cape Town is renowned for their mouth-watering traditional foods that would leave any avid foodie begging for more, such as braai, potjie kos and Malay dishes.
“We have great food and we cater for all cultures; without exploring all of South Africa, you can take a trip around the world and enjoy different meals,”Matthee said.
With its wide variety of cultures and religions, he says that Cape Town is renowned for its caldron of flavours, where city-slickers can experience a universal selection of dishes.
“There are different people from different religious backgrounds that reside in Cape Town, and we all share our traditional dishes. Breyani, Bobotie, rotie, curry and other traditional Cape Malay dishes can all be served right here in our home town,” Matthee adds.
“Cape Town’s deceptively laid back folk have been working hard to add cultural and culinary cred to the Mother City’s famous natural charms and cementing its reputation as an African city with a global outlook,” as noted in a statement released by Lonely Planet.
VOC (Loushe Jordaan)