Tourism news


On 3 September the City of Cape Town stepped up its water restrictions to the next level, announcing further severe water saving measures. Compared to the previous Level 4 B restrictions, the new Level 5 restrictions retain the daily water usage target per person at 87 liters, and step up restrictions on the commercial usage of water. Tourists to Cape Town and the province will not be turned away as a result of the drought! 

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On Friday 15,September the Robben Island ferry Thandi close to sank in rough seas between the V&A Waterfront and Robben Island, with 64 passengers, most of them tourists, and five members of staff on board! It is the final straw of continuous problems linked to the Robben Island ferry service.

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The Hermanus FynArts Festival is in its fifth year, having started on Friday, and runs until Sunday 18 June, in various venues in Hermanus. It is my second year of attending this diverse Festival, ably organized by local Mary Faure and her team, who have created a feast of a Festival.  (more…)

Less than a year after opening in Franschhoek, Leeu Estates has been featured on the 21st edition of the Condé Nast 2017 HOT LIST, the only South African accommodation property to make the list of 75 accommodation properties, and one of only seven properties in Africa. The accolade complements the five star boutique hotel making the  2017 Travel + Leisure It List.  (more…)

From November this year, Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings will connect Cape Town with Cologne in Germany, offering a direct flight once a week, reports Tourism Update. (more…)

Three days after its opening, writer Llewellyn Lambert, architect Jan de Wet, and I visited The Silo Hotel, Cape Town’s new Tourism jewel located in the V & A Waterfront. We enjoyed lunch at The Silo Rooftop on its eleventh floor. Nine days later I returned for another Rooftop lunch. I compare the two lunches and document the changes which have taken place between my two visits below.  (more…)

It was announced by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) yesterday that Durban has lost the rights to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022, it was reported in Business Day.  (more…)

Ten days ago, on its third day of operation, hotelier and writer Llewellyn Lambert, architect Jan de Wet, and I went to visit The Silo Hotel in the commercial side of the V & A Waterfront. We were blown away by the luxury  of the interior decor, the generosity of spaciousness, and the extreme friendliness of the staff, hallmarks of the operations of The Royal Portfolio. I returned nine days later, to have a second lunch at The Silo Rooftop. (more…)

For the first time in the forty year history of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the race was cancelled, two hours after its start, due to a number of factors, leaving 35000 disappointed cyclists who had traveled from around the country and internationally to participate in the world’s largest timed cycling event. (more…)

It was interesting to receive a media release earlier this week, announcing that SCHOON (de Companje) belonging to Fritz Schoon is to move out of its existing building on Church Street in Stellenbosch, to an as yet undisclosed new location, and that Boschendal moved into the building on Wednesday. (more…)

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