Tag archives for Cape Town

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in August.

In a nod to the renaissance transforming South Africa, 
Cape Town has been crowned the World Design Capital of 2014. The art scene here particularly flourishes in the neighborhood of Woodstock, a historically industrial quarter along a shabby stretch of the city’s eastern fringes.

It’s a new year and, with it, new trips to plan. As you mull over which places you’d like to tick off your travel bucket list in 2014, consider these brief but compelling reasons why you should visit 20 of the world’s cities from the people who know and love them best.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

Sarah Khan was an editor at Travel + Leisure magazine when she visited Cape Town on a whim in early 2012. In the span of four days, she fell in love with the city…and with a Capetonian. Now she’s married, and happily freelancing from the most beautiful city on Earth. Here are some of Sarah’s favorite things about Cape Town.

After returning from a recent trip with my family, I’m more convinced than ever that South Africa is a top-notch destination for adventurous families. If you’re planning a trip to this diverse country, here are some of the places I’d recommend adding to your itinerary.

“As a twenty-two-year-old teacher at a small school in rural Africa I had spent some of the happiest years of my life,” writes legendary travel writer Paul Theroux in his new book. Africa seeped into Theroux’s soul on that first visit, so much so that he has regularly returned to it as a kind of touchstone throughout his 50-year career.

I Heart My City: Kids Edition

It’s time for another special edition of I Heart My City! This time we’re serving up recommendations for the best educational experiences for kids (and kids at heart) in 15 cities around the world from the people who know them best: our ever-inspirational I Heart My City community. They also happen to be fun.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Romance

I have to laugh when I see things like “rented” swans, petal-strewn hotel beds, and string-quartet serenades. That’s why I asked 10 concierges in some of my favorite cities what they would recommend to the most discerning of guests for a night of off-the-beaten-path romance — whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a wedding proposal, or simply a much-needed date night.

Last week, our Food Fridays story was all about the Cuban sandwich and its roots in Tampa, Florida. Inspired by the idea of the “signature sandwich,” we started itching for more. We asked you to share the sandwich that makes your city sing, and you answered (and made us drool a little). Without further ado, here are 15 local favorites from around the world.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

Best Bike Tours for Foodies

What better way to sample the culinary delights of a region than by peddling along its backroads, enjoying the scenery and working up an appetite for the next meal?

Here are ten great itineraries for all you food- and wine-loving cyclists out there.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

The first official day of summer is tomorrow (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick it off right: with a special edition of I Heart My City. Here are 20 quintessential summer must-dos from past I Heart contributors all around the globe.

Need a vacation? Traveler’s latest cover story takes you on a tour of our favorite lake escapes in North America – the perfect way to unplug and unwind this summer. Find out what else this issue has in store.

Photos: Where You Went

Our jet-setting friends on Facebook never fail to impress us with their adventures near and far. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately.

Jo Duxbury got bitten by the travel bug early, having grown up in Cape Town, with grandparents in the UK. After spending 9 years in London – a perfect travel base and the starting point for her solo round-the-world trip in 2004 — Jo returned to Cape Town and now runs her own marketing consultancy.…

Photos: Where You Went

Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption to Your Shot/Travel at ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all…

Southern Hemisphere Beach Gems

Because we’ve got sand on our minds these days, I’ve compiled a list of five more amazing beaches from around the world that can serve as inspiration for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere who may be longing for some surf and sun once the weather turns cold here.

Take your camera to one of Cape Town’s top photos spots, including Saint James Beach where you can capture the brightly colored bathing boxes that line the coastline. [GotSaga] “Luxury hostel” may sound like an oxymoron but StayON Beverly in Hollywood is truly an plush, hostel experience. The singular room at the fully self-service hostel comes…

Top Ten South Africa

Gearing up for the World Cup this year? The good folks over at National Geographic Books have put together a top ten list of what to see and do in South Africa, and they’re offering $5 off the purchase of their guidebook for a limited time. Click here to see the complete list. Top Ten…

This year, inspired by our “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is Iming Lin, who shows us Cape Town’s festive side. What to share the things that make your city special?…

I Heart My City: Laura’s Cape Town

Hello city-lovers! Today’s city of choice is Cape Town, Africa’s Mother City, and it comes at the hands of Laura Trisnadi. Still haven’t seen your city on IT? Just complete our list of fill-in-the-blank questions then copy and paste the list into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. And…

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Let me say upfront that it’s an incredible privilege to be able to…