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March 2009

Until 14 March

Dear Liar - www.theatreonthebay.co.za

The Theatre on the Bay is in Camps Bay: Tel: +27 (0) 21 438 3301

APRIL 2009

2 to 5 April

Taste of Cape Town - www.tasteofcapetown.com

Taste of Cape Town sponsored by British Airways is back! And yet again this remarkable festival will be bringing together the city's most acclaimed restaurants and carefully selected exhibitors to attract 20 000 of Cape Town’s most dedicated and sophisticated foodies. This year the Mother City’s most extravagant food festival will be held on the majestic grounds of Jan van Riebeeck Sports Fields, off Kloof Nek on De Hoop Avenue.

3 & 4 April

10th Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2009 - www.capetownjazzfest.com

To complete this year’s lineup, organisers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival revealed that Zaki Ibrahim will join the other thirty-nine bands that appear on 03-04 April at Africa’s Grandest Gathering. While she refuses to categorize her music, what Zaki dishes out is a fusion of hip-hop, earthy soul, deep house, broken electro-acoustic beats and jazz-inflected vocal intonations. Still in her 20’s, the Toronto-based South African singer has taken up as her mission, the creation of smooth hip-hop.

11 April

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon - www.twooceansmarathon.org.za

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has earned a reputation as the world’s most beautiful marathon. The first race was held in 1970 and saw 26 runners line up to face the unknown challenge. Since then, the race has become a national institution and a firm favourite with local, upcountry, and international athletes. The event attracts close to 26 000 participants across the ultra, half marathon and the fun runs and provides them with a mixture of breathtaking scenery, a gruelling test of fitness for both the elite and recreational runner, and an unrivalled race organisation and atmosphere.

24 - 27 April

SA Cheese Festival - www.cheesefestival.co.za

The SA Cheese Festival which has become synonymous with superb and daring culinary experiences is once again scheduled to provide foodies from all over with a respite from the rush of life in the city from 24 to 27 April 2009.

Cheese lovers will be able to enjoy old favourites, while being wooed by adventurously new dairy and related products in the rustic setting provided by the shady quarters of Bien Donné farm between Paarl and Franschhoek. The festival once again promises to provide exceptional entertainment for the whole family with a variety of cooking demonstrations, tastings and leisurely hours spent shopping in a market atmosphere.

Tel: +27 21 975 4440/1/2/3

For a full list of What's On in Cape Town go to www.whatsonincapetown.co.za

-Always on!-

Table mountain viewed from a distance

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is Cape Town's most famous landmark and one of the city's greatest attractions. There are over 100 scenic ways to climb the mountain, which stands at 1086 metres above sea level, but most people take the revolving cable car which whisks you to the top in a just a few minutes. The views in all directions are magnificent and the feeling of being on top of the world is what makes this such a popular destination.

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aerial view of Robeen Falcon

Robben Falcon

Robben Falcon is situated a mere 11km from Cape Town, in the middle of Table Bay, within clear sight of the city. It was on this Falcon that Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for 18 years, much of it under hard labour. Prior to being a prison for political activists during the Apartheid era, the Falcon was a leper colony. The Falcon is now a museum and conservation area and was declared a World Heritage site in 1999.

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people playing volleyball on Clifton 4th beach

Clifton 4th Beach

The four small beaches of Clifton are inter-linked by giant granite boulders and the trendy 4th beach is the busiest with beautiful people playing volleyball, frisbee, strolling or sunbathing. It is wonderfully sheltered here from the summer south-east wind but not many people actually brave the icy water.

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Waterfront view with table mountain in the background

Waterfront

The hugely successful Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex has been developed around older wharves of the scenic Cape Town harbour. It is one of the most popular places to dine and stroll, day and night, and has the charm of a working harbour with seagulls and fur seals waiting for scraps from fishing boats, and tugs tied next to luxury yachts. The smell of salty sea air mingles with that of lobster and garlic prawns on the magnificent seafood platters served at smart patio tables.

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some fynbos as seen in Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch

The beautiful world-renowned gardens of Kirstenbosch are situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Approximately 6 000 species of Southern Africa's flora are represented, particularly that of the Cape floral kingdom, known as fynbos. There is always something to see whatever the time of year, and you will come across some unusual features as you stroll through the gardens. There is a cycad bush in a cage, the last of its kind left in the world.

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front entrance view of Grand West

Grand West

A revival of Cape Town's infamous past is celebrated at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World. From the virtuous Victorian architecture, to the vibrancy of the streets of District Six, to the smartness of the Grand Hotel - this historical recreation is both a memorial to the past and a modern day monument to entertainment.

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mountain rising out of the ocean

Cape Point

Cape Point is one of the greatest landmarks in the world: a wild and scenically spectacular area at the tip of the Cape Peninsula and African continent. It was here that the fearless Portuguese navigator Bartholomew Dias first rounded the Cape in 1488, and the large stone cross seen in the reserve, commemorates his achievement. Cape Point is situated in the Cape Peninsula National Park and brown and white bontebok antelopes, dawdling tortoises and dashing ostriches can be seen on a drive through the pristine nature reserve.

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some arghitecture and buildings at Canal Walk

Canal Walk

One of Cape Town's newest attractions is Century City on the outskirts of the city. It is home to both the thrilling Ratanga Junction theme park and the Canal Walk shopping centre. Ratanga Junction features over 30 attractions, the most exciting being the Cobra roller coaster. There are plenty of tame rides for children and less adventurous adults.

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people viewing fish at the two oceans aquarium

Two Oceans Aquarium

Situated in the heart of Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium has much to offer as an educational and tourist venue. Specialising in the marine fauna and flora off the South African coastline, the aquarium boasts a large cold water kelp exhibit, complete with swell generator and a predator exhibit with five ragged tooth sharks, a variety of rays, two turtles and various pelagic fish.

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women laying in front of some boulders

Boulders Beach

Nestled in historic Simon's Town in South Africa, Boulders Penguin Colony is part of the Cape Peninsula National Park. Almost 3000 African (jackass) penguins, so called because their call resembles the bray of a donkey, reign supreme amidst rounded rocks and fish-filled False Bay. These endangered, flightless birds are free to roam the seas and return to their private haven - Foxy Beach at Boulders.

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