Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Accommodation,Activities,Cape Town,Events,History,Hotel | on: March 16, 2017

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Don’t Miss the Cape Town Carnival 2017

The Cape Town Carnival has grown to become a seminal event in the calendar of both Capetonians and tourists alike. This annual street parade is a celebration of Cape Town’s diversity and highlights the cultural melting pot that has welcomed people from different backgrounds for as long as this outpost has existed. Each year Green Point’s Fan Walk is filled with thousands of people joining the parade, watching as floats, musicians and performers pass by. You don’t want to miss the Cape Town Carnival!

When and Where is the Cape Town Carnival?

The 2017 Cape Town Carnival takes place on Saturday the 18th of March; it starts at 7pm and carries on until 1am. The procession starts at the top of Somerset Road in Green Point and ends where Somerset and York intersect. The Cape Town Carnival street party starts at 9:45pm and party goers can catch Oshri, Dj Fresh and Euphonik.

Do I Need to Buy a Ticket for the Cape Town Carnival?

General access is free but if you would like to take a load off and watch the procession from the comfort of a viewing stand you can buy a ticket for a mere R300. Those who would prefer a more exclusive experience, VIP tickets cost R1 300 and guarantee you a raised viewing platform, finger foods, a bar and a private DJ.

Everything is Better With a Theme

This year the carnival’s theme is “AMAZA! – Ocean Odyssey” a celebration of all things ocean related set to the backdrop of two mighty oceans – the Indian and the Atlantic – clashing in the middle of our very own Cape Town adventure.

The sunny seaside community of Cape Town is steeped in history bubbling with turbulence, adventure, treasure, exploration and magnificent wildlife. With so much inspiration to be drawn from this theme, the parade is set to be absolutely awe inspiring. Onlookers can enjoy the sight of over 2 000 performers and musicians as the Ocean Odyssey procession goes by.

The Carnival Amenities

There’s no need to worry about access to food, water, beverages and toilets. The Cape Town Carnival organisers have ensured that your every need will be met at several points along the Green Point Fan Walk. In addition carnival goers will have the support of medics and a lost and found station in the event of an emergency.

The Cape Town Carnival procession start is a mere five to seven minute drive away from Taj Cape Town, which makes it the perfect hotel to book into for the weekend.  With stunning views of Table Mountain or the city centre, Taj Cape Town provides stylish accommodation in the vibrant heart of the Mother City and with so much to do and see, where better to begin your exploration of this historic and trendy city. To book accommodation, phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or email sales.capetown@tajhotels.com.

 
 
 
Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events,Hotel,Spa and Recreation | on: March 9, 2017

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Get Pedalling at the Annual Cape Town Cycle Challenge

It’s that time of year again when we are all preparing for the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly known as the Cape Argus). Taking place on Sunday the 12th of March, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the cycle tour – the largest timed cycling event in the world, covering a magnificent 109km route. A massive group of 35 000 cyclists will wind their way through the mountainous backdrop with many raising funds for the Rotary Club of Claremont and the Pedal Power Association, amongst others.

The History of the Cape Town Cycle Tour

The Cape Town Cycle Tour was established in 1978 by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, as a way to draw attention to the need for bicycle lanes in South Africa. It has since grown immensely to become one of the world’s most respected cycle tours, and it is even recognised in the International Cycling Union’s Golden Bike Series.

Get Involved in the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Applications for entry closed on the 23rd of August but there is no reason for cycling enthusiasts not to grab a seat and watch the event from one of the beautiful spectator spots. With six cut off times along the route, you can easily plan which of the 16 spots you would like to view the race from ahead of time.

Each of these areas have with their own charm and breath-taking view:

• The start, Hertzog Boulevard
• Newlands Forest Area
• Paradise Road (near Paradise Motors)
• Edinburgh Drive (top of Wynberg Hill – outbound)
• Main Road / Steenberg Road (Muizenberg)
• Kalk Bay and St. James
• Fish Hoek
• Glencairn Beach
• Simon’s Town Main Road
• Scarborough
• Noordhoek Farm Village
• Hout Bay (Corner Princess and Main / Chapman’s Peak Drive)
• Suikerbossie
• Camps Bay Beachfront
• Sea Point
• Promenade & finish line

A brief 10-minute drive from the Cape Town Cycle Tour start, and only 12 minutes from the finish line, Taj Cape Town makes choosing the perfect accommodation a cinch. The Taj is also the ideal resting place for exhausted cyclists and supporters alike – wind down with a spa treatment at the luxurious Jiva Spa, replenish your energy stores over a delicious meal at the Bombay Brasserie or Mint, the Local Grill and wash it all down with an artisanal cocktail at the Twankey Bar. To book your accommodation, phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or email sales.capetown@tajhotels.com.

 
 
 

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