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Price Check: a Cape Town Shopping List

Price Check: a Cape Town Shopping List

This was our first visit to Cape Town so we didn’t have any expectations about what things cost or the cost of living generally, so we were surprised to find it fairly affordable, especially when it came to grocery shopping. Here’s our Cape Town shopping list...
A Local Guide to the Cape Town Music Scene

A Local Guide to the Cape Town Music Scene

We’d heard a lot about South African music before coming to Cape Town and were eager to experience as much of Cape Town music as we could, so much so that Terence even signed up for a drumming workshop! We were particularly keen to see...
Keeping Time: African Drumming Class in a Cape Town Township

Keeping Time: African Drumming Class in a Cape Town Township

I am, perhaps, the least ‘African’ person I know. However, I do, for a very white guy have rhythm enough to play rhythm and bass guitar and drums without embarrassing myself. Dancing, however, is another matter altogether… All the same, coming to Africa as a...
The Art of African Beading

The Art of African Beading

“Beading has always been a part of Xhosa tradition and culture,” our guide Sabelo says on the way to our first stop on our African Beading Workshop with Cape Town tour company Andulela. Learning has been an important part of our grand tour this year...
A Local Guide to Cape Town

A Local Guide to Cape Town

Sabelo Maku is a man with a big smile and a heart equally as large. He’s a guy with the kind of warmth, generosity of spirit and openness that you want in a tour guide. He’s the kind of person who epitomises the African concept...
Tomato Bredie Recipe, a Classic Cape Town Stew

Tomato Bredie Recipe, a Classic Cape Town Stew

The bredie (an Afrikaans word meaning ‘stew’) is a slow-cooked mutton and tomato stew. The amount and number of spices added has an infinite variety of permeations. This is my version of the Tomato Bredie. Jet lag makes you do the strangest things. We had arrived...
Cooking in Cape Town – A Cape Malay Cooking Lesson

Cooking in Cape Town – A Cape Malay Cooking Lesson

Cape Town‘s Bo-Kaap neighbourhood is beloved for its picture-postcard streetscapes with their candy coloured terrace houses, cobblestones and quaint mosques. However, the real attractions for us are the aromas that waft from its kitchens and the chance to do some cooking in Cape Town – Cape Malay...
Cape Town Take-Homes: Traditional African Crafts

Cape Town Take-Homes: Traditional African Crafts

Sprawled across several floors in a colossal Victorian building on Cape Town’s cool Long Street, the Pan African Market is a one-stop-shop for African souvenirs. You can spend hours browsing the warren of dozens of small shops selling traditional and contemporary tribal art, handicrafts, textiles,...