Finding The Real You In Bed

How to find the real you in the gay bedroom
read more

Are You A Nomophobe?

A new wave of fear is spreading in South Africa. Are you Nomophobic?
read more

South Africa's 'Pienk Gevaar'

A reader takes a hard look at South Africa's 'Pienk Gevaar' (Gay Threat)
read more

Gay In The 'Platteland'

A reader describes gay life in a small South African country town
read more

Recipes For Queer Geeks

Four fabulous Gay Geek snack recipes for Sci Fi TV nights
read more
Embracing the Mother City

Embracing the Mother City

By Johan Kloppers

South Africa's Cape Town is a city with a rich heritage. However, this much political history, social transformation and natural beauty can hardly be explored in one day.

The techy lone rangers can take to the streets with the handy voicemap app. Become friends with a virtual local as you discover Cape Town in your own time. If you want to delve deeper into Cape Town's history and heritage, a self-guided walking tour or Robben Island tour will do just that.

For time-strapped explorers who want to catch a glimpse of everything, the popular City Sightseeing red bus is the way to go. Social butterflies can also spread their wings in the vibrant city streets as they hop from gallery to gallery during First Thursdays.

1. Sightseeing

This is probably the most popular way to see the city - in many cities. Visitors and locals alike can board the bus on one of two routes.

You can hop off the bus at any stop to further your exploring, and hop back on when the next bus comes. Don't forget to plug in your headphones for the inside scoop on some of Cape Town's sights.

The Red City Tour visits Table Mountain, Cape Town City Bowl, Camp's Bay and the Atlantic seaboard. From the red bus, hop over to the yellow bus for a downtown tour.

The Blue Mini Peninsula Tour will take you to the back of Table Mountain's slopes. You will visit sites like Kirstenbosch, Constantia Nek (hop on the purple wine bus for a wine tour), Hout Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard.

Although these are the two main options, you can also see the sights with a Waterfront Harbour Cruise, LaGuGu township tour, Imizamo Yethu township walk, sidecar tours, walking tours and helicopter tours.

2. Walking Tour

The best way to explore any city is by foot! CapeTownMagazine suggests a walking tour of the city, including 12 explore-worthy stops.

The walking tour will cover Cape Town's heritage from corner to corner.

Start at District Six next to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The area used to be the most vibrant part of town housing people from the most diverse walks of life. Residents were evicted and houses demolished under the Apartheid government.

Your next stop is The Castle of Good Hope, the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. The pentagon-shaped Castle attracts tourist for its history and Military Museum. The changing of the guard, takes place at 12:00 from Monday to Friday. Don't be alarmed when a canon is fired. It happens Monday to Friday at 10:10 and 12:10 and on Saturdays at 11:00 and 12:00.

Next you will walk to City Hall, The District Six Museum, Houses of Parliament and take a relaxing break as you stroll through The Company’s Garden. St. George’s Cathedral is your next stop on the corner of Queen Victoria and Wale streets. This is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and became well-known as “the people’s church” during Apartheid, welcoming all races through its doors.

The Slave Lodge gives an in depth look at Cape Town in a time of slavery, then take to Long Street which is the nightlife mecca of Cape Town. In contrast to Long Street, Bree street boasts designer stores, eateries and a laid back setting to enjoy a beer.

3. Voicemap Audio Tours

This proudly South African app assists you in discovering cities worldwide as guided by a local! Explore the lesser travelled parts of your favourite cities and uncover the locals' favourite hangouts. Simply download the app, choose your route, put on your earphones and let the exploring begin!

Voicemap offers various walking tours in Cape Town. Walk with your local audio guide to the Company's Gardens, the CBD, Slave Lodge, Castle of Good Hope, Lion's Head and the Bo-Kaap, to name a few.

4. Robben Island Tour

Embark on a four-hour tour of the historic Robben Island. Boarding at the V&A, you will visit the island that was home to political prisoners opposing the Apartheid regime. Prison life on Robben Island was focussed on punishment as opposed to rehabilitation. Among the prisoners was former president Nelson Mandela, who's prison cell you will get to visit.

Tours embark Monday to Sunday at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00. Once on the island, a bus will take you to the historic sites. Your tour guide, an ex Robben Island prisoner, will meet you on the bus.

5. Happy Holidays

Explore Cape Town's cultural wealth on foot and don't be afraid to make a few art loving friends along the way. You're in for a festive treat!

Join us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Keep up with us on Pinterest Join our Google Plus circle Join us on Tumblr