#CelebrateCapeTown. – Imagine that as soon as you arrive in your new destination, there is somebody to welcome you, settle you in and offer you the best introduction to your new environment – an orientation walk. One that points out landmarks, offers some background information, entertains and enlightens as well as guides you to the best coffee and shopping options. All the time setting your mind at ease.
This is exactly what is offered on a complimentary basis to all guests that stay at the wonderful Taj Hotel in Cape Town, situated across from St George’s Cathedral. I was invited by The Taj to overnight and experience their luxury offerings first hand.
Also to join a small group on Saturday to take to the streets in celebration of their 5th Birthday, to learn more about the new City Walk route and to see the launch of their #CelebrateCapeTown Instagram competition
Coinciding with Cape Town Partnership’s flagship City Walk – a monthly FREE opportunity to use Cape Town’s inner city as a place to play and meet as it is brought to life with fascinating stories of past and present, captivating public art, beautiful spaces, dramatic architecture, and a dynamic food and retail culture. There’s simply no better way to explore this all than on foot with a guide.
In the same way the competition invites locals and visitors alike to capture their central city stories through photography.
To become an entrant, upload your inner city images onto Instagram and tag “#CelebrateCapeTown with #TajCapeTown”. There is no limit to the amount of photographic entries submitted and everyone is encouraged to snap as many of their favourite Cape Town moments before the competition closing date on Friday, 21 August.
There are five competition categories:
– Architecture: buildings, cityscapes, historic, interiors, industrial
– People: hotel staff, family, portraiture, self-portrait
– Elements of design: man-made or natural, elements that showcase line, shape, pattern, form, texture, perspective
– Nature: aerial, flowers, seasons, sunset, trees, wildlife
– Arts and culture: street art, performing arts, food
The grand prize is valued at more than R75 000 and includes a one-night stay in Taj Cape Town’s famed two-storey Presidential Suite for two people, and a gourmet dinner party with six extra friends, prepared by a private chef and served in the suite.
Prizes for the five category winners are valued at more than R25 000 each and include a two-night stay in a Luxury Mountain-view room and a three-course dinner with wine pairing at Bombay Brasserie. The photographic entry that receives the most Instagram Likes will also be awarded, with the photographer receiving a one-night stay in a Luxury Mountain-view room and a three-course dinner at Mint, the Local Grill.
Some pics that I took while out walking to #CelebrateCapeTown.
One of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in the city, the Standard Bank.
These incredible buildings at the top of St George’s mall, opposite the Taj Hotel are the Rhodes building. Such detail in the balconies, doors and windows. Love the facade too.
Across from them the cross in memory of Robert Gray, the first Bishop of Cape Town. Which was was moved from the Cathedral to this spot when St George’s became a pedestrian walkway. Next to it a piece of the Berlin Wall stands almost unnoticed.
National Parliament and the ‘Made in England’ detail which holds the interest and history of the era.
De Tynhuys, or Garden House, the Cape Town office of the Presidency.
Sundial in the Company Gardens.
This mime in Company Gardens, covered in silver and performs for a tip.
The cobbled streets of Green Market Square.
At the intersection of St George’s Mall and Shortmarket Street. Come to Pass. A public street art project by Katherine Bull.
Ever wondered where a distance reader calculates it’s reading from? I did. Until I was shown ‘kilometer zero’ in the centre of our city at the Old Town House on Green Market square. Love this kind of discovery … Another reason to walk Cape Town.
Flowers for sale on Adderley Street. A tradition that surpasses time and era and has brought joy to countless people and celebrations.
While you are out there, look at the buildings from the bottom and side. Learn about their background. What were they purpose build for. What history do they hold. Take in the details, look up, find the gargoyles and frescas, take note of the street art, listen as the clocks chime …. Which is exactly what I did on Saturday and it was magical. Oh, and remember to say hi to the cute squirrels of the Company Garden, even give them something to eat.
Here is a city map to help you on your way.
Have a look at the entries here.
Some info on The Only Team who run the tours:
Since 2002, the Footsteps to Freedom city walking tour of Cape Town has introduced visitors to the very heart and soul of the Mother City. Their walking tours trace 350 years of the city’s history including the challenges faced by the early Dutch settlers, the plight of the slaves, the Cape as a colony, the dark days of apartheid and the dawning of the new South Africa as a Rainbow Nation.
The guided walking tour are now being hosted by Taj Cape Town as part of the hotel’s unique service offering in association with “The Only Team”. Specialists in various fields are able to provide touring experiences based on specific interests with the most popular being a leisurely walking tour that includes St George’s Cathedral, the Slave Precinct, the Grand Parade, St George’s Mall, Company Gardens and Parliament. This two-hour leisurely stroll which departs from the Taj Cape Town’s lobby and captivates locals and tourists alike.