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6 Secret Spots And Attractions In And Around Cape Town

6 Secret Spots And Attractions In And Around Cape Town

We all know about the regular 'top attractions and activities' to do in Cape Town.. Table Mountain, boat trips and tours to Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, hiking Lions Head, Cape Point, right? While I'm not undermining these attractions in any way because they are all AWESOME, I'm here to let you know that there happens to be so much more to Cape Town than most blog articles will tell you. Here are 6 hidden treasure in Cape Town that you just have to experience!

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Cape Town's Game Reserve Is Proud To Announce The Arrival Of A Baby Hippo!

Cape Town's Game Reserve Is Proud To Announce The Arrival Of A Baby Hippo!
"We hope guests will see this adorable hippo calf on their Big 5 safari and be inspired to take action to protect them in the wild,” says one of the people working at the Cape Town game reserve. It has since been confirmed that the baby hippo is a girl!

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Paying Tribute To Sharpeville Massacre - Human Rights Day, 21 March 2018

Paying Tribute To Sharpeville Massacre - Human Rights Day, 21 March 2018
On 21 March of every year, South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre that took place in 1960. Find out what lead up to the pivotal event and how we now celebrate this day.

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The Cape Town Cycle Tour 2018 Is Drought Friendly!

The Cape Town Cycle Tour 2018 Is Drought Friendly!

 The 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour Is Drought Friendly!

The annual Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly known as The Cape Argus Cycle Tour) is coming up again this weekend on Sunday 11 March 2018. It's a buzzing event in the Mother City that draws people from all over the globe to take part in the largest timed cycling event in the world. About 35 000 cyclists line up to ride the annual 109km route through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. 

Seeing as there will be an influx of visitors into our city, it has been a huge concern for the organisers of The Cape Town Cycle Tour as to how our critically low water levels will be affected. It is their intention that the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour will draw zero litres of drinking water from the municipal supply on event day.

The Cape Town Cycle Tour Management Team announced that they were putting in dedicated efforts to ensure that the event could continue as normal without impacting Cape Town's water shortage. They laid down initiatives that they are taking to avoid any repercussions on Cape Town's water supplies.

Some of these initiatives are as follows:

  • Bringing water from upcountry for drinking and ice on the route, and using locally-produced desalinated water for all cleansing purposes.
  • No Cycle Tour suppliers, including hospitality management and toilet suppliers, may utilise water that comes directly off the city grid. Instead, spring water, greywater, desalinated water, waterless soap etc will be used.
  • Greywater will be collected during the event and afterwards delivered to a water treatment plant.
  • All water ballasts previously utilised for weighting various structural solutions has been changed to cement blocks 

The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust will be introducing 3 million litres of water to Cape Town from areas not experiencing drought, such as Swellendam. David Bellairs, a Director of the Trust said, “We are extremely grateful to Swellendam municipality, its Municipal Manager Anton Groenewald and Mayor Nico Myburgh for their generous offer of 2.2-million litres of potable water."

We think it is absolutely amazing that the Cape Town Cycle Tour Management and Trust are taking Cape Town's water situation to heart and have proactively come up with concerted efforts to manage the event's water usage without making a mark on Cape Town's water levels.

Please note: if you are taking part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour and would like to book accommodation with Riverlodge Backpackers for the event, you will receive a 10% discount. View our accommodation options here.

READ: HOW TO SAVE WATER DURING CAPE TOWN'S DROUGHT

If you enjoyed this article and want to read more about the exciting things we get up to in Cape Town, follow us on Twitter , Instagram and like our Facebook page. If you'd love to have your own Cape Town experience, contact us at Riverlodge Backpackers to book your affordable accommodation or book online (view our accommodation options).

What's On In Cape Town - February 2018 | EVENTS

What's On In Cape Town - February 2018 | EVENTS

See what's hot and happening in Cape Town during the month of February 2018. Not only is it the month of love, but the month where one of the hottest music festivals takes place, as well as various popular annual events.

Scroll through the list below to make sure you don't miss out on any of these events in Cape Town.

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Cape Town's Beaches Are Ready For You This Summer!

Cape Town's Beaches Are Ready For You This Summer!
The City Of Cape Town is working hard to ensure that beaches are safe for the thousands of people flocking to the coast lines. Are you ready to spend your summer days in Cape Town on the famous, beautiful beaches? Let us know if you think the City Of Cape Town is doing a good job with their efforts to keep the beaches safe!

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How To Save Water During Cape Town's Water Crisis

How To Save Water During Cape Town's Water Crisis
We definitely have to start thinking about ways to save water during this dry spell in Cape Town, not just to avoid hefty fines that come with overuse of water, but to preserve our environment. Here are some clever ideas to reduce your water usage.

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Looking for something UNIQUE to do in Cape Town? We've got you covered!

Looking for something UNIQUE to do in Cape Town? We've got you covered!
This article is going to be a little different. We're going to spice things up! Here are 4 UNIQUE activities that you can do in Cape Town. Have fun!

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Critical Updates On Cape Town's Water Crisis - How It Affects Us

Critical Updates On Cape Town's Water Crisis - How It Affects Us
Most of you will know Cape Town's current water situation. The topic frequently makes headlines on the news and is also spread all across social media. It's important for us to educate ourselves on the current regulations regarding water usage - otherwise you may be presented with a hefty fine!

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We've Got Great News For Cyclists Taking Part In The 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour!

We've Got Great News For Cyclists Taking Part In The 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour!

We've decided to give all you dedicated cyclists a 10% discount off your Cape Town accommodation if you book your stay with us for the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour

The annual Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly known as The Cape Argus Cycle Tour) is coming up again next year on 11 March 2018. As we explained in our previous blog, the reason we're talking about this event when it's only month's away, is because people start planning for the Cape Town Cycle Tour months in advance - not only the organisers of the event, but the participants.

We've got great news for next year's participants in The Cape Town Cycle Tour. We know that cyclists travel from near and far to take part in this event, and we also know that the costs involved for people traveling to Cape Town for the cycle tour can work out to be quite hefty! This is where we come in.

Riverlodge Backpackers offers the most affordable prices for all kinds of travellers. But what's even more exciting is that we have decided to give all you dedicated cyclists a 10% discount off your accommodation if you book your stay with us for the tour, provided that you can prove your registration.

Riverlodge Backpackers has an excellent reputation for comfortable budget self-catering accommodation with outstanding value and service, providing bookings for large and small groups, as well as individuals, at affordable rates. Riverlodge Backpackers can accommodate up to 150 people in various room combinations - single, twin, double and dorm rooms.

View our accommodation options here. You can conveniently book online, or if you'd prefer, you can contact us over the phone or via e-mail.

If you enjoyed this article and want to read more about the exciting things we get up to in Cape Town, follow us on Twitter , Instagram and like our Facebook page. If you'd love to have your own Cape Town experience, contact us at Riverlodge Backpackers to book your affordable accommodation or book online (view our accommodation options).

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