The Mother City, love at first sight!

Cape Town, the vibrant and dynamic touristic capital of South Africa is often referred as ‘The Mother City’. XO found its very own explanation for this lovely nickname.

Mum is kind and generous

Camps Bay, Cape Town Nestled between the stunning Table Mountain and the ocean, the centre of the city itself is a unique panoramic scene. You are gifted with a new show every day in Cape Town as the clouds and sun play around the mountains and the sea offers spectacular and colourful views all around the city. Don’t think the show is over when you drive just outside of the Mother City, it has really just begun! The green wine-lands, the arid landscapes, the beautiful sandy dunes and, of course, the impressive peninsula will blow your mind.

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XO Zoom: The impressive Table Mountain that dominates the city is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. Impress your team by setting up a private cocktail date on the mountain during sunset, offering your guests an infinite, breath-taking view over the Mother City.

Table Mountain

Mum is elegant

Cape Town Waterfront Cape Town elegance is mostly reflected in its hotels. Stylish and modern, the accommodation in The Mother City offers ultimate luxurious experiences. The city offers a large portfolio of hotels at international quality standards that fulfill any group’s demands and high requirements. From charming boutique hotels to international brands such as the ‘One and Only’ Resorts or ‘Marriott’, the city will host groups in style!

Longchamp Boutique XO Zoom: The city’s elegance is not only reflected in its hotels,but also in its trendy boutiques and shops. Treat yourself with a shopping afternoon in the luxurious V&A Waterfront, home to numerous luxury brand shops. Did you know that Longchamp just opened a boutique there?

Mum is dynamic

LITT GROUPE#1 243Cape Town energy is palpable through its numerous activities. The main quality of the city, thanks to the great weather most of the year and its various landscapes, is its numerous outdoor activities. Visiting a city has never been more exciting. Drive around the peninsula, discover the beach by horseback, or embark on a speed boat on Miller’s Point; no matter which activities you choose, your group will feel the vibrant and dynamic vibes of the Mother City!


Mum is a chef

Pot LuckVenues and restaurant in the Mother City are at the cutting edge of the MICE and F&B tendencies. Voted as world’s third best food city, Cape Town is home to numerous grand Chefs, including Luke Dale, one of the top chefs in the world. The restaurants, at the image of the city, are stylish. The venues, are not left aside, combining natural background and smart decoration, be it for a simple meeting or a splendid gala dinner, the city holds best spots for you!

the test kitchen

Mum is Fashion

ruald1The Mother City welcomes each year thousands of shootings. The great weather, various landscapes, and metropolis appearance make Cape Town the African Hollywood. Fashion shoots, films, adverts… Watch out when wandering in the city, you might run into some celebrities!

XO Zoom: After the filming of ‘Homeland’ in the Mother City, it is Daniel Radcliff’s turn to stride across the city for the shooting of the new movie!

 Mum is wise

city hallSouth Africa is charged with history, and its strong past reflects in the Mother City. Wandering around the centre, you can walk by the stunning City Hall, where Nelson Mandela made speeches, or in front of the mythic St George’s Cathedral. Just a few minutes’ boat-ride will take you to Nelson Mandela’s former cell, where you can learn more about apartheid through a moving testimony of a former inmate.

I guess we all call Cape Town the Mother City because it is a loving city. You will fall in love with her immediately!

by Maria Casali