* Conference hotel: Radisson RED Cape Town V&A Waterfront Hotel
* Physical conference date: 16 November 2023
* Hotel address: Silo 6, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
* Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/wAbR1BXQZCEUoghbA
Welcome to Cape Town
A coming-together of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, there's nowhere quite like Cape Town, a singularly beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park.
Table Mountain National Park defines the city. The flat-topped mountain is the headline act, but there are many other equally gorgeous natural landscapes within the park’s extensive boundaries. Cultivated areas, such as the historic Company’s Garden, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Green Point Urban Park, also make exploring the city a pleasure. Follow the lead of locals by taking full advantage of the abundant outdoor space: learn to surf; go hiking or mountain biking; tandem-paraglide off Lion’s Head; abseil off the top of Table Mountain – just a few of the many activities on offer.
Art & Design
Human creativity is also self-evident here – it's one of the things that made the city a World Design Capital in 2014. From the brightly painted facades of the Bo-Kaap and the bathing chalets of Muizenberg, to the Afro-chic decor of its restaurants and bars and the striking street art and innovation incubators of the East City and Woodstock, this is one great-looking metropolis. The informal settlements of the Cape Flats are a sobering counterpoint, but these townships also have enterprising projects that put food from organic market gardens on tables, or stock gift shops with attractive souvenirs.
People & Culture
Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and traditional African beliefs coexist peacefully in this proudly multicultural city. Given South Africa’s troubled history, such harmony has been hard-won and remains fragile: nearly everyone has a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking story to tell. It’s a city of determined pioneers – from the Afrikaner descendants of the original Dutch colonists and the majority coloured community to the descendants of European Jewish immigrants and more recent Xhosa (isiXhosa) migrants from the Eastern Cape. They all bring unique flavours to Cape Town’s rich melting pot.
Beyond the City
Wrenching yourself away from the magnetic mountain and all the delights of the Cape Peninsula is a challenge, but within an hour you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and bucolic estates of Winelands destinations, such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Hermanus is a prime whale-watching location, and also a base from which to organise shark-cave diving. Further afield, the delights of the Garden Route unfold, with more inspiring scenery to be viewed on thrilling drives down the coast and over mountain passes.
When to Go
Summer is high-season for Cape Town, getting quite busy between November and March. If you don't mind crowds, this is an excellent time to experience the array of beautiful beaches and enjoy outdoor activities. If, however, you prefer milder weather and fewer people, autumn (March to May) is the perfect time to visit Cape Town, especially in the winelands areas where the vineyards start changing from green to red, yellow and orange.
What to Eat
You simply cannot leave Cape Town without having sampled some of the traditional Cape Malay cuisine. While you'll find dishes like bobotie and desserts like koesisters at a range of local restaurants, local ladies in the Bo-Kaap offer the most authentic cooking experiences. Visitors can book a traditional Cape Malay cooking safari and return home with new skills in the kitchen to impress friends back home.