Andrew Thompson, The Culture Trip

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The Culture Trip

Cape Town, WC, South Africa

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Past articles by Andrew:

Pinotage: South Africa's Signature Red Wine

Meet Pinotage, a grape unique to South Africa that is once again attracting the attention of wine drinkers around the world. → Read More

How Cape Dutch Architecture Is Central to Cape Town's Past

Cape Town is home to a remarkable style of architecture called Cape Dutch, which dates back more than 300 years. Learn all about the style and its troubled history. → Read More

Why the Djembe Drum Is one of South Africa's Most Important Instruments

Djembe drums are among the African continent's most important instruments, and the seemingly humble instrument has a long and fascinating history. → Read More

Meet The 11-Year-Old Fighting for Rhinos in South Africa

As South Africa continues to battle the scourge of rhino poaching, one young South African has stood up to make a difference. → Read More

Tracing Nelson Mandela's Footsteps in Cape Town

Nelson Mandela is inextricably linked to the city of Cape Town; find out where you can retrace his steps in the city. → Read More

10 of Desmond Tutu's Most Defining Moments

Desmond Tutu was one a pivotal role player in the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa, and he's still outspoken on a wide range of issues. Here are the most defining moments of his remarkable life. → Read More

In Photos: Cape Town's Flowers Blossom in Season

Take a trip to South Africa's West Coast to view one of the world's most colourful natural phenomenons. → Read More

How Grandmothers Uplift This Cape Town Community Out of Poverty

South Africa is home to some remarkable grandmothers, and this organisation is helping them achieve their best, even in old age. → Read More

Meet Ralph Borland, the Artist Behind Playful 'African Robots'

South African artist Ralph Borland is creating a buzz with his inventive, futuristic wire animals, combining age-old tradition and simplistic modern technology. → Read More

Meet Danielle Clough, the Riveting Embroiderer Who's Caught the World's Attention

Cape Town's Danielle Clough has reinvented the art of embroidery with these stunning portraits, and it's got the world's attention. → Read More

How Spatial Apartheid Still Lingers in Cape Town's Homes

On the surface, a city like Cape Town may seem united, but you only need to look at the city's homes to realise that it's anything but. → Read More

Explore the Picturesque Cross Cape Cycling Route

Check out this recently launched and truly spectacular multi-day cycling route in South Africa's Western Cape. → Read More

From Cattle to Royalty, African Board Games Are Rich in Culture

Board games are about more than just entertainment in many African countries - some have deep historical roots and offer insightful cultural learnings. → Read More

Why Cape Town Is High on the Bucket Lists of Muslim Travellers

Find out why Cape Town is now one of the world's top destinations for Muslim travellers. → Read More

Cape Town's New Golf Prodigy Is Only 8 Years-Old

He may be just a few centimetres taller than your driver, but this young golfer from South Africa is already setting the fairways alight. → Read More

Take a Selfie to Open Up an Account at This Bank

Selfies are now about more than showing off to your friends back home: they can help you open a bank account in South Africa. → Read More

School Girls Are Crowdfunding for Better Literacy Rates in Their Community

Two young girls from Cape Town, South Africa, have decided to do something about the country's poor literacy rates. → Read More

Meet Sphiwo Hlatshwayo, South Africa's Up-and-Coming Photographer

Meet the South African photographer Sphiwo Hlatshwayo, who recently featured prominently at the Sony World Photography Awards, and whose striking portraits are getting her global recognition. → Read More

Meet Prolific Artist Who Uses a Junkyard as His Muse

Where some people see junk, this South African artist sees beauty. John van der Veen picks through junkyards to create impressive masterpieces. → Read More

This Campaign Opens up Communities By Shutting Down Cape Town's Streets

In a city where most stick to cars, taxis or buses, one organisation is spreading the word about non-motorised transport, and uniting communities, by shutting down the streets. → Read More