About Cape Town

 

In 1580, Sir Francis Drake described the Cape as 'the fairest Cape in all the World'. South Africa's friendly Mother City has lost none of its charm and continues to welcome visitors from all corners of the globe.

One of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Cape Town offers the visitor a blend of incredibly stunning visual splendour and excitment. Throughout it's long and colorful history, the Cape has been known by many different names. For centuries, it's tradition of gracious hospitality and as a landmark for the weary seafarer, led to it being known worldwide as the 'Tavern of the Seas'.

An unlimited wealth of sightseeing, entertainment and shopping venues are just waiting to be explored.

Cape Town is the capital of the Western Cape province as well as South Africa’s legislative capital as the Houses of Parliament are here. Cape Town’s rich history and beauty, with its impressive surrounding mountains and beaches, makes it South Africa’s premier tourist destination.

This is truly a cosmopolitan city. Through it's cafes, galleries, book stores and museums, the city's 18-century history meets the present in a montage of the modern and the traditional.

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one the most exciting areas of its kind in the world. An entertainment mecca and fully working harbour, it offers the visitor everything from fine restaurants and stylish shops to cinemas and live music.

From sophisticated malls to old-style markets, Cape Town displays a rich cultural diversity of English, Dutch and Malay influence which is evident in its architecture, fashion and customs.

Visit the first mosque in South Africa located on the cobbled streets of Bo-Kaap or explore the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest surviving building in South Africa.

The Two Oceans Aquarium, an international marine zoo, is a must-see attraction for any visitor.

From the summit of the majestic Table Mountain, enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the azure-hued Atlantic Ocean, sandy white beaches, the city and Cape Town's bustling harbour. The Cape Peninsula provides an endless coastline of superb beaches and sheltered bays. Sun-bathers relax on the white-sand beaches of Camp's Bay while surfers are offered the wild beauty of Noordhoek Beach.

Home to more than 8500 species of flora, Table mountain was designated a National Park in May 1998. Two cable cars carry passengers to the summit, with their revolving floors providing 360 degree views of Lion's Head, historic Robben Island, the West Coast and Camp's Bay.

The Cape's natural beauty is famous worldwide. This is one of the richest floral kingdoms in the world, home to thousands of plant species, some of which are found nowhere else on earth.

Inland are the many towns of the Winelands including Paarl, Somerset West and Stellenbosch. The grape vines and orchards nestled in the Boland mountains are within 45 minutes drive of Cape Town.

Admire the sunsets and enjoy the wine, food, art and culture of the various cosmopolitan towns in the region. The wine route is an unforgettable experience and is not to be missed.

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