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About Cape Town

 

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Cape Town and the Western Cape are considered among the most beautiful areas in Africa. Characterized by a cultural melting pot of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Khoisan (Bushman & Hottentot) tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north, the pristine coastline with its white sandy beaches, the magnificent countryside with its bountiful rivers, wetlands and dams, and the unique flora kingdom, together with a "Mediterranean-like" climate and friendly community, make it a perfect destination for any visitor.

Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa, and the historic buildings of the Houses of Parliament are situated in the Cape Town city center. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, the Cape Town Central Business District is a relatively small area, which allows for easy exploration on foot. Numerous excellent hotels, loft apartments, trendy restaurants and bars can be found in the heart of the city and along the coast.

Take a trip up Table Mountain; visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with over 270 shops, a wide selection of restaurants and art and craft markets. Last, but not least, take the trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was formerly incarcerated. The City Central area offers a wide range of attractions and activities and the visitor can experience the "Mother City" at her best.

History

Cape Town was officially founded in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company based in The Netherlands arrived to set up a halfway point for ships travelling to the East. Portuguese explorers arrived in the Cape in the 15th Century and Khoisan people inhabited the area prior to European arrival.

Fast Facts

  • Cape Town is the capital of the Western Cape.
  • The city’s motto is “Spes Bona”, which is Latin for “good hope”.
  • Cape Town is twinned with London, Buenos Aires, Nice, San Francisco and several other international cities.
  • The world’s first heart transplant was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town in 1967.
  • Famous Capetonians include Nobel literature laureate JM Coetzee, singer Brenda Fassie, swimmer Natalie du Toit and entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth.
  • Cape Town is home to the world’s largest individually timed cycle race, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour.
  • Cape Town is sometimes called the “Tavern of the seas".