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Driving Tips
It is preferable to rent a car with a ...
Buses
Taking the bus to get around Cape Town ...
Metrorail
The Cape Metro Rail runs 3 local metro ...
From the airport
From Cape Town International ...
Rent a Car
Renting a car will probably be the best ...
Taxi
Taxis can hardly be seen on the roads ...
City in a Day
Seeing the whole of Cape Town in one day is an impossible task. A good idea would be to concentrate ...
· Cape Town International Comedy Festival
This three week long festival takes place annually in Baxter Theatre Centre. Local and ...
· Shakespeare at Maynardville Open Air Theatre
This event takes place annually and starting from January, lasts well into February. The venue is ...
Whale Festival
The whale festival is held annually in September to welcome the arrival of Spring and to mark the ...
When to go
The best times of the year to visit Cape Town are the months of March, April and May. The weather ...

Cape Town, South Africa

 

Cape Town today
Cape Town is the cultural and political capital of South Africa. It is arguably the most important of the cities in South Africa. Today too, Cape Town’s natural beauty has been well preserved [Table Mountain, Cape Town’s many beaches, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point have been maintained beautifully] as well its architectural treasures [the Slave Lodge, Castle of Good Hope, Koopmans De Wet House etc]. It has become a tourist destination and the tourism industry has experienced a real growth in the last few years. Because of the revenue that it brings in

Cape Town back then
Historically Cape Town has always been an important city. Due to its status as a port/harbor it attracted the Dutch East India Trading Company who established their posts here in the early 1650s to facilitate trade with India, the Far East and the rest of Africa. The same trading company brought a number of slaves to Cape Town to perform menial jobs.  The mansions and buildings erected by the Dutch during this period survive even today.
Cape Town then fell to the British in 1795 and then again in the early 1800s who then eventually founded the Union of South Africa in 1910.

The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays
This hotel is arguably the best in town; it is both extravagant and luxurious. The location is excel
Bay Hotel
This hotel is close to the city centre and yet is secluded. It is located across one of Cape Town’
Cape Grace
This is arguably the best of Cape Town’s luxury hotels. The location is picturesque- the waterfron
Ellerman House
The ambience of this hotel is wonderful- the setting is Bantry Bay and the rooms offer a stunning vi
Mount Nelson Hotel
Probably the most well known of Cape Town’s luxury hotels, this hotel dates back to the turn of th
Coral International Cape Town
The Coral International Cape Town is the first dry (alcohol-free) and Halal hotel in South Africa. I

Amulet Goldsmith
Buy a lovely piece of jewelry from this famous shop.

Address: 14 Kloof Nek Road
Everard Read Gallery
A wonderful selection of South African art is available here- although prices are exorbitant.
Louise Hennigs
This is the best store to buy leather products- the handbags are made using excellent quality leathe
N.C.M Fashions- African Pride
This shop is renowned for the beautiful traditional African attire which is its specialty. Wonderful
Waterfront Craft Market
This market consists of a number of stalls where jewelry, arts and crafts, pottery, glass and rugs a
Green Point
This flea market sells everything you can possibly conceive of, from shoes and clothing to music and

· Sithengi South African Film & Television Market
This event takes place annually in the month of November. The venue is the Artscape Theatre Complex.
Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
This event takes place annually in March and has become the most famous ultra-modern marathon in Sou
Gun Run
This event takes place annually in October. This is Cape Town’s own take of a marathon which stret
Meat Festival
This annual festival is held in Calvinia a small town in the Northern Cape. Calvinia is famous for i
Cape Town Book Fair
This annual event lasts about three days. The venue is the Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town Jazz Festival
This event takes place annually. It is an international festival and draws a large number of jazz pl

Rozenhof
This restaurant is very busy; very much a combination of the reasonable prices and the good quality
Melissa’s
This restaurant serves excellent quality traditional Italian dishes made with traditional Italian in
Constantia Uitsig
The location of this restaurant is lovely and tables look out onto the surrounding mountains and vin
Buitenverwachting
The setting of this restaurant is beautiful. Located on a wine estate, tables look out onto the surr
Haiku
This restaurant offers quality food. Dishes listed on the menu are diverse with everything being ser
Manolo
The dishes served here are of excellent quality and are very creative; seafood, vegetarian and meat

Fast Facts
Location:
Cape Town is located in the Northern part of the Cape Peninsula surrounded by a number of mountains including Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the Devil’s Peak.

Area:
2455 sq km
Dialing code:
+27
Area Code:
021
Emergency Numbers:
Emergencies: 107
Fire: 021-535-1100/ 021-461-5555
Police: 10111 [flying squad]; 021-467-8000
 Ambulance: 10177
Tourist Assistance [Police]: 021-418-2852
Lifeline: 021-461-1111
Sea Rescue: 021-405-3500
Vehicle Breakdown: 082-161-11
Telephone directory enquiry: 1023 [Local Numbers]; 1903 [International Numbers]
Airport Enquiry: 021-934-0407
Railway Enquiry: 080-065-6463

Population:
3 million approximately

Languages:
English, Afrikaans, French, German, Swazi, Zulu

Time zone:
GMT/UTC +2

Electricity: 220/230 Volts
                        Plug sockets accept the old British style plug with three round pins.
Currency:
South African Rand [R]

Average January Temperatures:
21 °C


Average July Temperatures:
12.5 °C

Annual Rainfall:
515 mm
 

 
What to do with Children in Tow
South African Museum and Planetarium
The fossil gallery and the whale well are fascinating and contain skeletons ...
Health and Safety
Do not walk alone late at night. Cape Town has a relatively high crime rate. Stick to areas that are well lit.

Do not carry ...

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