|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
This hotel is close to the city centre and yet is secluded. It is located across one of Cape Town’
This is arguably the best of Cape Town’s luxury hotels. The location is picturesque- the waterfron
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
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.
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
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
This event takes place annually in October. This is Cape Town’s own take of a marathon which stret
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
This restaurant is very busy; very much a combination of the reasonable prices and the good quality
This restaurant serves excellent quality traditional Italian dishes made with traditional Italian in
The location of this restaurant is lovely and tables look out onto the surrounding mountains and vin
The setting of this restaurant is beautiful. Located on a wine estate, tables look out onto the surr
This restaurant offers quality food. Dishes listed on the menu are diverse with everything being ser
The dishes served here are of excellent quality and are very creative; seafood, vegetarian and meat
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.
2455 sq km
Fire: 021-535-1100/ 021-461-5555
Police: 10111 [flying squad]; 021-467-8000
Tourist Assistance [Police]: 021-418-2852
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
3 million approximately
English, Afrikaans, French, German, Swazi, Zulu
Electricity: 220/230 Volts
Plug sockets accept the old British style plug with three round pins.
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