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From the airport
From Cape Town International ...
The Cape Metro Rail runs 3 local metro ...
Taxis can hardly be seen on the roads ...
Rent a Car
Renting a car will probably be the best ...
Taking the bus to get around Cape Town ...
Driving Tips
It is preferable to rent a car with a ...
City in a Day
Seeing the whole of Cape Town in one day is an impossible task. A good idea would be to concentrate ...
Whale Festival
The whale festival is held annually in September to welcome the arrival of Spring and to mark the ...
· Cape Town International Comedy Festival
This three week long festival takes place annually in Baxter Theatre Centre. Local and ...
Food and Wine Festival
This event takes place annually at various venues. Cape Town’s world famous cuisine and wine is ...
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
Hilton Cape Town City Centre
The Hilton Cape Town City Centre is located in the Bo Kaap region in close proximity to the city's

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

Cape Town Flower and Garden Show
This four day festival takes place annually. The venue is the Lourensford wine estate. The six hecta
Cape Times V&A Waterfront Wine Affair
This event takes place annually. The venue is the water front. This is quite an interesting festival
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
Whale Festival
The whale festival is held annually in September to welcome the arrival of Spring and to mark the re
This annual festival heralds the arrival of summer. A number of activities take place including the

The dishes served here are of excellent quality and are very creative; seafood, vegetarian and meat
The Africa Cafe
The décor and the dishes are distinctly African and showcase cooking styles from all over the conti
The décor of this restaurant is chic and sophisticated. Timber and glass are the materials that hav
This restaurant offers quality food. Dishes listed on the menu are diverse with everything being ser
Constantia Uitsig
The location of this restaurant is lovely and tables look out onto the surrounding mountains and vin
This restaurant serves excellent quality traditional Italian dishes made with traditional Italian in

Fast Facts
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
Dialing code:
Area Code:
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

3 million approximately

English, Afrikaans, French, German, Swazi, Zulu

Time zone:

Electricity: 220/230 Volts
                        Plug sockets accept the old British style plug with three round pins.
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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