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Cape Town Tourism

Cape Town, "The Mother City" South AfricaSouth Africa Collage by Britt Hedman

Cape Town, "The Mother City" as we are saying down here is unique in its location in the shadow of Table Mountain and near the sea; it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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The city is truly cosmopolitan, it has a mix of East and West, old and new, peace and quiet, and vibrant nightlife. There are a thousand and one activities that are waiting to be explored.

Hotels are located throughout the city, with greater density in the business district. Affordable accommodation such as B&B's-, Guest Houses- and self catering apartments are available along the coast.

Cape Town is a beauty with a long, rich history and the city is undoubtedly South Africa's main tourist attractions.

You can visit the 1600-century castle Castle of Good Hope, go to the flea market at Greenmarket Square and enjoy yourself in the popular port area, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Look out over the Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean and make a trip to one of the area's leading wine districts, such as Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschoek with organised wine tastings and the opportunity to take a case home. The beautiful coastal road, the Garden Route starts in Cape Town, which offers powerful views and wonderful scenery. For stunning views across the ocean, take a drive out to Cape Point. Legend has it that if you stand at the top of the Point on a good day you can see the line where the two oceans meet.

Cape Town International airport is located just outside the city, 20-30 minutes away, depending on time of day. Taxis are safe and reliable, with meters for short hops and fixed rates can be agreed for longer distances.

Cape Town itself is compact, nestled between Table Bay and Table Mountain. The city has distinct zones, with government and business districts in the City Centre, history and culture represented by the "museum mile", and tourism, shopping and leisure are the focus of the V&A Waterfront. Just outside the city there is also a business park and large shopping center, Cavendish Square.

Car rental is highly recommended in this city, not only for getting around the city itself, but also to drive out to enjoy the stunning scenery of the region.

Cape Town City Facts

Cape Town Population: 3,103,000 (Source: UN Population Estimate Revision 2003)

South Africa Population: 45,323,000 (Source: UN Population Estimate Revision 2003)

Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)

Time Zone: GMT plus two hours, Eastern Standard Time plus seven hours, Pacific Standard Time plus ten hours