Explore Cape Town
Welcome to Cape Town!
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Cape Town exudes an all-season vibrancy that will get right under your skin. You’ll fall in love with the city’s essence and natural beauty as you walk through the streets and meet with the locals. Prepare to expect the unexpected, where you will find a mix of adventure-filled activities beside tranquil ambience.
One of the fascinating complexities about the Mother City is its multicultural people. Descendants of slaves from across the globe, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Mozambique, Madagascar, as well as explorers and indigenous African tribes, Cape Town is a melting pot for rich diversity, creativity, and history.
The city offers a breath-taking experience for every traveller, from luxury excursions along the Millionaires row, to free art exhibitions, thrilling outdoor activities, township tours, and traditional dance and music.
While South Africa has 11 official languages, English, Afrikaans and Xhosa are the most common languages spoken in Cape Town. Don’t be surprised to hear unfamiliar terms used by Capetonians, as they also have make use of many colloquial terms for example:
Eish: (‘Aysh’) A Zulu expression of shock or surprise
Lekker: Good or cool
Robots: Traffic Lights
Howzit: How are you?
Nearly 80 percent of South Africans are Christian – of which include various Christian denominations. Other dominant religions are Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism.
Food lovers are spoilt for choice as Cape Town holds many diverse cooking traditions. With many culturally diverse influences, Cape Town is a glorified foodie heaven comprised of delicious meals known all over the world. Speciality meals to try include fresh seafood dishes as the city is surrounded by the sea, as well as Cape Malay (Middle Eastern), African, and Indian cuisine.
Cape Town’s weather is relative to Mediterranean climate - characterised by wet, cool winters, and dry, warm summers.
Cape Town is the legislative Capital of South Africa
Measurements: metric system
Currency (ZAR): One rand (R) = 100 cents
Time zone: Two hours ahead of GMT
Internet domain: .za
Local Attractions and Landmarks
Cape Town is also famous for its beaches, ranging from the trendy Clifton beaches, to the surfer’s paradise - Llandudno, cosmopolitan Camps Bay Beach, and the secluded, picturesque Noordhoek Beach.
Cape Town International Convention Centre
A multi-purpose conference and exhibition centre in the hub of Cape Town’s business and entertainment centre, the CTICC combines the impassioned dedication of capable personnel, with an extensive range of premium venues, services and facilities.
Cape Town Stadium
The stadium provides an experience as epic as the structure itself, seating up to 55 000 fans and hosting some of the most high profile concerts in the Southern Hemisphere. Being seated here during an event allows you to see grand performances from a truly awesome perspective – it is worth every moment.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
This toll-road is said to be one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world. Don’t miss out on this monumental photo opportunity.
Situated in Queen Victoria Street, at the top of Adderley Street, the Company’s Gardens takes its name from the Dutch East India Company, who arrived in the Cape in 1652, to victual their ships that plied the spice trade route between Europe and the East Indies, via The Cape of Good Hope. The public section of the garden has been enjoyed for the sheer beauty of its flora and the allure of its historic setting since it was proclaimed for public use in 1848.
False Bay coastline
Travelling via Simons Town, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg offers a true insight into quaint Mother City lifestyle. Simon’s Town is a coastal town where African penguins inhabit, and where Southern right whales come to play during the months of June to November, while in Muizenberg, a surfer’s paradise, people from all over come to enjoy the wonders of the ocean.
Iziko Museum of Natural History
Iziko Museum was the first museum founded in South Africa in 1825. It was later moved to its current location in the Company’s Garden, in 1897. The museum houses important African zoology, paleontology and archaeology collections. Iziko is a Xhosa word meaning “hearth”.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
Lined with coffee shops and restaurants, trendy boutiques and art galleries, Kloof Street is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, brunch, dinner or drinks.
The Labia Theatre is the oldest Independent Art-Repertory Cinema in South Africa, showing independent movies, historical cinema and other alternative art circuit films.
This famous street is abuzz with a range of diverse clubs, pubs and lounge options. If it’s local design work you’re after, Long Street offers everything from art to fashion, and décor to jewelry.
Housed in the South African Museum in the Company’s Gardens, the Planetarium is a celestial theatre, utilizing the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport the audience through the wonders of the universe. It offers the ultimate in armchair travel experiences. Inside the domed auditorium, we can recreate the night sky, whatever the weather outside, along with an extraordinary audio-visual experience for old and young.
Ratanga Junction Theme Park
Ratanga Junction Theme Park has more than 30 attractions including 23 rides ranging from kids rides to family rides, and thrill rides for the more intrepid adventurers.
Robben Island needs no introduction with regards to the significance of its place in world history. World famous Robben Island Prison, where political prisoners such as the late-former president, Nelson Mandela was held, is quite possibly the most well-known island-prison on the planet. A tour of the Robben Island Museum begins at the Nelson Mandela Gateway (V&A Waterfront) with a multimedia exhibition - a museum shop and restaurant to entertain you whilst you wait for the ferry to depart for the island.
South African National Gallery
The South African National Gallery is the national art gallery of South Africa. Its collection consists largely of Dutch, French and British works from the 17th
to the 19th
century. This includes lithographs, etchings and some early 20th
century British paintings. Contemporary art displayed in the gallery is selected from many of South Africa’s communities, and the gallery houses an authoritative collection of sculptures and beadwork.
Stellenbosch Wine Route
Situated about 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, this wine route represent more than 200 wine and grape producers within the boundaries of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin classification. Enjoy a day of scenic beauty, award-wining wines and dining delights to suit all taste buds.
Table Mountain Cableway and Nature Reserve
Table Mountain is the most iconic landmark in South Africa, and has been recognized as a New 7 Wonder of the World. It is also the country’s most photographed attraction with its famous cable car carrying travelers and tourists. Table Mountain has become the single most welcoming icon to not only our people, but travelers across the globe.
The V&A Waterfront offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Bay Harbour, the City Bowl, and Table Mountain, and houses over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewelry, leather goods and audio-visual equipment. The Waterfront is also still a working harbour where subsistence fishing boats can be seen bringing in fresh fish and large container ships are towed in by tugboats.