In addition to a spectacular setting, surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, The Mother City offers a rich and complex history that is reflected in the range of activities and dining experiences visitors can take part in.
For the outdoor enthusiast there are plenty of options for hiking, swimming, biking, paddling and skydiving. The Mediterranean climate makes it possible to engage in these activities year round.
Cape Town is a melting pot of people from Africa, Asia and Europe. The Robben Island Museum and the Distict Six Museum explain some of the structural inequalities that are still a part of contemporary South Africa.
Set among big boulders, this sandy stretch of pristine beach is home to an endangered land-based colony of African penguins. A boardwalk to the main beach provides visitors an opportunity to see the breeding colony.
South Africa has 11 official languages, representing the diversity of its population. The Xhosa people is one of the largest groups in the Eastern and Western Cape. The isiXhosa language gained international fame with Miriam Makeba's 'Click Song'. Come and learn som more.
SIMON'S TOWN & BEYOND
The southern end of the Cape Peninsula is where Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope are located. These famous landmarks are often a must-see for first-time vistors. Combine a visit to the famous point with a paddle in False Bay.
A new museum dedicated to contemporary African Art opened at the V&A Waterfront in 2017. The buiding itself is an architectual masterpiece; an old grain silo was turned into an iconic landmark that now hosts the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
SINCE THE 1680s
Wine production in the Cape region dates bak several hundred years. It began in the Constantia Valley, about 20 minutes' drive from the city centre. Napolen Bonaparte and Jane Austen were some of the historic figures who delighted in Constantia wine.
MARKETS, GALLERIES, SHOPS
Having been the World Design Capital in 2014, Cape Town is brimming with creativity and original art. Set aside some time to visit local markets, shops and galleries in the city and in the quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay along the Cape Peninsula.
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