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Introduction to Cape Town

Cape Town City

Table MountainCape Town lies on the slopes of Table Mountain at the south-western tip of Africa.

This beautiful city, set in breathtaking scenery, is the product of diverse cultures and has become a unique centre of style, adventure and hospitality.

Highlights include:
  • the magnificent Cape Peninsula, famous for its stunning scenery, flora, fauna and the Cape of Good Hope
  • the beautiful Winelands with their fine wine, food, architecture, crafts and villages set amongst towering mountains
  • the stylish V&A Waterfront in the harbour offering entertainment, food and shopping
  • Table Mountain: cable car, walks, adventure sports and unique flora
  • Unique cultural diversity and history, a cosmopolitan blend of Asia, Europe and Africa
  • A sophisticated city with great hotels and restaurants, museums, art and shopping
  • The gateway to Holidays in Southern Africa
You will find more details on these in the District Guide and the Touring Cape Town page.

Cape Town All grades of accommodation are available, and standards are generally high; for reviews of accommodation in each district ~ see Accommodation

Cape Town has a population of 3.3 million and is spread over a wide area, bordering the Cape Winelands. The airport is 20 minutes from the city ~ see Maps

Getting around - it is important to have a car in Cape Town or utilise tour companies. Public transport is not ideal. Cars, bikes, camping equipment and 4x4s are Cape Townavailable for hire ~ see Transport

There are various magnificent day trips around Cape Town including the Peninsula, Winelands and Whale Route ~ see Tours. Also available are Coach and package holidays of Cape Town and South Africa.

There is an abundance of leisure options in Cape Town including beauty treatments, shopping, beaches,Cape Town Sunset sport and adventure sports. For easy reference these are all listed in the drop-down menu top left of each page.

Cape Town has a superb tradition of cuisine, and restaurants of local and international styles are in each major district ~ see Restaurants

Cape Town has some theatres and other entertainment venues. Jazz is always strong and there is a small but happening nightlife ~ see Entertainment

There are also plenty of outdoor and various adventure sports for thrill seekers ~ see Adventure and Sport

Cape WinelandsIf you wish to attend a religious service in Cape Town there are all types of churches, faiths and religious organisations ~ see Worship

For information on Visas, foreign exchange, gratuities, clothes, health ~ see Tips. There are various annual sporting events and food & wine, cultural and music festivals ~ see Festivals

There are specific pages for certain groups of travellers - see Families, Disabled, Backpackers, Gay Cape Town and Business Travellers.

Since Asians and Europeans founded the city in 1652 as a 'tavern of the seas' it has experienced an extraordinary history ~ see Cape Town Heritage

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