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Cape Town Maps & Facts
The Peninsula
Cape Peninsula

Cape Peninsula Relief

Getting Your Bearings

The City Bowl is the historic centre of Cape Town and remains the business 'downtown' area. It is enclosed by Table Mountain to its south and Signal Hill to the west. Street maps are freely available at the airport and information booths.

The Waterfront is on the north side of the City Bowl adjoining Table Bay.

The Atlantic Suburbsare on the north-east coast of the Peninsula on the mountain slopes above the shoreline. These include Sea Point and Green Point and up-market suburbs such as Camps Bay and Hout Bay. They enjoy great sunsets and beaches - but the water is cold!

Table Mountain runs due south in a chain of hills that form the Cape Peninsula. On the eastern side of the mountain is leafy suburbia - including the Southern Suburbs and Constantia.

The South Peninsula has some attractive towns and scenery and False Bay has warmer water. The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point lie at the southern tip of the Peninsula.

Useful Info

The Peninsula is 50km (30miles) long and seldom more than 10km wide. At its highest point the mountain is 1086m high.

Fast freeways and roads make it easy to get around. Maps are freely available in all Information offices and hotels.

There are over 100 beaches, and 300 walking routes up the mountain.

See Climate - below.

The airport is 30 minutes from the city on the N2 - taxis and minibuses are always available for transport (about R210).

The Winelands are forty five minutes from Cape Town by the N1 or N2. Head for Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Maps and booklets are freely available from hotels and information offices.

Robben Island is 20 minutes by ferry from the Waterfront. You are required to join a guided tour of the island and museum.

Cape Peninsula
KeyCape Peninsula Relief

Total Population: approx 3,3 million

Total Area: approx 350sq.km
Month Temperature (°C) Rainfall Wind Speed (Knots)
Mean daily max. Mean daily min. Mean monthly (mm) Days with 1mm rain or more Mean at 0800 Mean at 1400
Jan 26.1 15.6 14 8 8 15
Feb 26.3 15.4 17 7 6 15
Mar 25.3 14.1 19 7 5 13
Apr 22.9  11.7  39  10  4  10
May 19.8 9.4 74 17 4 9
Jun 18.0 7.7 92 18 5 9
Jul 17.4 6.9 70 15 6 10
Aug 17.6 7.3 75 16 5 11
Sep 19.2 8.6 39 13 6 12
Oct 21.3 10.4 37 9 8 15
Nov 23.6 12.9 15 12 9 16
Dec 25.1 14.9 17 10 7 15
Mean 21.9 11.2     6 12
S.A. Navy stats for Airport
  • These statistics refer to Cape Town airport
  • Humidity ranges from 63% average in the summer months to 79% in July
  • The Winelands are less windy and somewhat hotter.
  • Temperatures are cooler in the South Peninsula. Wind speeds at Cape Point are significantly stronger.

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