About Cape Town
Cape Town is the cultural melting pot of South Africa – a dynamic city surrounded by mountain and sea, rolling hills of working vineyards, and views that will bring any local or visitor to a standstill.
The legislative capital of South Africa has, in recent years, moved its way up a number of “world’s best” lists – the most recent of which included being named the World’s Best City in the 2015/16 Telegraph Travel Awards and named the second best overseas city in the world in the Conde Naste Readers’ Travel Awards 2016.
The city is marked by countless landmarks that celebrate, commemorate and respect its vibrant history. The Castle of Good Hope, BoKaap Museum, Slave Lodge, District Six Museum, Kings Block Houses and neighbouring Robben Island, to name but a few, are popular sites to visit and learn more about Cape Town and its rich cultural diversity.
Of course, the most popular landmark is undoubtedly Cape Town’s majestic, world-renowned Table Mountain. Named a New 7 Wonder of Nature in 2011, the mountain range stretches from Signal Hill in the north of the city, to Cape Point at the very southern tip of the Cape Peninsula. Cape Town is also home to the Cape Floristic Region, a unique, indigenous fynbos biome which decorates the peninsula with an array of pastel colours and fragrant scents – and provides shelter to a number of indigenous wildlife, from the smallest birdlife and animals such as Cape Foxes, caracals and Cape Clawless Otters, to large mammals such as Eland, Bontebok and Chacma Baboons.
The city is (for the most part) warmly embraced by both the Indian and Atlantic oceans – with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches on either coast. Arguably the most famous beachfront in the city, is that of Camps Bay – with its serene stretch of white sand, crisp blue waters, and array of top-rated restaurants and beach bars dotted along the coastline. Along the Indian Ocean coast, lies the home of thousands of African Penguins, who also call Cape Town home.
Further inland of the city lie rolling hills of countless working vineyards, producing some of the highest quality premium wines from bigger, more commercial wine farms, to small family-run boutique estates. South Africa is known globally for its excellent wine production – and the Cape is home to most of these.
All in all, Cape Town is bustling with activity and opportunity to appeal to all five senses. A visit to South Africa is simply incomplete without heading south to the city between the mountain and the sea.