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The City of Cape Town, the tourism capital of South Africa, is the southern most city in Africa and home to about 3.5 million people. Colonised by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652, Cape Town has been ruled by the Dutch, French and British over the centuries and is now home to a wonderfully diverse range of people and cultures.

Getting There

Travelling by car, vistors can reach CapeTown either along the N1, typically the route taken by travellers from Johannesburg, or along the N2, the most popular route for visitors coming from Durban. The N1 takes you through Beaufort West and a rather desolute drive through the Karoo,but once you get closer to Cape Town a wonderfully scenic drive awaits you as you pass through Worcester and drive through the Hugenot Tunnel to get into Paarl and ultimately Cape Town.

Visitors travelling along the N2 can enjoy the wonderfully scenic Garden Route, which will take them along the coast through Plettenberg Bay, the beautifull hamlets of Knysna and Wilderness and then through Mosselbay before cutting inland to Swellendam. From Swellendam visitors travel to Somerset West via the scenic Sir Lowry's Pass and then straight into Cape Town.

Travelling by air, visitors fly into the ultra modern Cape Town International Airport. After it's recent upgrade, it is an absolute pleasure of an airport (believe me, I've been in a couple around the world). Although one can take a taxi from the airport to the city centre (a 20 min drive outisde of peak traffic, quite a bit longer in peak traffic) a relatively new alternative is the My Citi bus service, which provides a shuttle service to town every 20min between 5:10am and 9:00pm in the evening. Tickets are a very reasonable R53.

Getting about in Cape Town using public transport is not that great. Although a bus and rail system is available it does not cover the peninusla regularly and extensively and I would recommend hiring a car if you are going to do a lot of sight seeing.


Weather in Cape Town

The weather in Cape Town ins moderate all year round and although most popular amongst local and foreign toursits during the summer season, ranging from December to February, Cape Town is also wonderful to explore during the winter months of June through August and many hotels and restaurants offer fantastic specials during these months.

For a daily weather forecast, please visit our Weather in Cape Town page

 


What to do in Cape Town

What to do indeed.... Visitors to Cape Town are spoilt for choice. If you fancy glass of wine, as I do, the Stellenbosch Winelands, about 50km from Cape Town is a very popular choice.Of course one can also visit the Constantia Wine route, affectionately called Cape Town's vineyard and is found in the southern suburbs of Cape Town.

  • Beaches in Cape Town
    In summer one can enjoy any one of of the magnificent beaches around the peninusla. The uber trendy beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are defintely worth a visit to see the who's who of Cape Town, and of course the international models, movie stars and Royals who arrive in Cape Town incognito during the summer holidays, but swimming at these beaches is not for the faint hearted. The water is very, very cold. Bloubergstrand offers a great beach for surfing and spectacular views of Table Mountain, while Fish Hoek beach has the warmest water and is most suited to swimming, although their have been shark attacks in these waters.

    For a more private experience try the smaller Queens beach in Sea Point or Llundudno beach outside of Hout Bay. Hout Ba ybeach is also a great beach to tan on, although the water is quite cold, but while you're there definitel take the time to visit the Hout Bay Harbour, perhaps take aboat trip to seal island or drive over Chapman's Peak to Noordhoek. In my opinion Chapman's Peak is the most beautifull drive in the peninsula, followed closely by the drive between Hout Bay and Camps Bay.

 

  • Museums ang Galleries in Cape Town
    From a cultural point of view, Cape Town also has much to offer, with a number of museums and galleries to visit.The Iziko Museums of Cape Town consist of the South African Museum, South African National Gallery, BoKaap Museum, Groot Constantia Manor house, koopmans-de Wet house, Maritime Centre, Micahelis Collection at the Old Town house, Planetarium, Rust en Vreugd, SAS Somerset, Slave Lodge, Social History Centre, Bertram House and William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope.

    Cape Town also has a rich collection of art galleries located in the Cape Town city cente, V&A Waterfront and Kalk Bay. In fact nearly every suburb in the peninsula probably has an art gallery or three.

 

  • Theatre in Cape Town
    For theatre fans the two largest theatres in Cape Town are the Baxter Theate Centre in Rondebosch and Artscape near the foreshore. Both these venues can host more than one theatre production at a time, whereas the smaller, niche theatres typically host one production at a time. These in clude On Broadway and the Little Theatre in town, Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay, and the Roxy Revue Bar at the GrandWest.