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Cape Town, provincial capital of Western Cape, South Africa – Part 1

Cape Town is the second-most populated city in South Africa after Johannesburg.

Overview of Cape Town

• It is the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape.
• It is also the legislative capital of the country.
• It is a part of City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality.
• The city is known for its harbor.
• It is also popular for its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom.
• It has popular landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point.
• Cape Town is also Africa’s most famous tourist destination.
• It is situated on the shore of Table Bay.
• Cape Town was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company.
• It was a victualing (supply) station for Dutch ships which were sailing towards Eastern Africa, India, and the Far East.
• Cape Town became the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope.
• It became the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony.
• Witwatersrand Gold Rush marked the development of Johannesburg but until then the Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa.
• At present, it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
• It was the major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa.
• The city was named the World Design Capital for 2014.
• It was named by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.
• Country : South Africa
• Province : Western Cape
• Municipality : City of Cape Town
• Founded : 1652
• Government Type : Metropolitan municipality
• Mayor : Patricia de Lille (DA)
• Council : Cape Town City Council
• City manager : Achmat Ebrahim
• Area of City : 496.70 km2 (191.78 sq mi)
• Area of Metro : 2,454.72 km2 (947.77 sq mi)

Population (2001 city; 2011 metro)
• City : 827,218
• Density : 1,700/km2 (4,300/sq mi)
• Metro : 3,740,026
• Metro density : 1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)

Racial makeup (2001)
• Black African : 5.6%
• Colored : 70.7%
• Indian/Asian : 3.4%
• White : 20.2%

First languages (2001)
• English : 51.9%
• Afrikaans : 43.7%
• Xhosa : 2.7%
• Other : 1.7%

• Time zone : SAST (UTC+2)
• Postal code range : 7700 to 8099
• Area code(s) : +27 (0)21
• Website : www.CapeTown.gov.za

Geography of Cape Town

• Table Mountain has its near vertical cliffs and flat-topped summit over 1,000 m (3,300 ft) high.
• The Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head are on either side.
• They together form a dramatic mountainous backdrop.
• It encloses the central area of Cape Town.
• This is also known as City Bowl.
• There is a thin strip of cloud which came to be known as the “tablecloth”.
• This forms on top of the mountain.
• The Cape Peninsula is a scenic mountainous spine which is to the immediate south.
• It is 40 kilometers (25 mi) southwards into the Atlantic Ocean.
• It terminates at Cape Point.
• There are over 70 peaks above 1,000 feet (300 m) within Cape Town’s city limits.
• Many of the city’s suburbs lie on the large plain.
• This plain is known as the Cape Flats.
• It extends over 50 kilometres (30 mi) to the east.
• It joins the peninsula to the mainland.
• The Cape Flats is located on a rising marine plain.
• It consists of sandy geology.
• At one point Table Mountain was itself an island.
• The Cape Town region generally has Mediterranean climate.

It has:
• extensive coastline
• rugged mountain ranges
• coastal plains
• inland valleys
• semi-desert fringes

Best time to visit/climate

• The interior Karoo has a semi-arid climate.
• It has cold, frosty winters and hot summers with occasional thunderstorms.
• The Garden Route and the Overberg on the south coast have a maritime climate.
• It has cool, moist winters and mild, moist summers.
• Mossel Bay in the Garden Route is considered to have the second mildest climate worldwide.
• This is after Hawaii.
• Thunderstorms are generally rare in the province.
• Extremes of heat and cold are common inland, but rare near the coast.
• Snow is a common winter occurrence on the higher lying ground.
• Frost is relatively rare in coastal areas and many of the heavily cultivated valleys.
• Cape Town International Airport averages: January maximum: 26 °C (min: 16 °C), July maximum: 18 °C (min: 7 °C), annual rainfall: 515mm
• Kirstenbosch, Cape Town annual rainfall: 1395mm
• George averages: January maximum: 25 °C (min: 15 °C), July maximum: 19 °C (min: 7 °C), annual rainfall: 715mm
• Marion Island (Prince Edward Group) averages: January maximum: 10 °C (min: 5 °C), July maximum: 6 °C (min: 1 °C), annual rainfall: 2401mm

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How to get to Cape Town?

Domestic flights to Cape Town
The following airlines offer flights to Cape Town from Johannesburg, Durban and other South African cities:
• South African Airways
• Mango Airlines
• 1time Airline
• Kulula

Direct international flights to Cape Town
From Amsterdam (Netherlands)
• Duration: 11h35m
• Carrier: KLM

From Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
From Frankfurt (Germany)
• Duration: 11h
• Carrier: Lufthansa

From Livingstone (Zambia)
• Duration: 3h10m
• Carrier: Zambezi

From London (United Kingdom)
• Duration: 12h
• Carriers: South African Airways, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic

From Luanda (Angola)
• Duration: 4h
• Carrier: TAAG

From Maputo (Mozambique)
• Duration: 2h35m
• Carrier: South African Airways

From Maun (Botswana)
• Duration: 3h45m
• Carrier: Air Botswana

From Mauritius
• Duration: 6h35m
• Carrier: Air Mauritius

From Paris (France)
• Duration: 11h10m
• Carrier: Air France

From Windhoek (Namibia)
• Duration: 2h
• Carriers: South African Airways, Air Namibia

From Zurich (Switzerland)
• Duration: 11h15m
• Carrier: Swiss
Cape Town is a two hour flight from Johannesburg, which has direct links with most major cities around the world.

To reach Western Cape
By Plane
• Cape Town’s international airport is the country’s second largest after Johannesburg.
• There is also an airport in George which offers connections to most major cities in South Africa.

By Train
Spoornet operates regular inter-city trains from Cape Town to:
• Johannesburg
• Worcester
• Beaufort West
• Durban
• Kimberley
• Bloemfontein
• Pietermaritzburg
• East London
MetroRail operates frequent commuter trains to towns and suburbs near Cape Town, such as:
• Simon’s Town
• Bellville
• Malmesbury
• Somerset West
• Stellenbosch
• Strand
• Worcester
• Paarl

By Car
The Western Cape is easily accessible from the rest of the country by car.

By Bus
Greyhound offers a plethora of inter-city routes nation-wide.

How to Get around?

By Bus
The main bus companies offer regular services in the Western Cape as does the Baz Bus.

By Car
Car rental is available in Cape Town and in the larger towns.

Some Travel Books on South Africa

South Africa South Africa – Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at cape.hotelguide.co.za
Hotels at sa-venues.com
Hotels at hotelclub.com

Blogs / Sites about Capetown – South Africa

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at capetown.travel
blogs at sa-venues.com
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.in

Images and photos about Capetown – South Africa

images at capetown.travel
images at wikipedia.org
images at tripadvisor.in
images at sa-venues.com

Videos about Capetown – South Africa

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