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Cape Town, provincial capital of Western Cape, South Africa – Part 3

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.

Suburbs and Attractions of Cape Town

Eastern Suburbs
The Eastern Suburbs lie southeast of the Afrikaans. Communities include:
• Fairdale
• Brackenfell
• Kraaifontein
• Kuils River
• Blue Downs
• Belhar
• Delft
• Protea Hoogte

Cape Flats
• The Cape Flats is an expansive, low-lying, flat area.
• This is located to the southeast of the central business district of Cape Town.
• It is known as ‘Apartheid’s dumping ground’, from the 1950s.
This area includes the neighborhoods of:
– Mitchell’s Plain
– Gugulethu
– Nyanga
– Khayelitsha

• This neighborhood is located on a hill south-west of downtown.
• It is the area historically inhabited by mainly Muslim descendants of slaves from South-East Asia.
• There are some very colorful buildings, quaint streets, mosques.
• Visiting the Bo-Kaap Museum is a tourist thing.
• About 1 km from the Bo-Kaap, is the Noon Gun.
• This gun is fired every day at noon – from Monday to Saturday.
• One can go and view the short ceremony that takes place before the actual shooting.

The Castle of Good Hope
• Buitenkant Street
• Ph: +27 (0)21 787 1260
• The Castle of Good Hope is South Africa’s oldest surviving building.
• It was built between 1666 and 1679.
• It is popularly called ‘The Castle’ by locals.
It has extensive displays of
– Historical military paraphernalia
– A history of the castle
– An art collection
– The William Fehr Collection (including old Cape Dutch furniture)
– Tours are offered Monday through Saturday at 11:00AM, 12:00PM, and 2:00PM.
– Horse and carriage rides are offered daily at 10:30 AM, 12:45PM and 2:45PM.
– Booking is necessary.
– R28 entrance fee.

About Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park, which is also known as the Cape Peninsula National Park, is a national park in Cape Town in South Africa.
• This national park was proclaimed on May 29, 1998.
• It was set up for the purpose of protecting the natural environment of the Table Mountain Chain, and in particular the rare fynbos vegetation.
• The park is managed by South African National Parks.
• The park contains two well-known landmarks: Table Mountain, for which the park is named; and the Cape of Good Hope which is at the southwestern most extremity of Africa.
• The park runs approximately north-south along the range of mountains.
• These make up the mountainous spine of the Cape Peninsula, from Signal Hill in the north, through Lion’s Head, Table Mountain, Constantiaberg, Silvermine, the mountains of the southern Peninsula, terminating at Cape Point.
• The park is not a single contiguous area.
• The park is divided into three separate sections: the Table Mountain section, Silvermine-Tokai section and the Cape Point section.

Table Mountain section
This section covers:
• Signal Hill
• Lion’s Head
• Table Mountain proper
• The Back Table (the rear, lower part of the mountain)
• Devil’s Peak
• The Twelve Apostles (actually a series of seventeen peaks along the Atlantic seaboard)
• Orange Kloof (a specially protected area not open to the public)

Activities of the park
• Hiking
• Overnight Trails
• Fishing/extractive diving
• Dog Walking
• Free Guided Walks at Cape Point
• Scuba Diving
• Mountain Biking
• Surfing/Wind Surfing
• Rock/Sport Climbing
• Picnic and Braai areas
• Hang/Paragliding
• Horse Riding

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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