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Cape Town, provincial capital of Western Cape, South Africa – Part 4

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.

Tourist Attractions in Cape Town

• The Table Mountain Cable way carries visitors from the Lower Cable Station on Kloof Nek Road to the top of Table Mountain, allowing visitors to avoid the fairly arduous walk up.
• Boulders Beach, south of Simon’s Town, contains a large colony of African Penguins.
• Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope are very scenic, although they are neither the southernmost tip of Africa nor the meeting-place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as is often believed.
• Protected areas of South Africa
• Table Mountain
• Cape Peninsula
• Cape Floristic Region

Hiking in Cape Town
• Platteklip Gorge (north face)
• Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge (the latter two being accessible from Kirstenbosch)
• Silvermine
• The Cape of Good Hope
• The Constantiaberg

Overnight Trails
• The Hoerikwaggo Trail
• The Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
• Rhodes Drive, Newlands
• Ph: +27 (0)21 799-8899 / +27(0)21 799 8783
• Open daily 8AM to 6PM (till 7 PM September to March)
• R40.
• There are hugely diverse and beautiful plants and flowers of the Cape flora.
• This is one of the most stunning botanical gardens in the world.
• There are plants from all of the regions of South Africa on display. This includes:
– rare succulents from the Richtersveld
– a giant baobab tree
– interesting medicinal plants
• There are:
– several restaurants
– a gift shop
– indigenous nursery
– open air amphitheatre
• Art is frequently on display, including:
– Large Shona stone sculptures from Zimbabwe
– National Biodiversity Institute

Robben Island
• Ph: +27 (0)21 413-4200
• Robben Island is located just off the coast from Cape Town.
• This was the location used during the apartheid days to hold political prisoners.
• Nelson Mandela and the late Walter Sisulu were also prison-ed here.
• The tour consists of a guided bus tour around the island.
• Meeting a former political prisoner for a tour of the prison area is taken.
• The African penguins are usually seen on the tour.
• Tickets can be purchased online or by phone.
• There are three trips a day at 9:00, 11:00, and 13:00.
• The tour takes 3.5 hours including the ferry ride to and from the island.
• R230.

Rhodes Memorial
• Ph: +27 21 689 9151
• roy@rhodesmemorial.co.za
• The memorial is situated in recognition of Cecil John Rhodes.
• It’s built in his favorite spot on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak.
• Rhodes’s own wooden bench is still located below the memorial.
• The memorial is part of the Table Mountain National Park.
• This is a great spot for picnicking.
• The memorial is also a start for the hiking along Devil’s Peak.
• Rhodes Memorial and the surrounding bike and hiking trails have become a very popular spot.

South African Parliament
• Ph: (021) 403 2266
• Cape Town is the legislative seat of South Africa.
• Tours covers the South Africa’s recent history and its political system. The tour includes visits to:
– the National Assembly
– the National Council of Provinces
– the old apartheid-era assembly
• Tours are offered a few times per day.
• Free entrance and tours

Two Oceans Aquarium
• V&A Waterfront
• Ph: +27 (0)21 418-3823
• aquarium@aquarium.co.za
• Open Timings : 9:30 AM to 6 PM
• You can come and watch the sharks be fed every Sunday at 3:00 PM.
• Scuba diving is also offered.
• A walk around the aquarium is about an hour.
• Admission: Adults R105 Children (4-13) R48 Children (14-17) R75

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
• Ph: +27 (0)21 408-7600
• This is a huge shopping and entertainment area.
• This is located at the slopes of Table Mountain, next to the harbor. There are:
– Shops
– Restaurants
– Amusement
– Aquarium
– Marine Museum

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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