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Cape Town, provincial capital of Western Cape, South Africa – Part 5

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.

Museums and Galleries in Cape Town

1. Bo-Kaap Museum
• 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap
• Ph: +27 (0)21 481-3939
• info@iziko.org.za
• Opening Times 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Saturday.
• R5 entrance fee

2. District Six Museum
• 25A Buitenkant St
• Ph:+27 (0)21 466-7200
• info@districtsix.co.za

3. Groot Constantia
• Groot Constantia Estate, Constantia
• Ph:+27 (0)21 795-5140
• info@iziko.org.za
• Opening Times : daily 10 AM to 5 PM
• One of the oldest wine estates in South Africa
• R8 entrance fee

4. Slave Lodge
• cnr Adderley and Wale Streets
• Ph: +27 (0)21 460-8240
• info@iziko.org.za
• Opening Times 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday and 9 AM to 1 PM on Sunday.
• One of the oldest buildings in Cape Town
• R7 entrance fee

5. South African Jewish Museum
• 88 Hatfield Street
• Ph: +27 (0)21 464-1267
• info@sajewishmuseum.co.za
• Open Sunday-Thursday 10 AM to 5 PM and Friday 10 AM to 2 PM. Closed on Saturday.
• The museum is about Jews but Non-Jews.
• R35 adults, R15 students

6. South African Maritime Museum
• Union Castle Building, V&A Waterfront
• Ph: +27 21 465 1546
• jboshoff@iziko.org.za
• This Museum displays include evidence of the early seafarers round the Cape Of Good Hope.
• There are displays of small craft, locally made and a wide variety of maritime artifacts.

7. South African National Gallery
• Government Avenue, Gardens
• Ph: +27 (0)21 467-4660
• info@iziko.org.za
• Opeing Times: 10 AM to 5 PM from Tuesday to Sunday
• Located in the Gardens area of Cape Town off Government Ave
• Contains extensive displays of South African art
• R10 entrance fee

8. Galleria Gibello
• 67 Rose Street, Bo Kaap
• Ph: +27 (0)21 422-1144
• caro@carolinegibello
• Opening Times from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday.
• Galleria Gibello is a photo gallery.
• Admission is free

9. Performing Arts
• Armchair Theater, 135 Lower Main Road, Observatory, ? +27 (0)21 447 1514
• Artscape Theater, D F Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, ? +27 (0)21 421 7695 (artscape@artscape.co.za)
• Baxter Theater, Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch, ? +27 (0)21 685 7880 (linda.louw@uct.ac.za)
• Labia Screen, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, ? +27 (0)21 424 5927 (labiatheatre@labia.co.za)
• Masque Theatre, 37 Main Road, Muizenberg , ? +27 (0)21 788 1898 (masqueTheatre@mweb.co.za)
• On Broadway, 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, ? +27 (0)21 424 1194 (info@onbroadway.co.za)

Things to do in Cape Town

• V&A Waterfront
• Table Mountain cable car
• St James, between Muizenberg and Simon’s Town
• Sandy Bay
• West coast of the Cape Peninsula.
• Climbing Table Mountain – Platteklip Gorge
• Cape Peninsula— Go to the Cape of Good Hope via Simon’s Town and the African penguin colony at Boulders.
• Cape Point in the Table Mountain National Park,
• Take Chapman’s Peak Drive through Hout Bay and along the Atlantic seaboard via Llandudno and Camps Bay, stopping off at one of Clifton’s famous four beaches.
• Buzzing night-life in Cape Town
• Wonderful beaches
• Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach
• Wine tasting in Paarl or Franschhoek or Robertson, Swartland and Overberg
• Trip along the Garden Route
• Hiking trails
• Largest permanent hedge maze in the world
• A philosophers garden
• Unique succulent gardens with the oldest cactus -anno 1910- of South Africa.
• Arrangies Kop
• Die Vrolijkheid
• Rock Climbing
• Scuba diving
• Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay
• Diving Hermanus
• Diving Agulhas and Struisbaai
• Diving Mossel Bay
• Diving Plettenberg Bay

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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