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Cape Town, provincial capital of Western Cape, South Africa – Part 6

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.

Cable Car to the top of Table Mountain
• Lower Cable Station, Tafelberg Road
• Ph: +27 (0)21 424 8181
• The opening times is between 8 AM to 10 PM .
• The time for the last car to be down is at 9 PM.
• Wheelchairs are possible for the cable car as well as the pathways which lead to the Table Mountain.
• For one way the ticket is R 100.
• Return ticket for the trip is R 195.

Ratanga Junction
• Ph: +27 (0)21 550-8504
• Website : info@ratanga.co.za
• The opening times is between 10 AM to 5 PM.
• It is not open throughout the year.
• Summers are the time when it is usually opened.
• The holiday time is Easter and winter.
• Ticket price ranges from R25 to R100.

Events in Cape Town

Cape Town Flower and Garden Show
• This show is held annually.
• This show is hosted between 25th and 28th October at the Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour
• Contact – Ph: +27 21 681 4333
• Website : info@cycletour.co.za
• It is held every year in March.
• The tour covers the distance of 109 km.
• The route of the tour starts from downtown and ends up at the western side of the peninsula covering the eastern side of the peninsula past Simon’s Town.
• The fee for this tour is R 250 for South Africans and R 500 for foreigners.

Two Oceans Marathon
• Contact – Ph: +27 (0)21 671-9407
• Website : entries@twooceansmarathon.org.za
• It happens on Easter Saturday every year.

The Ultra Marathon
• The fee is R 190 for South Africa residents.
• The fee is R 300 for the rest of Africa.
• The fee is R 555 for the rest of the world.

The Half Marathon
• The ticket is R 125 of South African residents.
• The ticket is R 215 for the rest of Africa.
• The ticket is R 335 for the rest of the world.
The Fun Runs are priced from R10 to R20.

Cape Town Jazz Festival
• This festival is held at Cape Town International Convention Center.
• Ph: +27 (0)21 422-5651.
• It is normally held during late March.

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival
• The carnival runs throughout the city ending at Green Point Stadium.
• It is held usually at New Years day and a couple of days later during January.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts
• It is held at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
• Contact Ph: +27 (0)21 799-8783
• It open every Sunday between 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM and months are from late Nov to early April.
• Website: http://www.oldmutual.co.za/about-us/sponsorship/arts-and-lifestyle/kirstenbosch-concerts.aspx
• Ticket : R 50

Mother City Queer Project
• Website: info@mcqp.co.za
• This project is held during December every year.
• Ticket is R 100 to R 350.

Spiers Summer Arts Festival
• Contact Ph: +27 (0)21 809-1111
• Website : boxoffice@spierarts.org.za
• It opens from October to March.

City Harvest Festival
• Ph: +27 (0)21 422-1418 angela@phoenixpartnership.co.za
• It opens on 20th April between 12 PM to 10 PM and on 21st April between 9 AM to 6 PM.
• This festival has the finest wines of Cape Town. It also includes food and live entertainment.

Other Attractions of Western Cape

• Cape Town
• Stellenbosch
• Paarl
• George – gateway to the Garden Route
• Knysna – a beautiful city in the Garden Route
• Mossel Bay – has stunning beaches
• Oudtshoorn – the ostrich capital of the country, near the Cango Caves

Other Destinations
• Cape Agulhas – the southernmost point of Africa
• Gansbaai – on the majestic Walker Bay with floral abundance.
• Montagu – a small town in the little (Klein) Karoo
• Swellendam – one of the oldest European settlements in South Africa
• Yzerfontein – Spring flowers, whales, a sixteen mile beach
• Wupperthal – A tiny beautiful village near the Cederberg Wilderness area
• Paternoster – A tiny fishing village on the West Coast
• Storms River- Near the Tsitsikamma National Park

National Parks
• Knysna Lake Area
• Wilderness National Park
• West Coast National Park
• Agulhas National Park
• Tankwa Karoo National Park
• Table Mountain National Park
• Garden Route National Park
• Tsitsikamma National Park
• Karoo National Park

Other Nature Reserves
• Cederberg Wilderness Area
• De Hoop Nature Reserve
• Great Winterhoek Wilderness Area
• Knysna Elephant Park

• Dassen Island – 10 km west of Yzerfontein
• Robben Island – in Table Bay

Also See
• Table Mountain in Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula
• Cape Winelands around Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
• Garden Route along the South Coast

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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