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Cape Town

City: Cape Town       State: Western Cape       Country: South Africa
 Cape Town is the second most populous city in South Africa, forming part of the metropolitan municipality of the City of Cape Town. It is the provincial capital of the Western Cape, as well as the legislative capital of South Africa, where the National Parliament and many government offices are located. Cape Town is famous for its harbour as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, including such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is one of the most popular South African destinations for tourism.Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company as a victualling (supply) station for Dutch ships sailing to Eastern Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck's arrival on 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town quickly outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. Until the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the development of Johannesburg, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa.As of 2007 the city had a population of 3.5 million Cape Town's land area of 2,455 square kilometres (948 sq mi) is larger than other South African cities, resulting in a comparatively lower population density of 1,425 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,690 /sq mi).  known as Kaapstad or iKapa, Cape Town lies at the foot of Table I  a .rain and is the capital of Western Cape Province and the site of ith Africa's legislative capital. To the other side of the city lies the a - Peninsula and the two geological features make up the UNESCO I 1 Heritage Site of Table Mountain National Park. One of the most popular areas within the city for tourists is the a aia and Albert Waterfront, which has hundreds of shops and staurants and the Two Oceans Aquarium. It is also the departure a a for trips to the apartheid-era jail on Robben Island and to the I   tlonies on Duiker and Seal Islands. There are lots of pretty Cape Dutch buildings, especially in the old - vernment buildings in the central business district, along Long Street and in Constantia. Long Street is also a good place to head for me of the best restaurants in the country and the city's most  clubs and bars. The British colonial era is seen in the city hall the Rhodes Memorial, while the iniquities of apartheid can be seen the District Six Museum, which commemorates the area's residents were forced to leave when it was declared a whites-only area. Because slaves were brought from the Far East, there is a high rtion of people of south-east Asian heritage in the city and the  (formerly known as the Maylay Quarter) is another popular station. It has been refurbished and is full of quaint, brightly  red buildings. Tire cablecar up to the top of Table Mountain is a must, in good .  s. and there are tracks leading to the end of the Cape sula. Both areas have an abundance of wildlife. There is so much to see and do in Cape Town, you'll need to come stain and again. Tourist places:-The Castle of Good Hope,Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens,Robben Island, Rhodes Memorial,South African Parliament, Bo-Kaap Museum, District Six Museum,South African Jewish Museum, South African National Gallery.  

Climate | When to Visit

Visit during: March to October

Directions | How to Reach

By Air:- Cape Town International Airport is the second largest airport in South Africa (the largest being the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg). There are several flights daily to Johannesburg, Durban and all other major South African cities, as well as the Namibian cities of Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay and other destinations, including Gaborone, Maun and Nairobi. By Train:- Cape Town's main train station is located in the city centre, on the corner of Adderley Street and Strand Street. Please take care of your belongings as there are instances of petty crime.

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