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Cape Town Harbour
By: swiss-guy 
Cape Town is South Africa's 'Mother City' and one of Africa's premier tourist destinations. With its cosmopolitan feel and Mediterranean climate, the Cape offer a unique perspective on Africa.

The luxurious, cosmopolitan lifestyle available in Cape Town offers a first-world feel that juxtaposes the unspoilt natural wonders of the region. Cape Town's sophistication ranges from a world-class shopping experience at the V&A waterfront, to spectacular dining opportunities with a view of Table Mountain, to the lively bustle and night-life of Cape Town's Central Business District.

On the other side of the coin, Cape Town boasts the Cape's flourishing fynbos (a floral kingdom of fine bush that is unique to the Western Cape), wine tasting tours in the world-renowned Cape Winelands, and even cage-diving with the great-white sharks of False Bay.

As the growth of Cape Town's CDB has been confined by Table mountain on the one side and the sea on the other, the city of Cape Town has remained relatively small. These geographical confines have resulted in a city which has spilled out into the variety of suburbs and maintained low-density living throughout most of the city. Many of Cape Town's suburbs could be considered towns in their own right – highlighted by the fact that the journey from one extreme of the greater Cape Town to the other spans in the region of 80km.

Camps bay pano from table mou
By: Lalli 
Cape Town is South Africa's oldest city, founded in the mid-1600 to serve as a stop-over for the Dutch on their way to the East. At the time it was known as “The Tavern of the Seas” and thrived off harbour trade. Today Cape Town is South Africa's 4th largest city and its harbour is the second largest after Durban's - but it still has the biggest dry dock in the Southern Hemisphere.

Cape Town Weather


The weather is typically Mediterranean with hot, dry summers which are often cooled by the blustery southeaster wind (known as the 'Cape Doctor' for its cleansing effect on the city). From May to September cold, rainy winters are often broken by unexpected summer days. Occasionally though, Cape Town has been known to pass through all 4 seasons in a single day! Although all months of the year have their appeal in Cape Town, January to May (mid-summer to early winter) may be considered the best months to visit



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J&B Met

The J&B Met is South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious horse racing event, taking place every year in early February at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town. Known to locals as “The Met”, the J&B Met is as much about couture fashion and social networking as it is about the R2.5 million ra... [ read more... ]

Newlands Rugby Stadium

Newlands Rugby Stadium, situated in the tree-lined southern suburbs of Cape Town, is the 3rd oldest stadium in world rugby and the headquarters of the DHL Western Province rugby team. The old ground has a capacity of 48 000 and, with the tall stands in close proximity to the playing field, it is wor... [ read more... ]

Sahara Park Newlands (Newlands Cricket Ground)

Reckoned by many to be the most picturesque test cricket venue in the world, Sahara Park Newlands is more commonly referred to as “Newlands” by cricket fans who avidly attend domestic and international matches in Cape Town, South Africa. With a backdrop of mountains cloaked in clouds and grounds... [ read more... ]

Durbanville Racecourse

The Durbanville Racecourse is a horse racing track situated in Durbanville, in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, Western Cape. This left-handed course has a circumference of about 2 200m, with a run-in of about 600m and no straight course. Durbanville Racecourse has excellent drainage, making it... [ read more... ]

Accommodation in Cape Town  

Sinclair House   

A well equipped self catering cottage set in a leafy area with glorious mountain views and river walks on the doorstep, friendly hosts, golfing and cycling enthusiasts Gill and Trevor will make sure your stay in Cape Town is memorable.... [ read more... ]

Oceanview 1205   

Unspoiled breathtaking views of the ocean, Gordons Bay and Hottentots Holland mountain range from an ultra modern 3 bedroom self catering apartment is waiting for you on the 'Golden Mile' in Strand, Somerset West. Oceanview 1205 is on the beachfront, minutes away from all your favourite shops, golf ... [ read more... ]

Blue Views Penthouse 1 StarStarStarStarStar  

Blue Views Penthouse is situated in one of Cape Town's top locations, Camps Bay. Accommodation comprises two double en-suite rooms, furnished to the highest standard, and a lounge with fireplace leading onto the pool deck. An open-plan kitchen and dining room is also available to guests. ... [ read more... ]

San Toy   

If you heard that Cape Town has a laid back atmosphere you aint seen nothing until you come and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in one of the most beautiful places nature has provided. Here you experience the sea, air and sun in its primordial state.... [ read more... ]



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