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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  

Sandcastle B&B StarStarStar  

Sandcastle B&B is a situated in the coastal town of Melkbosstrand outside Cape Town. We offer our guests comfort, hospitality, sea views from patios and relaxation. You can: Swim in the pool, take a walk on the beach, read a book on the sundeck or just relax. Perfect for business travelers and holid... [ read more... ]

Honey Bee Cottage   

Honey Bee Cottage is situated in a beautiful leafy suburb in the Constantiaberg Valley. We offer warm hospitality whether you are on business or holiday. Our home-away-from-home accommodation offers a large en-suite room with twin beds, dining room table and couch. Fully equipped kitchenette.... [ read more... ]

77 Balmoral Heights   

The three bedroom apartment is located in the upmarket West beach residential area of Bloubergstrand. The apartment offers comfortable self catering accommodation, ideal for a family or group of six. The apartment is walking distance to the beach, and a short drive to the shops. Please note there a... [ read more... ]

The Chalet   

The Chalet is a stylish, fully equipped three bedroom (max 8 people) self-catering unit situated in the centrally located Bellville. High quality linen & towels, DSTV, Computer with WiFi, all the necessities you may require as well as a few luxuries are provided. A warm and welcoming personal touch... [ read more... ]



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