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A Glimpse Of Cape Town

Posted on November 4, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment



Much in news lately as the 2010 soccer world cup host, Cape Town, called Kaapstad in Afrikaans, is one of the most popular tourist destinations as well. This South African city is the capital of South Africa’s Western Cape Province and the seat of South Africa’s parliament.

Location

With a prime location near the Cape of Good Hope in the South Africa, it attracts tourist for its beautiful white sandy beaches and magnificent countryside. It is located on the shore of Table Bay and the foot of Table Mountain at the southwest corner of the African Continent. With an area of 2,455 square kilometers, it has the second largest population in South Africa and a comparatively lower density of population.

Approximately, flight to Cape Town from London takes 11 hours 20 minutes; from New York it’s 17 hours; Los Angeles is 25 hours; Toronto is 19 hours and that from Sydney it takes 16 hours.

Cape Town International Airport is located 22km (15.5 miles) east of Cape Town’s city centre.

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Climate

This Peninsula has a Mediterranean climate, with well-defined seasons. The winter months – May to September, are cool with temperature ranging from 7 degree Celsius to 17 degree Celsius. This is also the time for rainfall, though the city’s mountainous topography allows rainfall to vary across areas dramatically.

Summer (November to March) is warm and dry with frequent strong winds from the south-east. The average maximum temperature in this season is 26 degree Celsius. It could be uncomfortably hot for a few weeks in February or early March. The peak summer months from December to February are the best time to visit the place, though it is attractive and climate favourable almost all the year round. Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are equally good for a trip to Cape Town.

Winter (June to August), although wet and often cold, has spells of warm and clear weeks.

Robben Island

Tourist Attractions

Wild, white-sand beaches, the Table Mountains as a background, laid-back attitude of the people, wine lands and plateaus, Cape Town is panoramic and an absolute delight for a nature-lover. If you are a water-person, this place is heaven.

Scheduling every thing in one tour of this pretty city would be next to impossible. Navigating across the city by foot itself could turn out to be a relaxing experience.

The working area of the Cape Town harbor comprises of Duncan Dock, Ben Schoeman Dock and Sturrock Dock, off limits to the casual visitor, and the Victoria Basin, Alfred Basin and the New Basin, known collectively as the V&A Waterfront. This makes for of South Africa’s premium tourist attractions.

Cape Town is not just a city that makes for a pretty picture. Places here mark the important centers of politics. Towards the Signal Hill is the Bo-Kaap (Top Cape) area, also known as the Malay Quarter.  This area was home to the freed slaves – their descendants resisted all attempts at removal by the apartheid authorities.

Camps Bay

Robben Island is the prison, north of Table Bay, where Nelson Mandela and top political activists spent a part of their life, fighting against the apartheid regime.

The countryside that include the predominantly black areas of Kayalitsha, Langa and Gugulethu, is also popular among the tourists.

The Atlantic Seaboard extending south toward Cape Point incorporates the up market Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno, Hout Bay, Noordhoek and Kommetjie seaside suburbs. On the eastern side of the Table Mountain range is the Southern Suburbs, with the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Constantia and Tokai Winelands. These connect to the cozy coastal towns of False Bay’s Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town. The two sides of the peninsula meet at the windswept and breathtakingly beautiful Table Mountain National Park at Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.

You could visit www.tourismcapetown.com before you plan your trip to the city. While there, there is a Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centre to guide the tourists.  There are information centers across the city for the help of tourists.

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Transport

Being an important tourist place, the Cape Town International Airport has almost all the conveniences for the tourists. You could check its website www.airports.co.za for details.

From the airport, you will need to hop on to one of those various shuttle buses to get to the city. The official airport taxi company also operates metered taxi from here and you could also arrange for a vehicle in advance through your hotels.

There are cruise liners for the Cape Town Harbour, located at the heart of the city. If you are up for a long journey, there are round-trip cruises from Cape Town to Namibia (journey time – 23 days). Twice a year, there are cruises on to Tenerife and the UK.

Rail and road route too can be explored here. Cape Town Station, Adderley Street, services both national and suburban lines and includes facilities like information desks, a restaurant and even a doctor.

There are good bus services to Cape Town from all major destinations in South Africa, such as Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth. There are coach services from some of the international destinations as well a as Bulawayo and Harare in Zimbabwe, Maputo in Mozambique and Windhoek in Namibia.

Cape Town has good highways with breathtaking scenery which makes for a good drive. However, public transport is not very rampant here; hence private driving is what tourists prefer. A word of caution though, you need to be careful as roads in South Africa is accident prone, more so as many drivers do not adhere to the rules of the road. If you are interested in a road journey, you could check out The Automobile Association of South Africa www.aasa.co.za. It provides general information on road travel in South Africa.

Cape Town is a 30 minutes drive from Somerset West, from Paarl it takes about 45 minutes, and it is at 17 hours drive from Johannesburg.

This South African Peninsula is one tourist friendly destination. You are unlikely to face a language problem as being a melting pot of a variety of cultures, a great variety of languages is spoken here. Staying and lodging here is convenient to arrange, with a number of hotels, restaurants and lodges for back-packer, along with other facilities for tourists like information centers across the city. With hell lot of tourist activities, you could actually put it at the top of your must-visit-destination list.

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