Cape Town Travel Guide
South Africa

From: World Travel Guide

See Also: Cape Town Safety and South Africa Travel Information


Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is a bustling city that is situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and positioned between Table Mountain and Table Bay. Though a thoroughly modern city it offers many important historical sites of interest both in the city and just outside such as Robben Island as well as a vibrant social scene with many shops, restaurants and night clubs. Nearby you can visit the Cape of Good Hope and take in the wonderful scenery and wine from the Cape Winelands as well as enjoying nature at its best with animals such as whales, penguins, porcupines and several species of birds.

History
The growth of Cape Town began after Jan van Riebeeck was sent to establish a trading post by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in 1651. He built a small fort as his base and from there added a company garden, from which to grow vegetables in order to supply both his fort and passing ships. With the position of the fort being so well placed along the coast there was a need for more and more produce and so small farms started up to meet the demand of the ships.

With the threat of European invasion Riebeeck began building a stone fort, the Castle of Good Hope, which was completed around the time that Simon van der Stel arrived to become Governor. Der Stel was largely responsible for the growth and quality of the wine in the winelands area such as Stellenbosch and Paarl.

During the 1700's more buildings were built such as lodgings, taverns and shops and the Cape's nickname 'The Tavern of the Seas' came about.

Cape Town Beaches
There are many wonderful beaches situated around Cape Town and the surrounding coast line which are perfect for activities such as sun bathing, swimming, surfing, body boarding, wind surfing, walking and paddling and with beaches such as Clifton and Muizenberg amongst those gaining Blue flag awards you'll have an excellent chance of getting clear, clean water and fantastic beach conditions... more about Cape Town South Africa Beaches

Weather
Cape Town's summer months are from November through to January and during these months temperatures are between 14 to 29 degrees centigrade, making this an excellent time to visit, as with its Mediterranean climate and very little rain you will be able to make the most of the long sunny days.
Cape Town becomes extra busy during the African summer holiday, which runs from the beginning of December to the middle of January.

During the spring which is around September and October and the Autumn which is around April and May time you need to be aware of the 'Cape Doctor' which is a strong south easterly breeze. The good news is that during these times there is still a lot of wild life and attractions to see and it is not usually too over crowded.

Between May and August is Cape Town's winter which can be very wet, cold and windy with temperatures between 9 and 17 degrees centigrade.

Travel and Transport in Cape Town
Cape Town is fairly restricted with its public transport and taxi or hire car are the most popular means of getting around. Although great caution should be applied when it comes to taxi's, cars and being a pedestrian due to the aggressive driving culture.

Cape Town Travel Tourist Attractions Guide
Amongst the superb scenery and natural beauty that Cape Town has to offer there are also plenty of historic buildings and sites of interest.

Cape Town Festivals and Events 2016-2017
There are plenty of unique and fascinating festivals and events that range from gruelling marathons through some of Cape Town's most scenic areas to glamorous horse racing events, energetic music festivals, fashion shows and even a historic carnival... more about Cape Town Festivals and Events 2016-2017


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