Cape Town (http://www.safarinow.com/destinations/south-africa/map.aspx)
is the most south westerly located city in Africa. It is the
oldest city in South Africa and was founded by the Dutch in
1652 as stopover for ships on the spice route between Europe
and the far East. Here the Europeans met the indigenous people
of Cape Town, the Khoisan.
Today Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city comprising
of many different cultures and nationalities. It has three
offcial languages: Afrikaans, English and Xhosa. But no matter
what country you come from you are bound to run into someone
who’s accent you will recognise.
If you like the hussle and bussle of city
life, then Cape Town is the perfect place for you. It has
been described by many as one of the most beautiful cities
in the world. It’s a foreign visitor’s paradise
with lots to do, is affordable and has moderate winters and
hot summers. It has a big blue mountain right in the middle
of it, perfect long white beaches surrounding it, a unique
Euro-African city centre and the blue Indian and Atlantic
oceans and green Cape Winelands form the perfect border for
You can read a lot about it in magazines,
on the internet, newspapers or hear about it from people who
have visited it, but the best way to experience it is by visiting
But remember that Cape Town is not Africa.
There are no lions and elephants walking in the streets, sorry
man. As the capital of the Western Cape it’s a first
world city set in a third world country and as a result has
many third world characteristics. Although not as advanced,
it’s as modern as most Western and European cities.
It has a population of approximately 3.5
million people and geographically extends over an area of
2480km². The climate is mediterranean and very temperate.
The summer temperatures go up to over 30°C and in winter
the mercury seldom drops below 10°C.
The best time to visit the Mother City is
usually between October and May. March and April are the best
months in Cape Town as the days are still warm and there is
very little to no wind. Usually the wind can blow non-stop
between November and February, but this is good news for the
windsurfers and kite-surfers. And remember the old saying
- Cape Town has four seasons, sometimes all four in one day.
And remember, here you will find third and
first worlds coming together. Despite its beauty, South Africa
also has high unemployment which leads to crime. Luckily Cape
Town is one of the safest cities in the country, but crime
is a reality here too. But by following some simple tips from
this site you will be able to take care of yourself and your
valuables while still enjoying your time.