Known as the Mother City, Cape Town is a unique metropolis filled with a vibrantly modern city atmosphere, surrounded by magnificently alluring beaches, and overlooked by a mystical guardian; the gigantic Table Mountain. The city is currently Africa’s most popular tourist attraction and has recently been voted as the world’s top holiday destination. So you can expect nothing less than the best; world class infrastructure and an array of exciting activities that are sure to leave you with memorable experiences.
Other remarkable treasures and renowned historical landmarks include Robben Island and the Castle of Good Hope. Entertainment and nightlife is a big part of the Cape Town experience. To get you in the mood, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is always brimming with excitement; from chic boutique stores to lavish cocktail lounges, or unwind in the classy ambience of one of many dinning venues.
Cape Town is truly a remarkable example of historical vigour and modern extravagance intertwined with breathtaking landscapes; all guarded by a diverse cultural heritage. Better yet, combine your stay with a safari and explore the African wilderness in a nearby South African national park.
Access to Cape Town, flights from almost all international airlines are offered and scheduled daily from London, Frankfurt and Dubai. Flights are also offered from Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, France, Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul to Cape Town International Airport, as well as regional connections to Namibia and Mozambique. If travelling by road, Cape Town is best reached via the excellent major national roads, either the N2 or the N1.
Suggested Stay Details
If the storms are not hitting, you will never spend enough time in Cape Town. It is the perfect destination to spend time. We recommend a minimum of 3 days if you have other plans.
Type of Experience
CITY SPLENDOUR: Cape Town is definitely a world class destination that overflows with sophistication, beauty and opportunities to explore; if you are curious enough. The cosmopolitan city has everything to keep anyone entertained; from magnificent beaches and fine dining, to fabulous shops and chic boutiques. As soon as the sun sets, making room for the moon and glittering stars to play, Cape Town offers you an array of sophisticated bars and sassy clubs to help awaken the night.
CURIOUS ABOUT CULTURE: With age comes maturity, and as the oldest town in South Africa, Cape Town’s maturity is seen in the mixture of Dutch, Malay, French and British influenced architecture, the vibrant atmosphere and the friendly residents. The brightly coloured homes along the slopes of Signal Hill are home to a large community of Islamic residents living in an area known as Bo-Kaap. These residents are believed to be descendants of slaves imported by the Dutch. Cultural landmarks include the District-Six Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and much more to explore.
Cosmopolitan, highly sophisticated and commercially appealing; Cape Town city is developed with the modern family in mind, catering for everyone from the energetic thrill seeking kids to the sophisticated businessman or woman. The city boasts premier hotels, irresistible restaurants and twenty-first century malls. The well maintained urban jungle of Cape Town is surrounding by many contemporary suburbs, as well as the odd township with informal and semi formal housing.
Cape Town city is nestled within the shadow of the iconic Table Mountain. The suburbs surrounding the city, most of which are modernized, are surrounded by mountainous landscapes and beaches.
First mentioned by Bartolomeu Dias in 1486, subsequent Portuguese described the Cape Town areas as the “Bay of Storms” and the “fairest Cape in the whole circumference of the earth.” The first European to land on the shores of Table Bay was in 1503, who named it Saldanha, but after 1601 a Dutchman renamed it to what is now.
In 1652, a young and adventurous Jan Antony van Riebeek set sail to establish Dutch rule, which gave birth to the Cape Town’s first erected building but replaced by the existing Castle of Good Hope. Since 1679, Simon van der Stel Governed the Dutch Colony and expanded the city. During this time, the Huguenots from Holland arrived on the shores of the Cape. Thereafter, the French arrived to aid the Dutch Colony during the war between Britain and Holland (1780-1783).
In 1840, the municipality of Cape Town was born and in 1875, the first foundation stone was laid in the current House of Parliament. After the extensive industrial growth of South Africa, the first National Party, under the leadership of D. F. Malan, won its first election in 1948, and as such, Afrikaners lead the country and adopted the apartheid policy. For 46 years, South Africa was segregated by racial law, which ended in 1994 with the country’s first democratic election and inauguration of black State President, Nelson Mandela.