The Mother City of South Africa
There is nowhere like Cape Town, see here things to do in the mother city.
Perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, it´s a place to renew and reconnect. A leading travel destination of the rich and famous, 'the fairest Cape', is known throughout the world for its scenic splendour and cosmopolitan sophistication. It is in the city that the Rainbow Nation really covers the spectrum with cultural diversity.
It was voted as Favourite Foreign City according to the UK Telegraph 2004. And the city is certainly one of the most popular long haul travel destinations in the world.
The "Mother City", is the oldest city in our country and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. It also has the top five national attractions in South Africa that should appear on every travelling visitor´s itinerary all year round.
Thinking about travelling to the city and want to know of things to do, don´t miss a visit up Table Mountain; the V&A Waterfront, a unique shopping and holiday experience on a scenic working harbour; Robben Island, the former home of Nelson Mandela; the wine routes, where some of the world´s best wines are produced and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world.
The unique topography of the region makes it easy to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you, you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa.
Between beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, elegant Georgian townhouses, traditional dancers and minstrels performing in the city streets, the smell of spicy Malay cooking, the taste of a well-made wine, and the sound of the snoek horn advertising the wares of fish vendors, this city will fill your senses. The bells of St George's Cathedral alternate with the plaintive tones of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. Visitors give a startled jump, and Capetonians calmly glance at their watches, when the noon gun booms above the city - a relic from the days of sail when sea captains had to check their chronometers.
Travellers will never be bored in the city with all the things to do. Table Mountain offers some of the best climbing in the world. The surfing and diving are fantastic. There is mountain biking or sand boarding and sea kayaking, where you may see seals, dolphins or penguins.
A highlight is a walk up Lion's Head before dark on a full moon summer's night, watch the sun set on one hand and the full moon rise on the other, and then walk down in the silvery light. Or, if the wind is right, you could fly off Lion's Head with a qualified tandem paragliding pilot, and land on the beach in time for sun-downers.
The cities multitude of varied shopping malls and flea markets, live music, art exhibitions, ballet and symphony concerts to enjoy.
Getting to the city and away:
- By Bus, There are three major long haul bus companies in the the city. They are Greyhound, Intercape Mainliner and Translux.
- By budget car, SA has a comprehensive road network that crosses kilometres of beautiful countryside and makes driving a pleasure.
- By Air, The main airport in the province is cities International airport, 20 minutes from the city centre.
- By Train, Trains can be a great way to travel between the major cities and towns.
The Province has very few health issues to be concerned about. No inoculations are needed and the health infrastructure is of a good standard. SA is facing a crisis with HIV / AIDS and visitors are advised to take precautions.
High quality water is available everywhere in the province and tap water is safe to drink. Many local manufacturers produce bottled water from sources around the mountain ranges. Hikers drinking water from streams maybe at risk of waterborne diseases. Though the water in most mountain streams is safe to drink, it is advisable to purify the water first or to drink bottled water.
The province are malaria-free, and no vaccinations are required for cholera or smallpox. If you are on chronic medication, please keep a prescription or part of the packaging showing the generic name. If you wear spectacles, ensure you have a copy of your lens prescriptions. You can have spectacles replaced by any optician. Opticians offer great service at value for money prices.
Medical services are of a very high standard in the city and the surrounding areas. In the event of an emergency, use one of the major private clinics. You may contact the police on 10111 for directions to the nearest hospital. You may also contact the ambulance services on 10177. Many doctors do house calls and are listed under Medical in the telephone directory.
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