Introducing this place:
Situated in one corner of South Africa, is the second most populated city of South Africa – Cape Town. The national parliament and many government offices are located in Cape Town since it is the legislative capital of South Africa. The city of Cape Town is situated on the shore of Table Bay. Back in the day, it served as the supply station for the Dutch East India company ships. Cape Town has an international airport that serves both international as well as national flights.
Even if you decide to stay away from the tourist activities, Cape Town provides plenty of things for the visitor who simply wants to relax. Here’s what you can do in Cape Town.
- Get on the double Decker bus that departs from the Visitor information center. This bus has an open roof at the top of it and is painted in bright red. It is very hard to miss this bus. This is a great way to sight see Cape Town. You should be able to check out the great vistas from the top of the bus. There is a red route as well as a blue route.
- V & A Waterfront should be your primary destination while you are in Cape Town. V & A stands for Victoria and Alfred. This is a historical landmark of Cape Town. Set against the wonderful backdrop of Table Mountain, this particular waterfront is the center of a wide range of activities. It is a must see. Some of the tourist attractions here are night spots, museums as well as the historic harbor of the city.
- You might be able to stop by the family oriented Two oceans aquarium. There are plenty of aquatic species in this aquarium. Eyeball sharks, penguins and hundreds of species of aquatic life can bee seen in this aquarium.
- Edward street is a pretty popular destination in Cape Town. It is Cape Town’s version of Long street. Located off Durban road, it is only a few yards away from Tygervalley center. Restaurants and bars are available through out this street.
- Table mountain is another popular destination for the visitors of Cape Town. This is a great hike. But it’s not meant for the faint at heart. It is advised that you should wear strong shoes while going up this mountain. Please don’t wear sneakers while hiking.
Things and Sports to Do:
If you are still wondering what’s there to do in Cape Town, then here’s a list of activities for you:
- If you are a wild life lover, then Cape Town provides plenty of options. Animal viewing can be done at Darkenstein Lion park, Le Bonheur Croc farm, Monkey town, Tygerberg zoo, World of birds, are just some of the places where you can go to check out the beautiful animals. Monkey town has about 230 primate species of which about 27 are endangered. Tygerberg zoo is Cape Town’s one and only zoo.
- If you are a little more adventurous, then you can take it to the sky. Hot air ballooning is available in the city of Cape Town. The right kind of company and excellent equipment enriches your hot air ballooning experience. So, make sure you pick the right kind of business for hot air ballooning. Choosing the right kind of hot air ballooning operator can make a difference between life and death. While you are in Cape Town, make sure you try out hot air ballooning. This will help you to look at the city from a different perspective as well.
- Cape Town carriage rides are a cool thing to do while you are in the city. Cape Town Carriage Company offers the right kind of horses and the right kind of carriage for the customers. Carriage rides are a pretty affordable activity in Cape Town. The horse drawn carriage will remind you of the city’s ancient past.
- If you are into playing golf, then Cape Town has that option to. The Peninsula Golf driving rang or the Vodacom golf village are the two great spots for playing golf. Besides the driving ranges there are several other golf courses through out Cape Town. Bellville golf course, Knysna golf course are just a few other golf courses where you can take a good swing at the golf ball.
Restaurants and Shopping:
Being a huge city, Cape Town offers plenty of fine dining options for it’s visitors. Good food will help you The waterfront area offers plenty of restaurants and shopping for the visitors of Cape Town. For example, 221 Waterfront
is a famous international grille in Cape Town serving seafood and sushi to it’s customers. The 1800 degree Grill room
situated in Greenpoint is a great grill that serves awesome food to it’s customers. Cape Town offers plenty of shopping options for it’s visitors as well.
People and Culture:
The people of this part of the world are extremely warm and friendly. The population of Cape Town is about 2,893,251 people. Colored folks account for about 48.13% of the population, whites at 18.75% and blacks are at 31%. People around here speak English, Afrikaans, as well as Xhosa.
Geography and Climate:
The city of Cape Town is governed by a 210 member council. The mayor of the city is chosen by the city council. The current mayor being Helen Zille. This is the seaport capital of Western Cape Province. Cape Town’s location is 33 degrees 56S 18 degrees 28E.
Cape Town occupies an area of 2,499 square kilometers. The Cape peninsula has a Mediterranean climate. Winter goes from May through September and during this time, the Atlantic Ocean is swept by large cold fronts. Wintertime is when the city witnesses a lot of downpour. Summer usually ranges from the months of November to March. During summer, Cape Town is usually warm and dry.
Economy, Prices and Living Standard:
Cape Town is the economic hub of Western Cape. Recently Cape Town has witnessed a growth in the real estate business as well as the construction market. Cape Town basically has four different commercial nodes. Most companies that are headquartered in the city are fashion designers, shipping companies, big publishing houses, petrochemical companies, and last but not the least, the petrochemical companies. A lot of business goes through the port of Cape Town. The tourism industry of the Western Cape accounts for about 9.8% of the GDP and employs about 9.6% of the workforce of Western Cape.