Cape Town – city information, weather, tourism and more.

Welcome to Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The City is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north.

Cape Town at night

Photo credit: Johan Cloete

Cape Town is situated on the far South Western tip of Africa, about 1600 km from Johannesburg.

Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate. In summer it is usually pleasantly warm. The hottest days are often cooled by pleasant breezes or strong winds. The winters are cool and wet, but the temperature hardly ever falls below 10° C.

Tourism in Cape Town peaks between November and March when the city lazes through mid summer. The Mother City has a bustling nightlife that includes restaurants of all kinds, and many clubs and pubs spread around the city. Cape Town is unique. It has an architecture and lifestyle which are broadly cosmopolitan yet quintessentially Capetonian. But that’s just the physical base. The city has grown a soul and an adventurous spirit. With a diversity of people and landscapes – from the mountains, lush indigenous gardens to sandy beaches, the Mother City is the perfect place for the adventurous spirit to live out its wildest fancies.

The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil’s Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, vleis and dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the winelands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn.

Other attractions include many historical buildings still standing among the new skyscrapers, the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Point – supposedly the place of the Meeting of Two Oceans (they really meet at Cape Agulhas) and Robben Island – which houses the old prison for political prisoners convicted during the apartheid era.

Another popular attraction are the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – a legacy from Cecil John Rhodes, who wanted to preserve Devils Peak and the eastern slopes of Table Mountain as a national Park. The 528-hectare park includes 6000 species of indigenous plants.

Cape Town provides a setting for many scenic wonders, magnificent seascapes and panoramic vistas. The beautiful coastal areas of Camps Bay, Clifton, Llandudno, Bantry Bay, Hout Bay and Blouberg surround the breathtaking tranquillity of the winelands, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franshhoek.

The V & A Waterfront

Photo credit: Vivek Chugh

Cape Town boasts a multitude of entertainment, ranging from outdoor activities and adventures in the sun to a roaring night life under neon signs. The vast range of shopping opportunities includes haggling with shopholders at Greenmarket Square Flea Market, as well as breezing through sophisticated and stylish shopping malls. The huge variety of restaurants reflects the multicultured history of the Cape and cater for everyone’s taste, from fast-food outlets and casual to the chic to the very elegant. It is also a great place for sporting enthusiasts, with some of the best diving sites in Kalk Bay and bathing spots along the many and beautiful beaches surrounding the area as well as sporting facilities of every kind throughout the city and suburbs – you’ll never want for something to do.

Cape Town is a city of culture, built on a history that reflects in the architecture, cuisine, music and dance. Together with a warm summer and temperate winter climate and a friendly community, the Western Cape and the Mother City are an ideal holiday destination throughout the year.

Content supplied by: