Cape Town is an amazing city full of diversity, culture, community, innovation, and very much connected to nature and its surroundings. From being named the world’s top place to visit in 2014 by the New York Times to being the World Design Capital 2014 (click here for a wonderful video about this monumental event)- there’s so much to see, find, do and explore in this magnetic city.
Considered among most as the “Mother City,” you’ll find golden beaches, the wondrous behemoth that is Table Mountain, and vineyards full of delicious grapes, as well as beautifully kept botanical gardens within the city, such as Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Among this natural beauty, you’ll also find a rich South African history full of culture and diversity, as well as a sense of community. South Africa’s past is a rocky one, but one that the country is making strides to rise above. The once run-down city center of Cape Town is now a buzz with activity and many attractions to see, brought on by the 2010 clean up for the World Cup. Here you’ll find a thriving fashion scene, loads of art and design, independent shops, coffee roasters, food markets and so much more. This is a city of diversity, full of different cultures and outlooks. Here you’ll find all sorts of beliefs coexisting, creating a unique society.
Cape Town – Important Things to Know:
Cape Town is one of the most relaxed cities in Africa, that said- keep your common sense about you. The city is making huge strides in developing community programs and housing, however poverty is still a very large issue on the peninsula and the informal redistribution of wealth is rather common. The townships on the Cape Flats have high crime rates, when venturing out in these areas make sure you have a good guide. Mind the advice of your hotel and the locals, when it comes to traveling alone or at night. Also be aware of the baboons of Cape Town. Due to urbanization of the cape, the baboons’ migration path has been completely blocked off, thus causing them to enter city areas. This has caused them to become something of a pest to Cape Town’s inhabitants; wreaking havoc by breaking into homes, swinging on gutters and stealing food. It is important that you DO NOT feed the baboons, this will only add to the problem.
Things To Do & See in Cape Town: (follow the links to learn more about each place/event)
World Design Capital 2014:
Table Mountain Aerial Cable Way:
Gold of Africa Museum:
South African National Gallery:
City Hall and Grand Parade:
Rondevlei Nature Reserve and Hippos:
Robben Island & Nelson Mandela Gateway:
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens:
Hermanus Day Trip with Seasonal Whale Watching:
District Six Museum:
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront:
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