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March 13, 2009

Cape Town’s value-for-money luxury keeps coming out tops


Cape Point, photo courtesy Pet_r

Cape Town is one of the world’s most naturally beautiful and authentic cities; a dramatic meeting place between the iconic Table Mountain and the vast expanses of surrounding ocean at the tip of Africa.

National Geographic Traveler included Cape Town in their 50 Places of a Lifetime selection, Conde Nast Traveler calls it the “Top City in Africa & the Middle East” (fourth in the world) and The UK Telegraph voted Cape Town their “Favourite Foreign City”.

Sunshine, vast skies, Blue Flag beaches, excellent food, abundant wine, world-class accommodation and a diverse melting pot of cultures all give Cape Town an allure unlike any city on earth.

The Mother City, as Cape Town is fondly known, has a sophisticated and contemporary urban infrastructure, which is undergoing further expansion and upgrades ahead of the forthcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Cape Town is a host city during this prestigious event and is being dubbed the “party and lifestyle capital” of the World Cup – the place to stay and to celebrate the spirit of the games in style.

Cape Town offers diverse attractions from awe-inspiring sight-seeing and interesting cultural tours, theatre and events, to excellent fine dining, exclusive sports events and world-class shopping.

Take a trip through the winelands in a vintage Rolls Royce or a helicopter flip with a breath-taking bird’s eye view over the Peninsula. Sip champagne laced with gold leaf at The Gold of Africa Museum, shop for diamonds or get the adrenalin racing with a flight in an ex-military jet. Cape Town could even be your starting point for a luxury train safari to Dar-es-Salaam.

Cape Town is a city of contrasts and tells a tale of two cities: one that boasts a thriving creative economy, a premier tourist destination status and incredible natural beauty, juxtaposed with a city of social problems and poverty directly related to our colourful past and troubled history. But, walking the streets of Cape Town and meeting the people you will fall in love with a city of hope, creative freedom and incredible spirit.

While some experiences may be beyond the average budget, Cape Town is a playground for those holding strong currencies. Restaurants serve excellent fresh food. A main course can range between R50 and R150 ($5.2 – $15.69) depending on where you choose to dine. A bottle of wine could be anywhere from R60 ($6.2) for the ordinary (but good) to R400 ($41.8).

Hotel prices range from budget at $36.60 -$111.30 per person per night to luxury at upwards of $523.01 per person per night. Trips and tours are professionally run, interesting and cost-effective.

Day trips around the scenic Cape Peninsula come will cost you about $53.30 per person. A day-long Township Tour (including a visit to Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated) will set you back around $63, whilst a leisurely day in the Winelands will be about $51.22. All members of Cape Town Tourism comply with strict quality criteria.

Cape Town has a pleasant, moderate climate but is still warm and dry enough to allow a rewarding outdoor lifestyle nearly all year round.

Health and wellness is important to Capetonians and excellent health clubs, spas and cosmetic facilities are of an international standard. World-class private clinics ensure that all minor and emergency medical treatment is assured.

In 2002, Newsweek called Cape Town a new Mecca of creative talent.

“The new centres of culture and vitality are far from New York, Paris and London ... These funky towns can be found in the most unlikely places … People come to live life to the full, to be a ‘player’, to be where the action is, to walk the streets and feel what it is like to be on the edge of what’s possible ... ”

Cape Town is such a place. We invite you to come and find your soul, lose your heart and linger for as long as you like. You will discover a city like no other.

Please note: All cost estimates mentioned above were based on an exchange rate of $10.31 to the South African Rand.

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