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September 13, 2012

Great reasons to visit Cape Town

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Planning your annual vacation? Have you considered Cape Town and its agreeable year-round weather, spectacular scenery and plethora of tourist attractions?

We’re not the only ones who think Cape Town is great. This city has won several prestigious accolades including, most recently, being nominated as the 2014 World Design Capital, one of CNN’s 10 most loved cities and Top City in Africa and the Middle-East in Travel and Leisure’s annual online poll.

Other accolades include Forbes.com nominating it as one of the world’s most beautiful cities and TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Best Destination last year. And it’s home to Table Mountain: one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

Still need some convincing? Well, Cape Town is an ideal vacation destination during its long summer months, November to March, when average temperatures hover at 24.3 degrees Celcius and the sun shines for 11 hours or more each day – perfect for exploring or simply enjoying the city's many great beaches.

During these months there is so much to do. In November thousands of people walk for charity between Simon’s Town and Cape Town. The Big Walk is recognised as the biggest timed walk in the world. Then there are the Kistenbosch Sunday Summer Concerts, set in the spectacular Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. For beer lovers, there is the Cape Town Festival of Beer.

The annual New Year's Minstrel Festival is a must-see

Come December, Cape Town is one big party city. There’s the Mother City Queer Projects’ costume party, and the Paul Cluver Summer Festival – a combination of food, nature, culture and good entertainment. 

Over the festive period there is also the popular Street Night Market. You will also want to be here for New Year’s and the popular Kaapse Klopse or Minstrel Festival, where thousands of colourfully-costumed musicians and dancers parade through the streets to the Green Point Stadium, where they participate in a dance and costume competition. Go here for more information about events in Cape Town.

So now that you’ve decided to come to Cape Town, let’s help you get here. There are direct flights to Cape Town from many international airports, including Amsterdam, Dubai, Frankfurt,  Livingstone, London and Zurich.

Cape Town is also only a two-hour flight from Johannesburg and can be accessed from other South African cities through a number of airlines such as South African Airways, Mango, 1time or kulula.com.

Hope to see you soon!

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