October 17, 2011
Visiting Cape Town: What makes it so special
Everyone who visits Cape Town has a different reason for enjoying their time here. Many visitors fall in love with the city and come back again and again, while others even decide to relocate here permanently.
Cape Town Tourism asked several international visitors in Camps Bay their honest opinion about Cape Town.
Marten, a 55-year-old businessman from Denmark, comes to Cape Town regularly for work. Speaking to Cape Town Tourism before boarding the City Sightseeing Bus in Camps Bay, Marten said, "I never feel bad when I have to come to Cape Town. It is a special place. I like to just walk around and see something new every time. I have not done this bus tour before, but it makes this big city very manageable. It’s also okay to come alone because people are friendly and you will not get bored.”
Jule, a 30-year-old from the United Kingdom, said, “It’s just utterly unique in that you have the mountain, the ocean, and everything in between. It’s better than any cosmopolitan European city. We can bring our children here and they won’t be bored, but they can learn, because the history is as rich and interesting as anywhere else. More so. I also rather like the people here. They’re sweet, and they make you feel at home.”
Lisa, another British visitor, said, “We've just arrived but it’s great. You have all this panic about coming here, what you hear about Africa and Cape Town and danger, but it’s not that. You come and you are surprised.”
Stephen, an arbitrator in his 60s from Switzerland, was amazed by the generosity of his hosts at Hout Bay Hideaway. “They drove me here [to Camps Bay] of their own accord. It was quite shocking to find the friendliness here. A pleasant shock, coming from Europe. I told [the owner of Hout Bay Hideaway] that, in the Michelin restaurant rating system, they have something called veuille voyage, which means the restaurant alone makes a place worth visiting. The views here are the veuille voyage.”
Zoe, a 28-year-old professor from Canada, was in Cape Town for the International Astronautical Conference. She said, “I had to work more than I would have liked but it’s made a great impression on me. It’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. I want to come back. I feel like there’s so much to explore it’d be worth coming to again before I went somewhere else. I can see how it gets under your skin.”
Cape Town is a great place to visit, live, work, study and invest. Start planning your trip here today!