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The suburbs south-east of the city centre and Table Mountain, stretching from the base of Table Mountain National Park toward False Bay, are collectively known as the Southern Suburbs. This area includes the well-known suburbs of Newlands, Constantia, Claremont, Rondebosch and Observatory, as well as lesser-known suburbs such as Grassy Park, Lansdowne and Retreat.
The Cape Flats, the low-lying area just to the north of Cape Town, is one of the city’s most edgy, colourful and creative places. As living jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim proclaimed in his 1974 anthem Mannenberg, this “is where it’s happening”. This large area is primarily residential, and rich in political history as most of the families involved in forced removals during the apartheid era were relocated here.
There is a distinct difference between the Northern and Southern suburbs, and the two are separated by the huge urban metropolis called ‘Century City’, a shopping mecca with business and residential components. Enormous growth, Grand West Casino, a number of wine routes, including the Durbanville Wine Valley, has impacted on both shopping and leisure options.
The Blaauwberg region is one of the fastest-growing areas in the Western Cape and is the gateway to the Cape West Coast. The area encompasses 48 km of sandy white beaches, and is best known for its spectacular views of Table Mountain across Table Bay.
The Helderberg basin is one of the most visually dramatic areas in the Cape, with the Hottentots Holland and Helderberg Mountain ranges creating a powerful backdrop against which the valley descends into vineyards, golf estates and finally onto a coastline swept with warm waters and white, sandy beaches.
Home to one of the world’s most spectacular passes, Chapman’s Peak Drive, seaside villages and suburbs that remain far from the madding crowd. Cape Point is one of the highest sea cliffs in the world – 249m above sea level.
Groot Constantia is South Africa’s oldest wine farm - in existence for 329 years this year. Wine has been produced on the estate without interruption since 1685 when Commander Simon van der Stel of the Dutch East Company (VOC) was originally granted land on which Groot Constantia stands.
This is the only wine farm that is a member of the Big Six tourist destinations in Cape Town. The other members include: Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch and Cape Point.
Download this sheet, to find out all you need to know and to include all the unique facts of Groot Constantia in your itinerary.
The Cape Town map is a must-have resource for any visitor to our city. It has been updated with all the latest transport routes and includes useful information and tips to assist you when visiting Cape Town.
The Official Visitors’ Guide is a must-have resource for guests to the Mother City. This valuable, compact magazine is jam-packed with essential information for business and leisure visitors to the fairest Cape.
MyCiti operate scheduled buses that link you with major attractions such as the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway, Sea Point Promenade and the beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and Hout Bay along the Atlantic Ocean. Other stops north from the central city are: Table View and most recently also Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha. Download the latest MyCiTi route map, to assist you when planning your routes _DEC’14
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Cape Town in Autumn is one of the city’s best kept secrets, with beautiful sunny days to spend your time outdoors and experience one of the many activities on offer.
Cape Town is more than just famous for its restaurant
Cape Town, the sparkling jewel at the southern tip of the African continent, is famous for its vibrant gay scene.
Download our Cape Town information sheet based on the German market.
The V&A Waterfront is a 123 hectare mixed-use destination, and one of Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hubs. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, within a stone’s throw from the Cape Town Stadium and in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront offers the visitor an abundance of unforgettable experience
Download our PDF for useful information about Cape Town, in addition to information about flying from India to Cape Town and visa requirements for Indian travellers.
Download our 5 day ‘Iconic Must See’ Cape Town itinerary, developed for the Indian outbound travel market.
A city like no other, Cape Town offers breath-taking natural beauty between rugged mountains and an endless ocean. Download our PDF for a guide of the best things to see and do in the Mother City.
Cape Town is the ideal holiday destination for a family, as the Mother city offers a wide choice of indoor and outdoor activities to entertain the kids. Download our PDF for a list of activities to do with your family in Cape Town.
Cape Town’s natural beauty makes this city the perfect place to unwind and relax in. Download our PDF for a list of relaxing activities to do in Cape Town.
From fresh-air fun to adrenaline-pumping adventures, from festivals to club-hopping; Cape Town offers endless experiences to allow for heart-racing exhilaration and loads of good fun. Download our PDF for a list of fun activities to do in Cape Town!
Cape Town’s diverse multi -cultural ancestry has enjoyed the influence of many traditional cooking styles, including Cape Malay and Indian influences. Download our PDF for an overview of the top Indian restaurants in Cape Town.
As with all international urban centers, petty crime can occur in Cape Town so visitors are urged to always use common sense when out and about - download our safety PDF for tips and useful contact details when in Cape Town.
Explore Cape Town for five days through a Sport and Adventure lens. This itinerary includes things to do, places to see, images and a map to download.
Explore Cape Town for five days through an Outdoor and Nature lens. This itinerary includes things to do, places to see, images and a map to download.
Explore Cape Town for five days through a History and Heritage lens. This itinerary includes things to do, places to see, images and a map to download.
Explore Cape Town for five days through a Design lens. This itinerary includes things to do, places to see, images and a map to download.
Explore Cape Town for five days through an Arts and Culture lens. This itinerary includes things to do, places to see, images and a map to download.
This information was compiled for the Tourism Indaba in Durban, South Africa, May 2013. Read on for new hotels; restaurants and clubs; new tours, initiatives and creative hubs; and the latest region highlights, ideas and trends for 2013.
Each area of Cape Town promises its own unique offerings and is easily accessible via the different modes of transport on offer in the city. In fact, Cape Town is one of the easiest cities to navigate in South Africa.
This is our new primary map, which shows the city centre and Cape Town’s various regions.
As one of the few cities in the world with a national park and two World Heritage Sites (Table Mountain National Park and Robben Island) contained within its boundaries, Cape Town is surrounded by incredible outdoor options. The ‘Mother City’ is also located in a ‘biodiversity hotspot’, the Cape Floristic Region, and is recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora. The city offers many ways to experience the great green outdoors.
Born of a need to sustain our planet mindfully; a new generation of responsible travelers are seeking real, meaningful and authentic experiences and are in tune with responsible lifestyle practices such as buying fair-trade products and experiences, and supporting community tourism. Cape Town has been working towards being a responsible and sustainable city and destination for many years.
Known around the globe as a place of beauty; Cape Town has exceptional diversity in a small geographical area. The sheer economic value of Cape Town’s natural and cultural heritage is driven largely by its importance to tourism.
Cape Town is renowned for its beautiful wine estates and award winning wines and many offer tastings, lunches and events on a regular basis. Newlands Brewery, the oldest brewery in South Africa is situated in Cape Town and micro-breweries are popping up all over town as the hand-made beer trend continues to draw its devotees. Whisky and brandy tours, pairings and tastings, are a part of the Cape’s swilling adventures too…
Capetonians are proudly laid-back with a balanced outdoor lifestyle encompassing some of the most beautiful settings in the world. But why is it that Cape Town can restore one’s natural balance with more than just its natural wonders? It could be because the city’s location is regarded worldwide as an important energy centre, or perhaps because there’s something in its beauty and tranquility that allows people to just chill out… Here are a few more options for relaxing in Cape Town…
The range and inspiration of Cape Town cuisine is diverse and exciting – a never-ending landscape for foodies to explore. Of course, inexpensive fast foods are available in many city lunch spots and fresh produce markets abound as part of the food scene. Cape Town also caters to upmarket dining experiences. Luxury restaurants and S. Pelligrino Top 100 rated restaurants are noted for traditional cuisine and innovative fusion.
Known by many as the ’Pink Capital of South Africa’, Cape Town is renowned for its vibrant gay scene and - thanks to South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution, the gay community is an essential part of the diversity that constitutes the ‘Rainbow Nation’. With exquisite natural scenery, world-class luxury and countless gay-friendly guesthouses, bars, restaurants and coffee shops; it’s not hard to see why Cape Town is a favourite destination amongst ‘pink’ travelers.
Cape Town has a lengthy history with food, having been established from the very start as a supply station to passing ships. Over the past few hundred years the city’s culinary story has weaved itself into a mix of traditional cuisines, influenced by all who have visited the city’s shores. Today travelers will find a colourful palate of cuisines from every corner of the globe. Nevertheless, Cape Town’s sensory fare makes for interesting food safaris.
As a reflection of its own natural beauty and cultural diversity, Cape Town is crammed with art galleries, informal street art, great urban design, music, theatre, festivals and spontaneous expressions of creativity. Increasingly, art is also being absorbed into the cityscape through murals, sculptures, installations, public and performance art.
An active and outdoor lifestyle has long been part of the Cape Town mind set. The reason: Cape Town’s untamed natural beauty, mountainous and lush vegetation, and lively seas allow for many adrenaline pumping pursuits over land, in the ocean or up in the air.
Find out about Cape Town’s weather throughout the year, approximate flight times from various destinations, population, languages, and other general information.
What’s fast becoming known as the hippest street in Cape Town, Bree Street is where you will find a hive of artisan activity. And if you’re a food lover, there’s plenty to sample here too, from burgers to gourmet pizza, craft beer and cupcakes. As one of the main arteries of the city, this street is building a reputation as the retail, culinary and design centre of the city. Here is a list of just a few of the gems.
Cape Town offers a host of attractions for those who love a bit of artistic flair, from flower shows and jazz festivals to the latest in architecture, crafts, décor and film - map produced by mapmyway.co.za.
The Muslim Students Association (MSA) of the Cape has compiled this map of Cape Town from an Islamic cultural perspective. The map is an intended handy guide to all tourists visiting our beautiful city allowing you to explore muslim history, lifestyle, cuisine and culture.
The city seen through the eyes of a child becomes one large playground. There are mountains to climb, wildlife to witness, forests to explore, botanical gardens in which to run freely and beautiful beaches where sand and sea offer hours of fun no money can buy.
Cape Town is the mother of all cities, and there’s no such thing as a dull moment if you’re in the heart of it: the Cape Town city centre. Here, you’ll find loads of attractions and entertainment options. The Cape Town city centre is great for walkers and cyclists, with dedicated paths to ensure that you can travel everywhere by foot or by bicycle.
The Atlantic Seaboard, also known as Cape Town’s ‘Riviera’, stretches from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, all the way down the west side of the Cape Peninsula, stopping short of Hout Bay. Some of the world’s finest beaches and trendy seafront hot spots are connected by a picturesque scenic drive along Victoria Road, flanked by the Twelve Apostles and the Atlantic.
To make the city readily accessible, the Cape Town map is conveniently divided into eight areas. Each area promises its own idiosyncratic offerings and special character. The division is purely for navigational purposes and to encourage you to discover and enjoy the full range of possibilities.
Khayelitsha (meaning “new home”) is one of Cape Town’s largest townships, and is situated some 30km from the Mother City. It consists of both formal accommodation (houses of bricks and mortar) and informal settlements (makeshift shacks).
Cape Town is the ideal destination for kids: there’s plenty to do, whether you decide to play ball on one of our many pristine beaches, visit Simon’s Town to see the penguins, or take a walk in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The trick is to enjoy each outing to the full, rather than packing too much into a day.
It’s hard to leave the sights and beaches of our beautiful city. Nevertheless, a trip to the spectacular Winelands for a day or two is not to be missed, with at least six wine routes besides the historical towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl to explore.