CAPE TOWN second most populated city in South Africa and the legislative capital of the country
You will never be bored in Cape Town. A city where the ocean and the mountains are as much a part of the city as its people, the opportunities to explore will keep visitors to this cosmopolitan city entertained and excited.
Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.
It is an economic powerhouse with a good climate, spectacular natural beauty, a fine academic legacy and an nimpressive portfolio of history-makers. Professor Chris Barnard performed the world’s first successful heart transplant in Cape Town and Nelson Mandela made his first public appearance here after being released from prison. It is inspiring leaders like this that have helped to carve out the knowledge economy that has made Cape Town an ideas centre for Africa and beyond.
Here, at the crossroad of the most important trade routes, situated at the gateways to Africa, an innovative local government initiative to slash red tape and fast-track logistics, is positioning Cape Town as the business hub that consistently outperforms the rest of the country in terms of economic growth.
The city is set within the unique Cape floral kingdom and is surrounded by the historic winelands of the Western Cape that have earned the city its reputation as a gastronomic destination. Iconic Table Mountain forms the backdrop of the Central Business District that runs down to its famous harbour and Table Bay.
This natural beauty, interesting cultural diversity and a creative spirit are among the hundreds of reasons why Cape Town was voted as the #1 Convention City in Africa and the Middle East and why it was voted by the Daily Telegraph as their Favourite World City. With all the charm and ingenuity of a developing nation, yet underscored by sophistication and technological prowess to rival a modern city in the world, Cape Town just may be the best-kept secret of experienced travellers.
Every year Cape Town hosts two mega international events that attract over 35000 participants each – the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world’s largest timed cycle race, and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the 4th largest jazz festival in Africa.
Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) is Africa’s most award-winning airport. As Africa’s 3rd largest airport, it processes over 8 million passengers annually with over 50% of the country’s air passengers passing through the airport. Located approximately 20 kilometres from the city centre, the airport has domestic and international terminals, linked by a common central terminal.
The oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town’s cultural heritage spans 300 years, with diverse colonial influences and traditional cultures coming together to fascinate visitors with a rich experience. Famously known as the place of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment, Robben Island is situated just off the city’s coastline.
For more information visit Cape Town Tourism at www.capetown.travel
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