About Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the most multicultural cities in the world (Wikipedia). It has a fascinating history that owes its diverse culture to a mixture of settlers, migrants and indigenous people. The settlers were from Netherlands (Dutch), Britain, Malaysia, Indonesia, France (Huguenots) and Madagascar. Many Xhosa people migrated from the Eastern Cape to Cape Town. The indigenous people are the Khoi and the San (Bushmen), together referred to as the Khoisan.
Cape Town has three official languages; namely Afrikaans, Xhosa and English. According to the latest census (2011) the first language of people is as follows: Afrikaans (35%), Xhosa (29%) and English (28%). English is the dominant language in government and the media. Afrikaans is a South African created language which is a mixture of Dutch, Malay, African languages, Portuguese, German, French and Khoisan.
Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and traditional African beliefs coexist peacefully. Christianity is the predominate religion and there is a large community of Muslims.
Cape Town is also know by the following names: Kaapstad (Afrikaans), iKapa (Xhosa), the Mother City, Tavern of the Seas and Cape of Good Hope.
Cape Town has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with 4 seasons. Summer (December to March) average 26 °C max and 16 °C min (79 and 61 °F). Winter (June to August) average 18 °C max and 8.5 °C min (64 and 47 °F) (Wikipedia). From time to time a strong South Easter wind can blow. This is called the Cape Doctor as it removes pollution and smog. This also keeps humidity away, creates some amazingly clear days and also creates the majestic "table cloth" on Table Mountain. Cape Town gets it main rainfall in winter, but rainy days are offset with pleasant days to rival the best of a British summer.
Cape Town is a top global travel destination with excellent tourism infrastructure, outstanding attractions, friendly people and a wealth of natural splendour. It has world-class hotels, resorts, tour operators, restaurants, bars, clubs and spas. Below are what travel websites have to say about Cape Town:
New York Times: 52 Top Places to Visit - Cape Town number 1
The UK Telegraph: Travel Awards - Cape Town voted Best City
Lonely Planet: Best in Travel Top Cities - Cape Town number 2
BuzzFeed: The 20 Most Beautiful Cities in The World - Cape Town number 1
National Geographic: Top 10 Beach Cities - Cape Town number 2
Condé Nast Traveler: The Best Food Cities in the World - Cape Town number 1
CNN: World's most popular natural wonders - Table Mountain National Park number 1
IGTN: International Garden Tourism Awards - Kirstenbosch won Garden of the Year
References: - New York Times - UK Telegraph - Lonely Planet - BuzzFeed - National Geographic - Condé Nast Traveler - CNN - IGTN
External Links: Local Government - Wikipedia - Expedia -Travelstart
Note 1: Cape Town is presently experiencing a water shortage and visitors are urged to use water sparingly.
Note 2: Please keep in mind that Cape Town and surrounding areas get very busy in the peak holiday seasons.
Expedia makes “Vacation Travel Guide” YouTube videos of each city. Below is the one they made on Cape Town. What is interesting is that the average length of each city’s video is about 7 minutes, but Expedia said they got so much footage when they came to Cape Town that they could not make the video less than 17 minutes.
Below is a video produced by Cape Town Tourism (Cape Town's official tourism body).