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[Africa Travel] South Africa: Cape Town

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Cape Town is the southernmost city on the African continent. Cape Town is one of Africa’s leading cities and is known for its magnificent nature and the land of African penguins. Cape Town has a lot of natural spots and is a place visited by many tourists not only from the African continent but also from other regions. Cape Town is also South Africa’s second largest city after Johannesburg.

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Location

Cape Town is a city located in the southwestern part of South Africa.

History

Vasco da Gama’s discovery of the area in 1498 has made it a major trading hub for Africa, Europe and Asia. Cape Town was occupied by the United Kingdom, and British settlement began in the 1800s. South Africa became a dominion in 1910 and has since become completely independent.

Climate

Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate. Temperatures range from 0 ° C to 39 ° C throughout the year.

Language

The official languages of South Africa are English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Kosa, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, South Ndebele, Tsonga, Tswana, and Venda.

Security

Cape Town is one of the highest crime cities in South Africa. Please do not go to the back alleys where there are few people. Also, avoid going out at night.

Race

South Africa is made up of many ethnic groups, including blacks, whites, and Asians.

industry

Cape Town is a global maritime transportation hub, with many shipbuilding and shipping companies branch offices. Cape Town is a major producer of fruits and agricultural products due to its active agriculture and heavy rain.

religion

Over 80% are Christians in South Africa. Others are Hindus and Jews.

currency

Land is used in South Africa.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Table Mountain

Table Mountain is a mountain with an altitude of about 2800m. You can walk to the top of the mountain or take a ropeway. The cityscape seen from the top is very beautiful.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The most popular tourist attraction in South Africa. There are fine dining and entertainment facilities, luxury hotels and offices.

Sightseeing spot 3 : Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a national botanical garden that deals with plants unique to South Africa, and there are also rare plants. The site is relatively small, so you can look around in a short time.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Cape Point 

Cape Point is located on the Cape Peninsula, where Vasco da Gama discovered the Indian route during the Age of Discovery. The Cape Point observatory, Lookout Point, overlooks the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula, which connects the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.

Sightseeing spot 5 : Kochelberg Nature Reserve

The Kochelberg Nature Reserve is home to nearly 2000 species of plants and is a vast wilderness. It is a place where you can meet various plants and flowers.

Sightseeing spot 6 : Lions head

Lions Head is one of the most spectacular views on the African continent. It is a place where many people take pictures while sitting on the rocks protruding from the cliff.

Sightseeing spot 7 : Boulders beach

A beach with African penguins in Simon’s Town. The penguins are under the protection of the Cape Nature Reserve because they are endangered.

Sightseeing spot 8 : Cape Point Nature Reserve

The Cape Point Nature Reserve is part of the “Cape Botanical Conservation Area,” which was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2004. Many endemic plants of this area inhabit.

Sightseeing spot 9 : Two Oceans Aquarium

An aquarium in Cape Town. Extensive exhibits of two oceanic creatures, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, where you can see fish unique to Africa.

Sightseeing spot 10 : Robben Island

Robben Island is home to a prison famous for Nelson Mandela being held as a political prisoner. It is an island located about 40 minutes by ferry from the waterfront of Cape Town.

Sightseeing spot 11 : District Six Museum

The District Six Museum is a museum located in the 6th district of Cape Town, where about 60,000 people were displaced under the apartheid policy. Learn about the history of apartheid.

Sightseeing spot 12 : Seal Island

Seal Island is an island where you can meet fur seals. You can see many fur seals living freely.

Sightseeing spot 13 : Signal Hill

Signal Hill is a mountain that can be easily visited by taxi from the city center of Cape Town. It is a place where you can overlook the rooftops of Cape Town.

Sightseeing spot 14 : Camps Bay Beach

Cape Town is a popular beach. The blue sea and white sandy beach continue, and you can enjoy a very beautiful view. It is a place with many cafes, restaurants and shops.

Sightseeing spot 15 : Clifton beach

Clifton Beach is an area where many wealthy people in Cape Town live. There are many fashionable restaurants, cafes and shops along the sea.

Sightseeing spot 16 : Zeitz African Museum of Contemporary Art

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa has an exhibition of contemporary African art, and you can see many works. Guided tours are also available.

Sightseeing spot 17 : Hout Bay

Fur seals can be seen in Hout Bay, and it is crowded with many people. The scenery is so good that many people take pictures.

Hotel

Cape Town has plenty of accommodation. Cape Town International Airport is nearby. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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