Welcome to Cape Town
Welcome to Cape Town - the city of Nelson Mandela
If somebody is thinking on South Africa, the first thing which comes on his mind is Cape Town. And this does not happen without reason: Cape Town is not only one of the three capitals of South Africa, it`s the most romantic, most beautiful, and most visited city there. The most significant thing about Cape Town is its Table Mountain which devides the city into distinct areas with forests, public gardens, hiking routes, wilderness and much more. Once you have reached the top of the mountain, you will enjoy breathtaking views. No matter to which cardinal direction you turn, each time you will discover different surroundings. You will marvel at the Twele Apostles, at Africa`s real estate, at the amaying Atlantic seaboard, at forrested mountains, at historic vineyards, at Botanic gardens and also at the black ghettos of some Cape Town`s suburbs. One thing is for sure: you will never be bored in Cape Town since there are so many activities to do.
No matter if you are old, young, alternative, emo, chic, gay - in Cape Town are plenty of places to party and anybody will find their perfect location. The "Long Street" is known as Cape Town`s busiest artery referring to night life and clubbing. It seems like an endless strech of bars and clubs including every way of musical or social taste, every night of the week. Some must-visits are "Jade Lounge & Champagne Bar" - opened from thursday to saturday - known for its bumping beats and beautiful public, "Fiction Bar" with a very big dancefloor and the most hip cliente or "The Foreign Exchange" (also known as "Forex") which is best place to mix up internationally with all kinds of people.
A good place to start a shopping tour in Cape Town is Green Market Square where you can pic up pan-African arts and crafts. From there you walk up to Church or Shortmarket into Long Street. Furthermore, in Cape Town can many shopping centres be found. One example which illustrates this well, is the "Canal Walk Shopping Centre", in which you can find anything you need.
As mentioned above, the Table Mountain is one of the biggest attractions in Cape Town since you can go hiking, biking, or just relax on the top of the mountain enjoying the amazing view. Cape Town is also a good point to start your safari and see wild animals like lions or monkeys in their usual surroundings. Moreover, exploring the city center by foot or by bike can be counted as an attraction itself since there is a huge amount of beautiful buildings and museums to discover such as the "Iziko South African Museum" or the "Robben Island Museum" which was Nandela`s former cell.
South Africa Time Zone (UTC+02:00)
Cape Town enjoys a long summer from November/December until March/April. In these times the weather gets very hot during the daytime (15-27°C) but with little humidity. The winter months are also pretty mild with temperatures between 7-20°C.
There are the Golden Arrow Busses, which are not the best for sight seeing, but they bring you from A to B (in the city centre and the suburbs) for an acceptable price. If you are looking for sight seeing, there are special busses for it in Cape Town. Moreover, it exists a metrotrail and long distance trains.