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Cape Town - The “City Bowl” of South Africa

8002 Cape Town City center: 0.8 km
Dbl. from 83.00EUR
8005 Cape Town City center: 1.2 km
Dbl. from 124.00EUR
8000 Cape Town City center: 0.9 km
Dbl. from 184.00EUR
7441 Cape Town City center: 7 km
Dbl. from 111.91EUR
7530 Cape Town City center: 3.5 km
Dbl. from 90.70EUR
8001 Cape Town City center: 0.6 km
Dbl. from 227.96EUR
8005 Cape Town City center: 3.4 km
Dbl. from 107.07EUR
8002 Cape Town City center: 1.3 km
Dbl. from 456.00EUR
7925 Cape Town City center: 4.4 km
Dbl. from 110.18EUR
8040 Cape Town City center: 4.7 km
Dbl. from 142.00EUR
8005 Cape Town City center: 2 km
Dbl. from 131.00EUR
7725 Cape Town City center: 11.5 km
Dbl. from 274.25EUR
8040 Cape Town City center: 5.4 km
Dbl. from 305.68EUR
8005 Cape Town City center: 2.5 km
Dbl. from 221.00EUR
8000 Cape Town City center: 2 km
Dbl. from 138.00EUR
8001 Cape Town City center: 5 km
Dbl. from 127.80EUR
8060 Cape Town City center: 3.9 km
Dbl. from 1,173.00EUR
7848 Cape Town City center: 11 km
Dbl. from 362.00EUR
8000 Cape Town City center: 1.2 km
Dbl. from 161.65EUR
7536 Cape Town City center: 20.4 km
Dbl. from 74.00EUR
7800 Cape Town City center: 9.6 km
Dbl. from 358.00EUR
7450 Cape Town City center: 7.6 km
Dbl. from 95.00EUR
8001 Cape Town City center: 1.1 km
Dbl. from 201.99EUR
7945 Muizenberg, Cape Town City center: 2 km
Dbl. from 215.00EUR
8002 Cape Town City center: 0.4 km
Dbl. from 158.38EUR
While artifacts tell of a history dating back 15,000 years, the first mentions of the town historically happened in the 1400s. During the 16th century, many European counties stopped here on their way to the Indies to trade tobacco, copper, and iron with the locals for fresh meat. After a way station was established by the Dutch East India Trading Company, the natural environment was changed forever, as new useful plants were introduced by Europeans. Nuts, grapes, potatoes, and citrus among other staples helped to build the local economy and grow settlements in the area. Once diamonds were discovered in the 1800s, the population spiked as immigrants came looking for wealth. Now the rise of tourism is continuing to better the economy each day.

Location: A Dramatic Mountainous Backdrop

The central area of Cape Town is known as a bowl, as it is enclosed by majestic mountains like Lion's Head, Table Mountain, and Devil's Peak. In fact, more than 70 peaks here rise above 300 meters. It is often compared to Southern California, offering rugged mountains along a long coastline, with valleys and plains inland as well as semi-desert areas on the fringes of the city. The Mediterranean climate makes for warm and pleasant summers.

Business: South Africa's Second Main Economic Center

Government industries are some of the largest employers in the area, which makes sense because it is the seat of National Parliament as well as the capital of the Western Cape. Beyond that, Cape Town hosts both the primary airport and harbor in the province, making it important for trade and transportation. However, a surprising 75% of the local enterprises are driven by small businesses that really keep the economy going. To top it all off, it is a popular place for conventions with Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Culture: Gardens, International Architecture, and Shopping

If you love nature, then Cape Town is the place for you. The almost 40-hectare Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden contains rare and threatened species, a protected natural forest, and even fynbos heathland vegetation. In fact, over 7,000 species live within the garden. The area also offers some amazing architecture with the highest density of Cape Dutch buildings in the world, staying true to the heritage in the area. The city's most visited tourist spot, the Victoria & Albert Waterfront offers several hundred retail shops, where you can get anything from local fashions to souvenirs.

Activities: Natural Features and Beautiful Views

Some of the biggest attractions in Cape Town are the things that have naturally formed, such as Table Mountain National Park and the many hiking and driving paths, where you can see the beautiful coastline as well as unique mountainous structures. For those who want to relax or swim, there are beaches on either side of the cape, offering different amenities. The cooler water of the Atlantic brings shops, restaurants, and bars while False Bay offers warmer waters and seclusion. Both offer surfing and unique sites on every beach, such as natural features and even African Penguins.