CAPE TOWN

In Cape Town city, there’s a drive from Cape Point to Camps Bay where the road is hewn out of the cliffs. It’s just stunning, particularly if you do it as the sun is going down.

~Sean Pertwee

Cape Town  City is the second largest in South Africa and is the capital of the Western Cape Province, as well as being the legislative capital of South Africa (the Houses of Parliament are here). It is located in the southwest corner of the country near the Cape of Good Hope and is the most southern city in Africa.

The city is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, and for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point.

it is the 10th most populous city in Africa and home to 64% of the Western Cape’s population. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa.

History of Cape Town City

Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was first developed by the Dutch East India Company as a victualling station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. On 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa was established by Jan van Riebeeck. lowly, the post outgrew its purpose and became a big city.

The Dutch Republic being transformed in Revolutionary France’s vassal Batavian Republic, Great Britain moved to take control of its colonies. Britain captured Cape Town in 1795, but the Cape was returned to the Dutch by treaty in 1803. During the battle of Bloubergstrand, the Anglo-Dutch Treaty was signed and Cape Town was completely ceded to Britain in 1814.

In the years 1910 – 1948 the city continued to grow and took on a modern appearance, but the influence of new laws and old prejudices led to discrimination that separated and stratified the population on racial lines. Images of the city in the early twentieth century are characterized by the pier built in 1925. But demands for improved city infrastructure and new docks led to the demolishing of the pier in 1940 to make way for a massive land reclamation scheme which extended the city, created land for freeways and wharfs for the modern port.

Today, South Africa is one of the most democratic countries in Africa and although it still struggles under the yoke of inequality, cities like Cape Town have made major strides in ensuring equality for all.

Top Destinations in Cape Town

  •  Boulders Penguin ColonyBoulders Penguin Colony in Cape Town City
  • Cape of Good HopeCape of Good Hope in Cape Town City

 

  •  Clifton BeachesClifton Beaches in Cape Town City
  •  District Six Museum District Six Museum in Cape Town City

 

  •  Kirstenbosch Botanical GardensKirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Cape Town
  •  Robben IslandRobben Island in Cape Town City

 

  •  Silvermine Nature ReserveSilvermine Nature Reserve in Cape Town City
  •  Table MountainTable Mountain in Cape Town City