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Introducing Cape Town
Good-looking, fun-loving, sporty and sociable.
If Cape Town was in the dating game that’s how
her profile would read. And – for once – it’s all
true. The Mother City of South Africa occupies
one of the world’s most stunning locations, with
an iconic mountain slap-bang in her centre.
As beautiful as the surrounding beaches and vineyards can be, it’s the rugged wilderness of
Table Mountain, coated in a unique flora, that grabs everyone’s attention.
Long before the Dutch took a fancy to the Cape Peninsula in the 17th century, the land
was home to the Khoisan people who valued the spiritual power of the mountains and
their life-providing water. While the European immigrants, and the slaves they brought
here, have all shaped the physical environment of South Africa’s third-largest city, Table
Mountain – now protected within a national park (see p66) that covers some 75% of the
peninsula – remains at Cape Town’s heart. This ever present backdrop is the city’s adventure playground, as well as a source of legend and continuing spiritual nourishment. Under
the Khoisan name of Hoerikwaggo – meaning ‘Mountain in the Sea’ – the national park
is promoting a new series of trails that will allow visitors, for the first time, to sleep on the
mountain top while hiking a world-class trail from Cape Point to the City Bowl.
Complementing the mountain’s natural beauty is Cape Town’s eye-catching way with
design and colour in everything from the brightly painted façades of the Bo-Kaap and the
Victorian bathing chalets of Muizenberg, to the contemporary Afro-chic décor of the many
excellent guesthouses, restaurants and bars. The city is crammed with galleries (p164) displaying amazing artworks and shops selling
wonderfully inventive craftwork. It’s also
ZIMBABWE
getting a reputation as the fashion nexus
BOTSWANA
of South Africa. This creativity seems to
spring naturally from the city’s multiethnic
NAMIBIA
MOZAMBIQUE
population, proof of South Africa’s status as
the rainbow nation and a visual record of
the country’s tumultuous recorded history
SWAZILAND
of over 350 years.
SOUTH AFRICA
For all the city centre’s visual harmony
and cosmopolitan atmosphere, you don’t
LESOTHO
need to be in Cape Town for long to realise that the scars of modern South Africa’s
violent birth and apartheid adolescence
still run deep. The wealth of Camps Bay
CAPE TOWN
INDIAN
and Constantia sits side by side with the
OCEAN
ingrained poverty of townships, ...
Introducing Cape Town
Good-looking, fun-loving, sporty and sociable.
If Cape Town was in the dating game that’s how
her profile would read. And – for once – it’s all
true. The Mother City of South Africa occupies
one of the world’s most stunning locations, with
an iconic mountain slap-bang in her centre.
As beautiful as the surrounding beaches and vineyards can be, it’s the rugged wilderness of
Table Mountain, coated in a unique flora, that grabs everyone’s attention.
Long before the Dutch took a fancy to the Cape Peninsula in the 17th century, the land
was home to the Khoisan people who valued the spiritual power of the mountains and
their life-providing water. While the European immigrants, and the slaves they brought
here, have all shaped the physical environment of South Africa’s third-largest city, Table
Mountain – now protected within a national park (see p66 ) that covers some 75% of the
peninsula – remains at Cape Town’s heart. This ever present backdrop is the city’s adven-
ture playground, as well as a source of legend and continuing spiritual nourishment. Under
the Khoisan name of Hoerikwaggo – meaning ‘Mountain in the Sea’ – the national park
is promoting a new series of trails that will allow visitors, for the first time, to sleep on the
mountain top while hiking a world-class trail from Cape Point to the City Bowl.
Complementing the mountain’s natural beauty is Cape Town’s eye-catching way with
design and colour in everything from the brightly painted façades of the Bo-Kaap and the
Victorian bathing chalets of Muizenberg, to the contemporary Afro-chic décor of the many
excellent guesthouses, restaurants and bars. The city is crammed with galleries ( p164 ) dis-
playing amazing artworks and shops selling
wonderfully inventive craftwork. It’s also
getting a reputation as the fashion nexus
of South Africa. This creativity seems to
spring naturally from the city’s multiethnic
population, proof of South Africa’s status as
the rainbow nation and a visual record of
the country’s tumultuous recorded history
of over 350 years.
For all the city centre’s visual harmony
and cosmopolitan atmosphere, you don’t
need to be in Cape Town for long to real-
ise that the scars of modern South Africa’s
violent birth and apartheid adolescence
still run deep. The wealth of Camps Bay
and Constantia sits side by side with the
ingrained poverty of townships, such as
Khayelitsha, and the deprived coloured
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O C E A N
I N D I A N
CAPE TOWN
SWAZILAND
MOZAMBIQUE
SOUTH AFRICA
ZIMBABWE
NAMIBIA
BOTSWANA
LESOTHO
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