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Cape Town Introduction


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South Africa's "Mother City," Cape Town is dominated by Table Mountain and surrounded by the wild Atlantic Ocean, giving it an unquestionably jaw-dropping backdrop. It was once described by Sir Francis Drake as "the fairest Cape in all the circumference of the earth," and since the 16th century, seafarers have been drawn to its dramatic coastline and strategic location on the southwestern tip of the African continent. Cape Town leads South Africa in developing attractions to appeal to visitors, and it is now one of the world's top travel destinations.   Click here to see the full Cape Town travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cape Town Geography


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Situated on the southwestern point of the African continent, Cape Town lies in the shadow of Table Mountain, which towers to 3,563 ft/1,086 m above the city and harbor. The central part of the city faces north, toward Table Bay, and is cradled in the City Bowl between Table Mountain (to the south), Lion's Head and Signal Hill (to the west) and Devil's Peak (to the east).   Click here to see the full Cape Town travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cape Town History


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Among the first residents of the Cape area were the Khoikhoi, a group of nomadic hunters and herders. Early visitors to the area may have included the Phoenicians, and later, in the 15th century, the Portuguese arrived but never stayed. In 1652, the Dutch arrived and began using the Cape to supply the large trading ships of the Dutch East India Company—then the most powerful mercantile force on Earth—as they sailed to and from Java. Creating vegetable gardens and vineyards, the Dutch used the Khoisan people as laborers and brought in Malays from Indonesia as slaves. At this small, remote outpost named Da Kaap (the Cape), a separate language emerged, called Afrikaans, essentially a form of kitchen Dutch that incorporated elements of Khoikhoi, Malay and other languages.   Click here to see the full Cape Town travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cape Town Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Cape Town's majestic setting puts nature at the top of the sightseeing list. Plan to visit Table Mountain, centerpiece of the eponymous national park, on the first clear day available, because you cannot ascend it in cloudy weather.   Click here to see the full Cape Town travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cape Town Nightlife


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Cape Town has an unusually lively nightlife—things are joyously raucous after dark, especially in summer. You can boogie in the luxury of a nightclub or step out under the stars at an impromptu outdoor trance party. A bewildering number of venues present live music—rock 'n' roll, jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, reggae (you name it, you can find it)—or featured DJs laying down the latest international grooves. Most places also have special theme parties weekly or bring in foreign acts: Look out for flyers or simply ask around—the cafes along Long Street in the City Centre are a good place to start.  Click here to see the full Cape Town travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cape Town Restaurants & Dining


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Cape Town and the surrounding area offer an overwhelming amount of consistently excellent restaurants ranging from fine dining, French and Asian to fusion, seafood and African. The options vary from the opulently elegant to the conveniently casual. It's not just type of cuisine or price that determines choice—because of Cape Town's varied climate, a table on a sunny deck with a view is de rigueur in summer, while dining next to a cozy fireplace is preferable in winter.  Click here to see the full Cape Town travel guide on Travel42 »

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