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Cape Town

Cape Town

Set seductively between the sea and some highlands, Cape Town exudes natural beauty with pride. As a popular tourist attraction, the city offers a perfect gateway for a fun-filled abroad program. Each year, millions of tourists come to glimpse the full allure of the green valleys, beautiful mountains, rich flora and fauna, white coastlines, and historical architecture. Bubbling beneath the surface is an irrepressible sense of adventure! Come and join in the fun with a wide array of outdoor activities, from biking, hiking, paragliding, surfing, and whale watching.

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As a cosmopolitan city with many breathtaking sights, diverse cultures, and history, Cape Town features a vast number of things to see and do for a vacation. The vibrant precinct offers places of historical and cultural significance that include galleries, museums, markets, gardens, churches, and restaurants. You can opt to arm yourself with a map and do it on your own or join a guided walk. Located within a national park is the Table Mountain grandeur. Climbing to the pinnacle of the mountain is a thrilling experience that gives phenomenal, birds-eye panorama overlooking the city of Cape Town along with Atlantic seaboard to the west and south.

 

Cape Town undoubtedly has some of the best city beaches the world has to offer. Among the trendiest of them is Clifton beach that is situated on the west Atlantic side – about 10 minutes from the city center. Interestingly, Clifton is a series of four beaches that are separated by a stretch of granite boulders. You’ll hardly miss the cape point that is located at the very end of the Cape Peninsula. At less than 40 miles off Cape Town, Cape Point is impeccably picturesque with high boulders and mind-blowing ocean views.

 

If history is your thing, how about passing by the colorful Bo-Kaap? The brightly painted and unique houses create a marvelous photo background for visitors. You can also opt to visit The Castle of Good Hope. The pentagon-shaped structure is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. Currently, the castle is home to Castle Military Museum. Of course, there aren’t too many places in the world that one can swim, sunbathe, and walk around the beach with penguins. However, you’ll love to visit the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and spend some time with the African Penguins.

Good to Know

Read the basic info and also some fun facts about Cape Town! Here you will find everything you should know about why it's called ``Tavern of the Seas’’!

Country

Cape Town

Visa Requirements

Not Needed for US or EU Citizens

Population

433,688

Languages spoken

English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

Currency Used

Rand

Area (mi.)

154.55 sq. mi (400.28 km2)

History

A visit to the city will bring you face to face with the slave trade history in South Africa. The slave trade began in 1652 after the arrival of Jan Van Riebeeck. Besides the grim of past slavery, you’ll learn about colonization and apartheid along with other plenty of things to discover. Once in Cape Town, ensure to visit the Robben Island that represents the country’s dark days and is now a World Heritage site.

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