Situated between the mountains and oceans, with many nationals parks it is truly the heart of South Africa and there is no place Like Cape Town. Therefore it is called the Mother City. It is the oldest city in South Africa which spans about 300 years.
South Africa officially has 11 languages, which most people are capable of speaking English, Afrikaans and xhosa and these languages are widely used in Cape Town, the Western Province.
Cape Town has an population of about 3.5-million people that lives here this makes this city the second most-populated city within South Africa.
The climate in Cape Town is similar to California and the Mediterranean weather .The winter starts in May and ends in September which is generally a wet and windy time. Temperatures are cool which ranges between 7°C and 17°C . Summer usually lasts from November to March and temperatures ranges between 19°C and 35°C . The summer time is very hot and sunny and can be windy, but it doesn’t usually bring much rain.
If you are interested in knowing the time in South Africa, this city lies in the GMT +2 time zone and does not have daylight saving time.
When entering South Africa, the currency used is Rand(ZAR). But don’t doubt this country, the exchange rate is favourable to most currencies and many restaurants, shops etc. accept international credit cards.
Political Facts within South Africa – Cape Town
- The Mayor of Cape Town is Patricia de Lille.
- The Premier of the Western Cape is Helen Zille.
- Cape Town is also the legislative capital of South Africa.
- The South Africa’s Parliament is situated in Cape Town.
Brief History of Cape Town:
In 1652 Cape Town was founded, when Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company based in The Netherlands arrived and they set up a halfway point for ships travelling to the East. Portuguese explorers and travellers arrived in the Cape around the 15th Century and the Khoisan people populated the area before the European arrival.
So if you have family in this City, South Africa or wanting to send your digits to tell them about your great experiences, remember that the country code is 0027 and the City Code for Cape Town is 021. For visa requirements click here.
Quick Facts to take home:
- This City is the Capital city of the Western Cape.
- The City has a motto – Spes Bona, which means Good Hope.
- Cape Town is sometimes also called the “Tavern of the seas”. Have a look around and you will find out why.
To be ranked first out of all cities in the world, and against global destinations of this calibre, speaks volumes about the strength of our offering. It is especially exciting for me that these results are based on the experiences of travellers who have visited the various destinations. – Western Cape Tourism Minister Alan Winde, on the announcement that CPT was the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice No.1 destination for 2011