Ron Mader, Local Guide in Cape Town
Cape Town (Afrikaans: Stad Kaapstad; Xhosa: IsiXeko saseKapa) is the metropolitan municipality which governs the city of Cape Town, South Africa and its suburbs and exurbs. As of 2007, it had a population of 3,497,097, making it the third most populous city in South Africa.
Did you know? Cape Town is located on an underground river called Camissa, meaning place of sweet waters.
Cape Town is famous for its harbor as well as landmarks Table Mountain and Cape Point. Table Mountain (3,051-feet) is accessible via cable car.
Cape Town has one of the best displays of gold: Gold of Africa Museum, 96 Strand Street.
Local history dates back thousands of years.
Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival in 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in sub-Saharan Africa. Cape Town grew quickly and became the largest city in South Africa until the growth of Johannesburg and Durban.
Across the cape peninsula lies Boulders Coastal Park. The park is home to hundreds of African penguins. Boulders Beach has one of only two land-based African penguin colonies.
An hour away from Cape Town is Darling, home of the Darling Festival, one of the world”s most innovative events.
In 2002, the first international conference on responsible tourism in destinations was held in Cape Town, with the ratified the Cape Town Declaration, the world’s first formal definition for responsible tourism. Since that time, responsible tourism has become a foundation of the City of Cape Town’s tourism development framework, and an official policy has been adopted by city council, committing all of the resources and structures of the municipality to adopt a responsible tourism approach. Information on Cape Town’s journey to becoming a responsible destination along with resources to assist and background on the partners involved can be found at www.responsiblecapetown.co.za.
The Newlands Cricket Grounds are world famous. The nearby Newslands Stadium is used for rugby.
The Green Point Stadium was built for the 2010 World Cup.
Surfing competitions are held during the summer months, and there are spectacular waves at Kommetjie, Noordhoek, Clifton and Rocklands.
Slow Down, It’s Cape Town