Cape Town

Cape Town, affectionately known as ‘the Mother City’ by locals and visitors alike, is situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. One of the most popular cities in the world, and South Africa’s second largest city, Cape Town is also the country’s legislative capital and holds the seat of its National Parliament. Rich in history and culture, today’s city centre includes the site of the first European settlement in South Africa in 1652. Cape Town is world-famous for its blend of abundant natural beauty, fascinating history, world class attractions and modern, quality infrastructure.

There are a number of suggested reasons why Cape Town is called the Mother City, and the most commonly offered explanation is as follows, in the words of Selwyn Davidowitz, an accredited Cape Town tour guide/operator, “In the 1930’s some unknown party wrote to the local cape Town newspaper claiming that Cape Town was the only city in South Africa that could justly call itself a metropolis. The public took to this description and because the word metropolis is derived from the Greek derivation of meter or metros meaning mother and polis meaning city, the nickname of “Mother City” was born. Hence today we know our wonderful city as being the Mother City.”

When to Visit

With its Mediterranean climate offering rainy, cool winters and dry, hot summers, Cape Town is fantastic all-year round destination and there is no particular ‘best time to visit’. Cape Town experiences a minimum of 8 daylight hours in the cooler season from April to August and up to 11 hours in the warmer months from October to March. Sunglasses, sun hats and sunscreen are recommended all year round. The average temperatures are 18.5 °C (65 °F) in winter and 24 °C (75 °F) in summer. While this moderation is typical, temperatures may exceed 30 °C (85 °F) on some summer days and drop below 10 °C (50 °F) on winter nights.

Transport

The multi award-winning Cape Town International Airport services most major airlines from around the world directly or via connections with Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport. The Airport is just 20 kilometres from the City Centre, and on your arrival we will arrange for you to be met and transferred to your accommodation. Some visitors to Cape Town choose to hire a car, and there are budget options available. Cape Town has an Integrated Rapid Transport bus service, which though currently limited in reach, is modern and safe. Visitors are generally advised to use the local railway system with caution.

The Cape Town experience

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