Affectionately known as the Mother City, Cape Town, South Africa, is a city of plenty with its multitude of rich cultures, outdoor activities, innovative restaurants, colorful festivals, and beautiful scenery.
The city of Cape Town grew out of a European settlement founded on the shore below the mountains in 1652 by Jan van Riebeeck for the Dutch East India Company and was originally the largest city in South Africa. Now it’s a vibrant, multi-cultural city with a unique architectural heritage. The city features the highest density of Cape Dutch style buildings in the world which combines the architectural traditions of the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Indonesia. A lively city, the annual Cape Town Minstrel Carnival is the largest of its kind. Competing teams parade by in their colorful costumes playing Cape Jazz.
Cape Town is a city of dramatic and beautiful landscapes. The City Bowl, the central amphitheater-shaped area of Cape Town, is bounded on one side by Table Bay and on the other by the high peaks of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head, and Signal Hill. Table Mountain National Park offers opportunities to visit Table Mountain’s peak for a breathtaking view of the city. Of course, the city is also well-known for its array of beautiful beaches. Camps Bay beaches in Clifton offer a more upscale experience with cafes, restaurants, and bars. While, Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is home to a colony of African Penguins as well as an annual surfing competition.