About Cape Town

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Anyone who has visited ‘The Mother City’ of South Africa will attest to the fact that Cape Town is simply amazing. Situated at the foot of the iconic 1000 m high Table Mountain – one of the seven natural wonders of the world – and guarding the ancient sea route around the Cape of Good Hope at the foot of Africa, Cape Town is the gateway to southern Africa.

It is both the provincial capital of the Western Cape Province as well as the legislative capital of the Republic of South Africa. The current population of Cape Town is approximately 3.7 million and is a cosmopolitan mixture of ethnic groups originating from all over Africa, Europe and Asia (mainly Indonesia).

It is a major tourist destination with six of most visited sites in Africa including: Table Mountain, Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years), Cape Point (marking the south-westerly tip of Africa), Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (widely regarded as one of the finest botanical gardens in the world), the Cape Winelands (renowned for producing award-winning wines) and – the proposed venue of the conference – the magnificently re-developed Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

Other advantages include that it is in the same time zone as much of Europe (GMT + 2 hours) and there are more than 10 direct flights between Cape Town and Europe and the Middle East every day. Delegates from other destinations can easily route through Johannesburg. There are some 60 return flights per day between Johannesburg and Cape Town; it is one of the top 10 busiest air routes in the world.

 
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Numerous tourist attractions in Cape Town include:

  • Open-top double decker bus tour of the Peninsula
  • Cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain
  • Boat trip to explore the famous prison and historic Victorian-period village on Robben Island
  • Visit Simons Town – home of the South African navy, the African Jackass Penguin, the Right Whale (which can often be seen clearly from the shore) – and the Great White Shark.
  • The Victoria and Albert Waterfront (including enough shops to satisfy every taste, the Aquarium and the Maritime Museum – all set around a historic working harbour)
  • The Cape Town Stadium (which hosted six matches in the 2010 FIFA football World Cup and is still used for major events)
  • The Green Point Urban Park
  • The Cape Town CBD (including the Cape Town Castle, the City Hall, the Company Gardens, St Georges Mall, Green Market Square, the Houses of Parliament, St Georges Cathedral, the South African Museum, the Cape Town Holocaust Museum, the District Six Museum, the South African Jewish Museum, the South African National Gallery)
  • Clifton & Camps Bay
  • Twelve Apostles
  • Llandudno
  • Hout Bay (optional boat trip to Seal Island)
  • Chapman’s Peak (if open)
  • Noordhoek
  • Ostrich viewing
  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
  • Cape Point
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Boulders Beach Penguin colony
  • Simon’s Town
  • Muizenberg
  • Constantia
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
 

 

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Sight-seeing in South Africa

  • Robben Island Tour
  • Cape Point Tour
  • Full Day Hermanus Tour
  • West Coast National Park
  • Garden Route
  • Kruger National Park

We hope to arrange some tours for conference delegates to enable visitors to the city to experience the spectacular scenery and social diversity.

Safety and Security

Your safety and well-being are of utmost importance to Capetonians and South Africans, but, as always, travellers should take a few basic precautions to ensure a safe and pleasant visit:

  • Never leave personal property unattended
  • Store valuables in your hotels safety deposit box
  • Keep your hotel room locked
  • Use reliable taxi services
  • Avoid displaying expensive jewellery and cameras
  • Do not carry large sums of money on your person
  • Stay away from dark, isolated areas
  • When travelling by car, plan your route in advance
  • Keep car doors locked and windows closed, and stay aware when stopped at a stoplight
  • When parked or driving, place valuables out of sight in the boot (trunk)
  • Never give strangers a lift
The official website for Cape Town tourism can be visited at  http://www.capetown.travel/
 

 

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