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Place Cape Town

Cape Town is one of South Africa’s three capital cities, serving as the seat of the Parliament of South Africa. It is the legislative capital of the country, the oldest city in the country, and the second largest . Colloquially named the Mother City, it is the largest city of the Western Cape province, and is managed by the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. The other two capitals are Pretoria, the executive capital, located in Gauteng, where the Presidency is based, and Bloemfontein, the judicial capital in the Free State, where the Supreme Court of Appeal is located.Cape Town is ranked as a Beta world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. The city is known for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, and for landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is home to 66% of the Western Cape’s population. In 2014, Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by both The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph.Located on the shore of Table Bay, the City Bowl area of Cape Town, is the oldest urban area in the Western Cape, with a significant cultural heritage. It was founded by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival on 6 April 1652 established the VOC Cape Colony, the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony.

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World Heritage Site 1999
Robben Island

Robben Island was used at various times between the 17th and 20th centuries as a prison, a hospital for socially unacceptable groups and a military base. Its buildings, particularly those of the late 20th century such as the maximum security prison for …

Post 2019
Western Cape Government launches Cradle of Human Culture Route | The Newspaper |
Atlas Obscura 2021
Tapi Tapi Ice Cream

Discover Tapi Tapi Ice Cream in Cape Town, South Africa: The frozen treats at this Cape Town parlor are inspired by Africa's food cultures.

Atlas Obscura 2017
Cheetah Sanctuary in Cape Town, South Africa

Visitors to this endangered animal rescue can snuggle cheetah cubs.

University of Cape Town Sports Centre
Atlas Obscura 2018
Cape Town’s Bridge to Nowhere

Despite many attempts to finish the Foreshore Freeway Bridge, it has been abandoned since the 1970s.

Atlas Obscura 2017
District Six Museum in Cape Town

Discover District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa: A sobering account of the vibrant multicultural neighborhood that was destroyed under apartheid.

World Heritage Site 2004
Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004, the property is located at the south-western extremity of South Africa. It is one of the world’s great centres of terrestrial biodiversity. The extended property includes national parks, nature reserves, w…

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Explore Cape Town: a city walk
Atlas Obscura 2019
Chapman’s Peak Drive

Discover Chapman's Peak Drive in Cape Town, South Africa: This road winds through the steep coastal cliffside offering spectacular views for those who brave the drive.

Atlas Obscura 2019
The Only Dog Ever Officially Enlisted in the Royal Navy

Despite what his name implies, Just Nuisance was a good, beloved boy.

Atlas Obscura 2019
BOS 400 Shipwreck

Discover BOS 400 Shipwreck in Cape Town, South Africa: The haunting beauty of this little-visited wreck makes it a true hidden treasure.

Wikipedia Landmark
Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope known locally as the Castle or Cape Town Castle is a bastion fort built in the 17th century in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally located on the coastline of Table Bay, following land reclamation the fort is now located inland. …