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Place Cape Town

Cape Town is the oldest and second largest city in South Africa, after Johannesburg, and also the seat of the Parliament of South Africa.
Colloquially named the Mother City, it is the largest city of the Western Cape province and forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. The Parliament of South Africa is situated in Cape Town. The other two capitals are located in Gauteng and in the Free State . 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. The city was named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.In 2014, Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by both The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph. Cape Town has also been a host city for both the 1995 Rugby World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup, and annually hosts the Africa leg of the World Rugby 7s. It will also be host to the 2023 Netball World Cup.Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town, as the oldest urban area in the Western Cape, it was developed 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.

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Brutalism
4.97km
University of Cape Town Sports Centre
Atlas Obscura 2017
0.32km
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.

Atlas Obscura 2019
29.82km
The Only Dog Ever Officially Enlisted in the Royal Navy

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

Atlas Obscura 2021
4.44km
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 2019
19.13km
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 2018
1.16km
Cape Town’s Bridge to Nowhere

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

World Heritage Site 1999
14.86km
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 …

Atlas Obscura 2019
17.39km
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.

Atlas Obscura 2017
40.36km
Cheetah Sanctuary in Cape Town, South Africa

Visitors to this endangered animal rescue can snuggle cheetah cubs.

Place
40.24km
Stellenbosch
World Heritage Site 2004
48.73km
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…

Post 2019
0.13km
Western Cape Government launches Cradle of Human Culture Route | The Newspaper |
Audio Guide
0.39km
Audio Guide
Explore Cape Town: a city walk
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Wikipedia Landmark
0.36km
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. …

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