Cape Town is the capital city of South Africa. The Portuguese Bartholomew Diaz sailed around the southern tip already in 1488 the African continent, in 1497 Vasco da Gama sailed to India, his journey around it. However, only António de Saldanha in 1503 was at anchor in Table Bay. Between Europe and the Far East developed a brisk trade relationship. However, the ships to India, four to six months were out, many of the sailors suffered from scurvy and other deficiency symptoms often fatal, because they ran out on the long journey the fresh food. Located halfway between Europe and India, the Table Bay one of the few places where you could safely drop anchor, and thus well suited to take fresh provisions here. This was recognized by Jan van Riebeeck, a Dutch settler who founded the city.
North of Cape Town extends the “Skeletton Coast”, a notorious stretch of coast on which are already very many ships crashed.
The Cape Town International Airport is the second largest airport in South Africa after the airport in Johannesburg . Almost all the airports in the country, major cities in neighboring countries and some destinations in Europe and Asia served by direct flights. Thus, Lufthansa flies in collaboration with South African Airways nonstop from Frankfurt to Cape Town, and the LTU from Dusseldorf and Munich. Edelweiss / Belair occasionally flies from Zurich to Cape Town. KLM via Amsterdam several times a week and British Airways via London for a day without a stop in Cape Town. The U.S. is also to reach Cape Town, with South African Airlines, in cooperation with United Airlines. Qatar Airways to fly via Doha with a stopover in Johannesburg to Cape Town.
The airport is located about 20 kilometers from the city center. At the airport there are several ATMs (including debit cards) and car rental locations in the arrivals area. Are also plenty of taxis outside the terminal. One should however be careful to use an official taxi. This may initially be more expensive though, but it is definitely more reliable. In private taxi you have to expect that that is unnecessary detours down and pushed so the price up.
Cape Town is situated on two oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean is very cold (10 ° C), there are cold-water corals and kelp forests, teeming with seals. The Indian Ocean is slightly warmer in here are the colorful fish to see. A very popular thrills are cage diving with sharks, dive shops offer some.
In Cape Town itself, there is the Two Oceans Aquarium to where it is also possible to dive.
South Africa has to offer apart from platinum, gold and diamonds even more: A large selection of interior furnishings, antiques, high-quality outdoor clothing, apparel and accessories made from buffalo and ostrich leather, products of South African designers and artists is available.
In Cape Town and its suburbs, many well-located shopping malls are located. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront shopping center in the port area. This mall is located on the water, lots of sightseeing and tours take their start here. Will find a large selection of shops, is also always a street vendor and musician. Located in Cape Town’s wine region located Constantia Village with its luxury shops and the range of shoes and handbags from South African designers or huge, just north of Cape Town, a shopping center Canal Walk with its 400 shops, numerous restaurants and some movies are more well known malls. Even in the suburbs of Cape Town, there is especially in the Cape Quarter, De Waterkant young-designed objects! Also in Cape Town’s environment, there are some shopping one.