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Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot: it is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and taste.

Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot: it is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and taste. 

Population: 3.740.000

Cape town is the second-most populous city in South Africa, afterJohannesburg. it is also the legislative capital of the country. While walking through the city's streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty and incredible spirit. Cape Town is a city where the unexpected is always just around the corner and the beautiful province of the Western Cape lies ready to be explored across the city border. 

The city is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point.

Cape Town has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate with mild, moderately wet winters and dry, warm summers. Winter, which lasts from the beginning of June to the end of August.  Winter months in the city average a maximum of 18.0 °C and minimum of 8.5 °C. Summer, which lasts from early December to March, is warm and dry with an average maximum of 26.0 °C and minimum of 16.0 °C.

Public transportation in Cape Town seems to be a bit better than in neighboring cities. For bus transport, Cape Town has just introduced its first Integrated Rapid transit bus system (known as IRT). There is an extensive network of routes from the main terminal on Grand Parade. Buses here are subsidized, so they are by far the most affordable mode of transportation.

The inner city is also covered by this service and is known as the MyCiti Bus Service, which travels two separate loops within the city, speedy, safe, and inexpensive. There’s also have the standard bus options, with stops all over the city, services the greater area, although it doesn’t move within the city. For within the city the hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing Bus operates a city tour every day, and moves all around Cape Town’s main sights.

If you are in a rush, opt for a minibus taxi instead. Still affordable, you can be picked up and dropped off at more locations. The main stop is above the train station on Adderley, but you can hail the vans from almost anywhere. 

The main Metrorail station is at Adderley Street in the CBD, and moves through almost all the suburbs in Cape Town and surrounds. Popular amongst commuters, who will often take a bus to the closest station, then the train into the city. 

One way ticket: 10 R

Monthly pass: 370 R

Table Mountain: One of the most striking landscapes in the world, Table Mountain affords panoramic views of Lions Head, Devils Peak and the City of Cape Town. There are many hiking trails, with varying levels of difficulty including.

Robben Island: is famously known for holding political figures during the apartheid, the most famous of which is Nelson Mandela. A trip to Robben Island includes; the prison and an island tour. 

Shark Diving: For an adrenaline rush, nothing beats coming face-to-face with the gaping jaws of a great white shark. Gansbaai, on Cape Town’s East coast, has been dubbed the ‘Great White shark cage diving capital of the world’. 

Township tours: Challenge your perceptions of townships with fully interactional walking tours. Why not stay overnight and sample some traditional African food at Ekasie Backpackers Hostel or visit the township of Langa.

The Castle of Good Hope: at the bottom of Buitenkant Street, is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa and is home to the Military Museum, which captures the social history of Dutch colonial settlement and British occupation and the Castle Forge. 

Source: http://www.capetownmagazine.com/best-of-cape-town

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