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    The iconic image of Cape Town centers around a severe drop off, from the top of the magical, inspiring peaks of Table Mountains right down to the seal laden beaches and shark-infested waters at the tip of the continent,; 'here be dragons' in one of the world's most notoriously dangerous stretches of water. Africa’s southernmost point is also home to the continent’s third largest city; Cape Town is a spiritual, eccentric and playful place to be, and hosted soccer's international World Cup to its shores in 2010.

    It’s difficult not to place Table Mountain at the centre of all things Cape Town. The national park is home to such alluring hiking, climbing and abseiling, as well as astonishing views from 1000 meters directly above sea level, that it’s both geographically and touristically essential. It can be dangerous (and the easy route – the cable car – shuts down during heavy wind), but keep an eye out and you’ll find yourself enthralled as the cloudy ‘tablecloth’ descends and leaves you stumbling through a misty wonderland. If you’re the adventurous type, don’t forget to try out the utter insanity that is ‘kloofing’.

    You will find a multicolor selection of districts in the back of the city that include enticing and luminous facades, creative art and crafts, culturally varied fashion. The hefty scars of Apartheid still run deep in Cape Town; just walking from the wealthy districts like Camp Bay into a poorer township area gives a real sense of the division of wealth that keeps ethnic tensions running high. The townships might be upsettingly poor and disease ridden, but they’re also home to heartwarming community projects, and a fantastic taste of the local music scene.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be Cape Town without the offshore adventures that come with it. The seas off this cape were once deemed impassable (‘here be dragons’), now they offer the chance for intrepid explorers to cage dive with sharks, wallow with seals, penguin spot and surf. Then there are the passionate soccer games (try to catch a game against a Johannesburg team, for a taste of hardcore rivalry South African style), and the nearby national parks where you can glance at rhinos and buffalo.

    A real trailblazer’s paradiso, then, and a city that maintains a staunch South African identity despite its growing international influences. Don’t forget your hiking boots.

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      • Mutual Building
        0.17 Km from Cape Town
        The Mutual Building (Afrikaans: Mutual Gebou), in Cape Town, South Africa, was built as the headquarters of the South African Mutual Life Assurance Society, now the "Old Mutual" insurance and financial services company. It was opened in 1940, but before the end of the 1950s—less than 20 years later—business operations were already moving to another new office at Mutual Park in Pinelands (north east of the city centre); since then Old Mutual has become an international business and thei...
      • Groote Kerk, Cape Town
        0.29 Km from Cape Town
        The Groote Kerk (Afrikaans for "Great Church") is a Dutch Reformed church in Cape Town, South Africa. The church is South Africa's oldest place of worship, built by Herman Schuette in 1841. The first church on this land was built in 1678. Willem Adriaan van der Stel laid the cornerstone for the church. It was replaced by the present building in 1841, but the original tower was retained. The pulpit is the work of Anton Anreith and the carpenter Jacob Graaff, and was inaugurated on 29 No...
      • District Six Museum
        0.32 Km from Cape Town
        District Six Museum is a museum in the former inner-city residential area District Six in Cape Town, South Africa. District Six Foundation was founded in 1989 and the museum in 1994, as a memorial to the forced movement of 60,000 inhabitants of various races in District Six during Apartheid in South Africa at the seventies of the 20th Century. The floor of the museum is covered with a big map of the district with hand written notes of former inhabitants, which indicate where their houses were lo...
      • Castle of Good Hope
        0.36 Km from Cape Town
        The Castle of Good Hope (Dutch: Kasteel de Goede Hoop; Afrikaans: Kasteel die Goeie Hoop) is a star 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. In 1936 the Castle was declared a historical monument (now a provincial heritage site) and following restorations in the 1980s it is considered the best preserved example of a Dutch East India Company fort.
      • Parliament of South Africa
        0.41 Km from Cape Town
        The Parliament of South Africa is South Africa's legislature and under the country's current Constitution is composed of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. It has undergone many transformations as a result of the country's tumultuous history. From 1910 to 1994, it was elected mainly by South Africa's white minority, before the first elections with universal suffrage were held in 1994.
      • The Cenotaph, Cape Town
        0.72 Km from Cape Town
        The Cenotaph on Heerengracht Street in Cape Town is the city's main war memorial where annual Remembrance Day ceremonies are held. It is classified as a public memorial and as such is subject to protection in terms of heritage legislation administered by Heritage Western Cape, the provincial heritage resources authority of the Western Cape province of South Africa.
      • Company's Garden
        0.74 Km from Cape Town
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      • Artscape Theatre Centre
        0.80 Km from Cape Town
        Artscape Theatre Centre (formerly Nico Malan Theatre Center) is the main performing arts centre in Cape Town, South Africa. It was opened in 1971 and is located on reclaimed land in the Foreshore area. The inaugural performance was scheduled to be Verdi's Aida but illnes struck the title-role singer Emma Renzi and the production was replaced by CAPAB Ballet's Sylvia. Other productions in the opening season were Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in Afrikaans and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. The complex inc...
      • Nurul Islam Mosque
        0.85 Km from Cape Town
        The Nurul Islam Mosque is a mosque in the Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town, South Africa. When it was founded in 1844, the structure could hold 150 worshipers. Renovated in 2001, it can now hold 700 worshipers.
      • Gardens Shul
        0.88 Km from Cape Town
        The Gardens Shul, formally, the Cape Town Hebrew Congregation, founded in 1841, located in the Cape Town Botanical Gardens, in the Gardens neighborhood of Cape Town, is the oldest Jewish congregation in South Africa. The Rabbi's name is Rabbi Feldman and the cantor is Choni Goldman. The congregation, known as "The Mother Synagogue of South Africa," possesses two notable historic structures, the 1863 synagogue and the 1905 synagogue. The original 1849 building is no longer extant. The c...

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      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 21.1 27.3 70 10.7
      Feb 21.2 26.2 70.2 10.3
      Mar 20.1 29.7 68.2 11.7
      Apr 18.2 63.2 64.8 24.9
      May 15.9 114.4 60.6 45
      Jun 14 150.1 57.2 59.1
      Jul 13.3 133 55.9 52.4
      Aug 13.7 126.2 56.7 49.7
      Sep 14.7 90.9 58.5 35.8
      Oct 16.5 64.9 61.7 25.6
      Nov 18.5 44.7 65.3 17.6
      Dec 20.1 32.3 68.2 12.7

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