There is nowhere like Cape Town. Perched between the
ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, it is a place to
renew and reconnect.
Cape Town, the "Mother City", is the oldest city in
South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. It
also has the top five national attractions in South Africa that should
appear on every visitors' itinerary all year round.
Cape Town is a year-round destination with warm summer
days and cool winters. Enjoy sunshine of up to 14 hours a day along with the
warmth of the locals.
The Cape’s climate is described as Mediterranean
with warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters. The Cape has a mostly temperate
climate. Near the coast, summer temperatures range from a pleasant low of
15°C (59°F) to highs of 27°C (80.6°F). Inland temperatures are some 3 to 5
degrees higher, making for gorgeous summer days and nights.
Coastal winters see the mercury dropping to a mild
7°C (44.6°F) at night – rising to a comfortable 18°C (64.4°F) by day. Away from
the beach, morning arrives at an invigorating 5°C (41°F), with midday
temperatures in the region of 22°C (71.6°F).
To many, March and April signals the arrival of
idyllic Cape weather. Summer's heat subsides, the wind settles, and autumn/fall
casts its crimson, orange and yellow mantle over the vineyards, generating red,
russet vistas spreading from the mountain tops to the sea.
In winter (May – July), the snow-capped peaks of
and the lush, moist earth inevitably lead to log fires and steaming cups of hot
chocolate in cosy taverns, restaurants and coffee shops. This is the time of
year that it gets most of the rain so expect some cloudy days, interspersed with
wonderful sunshine that rivals the best of the British summer.
However, with the onset of spring (Aug – Oct), the
fast-retreating winter gives way to the sun, awakening a riot of color of the
spectacular wild flower displays and sending residents and guests back onto the
Cape’s world-famous coastline of perfect beaches. This time of year is
well-known for the Cape Doctor, the southeaster wind that brings delight
for surfers and windsport enthusiasts.
Summer is from November to February. Expect
long warm days of up to 14 hours of sunshine each day. Beaching and other
outdoor activities are at a peak – often starting early or in the cooler
afternoons to avoid the heat of the summer sun.
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (ºF)
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just a little sample of what Cape Town has to offer
Don´t miss a visit up Table Mountain the V&A Waterfront, a unique shopping
and holiday experience on a scenic working harbor; Robben Island the former
home of Nelson Mandela; the Cape Town Wine Routes, where some of the world´s
best wines are produced and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, internationally
acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world.
The unique topography of the region makes it easy to orientate oneself as
long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island
before you, you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west
coast of Africa.
To help you find your way around the Cape Town region, the area is divided
into seven tourism areas - the Atlantic Seaboard, Blaauwberg Coast, Cape
Flats, Cape Town Central, Cape Town North, Cape Town South and the False Bay
Coast. These areas are defined by their geographical location and within
each area there are a number of towns and suburbs.
One can never be bored in Cape Town. Table Mountain
offers some of the best climbing in the world, and it's right in the city.
The surfing is fantastic; the diving is cold but good. You could go mountain
biking, or go sea kayaking - you may see whales or penguins. If you love
beaches then Cape Town is the place to dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean.
If the wind is right, you could fly off Lion´s Head
with a qualified tandem paraglider pilot, and land on the beach in time for
sundowners. You will never be bored.
If all this sounds too adventurous, have no fear! You can shop till you drop
at Cavendish, Canal Walk or the Waterfront. There is lots of live music, art
exhibitions, museums, plays and even opera, ballet or symphony concerts on
all year round.
The Cape Town region stretches along a vast area of coastline.
The Blaauwberg Coast, Cape Town Central and Atlantic
Seaboard follow the western coast while the False Bay Coast circles False
Bay. The central areas of Cape Town North, Cape Flats, Cape Town South and
Cape Town Central form the hub of the City.
Markets and more Markets
Cape Town's markets are the best in the country --
informal, creative, artistic, and with a good selection of both tatty and
splendid African curios. Waterfront markets are fun, especially the Sunday Green
Point open-air market.
At Greenmarket Square, look for the special rubber-tire
sandals. There are other markets in Constantia, Rondebosch, and opposite the
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Read the papers for up-to-date listings
on these and other ephemeral markets, such as the Observatory Holistic Lifestyle
Fair, held on the first Sunday of the month.
Cape Town is the ultimate picnic land. Pack a basket and
head off to the top of Table Mountain to enjoy gorgeous views or to Kirstenbosch,
especially on a Sunday evening in summer when there's an outdoor concert.
Drive along Chapman's Peak Drive from Hout Bay and grab
one of the roadside picnic sites overlooking the water, or bring your provisions
to Blouberg to experience the sun dropping behind the famous picture-postcard
view of the mountain.
For evening beach picnics, choose Bakoven, Clifton, or
Llandudno. Or try a braai (barbecue) in the Tokai Forest, or at the
reservoir at Silvermine Nature Reserve, at the top of Ou Kaapse Weg.