Cape Town, Western Cape
Cape Town is the Capital City of the Western Cape Province and is the oldest metropolitan area in South Africa. The city was established and developed by the Dutch East India Company when Jan van Riebeeck landed on its shores on the 6TH April 1652. It is also the Parliamentary City of South Africa as well as its Legislative Capital.
Cape Town is the second most populated city in South Africa and the tenth in Africa. In 2014 it received a World Design Capital award and was also voted as the best tourist destination in the world. Apart from Johannesburg, Cape Town is the main economic centre of South Africa and the third largest in Africa.
The City has had some name changes in the past, as the Portuguese named it “The Cape of Storms” in 1488 and later change it to “The Cape of Good Hope”. In the late 1600’s Table Bay Harbour was the port of call for many sailing around Africa en route to the Indies. The area grew and developed rapidly under the Dutch but was later taken over by the British in the late 1790’s and early 1800’s.
Cape Town City has been divided into groups of suburbs one of which is The City Bowl. This area has Table Mountain as its backdrop together with Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. This region includes suburbs like The Gardens, De Waterkant, Bo-Kaap, Tamboerskloof and Woodstock to name a few. Then you have the Atlantic Seaboard, which includes the areas with beach fronts and promenades.
This is the vicinity that has some of the most expensive properties for sale in the country and includes places like Green Point, Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay. Camps Bay boasts more multimillionaires in one area than all of Cape Town. It also has in excess of 150 mansions that have been sold for more than R20 million. Another division is the West Coast, which includes Bloubergstrand, Milnerton, Melkbosstrand and Atlantis. The Koeberg Nuclear Power Station also falls within this area.
The Northern Suburbs is a large and growing section of Cape Town, where you will find places like Bellville, Durbanville, Parow, Maitland and more. The Southern Suburbs include Rondebosch, Wynberg, Newlands, Constantia and Ottery amongst others. On the South Peninsula you will find Fishhoek, Muizenberg, Noordhoek, Simon’s Town and Kalk Bay. The Eastern Suburbs include Brackenfell, Kuils River, Delft and Belhar. In the Cape Flats you find Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Gugulethu and Bishop Lavis amongst others. Lastly there is the Helderberg, which includes Somerset West, and Strand.
Cape Town is very popular with local and international tourists, who all make a point of visiting Table Mountain for its amazing panoramic views of the whole area. The beaches in Cape Town are very popular, there are quite a few to choose from, including a number of Blue Flag Beaches. Each beach has its own atmosphere and of course variation in water temperature. The False Bay area is notably warmer than along the Atlantic Seaboard. Another attraction in the Cape Town region is the number of wine farms and routes available in different areas. Cape Town also has some major shopping centres and entertainment facilities including Canal Walk, the V& A Waterfront and The Grand West Casino.