CAPE TOWN

An international tourist attraction, with more than 23 million visitors a year.

Destination Description

  • Table Bay has been known to travellers as a potential haven since 1486, when Bartolomeu Dias first rounded the Cape Peninsula.
  • Originally called the Cape of Storms, became better known as the Cape of Good Hope with the opening of a sea route to India and the East.
  • Table Mountain, the iconic backdrop to the city, is known to be the most climbed mountain on the planet. It is a sight that has fascinated sailors for six centuries.
  • The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V&A), where Waterfront Charters are based, was opened in September 1860 by Prince Alfred. The first navy basin was named for him, the second basin for his mother, Queen Victoria.
  • The V&A as it stands today has become an international tourist attraction, with more than 23 million visitors a year. It combines a working harbour with an upmarket residential area, business premises, museums and state of the art shopping and leisure activities.
  • Cape Town has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, with predominately winter rainfall. The prevailing south-easterly winds in summer and north-westerly in winter provide for exhilarating sailing conditions.

 

 

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