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Cape Town is the capital and largest city of South Africa. Located on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is also the southernmost city on the entire continent. This urban metropolis is unique in the fact that it displays a mixture of cultures, languages and belief systems. Currently, Cape Town is home to more than 3.7 million residents. This city was also voted as the “Best Place to Visit” by the Daily Telegraph and the New York Daily Times. You can therefore rest assured that you will enjoy your stay here; regardless of when or for how long you plan on visiting.
The aptly named Cape Town Airport is the main “port of call” for those arriving here by plane. It is located approximately 20 miles from the city centre, so mass transit options such as rail, taxi and bus are all available. This is the only airport that caters to international flights. Some carriers which are served by Cape Town International Airport include:
In 2011, an estimated 4.5 million passengers passed through its gates.
Cape Town is unique in the observation that it is considered to be home to one of the most biodiverse environments in the world (for a region of its size). Many interesting species of flora and fauna can be found within an area known as the Cape Floristic Region. In fact, it is said that Table Mountain alone is home to more than 2,200 species of plants. 19 different forms of vegetation and many animals here are endangered. Other areas to check out include Mamre Nature Garden, the Milnerton Racecourse Nature Reserve and the Rietvlei Wetland Reserve.
The city itself attractions millions of visitors every season. If you are keen on a bit of shopping you will be pleased to learn that the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is one of the most high-end retail communities in the world. Two Oceans Aquarium offers up a great family-friendly experience while the ability to interact with creatures such as dolphins and sea lions is an ideal choice if you are arriving here with young ones. Fans of wine will also delight when arriving here. One of the lesser-known facts of Cape Town has to do with its respected wineries. A warm climate combined with rich soils enables properties such as Constantina and Groot Constantina to serve up tasty white and rose wines. There are naturally tasting tours available.
Cape Town can become rather cold in the winter, so it could be best to plan a trip anywhere between early April and late September. Although there are tourists here throughout the year, their numbers are not as dense when compared to other seaside cities such as Barcelona or Miami. Cape Town is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and if you are looking for a change and you enjoy flying, this location is definitely worth a closer look.