About Cape Town

With its nearly 3.5 million inhabitants Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa after Johannesburg. It is the capital of the Western Cape Province and the seat of the National Parliament.


Cape Town was the first arrival point for the European settlers and the first town built by the whites on the South African land.  Therefore, Cape Town is offten referred to as the "Mother City".


Cape Town enjoys an ocean Mediterranean climate, with mild, moderately wet winters and dry, warm summers. Winter lasts from the beginning of June to the end of August may see large cold fronts with significant precipitation and strong winds.


Cape Town is not only the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa, but Africa as a whole. This is due to its good climate, natural setting, and well-developed infrastructure. The city has several well-known natural features that attract tourists, most notably Table Mountain which forms a large part of the Table Mountain National Park. Reaching the top of the mountain can be achieved either by hiking up, or by taking the Table Mountain Cableway.  Cape Point is another famous natural landmark.


Approximately 70% of population of Cape Town is represented by so called coloureds, which is an official term for the mixture of whites and blacks.  Remaining 20% are whites, 6% blacks and 4% Asian and other.