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Cape Town Travel Guide

INTRODUCTION:  

Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa and home to the Houses of Parliament. After Johannesburg, it is the second largest city is the country by area and its population is the highest in the whole country. Cape Town is the capital city of Western Cape Province and the southern-most city of South Africa.

The city is popular for its greenery, beaches and landscapes. It is served by Cape Town International Airport which is Africa’s third largest airport. Cape Town flights are offered by almost all European, American, African and Middle Eastern airlines as well as some Asian airlines like Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Bo-Kaap:

­Bo-Kaap is primarily a neighborhood historically dedicated to south-east Asian Muslims. It is filled with many colorful buildings, mosques, distinctive streets and picturesque views down the hill on which it is situated. The food sold on the roadside is simply worth tasting. Due to its uniqueness, Bo-Kaap is commonly used as a site for film shootings and is highly visited by tourists. The museum at this neighborhood is worth visiting. At least an hour needs to be spared in order to get the best Bo-Kaap experience.

The Castle of Good Hope:

The Castle of Good Hope was built by the Dutch around 1666 and 1679 and is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. It has now been transformed into a museum that is home to some the country’s most attractive collections. These prestigious collections include ancient military belongings and exquisite art works and the history of the castle. The collections of Dr. William Fehr remain the one of the major reasons for the museum’s popularity. William Fehr’s collections comprise of paintings that well portray the people and happenings of colonial South Africa and the furniture of Cape Town from the Dutch era.

There is a café as well as a restaurant inside the museum for fine dinning and refreshments.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens:

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are known to be one of the world’s most beautiful and vibrant botanical gardens. They are home to innumerable species of flora from all over South Africa as well as the popular Shona sculptors of Zimbabwe. For further entertainment, there are many restaurants, cafes, gift shops and a nursery. Artworks are often displayed too while concerts are arranged in the amphitheater intermittently.   

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront:
 More popularly known as V&A Waterfront, this is the most visited place in South Africa. The waterfront is home to exquisite restaurants, luxury shopping malls, entertainment venues and some of Cape Town finest accommodations. The Two Oceans Aquarium is situated here which is known to be one of the world’s best aquariums. It has been built where Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet. The aquarium has a large and unique variety of marine life.

Camp’s Bay:

Camps Bay is an exotic beach in Cape Town, highly visited by tourists. The beach is lined with stalls, street side cafes, restaurants and grocery stores. The beach is large enough for sand castles, picnics and other types of beach fun. It is a preferred spot for families.   

In addition, Cape Town is filled with many museums, art galleries, shopping malls and theaters. It lies amidst the worth visiting Winelands and the city of Paarl. This makes Cape Town a complete tourist destination. Thus tourists fight for cheap flights to Cape Town every holiday season.

WEATHER:

1st Quarter:

January sees the most sunlight at 11 daytime hours which reduces to 10 hours in February and 9 hours in March. Temperatures fall no lower than 16oC in the first two month and 14oC in March. The highest temperatures at an average are 26oC while the record of highest has been set by March at 39oC. Atmosphere is moderately humid while 15mm of rainfall is seen in January, 8mm in February and 18mm in March. The highest number of rainy days is 3 in January and March.   

2nd Quarter:

8 hours of sunshine is experienced by the moth of April and 6 hours by May and June. It is a cooler time of the year when temperatures vary between 12oC and 22oC in April, 9oC and 19oC and 8oC and 18oC. The month of June has seen lowest temperature ever to have been recorded in the city of Cape Town at -2oC. It highest recorded temperature however, once rose up to 29oC. Daytime hours see humidity levels around 90% and 91% which reduce to 60% or a bit higher in the evening. Plentiful rainfall is occurs in June and reaches up to 84mm while April and May experience 48mm and 79mm respectively. The highest number of rainy days is in July.      

3rd Quarter:

Comes the third quarter and sunshine hours rise to 7 in August and 8 in September while in July, 6 hours of sunlight are enjoyed by the city. Lower average temperatures range between 7oC and 9oC while the higher ones range between 17oC and 18oC. Lowest unusual temperatures have been seen by the months of July and August at -2oC and -1oC respectively. Humidity percentages in the atmosphere remain almost same as those of the 2nd quarter while July sees the highest amount of precipitation in the whole year at 89mm. 10 days of rainfall, the highest in Cape Town, are also seen in July.

4th Quarter:

The months of October, November and December bring in the best time to find flights to Cape Town due to least amount of discomforting humidity, low precipitation and highest sunshine hours of 9, 10 and 11. Temperatures are also bearable at this time of the year which makes is perfect for tourism. Although rainfall is lower in the first quarter, seen with respect to low humidity discomfort and low precipitation, 4th quarter is a suitable time of visit.