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Why Cape Town?

Cape Town by night

Cape Town (locally known as the Mother City) has received countless awards and accolades as one of the world's most beautiful and beloved cities. A coastal city in the southernmost region of Africa, Cape Town is overlooked by the majestic Table Mountain (one of the seven natural wonders of the world) and surrounded by a string of beaches washed by the Atlantic and Indian oceans.

Cape Town has a great deal to offer visitors. Beyond its natural, breathtaking beauty, it is a hub of arts and culture, located in a unique biodiversity hotspot, and home to award-winning wine estates and top restaurants. The cost of living in Cape Town is much lower than most cities in the US, Europe and Australia. As one of South Africa’s largest cities, Cape Town offers a diverse culture and wide range of activities for its visitors and residents. Public transport is available in Cape Town, and UCT students have access to a free university shuttle service that runs between all residences and university campuses. For more information on Cape Town, visit

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Cape Town fast facts

  • Cape Town regularly features as one of the best places in the world to visit and appears in many lists of great cities to live and work in.
  • The city offers great quality of life at extremely competitive prices.
  • The Cape Floral Region is one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage sites and one of the world’s 18 biodiversity hotspots. It boasts 7 000 plants found nowhere else in the world.
  • Cape Town has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean. The first wine production was recorded on 2 February 1659.  
  • Cape Town’s gentle climate is equivalent to that of California or the Mediterranean.
  • The City was the first outside of Europe to be awarded Blue Flag status for its beaches, owing to high water quality, good facilities, safety and cleanliness.
  • Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa: home to the South African National Parliament and capital of the Western Cape province.
  • The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the historic heart of Cape Town’s working harbour is the most-visited destination in South Africa.
  • Table Mountain hosts an average of two weddings a year of couples who wish to say their “I dos” on the beautiful, flat-topped mountain that was formed nearly 300 million years ago.


Things to do in Cape Town

It is not just its natural beauty that makes Cape Town one of the world’s favoured tourist destinations: the city has even more to offer, including arts, culture, theatre, great food, tours and museums.


Here are a few choice online guides to get you on your way:

Cape Town Travel

The Inside Guide

Cape Town Magazine