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Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town is a destination location all its own. Its Mediterranean climate and scenic beauty coupled with its metropolitan lifestyle offers something for everyone. Hit the beach, scour open markets for exotic arts and crafts or pamper yourself with a day of shopping along the waterfront. 'The Mother City', as the reader of one local newspaper called it, will not disappoint.

Located on the far Southwestern tip of Africa about 1600m from Johannesburg, Cape Town is South Africa's most beautiful, most romantic and most visited city. It boasts a vibrant nightlife with numerous restaurants, pubs and clubs worthy of a visit. (You may just need to hire a baby or child sitter!) Cape Town owes its distinctiveness to its early settlers, the Portuguese, Dutch and British.

Whether you are a sports enthusiast, history buff, or art connoisseur, Cape Town has much to offer. In fact, a few of the most notable tourist attractions in South Africa are located in Cape Town. Known as the Big 6, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, considered one of the top botanical gardens in the world with over 5000 indigenous plant species, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which boasts a unique shopping environment and is situated in a working harbor, the Oceans Aquarium, Cape Peninsula National Park, Constania Vineyards, Table Mountain with its breathtaking views and massive sandstone plateau where you can hike, climb or have an unforgettable ride in a cable car ride and Robben Island which houses the old prison for political prisoners convicted during the apartheid era.

Other activities are as numerous as they are varied. Enjoy diving in Kalk Bay, whale watching, best on the False Bay side of the peninsula, roller coaters at Ratanga Junction, search for favorite gemstones at The Scratch Patch, or visit any one of the craft markets, such as the Pan African Market or The Red Shed, or Museums.
Getting There
Cape Town International Airport is located approximately 22 km from the city. Limited direct service to destinations beyond of Africa.
When to Travel
Cape Town has a Mediterranean Climate and tourism peaks between November and February. Locals claim the best weather is to be had in March and April.
Health & Safety
Malaria free. Crime does exist and tourists should take the precautions they would in any major city.
Things to Keep in Mind
South Africa is more child-friendly than many European countries.
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