Cape Town is a port city on South Africa`s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the
imposing Table Mountain. It is the second-most populous urban area in South Africa after
Johannesburg. It is also the capital and primate city of the Western Cape province. it is also the
legislative capital of the country. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan
municipality. The city is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic
Region, and for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Slowly rotating
cable cars climb to the mountain`s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the
busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson
Mandela, which is now a living museum.
Hikers’ paths crisscross the slopes and also climb the mountain, via forests and manicured lawns
at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the lush wine-producing suburb of Constantia, and
steep Platteklip Gorge. In town, the V&A Waterfront is a chic shopping and entertainment district
that includes the Two Oceans Aquarium. Historic sites include the Dutch-built, 17th century
Castle of Good Hope. City beaches range from ritzy Clifton to Boulders, where there`s a penguin
colony. Popular out-of-town trips take in Chapman`s Peak Drive, with impressive coastal views,
and the Cape of Good Hope, where craggy cliffs meet the ocean.
South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several
distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game.