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Cape Town, South Africa

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Overview

Cape Town is South Africa's second most populated city, and is one of its most popular tourist destinations. This very diverse city is famous for its harbour and natural beauty, and is also popular among tourists because of its beaches and mild climate.

Cape Town's winter is from May through September. These months are cool with an average minimum daily temperature of 45°F. Most of Cape Town's rainfall occurs during this time. Cape Town's summers are warm and dry, and last from November through March. The summers are mild with an average daily high of 79°F.


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Cape Town, South Africa:
Africa & Middle East
World Cruises


Cruise Lines Departing Here

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Holland America Line
Peter Deilmann Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Silversea Cruises



Currency
The official currency of South Africa is the South Africa rand (ZAR). Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
South Africa, known for its diversity, has 11 official languages. English is the most commonly spoken language in commercial venues, but it's only the 5th most spoken home language overall.


Tourist Attractions
Table Mountain is a famous landmark in Cape Town.
It's a flat-topped mountain that's featured in Cape Town's flag. Tourists take part in hiking up this mountain, rock climbing, or viewing it via the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (one of Cape Town's most popular tourist attractions). The hiking trails are of varying difficulty. The mountain is actually a part of Table Mountain National Park.

Also located in this park is Cape Point, a scenic landform located at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula. It's actually located at the very southern tip of Africa.

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is the historic heart of Cape Town's harbour. This is the most popular area to visit in all of Cape Town. There are a lot of shopping and entertainment options in this area, as well as several hotels. The Nelson Mandela Gateway is located here, offering ferry trips to Robben Island. Two Oceans Aquarium is also located in this area.

The night life in Cape Town is quite diverse. There are many night clubs, bars and restaurants throughout the city.

There are many beaches in Cape Town, popular among both tourists and locals. Surfing is a fun activity to take part in at some of these beaches. Among the beaches are Boulders Beach (a False Bay beach that's located by Simon's Town, the home to a famous naval base). This popular swimming beach is located within Table Mountain National Park and is the home to many African Penguins.

Robben Island is an island located about 8 km off of the Cape Town coast. This island was used as a maximum security prison from 1959 to 1991. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Popular attractions on this island are the Robben Island Museum, the Robben Island Lighthouse, a penguin colony, a former prison and the Moturu Kramat (a sacred Muslim pilgrimage site).

Contstantia is one of the oldest districts in Cape Town, famous for its wine (with several wine farms within it) and its historic buildings and estates (such as Groot Constantia). It's a very beautiful and affluent area within South Africa.

The Castle of Good Hope, located in the center of Cape Town, is a fort (and national monument) that was built during the 17th century. It's actually the oldest building in all of South Africa. Today, the Castle Military Museum is located within this castle.


Port Location
Cruise ships visiting Cape Town dock in the Port of Cape Town, located in Table Bay.
 
Aerial View of Cape Town
Aerial View of Cape Town
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The Port of Cape Town
The Port of Cape Town
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Table Mountain
Table Mountain
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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