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Cape Town

Interesting Facts about Cape Town


✓Cape Town has once again been crowned as the number one city in Africa for business tourism events by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). It is the fourth consecutive win for the city-

✓ Cape Town breweries top the South African list for the best locations to visit across the world by travel experts Lonely Planet, in a new book exploring the vibrant world of craft beer, Lonely Planet’s Global Beer Tour. The selected brewers, taprooms and breweries are in 30 countries across five continents.

✓Featured in Fodor’s Go List 2017

✓Western Cape voted Golf Destination of the Year, 2017, Africa and Gulf States (IAGTO – International Association of Golf Tour Operators).

✓Cape Town announced as number one city globally for tattoo affordability and studio availability according to the YEAY App and Global Tattoo Index.

✓Tobboganning Hub-Only One in Africa

✓ Two couples get hitched on Table Mountain every month

✓Cape Town was appointed the best place in the world to visit by the New York Times in 2014

✓Our pretty city was named the best place in the world to visit by The New York Times,

✓Appointed World Design Capital 2014,

✓Featured second in Travel and Leisure’s list of top holiday destinations

✓ 2013 the UK publication The Guardian named the Sea Point swimming pool one of the top ten swimming pools in the world?

✓The Castle of Good Hope once had a sea view-Cape Town’s Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in South Africa. It was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India company.

✓Lion’s Head wasn’t actually named for its felines -Lion’s Head may have a big cat in it’s name, but it has not seen a lion for over 200 years. After once thriving in the area, the last lion was shot in 1802.

✓Afrikaans is the most widely spoken language in the Western Cape.Despite being one of the youngest languages in the world, Afrikaans is the most widely spoken tongue in the Western Cape, with isiXhosa and English racking up second and third places.

✓Another fun fact about local demography? According the 2011 population census, the Western Cape populace has a (slightly) feminine edge – with 50.9% of us being women. Girl power!

✓The Cape Floral Kingdom claims nearly 7000 plants found nowhere else in the world. The Cape Floral Kingdom, which spans 90 000sq km, is the smallest and richest recognised floral area on the planet and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO’s committee. Of the 9600 species of plant life that are found in this kingdom, around 70% occur nowhere else in the world. These include the likes of the honey buchu, peninsula snapdragon and Good Hope satinflower.

✓The Cape Peninsula was originally known as the Cape of Storms
As a result of the terrible tempests that have been known to rock the Mother City’s coastline, the Cape Peninsula was originally nicknamed the ‘Cape of Storms’ by legendary explorer Bartholomew Dias. Later, it became known as the Cape of Good Hope because it offered colonial powers the promise of a sea route to the East.

✓While most are familiar with the fact that Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the first-ever heart transplant in 1967 at Groote Schuur Hospital, not so many know that his patient passed away shortly after. Sadly, Mr Louis Washkansky, the man who received the revolutionary cardiac surgery, lived only 18 days post operation due to the onset of pneumonia. The original theatre where the awe-inspiring act took place is today a museum, aptly named Heart of Cape Town.

✓We’re all young here!
The 2011 national census reports that almost half (43.2%) of the Western Cape’s population is below the age of 25 – it seems the city is a fountain of youth! If you find the location of this age-defying waterspout, let us know!

✓ Cape Town nearly followed in Australia’s footsteps
Adderley Street, the iconic Cape Town street that is today famous for its flower and fruit-and-veg sellers, took its name from Mr Charles B. Adderley, who passionately protested against a plan by the British government to turn Cape Town into a convict colony. History books have it that the road was originally made entirely from wooden blocks, but these were ultimately covered over with tar to make the road we know today. Remnants of these wooden tiles can still be found towards the upper end of the street today. So keep your eyes peeled next time you’re in search of a beautiful bouquet in the city centre!

✓Cape Town has the country’s highest number of homes valued at more than R20 million
Business Day recently reported that while Jozi’s home to most of South Africa’s wealthiest (48% live in the City of Gold), the Mother City has more “trophy homes” – houses valued at over R20 million. Furthermore, it seems that the most sought-after spot of turf for those living it lush is Camps Bay, where there are 155 properties valued at more than R20 million.

✓ Cape Town is the most equal city in South Africa
Though the ANC and DA might never come to consensus over who will most effectively run the Western Cape, both the UN-Habitat’s (the United Nations agency for human settlement) 2010/11 and 2012/2013 State of the World’s Cities reports concluded that Cape Town is the most equal of all South African cities. According to the account, which looks at income inequality, the three cities topping the inequality list are Buffalo City (East London), Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni (East Rand)

✓Cape Town was founded in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company based in The Netherlands arrived to set up a halfway point for ships travelling to the East.

✓Cape Town’s climate is on par with California and the Mediterranean. The winter season starts in May and ends in September and is generally a wet and windy season. Summer starts from November to March.

✓Cape Town’s  Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in South Africa. It was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India company.

✓The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is the most-visited destination in South Africa – ahead of Table Mountain.

✓The Cape Floral Kingdom is home to 7000 plants found nowhere else in the world.

✓Simon’s Town is home to a thriving colony of Africa’s only penguin species, the Jackass Penguin.

✓Cape Town was the first city outside Europe to get Blue Flag status due to its high water quality, fantastic facilities, safety and cleanliness.

✓Cape Town was appointed the best place in the world to visit by the New York Times in 2014

✓Approximately 5.5-million people live in Cape Town, South Africa‘s second most-populated city.

✓Table Mountain voted one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World