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Travel in South Africa - Cape Town

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Cape Town, South Africa - 10 interesting facts -

Cape Town, South Africa - 10 interesting facts -

Original map @ Geology.com

Original map @ Geology.com

Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

At Sea Point, Cape Town

At Sea Point, Cape Town

Our journey of the next three days begins (and ends) at Sea Point - one of many suburbs of Cape Town that offer affordable accommodation to tourist all over the world. We have only 3 days to see as much as possible of Cape Town. Fortunately we have seen a lot during previous visits, so this time our options are less overwhelming.

Languages spoken in Cape Town

According to the census of 2011, languages spoken in Cape Town are -

Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain is probably one of the most prominent landmarks in the world. Its main feature is the level plateau of ± 3 k [2 mi]) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs and peaks, each with their own name.

Read more about Table Mountain HERE...

Charles Bell's painting of Jan van Riebeeck's arrival at the Cape of Good Hope on 6 April 1652

Charles Bell's painting of Jan van Riebeeck's arrival at the Cape of Good Hope on 6 April 1652

Why is Cape Town such a strong attraction, you may ask?

Cape Town, founded by the Dutch East India Company on April 6, 1652, is known as the Mother City of South Africa. It was the first European settlement, established with the humble mission to provide fresh food and water to ships travelling from Europe to the far East via the most southern point of Africa.

Of course, the most southern region of Africa was not unoccupied when the first governor, Jan van Riebeeck, set foot ashore. Remnants found in a cave near Fish Hook (on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula) proved the existence of humans between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago.

At the time of Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival the region was inhabited by the San and KhoiKhoi people. The San were hunter-gatherers while the Khoikhoi raised cattle in a more complex social structure.

For more information, read History of Africa in only 4000 words HERE....

Read more about the San and KhoiKhoi people HERE.

Read more about Cape Town HERE.

Read more about South Africa HERE.

By the way, Cape Town has been announced as the city with the best hotels in the world. Read all about this HERE.

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So what are we going to see in only 3 days, and will the weather have mercy on us? Being a region with a Mediterranean-style climate - wet and cool winters, dry and warm summers - one never knows what to expect from the weather. It is no secret that all four seasons, with or without wind, can present themselves in one single day.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town

In the light of Westernization, South Africa is a young country – at present (2016) only 364 years old - a baby comparing to Europe with its 1000-year+ old buildings of stone that are still inhabitable.

The oldest remaining building in Cape Town is the Castle of Good Hope, built between 1666 and 1679. This was, however, not Jan van Riebeeck’s first homestead. His first residence was a building that was built with clay and wood called Fort de Goede Hoop,

Read about the Castle of Good Hope HERE.

Read about the Fort de Goede Hoop HERE.

Read tonymac’s hub about old buildings in Cape Town HERE.

Bo-Kaap

We enjoyed a couple of hours and lunch in the picturesque suburb called Bo-Kaap, previously known as the Malay Quarters. The houses, no longer whitewashed with lime, but painted in all colours of the rainbow, are of the oldest homesteads in the country - up to 360 years old.

The Cape Malay is one of many ethnic groups in South Africa. They are the descendants of Javanese slaves that were imported between 1653 and 1822 from Indonesia by the Dutch East India Company.

Read more about the history of slaves in the Cape HERE.

Read more about the Cape Malay HERE.

Read more about the Bo-Kaap HERE.