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Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and the provincial capital of Western Cape, as well as the legislative capital of South Africa (houses of parliament are located here). The city is located in the southwestern corner of the country near the Cape of Good Hope and is the southernmost city in Africa. That is, it’s worth going here at least for one fact: to visit not just in the south, but in the most southern south!
The third busiest airport in Africa is 22 km from the center of Cape Town. In 2009, it was recognized as the best airport of the continent. And still remains a favorite among many tourists.
Although Cape Town Airport was built back in the 50s, it still looks good enough. In appearance it is an absolutely modern building, equipped with everything necessary for travelers. It has spacious and clean waiting rooms, there are all standard entertainment packages in the form of restaurants and shops. Pleasant and friendly staff is one of the advantages of the airport, which is noted by most tourists.
The only problem that may arise is a long wait at the passport control if you are not lucky to land at the same time as another flight.
In about 30 minutes you can get from the airport to Cape Town. A maximum of an hour if you have to stand in traffic jams.
A bus leaves the airport every half hour. The station is located near the main exit from the terminal. A ticket costs about $ 7. This is the best option for a trip. Moreover, it is almost the only one.
For tens thousands of years, people of the Kho tribe lived in this area (and, by the way, their descendants still live here). But suddenly in 1652 the Europeans established a trading post for the Dutch East India Company here. Since then, Cape Town began to grow and hurry to upgrade.
Today it is the legislative capital of South Africa. A cosmopolitan city with many historical sights, lively nightlife and cultural diversity.
The mountain got this strange name due to its convenient flat peak, from which a fantastic view of the city opens. You can get here by walking route. But no one will blame if you take the cable car and save energy for further adventures. But keep in mind that sometimes Table Mountain is covered with a "tablecloth". That's what they call a dense cover of clouds that can suddenly hide the whole panorama of Cape Town.
Immediately from Table Mountain, you can get to the huge Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Everything here is thought out so that you can enjoy the views, it is convenient to watch the birds and, of course, take the best selfies on the Internet. In general, there are not many places in the center of Cape Town where you can just relax and enjoy the surrounding space. And here, in addition to this, you can still get to some jazz concert or find yourself in the artisans market.
Cape Town’s unique multicultural heritage has had a big impact on local cuisine. But there are a few dishes that are considered “traditional”. This is still a skillful combination of styles, tastes and techniques, from Dutch to French and Indian.
The long years of British rule have made fish and chips a favorite dish of locals, which are sold exactly the same on every corner, as is the case in Britain. Interestingly, in London you are unlikely to be able to try the fish and chips of the same fresh fish as in Cape Town.
Africans in this part of the continent are very fond of meat. And they know how to cook it perfectly. Often you will be served banal beef, pork or chicken. But in some restaurants you can order game. And by the word "game" in Africa they mean a zebra, an antelope or a warthog.
Bunny Chow is a classic South African food that has come under the influence of Indian settlers. From the half of a loaf of bread they pull out the middle and fill in with a spicy curry. The usually used meat is chicken or beef, so no bunnies are eaten here, despite the name. Few people can handle the whole dish (bread also needs to be eaten, of course). Therefore, it’s better to order a serving in a quarter of a loaf.