Cape Town Journals

Cape Town: Re-inventing the Mother City

A travel journal to Cape Town by rodeime

Victora and Alfred Photo, Cape Town, South Africa More Photos
Quote: Cape Town is, without doubt, one of the world's great cities. I love the spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain and the thriving vitality of the city in a country where not everything is rosy. Grab Facts: Population: around 3 million Rainfall: 500mm per annum Temperatures: Summer 16-32˚C, winter 7-18˚C Best Times to Visit: September/October, April/May Primary Industries: Fishing, wineries, grain, fruit, farming. Manufacturing: Oil refining, plastics, textiles Website: www.cape-town.org

Cape Town: Re-inventing the Mother City

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Table Mountain Cable Car and Lookout Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens Camps Bay Hout Bay Robben Island

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Cape Town has no public transport system to speak of, so taxis are the most common form of transport if you don't own, or haven't hired, a car.

The Long Drop - bungie jumping

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Attraction | "The Long Drop"

The Long Drop - bungie jumping Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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I took one look at these two okes hanging by a thread from the top of Table Mountain and thought, "what!" Upon further enquiry, I discovered that they actually were running a tourist activity where you could likewise be dangled by a tether 1063m above sea-level! Now I'm not normally prone to acrophobia (I've done three skydives), but when I went over to take some pictures, I had to get into a harness too and lean out over the precipice to photograph these loonies. Looking straight down over 1km is enough to make my head spin, thank you! Some casual tourists were getting quite a thrill from the experience and, although I did not have a go myself, I could see the attraction for p...Read More

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The Long Drop - bungie jumping
Top of Table Mountain
Cape Town, South Africa

Re-inventing the Mother City

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Victora and Alfred Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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To try and describe the unique southern African metropolis of Cape Town without mentioning its imposing Table Mountain backdrop, would be like describing an elephant without its trunk. Even so, the magnificent, often mist enshrouded, cliffs that soar a full kilometre into the sky, are not the only fascinating feature of this cosmopolitan enclave nestled comfortably on the far south western tip of the great African continent. The "Mother City’s" rich history, cultural and political independence, stunning location, and mild climate qualify Cape Town as one of the world’s truly great cities. Like so many African ports, Cape Town began as a strategic and economic colonial outpost. Ironical...Read More