Facts About Cape Town


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Cape Town is one of the significant cities of South Africa. It holds an important place as it plays a vital role administratively and culturally. Though the city has a soaring population, its population density is still low, as it has a fairly large area. Cape Town is famous for its natural and scenic beauty. Apart from the famous landmarks, it also houses a number of picturesque beaches. This makes the city a thriving tourist destination, explored by the visitors throughout the year. For some more interesting and fun facts about Cape Town, read on.

Interesting & Fun Facts about Cape Town

  • Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa.
  • Cape Town is regarded as the economic centre of the Western Cape and even the regional manufacturing hub.
  • Cape Town is the primary harbor and airport in the Western Cape.
  • Cape Town is the capital of the Western Cape and also the seat of National Parliament.
  • Cape Town houses well known landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point.
  • Cape Town is one of the most popular tourist destinations of South Africa.
  • Cape Town was the largest city in the state, until the expansion of Johannesburg.
  • Cape Town was the site of first settlement of Dutch and English settlers, in the 19th century.
  • Surfing is a popular sport in Cape Town and it organizes a Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing competition every year.
  • Cape Town has a rich architectural heritage, housing a high density of Cape Dutch style buildings.
  • Cape Town conducts an annual Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, a large minstrel festival, known by the name ‘Kaapse Klopse’.
  • Whale watching is quite popular in Cape Town. Bryde's Whales can be seen here throughout the year.
  • One can see Southern Right Whales on the coast of Cape Town, during the breeding season between August and November.
  • The headquarters of Naspers, the largest media company in Africa, are located in Cape Town.
  • The Voice of the Cape and Cape Talk are the major radio stations in the Cape Town.
  • The ‘Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour’, organized in Cape Town, is the largest individually timed cycle race in the world.
  • The Port of Cape Town is deemed to be one of the busiest shipping corridors in the world.


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The Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, as it’s officially known, takes place every year at new year when thousands of musicians, singers, dancers and tailors connected to them, gear themselves for the traditional ‘Kaapse klopse’ or ‘Coon carnival’.
It is really one of the most wonderful and colorful festivals that I have come across.