A Cape Town Overview
The purpose of this website is to introduce you the Cape Town traveller or holiday maker, on vacation or business, to the real Cape Town.. one of the most fascinating and vibrant cities on the African continent.
In case you've never experienced our Cape Town culture - and even if you have, you'll certainly benefit from your holiday stay in this scenic part of South Africa if you understand more about what to expect when you arrive.
Visitors to Cape Town are welcomed and invited to explore Table Mountain, our beaches and other Cape Town attractions such as the V&A Waterfront and the Winelands, as well as entertain themselves in our up-market restaurants and night clubs.
Robben Island which was for many years the prison home of Nelson Mandela and his Struggle associates during the Apartheid years should definitely be on your 'must visit' list.
A City of Contrasts
As you'll discover, life in Cape Town is diverse. The city and surrounding areas are populated by people from multiple backgrounds. This has been determined by many factors.
Our history has played a major role, bringing about the colonial influence of settlers from Holland and England. They in turn shipped in residents of countries such as Malaysia and India and used them as slaves to help build the original city of Cape Town.
The original indigenous residents of the Cape region were the Khoi-san who intermingled with the slaves. Their descendants and Islamic culture now form a significant part of the Cape Town population. Many live in the Cape Malay Quarter adjacent to the city.
South Africa's pre 1994 Apartheid policy resulted in the mass relocation of Cape Town's 'Coloured' communities and the establishment of large sprawling communities on the Cape Flats.
Many people from rural areas in South Africa as well as neighbouring countries are migrating to the Cape Town area in the hope of improving their lives. The majority are poor and without any means of support. Inevitably they end up in a shack settlement, many without basic services, such as adequate sanitation and electricity.
In sharp contrast to this are the up-market suburbs closer to the city, our scenic areas and well known beach regions populated by the more privileged among our Cape Town society and visited by Cape Town tourists and fun seekers.
The other side of the coin, the 'informal settlements' lining the motorway to Somerset West, the many 'foreigners' and street people occupying the city centre as well as the existence of millions of struggling Cape Town residents, is easily overlooked.
Enjoy your stay! but be aware of this very real issue as you plan your activities in Cape Town.