Cape Town: travel tips

Cape Town is located south of other major cities in South Africa. Very close to the Cape of Good Hope and the border of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. When you stand on the shore and look into the distance, it seems that if you look closely, you can see Antarctica.

And if not Antarctica, then at least penguins. And it’s not a joke. Cape Town traditionally hits the top of the charts of places you need to visit in your lifetime. The symbol of the city is Table Mountain. And the Cape Town stadium, Green Point, specially designed so that the spectators from the stands could see the top of the mountain, cut like pliable butter with a sharp knife.

You can get to the Dining Hall with the help of a cable car – along the way, a magnificent view of the city and the ocean opens up, especially since the cabins rotate around their axis.

The top of the mountain is almost always covered with a cap of thick clouds that fall down, but do not reach the ground due to the temperature difference and dissolve halfway. History buffs are waiting for the remains of the fortress and the former prison on Robben Island.

In the first, the British held Boer families hostage, allowing Britain to win the Boer War. In the second, Nelson Mandela spent his entire term – the island of the same name as the leader of the Dutch football team is located a few kilometers from the port of Cape Town and is clearly visible in clear weather. There are gorgeous beaches in Cape Town and its suburbs – not the same, of course, as in Durban, but also nothing. It’s just that you can’t swim. And not only because it is winter in South Africa in June (do not forget about this if you are going on the road – snow, of course, is not expected, but it is better to take things in spring and autumn).

Even at the height of summer, in January, the water temperature here fluctuates around 18 degrees. The reason is the cold current passing nearby. The contrast is terrifying: on the shore the heat is below 40 degrees, and it is almost impossible to enter the water. This is also why many houses in Cape Town are equipped with swimming pools. By the way, if South Africa is the richest country in Africa, then Cape Town is perhaps the most respectable city. There are very few villas, private houses, high-rise buildings, expensive cars (right-hand drive, of course) and prestigious restaurants. That, however, does not prevent illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Angola and other countries from clustering right on the main streets in anticipation of some kind of hack. They spend the night right on this impromptu labor exchange – fortunately, the climate allows.

A few words about the stadium. Green Point seats 68,000 spectators, is externally stylized as a cloud, the stadium is conveniently located. Hotels, shops and pubs, street jazz musicians and the most diverse audience. … Penguins? Oh yes, penguins… They are here. And not at all in an aquarium, but in a natural habitat. Half an hour drive from Cape Town (at the same time you can visit the Cape of Good Hope and a similar colony of fur seals), and here they are – small, black and white and, contagion, biting!

Sightseeing tours in Cape Town