Cape Town

As the legislative capital of South Africa and the second most populous city, Cape Town is the central hub for tourists not only the country but the whole of Africa. Due to its southern location close to the sea, Cape Town was unsurprisingly a hub for trade back in the 1600s, and at the time it was by far the biggest city in terms of population in the country.

Surprisingly enough, even though it is the city with the second most people (behind Johannesburg), it has one of the lowest densities in the country. This means that even the city centre is not overcrowded.

The city has a Subtropical Mediterranean Climate, which means that the winters are mild and the summers are hot. This means that the high average is roughly 26°C and the average low is 7.0°C. Furthermore, and probably most impressively the lowest temperature recorded in Cape Town ever is just -1°C.

Popular tourist activities include the fine beaches, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, which is one of the finest gardens in the whole of South Africa. Alongside this, the Port of Cape Town is a town in Cape Town that has hundreds of shops. This has made it a rather popular area for tourists.

South Africa came into the public light in recent years when it was chosen to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Cape Town played a significant role in this as the Cape Town Stadium, which has a capacity of just less than 70,000, hosted the opening match. Sport in Cape Town is popular to say the least. Cricket, rugby and soccer are the three most played sports in the capital. The Cape Cobras play cricket in the area and their ground (The Newlands Cricket Ground) is often the host of international matches due to its 25,000 capacity.

If you are visiting the area, car hire in Cape Town should be your only choice. This is because public transport in the area is not the safest or the most reliable.

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