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Cape Town


Capetown, South Africa
Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad; Xhosa: iKapa) is the third most populous city South Africa, capital of the province of the Western Cape, and the country's Legislative Capital - including being home to the National Parliament. As of 2001, the city had an estimated population of 2,893,251.

Cape Town is located on the coast, at the northern end of the Cape Peninsula. There are over 70 peaks over 1,000 feet (305 meters) tall within the city limits, but most dramatically, the city is overlooked by Table Mountain, which is a flat-topped mountain (approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) from side to side, and surrounded by steep cliffs) rising to 3,563 feet (1,086 meters). Because the plateau is often topped with a thin layer of cloud, it is locals often affectionately call it "the tablecloth". To the West and East of the plateau, two other dramatic features stand out - Lion's Head and Devil's Peak. Visitors to Table Mountain can ascend it on a cable car system (the Table Mountain Cableway) or by one of several hiking trails - and are rewarded by some truly spectacular views from the summit. There are also facilities for rock climbing, and for caving - unusually for a sandstone feature, Table Mountain contains some large cave systems.

There are many other places to see in Cape Town, including several excellent beaches, many cultural and nightlife activities, and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which is a premier shopping venue as well as being home to the impressive Two Oceans Aquarium. You can also take a ferry from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to one of the nearby seal colonies, or to Robben Island (Afrikaans: Robben Eiland) where Nelson Mandela and many other anti-apartheid activists were imprisoned for many years.

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Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Lucy Corne

LONELY PLANET PUBLICATIONS
Paperback (296 pages)

Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Summit Table Mountain for panoramic views, take a boat to Robben Island, or shop and sight-see on the V&A Waterfront; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Cape Town & the Garden Route and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - wildlife, wine, history, arts, architecture
  • Free, convenient pull-out Cape Town map (included in print version), plus over 30 colour maps
  • Covers City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap, De Waterkant, Gardens, Green Point, Waterfront, Sea Point, Hourt Bay, Simon's Town, Cape Flat, the Garden Route and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route, our most comprehensive guide to Cape Town, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Simon Richmond & Lucy Corne.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Cape Town Travel Map, 9th (Globetrotter Travel Map)

By Globetrotter

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The highly successful Globetrotter Travel Series, which includes Travel Guides, Travel Maps, Road Atlases, Best Of Pocket Guides and In Your Pocket Language Guides, presently covers more than 90 destinations worldwide.

The Globetrotter Travel Map of Cape Town caters specifically for the needs of tourists who are
new to a destination. The town plans of the major centers pinpoint key buildings and places
of interest as well as where to stay. Distance and climate charts enable travelers to plan their
visits in advance.

Cape Town Travel Guide

By Alex Williams

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (24 pages)

Cape Town Travel Guide
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Cape Town, because it is the oldest city in South Africa, is known as the “Mother City”. It makes sense because you could say it gave birth to all the other cities that sprang up after its inception. Like a mother, Cape Town will nurture you, care for you, offer you all things good …. And when you leave, you know you will find it hard to cut ties with such a beloved city. The magnificent Table Mountain, Cape Town’s iconic landmark, is what comes to mind when one says “Cape Town.” Perched, or nestling between the mountains, the ocean and a magnificent national park, this is a mother city with cultural heritage that spans over a more than 300-year lifespan. It’s about this city that Nelson Mandela spoke some time ago; ‘Rainbow Nation’ comes to life. There is a colorful array of old Cape Dutch homes, there are the colorful traditional dancers with their painted faces that perform jaw-dropping dances in the streets of Cape Town, there are the spicy aromas of Malay cooking and the heady delights of exotic wines. Does it not make sense that Cape Town literally will fill your senses? Cape town is the city for all seasons, for all people - from the bells ringing out from the historic St George’s Cathedral to the sounds of the muezzin calling members to prayers, to the 2 cannons calling sailors to check their marine chronometers from bygone days.

Cape Town to Kruger: Backpacker Travels in South Africa and Swaziland

By John Dwyer

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Paperback (192 pages)

Cape Town to Kruger: Backpacker Travels in South Africa and Swaziland
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Join John Dwyer on his epic travels across South Africa, from vibrant Cape Town to wild Kruger Park. Through his engaging writing and sense of humour, the author takes you on an unforgettable journey through the spectacular scenery and tribal cultures of the “Rainbow Nation”. He also offers an in-depth look at the history of apartheid and its effects on the people of South Africa. Sprinkled with quotes from Nelson Mandela, this is much more than a travel journal. If you’re interested in the history of South Africa or have ever dreamed of visiting this exotic country, you’ll love Cape Town to Kruger.

Insight Guides South Africa

By Insight Guides

Insight Guides
Released: 2018-04-01
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Insight Guides: all you need to inspire every step of your journey.
An in-depth book, now with free app and eBook.
South Africa is a land of exceptional natural beauty and cultural variety, a unique blend of of European, Asian and indigenous influences. This new edition covers everything from the modern cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town to the fascinating wildlife and scenery of its national parks and games reserves
· Over 392 pages of insider knowledge from local experts
· In-depth on history and culture, from the rise and fall of apartheid to the nation's art, literature, music, food and sport
· Enjoy special features on Cape wine, South African flora, whale-watching and vintage train journeys
· Includes innovative extras that are unique in the market - all Insight Guides to countries and regions come with a free eBook and app that's regularly updated with new hotel, bar, restaurant, shop and local event listings
· Invaluable maps, travel tips and practical information ensure effortless planning
· Inspirational colour photography throughout
· Inventive design makes for an engaging reading experience

About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

Cape Town Travel Pack, 9th (Globetrotter Travel Packs)

By Peter Joyce

Globetrotter
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The handy pocket-size guide is packed with useful information, tips and recommendations, accompanied by colour photographs, charts and maps for the first-time traveller who wants to experience the major highlights that Cape Town has to offer. The fold-out map of Cape Town is ideal for tourists and visitors.


 
 
 

 
 
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