About Cape Town Central, South Africa
Overlooking the gorgeous Table Bay in the Atlantic Ocean is Cape Town Central, the legislative capital of South Africa. Home to over 430,000 residents, Cape Town Central is one of the 10 most populated cities in Africa, and is widely regarded as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Doubling as both the cultural and the business centers of the country, Cape Town Central is always bustling with activity, and visitors can choose from a plenitude of interests in the city.
Popular Destinations in Cape Town Central
Known among its locals as the “Mother City,” Cape Town Central is one of the most popular cities among travelers to the African continent. Some of the key attractions in Cape Town Central include:
Robben Island: Complete with a Dutch name that translates to “Seal Island”, Robben Island today isn’t known for seals. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is internationally known for its place in South African’s history, being “home” to the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, where he was imprisoned for 18 years. Today, this well known prison-island, located 5.5 miles offshore from Cape Town, houses the Robben Island Museum where you can explore the island’s history. Island tours are also conducted by former political prisoners who lived on the island and one of the biggest tour highlights is a stop at Nelson Mandela’s former cell.
Constantia Valley: Just south of Cape Town Central is Constantia, home to the famous Constantia Valley. Constantia Valley is notable for its wine estates, including Groot Constantia, Steenberg, Buitenverwachting, Constandia Uitsig and Klein Constandia, some of which date centuries back in history. In addition, there are a number of award-winning fine dining establishments in Constantia Valley, as well as other shopping and entertainment opportunities ranging from organic farm produce stalls to high end art galleries.
Table Mountain National Park: Standing over 3,500 feet tall is Table Mountain, the mainstay of the Table Mountain National Park. Table Mountain is notorious for its level plateau, which stretches almost two miles across. Sandwiched between Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, two other well-known mountains in the National Park, Table Mountain is one of the most impressive landmarks in the region, and is even featured in the Flag of Cape Town.
Long Street: Located in the City Bowl section of the city, Long Street is fondly known as the party capital of Cape Town Central, and is famous for its bohemian atmosphere. Attracting travelers from all over the world, Long Street has a good range of African and Indian cuisine, as well as a wide selection of bookstores and bars.
Gordon’s Bay: A quaint little coastal town in the suburbs of Cape Town Central, Gordon’s Bay is a great spot to spend a relaxing weekend or holiday. Located along the False Bay coast, Gordon’s Bay hosts a wide range of water activities, including diving, surfing, and swimming. Along Gordon’s Bay is the famous Bikini Beach, which is popular among students from the surrounding schools, as well as holidaymakers from all over the world.
Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront: Offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Table Bay Harbour, the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront is one of the most visited attractions in Cape Town Central and in the region, attracting over 23 million visitors annually. Located at the center of the working harbor of Cape Town Central, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is both a shopping paradise and a vantage point for fishing boats and large container ships.
Luxury Lodging in Cape Town Central
In Cape Town Central, you will find plenty of luxurious accommodation options to stay in during your vacation. Here are the hotels and lodgings that will suit your esteemed taste:
- African Pride 15 On Orange
- African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa
- Camps Bay Retreat
- Cape Grace
- Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Residence
- Colona Castle
- Ellerman House
- Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites
- Highlands Country House
- Hilton Cape Town City Centre hotel
- Mouille Point Village
- Mount Nelson Hotel
- One&Only Cape Town
- Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa
- Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
- Table Bay Hotel
- Taj Cape Town
- The Bay Hotel
- The Glen
- Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
- Villa Zest Boutique Hotel
Airports In or Nearby Cape Town Central
Interested in renting a private airplane to Cape Town Central, South Africa? A handful of airports serve Cape Town and other cities in South Africa. You can consider some of these airports for your private air charter to and from this city:
- Cape Town International Airport (CPT): This is the main airport which serves Cape Town and its surroundings. It is the second busiest airport in South Africa and it is located nearly 12 miles away from the city center. Officially opened in 1954, it was used by approximately 8.5 million passengers in 2012. CPT also features two asphalt paved runways.
- George Airport (GRJ): This airport is located in the city of George in South Africa and was formerly known as the P.W. Botha Airport. The George Airport is mainly used for general aviation purposes and it was built in 1977. In 2013, this airport was used by approximately 560,000 passengers and it has won several awards for efficient operations for two years consecutively. It currently features two asphalt paved runways.
- Aggeneys Airport (AGZ): This airport serves the city of Aggeneys in South Africa and it has one asphalt paved runway. AGZ is mainly used for general aviation purposes.
- Alexander Bay Airport (ALJ): This airport serves the city of Alexander Bay in Northern Cape Province and it is used for general aviation purposes. It features one asphalt paved runway and two other runways made from gravel.
- Kleinsee Airport (KLZ): Also known as Kleinzee Airport, this airport serves the city of Kleinzee in South Africa. KLZ features one runway made from gravel and tar.
- Oranjemund Airport (OMD): This airport serves the city of Oranjemund in South Africa, and it is located very close to the Orange River. It currently features one asphalt paved runway.
- King Shaka International Airport (DUR): This airport serves the city of Durban in South Africa and it is located approximately 22 miles from the city center. It was opened in 2010 and it is the 9th busiest airport of South Africa. DUR currently features one long asphalt paved runway, and from April 2014 until March 2015, it was used by approximately 4.5 million passengers.
- Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ): This airport serves the city of Port Elizabeth, and it was previously known as the H. F. Verwoerd Airport. It is located nearly two miles from the central business district of Port Elizabeth and it features two asphalt paved runways.
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