10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CAPE TOWN…
- Cape Town is the tobogganing capital of South Africa
If you have ever watched the movie Cool Runnings, you will know exactly what tobogganing entails and how much fun it can be. Cape Town is home to the only tobogganing course in Africa, with the track just 25km outside of the city centre on Carl Cronje Drive.
- Two couples get hitched on Table Mountain every month
The Seventh Natural Wonder of the World is a relatively popular monument upon which many couples have tied the knot over recent years. What could be more romantic with those panoramic views as your backdrop? We’re guessing, not much!
- Cape Town snatched the top spot as the best place in the world to visit by the New York Times in 2014
The Mother City racked up some serious awards in 2014: the pretty city was named the best place in the world to visit by The New York Times, and was also appointed the World Design Capital 2014.
Along with this…
- Sea Point swimming pool was named one of the top ten swimming pools in the world.
Appointed by British publication, The Guardian.
- The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town is the oldest building in South Africa.
It was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company. Today, the castle exists as a ceremonial base for Cape regiments of the South African Defence Force.
- Lion’s Head is not home to felines
Interestingly, Lion’s Head does not take its name from being host to some of Africa’s big cats. It is known that 17th century Dutch settlers named the peak Leeuwen Kop (Lion’s Head) and its adjacent summit Leeuwen Staart (Lion’s Tail), which is known as Signal Hill today. It was thought that the space between the two peaks is suggestive of a crouching lion. In fact, it is said that Lion’s Head has not seen a lion in over 200 years!
- V&A Waterfront for the win!
The V&A Waterfront, in the historic heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, is the most visited destination in South Africa, ahead of Table Mountain
- Afrikaans ranks in first place
Despite being one of the youngest languages in the world, Afrikaans is the most widely spoken tongue in the Western Cape, with isiXhosa and English racking up second and third places.
- The Cape Floral Kingdom rules
This floral kingdom claims nearly 7000 plants found nowhere else in the world. Spanning 90,000 square km, it is the smallest and richest recognised floral area on the planet.
- We’re all young here!
As per the 2011 national census report, almost half (43.2%) of the Western Cape’s population is below the age of 25. Seems South Africa has located its fountain of youth!