Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city at the southern tip of the African continent

The city is small by world standards, being confined as it is between mountain and sea, but the wider metropolitan area is enormous with a journey from Simonstown in the south to Table View in the north involving a journey of almost 100 kilometres, (60miles).

The city is dominated by the towering bulk of Table Mountain which rises over 1000 metres out of the Atlantic Ocean and is visible from over 200 km out to sea on a clear day. There are numerous hiking trails to its 1087 metre summit, or a cable car whisks the less energetic to the top where the restaurant offers dinning to one of the most spectacular views to be found anywhere.

Cape Town used to be very much a port city but over the years highways, container terminals and oil storage tanks separated the city from the sea.

The V&A Waterfront development has reunited the citizens of the city with their maritime heritage. It has been a huge success with restaurants, shopping centres, hotels, offices, an aquarium and residential developments having transformed the once bleak landscape into a popular tourist destination.

Cape Town is a city with something for everyone, with a vibrant night life and plenty of daytime activities visitors will never be bored. The bustling city centre with the historic castle and cobbled markets are a popular destination.