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Cape Town Overview

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The second largest city of South Africa and the capital of the Western Cape Province, Cape Town is a modern and picturesque city and is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The city is also called as the Mother City of South Africa and with a majestic mountain in the center of the city; there are some marvelous scenes that visitors can enjoy in the area

There is a large population of Muslims in Cape Town. Among the Muslim community in Cape Town, there is a sizable Malay community whose origins lead back to South East Asia. Most of the Muslims live in the Bo-Kaap area around the Signal Hill. Visitors can find several Masaajid in Bo-Kaap. The largest Masjid is the Masjid-Ul-Quds, which is about 15 minutes from the city center. The Jummah Salaath is held between 1:00PM and 2:00PM and the sermon is delivered in English or Afrikaans. There are prayer facilities for women too.

Cape Town has a number of Halal restaurants where travelers can relish some great Cape Malay cuisine. Visitors can savor delicious crayfish curry with fragrant saffron rice, sago pudding and lamb laden tomato bredie stews. Many all the Halal restaurants in Cape Town are certified by, the Muslim Judicial Council Halaal Trust or the South African National Halaal Authority. Some of the certified Halal restaurants include Bismillah Restaurant, Bibi's Kitchen, Mesopotamia Kurdish Restaurant and Noon Gun.

For adventurous travelers, Cape Town has a number of exciting activities to do. Visitors can take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and enjoy a thrilling hiking trip around the area. Also explore the Table Mountain National Park and enjoy some excellent views and a scenic drive around the area. The Ratanga Junction theme park is a lovely place to enjoy fun time with kids.

Cape Town has a number of museums and galleries that can be visited. Some of these include the Bo-Kaap Museum, District Six Museum, Groot Constantia, South African Maritime Museum, South African National Gallery, Slave Lodge and Galleria Gibello.

Some popular places to visit in Cape Town are the Castle of Good Hope, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Memorial, South African Parliament, Two Oceans Aquarium and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

The Robben Island located off the coast of Cape Town is a beautiful place to visit. This is also the place former President of South Africa and Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela was kept along with many others as political prisoners. Today it is important an historic site and has a Museum.

Cape Town is also known for its mesmerizing beaches such as the beach on the False Bay, St James, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Clovelly and Fish Hoek. These areas are excellent for surfing too. There are some companies in Cape Town that also take visitors out for deep-sea fishing. Wildlife safari has become an enticing activity in Cape Town and visitors can also enjoy kayaking, helicopter rides and several hiking trails around Cape Town.

Shopping in Cape Town can be enjoyed at V&A Waterfront, Greenmarket Square, St George's Mall, Bayside Center, Canal Walk, Constantia Village, Mainstream Center, Tyger Valley, Longbeach Mall, Kenilworth Centre, Cavendish Square and N1 City.

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South Africa Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Pretoria

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Johannesburg

GEOGRAPHY

South Africa is situated in the southern tip of Africa. Along the South Athlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean it has a coastline of more than 2500 km's. South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world with a total land area of 1,219,912 km2

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 50.5 Million. Muslims account for about 1.5% of the population.

CLIMATE

A great variety of climatic zones exist in South Africa. During summer the average temperature range between 19 °C to 24 °C and in winter from 11 °C to 13 °C in most parts of the country.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

There are 11 official languages including Afrikaans and English.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+2 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS

Freedom Day: April 27th
May Day: May 1st
Youth Day: June 16th
Christmas: December 25th

CURRENCY

South African Rand

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/Fire : 10111
Medical: 10177


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