We’re all looking forward to the day when we can welcome you to our shores. Until then, we want you to get to know Cape Town better. Take a closer look at our natural beauty, delve into our history, culture and attractions, and start creating your bucket list for your next visit, after all- we are worth waiting for!
De Villiers Dam, Table Mountain
The De Villiers dam is one of five dams at the top of Table Mountain. Up until the mid-1880s, Cape Town relied on a single Table Mountain stream for its water supply. Between the years 1904 and 1907, the De Villiers dam (as well as two others) were built to drive water supply toward the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town as the city’s water demand increased.
Situated next to Lion’s Head is the 350-meter-high, flat-topped hill called Signal Hill. During the 17th and 18th centuries Signal Hill was used as a lookout point and signal flags were used to communicate weather warnings to ships below. It is also home to the famous Noon Gun. This old-fashioned canon has been fired every day at midday since 4 August 1902. Signal hill offers magnificent views of Cape Town and is a popular spot to catch sunsets.
The Slangkop Lighthouse is located in the coastal town of Kommetjie near Cape Town. It is one of South Africa’s oldest lighthouses with construction having been completed in 1919. Sir Francis Hely-Hutchinson, the then Governor of The Cape of Good Hope, had commissioned its construction to safeguard against shipwrecks along the shoreline of the Southern Coast. Today the lighthouse is open to the public and a popular tourist attraction for those visiting the area.
Devil’s Peak is part of the mountainous backdrop of Cape Town and stands at 1000 metres high. Originally known as Windberg or Charles Mountain, ‘Devil’s Peak’ is a translation from the Dutch term ‘Duivels Kop’. ‘Duivels Kop’ supposedly comes from the folk-tale about a Dutch man called Jan van Hunks, a pipe smoker who lived at the foot of the mountain and had a smoking duel with the devil.
Llandudno (pronounced Lan-dud-no) is a seaside suburb on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape (situated between Camps Bay and Hout Bay) and was named after the North Wales seaside resort of Llandudno. The Blue Flag Llandudno Beach is one of Cape Town’s most picturesque beaches boasting large granite boulders and turquoise ocean waters. The magnificent waves are popular amongst surfers but swimming can be difficult with rough seas and extremely cold water. In 1994 the Russian tugboat Tigr was chartered to tow BOS 400 from the Republic of Congo to Cape Town. During a huge storm, the tow-rope broke loose and caused a wreckage. Most of the remains are still visible above the surface at Duiker Point (approximately 20 minutes from Llandudno)