|Cape Town City Profile|
With her iconic Table Mountain, pristine beaches, rugged coastline, unmatched flora and calmly relaxed mood, and her global status as a prime tourist destination and world class conference venue, Cape Town is the most glamorous of South Africa's cities.
Through the 17th century Portuguese and Dutch sailing ships were grateful for Cape Town's port as a secure haven in storms.
Steamers and mail ships followed in due course, and the small town started to develop into what is now widely recognised as a fully equipped, modern, ambitious and vibrant city.
Europe's rich and famous flock to first rate hotels at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The city's famed attractions include Table Mountain, the Gardens at Kirstenbosch, Chapman's Peak, the Winelands, Cape Point, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Robben Island - home of the prison where Nelson Mandela and others were held for so long.
Indeed, in her diversity, culture and her boundless tolerance, the Mother City continues to nurture and inspire all her people.
Cape Town is an outstanding sporting city.
The city is home to three Premiership soccer clubs: Hellenic, Santos and Ajax Cape Town, and has regularly celebrated provincial victories on both the rugby and cricket fields as well.
In other codes, Cape Town is renowned for hosting the Two Oceans marathon and the Argus Cycle Tour, when more than 30 000 eager cyclists set off around the peninsula. The Met is one of the country's premier horse races, run at Kenilworth.
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