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Cape Town is the provincial capital of the Western Cape of South Africa with a population of around 900,000 people. Hugging the shores of Table Bay and the Atlantic Ocean the city is set against the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain, one of the most iconic natural phenomena in the world. Developed by the Dutch East India Company in the seventeenth century, the city today enjoys a modern, cosmopolitan feel and popular with tourists. The beaches here are superb with surfing popular with all ages. A colony of African penguins can be seen at Boulders Beach. The Albert and Victoria Waterfront is a very popular attraction with a huge range of shops and the Two Oceans Aquarium. Ferries to Robben Island can also be caught from here via the Nelson Mandela Gateway. There are also boats sailing to Simon's Town, Hout Bat and the Cape Fur Seal colonies situated on Seal and Duiker Islands.
Cape Town offers a broad range of accommodation ranging from luxurious five star hotels to guest houses and hostels. It is also possible to spend a night in one of the townships to experience an authentic African night. Visit the city any time of year as it enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The winters are mild and the summers warm and dry, running from December to March.
Cape Town International Airport serves the area, although a traditional way to arrive at the city is by sea into the main port on Table Bay. There is an excellent rail service providing travel within the province and with connections to the rest of Africa. Roads are good and there is a comprehensive bus service.