Cape Town or the ‘Mother City’ is famed for its loveable Mediterranean climate, sun kissed beaches, fun people and the good times. The city is located on either side of a mountain ridge and boasts of a unique blend of fun activities to try out. From navigating through the brightly painted area of the Bo-Kaap to unwinding on the scenic beaches of the Atlantic, Cape Town’s got it all. The Hout Bay is the nucleus of Cape Town’s fishing industry and the historical naval base at Simon’s Town is noted for its captivating past.
Cape Town is located in the Western Cape of South Africa and has a population of around 1.3 million people; warm summers and rainfall during winters make up for Cape Town’s pleasurable climate. Tourism, manufacturing and agriculture are Cape Town’s most profitable economic sectors. Cape Town is a colorful city, a melting pot of sorts, other than the locals people belonging to a variety of cultures consider Cape Town home. This gives the city a global appeal and an exquisite finish that makes it such a fun city to visit or live in.
Cape Town’s most famous landmark is the Table Mountain, arguably at least. The awe-inspiring Table Mountain is situated between towering mountains and the ocean. It stands tall at a height of 1,086m and on a clear day can be seen from a distance of 200kms. This is precisely why the Table Mountain in the past served as a landmark for mariners out at sea.
If there’s anything that even comes close to the fame of the Table Mountain, it’s got to be Cape Town’s energetic nightlife. The city is loaded with pubs, fancy discos and clubs that make the city look like it never sleeps. Basically, Cape Town’s a great place to let your hair down and party into the wee hours of the morning.
Cape Town has been the capital city of South Africa since 1910 and has played a pivotal role in the history of the ‘Rainbow Nation’. It is even believed that Cape Town had people calling it home as far back as 100,000 BC. A rich history, beautiful beaches and the warmth of its people makes Cape Town a city that one just has to visit.
Football In Cape Town
South Africa has never really been a big presence in the world of football, but the country and more so Cape Town has churned out a decent number of star footballers. Benni McCarthy, Shawn Bartlett and Andre Arendse and many others who have played top football in Europe can trace their roots back to Cape Town. Benni McCarthy, Cape Town’s and South Africa’s top goal scorer had the pleasure of tasting international success and fame when his team FC Porto went on to win the Champions League. Benni is easily one of South Africa’s most recognized and celebrated players.
Shawn Bartlett too had the opportunity to drink from the goblet of success when he played for FC Zurich in 1998 and Charlton Athletic in 2000. During his stint at Charlton, Shawn helped catapult the English club to an enviable position in the English rankings. Former Manchester United player Quinton Fortune also hails from Cape Town, Quinton played for United after fulfilling obligations to the Spanish side, Atletico Madrid.
Cape Town has a number of prominent football clubs too, the most being Ajax Cape Town. Ajax Cape Town was the result of a partnership with the Ajax Amsterdam club and has helped many players launch successful careers in European football. Everton star, Steven Pienaar and Bafana Bafana’s Captain, Aaron Mokoena are two such examples. The other famous clubs include FC Cape Town, Hanover Park, Vasco da Gama and Hanover Park.