Cape Town and Peninsula

Cape Town has grown as a city in a way that few others in the world have. Take a good look at the street names. Strand and Waterkant streets (meaning "beach" and "waterside," respectively) are now far from the sea. However, when they were named, they were right on the beach. An enormous program of dumping rubble into the ocean extended the city by a good few square miles (thanks to the Dutch obsession with reclaiming land from the sea). Almost all the city on the seaward side of Strand and Waterkant is part of the reclaimed area of the city known as the Foreshore. If you look at old paintings of the city, you will see that originally waves lapped at the very walls of the castle, now more than half a mile from the ocean.

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  • 1. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

    Newlands

    Spectacular in each season, this renowned botanical garden was established in 1913, and was the first in the world to conserve and showcase a country's...Read More

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    Cape Town Central

    One of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets is also a great place to seek relief from a sweltering summer day if the beach is packed. These...Read More

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