Fun Facts

The Port of Cape Town

The Port of Cape Town is supposed to be one of the busiest shipping corridors in the world.

Population

52 million people live in South Africa (2013)

Cape Town’s Age

The median age in Cape Town is 26-years-old,with almost half the population less than 24-years-old.

Cape Town vs New York City

Cape Town is about 3 times the size of New York City, but has 5.25 million fewer inhabitants! That puts about 23,000 people fewer in your particular sq mile :o)

Size and Population

Cape Town’s land area is 2,499 square kilometres (965 sq mi) with a population of 2,893,251 and a population density of 1,158 people per sq km (2,999 per sq mile)

Western Cape Wine Export

In 2010 the Western Cape exported 374.8 million litres of wine.

Wine & Brandy

The Western Cape region has been famous for its wine since the late 18th century and exports wine all over the world.

Western Cape Agriculture

Around 11,5 million hectare of land in the Western Cape Province is cultivated.

Elgin, Western Cape

Elgin is the coolest wine growing area along South Africa’s south coast. Situated some 70 kilometers east of Cape Town, this bountiful valley is developing a reputation for outstanding wines,…

Ceres, Western Cape

Ceres in the Western Cape is named after the Roman goddess of fertility, Ceres is a lush valley full of fruit orchards.

The Rovos Rail

South Africa has the most luxurious train in the world, The Rovos Rail.

The fastest land animals

Three of the five fastest land animals live in South Africa – the cheetah (63 miles per hour), the wildebeest, and the lion.

Mercedes Benz C Class

South Africa is the sole producer of the Mercedes Benz C Class, right-hand drive vehicles .

UNESCO World Heritage Site

South Africa has the oldest meteor scar in the world, just across the Vaal River near Parys, called the Vredefort Dome. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Drinkable tap water

South Africa is rated 3rd in the world in supplying safe, drinkable tap water.

Nuclear weapons program

South Africa is the only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Table Mountain plant life

Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.

The oldest mountains in the world

Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.

Favourite Foreign City

Cape Town was Voted Favourite Foreign City by the UK Telegraph in 2004.

The Khoi and San

Cape Town was originally home to the Khoi and San, nomads who made a living on hunting and gathering.

Cape Argus Cycle Tour

Cape Town is home to the world’s largest individually timed cycle race, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour.

The Cape Town Stadium

The Cape Town Stadium was built ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and hosted eight soccer matches during the tournament, including the semi-final between Uruguay and The Netherlands.

Cape Town was founded…

Cape Town was officially founded in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company based in The Netherlands arrived to set up a halfway point for ships…

Cape Town’s time zone

Cape Town lies in the GMT +2 time zone and does not have daylight saving time.

South Africa has 11 official languages

South Africa has 11 official languages, though most people can speak English. Afrikaans and Xhosa are also widely spoken in Cape Town and the Western Cape.

World Design Capital for 2014

Cape Town was named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

3rd largest shopping centre in Africa

Canal Walk (in the Cape Town Northern suburbs) is the 3rd largest shopping centre in Africa.

The Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town is the oldest building in South Africa. It was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India company.

Tavern of the seas

Cape Town is sometimes called the “Tavern of the seas”.

The world’s first heart transplant

The world’s first heart transplant was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town in 1967.

Cape Town’s motto

The City of Cape Town’s motto is “Spes Bona”, which is Latin for “good hope”.

Cape Town is South Africa’s second most-populated city

About 3.5-million people live in Cape Town, South Africa’s second most-populated city.

Cape Point

cape Point falls within the southern section of Table Mountain National Park.

Cape Peninsula

The Cape Peninsula has over 2600 fynbos plant species.

Famous wine makers

Some of the most famous wine makers of the last century have made wine for a number of different wine farms during their time.

Graham Beck wine farm

The Graham Beck wine farm has four estates growing a range of different fruits, both red and white, which are then made into wine at two different locations.

South African Wine

Some wine farms in South Africa may even have more than one estate, perhaps spread over different districts or regions, in order to get better diversity in the taste of…

Wine farms in South Africa

The majority of wine farms in South Africa are not limited to one single varietal of wine, and instead produce both red and white grapes.

Winelands of South Africa

The region where the grapes are grown, and where wine farms are found, is also known as the Winelands of South Africa.

Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site.

SA wine farms

South Africa is home to a growing number of wine farms, and there are between 800 and 1000 at present.

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