Cape Town: Fun facts
Table Mountain is the biggest tourist attraction in Africa
More than 900,000 people make their way to the top of the mountain via cableway every year. The cableway welcomed it’s 25 millionth visitor in February 2016.
More tourists visit Table Mountain than the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. The cableway started operations in 1929. It has been upgraded three times since then.
Robben Island wasn’t always used as a prison
During the 1840s, the island was used to house leprosy patients along with the mentally and chronically ill. This was first done on a voluntary basis and the lepers were free to leave the island if they wished. In May 1892 this changed with the introduction of the Leprosy Repression Act.
Robben Island was used as a training and defence station by the British during World War 2. The island was fortified and guns were installed as part of the defenses for Cape Town.
Africa's only penguin species
The African Penguin, also known as the Jackass Penguin ('jackass' refers to its call, which sounds similar to that of a donkey) and Black-footed Penguin is only found on the south-western coast of Africa. In the early 1980’s, just two breeding pairs of African Penguins showed up on the mainland near Cape Town and never left. Today, it is their home with 1000’s of penguins frolicking around.
Stand At Africa’s Most South-Western Point!
The Cape Point Nature Reserve, also known as Cape Point, gives you the opportunity to stand at Africa’s most South-Western Point, where the Benguela current meets the Agulhas current.
World’s Longest Wine Routes!
The South African wine industry is famous world over. Just outside of Cape Town, there is the oldest wine industry with one of the longest wine routes in the world. Route 62 runs for 850 kilometers and ends in Port Elizabeth. In 1685, the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, established the historic Groot Constantia Wine Estate. The very first Cape wines were produced in 1659.
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