South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ Cape Town, located at the southern tip of the continent, enjoys a unique setting. Nestled in the natural amphitheatre between the immensity of Table Mountain and the blue waters of Table Bay, Cape Town is a modern, cosmopolitan, stylishly attractive metropolis of graceful thoroughfares, beautiful buildings and glittering shops – and Cape Town is rapidly becoming one of the southern hemisphere’s premier tourist destinations.

Cape Town city proper occupies the northern part of the Cape Peninsula, a 54km-long (34-mile) scenic finger of land that ends dramatically in the towering headland known as Cape Point. Popular belief has it that this is the division between the cold waters of the Atlantic and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean – a common misconception, since the technical separation takes place much further east off the coast of Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost extremity.

There are other powerful attractions that make Cape Town a destination of choice; a near perfect Mediterranean climate, landscapes that delight the eye, spectacular beaches, the grandeur of Table Mountain, the exhilarating Waterfront development with SA’s number one attraction, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, fine hotels, a myriad of eating and drinking places, a lively and entertaining calendar of arts, enchanting Winelands and mountain hinterlands.

The Cape Peninsula, stretching from Signal Hill to Cape Point, and including Table Mountain, was declared a national park in May 1998. The Table Mountain National Park (previously the Cape Peninsular National Park) covers approximately 30,000ha (74,000 acres) of both state and privately owned land, and includes within its protectorate thousands of animal and plant species – including fynbos of the unique Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage Site.