Cape Town Travel

Situated in South Africa

Cape Town is today the seat of the country's parliament and a premier international tourist destination, occupying the number one spot in South Africa.

While the Western Cape is home to roughly 10% of South Africa's population, it contributes almost 15% of national output. According to Statistics South Africa, the Western Cape's population in 2006 was 4.7 million people, with regional gross domestic product (GDP) at around R174.3 billion. As the powerhouse of the Western Cape, Cape Town offers numerous business opportunities, while its natural splendour makes it an attractive place to live and work. Boasting a colourful history and a range of cultures, it is also a preferred destination for international meetings and conferences, a position that is cemented by its state-of-the-art International Convention Centre. Wesgro, the official trade and investment promotion agency for the Western Cape Province, notes that Cape Town's relatively mature demographic structure, comparatively high literacy and school attendance rates and a superior higher education infrastructure (including five residential universities/technikons and a range of other further education and training organisations), enable the city to participate actively in South Africa's economy. Good schools, healthcare facilities and an extensive range of recreational facilities further reinforce Cape Town's allure for businesses and families alike. Wesgro has identified several growth sectors within the province, one of which is the film industry, estimated to be worth R2.5 billion per year with positive spin-offs to the hospitality, clothing and carpentry industries. Preliminary work on the much anticipated R430-million Cape Town Film Studios, formerly known as Dreamworld Film City, has begun. The project is expected to create thousands of jobs in the next few years.

Top Foreign Golf Resort

Steenberg Hotel & Golf Estate, Cape Town Voted "Top Foreign Golf Resort of 2012" by America's Conde Nast Traveler magazine, this 18-hole course from design guru Peter Matkovitch offers superb views of Table Mountain and the vineyards of the serene Constantia Valley. As the hotel likes to boast: it's just minutes from Cape Town, but feels miles from the world. Matkovitch has built a course that'll challenge beginner and proficient golfers alike, with narrow fairways and ubiquitous bunkers - not to mention the blustery southeasterly wind the Mother City sends to shake things up a bit. Then again, those distracting views may just prove your undoing, as the course is a delightful scenic surprise. The challenging par-three 7th, its green surrounded by water, makes hardened golfers sweat, but it's the signature 14th that is perhaps the most memorable. A lengthy par-three that often calls for a hefty wood, the 75-metre green is the longest in the southern hemisphere and makes for challenging putting if your tee shot goes awry. You have been warned! The perfect foil to the challenging course is the ever welcoming Steenberg Hotel, where you-ll experience the Cape's legendary hospitality at its best. The new Gorgeous Bubbly Bar is the perfect place to toast those standout shots, while chef Garth Almazan-s famed fine-dining restaurant, Catharina's, is right next door. For something more casual, Bistro1682 is just a hefty seven-iron away, with complementary wine tasting available at the adjoining cellar.

Cape Town

From the ultra-organised central business district in the City Bowl with its edgy party vibe, and the exclusive playgrounds of Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno, to the splendour of Chapman's Peak and the quaintness of Kalk Bay - Cape Town somehow manages to cram European sensibilities, a laid-back attitude and some of the best natural scenery in the world into one neat metropolitan area, and corporates will find it's always open for business, too.

Party City

Cape Town is South Africa's party city, and Long Street in the CBD is the epicentre with its range of bars and clubs, most with balconies overlooking the busy street. Hot nights, short skirts, long drinks and packed dance floors make this strip the best place in town to meet people. Start the night with cocktails and tapas at the intimate watering hole Julep, before catching a live band at Zula Sound Bar. When your feet feel the need to move, head over to Fiction, where DJs blast everything from indie to nu-rave to techno, and 200 people cram the intimate dance floor. End off the evening with chilled post-party drinks at the sleek Daddy Cool Bar.