Cape Town City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 17, 2007

Being the third most populated city in all South Africa, Cape Town has been the most widely visited city in the peninsula due to its beautiful geography. The Cape Floral Kingdom provides a beautiful natural setting both to the locals and guests and is considered as one of the most livable cities in the world. The city is located on the northern edge of Cape Peninsula and sheltered by the Table Mountain with Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head looming over it. The lifeblood of the Cape Town’s economy has been attributed to the rise of tourist that flock the region, aiming to visit the entire renowned natural and historical sites of the city and its surroundings; and, of course, to survey the real estate industry, which is connected with the rise of business and commerce.

Residential Places in Cape Town

The most coveted residential areas in Cape Town are along the white sandy beaches of Camp Bay, Bantry Bay, Fresnaye and Clifton. These areas boast of the highest real estate prices in any other areas in Cape Town. The expensive value of the residential area is attributed to the pristine beaches and the scenic views that can be seen around the area. Camp Bay’s beaches are also rich with shops, ranging from cafés, bistros, restaurants that can be seen filled with tourists during the summer months.  A combination of serenity and leisure can easily be found along the highly coveted areas amidst the shadow of Table Mountain. The residential areas around Tamboerskloof, Gardens, Vredehoek, Oranjezicht and Higgovale are all medium priced, with a close proximity to shopping malls, restaurants, and other entertainment venues that cater to tourists and locals alike.

Hospitals and Universities of Cape Town

The UCT Private Academic Hospital is a joint venture of the University of Cape Town and various private health sectors in the area. The hospital is located at 1st-floor (D-Level), Anzio Road, Observatory, Cape Town. You can contact the 24-hour hotline (021) 442 1800; fax (021) 442 1851, or you can send your inquiries via correspondence over to their email address [email protected]. Services included Intensive Care Units (ICU), rehabilitation units, gynecology, neurosurgery, reproductive medicine and gastro-intestinal practice. The hospital contains facilities such as Radiology departments, Endoscopy suite, a pharmacy and a 12-bed ICU with 24-hour monitoring by in-house doctors.

Educational Facilities

The city of Cape Town has three public universities worthy of interest in educational pursuits. The University of Cape Town is located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, giving it a scenic view amidst the various halls of the college. The college grounds contain the faculties and in-house students of Science, Commerce, Engineering and Humanities.

The University of Western Cape is the first ever university established for colored people located in Bellville in the suburbs of Cape Town; and lastly, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology is the largest university in the province and considered as the first ever university of technology in the Western Cape.

Commercial Places in Cape Town

From fine dining to seaside cafes, Cape Town offers a wide diversity of delectable cuisine. The Ocean Basket, located in Bellville, Western Cape in Cape Town offers a wide array of bounties from the sea, some delicately seasoned and others fiery to the taste, yet both exude a mouthwatering sensation. Café Blouberg specializes in breakfast, cocktails, coffee shop, grills, continental cuisines, Mediterranean seafood, vegetarian and South African traditional repertoire – all can be conveniently enjoyed under the historic building site and the scenic views of Table Mountain, located near the water’s edge in Bloubergstrand.

Shopping Areas

Cape Town is never without its wide arsenal of shopping malls, shops and boutiques that could give locals and guests a run for their money. The V&A Waterfront has two shopping centers and two craft markets. The place has a supermarket and shops, which range from clothing boutiques to authentic African crafts for souvenirs. If you’re up for a walk, the Canal Walk at Century City is reputed to be the largest shopping center in all of Africa. Since its grand opening in October of 2000, Canal Walk has contained shops and boutiques for almost any need; the place also has entertainment stops and science centers that can amuse the kids and adults alike.

Service Establishments of Cape Town

Being the city’s main power distributor since the 1920’s, Eskom provides the electricity needs for the city of Cape Town. The head office of the company is located at Megawatt Park along Maxwell Drive, and can be reached through their Nationl ShareCall Number 086 003 7566. You may also correspond directly to their company via their email address [email protected].

Cape Gateway has all the information regarding the city of Cape Town. Aside from their site http://www.capegateway.gov.za, they also have a walk-in center located at 142 Long Street, Cape Town from 8:00AM to 4:00PM; they have a hotline number 0860 142 142 if you have any questions about the city. You can also ask for a translation request via email correspondence at [email protected]. Emergency hotlines in Cape Town are as follows if the need arises: Ambulance 10177, Fire Brigade 4615555, Mountain Rescue 10111, Police 4678000, Tourist Assistance Unit 4182852, and Sea Rescue 4053500. All of these numbers can be reached 24-hours from Mondays to Sundays.

For Internet needs, there are a total of 91 Internet Service Providers situated in Cape Town. The most common of these are 42 Wireless, a Western Cape based wi-fi internet service provider in most areas in Cape Town. They can be reached through their hotline number 021 951 5553, or you can visit their website for a list of their services at http://www.42wireless.co.za.

Embassies in Cape Town

The British Consul in Cape Town addresses to various needs of anyone who needs their assistance. From possible problems regarding arrest from local police or to emergency loan for immediate trip back to the UK.  The British High Commission is located is located at 91 Parliament Street, Cape Town, 8110 with a contact number 021 461 8001, and a fax at number 021 461 0017.  The British Consul-General in Cape Town is located at Southern Life Centre, 8 Riebeeck Street, Cape Town 8001. Contact numbers are 021 425 3670 and fax 021 425 1427.

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