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Home truths

Cape Town and its surrounds have so many stories to tell, here are a few interesting facts you may not know about our beautiful home.

Why is Table Mountain flat?

One of the oldest mountains on earth, Table Mountain was formed 300 million years ago during an ice age when ice sheets flattened the soft sandstone layers. When the continents split, thanks to the strong granite below the surface the pressures forced the mountain to rise slowly into the kilometre high natural wonder it is today.

table mountainBlueberry Lane has great views of Table Mountain!

A road well traveled

Cape Town’s main road, Adderley Street was made out of wooden tiles or blocks. They are still under the tarred road we have today. You can see a display of these wooden tiles at the Cultural Histroy Museum in Cape Town.

adderley street


Cape Town has the oldest wine industry outside Europe and the Mediterranean, dating back to 2 February 1659 when Jan van Riebeeck produced the first wine recorded in South Africa.

cape winelands

Time check

The oldest living tradition in Cape Town is the firing of the Noon Day Gun at Lion Battery on Signal Hill. The Noon Day cannons are also two of the oldest cannons in the world still in daily use.

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Where the river runs

Like so many big cities around the world, Cape Town is situated on a river. The Fresh River runs off the slopes of Table mountain, through the Company Gardens and underneath Adderley Street to the Waagenaar reservoir below Golden Acre.


Although it’s the youngest official language in the world, Afrikaans is most widely spoken and is home language for 40% of the Cape’s population. The majority of the remainder of the population speak either Xhosa or English as a home language.

Taal monument in Paarl

Blooming nice

The Cape’s vegetation is extremely diverse, with one of the world’s seven floral kingdoms almost exclusively endemic to the province – Cape Floral Kingdom. There are more plant species occurring on Table Mountain than the entire United Kingdom.

cape flora

Hear ye, hear ye

Cape Town’s City Hall was built in 1905. On 11 February 1990 Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from Robben Island, on the balcony of the City Hall.

City Hall


Dr Christiaan Barnard, at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, performed the first human heart transplant in the world in 1967. He was also the first to do a heart-lung transplant in 1971.

The sound of music

Cape Town has its own unique mix of indigenous music called Ghoema, closely associated with the Cape Malay culture having its origins linked to the musical culture of the Malay slaves.

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Life’s a beach

Eight of Cape Town’s beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status for 2013/2014 summer!
A Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches that meet excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards.

cape beaches
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