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By Lisa Darr Subscribe to RSS | November 29th 2011 | Views:
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The clear blue beaches and adrenaline rushing adventures makes Cape Town heaven for tourists from South Africa before the development of Johannesburg and Witwatersrand Gold Rush. It is the most famous tourist destination from around the world because of city’s harbor, landscape and natural setting. It is the most multicultural cities in the world attracting immigrants and expatriates of the world. The city was honored as World Design Capital for 2014 by International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.The city experiences a ubtropical Mediterranean Climate having mild wet winter season and holds dry summers. The winters are cold with high rainfall and average temperature reaching 7C. Summer is dry and windy with maximum temperature reaching to 25C.

Because of the favorable climate, the city has high biodiversity of flora and fauna. The city is home to 19 types of vegetation some of which are not found in any other part of the world. It is also the habitat of species not found elsewhere in the world. With the growing population, some of the ecosystems are moving fast towards destruction. Cape Town has more than 300 threatened plants on the verge of extinction, of which 13 have already extinct. The Cape Peninsula has the highest number of threatened species in the world. The city is a commercial hub of Western Cape Province. It is an important harbor and therefore most shipbuilding companies have headquarters located in the city. Other companies like publishers, retail groups, insurance companies, design houses, fashion houses and other have headquarters located within the city. It is also the energy provider of the country with its nuclear power plant and oil discovery off the Atlantic coast. Tourism is the most important economic growth factor of the city which produces 9.8% of GDP for the Province and employs 9.6% of province workforce.

Cape Town is the most popular tourist destination of whole Africa. The natural features and city’s climate are the major source of tourist attraction. One of the city’s popular natural features is Table Mountain which can be reached at the top by hiking or cableway.Cape Town beaches are the second most popular tourist attraction.The notable feature of different coasts is the temperature difference because of unique geography of the city. Clifton and beaches of Atlantic coast are better developed having restaurants, cafes and bars. Boulder’s beach is famous for its penguin colony. Surfing is also popular in these beaches and city holds a national surfing competition every year for promotion of this sport. Kite surfing is also popular in the beaches. The trip is incomplete without shark sighting, deep sea dives, shark cage diving, and deep sea fishing.

The other places to visit in the city include the castle of good hope, Kristenbosch Botanical gardens, Robben Island, Rhodes Memorial,South African Parliament, Two Ocean Aquarium and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. There is long list of museums and galleries to visit in the city.Safari, hiking and helicopter tours are also famous activities among visitors.

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