Cape Town

city in the Western Cape, South Africa

Cape Town is the second biggest city of South Africa. It is also home to the South African Parliament where the country's representatives assemble.

Waterfront harbour of Cape Town, South Africa

It is at the Cape of Good Hope on the south-west coast. It has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate.

The city's dominant natural feature is Table Mountain, a mountain with a flat top.



It was originally called the "Cape of Storms" by Bartolomeu Dias in 1486,[1] a Portuguese explorer but was changed by King John II of Portugal to "Cape of Good Hope". The town was started as the center of the Dutch Cape Colony in 1652.


  1. "City of Cape Town - CMA Profile - history". Archived from the original on 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2008-11-05.