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About Cape Town
I hear there’s a new game in town?
Yup, South Africa isn't just about rugby and cricket - not anymore. The stunning port city of Cape Town has been hosting the Volvo Ocean Race since the first edition way back in 1973, so it's kind of like meeting up with old friends.
Where do I have to be?
Cape Town, a rainbow city in the rainbow nation. It hardly needs any introduction, but just in case you’ve been living in a cupboard for the last forty years, Cape Town sits just north of the Cape of Good Hope, at the southern tip of South Africa and the African continent. The city is home to almost four million people and a lot of whales, spread along hundreds of kilometres of stunning coastline. Booked your ticket yet?
Is it just about the boats?
No, it’s all about the people. Cape Town is one of the most vibrant and culturally rich cities on the planet. Expect the unexpected.
So there must be stuff for my Bucket List?
Where to begin? There’s the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, these days you can even abseil back down if you fancy something with a bit more buzz than the walk. Talking of buzz - if you’ve ever wanted to swim with sharks (and who hasn’t?) then this is the place to do it. Let’s not forget Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. And I’m not even going to get you started on the winery tours, bling-shopping and the restaurants.
Will I need the suncream?
Definitely: November is the start of the southern hemisphere summer. It only rains on one day in every six, with a tiny average of 14mm for the whole month. The daily average temperature is 24C, dropping to a cooler 13C at night. But be warned, the water is cold on the western coastal beaches. Something to do with the proximity of Antarctica...