50 Photos Of Cape Town That Will Make You Want To Live In The Mother City

[Updated 27 August 2018]

Cape Town is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, with so many people around the globe captivated by all the spectacular gems it has to offer. To celebrate its beauty, we’ve rounded up 50 photos of Cape Town that best represent the pretty city’s people, scenes and landscapes. In no particular order, take a look at the breathtaking and exciting Mother City gems!

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50. Truth Coffee

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Image courtesy of @mariskaolwagen via Instagram

This “steampunk” coffee shop on Buitenkant Street was named the best coffee shop in the world by respected travel journalist Tom Midlane. Truth’s interior, designed by Heldane Martin, draws on the ‘steampunk aesthetic’ which translates into imagery of nineteenth-century heavy industry. Grab a flat white at this famous Cape Town coffee shop and take in the unique vibe.

49. The Big Issue

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Written by professional journalists and sold by willing unemployed and marginalised adults which helps them take responsibility for their own lives. The Big Issue is a social upliftment initiative operating on four continents. In Cape Town, The Big Issue is a welcomed feature in the city’s streets and friendly vendors can be found at intersections throughout the City Bowl. Big Issue vendors are independent salespeople.  The magazine costs R25 and R12.50 goes to the vendor. Find out more on The Big Issue’s Facebook page.

48. Noordhoek

Image courtesy of Dave Worswick via whereicall.blogspot.com

Situated at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, the Noordhoek valley is one of Cape Town’s most treasured coastal hideaways. It has a rural atmosphere and is famous for the beach, its vast wetlands, the vibey Red Herring and amiable village atmosphere.

47. Groot Constantia

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Image courtesy of @grootconstantia via Instagram

The Winelands are synonymous with the Western Cape, so a trip to the coastal city demands a Winelands tour. As the oldest wine estate in South Africa, Groot Constantia is just one of the established estates that dot the fertile landscape of the Cape wine region. It can get very busy owing to its close proximity to the Cape Town city centre and it’s popular with large tour groups.

46. Cape Town Airport

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Image courtesy of @kyle_oreilly13 via Instagram

As a major gateway to the Mother City, we could not leave out Cape Town International Airport. It’s the second-largest airport in South Africa and welcomes well over 1 million foreign visitors annually. Operationally, it has been the recipient of many accolades including being voted the best airport in Africa in 2018 by Skytrax.

45. Llandudno

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Image courtesy of @christophe.sigon via Instagram

Set at the foot of one of Cape Town’s most alluring and exclusive suburbs, Llandudno’s beach is in the same league as Clifton and Camps Bay when it comes to popularity, only it has a lot less parking space available. Get there early to reap the rewards of this Blue Flag beach where surfers, lifesavers and sunbathers romp side by side in one of the Southern Hemisphere’s best seaside settings.

44. Greenmarket Square

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Image courtesy of fabulous fabs via Flickr

Merchants from all over Africa converge on Greenmarket Square to sell a wide variety of goods. It’s not so much a local hangout as it is a hotspot for tourists with a severe souvenir obsession, but even residents can’t deny that the vibe here in the centre of Cape Town is something special. You can catch buskers and jazz concerts in the square throughout the year.

43. Festivals

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Image courtesy of @rockingthedaisies via Instagram

Festivals and trance parties are part and parcel of living in the Mother City and you can be sure there’s at least one happening somewhere every other weekend. From Rocking the Daisies and Up the Creek to Earthdance, Vortex and many others in between, this is your signal to round up your mates, grab your tent and drive into the abyss of mystical visuals, amazing energy and endless dancing.

42. Oudekraal

Oudekraal beach on the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town, South Africa.

Image courtesy of Damien du Toit via Flickr

Oudekraal is just one of many hidden nooks on the Atlantic Seaboard. The beach at Oudekraal forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.  SANParks asks an R41 per adult and R26 per child entrance fee. It’s a popular dive site and swimming spot, and there are public braai spots available.

41. Table Mountain Aerial Cable Way

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Image courtesy of Craig Strachan

This should be your first port of call on a trip to the Mother City. The cableway whizzes to the top of Table Mountain at 10 metres per second, all the while providing an easy path to the best views of the Mother City and her surrounds.

40. Adderley Street Flower Market

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The flower sellers that occupy the arcade off Adderley Street in the CBD have been there for more than 100 years and always deliver a range of freshly cut flowers at reasonable prices.

39. Paragliding

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Image courtesy of @ctparaglide via Instagram

“Why fly? For once you have tested flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you long to return.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

These words couldn’t be truer when it comes to paragliding in the Cape. Silently gliding over the sea and mountain with just the flapping of your wing occasionally breaking the silence, a Cape Town paragliding adventure might be just what you need if it’s solitude with a view you’re after.

38. Company’s Garden

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Image courtesy of @ngliversage via Instagram

This inner-city greenbelt is shrouded in Cape history, having been established in 1652 by Dutch settlers. Today it’s a favourite lunchtime escape for weary office workers who come to relax in the garden’s manicured surroundings. There are also a number of museums in the vicinity, including the Iziko Museum’s South African Museum, the South African Jewish Museum, the District Six Museum, as well as the South African National Gallery.

37. Mzoli’s

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Since Mzoli’s opened in early 2003, the restaurant has become a popular gathering spot amongst local’s and international visitors alike. People from all walks of life come to Mzoli’s Place in the heart of Gugulethu to shake off all inhibitions and celebrate the Kasi way of life in the most welcoming atmosphere imaginable, not to mention, indulging in the ultimate, authentic ‘Shisa Nyama’ experience.

36. Silvermine

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Forming part of the Table Mountain National Park, Silvermine Nature Reserve is where local residents go to picnic, hike and mountain bike amongst indigenous fynbos vegetation. It’s popular because it’s easily accessible from the city and its suburbs, and the hikes are decidedly gentler than the more demanding scrambles up and down Table Mountain National Park.

35. UCT

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Image courtesy of Richard Whittemore

Located in one of the most beautiful cities on earth, the University of Cape Town is one of the top education institutions on the African continent. But its accolades are only a small part of a long and proud history that includes being South Africa’s oldest university. Today the campus is one of the most diverse campuses in South Africa, with staff and students hailing from more than 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world.

34. Kaapse Klopse Carnival

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Every year in January the streets of Cape Town come alive with colour and the sound of trumpets as the Cape Minstrels take to the streets in inimitable style. Tweede Nuwe jaar is an age-old Cape tradition that was originally introduced by the Muslim slaves who celebrated their only day off work in the whole year. Nowadays men, women and children march from the Grand Parade, through the CBD streets and Bo-Kaap, singing and dancing. They are clad in colourful, shiny suits, white hats and carry a sun umbrella.

33. Small Wave Grovelling at Muizenberg

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The self-proclaimed home of South African surfing, Muizenberg is where you’ll find the oldest surf shop in the country, Gary’s Surf School, and a world record for the most surfers to ride a single wave at the same time.

32. Shark Spotters

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Perched on strategic viewpoints above the surf, full-time shark spotters operate at Fish Hoek, Muizenberg, St James and Noordhoek all year round. The Shark Spotting programme is a registered NPO managed by Kommetjie Environmental Awareness Group. These spots offer epic views and photo opportunities.

31. Market on the Wharf

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It’s no secret that Capetonians love all things relating to good food, good vibes and good times and Market on the Wharf at the V&A Waterfront provides a suitable platform for all that goodness to merge. The result – a vibrant meeting place for local merchants, suppliers and visitors where discussion and trade are focused on, offering everything from organic food to sweet treats, oysters, cheese, craft beer and even home ware products and clothing.

30. Long Street by day

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During daylight hours Long Street is a bustling inner-city arena full of lunch options, fashion boutiques and antique shops all characterised by Victorian architecture you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in South Africa.

29. Long Street by night

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Image courtesy of Warrenski via Flickr

At night, Cape Town’s iconic street spawns a party scene that’s not for the faint-hearted. For those seeking a night out in town, clubs and bars line each side of the street and tourists and locals rush to and fro’ dodging flashing blue lights and hooting taxis.

28. Signal Hill

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Image courtesy of Kristina from Le fabeux destin

This is where the city comes for sundowners. Signal Hill is a little more accessible than Table Mountain and Lion’s Head but it still offers truly astounding views. Bring your partner here for a romantic glass of wine before the sun sets, or bring the family for a picnic and an ice cream. It’s also a great spot to get up close and personal with launching and landing paragliders.

27. Atlantic Kelp Forests

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While they might seem like a creepy, slimy drawback to your icy Atlantic swim; the kelp beds, found close to the shore off beaches around Cape Town, are in fact recognised as one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on Earth.

26. Up Cycle around the Mother City

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Get the best views on a bike with Up Cycles. The bike rental service allows locals and tourists the chance to venture around the Atlantic coastline, including Camps Bay and Sea Point as well as riding through Green Point Park and the CBD. Simply arrive at an Up Cycles station (Sea Point Pavilion, V&A Waterfront Silo 5, Camps Bay Strip or Breakaway Café), choose and pay for the duration of the ride you’d like to do, go riding and snap cool photos. When you’ve completed your bike ride you can return the bike to any of the Up Cycles stations. Pricing starts at R70 for one hour.

25. Big Wave Surfing at Dungeons

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Putting South Africa on the big wave surfing map, Dungeons in Hout Bay is a right-hand break known for its power and ability to scare visitors away. Getting to the break is not an easy task, seeing as there is a mountain you have to traverse in order to get there. The best way is to grab a boat out of the bay for a direct ride to the break.

24. Kloof Street

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Image courtesy of Gary Bembridge via Flickr

Durban has Florida Road, Johannesburg has 4th Avenue, and completing the trifecta of popular streets in each of South Africa’s 3 major cities is Kloof Street – the boutique shopping, bar hopping, bistro obliterating, tequila tanking, student swarming delight of Cape Town’s in-crowd.

23. Sea Point Promenade

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Image courtesy of @zoe.groenewald via Instagram

The promenade is much-loved for the walking,  jogging and meandering opportunity it offers to anyone who’s looking for a little fresh air and some beautiful views. Busy no matter the time of day, it’s a rare treat to be able to enjoy such untamed beauty while walking on a flat, comfortable path. The promenade also features a free outdoor adult jungle gym.

22. Old Biscuit Mill

Image courtesy of Themba Mngomezulu

Every Saturday morning, small farmers, beer crafters, designers, artisan chocolate makers, bakers, and vintage collectors and lovers meet at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock to sell, buy, and share ideas. It opens at 09:00  and closes at 14:00.  The building was previously a biscuit mill, and that’s where the name comes from. Come and explore the Mill and meet some of South Africa’s most talented designers, artists, photographers, and connoisseurs of fine taste and décor.

21. Camps Bay Strip

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This is where Cape Town’s idle rich comes to party, soak up the sun cocktail in hand; the ‘strip’ is where lively bars spill on to the pavement and celebrities make merry next to mere mortals. The Camps Bay Strip is a great summer hangout spot!

20. Cape Point

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You can only imagine how the Portuguese sailor, Bartolomeu Dias, must’ve felt on rounding Cape Point – the headland at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula. It’s a wild stretch and a navigator’s nightmare, but you’ll never have to worry about that as you can drive right up to the point and take the stairs or the funicular to the viewpoint.

19. Kirstenbosch Gardens

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Image courtesy of Michael Morris via Trekking Tripod


Nestled on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden boasts over 22,000 indigenous plant species and was the first botanical garden to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The open-air concerts that are held every Sunday from November to April have come to represent a fitting end to the weekend, attracting the best in local musical talent.

18. Robben Island

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Image courtesy of @kris.willis8 via Instagram

Mandela’s cell on Robben Island is a stark reminder of the adversity that once plagued South Africa. Everyone should visit Robben Island, if not to be humbled, then to be inspired by the island’s history and the stories of the men who rose from obscurity to build a free and fair South Africa.

17. Spring Flowers on the West Coast

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Image courtesy of @murray_gorman via Instagram

Admittedly this attraction is seasonal but when August does eventually arrive the beautiful display of flowers that comes with it is a must-see natural masterpiece. A drive up the West Coast is a must as it affords the exciting opportunity to, discover epic West Coast gems like beaches, nature reserves, art galleries, and loads of quirky farmstalls.

16. Hout Bay

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The ‘Republic of Hout Bay’ represents a favourite weekend jaunt for Capetonians. Home to the Bay Harbour Market, Dungeons – Africa’s big wave surf spot- and a lively harbour, it’s no wonder this seaside enclave south of Cape Town has such a popular following. Hout Bay has so many attractions to enjoy, be sure to take your camera along and capture some beautiful photos of the unique suburb.

15. Clifton Beach in the height of summer

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Clifton Beach crowns the Cape Town summer hotlist. Thirty plus degrees on the sand and ten degrees or less in the surf – are you brave enough to tempt the cold Atlantic?

14. Fog rolls in over Cape Town City Bowl

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Image courtesy of Mike Hutchings

Fog creeps in over the Cape Town City Bowl at night. It’s a surreal scene from Signal Hill as imagery of Gotham City springs to mind. If you find yourself above the city as the fog creeps in, don’t forget to capture it!

13. Cape Town Stadium Capacity Crowd

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Image courtesy of @based_in_cape via Instagram

Built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Cape Town Stadium continues to play host to football matches and concerts. Located in Green Point, a visit to Cape Town Stadium should be on your Cape Town itinerary. Catch a PSL game and capture the city’s energy with the locals in attendance.

12. Fish ‘n Chips at Kalky’s

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Kalky’s is a favourite amongst locals and tourists. Grab a delicious box of fish ‘n chips to complete your fun day of exploring the quirky and laidback suburb of Kalk Bay. Kalky’s has a charming atmosphere that gives tourists the best experience of the town’s informal fishing industry.

11. Chapman’s Peak Drive

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It’s arguably one of the most scenic drives in South Africa, if not the world. Chapman’s Peak hugs the coast on a cliff between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Affectionately known as “Chappies”, this 9 km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak (593 metres), which is the southerly extension of Constantiaberg.

10. Great White Shark breach in False Bay

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Image courtesy of Chris Fallows

Take a look at this epic photo of a   great white shark breaching  in False Bay (notice prey in its jaws). False Bay is one of the very few places where you are able to see a great white shark breaching. To increase your chances of seeing this magnificent creature, visit Seal Island (Hout Bay) from June to October.

9. Lion’s Head Full Moon Hike

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Image courtesy of Lee Casalena

On windless nights, when the moon is full, hundreds of Capetonians leave work and take the hour-long trek to the summit of Lion’s Head. With the sun setting to the west and the moon rising in the east, the Lion’s Head full moon hike is an experience like no other and it won’t cost you a cent.

8. Colourful Huts at Muizenberg

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Image courtesy of Susan Cook

These huts at Muizenberg on the False Bay side are another symbol of the Mother City and her colourful vibrant nature.

7. Lightning Strikes Table Bay

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Image courtesy of Warren Tyrer via Flickr

An artful photographer’s touch and mother nature come together in a precise moment as lightning lights up the night sky over Table Bay in Cape Town.

6. Bo Kaap

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Image courtesy of Rama Arya

Cape Town’s colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood is a visual masterpiece with cobblestoned streets brimming with history. The delicious smell of Cape Malay fare hangs heavy in the air, intercepted every so often by the call to prayer.

5. Kalk Bay Harbour

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Image courtesy of @ekklesia11 via Instagram

One of the most charming little harbours imaginable this side of the Cape Peninusla, Kalk Bay Harbour is a quaint neighbourhood dotted with lively restaurants, great ocean-facing pubs and a gazillion stores to explore.

4. Winelands

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South Africa’s world-famous wines are produced mostly in the Cape Winelands – a region of great beauty, fertile soil and historic towns surrounded by impressive mountains. One of South Africa’s most visited destinations; the towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl are less than 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, while Franschhoek is a little further afield.

You might like: 6 Undiscovered Wine Farms Around Cape Town

3. Boulders Beach

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Image courtesy of Graeme Myburgh

While Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town is beautiful, probably its biggest charm is the colony of African Penguins that reside here. Capture these charismatic penguins in their habitat and remember to respect their surroundings at all times. During summer, you can swim with the penguins and soak up the beautiful beach.

2. V&A Waterfront

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Incorporating an up-scale shopping complex, a world of restaurants, markets, an amphitheatre for outdoor events surrounded by numerous 5-star hotels, the V&A Waterfront is a Cape Town favourite.

1. Cape Town Aerial Photo

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Image courtesy of Greg Lumley

An aerial shot of modern Cape Town with Green Point Stadium in the foreground. It doesn’t get any better than this. One look at this aerial shot of Cape Town and you’ll see why the city is a tourism magnet!

If these photos have made you want to pack up and get a move on to Cape Town then our work here is done. The pictures showcased above are the day-to-day scenes that make the Cape a feature on every nomads bucketlist.


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  12. Great pictures of the Mother City.

    The city really has a lot of diverse cultures, things and places to visit.

    This post reminds me once again why so many people flock to Cape Town each year!

    Keep up the great work!


  13. Great description of the city with many eye-catching images. It represents the beauty and diversity of the city.

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  23. Awesome pictures. Great job. I was born in Cape Town South Africa and I am a world traveler. My family and I have lived in a beautiful part of the USA for the past 34 years and we have been home sick for beautiful Cape Town for every day of those 34 years. To us Cape Town will always be home and it will always be the MOST beautiful city in the world. To those nasty, negative-minded people who have made so many negative comments about Cape Town please allow me to say that it is so obvious that you have expressed your innermost jealousy and your basic inability to be sincere about your true feelings about my great mother city, Cape Town. There is racism and injustice everywhere in the world. I don’t care what country it is, whether it is Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Brazil. Racism is part of the human condition of so many “mentally sick” people. To them I say, “Go and get some professional help.” As for the lady who brags about living in Texas for 6 years on six acres, For laughing out aloud, you must live in the boonies in Texas. Who do you think you’re fooling?Cape Town is pragtig and unique. There is no place like it on earth. If I could twist God’s arm (LOL) I like to ask Him if I could die in Cape Town, one day. Cape Town, my family and I LOVE you. There is no place as spectacular. warm and beautiful as you. We come home to Cape Town every two years and will continue to do so. Cape Town is not perfect and neither is any city on earth. However, Cape Town will always be home to us and we will ALWAYS be homesick for Cape Town. To those who made negative comments I would like to say, stay where you are and get a life. Viva Cape Town!! This is Dr. Howie signing off from “Radio Homesick for Cape Town.”

  24. really i love you cape town city i am BANGLADESI but i love SOUTH AFRICA …..

  25. It’s an amazing list of things to do and sightseeing in cape town and you are right cape town look more beautiful in pictures. Thanks Russell for this lovely picture. Have you tested Truth Coffee?

  26. Where’s the buskers? So much music in Cape Town streets, not only with festivals.

  27. It’s really nice collection really enjoyed this post
    Sagar Ganatra

    • Hi Sagar,

      Thanks for the great feedback. Really happy to hear you enjoyed the blog.

  28. Totally agree. It truly is a beautiful place and thanks for the share.

  29. great, these photos are great, i love cape town.
    i ask if i can put some of these photos on face book?
    thanks a lot

    • Hi Jasmin,

      Yes you should be allowed as long as they credit the original person who took the photograph and also if it is not for commercial use.

  30. I was there for a year and a half. If I could’ve I would’ve stayed there the rest of my life. What a beautiful City, in a beautiful setting….and love all the different cultures and background, there……home sick for Cape Town…….

  31. Time for an update – would love to see the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront featured 🙂

    • Hi Shannon,

      Thanks for the feedback.

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  32. I have a friend that works in one of Cape Town’s blue-chip companies. He says it’s like waking up to a holiday, everyday ^:^ What a dream come true

  33. superbbb

  34. Can anybody help me get in contact with my friend in this picture?

  35. Born and bred in Cape Town, moved to JHB at 14, then moved to USA.

    Fully agree – it’s beautiful, however I have traveled to many beautiful places – I don’t want to live in all of them though.

    The beauty of the Cape is overshadowed by all that is “not seen” in these pictures. Sad to say, but reality is – I fear for the safety of those I left behind.

    These pictures will or could find their way into potential tourist hands – show it all, or show nothing! Cape Town, like all cities in SA, has its fair share of demons and darkness..!

    Proudly American!

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Yes South Africa is a beautiful country with so much to offer and very diverse. Just like all countries we have our troubles, (see what is happening in America) very sad. I guess its the way how one handles it.

      South Africa has come so far, from where it was before. Yes, our country could be better if somethings were to change, but hopefully over time.

      Cape Town has so much to offer its locals and tourists visiting here. Beauty all around. Its always a pleasure to welcome our tourists and see that they have a wonderful say when visiting 😀

  36. These are really the fantastic sights in the world thanks for publishing and sharing them

  37. Oldest surf shop in the country = Corner Surf Shop… Not Gary’s Surf!!

  38. I was here in 2009. I will be back. It’s a beatifull town.

  39. Originally from Zimbabwe, been living in Cape Town for six years. And I don’t wanna stay anywhere else in the world. #LoveCapeTown

  40. Breath-taking. Thank Cape Town, thank you South Africa. I am currently enjoying Australia but miss South Africa. See you soon and keep doing the right things. God bless our country.

  41. How can one still doubt the indubitable natural, historical, cultural and culinary beauty of our Mother City? Certainly, every major SA city has its own charm and appeal (think, Pretoria, Bloemfontain, Durban, etc.), but no city is more iconoclastically South African than the Mother City! One could have added some pics of life on the sprawling Cape Flats as well — surely the stark realities of survival on these flats are as “real” to Cape Town as Table Mountain or Robben Island is….

  42. The most Beautiful place in the world: Cape Town

    South Africa

  43. i luv yo fotoz buddy this was a full spec of the city though i think a video in music and pic would be more ideal and background vice with explanation of scenery and drop it on youtube man we luv this gud pics

  44. Imaginative photos giving a good idea of some of the many places a visitor might like to visit.

  45. Love how a picture of Groot Constantia is used to illustrate “the Winelands” (4) with no reference to the original “Winelands” of Constantia… We know it’s an Iconic pic but getting the facts and association correct would be a good start.

    • I agree. The old Dutch architect style estate homes is only one aspect of our rich viticultural heritage…..

  46. @CarolM, every country in the world has atleast one city that locals believe to be the best in the world. Your comments are unnecessarily harsh and critical. As South Africans we are all aware of our countries’ shortfalls but as South Africans we tend to stand together and defend whats ours. From your statements you seem to be an arm chair traveller, exploring the world through your internet connection, theres nothing wrong with that, the problem seems to be your attitude. I have been to many places, one of them Brazil- Copacabana is amazing, beauty everywhere you look, the view from Sugar loaf mountain is unrivalled, I found even the favelas in Rio have no equal, the sheer impact the ‘makeshift’ housing has is awe inspiring. Judging by your attitude I know that you will have a similar negative attitude towards Brazil should you ever visit. No country, province or state can be or have everything you want, thats why tourism companies highlight attractions that will entice you to visit and if you explore further thats considered a bonus. I love travelling, to me its not about comparing one country or attraction to another, its appreciating and finding beauty and inspiration in the differences. Why travel abroad at all if only to find places unworthy? I would understand if you find experiences unpleasant, just last year I was mugged in San Francisco of all places but believe me if I got another opportunity to explore Ghirardelli square or Larkspur or the wharf I would jump at it-I just wont visit the Tenderloin again. Instead go to the places in your own country that you appreciate, wont you enjoy that more? I hope your negativity will end and that you find beauty wherever you go. I cant fault you for not liking Cape Town but take it easy with the negativity, Im sure you wouldnt appreciate someone coming to your house to critisise your decor or family.

  47. CarolM.. What the hell r u smoking. So u don’t like CAPE TOWN, thanks for the comparisons to so much equally beautiful cities, CPT is a stunning place…deal with it and quit having a chip on your shoulder

    • To CaroleM You say ” Remember that God created the world in 6 days and on the 7th he created Rio (not Cape Town and certainly not Table Mountain LOL).” If you believe these sayings then let me tell you another one When God was sharing the countries to the different nations he told them that they could go and each get their piece of land for 6 days because on the 7th he would be resting. The Greeks didnt go during those 6 days but went to him on the morning of the 7th day He said to them Why are you so late? I have already shared all the land that there is.The Greeks said to him ”We are sorry we are so late but we know that you love all your people so surely there is something small that you can give us as well” God thought about it and said Yes I love all my people so I will give you a country as well. The only one that is left is the most beautifull that I was keeping for myself. That is all I can give you.And he gave them GREECE.
      So CaroleM I am Greek and very proud of it and live in this most beautiful country (Please dont start comparing it to Rio) I did however spend many of my childhood years in Cape Town and have been back quite a few times in the last few years.Believe me Second to our precious Greece Cape Town IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!
      Maybe after visiting RIO you will be saying that that and all the other countries you’ve seen pictures of are also overated.Never judge a book by its cover

  48. I could find a milion reasons to move here… it’s such an amazing city….but honestly.. the main reason for me .. is him.. and i don’t need anything elso to make me want to move here.. only him

  49. What fantastic photos! Flo the French bulldog is my personal favourite.

  50. OMW coralM Rio is a dirty , filthy place. U cannot compare it to cape town REALLY .. People who have been to Rio don’t like it there , so don’t come here with ur shit. Seriously

    • Whatever you say about it being dirty (I do remember the townships outside Cape Town being less than desirable), you have deliberately failed to address the location of Rio. No one talked about it being tidier. True Cape Town is in a nice enough location but it cannot rival the vistas offered by Rio. Remember that God created the world in 6 days and on the 7th he created Rio (not Cape Town and certainly not Table Mountain LOL).
      So if you think that my comments are “sh**” that says more about you and your arrogance. Grow up and look at some photos of Rio.

    • Christ the Redeemer, CaroleM, you really care about these fucking comments. The first few were entertaining, but you lost me when you just kept coming back. We get it, you dig Rio. That’s your choice and you are entitled to it. So someone made a post about a city that you didn’t care for. Big deal. There are people getting murdered out there. America is spying/dropping bombs on people. They are waging war on an abstract consept. Young girls are being stoned to death for trying to learn to read in the Arab Emirates. This post is of no consequence.

    • @ Carol,

      Isn’t table Mountain one of 7 Wonders of the natural world. Remember this: 2,200 species of plants are confined to Table Mountain – more than exist in the whole of the United Kingdom, so your statement of barren rock hardly qualifies. I’ve been to Rio and Santorini. Yes both are amazing but I must digress. As far excellent cuisine goes , Cape Town is far ahead of the pack, and it is so cheap! The Greek Islands are a complete rip off as far as the the quality of Food is concerned and the pollution in the ocean, especially in Mykonos is bad, plastic bags, tyres etc. South Africa is one of the few countries in the world making a concerted effort to preserve their oceans and coastlines. Yes Rio is beautiful no doubt but there is just something about Cape Town and not just Cape town the whole of the western Cape. Yes all cities have their problems, crime, shanty towns etc. I’m not disagreeing with you regarding the beauty of any city or place, maybe you just had a bad experience. I Also think it is completely unfair to make sweeping statements if you haven’t experienced the culture and way of life for more than a month. Also take into account that travel Brochures only show the most beautiful scenes in any given area, Drive a couple miles away and the beauty disappears.

      Obviously your statements would offend people living in Cape Town. Do you like it when the whole world makes sweeping statements about Americans being fat and obnoxious and also account for most off the pollution across the globe?

  51. Where’s the buskers? So much music in Cape Town streets, not only with festivals. You can give 50 pics of that!

  52. wow Cape town is nice place to be and I would say in South Africa as a whole Cape Town is the best. keep it up to keep the city clean and health thanks.

  53. im living in Cape Town,the life here is amazing,the weather
    is fantastic,we have forest at the mountain so we can walk with our dogs.we have amazing beaches,which we spend our summers on without been harrised not like Rio De Janeiro
    Carol m.dont know what to say to you if you see Table Mountain as a slab of rock..that says it all..

    • Bernie,
      Cape Town is not the centre of the universe and it has many faults. When I was there we had 2 days of fog and rain and there are numerous accounts of people who were thwarted by the weather so do not pretend everything is amazing. It is also very windy–isn’t that its nickname?
      Many countries have fabulous beaches but the ones immediately around Cape Town were certainly not fabulous and the water was cold.
      You dismiss Rio because you are not harrassed in Cape Town which tells me all I need to know. Rio has a more magnificent setting with many different vistas to Cape Town. They said God created the world in 6 days and Rio on the 7th day.
      Even some Cape Town residents think Table Mountain is overrated and is not attractive to look at. Just open your eyes and look at Wellington Mountain, Hobart for a beautiful mountain and you may see what I mean. Sure Cape Town is in a nice enough setting but it’s not all that and certainly not in a league of it own.

      Stop being so precious about Cape Town and being so reluctant to acknowledge the far superior beauty of Rio and Hobart.

    • Oh Bernie,
      Did you forget the fog and wind which afflict Cape Town or is that another thing you conveniently forgot to mention? LOL

    • Description of S Africa on Commonwealth games website
      “The interior of South Africa is a vast, flat and sparsely populated scrubland, which is drier towards the north-west along the Namib Desert. In contrast, the eastern coastline is lush and well-watered”. LOL. Hardly a ringing endorsement for it being a beautiful country.

  54. Cape Town is an amazing place and I have bee lucky to live there a couple of times, Fantastic. I live in Missouri, USA now, but remember when Robben Island, was a leper colony, my farther, Ernest E. Barnett worked there as a very young man, for very, low wages, doing his best to bring comfort to the poor folks, stricken with this horrendous illness called leprosy. This heritage is very important, for the young peoples history of their great country, more so, than it being the prison home a criminal, a man who was put in prison and found guilty for helping to make bombs and for killing innocent people and children. Thank You.

  55. I have leaved in South Africa for 15 years from which 5 as a bachelor in the mother citi,i have travel lots to Europe as im from there Cyprus as well,For the past 2 years i leave in Seychelles which it’s amazing place but still no place can compare to Cape Town.Best years and memories of my life CAPE TOWN best place in the world CAPE TOWN.
    just my opinion;and im sure there is many more like me

    • At least you recognise that there are other opinions and that many people regard Rio De Janeiro as the most stunning and beautiful city on the planet. You only have to look at the photos to see how the views are much more breath taking and interesting than Cape Town.

  56. CaroleM must be a local who travelled abroad once and now pretends to know all the most beautiful cities in the world. News flash CarolM … Cape Town is the destination of choice of millions of seasoned travellers and nothing you say will change that … go to your destination of choice and leave Cape Town for the millions who acknowledge the beauty and hospitality of this vibrant city

    • Hilton, another narked South African (presumably or mouth piece for them) who doesn’t like anyone to have an opinion unless it matches her’s. No one is allowed to say that somewhere else is more beautiful than her favourite.

      Unfortunately I have visited Cape Town and also San Francisco which is a stunning city. I have seen videos of Hobart and Rio and from those alone I can see that the vistas and location are absolutely breathtaking and spectacular. You get an even better view from the Rock of Gibraltar than Table Mountain as you look out to sea across to North Africa.
      So I am well aware that people will visit Cape Town but many will be disappointed that the place is overhyped. The Cape Town beaches are not conducive to swimming unlike Copacabana. Anyway the photos speak for themselves. The views across Rio and the green covered forests with the rocks melting into the sea truly put Cape Town in the shade/fog. So stop getting so prissy and jump down from your soap box.

  57. If only that blind guy in the new SA tourism ad could see this…he’d think the dog picture is stupid too.

  58. Why the market on the Wharf – Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay is much better and just won the best market award. Agree dog should go!

  59. I was in South Africa in 2009 to see some friends and visit Cape Town as some of the places where I was before when I left Angola. Cape Town is special and I hope that the people can keep the town and the country side as it is because is beautifull.

  60. Very good photos

  61. I agree, the dog is a silly inclusion. It’s a French Bulldog, for heaven’s sake. How and why would a French Bulldog make anyone want to live in Cape Town? There are French Bulldogs in Joburg too. And Bloemfontein, probably.

  62. Cape town beautiful mother city love u to the moon and back beautiful city beautiful people beautiful scenery miniature garden of eden

  63. Surely Newlands cricket ground before some stupid dog. I’d even rather add Putt-Putt in Sea Point and the lighthouse walk.

  64. Nice place in the world I like it this city and im going Cape Town city ofter tomorrow

  65. great pictues. bring back memories. pity you did not show a pic of a union castle ship in table bay. well remember the museums and that lovely park and all the young female office workers at lunchtime.

  66. Ilike very much South Africa as i lived there.Really its a beautiful country,especialy lovely Cape Town.I been in Cape Town as well.Ihave got lovely memories from such a nice country and spent time i have never forget.

    • This is to A

      I have no intention of returning to overrated S Africa. You need to get out more and learn to accept all comments on your country whether positive or negative. Have a look at photos of Rio, Hobart, or Vancouver and stop being so precious about the Cape Town.

    • This is to Peggy Hurwitz

      If you had read my post carefully you might have noticed that I mentioned Tampa airport rather than Tampa itself so your reference to mountains is irrelevant. I was comparing Tampa airport to Cape Town airport and there is just no comparison. First world comfort and facilities versus third world.
      I am glad that you seem to accept that North Cornwall has stunning scenery and believe it or not it does have sunshine sometimes. It however only rarely has fog or excessive winds which blot out the landscape or make it uncomfortable to walk in. June, July, August are not that pleasant in S Africa whereas in Cornwall the weather can be lovely. Today it was 22C.

      The USA has the Grand Canyon and S Africa has absolutely nothing to compare with that. Sun City is just a joke when compared to Las Vegas and I have visited both. Robbin Island is not as interesting or set in such a scenic setting as Alcatraz.

      So I am not crazy and I have visited Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope which is just like Lands End.

      Ultimately everything is subjective to a certain degree although it is generally accepted that Rio is the most stunning coastal city on earth. I found that S Africans were fairly arrogant about their country and dismissive of everywhere else and I imagine you fit in well living there.

    • This is to Marie.

      Well what a nasty piece you have written. Must match your character. You have made such a sweeping statement about Australia and Australians. and all I did was mention that Hobart, Tasmania looked spectacular. You are the jealous one with a feeling that you are entitled to totally disregard every other country and then get very annoyed when people do not share your view. What about Rio or are you going to say it is boring like the rest of Brazil.

      Just because I think Cape Town in particular and S Africa in general is overrated you get on your high horse. I have even read that some S Africans think Table Mountain is overrated. So get over yourself. I think Rio is more spectacular and stunning than anything in S Africa. I think you need to apologise to Australians for your rudeness. Do you think I am Australian? LOL
      When people lash out like you they display jealousy tendencies as they think they are the best and cannot bear that someone would find somewhere more beautiful eg Rio.

  67. Been to Cape Town and it is so overrated especially Table “Slab of Rock” sorry Mountain. Table Mountain is not attractive in itself and is a barren rock. The view from the top is just like the views from any high vantage point looking down on a coastal resort. As someone else said on another site, “Much ado about nothing”. Bear in mind too that South Africa is a very dangerous country. Cape Town airport when compared to Tampa airport for example, is a joke. Cape Town hugs the coast like Santorini but somehow the latter is just so much more scenic. The coastal area around Cape Town is much like the north Cornwall coast in England. Trust me it’s not worth a long haul plane flight.

    Have seen photos of Rio De Janeiro which is what I call truly stunning and I cannot wait to see it showcased at the World Cup Finals.

    • You must be crazy Carole M. Tampa Bay cannot compare. No mountains – just cannot compete. The weather for one is much better. Even in winter the sun can shine and warmth surrounds you. England – cornwall you said, is damp, rainy most of the time – so cannot compare to CT. Lived in USA 20 odd years,have not yet seen anything to compare. So there… are sure sure you’ve even seen the beauty of the Cape —-

    • Oh well Carolem, Some people just don’t know how to appreciate beauty! Who cares about the airport!

    • Well im sure cape town wouldnt want people with negative attitutes visiting such a positive place. So if you dont return you wont be missed.

    • CaroleM – what a grouch you are. Jealously is an awful character trait. South Africa has more to offer than Australia. Australia in its entirety is BORING, the people are rude, arrogant, hostile, hypocritical, discriminatory and generally have a sense of entitlement. I have lived in and visited many countries and Africa has more than the places you mention. PLease don’t ever go back to SA or visit there, we don’t care for people like you.

    • please do not come back to my beautiful country and city – we do not need people with such negative comments – beauty is in the mind and in the eye of the beholder – if one has a beautiful heart one can see something beautiful even when it is ugly and odd. your reply comments to the other people who replied to your comments were unkind and vicious.

    • Jealousy is in your eyes , South Africa is one of the top rated countries in the world . People like you are not needed in my beautiful country , talking about danger , which country is not dangerous u benefit freek just want to spoil the reputation of my country and if it so dangerous why are your country ‘s people flocking in the country and buying properties anyway I am talking about celebrities and not people like , talking about Cornwall , it is nothing compared to Cape Town , just get a life and stop being so critical.

    • Ah Marie. Nice blanket comments about a country I am sure you have never visited, and people you have degraded with a sweeping comment. In fact the way you exclaim more or less makes you sound like the very Australians you falsely insulting. Both countries are beautiful, it is not a competition. And frankly how you speak is what gives our country a rubbish reputation.

  68. Iv been to many,many parts of the world over the years.Trust me..Cape Town IS definitely the best city in the world!! Born & bred in Cape Town & very proud of it!! If you haven’t been fortunate enough to see other parts of the world,you’ll never know.

  69. Picture 20: Southeast? That should read southwest. Nice set of pics.

  70. Another error, the picture shown is not Cape Point is Cape of Good Hope

  71. Why does anyone wants to leave some place as beautifulas the Cape of Good Hope? Just look at our Goverment for your answer.

  72. A major omission is the Atlantic Rail steam train to Simon’s Town. Not too many cities can boast a steam trip along the sea like that between Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town.

  73. I’m convinced and on my way permanently.

  74. Stunning pics, been to most places that are displayed…. If u got time- go there

  75. The picture of Clifton is back to front…..

  76. I am happy to have visited some of these places in 2010 while living at obervatory (riverview lodge).
    museum of slavery
    cape national park
    cape point

  77. I was born in CT, left there in 198). Been back only twice.
    Happy memories of a wonderful city…Has changed alot for the better

  78. Very nice but I do wish that SA Tourism would correct Pictur 15 which is used as stock pictures. It is reversed. Anyone who knows the area will spot itmmediately.

  79. Love it, working outside the country and only going home 1 time a year, thank you for this virtual tour, as I looked at the pictures I relived wonderful memories of most of the places !

  80. Cape Town’s the place to stay.
    There’s mention of Dias rounding Cape Point. He did not. I remember history lessons. Shortly before reaching there, they went out to sea in a big storm, tried to get back, and landed up at Mossel Bay. Oh well, Dias did round Cape Point on the return.

  81. just walk around and try to talk as much as u can to learn the languages

  82. Hi!! I’m from Brazil Brasília . I will go to Cape town in november!! And These pictures are very beatiful!! Walking some tips?

    Thak you

  83. hi tay

  84. its a pony

  85. I have travelled around the world..but Cape Town is a place to be, the world in “miniature” in its real sense,all continent represented, all actions present. Atlantic Ocean coolness to the Indian ocean warmth…Life is so lekker..

  86. You forgot to post some pictures of the constant home invasions and carjackings and general insane crime levels.

    • What you want may not answer the question “50 photos of CT that will make you want to live in the mother city”..

    • hah, there always has to be one…

    • post yours,you looney!

    • what a disgusting comment and completely out of whack with what this article is all about – jealousy makes you nasty. As a born and bred Capetonian who lives in Hout Bay this IS the most beautiful place in the world – thanks for the beautiful pictures

  87. I would have included one of our beautiful churches and possibly, the famous Mount Nelson Hotel.

    • Hi – just seen your name here – hope you are well

  88. Lived in Maseru, Lesotho for 4 wonderful years, but one of the higlights of my four year tenure was the lovely yearly sojourn to Capetown. Of course this was in the late seventies to early eighties….before the dismantling of apartheid, and though I’ve been back to Jo’burg in the 21st century, I never got the chance to re-visit Capetown, to see it after 32 years…..it’s definitely on my “Bucket List!” The “mother city” is stil as beautiful as ever!

  89. did’nt work, don’t want to live there………….

    • Thanks .

    • who wants you here?

  90. I agree with Rachel. “flo” the bulldog???? Helloooo. What this got to do with Cape Town, should have at least a picture of the “real” Cape Town tonwship

  91. Great set of photographs. Just one small error in that the picture of Clifton is reversed. The rocks should be on the left hand side of the pic. Other than that , a fine pictorial of this great city

  92. Lovely to see sunny Cape Town from freezing Bonny Scotland in freezing cold!

  93. Great collection of Cape Towns finest places. Must have been tough to only choose 50 🙂

  94. Flo the bulldog? Why? Such a Cape Town thing to do… include your friend’s dog because um… nobody cares! That space should be filled by at least one of cape town’s townships

    • Wow! What a ray of sunshine you are. Get a life, ffs!

    • Check No. 37 Mzoli…is a township…

    • Jay, he has a point. It’s a dog. It’s not representative of Cape Town at all.

    • She said ‘Glass of juice’
      Not ‘Gas the jews’

    • Agree with the comments about “why the dog?” Suggest lose this and put the one you forgot – THE Cape Town photo: Table Mountain from Tableview.

      Also, perhaps the Castle.

  95. Fabulous grew up and went to school there, now live in another beautiful place, Plettenberg Bay

  96. Just outstanding & awesome advertising for the most beautiful City in the world CAPE TOWN

  97. Having already visited this absolutely beautiful place, these amazing photos just make me want to get on the next aircraft going to Cape Town. Great selection.

  98. What about table mountain itself #facepalm

  99. Beautiful pics and wonderful memories – The tears were running down my face after just the first five pictures. I still love and adore Cape Town and miss it every single day. Its truly special. Your pics remind me how lucky I was to live there. My home now is in Europe after spending a few years in Australia but time, travel and distance will never take away the longing, the wonder and the strong heart beat I feel when I see these magnificent pictures. Thank you for sharing with those of us who are now far away but never forget.

  100. My South African friend has recently been going on and on at me about how I should live in Cape Town, for he thinks I’d fall in love with the place (mainly because of the Trance parties). When this popped up on my Twitter feed I saw it as a sign- I’m going to move there in 2015.

  101. Thanks for including our shot of Chapman’s Peak – taken from a ‘secret’ spot, the local’s view.

  102. Lived in ct for 65 years then moved to Auckland n.z. Love it in n.z. But still miss the cape the scenery is unrivalled The smoked smoke , potjiekos, maize berg caravan park , early morning swims Those were the good old days smoke d. Should be snoek Alec Mofsowitz ,

  103. Open Streets are becoming an institution in Cape Town’s communities. More coming in 2014! http://openstreets.co.za

  104. You forgot to show the wind……….. and the wind…… and more wind and then there’s the wind.One has to be lucky and stay in Bantry Bay otherwise there’s the wind.

    • Yep, there is quite a lot of wind especially Dec./Jan, However, when it doesn’t blow, I doubt if there is another more beautiful place on earth and I HAVE travelled extensively. Will not move away, ever. I am where I am.

  105. Absolutely brilliant, I am so proud to live here.

  106. What a beautiful place to live. I want to see these places

  107. Lived in Johannesburg. Visited Cape Town in 1965. Fell in love with it and refused to return home! Am still aware of its natural beauty every day. And the people have a great and easy sense of humour. You don’t get that in many big places. Intend to die here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If necessary?

    physical beauty every day

  108. awesome talent in cape town realising the mothercity’s beauty

  109. Ja, Well, No, Fine, it still a lekker place.

  110. Absolutely fantastic. Makes one homesick

  111. le cap s est très beau surtout vu de l intérieur
    voyage merveilleux souvenirs pleins la tete

  112. WOW !!!!! love this unfortunately it looks different to how I remember it as I left in the early 1950’s and I was just a kid, but it was lovely to see the place where I was born, T.Y.F.SH……

  113. Nice photo’s but the one of Clifton beach is the wrong way round.

  114. So beautiful……….the Cape………every year I used to spend my holidays in the Cape ……..so much I miss the people…….the colours……..the life……….the incredible nature……no other place in the world will be the same ………miss the Cape …….love the Cape forever……………Manuela

  115. You’re so welcome

  116. As someone who left for Sydney 34 years ago, I agree that the pictures (other than the French dog) are a great representation of a beautiful place. Loved the 2 pictures of Muizenberg as well as Kalk Bay harbour where we used to buy snoek, harders, galjoen and all the other wonderful fresh fish. And, hi, Solly Goldberg — definitely remember you!

  117. Hi

    I lived in the US for 9 years and yet CT is my home and Africa is in my blood:-)

    It is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing these exquisite pictures of my beautiful home. I marvel at the beauty everyday and feel very blessed to be here

  118. I am a born and bred South African, Left SA 6 years ago and do not regret it. I move to Texas and live on 5 acres of land.
    I have been to all the places and in Cape Town and more,have lots of memories, but I will not be going back again.
    I always tell the Americans that there are two good things about South Africa and that is the weather and the scenery.

    • Shame, you really don’t know what you are missing by not living in ths beautiful city!

  119. I am a born and bred South African, Left SA 6 years ago and do not regret it. I move to Texas and live on 5 acres of land.
    I have been to all the places and in Cape Town and more,have lots of memories, but I will not be going back again.
    I always tell the Americans that there are two good things about South Africa and that is the weather and the secenery.

    • If you only have two positive things to say about South Africa,then you have done yourself and those of us here all a favour!

    • If you have only two positive things to say about South Africa, then you have done yourself and all of us here a favour by leaving!

    • And maybe the Americans could teach you to spell while you are there! Why brag with 5 acres, you can live in a 1000 sq.ft. piece of land in C.Town and be ecstatically happy! Vasbyt!

    • It’s okay Helen, we don’t need negative people in our country. I could move too but I believe that wherever you go, there you are. I have chosen to stay and work with the imperfections and challenges of this country.

  120. Rochelle, have you ever been abroad? I mean to major cities like Rome, Paris, London etc etc?……

  121. Awesome one of the places on earth to visit before you die


  123. Hi,
    Guys am from Limpopo and when I cape town is like I can relocate now, its beautiful and it will remain the south Africa’s most beautiful city for years and years. That is why they call it the mother city. I like it and would also love to go for a holiday.

  124. Great set of pictures! I was born and raised in CT for 10 years then moved to New York City. I have travelled all over the world and I can confidently say Cape Town is still my favorite place on earth. Can’t wait to move back!

  125. Where’s Fishoek?

    • Picture 32

    • Peggy Fish Hoek is situated after Muizenberg – Between Kalk Bay Harbour and Glencairn on the way to Simons Town

  126. Absolutely stunning photographs, and I know and have been to all of the places in the pics

  127. Very beautifull pics just one thing , the Indian ocean does not meet the Atlantic ocean at Cape Point but at AGULHAS the most southern point of Africa.

  128. Lived in S.A for 9 months as a Rotary Exchange student in 1963-64… Lived in Bishops Court for a few months… and simply fell in love with my host family and the land…. Cape Town was an exciting place for a young American teen. Lots of great memories .. hope to get back to visit someday soon….

  129. Brigs back many memories.We visited a number of the sites shown. Lovely places to visit.

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  131. Stunning – awesome and I could go on forever….HOWEVER, it’s sometimes good to show the filth and dirt as well which, unfortunately, has become a good part of our city. In any case, we have just to lift our heads high and see above the filth to appreciate our beautiful city

  132. No wonder Cape Town is the 3rd best city in the world and one of the most visited.Yes there are problems and which city in the world does not have them.So loosen up all you negative nay sayer,s and nit pickers and rejoice in South Africa,s legacy

  133. The most important pics are missing…………THE ARGUS CYCLE RACE! And of course Suikerbossie!

  134. One of only 2 cities lying at the foot of a mountain in the world, the other being Rio, Cape town is by far the BEST

  135. Stunning collection of the best that Cape Town has to offer – I will be there in December for an amazing Christmas and New Year fireworks over the sea! How amazing is that! LOVE YOU CAPE TOWN. xxx

  136. Thank you for reminding me what a wonderful place I was born and live in. You have done Cape Town proud with this almost comprehensive showcase. Cape Town has SO much to offer that it’s hard to show all its charms. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for the people who have had to leave here. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be – of that I am now certain, thanks to you.

  137. Prachtige foto’s,het was genieten,mooie herinneringen.

  138. You are wrong: Cape Point is NOT the place where the two oceans meet – that is at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of the African continent.

  139. The sounds and smells of CapeTown are the only thing to add these pictures, it was privilege living there for 26 years, but glad we are now Australians.

  140. So why on earth would one not want to live in the Cape simply because of the weather ?! Short sightedness maybe ?

    • Beautiful place for sure, definitely one of the scenic wonders of the world – but don’t forget the crime, the traffic, the poverty of the townships and camps.

  141. Born and Bred Capetonian and love the beauty and have no intention of leaving but why do Capetonians have a problem with people who make the choice to leave and make a home elsewhere? We have the right to make choices in this life. The World is a beautiful place and other countries have their awesome beauty too. We have to face the facts of the negatives in every place including Cape Town. I want to know who goes on a Moonlight Walk without being mugged at that time of the night? Just saying!

  142. What Beautiful photos of Cape Town bringing back lots of happy memories,the days of good freinds,music and good wine

  143. Live there from December 1986,leaving 1995, what a wonderfully, beautiful city. Groote Constantia, Kirstenbosch, all memories. What about a picture of Groote Schuur Hospital also a landmark of note. Thanks for the memories.

  144. Cape Town is great, pity about the weather.

  145. Love, but why is Kirstenbosh so low in priority and the dreary tourist spot that is the Waterfront so high?w

  146. This photo gallery smells like a copyright infringement binge to me. You do know that crediting a photographer does not by itself allow you to use their work, right?

    I know some of these photogs and will be emailing them a heads-up, so don’t be surprised if some legal papers start arriving at your office. Some of them work for big agencies with lawyers all over the world.

    Please don’t steal images, movies or music. It destroys the livelihoods of creative people everywhere.

    • Oh, shut up. You must be related to The Welz galleries.

    • Fuck off!

  147. Loved the photos and informative commentary!

  148. A magnificent city with endless energy from the sea and mountains. Where in the world would you find a city with so many different, beautiful sights or places to visit and experience within a 50km radius every week-end of the year, without repeating it?

  149. Makes me so proud to be a Capetonian abroad on my travels. When I see beautiful picture and articles like this showcasing our Mother City and rainbow nation.

    I’m defiantly sharing some of Travelstart Blog pictures. On @mothercitycapetown on ig. Fantastic article once again, never mind the minor errors. Check out CapeTown021 on Flipboard stunning moment of KaapStad.

  150. Ci@

  151. Fucking awesome….

  152. I am a born Capetonian but have lived in Scotland for 19 years.Am now moving back to my beautiful city and am bursting with happiness. Thank you for those memorable pics.

  153. I so miss living there .it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world ..so many fond memories

  154. Please we will have another influx of squatters coming from other countries to destroy our place again.

    • Yes, agreed, let’s keep it a secret-or put up border posts at Worcester.

  155. I was born and bred in Cape Town. I live in Durban now but I will always be a Capetonian at heart. Love love love Cape Town and can’t wait for the December visit!!!

  156. I’ve lived in the UK for 47 years, but CT and it’s environment will always have my heart and emotions. Thank goodness for good friends and family who tirelessly take me back to all my favourite places on my infrequent visits. Thank you for showing everyone out there what a great city CT is!

  157. I am a born and bred Capetonian, been living here all my life and I have the Mother city running through my veins….I still cannot get used to how stunning it is here 🙂

  158. Wow, this is really fantastic work… Despite the few haters who only have negative feedback, once you correct the errors, this will be a TOP notch overview of CT that the entire travel industry can use to show off SA’s most beautiful city! Have you sent it to “I love CT” for them to run a link to it on Facebook? You should…

  159. What a city, and man, what a blessing to live here and be able to share it with great guests from all over the world. Some of our best hangouts showcased here. Thanks for the great post and pics. Enjoy that sparkling day out there, Cape Town.

  160. Unanimous vote. CT was, IS and will always be South Africa’s most breathtakingly beautiful vibrant city. Every visit I get a lump in my throat when landing at CT with majestic Table Mt as her backdrop (our own SA Monaco) and return frowning to home-based Pretoria. Nothing , even Kruger Park compares to the scenic beauty of CT. CT rules…!

  161. We are just so privileged to live here and experience all these lovely places.

  162. Truly, the most beautiful place!!!

  163. WOW, I have always maintained, The Mother City is simply stunning, for soooo many reasons!!!!!!! When I saw CT first, I was so stunned, I vowed I would live there one day. I did get to live there for two years. Have been back in Jozi for a while. Home! but yes Kaap Stad, AWESOME!!!!

  164. I am sooooooo homesick for South Africa after looking aft these fabulous photos! And enjoyed reading the descriptions too. Roll on March 2014, when I’ll be visiting for 3 weeks!

    • Such beautiful pictures! I love this landscape, living here is a great choice!

  165. What am I doing in Pretoria? Must move back. Magnificent photos that brought back wonderful memories. Thanks

  166. This was really cool, thanks!

    Guys, don’t hate so much! There are a few errors that I bet they’ll correct (20 is Diaz Beach in Cape Point, not Smitswinkel. 15 is flipped horizontally. 8 is Muizenberg, not St James) but it’s really a cool thing they put together!

    One thing to add, Chapman’s is obviously one of the world’s most beautiful drives! It and Clarens Drive (R44 from Gordon’s to Betty’s Bay) are often cited as the two most stunning coastal drives in the world.

    Cape Town is such an awesome place to visit, and most especially to live. There’s more to uncover in the Cape than you could manage in a full lifetime! Thanks for showing people just a few!

  167. All negative comments, as far as I am concerned, come from those who are jealous that they do not live in Cape Town. It is THE most beautiful, vibrant, energetic, awesome place in the whole, wide world. And for all you who live elsewhere – cheap to boot ! I can understand why you are jealous… I might be too if I did not live here. heh heh heh…..

    • ! completely agree Adele.

    • You are pathetic and so arrogant.
      Have you ever visited or seen any photos of Rio De Janeiro Hobart (Tasmania) Vancouver or San Francisco. each of these wonderful cities are equally as photogenic as Cape Town and Rio is the most beautiful city and has a more stunning setting than overrated Cape Town. Why do you S Africans think everyone is jealous if they disagree with you?
      I for one will be watching the Olympics so I can view the most beautiful city in the world.

  168. Jon Halle may think that photo No. 15 needs flipping, but I think they are great in fact “FLIPPING GREAT” .Well done!

  169. I just got back from India and Nepal, to promote CT as the next venue for an international convention in our industry. Cape Town, as you rightly portray, is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful City’s. What an easy place to promote.

  170. Yeah, but don’t go if you’re gay or pagan.

  171. Aaaahhhh…yes!!! Not a single picture of the howling Southeaster that blows in Cape Town 24/7

  172. I would like to of seen a photo of the beach i really like the Strand.

  173. Lived in Sydney for 25 years, but have never forgotten the city in which I grew up and studied. I don’t get back often enough..

  174. Brilliant, Fi.What beautiful pics from all the Toms’s. x0x0x0

  175. And not a single glimpse of poverty anywhere – well done! Wow, what a wonderland!

    • I absolutely agree. There are two sides to Cape Town and one side is continuously and conveniently swept under the carpet like it does not exist. This is the nice and touristy side that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy about Cape Town. How you feel looking at photos of poverty and despair in Masimuphele, Lavender Hill or Crossroads, Cape Flats gangsters, the empty eyes of people standing at traffic lights looking for work, is up to you to work out. Miss it a lot living in the UK but great photos though!

    • The author did preface it with “…agree that Cape Town is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, and to celebrate this fact we’ve rounded up 50 photos of Cape Town that best represent the pretty city’s people, scenes and landscapes.” So he is focusing on the photogenic side of Cape Town (except for the frenchie… *grin* ). There is always a forum for your specific message, and if not, create one. I for one, is disappointed when opinions are voiced and then the initial intent of the article is lost, at that point I stop reading the comments. @saffrican your message about poverty is valid, but the author did not try and convince anyone that there is only one side to the coin.

  176. wow! wow and wow again! They had forgotten about Cape Town being one of the world wonders

  177. Two major errors that I can see. Firstly, the photo of “Smitswinkel Bay” in Cape Point is actually Dias Beach, Smits is on the opposite side of the peninsula. Secondly, the huts pictured are most definitely NOT the ones found in St James.

    • The post states that the huts are on Muizenberg Beach not St James.

  178. I do not see why you have a photo of a French bulldog in the mix when there is so much more to Cape Town and it’s surrounds that you could show, like for instance the Beautiful Clarence Drive which takes you from Gordon’s Bay to Rooi Els with the seat at your right hand all the way. Please replace the dog with something relevant to Cape Town.

    • Sheesh, cheer up Betty! While you might not understand the French Bulldog pic, I’m just battling to understand how you can manage to come up with a negative comment on such an awesome blog post! Guess you can’t please everyone… Keep it up Travelstart! I for one, am hugely impressed!

    • Nitpicking was not called for here,,,

  179. Ja man I am still so home sick for Cape Town and I have lived in London for over twenty years. It just never leaves you. Happy memories.

    • Ditto. My stomach churned looking at these…

    • Yes! It’s still bloody great, and gets better all the time – I lived in London for ages too – and LOVE it there, so everywhere, the grass is greener! Enjoy London, and we’ll enjoy CT.

  180. Great selection of pix to showcase Cape Town !

    Just one small point about the text for Cape Point… The Indian and Atlantic Oceans don’t meet there – that happens about 3 hours drive east from Cape Town at Cape Agulhas, just outside the town of Struibaai!

    • I agree with Eric that the oceans don’t meet at Cape Point. According to Wikipedia the meeting point fluctuates between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas. Another remark is that Cape Agulhas is the most southern tip of Africa, not Cape Point.



    • Struisbaai

    • really Eric, we all know that! Just let us who love Cape Point with our hearts and Soul, be in our little world of Bliss when we see our home town and City of Birth! Please!!!

    • Agulhas is unquestionably the most southern point of the African continent, but as there is at least a 10 degree difference in temperature between Muizenberg and Clifton I would suggest the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet closer to Cape Point

    • Cape Point should be officially declared the meeting point of the two oceans for many reasons. It is great for tourism, big difference in temperature and it just makes sense. Just because some official decided that Argulhas is the meeting point, it does not mean it is true. Everybody should say Cape Point is the meeting point till it becomes officially recognised.

  181. fabulous city, country and photo’s!

  182. Brings back so many happy memories. Capetown has so many beautiful areas.

  183. Great memories of a wonderful place. Thanks for sharing!

  184. re pcture no 12
    What has a French Bulldog got to do with the most beautiful city in the world?

    • Dr Howie, absolutely!! I second that. It takes my breath away everytime I take the time to look at photos of Cape Town……
      to the comment by.. about (((((((no informal settlement in sight)))))))…I say with the utmost respect and sincere acknowledgement our failures as South Africans…. However, there are countless blogs featuring the horrors of South Africa’s informal settlements and various other ills that most definitely need attention…PLEASE! do visit those. Please however, Do allow the rest of us that would like to look up and also acknowkedge a heart felt sentiment, the honour of a fleeting half an hour emmersion in the blissful extacy of what has given us pleasure at one point in our lifetime.

      A big BIG thank you for this pleasant trip down memory lane

  185. Now live in Dorset and miss her every day

  186. Sir Francis Drake, the first man to circumnavigate the world, called Cape Town ‘The fairest cape in all the world’ and who could disagree.

  187. And not an informal settlement in sight! Some of Cape Town may look beautiful, but massive and unchecked poverty is the reality.

  188. These are very nice glossy, glam images. Cape Town is a truly beautiful part of the world, and I loved seeing so many images of new things that have evolved since we left there (2003), particularly how Long Street has now really caught on.

    What these photographs don’t show is the ever-present crime and grime that is also part of this city. Terrible poverty. The photographs don’t show the endless street children that move around in mobs, sniffing glue, harassing you as “parking attendants”. It also doesn’t show photographs of the fenced-in cages on the bridges over the N2 freeway where people used to pelt my wife’s car with bricks as she drove to and from work. The photographs also don’t show the razor wire, alarms, electrified fences, walls, burglar bars, gates and armed response signs that people cower behind and live “imprisoned” in their own homes, scared of crime.

    What these photos also don’t show is the experience I had in South Africa. As a white person that ardently fought for the end of Apartheid, got beaten up and incarcerated by police, gave up many things in favour of politics (including a criminal record for refusing to do my Conscription Service) and generally invested in the future of South Africa, I was shunned and excluded from the process of the new South Africa. I was always excluded from shortlists on jobs, there was often an uneasy relationship with my skin colour, and I never felt safely included in part of the middle class that just wanted to “move on and get along”. I was always put into a group of white people that was labelled “you’ve had it all, so now you don’t deserve anything” which has been very sad, considering my track record.

    Sadly, I have to admit I only yearn for Cape Town in a way any visiting tourist does. I think Cape Town will always be a place I will fly in to, enjoy a week or so of all these glossy scenes, and then happily fly out of again. The new South Africa has left a very bad taste in my mouth and it was abundantly clear when I left that I was not wanted in the new South Africa. Such a pity, as I agree, it is a place for which one could be homesick.

    • Your comment Scotty cuts through my heart. I live in South Africa and it’s quite sad how us blacks generally use a blanket assessment of whites, forgetting that a lot of them were actually against apartheid laws. But hey bra (South African for brother) all is not gloom. It’s not paradise but a lot of races do get along very well.

  189. im officially homesick now

  190. No. 20; incorrect info, the atlantic and indian oceans dont meet at Cape Point, they meet nearly 200 km south ot that at Cape L’Agulhas.

  191. Photo 8 is definitely not St James, but beautiful Cape Town nevertheless less

  192. Cape Point does not separate the two oceans. That occurs at Cape Agulhas which is further south and about 200 kms away. Please correct and stop perpetuating this silly geographical myth.

  193. Yup . . . your St. James is Muizenberg.
    Keep posting!

  194. Cape Point does not separate the two oceans. That occurs at Cape Agulhas many miles away. Please stop perpetuating this silly piece of geographic misinformation.

  195. Lovely photos but where is the pic of the STORMERS??

  196. i’m sorry, but the French Bulldog pic just doesn’t fit in with the rest…. its so random? not like they roam the streets here or anything!

  197. The bowels of Groot Constantia’s wine making operation are certainly not one of the top fifty sites in the City. What about the Oranjezicht City Farm or modern, relevant initiatives like it. How about CREATING new sights e.g. township people who are happening in business, art, environmental contributions etc?

  198. I am so lucky this is my home town – the most beautiful city in the world! So proud! Awesome pics!

  199. Truth Coffee is overrated, and a was a bad experience. High expectations led to Truth only to be let down by a cold cup of coffee.

  200. There are no words to describe the beauty of our Mother city, oh its just a great city to live in!!!! Thank you God to be able to seel all your beauty.

  201. Some fantastic photos. However, as a Muizenberger I must protest at the poor photographic representation of my home town. Also, as to the Mozambique and Benguela currents, the meeting point fluctuates seasonally between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point.

  202. Brilliant brilliant brilliant article… Some real gems in there that I haven’t yet experienced… Yet 🙂
    Just one small correction, number 20 contrary to belief, the Indian and Atlantic Oceans don’t meet at Cape Point, they meet at Cape Agulhas… Don’t worry, I also thought they met at Cape Point, that was until I visited the Southern Most Point Of Africa where the fact is literally written in stone 🙂


  204. take me back there my birth place

  205. lose the bulldog pic. It isn’t representative of Cape Town dogs in any way. If you want to show our dogs show an indigenous Africanis.

  206. So looking forward to seeing it in person, looks beautiful!!

  207. Lovely piece and photos. I moved to Cape Town almost 2 years ago (have been holidaying here all my life)and have done quite a few of the things on this list. Thanks for some great ideas.

    Just one note: The southern most point is Cape Agulhas and not Cape Point.

  208. Hey Russell, it’s one thing to “borrow” my photo for your Travel Start blog post (without asking) but please at least spell my name right in the credit… Thanks!!

  209. I agree with a lot of the comments, definately not the best of the bunch, some strange choices!

  210. Fantastic photos of the most beautiful place on earth!!!

  211. Thay is NOT Smitswinhkelbaai!…Its looking across towards the Cape of Good Hope from Cape Point.

  212. Awesome! Well done. Really great work, and shows off our beautiful city to the world.

  213. The Indian and Atlantic oceans don’t meet at Cape Point, but rather closer to Cape Agulhas. There isn’t a fixed meeting point as the position where the Agulhas turns back on itself (retroflects) changes. Otherwise great pics 🙂

  214. Beautiful Cant wait til we see it

  215. Love this City, desperately. I think perhaps you’ve left off the Oranjezicht City Farm. Watch the faces of first-timers, they couldn’t look more awestruck if they’d just walked into a beautiful European cathedral. Pure heaven.

  216. Can’t wait for my next stay in mother city. Awesome pictures!!!!!

  217. UCT is not just “one of the best” academic institutions in Africa, it is actually the highest ranked African university in the world, and the only African university to be listed the top 200 universities in the world. Get it right…

    • You are funny Phil : “it is actually the highest ranked African university in the world” (…) “get it right”. LOLL! Just re-read yourself, you sound like a real goof. UCT being the best University in Africa (hum…whatever), AUTOMATICALLY becomes the highest ranked AFRICAN University in the World. It’s like you being (for example-no hard feelings)the most stupid African in Africa, AUTOMATICALLY makes you the most stupid African in the World.

  218. Number 8 – Colourful huts at St James is NOT!
    There is no sandy beach behind the huts at St James, and it is simply another photograph of Muizenberg showing the wide beautiful sands for which it has been famous forever – as poet Rudyard Kipling said
    Buy a tuft of royal heath
    Buy a bunch of wood
    White as sand of Muisenberg
    Spun before the gale

    • No 8 – is a Picture of Muizenberg Huts… St James Front has The Walkway & Rocks, and the back is green grass…
      Love the collection. Tagged all my ex pats in the FB link

  219. The picture of the beach at Cape Point is most definitely NOT Smitswinkel Bay!!!

    • Yup, Clifton pic is flipped; beach huts must be at Muizenberg; and the Cape Point beach is Dias Beach, not Smitswinkel. Yes, and the pics could be a bit more awesome… however, did discover ONE new place I didn’t know about: The Food Market at the Waterfront (though not surprising, as any Capetonian with any sense avoids the Waterfront like the plague…)

    • Too true. Pic 20 is a photo of Dias beach.

      I’ve been in France for the last 20 years and I can see that right away.

    • The picture you refer to is actually Diaz beach.

  220. Too few of our colorful people in these pics … even a bit of bareness about some of them … our PEOPLE represent the HEART and SOUL of our country … UCT, CT Aerial, Stadium and Boulders Beach pics brilliant though! xxx

    • Wow. Someone always has to bring this up. Pretty sad… Cape Town is beautiful and diverse, we don’t need to bring the race factor into EVERYTHING, I think it’s perfectly displayed.

    • Pic 10 – Shark .

      Apologies. David confirmed Chris was next to them when the shot took place and it is his pic.

      Apologies ,


    • I think someone’s a widdle cranky. Maybe it’s naptime…

    • Marius, doos… hahaha.. why dont you post pics of where you live now. Lets see how that grabs US?
      ALL pics amazing. Well done guys.

    • Twat!

    • Take a chill pill Marius, that shot of Clifton could be a number of busy beaches around the world. These pictures are fantastic and really show so much of not only what you can do but also what you can see… I see a great collection!

      Well done!

    • Have to agree there, a lot more stunning photos could have been put up, only a few nice photos…not much to capture a strangers interest.

    • You are what we call a dom naai in Cape town

    • I have updated the link to reflect paraglide.co.za

  222. so cape town! Love it

  223. HI,

  224. Awesome! Makes me proud to be Capetonian!

  225. I have lived in the US for 28 years now, and my homesickness for my Mother City never leaves me for one second. A Capetonian does not transplant well! These pictures are a stunning reminder of how breathtakingly beautiful my home town is. Thanks so much for making an Old Capetonian cry a bit and smile a lot.

    • Me too Ilona. Recently moved to the UK for my husbands business. Missing Cape Town like crazy. Most beautiful city in the world!!!

    • Same here, I have lived in New Zealand for 13 years now, and I too miss my city,Cape town like crazy, I drive people crazy talking about it, Cape town will never leave my heart and I will be back one day soon! Cape town will always be in my heart!! Very grateful for these pics.

    • Oh my! It’s really truly beautiful. I stay in Muizenberg and my heart swells with pride looking at our gorgeous country!!

  226. lump in my throat, heart beating fast! Home sweet home! Need a dose of my beloved city…. soon!!

    • Me too.

      I live in the Netherlands and am SO homesick for Cape Town. Visiting soon though 🙂

    • me too!

  227. Photo No 15 – The picture is reversed and needs to be flipped. Come on you guys at SA Tourism – get it right.

  228. The photo of Clifton has been mirrored horizontally…

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