Cape City (Afrikaans: Kaapstad; Xhosa: iKapa) is the third most populous metropolis South Africa, capital of the province of the Western Cape , and the nation's Legislative Capital - together with being house to the Nationwide Parliament. As of 2001, the town had an estimated inhabitants of two,893,251.
Cape City is situated on the coast, on the northern finish of the Cape Peninsula. There are over 70 peaks over 1,000 ft (305 meters) tall inside the metropolis limits, however most dramatically, the town is missed by Desk Mountain, which is a flat-topped mountain (roughly 2 miles (three kilometers) back and forth, and surrounded by steep cliffs) rising to three,563 ft (1,086 meters). As a result of the plateau is usually topped with a skinny layer of cloud, it's locals typically affectionately name it "the tablecloth". To the West and East of the plateau, two different dramatic options stand out - Lion's Head and Satan's Peak. Guests to Desk Mountain can ascend it on a cable automotive system (the Desk Mountain Cableway) or by certainly one of a number of mountaineering trails - and are rewarded by some really spectacular views from the summit. There are additionally amenities for mountaineering, and for caving - unusually for a sandstone function, Desk Mountain incorporates some giant cave methods.
There are various different locations to see in Cape City , together with a number of wonderful seashores, many cultural and nightlife actions, and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which is a premier buying venue in addition to being residence to the spectacular Two Oceans Aquarium. You can even take a ferry from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to one of many close by seal colonies, or to Robben Island (Afrikaans: Robben Eiland) the place Nelson Mandela and lots of different anti-apartheid activists have been imprisoned for a few years.