Why you should go to Cape Town !

Multicultural Cape Town, often called the Pink City or the Mother City, is the gay capital of the continent. Gay life is centered in the De Waterkant Village with tree-lined cobblestone streets and colorful 18th century Cape Dutch cottages. One of Clifton's four popular beaches is predominately gay. But LGBTQ visitors can enjoy everything this laid-back city has to offer, including destination weddings. It is rich in breathtaking views, colonial architecture, biodiversity, the arts, cuisine, beaches, outdoorsy activities and extreme sports like surfing with the sharks. It has vibrant music and a gay nightlife scene, but many venues are only open on the weekend.

South Africa's oldest city - founded by the Dutch East India Company in the 1600s - is best visited during its warm and dry summer months November through February, the season also for the Mother City Queen Project party and Cape Town Pride. Overall it enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with fluctuating temperatures and sudden rain showers in the winter. It boasts 3,100 hours of sunshine each year and is often compared to Southern California - particularly the chilly waters of the Atlantic beaches, which are filled with beautiful bronzing bodies. Temperatures in the Indian Ocean off the surfing beach of Muizenberg are more like Nice.

Cape Town was where Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid activists were imprisoned, Athol Fugard wrote groundbreaking plays, and Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant. A British colony from the early 19th century until independence and revitalized after apartheid was defeated, it is a diverse city with peoples of all hues and numerous languages. Many residents are bi- or tri-lingual. English is the lingua franca and the predominate language in the southern suburbs, including posh Constantia. Afrikaans, developed in Dutch colonial days, is popular mostly in the northern and eastern suburbs and is also common in the Cape Flats, once described as "Apartheid's dumping ground" because "Colored" (mixed) and black residents were forcibly resettled there. Xhosa is also widely spoken in Cape Town homes.

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Cape Town is a visually beautiful city, with lots of contrasts in culture and people. LGBT folk are generally well accepted here, but it's a cliquey local LGBT community that can often give off unintended vibes. A well established "gay" area, De Waterkant, is a small node of focussed clubs and bars, but you'd do well to truly explore the city, especially on MyCiti bus to Hout Bay, or up the coast to Blouberg with stunning Table Mountain Views.
As with any major city, petty crime is a fact of life, so don't flaunt valuables, take unnecessary back lanes or detours, and keep to groups or stay with legitimate transport operators.