At the southern tip of Africa, where the two mighty oceans meet under the majesty of Table Mountain, we find the Cape. Known locally as the Mother City, Cape Town is the gateway to the South Africa. When visiting South Africa, a visit to Cape Town must be high on your list of priorities! This bustling city has so much to offer the tourist, not to mention a TravBuddy Meet-up that might well break records for attendance.
Probably the most famous tourist attraction in Cape Town, and the biggest, is Table Mountain - a national monument and National Park of South Africa.
Standing at some 1,068 meters tall, it is one of the most renowned shipping landfalls on earth, and in the days before satellite navigation, was an easily recognizable landmark, so ships far out at sea could get there bearings. Table Mountain dominates the skyline of Cape Town, and there are more than 200 routes to take you to the top. But don't worry, for the less adventurous, the cable car is a far easier way to reach the summit. Stunning views over Cape Town and Table Bay can be viewed from the cable car and mountain. The clouds come over the mountain extremely quickly, these clouds are known as the 'tablecloth' just seems to hang over the mountain and while these clouds are there the view from the top is completely obscured. On clear days, especially during the holidays, the cable cars are extremely busy - they can take over 800 people an hour to the top - and it is advisable to get there early or book in advance. Table Mountain also houses some of the Cape Floral Kingdom on its slopes, Table Mountain has more plant species than the British Isles, which create a magnificent display of colorful flowers during the spring and summer months.
Green Point Stadium
Cape Town is building a new stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium will be in the suburb of Green Point, which the stadium is also named after. Fans will be a stone's throw from the ocean and the mountains of Cape Town will be the backdrop for matches. The location is ideal as it is a short walk from the transportation hub of the city. The new stadium precinct will be built on part of the land currently occupied by a golf course.
Upon completion, Green Point stadium will have a gross seating capacity of 70,000 and it is scheduled for completion this year. Cape Town has another world-standard stadium, Newlands, but is primarily used as a rugby union stadium. The stadium has, however, hosted Tottenham Hotspur in 2003, as part of their South African tour.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa has offered the city the opportunity to build a multi-purpose international stadium that will be used for a variety of events after the tournament has left Cape Town's shores.