The legendary city of Cape Town offers you a rich history of 350 years that can be traced in its museums and historical landmarks.
South African Museum
Founded in 1825, the South African Museum is the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa. Exhibitions, designed to educate, stimulate and entertain, include the only preserved specimen in Africa of the extinct quagga, dioramas depicting the mammal-like reptiles of the Karoo and some of the finest examples of rock art in the world, including the Linton painting.
The essence of the museum is found in the great diversity of specimens exhibited. Housed in a magnificent old building to which modern facilities have been added, it showcases the natural history of South Africa, as well as the early human inhabitants of the sub-continent.
This is the only museum in South Africa with an adjoining planetarium, with regularly changing daily shows, and an experience not to be missed.
25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens
Tel: 021 424 3330
Fax: 021 424 6716
Other places of interest that are definately worth visiting as well, includes Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Groote Schuur, the Castle of Good Hope, the Old Town House, the City Hall, Houses of Parlaiment, Greenmarket Square and the Grand Parade.
The following other museums are worth exploring while in Cape Town:
Bertram House - (Government Ave, Gardens.) patrician red-brick Georgian Townhouse, with a rich collection showing the English way of life in the mid-19th century Cape Town.
Bo-Kaap Museum - (71 Whale St, Cape Town.) one of the oldest houses in a vibrant "Malay Quarter", exhibiting the style of life of a Cape Muslim family of the late 19th century.
District 6 Museum - (25A Buitenkant St, Cape Town.) celebration of the vibrant way of life of a community removed in the infamous incident of Group Areas Act during south Africa's apartheid era.
Chavonnes Battery Cannon Museum in the V A Waterfront that takes you back into Cape Town of 280 years ago.
Jewish Museum - (Government Ave, Gardens.) Cape Town's first synagogue in Byzantine-revival style tells of the original jewish community.
Josephine Mill - (Boundary Rd, Newlands) 1840 fully operational mill with a massive waterwheel, an important exhibit of the industrial past; also Treshers Restaurant.
Koopmans De Wet House - (35 Strand St, Cape Town.) a superb collection contained in an eloquently patrician Cape Dutch Townhouse.
Michaelis Collection - (Old Town House, Greenmarket Square.) Cape Town's first City Hall, a superb baroque building with a outstanding collection of Dutch and Finnish old masters.
SA Airforce Museum - (Air Force Base, Ysterplaat.) a comprehensive collection of military and rescue aircraft and paraphernalia.
SA Cultural History Museum - (49 Adderley St, Cape Town.) a former slave lodge of the Dutch East India Company, now holding collections from other civilisations and superb exhibitions of diverse peoples making up the Cape foundation.
SA Fisheries Museum - (West Quay Rd, V&A Waterfront.) the South African commercial fishing industry explained in detail.
SA Maritime Museum - (Dock Rd, V&A.) - the exploration of maratime archeology, shipping, harbours and the romantic days of sail and mailships.
SA National Gallery - (Government Ave, Gardens.) the country's premier art museum has a constantly engaging exhibition of South African and international art.
SA Sendingstigting Museum - (40 Long St, Cape Town.) an immaculately restored building, housing the story of missions and missionary work in the Cape.
William Fehr Collection - (at the Castle and Rust-en-Vreugd, Cape Town.) Cape Town, well illustrated through this superb collection of furniture, ceramics, silver and artworks, as well as early pictorial records.
The Heart of Cape Town Museum (Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory) honours all those who played a major role in the worlds first heart transplant led by Professor Christiaan Neethling Barnard - a surgical feat that pushed the boundaries of science into the dawn of a new medical era, an era in which it became possible to transplant the symbol of the essence of life our human heart.
Where to Stay
Cape Town Accommodation options are numerous; with a large variety of different types spread throughout the Peninsula.
Cape Town Things to Do
Cape Town offers a myriad of Cape Town Things to Do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget.
Brooklyn Chest Hospital specialising in TB treatment. Also for general medical conditions and failures
Victoria Hospital provides a wide range or both medical and surgical services and strives to reach out to the community that surrounds it.
Doctors and staff at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital provide a wide range of specialist service to all.
Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital is South Africa's only dedicated child health institution and offers a comprehensive range of specialist paediatric services
Stikland Hospital operates in the Tygerberg Eastern Health District of the Metro Region.
Mediclinic Durbanville, situated in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, offers local, national and international patients a broad spectrum of professional medical services.
Netcare N1 City Hospital, conveniently located next to the N1 National Road in the greater Metropolitan area of Cape Town
Karl Bremer Hospital aims to be the most cost effective second level referral hospital within the financial means of the Province of the Western Cape
Life Kingsbury Hospital has the priority to focus on the delivery of a special brand of health and care to patients.
Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital is a member of Life Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in South Africa
Mowbray Maternity Hospital offer a full range of high-level maternity services, spanning the three main stages of childbirth
Life Claremont Hospital is members of Life Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in South Africa,
Tygerberg Hospital is a tertiary hospital and is the largest hospital in the Western Cape and the second largest hospital in South Africa
Mediclinic Milnerton offers local, national and international patients a broad spectrum of professional medical services
Mediclinic Constantiaberg has a carefully planned design, sophisticated equipment and facilities, and generous proportions
Ideally situated in the heart of Kuils River, Kuils River Hospital is easily accessible to local residents and residents of the greater Winelands area,
The Booth Memorial Hospital in the suburb of Oranjezicht can accommodate 106 patients, who are referred from the major tertiary hospitals within the city bowl area or their attending physicians.
Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt is one of the oldest and best-known private hospitals in the Western Cape.
Since its inception Mediclinic Panorama has been a huge success due to its carefully planned design, sophisticated equipment and facilities, its professional and dedicated staff and management and leading medical professionals.
Groote Schuur Hospital provides specialised and super-specialised care for patients, world class academic training for interns and residents and and is a world renowned research hospital.
Most of the elegantly appointed rooms of Cape Town Mediclinic have panoramic views of Table Bay, the City Bowl or Table Mountain
Mediclinic Cape Town is a multidisciplinary hospital offers local, national and international patients a broad spectrum of specialist medical services
Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital has been designed in such a way that it offers a warm and inviting people-centred environment which aids in the speedy recovery of our patients.
Netcare Kuils River Hospital is a state of the art facility in the heart of Kuils River. The Hospital is easily accessible to local residents and residents of the Winelands area
Bellville Velodrome is located in Carl Cronje Drive in Bellville Cape Town with a seat capacity of 10000.
Newlands Rugby Stadium is the home ground of the Western Province rugby union, a short walk from the Newlands cricket stadium and has a capacity of around 52 000.
Cape Town Stadium with a capacity of 56,000 seats is beautifully located in Green Point near Cape Town CBD and currently the home ground of Ajax Cape Town.
Although the official name is Sahara Park Newlands, South African and other cricket fans, continue to call it Newlands.
Cape Town International Airport (CPT)is the second busiest airport in South Africa and third busiest in Africa. Located approximately 20 km from the city centre
Air Force Base Ysterplaat of the South African Air Force is located in Cape Town.
Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) offers sub-divisble, multi-purpose convention facilities and dedicated exhibition space conducive to a variety of functions occurring simultaneously.
Ratanga Junction venues are available to accommodate groups of between 60 to 250 people and banqueting for up to 750 catering for Product Launches, Corporate Functions and other Special Events
The Pavilion Conference Centre offers maximum capacities include 460 cinema-style, 380 banquet-style and 850 people for a cocktail event.
University Of Cape Town aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world.
The University of the Western Cape is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality
Cape Peninsula University of Technology Belville campus focusses on Business, Engineering, Science
Cape Peninsula University of Technology Cape Town campus focuses on Applied Sciences, Management, Business Informatics, Engineering, Built Environment & Design
Cape Peninsula University of Technology Mowbray campus focuses on Education, Retail and Sports Management
Cape Peninsula University of Technology Granger Bay campus focuses on Hotel and Catering, Maritime Studies, Marine Engineering, Post Graudate Management
Northlink College was established in 2002, following the merger of four Colleges in the northern suburbs of the greater Cape Town Metropole.
The College of Cape Town offers various courses which include a range of fields
Inscape Design College is the oldest privately-owned multi-disciplinary creative arts institution in South Africa.
UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is part of the University of Cape Town and situated in Cape Townand established in 1964
University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) is part of the Stellenbosch University and situated in Cape Town and established in 1964
The 3.2km Killarney Race Track has developed every facet of circuit racing, including Motocross, Karting, Super Motards, Stock Cars and Drag Racing
It is the ongoing initiative of the Rondebosch Boys' High School to prepare both the school and its pupils for the future
Wynberg Boys' High School is a traditional boys school in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, founded in 1841.