You may have heard about its harbors, its beautiful natural setting and also the fact that it is the home to the legendary Table Mountain and the Capital of South Africa. But other than the obvious, Cape Town has a myriad of fascinating things you have probably never heard before. If you are planning a visit to this culturally diverse city, here are some fun facts you will appreciate knowing before your arrival.
The locals refer to Cape Town as the Mother City. There could be many reasons for this references, but the major one is because it is the first South African city where East-bound ships start their refueling, and it is also the capital city of South Africa.
Table Mountain may be iconic for its height and unique location. But another thing that makes it incredibly unique is that at least five couples usually get engaged in it every month. I don’t know a place that gets so many numbers of marriage proposals after the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
It may have been around for decades, but you will be surprised to learn that Cape Town is one of the youngest regions in the world. According to the recent census, more than half of the population comprised of persons below the age of 25 years.
When you visit Cape Town, you will probably have wine tours as part of your itinerary, but you will be pleased to know that the city has a wine tram that can make your tours more than pleasant. The Franschhoek Wine Tram is an open-sided tram and an open-air tram bus that will take you on tour to some of the oldest vineyards in Cape Town, making occasional stops at some of the most distinguished wine estates in the region.
Other than being referred to as the Mother City, you may also hear people make references to Cape Town as Tavern of the Sea. This is because the Port of Cape Town is considered to be one of the busiest ports in the world and a vital shipping corridor in the region.
Cape Town is the home to the world’s largest African art museum – Zeitz MOCAA – Museums of Contemporary Art Africa. The museum covers a total area of over 6,000 square meters and climbs up to nine floors up. With over 100 gallery spaces, this is a museum you must visit when you are in Cape Town.
In Cape Town, lion’s heads are never referred to as lion’s head simply because there used to be many lions roaming the place back in the days. Besides, when you look at the mountains from a distance, they may appear like the shape of a lion, with the head and the tail clearly marked out. Legend has it that those who called lions head could risk attacks because you never knew if the lions were roaming the streets at that time.
The first ever heart transplant to be done in the world was done in Cape Town by a South African doctor known as Christiaan Barnard in 1967. Though the operation was successful, the patient didn’t have the chance to continue being part of history because he died 18 days later, not because of the complications from the surgery, but due to pneumonia.
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