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Regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world, Cape Town is the capital of South Africa and of the Western Cape Province. Situated near the southern tip of the African continent, the city ranges between the 3,000-foot-high Table Mountain and the crystal clear sea. It's an absolutely stunning setting. Rich in history, archaeological evidence suggests that humans lived in Cape Town as long as 15 thousand years ago. So, as you can imagine, there are many fascinating museums and historical buildings here, including the Castle. The oldest surviving structure in South Africa, the Castle was built between 1666 and 1679. Other popular attractions here include Table Mountain. This prominent landmark even features in the flag of Cape Town. You can visit the mountain by either using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain also forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.
An affordable shopping destination, Cape Town has a wide variety of goods on offer. You can visit one of the cosmopolitan shopping malls - such as V&A Waterfront, Cavendish Square and Canal Walk. If you want to purchase gifts or souvenirs, check out the local craft markets and street side stalls. The cobble-stoned 'Greenmarket Square' in the centre of town is well worth a visit. The charming main street in 'Kalk Bay' is for you if you want to shop for antiques, memorabilia and bargains.
The local currency is the South African Rand. Cape Town is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).
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