Photo tour of Cape Town

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Also known as South Africa’s Mother City, Cape Town is a large city with a complex history. Take a look at Cape Town in photos.

Also known as South Africa’s Mother City, Cape Town is a large city with a complex history. Once home to the native Khoisan, Cape Town was settled in the 17th century when the Dutch used the city as a pit stop for ships sailing to the East Indies. After a turbulent history of slavery and apartheid, Cape Town has become a popular tourist destination for its natural beauty, history and multicultural offerings.

In the center of the city, you’ll find Table Mountain, so named for its flat, table-like appearance. You can reach Table Mountain by cable car and enjoy sweeping vistas of the city and beaches below. Within Cape Town, visitors can spend an afternoon window-shopping along the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront or stay up all night on Long Street, an energetic district reflecting Cape Town’s cultural diversity. Another popular district is Bo-Kaap, known for its brightly colored buildings and Malay community.

For a better glimpse into the diversity of Cape Town, check out the photo tour below.

Cape Town (Image: H Dragon used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Cape Town (Image: H Dragon)
Table Mountain cable cars (Image: Ingrid Sinclair used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Table Mountain cable cars (Image: Ingrid Sinclair)
Camps Bay (Image: nickgraywfu used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Camps Bay (Image: nickgraywfu used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Cape Town City Hall (Image: flowcomm used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Cape Town City Hall (Image: flowcomm)
Long Street during a World Cup celebration (Image: flowcomm used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Long Street during a World Cup celebration (Image: flowcomm)
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Image: Randy OHC used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Image: Randy OHC)
Chapman's Peak (Image: martie1swart used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Chapman’s Peak (Image: martie1swart)
Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter (Image: warrenski used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter (Image: warrenski used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (Image: jikatu used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (Image: jikatu used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Cape Town by night (Image: Derek Keats used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Cape Town by night (Image: Derek Keats)

(Main image: Jason Bagley used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Photo tour of Cape Town was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.