Cape Town city life
Cape Town is an architectural marvel featuring the Cape Dutch style, a mix of architecture originating from the Netherlands, Germany, France and Indonesia. International students will find plenty to see, confirming why Cape Town has been named one of the best places in the world to visit.
Here are a few places to visit while studying in Cape Town:
- Robben Island
- Long Street
- Table Mountain – including the Table Mountain Natural Park. You can hike or take the cableway to the top
- District 6 Museum
- Castle of Good Hope
- Rhodes Memorial
- Cape Town Stadium
- Lion's Head
- Kirstenboche Botanical Garden
- Boulder's Beach – among other beaches with different settings and atmosphere
- Cape Point
Popular sports activities in the city include surfing, kayaking, cricket, golf, rugby, or football.
During the day the taxis are full of people and are relatively safe-and extremely cheap. Cape Town has a public bus system, which is fairly cheap to ride, even though not always on time. Commuter trains or the Metro Train, runs between Cape Town's suburbs and the central downtown.
While in Cape Town, don’t miss unique opportunities to see the local fauna, by participating in whale or penguin watching, swimming with the dolphins; or go on a safari and meet lions, elephants, leopards or rhinoceros. Official tours to townships around Cape Town can reveal to you a very interesting lifestyle.
International atmosphere in Cape Town
Cape Town and South Africa in general have had a very long history with various nationalities who occupied or inhabited the region. People living in Cape Town have Dutch, German, British, French, Indian, Indonesian origins, in addition to the rest of the inhabitants coming from all over Africa. This results in a highly multicultural climate that can teach international students a lot about diversity.
Languages most spoken in Cape Town include the local Afrikaans, Xhosa and English, but you’ll also hear German, Dutch and Asian languages spoken in the city.
Weather Cape Town
Cape Town has moderately wet winters and warm summers. You might be surprised to find out that winter in South Africa lasts from June to August, with average lows of 7°C (45°F). On the other hand, summer lasts from December to March, with average highs of 21°C (69°F).