About Cape Town
Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot: it is a city alive with creativity, colour, sounds, and tastes.
While walking through the City’s streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom, and incredible spirit. Cape Town is a city where the unexpected is always just around the corner and the beautiful province of the Western Cape lies ready to be explored across the city border.
Accommodation is available to suite all tastes and budgets, from luxury five-star establishments to modest guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. These have been pre-booked for the conference and delegates will be able to secure their choice of venue at preferential rates through the conference organisers.
A wide range of attractive tours and excursions will be on offer to visitors and these will be of a cultural, historical, and geographical nature. From townships to wildlife reserves, shopping malls to vineyards, there will be something to delight everyone.
We encourage you to participate on one of the arranged optional excursions. The experience will be unforgettable.
In Cape Town itself, there is juxtaposition of old and new, with major shopping centers, such as the Canal Walk Mall, sandwiched tightly with historical landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope, the fort built by Jan Riebeeck on establishing a supply station at the Cape.
The city is vibrant and cosmopolitan offering excellent Cape Town hotels, restaurants and nightlife and and has long been a hotspot for film and modeling shoots. For beachlovers, Camps Bay, Clifton and many others offer the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun. For surfers, there are ample surfspots, from Long Beach to Kogel Baai, near Gordon’s Bay at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains.
A harmonious blend of architectural styles reflects the tastes of dictates of the past as well as today’s more functional requirements. Between the high-rise office blocks, Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been meticulously preserved, and many outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture are found. Narrow, cobble stone streets and the strongly Islamic ambiance of the Bo-Kaap enhance the cosmopolitan ambiance of the city.
Cape Town shopping options invite you to endlessly browse. Elegant malls such as the Victoria Wharf at the V&A Waterfront, antique shops, craft markets, flea markets and art galleries abound. Specialist boutiques offer an enticing array of unusual items not readily obtainable elsewhere.
Did you know?
Cape Town is the only city in the world to lie on two oceans – On one side of the peninsula lies the Atlantic; on the other the Indian Ocean. Gourmets and lovers of fine wines have a treat in store, with the Constantia Winelands producing some of the finest wines worldwide.
Slightly further afield are the many South African Wine Estates that offer historic, unrivalled natural beauty and some of the best wine tasting in the world. The area is criss-crossed with wine routes, with the Durbanville Hills route a mere twenty minute drive from Cape Town. Continuing further one finds the renowned wine-producing areas of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch.
Climate and Weather
It’s important to know what to expect from the weather when visiting Cape Town. The city has a Mediterranean climate, with rainy winters and dry summers. Cape Town is a summer paradise, with balmy temperatures and sunny days. Cape Town gets almost all it’s rainfall in winter, so expect warm and cloudless days. It can also get windy at this time of year, and kite-surfing is a popular summertime activity.
Temperatures: 17°C – 29°C (63°F – 84°F)
Rainfall: Average of 3 days per month
Hours of daylight: 13-14