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With its good weather, picturesque scenery, friendly atmosphere and amazing beaches, Cape Town is an incredibly popular tourist destination for both local and foreign visitors alike. In fact, Cape Town is touted by some as the most popular tourism destination in Africa.
Tourism in Cape Town is a regular business however there is a sharp decline in visitor numbers in winter months. So much so that major airlines reduce the number of flights for the winter period. If the weather isn’t a major concern, then visiting in winter is attractive as the prices are considerably lower.
Statistics are at times hard to track for an individual city as there is no way to estimate the number of visitors entering through all the various transportation mediums.
That said, the number of visitors to tourism information centers are tracked and this allows some degree of statistical analysis. As of quarter 2 (April to June) 2012, tourist numbers to the greater Cape Town area were:
The types of tourist spots are quite varied and there is definitely something to cater for everyone’s taste. The majority of the attractions are well known, but there are some that are off the beaten track and well worth exploring. Major tourist attractions include:
Some of the lesser known attractions include:
With a wide variety of activities ranging from the sedate to the adrenalin fuelled, Cape Town is guaranteed to offer something to get you excited. For the more adventurous, there are activities such as:
There are a number of hiking trails in and around Table Mountain and the surrounding mountains.
Various types of surfing are on offer (in addition to normal surfing), including kite surfing and wind surfing.
Around Table Bay harbor and surrounds are available from the V&A Waterfront and can include normal sightseeing or even some deep water fishing.
While not strictly based in Cape Town, the majority of tour operators will collect you from Cape Town and bring you back should you use their services.
For those seeking a bit less adventure, there are also a number of attractions such as:
If you want to go for a swim, be warned that the Atlantic Ocean is quite cold while the Indian Ocean is comparably warmer.
Cape Town has a number of wine routes to choose from.
Worth noting is that sometimes there are concerts in the gardens and this is a great picnic event.