Cape Town: Interesting facts about the Mother City you didn't know

10 November 2014

Table Mountain, long sunny days, beautiful white sand beaches, creativity and festivity. These things are what Cape Town is all about. But as a Capetonian myself, these are all things I am use to, a way of life I embrace and breathe every day. So this pushed me to look beyond the veil of the tourist and look deeper into the soul of what makes Cape Town one of the most special places in the world. Here’s a few of interesting facts that will make you love the Mother City even more.

The magical Cape town The magical Cape Town.

1.Viva Afrikaans

The language of Afrikaans is about 300 years old, making it one of the youngest languages in the world. It is native mainly to South Africa and Namibia. But the language does get lost among the other 10 official languages of South Africa. Except in the Western Cape, where it is the most widely spoken language in the province.


2. Hail the Female

Here’s another interesting fact brought to you by the 2011 national census. Apparently, just over half of the Western Cape’s population is female. Well guys, that means that there will always be a single girl out there somewhere.


 3. Young at Heart

According to the national census in 2011 almost half (43.2%) of the Western Cape’s population is under the age of 25. No wonder Cape Town is filled with so much fresh ideas and innovation.


4. A first for Africa – Tobogganing at Cool Runnings

Have you ever watched the movie Cool Runnings? Then you know all about toboggans a.k.a. Bobsleds. In June 2007 Cape Town became the first city in the whole of Africa to boast a Toboggan Run. It is aptly called “Cool Runnings” and is located in Bellville, a suburb just outside of Cape Town.


5. Bonus Facts

  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens was the first botanical garden in the world dedicated to preserving and showing off strictly indigenous flora.
  • Canal Walk is the 3rd largest shopping centre in Africa
  • The V&A Waterfront is the most visited tourist destination in South Africa
  • In the Ice Age, Table Mountain was at sea level. It was the weight of ice sheets that gave the mountain its iconic flat surface.

Wiehahn Diederichs

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Travel has opened my mind and soul and has filled me with an insatiable thirst and curiosity for life. My passion for travel is fuelled by my love for photography and writing. Through these mediums of expression I hope to inspire people to follow their hearts and see the world. There is an entire planet filled with a variety of people and experiences waiting for us to meet them.