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Cape Province Travel Information

The Province of the Cape of Good Hope, often referred to as the Cape Province, existed as one province prior to the Apartheid Era. Today the Cape Province has been split to form the new Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces. Capital of the Western Cape, Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa. Not to be missed is a visit to Table Mountain, which can be reached by cable car. The summits offers breathtaking views across the city and allows travellers to clearly view the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Heading back into the city, Cape Town City Hall is a majestic Edwardian building, built from honey-coloured oolitic limestone imported from Bath in England. It is located on the Grande Parade and was designed as a consequence of a public competition, the winning architects being Messrs Harry Austin Reid and Frederick George Green. In 1990, Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from the balcony of the building.
The Northern Cape is the most sparsely populated province of South Africa, its capital being Kimberley. Straddling the borders of South Africa and Botswana, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a large wildlife and conservation area offering the ultimate safari experience. The park has an abundance of wildlife, home to Kalahari lions, leopards, Namibian cheetahs and hyenas. Amazingly, more than 200 species of bird can be found in the national park, including vultures, buzzards and secretary birds. Located within the park are three traditional tourist lodges, known as “rest camps”, which are fully serviced and include air conditioning, swimming pools and shops.