Cape Town International Airport serves the beautiful city of Cape Town, largest of its kind in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Often known as the ‘Mother City’, Cape Town is renowned for its beautiful natural scenery and diverse wildlife, both on land and in the seas surrounding it. One of the busiest airports on the African continent, Cape Town International handles more than 3 million passengers annually and is the multi-time winner of the Best Airport in Africa award (by SKYTRAX World Airport Awards and the Airports Council International).
Cape Town Airport is located about 20 kilometres from the city. Upon arrival, tourists can choose to take a taxi directly to their destination in Cape Town (which would cost between 300-400 African rand; try to agree on a fare with your driver before beginning the ride) or take the MyCiti shuttle bus from the airport to the city centre. Passengers who choose to take the MyCiti shuttle bus will have to first purchase a myconnect card from the airport (at about 35 rand), and load money on it to pay for their bus fare.
Those who prefer to helm their own vehicle can rent a car from one of the numerous car hire agencies available direct at the airport terminal.
What to see and do
No trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to the city’s most famous icon - Table Mountain, voted by thousands to be among one of the New7Wonders of Nature (a global poll which seeks to create a list of seven purely natural wonders). Take a relaxing scenic cable car ride up the peculiarly shaped mountain, or, if you feel up to it, spend a day hiking up to the peak. Once there, you’d be treated to amazing views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean and Cape Town city centre.
For wildlife lovers, whale-watching boat tours and shark-cage diving are some of the most popular aquatic activities offered in Cape Town. With several oceanic migratory pathways bypassing the Western Cape, opportunities for environmentally-friendly nature tourism are plentiful - observe the giants of the ocean in their natural habitat, secure in the knowledge that you aren’t fueling an industry that involves the inhumane confinement of nature’s beasts. Get up close and personal with great white sharks from the safety of a steel-barred cage, admire migrating Humpbacks or oohh and aahh at nursing Southern Right whales frolicking with their new calves from a boat or a sea plane. Adorable African penguins in their thousands can also be seen at nearby Boulders Beach – watch them waddle on a pretty sandy beach, dive into the clear blue ocean, fish and engage in hilarious interactions with each other.
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