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Our location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Cape Town, known locally as the Mother City, is the oldest city in South Africa and is dramatically overlooked by the iconic Table Mountain.

The Table Mountain range stretches the length of the Cape Peninsula, with the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the warmer currents of the Indian Ocean to the east. To the north, the CBD nestles in the natural ampitheatre of the City Bowl, dominated by Table Mountain. To the south, the rugged cliffs of Cape Point drop dramatically into the sea at the Cape of Good Hope.

The history, mix of cultures and wide range of activities make Cape Town an ideal base to explore the area and the broader Western Cape. Visit the winelands; hike in the Cederberg; snorkel with seals: dive with Great White sharks; go paragliding, sky diving, zip sliding or quad biking – all within an easy day trip from Cape Town.

Travel in the Region

For getting around, the Baz Bus provides a good 'hop on and off' option for budget travelers who want to travel around seeing lots of different places. Intercape and Greyhound bus companies have regular routes for longer journeys, and the Shosoloza Meyl sleeper trains connect Cape Town with the major cities. There are a number of car hire companies in Cape Town, including some that cater to longer-term tourists – ask us for current recommendations. Besides the international airlines, South Africa has a number of budget carriers that fly out of Cape Town, connecting with the major cities. We provide students with independent travel advice and can arrange many activities and excursions at excellent rates, from a day trip to a month-long safari.

Vegetation of the region is extremely diverse, with the Cape Floral Kingdom being the smallest and richest of the world's six floral kingdoms. It is extremely rich in diversity of species, with more plant species occurring on Table Mountain than the entire United Kingdom. It is characterised by various types of shrubs, thousands of flowering plant species and small trees.

Studying in Cape Town

The region also boasts three internationally acclaimed universities, namely the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and the University of The Western Cape. Other popular tertiary institutions in our area include AFDA - The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance; Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT); and Varsity College. We advise students and assist with applying to these institutions.

If you need local advice - talk to us!  Send us a message with your contact details. We'll be happy to answer your questions, or call you back for a chat.

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