tra:mag city guides
You are planning to spend some time in Cape Town, Pretoria or Johannesburg?
Have a look at the tra:mag city guides and get loads of info about the cities - must dos (like museums, monuments and other attractions), usefull links, addresses, street maps, transport links, flea markets and much more...
Cape Town or the “Mother City” is the place where South Africa, as we know it today, has its origin.
Cape Town was founded in 1652 by the Dutchman Jan van Riebeek. First used as a refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company, Cape Town grew quite quickly and became a small settlement of the first European settlers.
In the following years Cape Town got a fort (the Castle of Good Hope) and the Gardens were established at the foot of Table Mountain.
Today Cape Town is probably the major tourist attraction in South Africa. But Cape Town is more than just another city – Cape Town has the Table Mountain in the back, two oceans at their front door and loads of amazing things to do “inside”.
Joburg & Pretoria
Gauteng, with its two major cities Johannesburg and Pretoria, is the powerhouse of the Republic of South African as well as of Southern Africa. Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport is by far the biggest one in the region, the GDP of Joburg makes about 20% of the national GDP.
Pretoria, Joburg's little sister, is smaller (in almost any case), but not less lively. Being the administrative capital of South Africa and hosting most embassies, consulates etc. Pretoria evolved its on charme. Pretoria is only about a 45min drive from the airport, which makes the Jacaranda City the ideal "point of entry" when you are coming to Southern Africa.
Durban is the third most populous city in South Africa (roughly 3.5 million), forming part of the eThekwini (Zulu word for Durban) metropolitan municipality. It is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal and is famous as the busiest port in Africa. Stretching along beautifull beaches, Durban has eversince been known as one of South Africa's great escapes - in terms of holidays of course.