Why Cape Town
There are few cities in the world located in more beautiful surroundings than Cape Town, and none which combine beauty with such a vibrant and fun-loving atmosphere. The “Mother City” of South Africa really does have it all, set amongst miles upon miles of golden beaches, the iconic Table Mountain, vineyards which stretch as far as the eye can see, it is cosmopolitan city which is a wonder to explore.
And if you have the option to learn English in Cape Town then here are my reasons why you should jump at the opportunity:
- The Great Outdoors
If you are a lover of the outdoors and love an adventure then Cape Town has so much to offer. Hiking the numerous trails around the world famous Table Mountain is a huge amount of fun as well as giving the opportunity for stunning panoramic views of this phenomenal city, which are just reward for a testing two hour climb. It will not be long before you find yourself with golden sand between your toes, with amazing beaches dotted along the peninsula you are spoilt for choice. Those on the False Bay side in particular are popular with swimmers due to the warmer water temperature, and with the usual water sports available there is plenty to keep you entertained. Add to this the vineyards, the African penguin colony at the Cape of Good Hope, diving and fishing and you can see how so much time will be spent outdoors.
- The City Centre
The city centre itself is relatively small and can be easily explored on foot; this also gives visitors a true taste of its multi-cultural nature and a sense of how the city has developed over the decades. There is a vast array of shopping, dining and drinking options throughout the city with Long Street, the trendy Camps Bay popular spots, and the V&A Waterfront only a short water taxi ride away.
Socialising is a big aspect of being a student, especially a student who is travelling abroad to study, and in Cape Town I can guarantee you will have no difficulty in meeting new people. English courses themselves are a great way to meet likeminded people, people who are in exactly the same situation, and when you add to this such a friendly and safe city you will soon get to meet people from all walks of life. Cape Town has somewhat of a hedonistic reputation but in all honesty there is something for everyone; sure if you like to party to the early hours of the morning there are plenty of bars and clubs to do so, but there are also bars and cafes with a more relaxed, slower paced atmosphere. Once you make friends you will soon feel right at home in Cape Town.