The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions.
UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a boys' school which also provided some tertiary education. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the...
Franschhoek (Dutch (spelling before 1947): "French corner") is a small town with in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns of the Republic of South Africa.
The valley was originally settled in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees, many of whom were given land by the Dutch government in a valley called Olifantshoek ("Elephants' corner"), so named because of the vast herds of el...
The actual Cape of Good Hope, the southwesternmost point of Africa, is this rocky outcrop, not the spectacular landtip a few hundred meters to the east with the lighthouse (but the latter is far more worth seeing...)
The eastern and western shores of the bay are very rocky and even mountainous; in places large cliffs plunge into deep water. The northern shore, however, is defined by a very long, curving, sandy beach. This sandy, northern perimeter of the bay is the start of the area known as the Cape Flats; one can see the large expanses of wind-blown sand in the photograph. The bay is 30 kilometres wide at...
The first fortress to be built when Europeans landed in Cape Town, South Africa. Built in the shape of a five-pointed star, the moat locations and original outline are still visible, though many have been built over.
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