We hope to offer some insight into South African and Cape Town culture to make your trip a little easier and help you get along with the locals.
Cape Town is nicknamed the Mother City, because it is considered the first and oldest South African city. You will find that its inhabitants represent a melting pot of different cultures, and you discover a mix of Dutch, African, English and French influences.
Music and art are a part of Cape Town, especially jazz – as seen with the International Jazz Festival. This famous festival unites international and South African artists and brings around 37 000 music-lovers together for two days (read more on the Cultural and Events’ page in Activities).
Food is a part of the culture too. Meat forms an important part, and has spawned the famous South African social meal, the braai. It is like a barbecue. You can easily experience a braai when you meet South Africans.
Enjoy your trip.