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IIf you’re considering visiting one of the world’s best cities that has an interesting history to explore, think no further than Cape Town, situated at the tip of Africa. Popularly known as the “Mother City”, the city has some of South Africa’s most important history and culture. The city's beauty is complemented by Table Mountain, which sits majestically in the background.
Table Mountain and its adjacent areas were home to the original Capetonians, the KhoeSan people, who inhabited the area before the first Europeans set foot in South Africa.
A visit to the Slave Lodge Museum in the city will bring you face-to-face with the slave trade history in South Africa. The slave trade started in Cape Town in 1652 after the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck. Slaves from South East Asia were brought to work on the farms after Van Riebeeck set up the supply station of the Dutch East India Company.
Away from the grim past of slavery, colonisation and apartheid, there are plenty of other things to discover in the city. The legendary Houses of Parliament has for decades captured everything you wanted to know about South African politics. It has hosted Cecil John Rhodes in 1890 as prime minister of the Cape Colony, and was a centre in the country for debates about the South African Anglo-Boer War, World Wars I and II and the ascendancy to power by the National Party, who created apartheid.