Now the geography bit - with Table Mountain as a very obvious
focal point, South Africa's 'Mother City' has spilled out of the
so-called City Bowl to colonise the various bays around the
mountain (Clifton and Camps Bay being Cape Town's classiest
beach-burbs), creating a city of villages.
These villages are in turn home to a bewildering number of
tribes from Aryan Afrikaner rugby jocks and their ice maiden
girlfriends channelling Mad Men's Betty Draper, to a fast-growing
boho crowd, musos who frequent a number of superb Afro-jazz venues
and a sizeable gay community (always a good sign).
What's drawn such a disparate crew to one particular place?
There's that drop-dead beautiful scenery for one, and endless ways
to explore it, but also a great cultural scene for the less sportif
Best of all, given this is the country that gave the world the
crime against cuisine that is banana as a pizza topping, things on
the food front have moved on considerably - Cape Town and the
nearby Winelands can now justifiably claim to be Africa's finest
gourmet and fine wine destination.