CAPE TOWN SOUTH
Cape Town's geography is specific and spectacular and the Cape Peninsula is dominated by Table Mountain and the spectacular False Bay running to the Cape Point on the Indian Ocean or Eastern side of the Peninsula. This long narrowing stretch of territory has been the scene of so much of Cape Town's history since it was developed by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to the East, when Jan van Riebeeck's arrival on 6 April 1652 established the VOC Cape Colony, the first permanent European settlement in South Africa.
The Cape Town South area from Observatory to Cape Point includes arguably South Africa's the most well know suburb of all, Constantia which was home to the first Governor of the Cape's Dutch Colony, Simon van der Stel and which today still the sought after home of embassies together with Bishopscourt. Similarly other areas of Cape Town South have their niche focus and identity, like Newlands the centre for Sport, Claremont the commercial centre and Rondebosch the centre of academia and home to the University of Cape Town. The 'far south' from Muizenberg to Cape Point, still identifies as 'False Bay' by it's residents and boasts some of the most spectacular beaches and warmer water than the Atlantic side of the Peninsula.