Cape Town is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in South Africa. Studying here at the Oxford English Academy you will be right in the heart of this jewel of a city.

Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Cape Town before moving here to study English:

1. Cape Town was only founded in 1652, so it is still a very young city compared to the cities of Europe.

2. Table Mountain’s peak, Lion’s Head has not seen a lion for over 200 years as the last lion was shot in 1802.

3. Cape Town became the capital of the Cape Colony in 1815 and today it’s the legislative capital of South Africa.

4. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden was founded in 1913 to preserve South Africa’s unique flora and was the first botanical garden in the world with this in mind.

5. The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town is the oldest building in South Africa. It was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company.

6. Today Cape Town is the 2nd biggest city in South Africa (behind Johannesburg and ahead of Durban).

7. Did you know that Canal Walk (in the Cape Town Northern suburbs) is the 3rd largest shopping centre in Africa?  The biggest is Sandton City in Johannesburg and Gateway Shopping Center in Durban is second.

8. Cape Town is not only the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa, but in Africa as a whole. It is even ahead of Cairo. This is due to its good climate, natural setting and well-developed infrastructure.

9. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the historic heart of Cape Town’s working harbour is the most-visited destination in South Africa.

10. The Greenpoint lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in South Africa, built in 1824. Since thick winter fog regularly obscures the land it was also outfitted with a booming foghorn that could be heard for miles. This earned the lighthouse the nickname “Moaning Minnie”.