Cape Town – 2018 Congress Host City

The Congress will be held in Cape Town, one of the premier academic destinations globally and South Africa’s Mother City.

Situated at the south-western tip of South Africa and the African continent, it’s the city of Table Mountain, of Robben Island, of the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens, and the spectacular Cape Point… But aside from its natural assets, it’s home to colourful characters from a cross-section of cultures and it has a fascinating history.

A national park within city limits. Two World Heritage Sites. Cape Town has one of the widest ranges of attractions in the world. This includes a diverse mix of cultural and heritage sites, outdoor and adventure activities, health and wellness options, entertainment, nature and environment, and wining and dining.

Cape Town is about 1 400km (870mi) from Johannesburg by road and 1 600km (994mi) from Durban (both about a two-hour flight away).

The city is known for its good weather and outdoor lifestyle. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities from skydiving off Lion’s Head onto the world-renowned Camps Bay beach, to sitting at one of the many outdoor cafés enjoying the mix of local flavours and people. There are fun activities for the whole family, romantic destinations for couples, and an exciting nightlife for all ages.

Walk the streets of Cape Town, meet its people and fall in love with a city of hope, creative freedom and incredible spirit.

A security force of 129 community patrol officers, 15 private security ground patrols and eight mounted patrols keep the streets of the central city of Cape Town safe for all those who work in, visit or live in the city of Cape Town. A 75-camera surveillance network, paid for by the City of Cape Town, assists in keeping crime at bay. In addition, Cape Town now also boasts a municipal police force.