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Cape Town vs. Joburg: The Rivalry By The Numbers

Features & Advice | David Cogswell | October 15, 2015

Cape Town vs. Joburg: The Rivalry By The Numbers

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Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa: where the European colonization of the region started with the founding of a port by the Dutch East India Company in 1652. The city’s long history and multicultural international heritage is deeply rich.

Its scenic beauty is not exceeded by any city in the world, with the giant Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range as the backdrop of the city as seen from the ocean. It’s the hands-down world favorite. The New York Times put it as number one on its bucket list of places you have to try to go. Everyone loves Cape Town.

And that sometimes makes Johannesburg folks a little under-appreciated. Joburg is the city that grew up out of the Witwatersrand region rich in gold. Johannesburg was like a prospector’s town that sprouted up out of practically nothing into a powerful metropolis starting around the turn of the 20th Century.

Joburg is an upstart to Cape Town. And the overlooked sibling.

But it also has much on Cape Town. It is the powerful, metropolitan business center of South Africa and carries with it all the powerful buzz and boldness of the great cities worldwide. While Cape Town is an international city, Joburgians say Johannesburg better represents the cultures of Africa itself. Many immigrant communities from other African countries have brought their cultural flavors to the city.

And when two amazing cities vie for visitors with this much intensity, a rivalry is sure to follow. The following infographic, presented by, gives the tale of the tape on how these two cities stack up.

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