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Although the mother city might be cape towns most popular nickname it is by no means the only nickname the city has had here are a few and the story behind them tavern of the seas. A tongue and cheek explanation to why cape town is known as the mother city due to the highly expressive vocabulary of the local dialect in which the words your mother features regularly and also that it takes 9 months to get things done however it is said that word metropolis is derived from the greek derivation of meter or metros meaning mother and polis meaning city the nickname of . Private tourist guide claudia chennells runs mother city escapes each tour is tailor made to suit your requests and time constraints and to accommodate the chosen tour destinations in the surrounds of cape town the winelands hermanus and the garden route as well the west coast. Cape of good hope nature reserve within table mountain national park needs to be in your agenda while in cape town its 60 km south west of cape town and the trip by car or by bus has beautiful scenery of the coast small towns and even an ostrich farm. Cape town is the being called the mother city for a reason being the center around which modern civilization was initially built in south africa in the shadows of table mountain lies a beautiful port city which is a vibrant hot spot of cultural heritage and a collage of traditions