Cape Town Featured, Cities and Towns
Cape Town is South Africa's oldest and most beautiful city, and the top travel destination in Africa. Built on the slopes of Table Mountain, the city offers something for everyone, from beautiful views and beaches, to world-class cuisine and inspiring culture. Cape Town is a must-see destination for anyone travelling to South Africa.
* Cape Town Highlights
- ∞ Table Mountain
- ∞ Safe and beautiful
- ∞ Sunny beaches
- ∞ Rich in history and culture
- ∞ Superb variety of activities and day tours on offer
- ∞ Affordable accommodation
- ∞ Great restaurants
- ∞ Two oceans meet at Cape Point
Cape Town regularly makes it onto the "Top 5 Most Beautiful Cities in the World" lists. It's the Mother City of South Africa and very popular with locals and international visitors alike. It's affordable, beautiful and safe to visit. Numerous international celebrities own homes here.
The city is almost 400 years old, rich in culture and history, with a vibrant and cosmopolitan population of about 3 million people.
Besides its beauty, Cape Town has a host of attractions and activities whatever your tastes and preferences! Here are some of our favourites which you can do on your own, or we can arrange day trips and tours for you:
Book this for your first sunny day. You catch a cableway to the summit and you'll be treated to almost 360°breathtaking views of this spectacular city. There's also a restaurant and curio shop at the top. There are plenty of walks and hikes in the area and you can even challenge yourself to a hike to the summit.
This is a terrific day out. Cape Point is where the two oceans meet - the Indian and Atlantic. It's a national park and the drive is very beautiful. Some of the highlights include a stop at Hout Bay and the chance for a short boat trip to a seal colony, the scenic Chapman's Peak, Simons Town Harbour and Boulders Beach with its many penguins.
Not even an out of Cape Town and you're in the beautiful Winelands and mountains which surround the picturesque towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. You'll enjoy wine tasting, cellar tours and usually a stop for a delicious al fresco lunch. There are various ways to do this - by car, by bike or even a tram.
The famous island and World Heritage Site where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years in prison. Regular ferries leave for Robben Island from the V&A Waterfront.
The V&A Waterfront
The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is Cape Town's premier shopping and entertainment complex, built around the old harbour. There are hundreds of shops and restaurants to choose from, street buskers, live entertainment venues, the Two Oceans Aquarium and various upmarket hotels. It's also where you'll find the trendy, renovated Silo District and the fascinating new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCCA).
TIP - Download the Android/iOS app ‘Reinventing the Tavern of the Seas’, plug in your earphones and tap ‘start’. You'll be able to explore the V&A Waterfront at your own pace while listening to all the low-down on this area and its fascinating history.
Cape Town really does have something for everyone:
- Visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
- Take a guided township tour
- Go whale watching by boat or from shore
- Experience the thrill of shark cage diving or a hot air balloon flight
- Get an eagle's view from above with a helicopter flight
- Take to the ocean with harbour boat trips
- Go local at the many live music venues
- Enjoy a wealth of beaches, clubs and restaurants
- Visit an ostrich farm
- Be amazed by the wildflower spectacle on the West Coast (July to September)
- Zipline at Silvermist, Hout Bay (one of the longest & highest in Africa!)
- And loads more ...
Cape Town will wow you. We'd recommend at least 3-6 nights here.
Cape Town has a vast selection of hotels, apartments, resorts and guesthouses, ranging from world-class boutique hotels to dodgy apartments and cheap AirBnb accommodation. Please remember that if something is cheap, it’s usually for good reason. See our blog: AirBnb – Bad Idea or Good Idea.
Have a look at our preferred Cape Town accommodation, personally visited and vetted, to get an idea of what's on offer. Or let us know your preferences and we'll be happy to make some recommendations - from a superb location to family-friendly, young and vibey, cosy and historic, and so on.
Wining & Dining
Well-established as a foodie capital, Cape Town has a superb selection of cuisines for you to choose. Of our top local dining magazine, Eat Out's Top 10 Restaurants for 2017, nine of them are in Cape Town and surrounds. See also their Best Everyday Eateries recommendations.
Flights and transport
Cape Town International Airport connects to most local and many international destinations. It's a 2-hour flight to/from Johannesburg. Once in Cape Town, we can help arrange your airport transfers and guided tours, or we can arrange a rental car for you.
Please Ask Us
Our aim is to match you with your personal choices, wish lists and experiences while keeping within your budget.
We can arrange the Cape Town leg of your trip on a self-drive basis, semi-guided or fully-guided basis. Ask us for more details.
PS - Tip for self-drivers, get the Tourism Radio app. It's GPS sensitive so it will be your guide to Cape Town, it's attractions, history, activities, restaurants and so on, wherever you go!
When to visit Cape Town Know when is good to go…
A guide to the best time to visit Cape Town, laid out in a calendar format with seasonal descriptions.
When to visit Cape Town