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 a very popular tourist destination. It's affordable, beautiful and safe to visit. Many international celebrities own homes in Cape Town.
The city is almost 400 years old and built on the slopes of Table Mountain. It is a city rich in culture and history, with a vibrant and cosmopolitan population of about 3 million people.
Cape Town Tourism has recently joined with Tourism Radio to bring you an innovative travel guide. This works with your GPS to trigger audio clips as you pass various points of interest, giving you background and historical facts on each as you make your way around one of the world's most beautiful cities. These audio clips can be played via a car radio or the mobile app.
Some of the top attractions in and around Cape Town include Table Mountain, the Cape Point National Park, the famous Winelands, Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront, to name just a few.
Table Mountain can be accessed by a cableway which can transport 900 people per hour to the top. The views from the top of Table Mountain are truly spectacular, and there are a restaurant and curio shop at its summit. A variety of walks and hikes are possible on the mountain and in the surrounding areas.
A day tour to the Cape Peninsula and Cape Point National Park is highly recommended. Cape Point is where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, and the drive is very scenic. Usually, this outing includes a stop at Hout Bay, where you can do a short boat trip to nearby seal island, as well as the scenic Chapman's Peak drive, Simon's Town and a visit to Boulders Beach with its resident penguin colony.
A tour of the Cape Winelands usually includes a visit to the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, a cellar tour and wine tasting at some of the top wine estates in the Western Cape. The drive takes you through beautiful mountain scenery and, of course, vineyards.
Robben Island can be visited by ferry. This is the island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years and is now a museum offering daily guided tours.
The V&A Waterfront
The V&A (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, as well as entertainment venues, the Two Oceans Aquarium, and various upmarket hotels. It's also where you'll find the trendy renovated Silo District, home to the fascinating new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCCA).
Now you can download a VoiceMap app on your Android/iOS device, called ‘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 as the app is GPS driven, listening to all the low-down on this area and its fascinating history.
Flights and transport
Cape Town International Airport receives a number of direct flights from various destinations. Alternatively, you can fly to Johannesburg and connect with a 2-hour flight to Cape Town. Once in Cape Town, you can book airport transfers and guided tours through us, or we can book you a rental car so you can drive yourself around.
Cape Town offers a huge variety of activities and outings. These include a visit to world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a guided township tour, whale watching by boat or from land, shark cage diving, hot air balloon flights, helicopter flights, harbour boat trips, live music venues, a variety of beaches, clubs and restaurants, an ostrich farm, the flowers of the West Coast (July to September), and loads more.
You will not get bored in Cape Town and we recommend spending at least 3-6 nights here.
Cape Town has a huge selection of hotels, apartments, resorts and guesthouses, ranging from world-class boutique hotels to dodgy apartments and cheap AirBnb accommodation. While it may be tempting to opt for cheap accommodation, please remember that it’s usually cheap for good reason. See our blog: AirBnb – Bad Idea or Good Idea.
Please use the menu at the top to search for the type and style of accommodation in Cape Town that appeals to you most, or email us with your requirements and we will gladly make some recommendations. We hand-pick our suggestions, based on personal inspections and can recommend these with confidence. We have a good selection of preferred accommodation, selected for various factors ranging from superb location to family-friendly, young and vibey, cosy and historic, and so on.
Wining & Dining
Cape Town is well known as a foodie capital with a superb selection of cuisines to suit every palate. Not surprising then that of leading local dining magazine, Eat Out's Top 10 Restaurants for 2017, nine of them are in Cape Town and/or the Cape Peninsula.
Please Ask Us
Our aim is to find you the best option for your preferences, suitability and experience while staying within your budget.
We can arrange the Cape Town leg of your trip on a self-drive basis, semi-guided basis or fully guided by a private host and guide for your group. Ask us for more details.
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