Cape Town

Travel Guide
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront showing a lake or waterhole
Constructed on a rich tapestry of cultures and shaped by its stunning surroundings, Cape Town’s heritage is reflected throughout the city in its houses and museums.

Nestled in the shadows of Table Mountain and close to the foaming waves of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town is a city that’s never far from the true majesty of the wild.

Hiking along one of the many nature trails will give you the chance to see wild antelope, ostriches or even baboons. Travel a little further and you’ll find African penguins in their thousands on the sands of Boulders Beach. For a more relaxed day out, take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain and allow yourself time to marvel at one of the greatest views in the world.

On returning to the city, you can soak up the atmosphere by settling down for a picnic amongst the floral gems in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

If you’re interested in South Africa’s complex past, historical gold can be found at the South Africa Maritime Museum, Slave Lodge or the recently opened Jewish Museum. Nelson Mandela’s long struggle for freedom will come to life before your eyes if you visit Robben Island, where he was imprisoned during the years of apartheid.

Local delicacies such as spicy Babotie or soothing Melktert are well worth a taste. Choose from delicious street food straight from the carts in the Islamic quarter or today’s catch served up by the finest restaurants around on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Many settlers have left their mark since Cape Town was first established by the Dutch East India Company. This can best be seen in the mixture of architectural styles around the city. Local Cape Dutch style houses rub shoulders with colourful Edwardian, elegant Victorian and gleaming modern architecture.

Cape Town’s warm climate is tempered by the breeze off the Atlantic, bringing down the humidity so that the heat doesn’t hit so hard. There is much to be discovered on the outskirts of the city. Pack more into your stay by hiring a car or trying out the public bus network to explore the myriad of wonders in Table Mountain National Park.

Where to stay in Cape Town

Hotel Verde Cape Town Airport
Hotel Verde Cape Town Airport
4 out of 5
15 Michigan Street, Airport Industria, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7490
The price is ₹6,297 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (840 reviews)
Eco garden , breakfast & friendly staff stand out
"We were greeted nicely by shuttle staff and front desk staff after hours and hours of flight travel Staff were friendly and professional Breakfast was a 5 out of 5.....excellent and wonderful. The walk after breakfadt in the Eco garden was beautiful......filled with budding flowers , birds and bees....it ..."

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2022

The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001
The price is ₹20,853 per night from 26 Sep to 27 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (566 reviews)
"The staff was the best and very helpful. im so happy i chose to stay here. Will always recommend."

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2022

AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront
AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront
4 out of 5
Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001
The price is ₹9,171 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (197 reviews)
"Central location & friendly staff"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (229 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2022

Lawhill Luxury Apartments
Lawhill Luxury Apartments
5 out of 5
V&A Residential Marina, Dock Rd, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8000
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (106 reviews)
"Excellent apartment and location. Friendly staff. Spacious apartment. The only concern was the hot water. It disconnected from time to time."

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2021

South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
6 Link Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (170 reviews)
Stunning Camps Bay stay!
"Fantastic stay at this hotel in the beautiful Camps Bay. Well located and well equipped, our stay was very enjoyable. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2022

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Reviews of Cape Town

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Mar 2020

The V&A waterfront area of Cape Town is nice and safe. The centre of town has a more edgy feel although plenty of security around.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2020

didnt do much as time was very short and this was my second visit only wanted to relax

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Cape Town is a stunning city. Amazing food options and sights. I felt safe but you just need to be sensible ... as you should be when you visit any big city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

The most beautiful city by the sea

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

Vibrant clean city, excellent restaurants, stunning scenery, beaches, mountains, vineyards, something different to do and see every day

5/5 - Excellent

Alan

21 Feb 2020

Great city. Beautiful mountain views. Sad political and economic outlook though.

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