Cape TownSouth Africa

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Visit Cape Town

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

Camps Bay
Camps Bay which includes mountains, general coastal views and landscape views

Camps Bay

Known for Mountains, Beaches, Safaris

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Stunning sunsets and perfect blue water, scuba diving, mountain scenery and beachfront restaurants all make this one of Cape Town’s most popular beach suburbs.

Cape Town City Centre
Cape Town featuring landscape views and farmland

Cape Town City Centre

Known for Mountains, Museums, Tours

4/5(173 reviews)

Known for its majestic mountain landscape and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Cape Town City Centre. Check out top attractions like Castle of Good Hope and South African National Gallery, and jump on the metro at Woodstock Station or Esplanade Station to see more of the city.

Sea Point
Sea Point

Sea Point

Known for Mountains, Sightseeing, Wineries

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Bring the kids to the playgrounds and cafés in this dynamic, rejuvenated coastal area in the shadow of a mossy mountain.

Green Point
Cape Town Stadium showing a city

Green Point

Known for Luxury, Cocktails, Safaris

4/5(22 reviews)

Travellers like the cocktail bars in Green Point, and Cape Town Stadium is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Hout Bay
Hout Bay Beach which includes general coastal views, rugged coastline and a coastal town

Hout Bay

Known for Swimming, Coral Reefs, Seafood

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Browse stalls and enjoy live music in the harbor market, trek along the mountain trails and surf atop Atlantic swells.

Constantia
Groot Constantia Winery

Constantia

Known for Wineries, Nature, Gardens

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Unique features of Constantia include the wineries and gardens. Make a stop by Groot Constantia Winery or Eagles Nest while you're exploring the area.

Top hotels in Cape Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
Rs20,020
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and V&A Waterfront. Two Oceans Aquarium ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (412 reviews)

"Amazing location . Fantastic view of Table Mountain from my room ."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2019

The Table Bay Hotel
Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore
Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore
3.5 out of 5
31 A Heerengraght Boulevard, Cape Town, Western Cape
Rs2,943
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Street, Cape Town International Convention Centre and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (25 reviews)

"Honestly for the price i paid i did not expect much, im easy but difficult to please. This hotel exceeded all my expectations. My room was just what i needed neither too big nor too small, the breakfast was amazing i had so many options to choose from and i loved that, room service was great, the ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2019

Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore
Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport
Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport
2 out of 5
Adjoining BP Service & Filling Station, at Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, Western Cape
Rs3,101
per night
10 Dec-11 Dec

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of University of the Western Cape, Cape Town Science Centre and Access Park. District 6 and Newlands ...

3.7/5Good! (1,425 reviews)

"Excellent location (close to the airport). Very friendly, helpful staff!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019

Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport

Popular things to do in Cape Town

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

4.5/5(135 reviews)

The lofty summit of Table Mountain is Cape Town’s crowning glory, offering a coastal panorama that is second to none.

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(118 reviews)

Sun, sand and spectacular sea life are all available at Boulders Beach, home to an impressive African Penguin colony.

Robben Island
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Robben Island

4.5/5(66 reviews)

Visit the cell where Nelson Mandela spent most of his sentence and explore the Table Bay island that has also served as a leper colony and a military base.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

4.5/5(75 reviews)

This is the oldest and most prestigious botanical garden in South Africa, home to the first collection in the world dedicated solely to indigenous plants.

Cape of Good Hope
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Cape of Good Hope

4.5/5(44 reviews)

Feared by sailors for centuries, the jagged cliffs around the Cape of Good Hope showcase the splendour of South Africa’s native wilderness.

Two Oceans Aquarium
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Two Oceans Aquarium

4.5/5(33 reviews)

With sharks, rays, tropical fish and forests of kelp, this aquatic attraction provides deep insights into life under the ocean waves.

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