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 which includes mountains, general coastal views and landscape views

Camps Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(42 area 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.

Camps Bay
Castle of Good Hope featuring heritage elements

Cape Town City Centre

4/5Very Good!(205 area 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.

Cape Town City Centre
Sea Point

Sea Point

4/5Very Good!(35 area reviews)

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

Sea Point
Cape Town showing a garden

Green Point

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

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

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

Hout Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(9 area reviews)

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

Hout Bay
Groot Constantia Winery

Constantia

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area 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.

Constantia

Top hotels in Cape Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
Rs3,122
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

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! (1,434 reviews)

"Great place right next to CPT (Cape Town) International airport."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2020

Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport
Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
5 out of 5
1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs7,929
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, steps away from St. Georges Mall, Long Street and Greenmarket Square. Kloof Street and Castle ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (921 reviews)

"We have stayrd in many luxury hotels around the world, but tne TAJ Cape Town has exceeded the 5 star rating in all areas from presentation, service and restaurant food and beverages. The courtesy vehicles were just an added luxury to our stay. Would recommend the TAJ to anyone looking for superb ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2020

Taj Cape Town
Hilton Cape Town City Centre
Hilton Cape Town City Centre
5 out of 5
126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
Rs7,691
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

Located in Bo'Kaap, this family-friendly Cape Town hotel is steps away from Bo Kaap Museum and Long Street. Greenmarket Square and Kloof Street are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (370 reviews)

"everyone that works at the hotel is very friendly and outgoing. Also very helpful with directions, suggestions for shopping and dining and transportation"…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2019

Hilton Cape Town City Centre

Popular things to do in Cape Town

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
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Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

4.5/5(203 reviews)

Blending modern buildings with colourful period structures, the architecture at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront reflects its vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(131 reviews)

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

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

4.5/5(154 reviews)

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

Robben Island
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Robben Island

4.5/5(73 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.

Camps Bay Beach
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Camps Bay Beach

4.5/5(162 reviews)

See and be seen, admire beautiful sunsets and go hiking in the famous Twelve Apostles at one of Cape Town’s most stylish beaches.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

4.5/5(83 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.

Reviews of Cape Town

4.6

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Book any trips in advance to avoid disappointment. It’s a great busy vibrant area with loads to do and see

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

An outstanding City, (not without it's problems but where hasn't these days.) 99.99% of South Africans are lovely and welcoming. A return trip is now on my agenda and with the exchange it's cheap as chips! One tip, use Uber.gbeng

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 15, 2020

Love the city and area, just wish they (SA Gov) would sort out education, crime, utilities, diversity and equality issues.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Must visit ! Cape Town is one big vibrant amazing city and AC Marriott is a fantastic spot to explore it from

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 28, 2019

Lots of activities to do, we missed our robbin island tour due to bad weather but if anyone travelling book tickets after you check weather online in advance

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 19, 2019

A wonderful place. South Africa a good place. Like any tourist spots. You need to be safety conscious but Kalk bay is quite safe and as solo traveler walk around safely good Resturants, cape to Cuba.- the brass bell, and many more but there are many

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