Cape Town

Travel Guide
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront featuring 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.

Cape Town Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Cape Town

President Hotel
President Hotel
4 out of 5
4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$145 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Located in Sea Point, this beach hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Sea Point Pavillion and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Camps Bay Beach. Milton Beach and Clifton Bay Beach are ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (450 reviews)
Beautiful view but don't expect more
"I would not return to the President Hotel for other than the Salon where we received service excellence. I booked a one bedroom apartment which is sizeable. The standard Television sets are 20", I think, with standard hotel bouquet. The Wi-Fi is too slow with signal constantly dropping between FAIR ..."

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2021

President Hotel
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
4 out of 5
On the Waterfront Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$209 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Located in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Two Oceans Aquarium and V&A Waterfront. Cape Town Cruise Terminal and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (978 reviews)
"the location is good as is the hotel layout"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
3.5 out of 5
Silo 6, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$196 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Located in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and V&A Waterfront. Cape Town Cruise Terminal ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (273 reviews)
"The staff here is so helpful and sweet, with nice little perks. Can’t recommend it enough."

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2021

Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
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.
Atlantic Palms
Atlantic Palms
4 out of 5
17 Venus Circle, Sunset Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$160 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Nestled on the beach, this Sunset Beach apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sunset Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach. Cape Town Cruise Terminal and Cape ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (6 reviews)
"It is a lovely 2 bed place, in a Good location opposite beach. However I would recommend that management to provide more cleaning materials ( washing up:liquid/ powder/ etc) and also give regular cleaning for someone who is staying for a week as We are from abroad and on holiday ! In main bedroom ..."

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2018

Atlantic Palms
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is AU$163 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cape Town International Convention Centre, Kloof Street and Two Oceans Aquarium. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (210 reviews)
"Very helpful staff and they were available 24 hours each day."

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Crystal Apartments
The Crystal Apartments
4 out of 5
35 Medburn Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
Located in Camps Bay, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Table Mountain National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Kloof Street. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (68 reviews)
Ideal and suited us throughout
"Stayed at no 110. even better than last years stay here."

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

The Crystal Apartments
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.

Popular places to visit in Cape Town

Top activities in Cape Town

Cities near Cape Town