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Cape TownSouth Africa

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

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront featuring a marina

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

The picture-perfect mountain views and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A stop by V&A Waterfront or Two Oceans Aquarium might round out your trip.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Camps Bay showing mountains, general coastal views and a coastal town

Camps Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

The beaches and picture-perfect mountain views are top of the list for many visitors to Camps Bay. A stop by Camps Bay Beach or Table Mountain National Park might round out your trip.

Camps Bay
Sea Point

Sea Point

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

The beaches and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Sea Point. A stop by Milton Beach or Sea Point Pavillion might round out your trip.

Sea Point
Hout Bay Beach showing a coastal town, general coastal views and rocky coastline

Hout Bay

Seafood restaurants, seaside views and waterfront views highlight some of the noteworthy features of Hout Bay. Make a stop by Hout Bay Beach or Bay Harbour Market while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Hout Bay
Bo\'Kaap

Bo'Kaap

3/5(3 area reviews)

Travellers come to Bo'Kaap for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Bo Kaap Museum and Auwal Mosque while you're in town.

Bo'Kaap

Top hotels in Cape Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
5 out of 5
76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Company's Garden and South African Jewish Museum. Greenmarket Square ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (279 reviews)

"Heated pool is actually very warm. Breakfast was amazing. The options and the quality. Enjoyed my balcony view. Some upgraded to the cottages which were very amazing."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$129 per night

Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Long Street and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Greenmarket Square ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (160 reviews)

"Well located Nice large rooms Great Concierge services Ibrahim thank you Nice restaurant in the premises Very good bkfast Recomended."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2020

The Onyx Apartment Hotel
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

Located in Camps Bay, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (145 reviews)

"Lovely place to stay! Very close to restaurants and the beach. The hotel has thought about a lot of little extras that make a stay that much more confortable!"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb. 2020

South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel

Popular places to visit in Cape Town

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(24 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(43 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(11 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(36 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(13 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

5/5(6 reviews)

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

Top activities in Cape Town

Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

96% of travellers recommend
AU$28
Per adult
Cape Peninsula, Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Private Tour
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Cape Peninsula, Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Private Tour

100% of travellers recommend
AU$125
Per adult
Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour
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Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour

100% of travellers recommend
AU$88
Per adult
Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

96% of travellers recommend
AU$101
Per adult
Full Day Wine Tour of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl
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Full Day Wine Tour of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl

100% of travellers recommend
AU$85
Per adult
Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour
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Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

88% of travellers recommend
AU$59
Per adult

Reviews of Cape Town

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Apr. 2020

Loved Cape Town and the Surrounds It is well known world wide as one of the most beautiful cities and it definitely did not disappoint. Will definitely be back again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Jan. 2020

Will be recommending Cape Town as a holiday destination.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Jan. 2020

We definitely be recommending Cape Town as a holiday destination. We are loving our visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan. 2020

We love Cape Town but we'll never use these apartments again. I recommend avoidance.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Jan. 2020

Great city, would recommend to anyone.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Dec. 2019

Loved our Cape Town experience

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