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The most convenient way to get to the Western Cape is to fly into Cape Town International Airport. This busy transport hub is a sleek, modern building offering several daily flights to domestic and intercontinental destinations. More than 20 airlines run services from here.
The third busiest airport in Africa, Cape Town International Airport has direct flights to other major cities in South Africa, including Durban and Johannesburg as well as long-haul flights to Asia, Europe and the rest of the continent. The airport serves over 8.5 million passengers throughout the year. Although there are separate terminals for international and domestic flights, check-in is centralised so you can make your way between both on foot.
The airport was built in 1954, though a renovation before the 2010 World Cup saw the building completely revitalised. Explore the stylish, modern terminal and spend your time shopping in the trendy, mall-like departures lounge, which includes two floors’ worth of stores. The third floor offers restaurants with glass walls, so you can watch flights shuttling in and out as you eat hearty South African cuisine.
Cape Town is a modern city geared towards visitors, so accommodation in and around the airport is plentiful. Practical and cheap hotels can be found on site, or you could head just a short journey north to the neighbourhood of Belleville for good value lodges and guesthouses. Head towards the city centre for more luxurious options near the attractive quayside, or stay in charming districts such as Claremont or Constantia for exclusive and lavish accommodation.
If you are staying outside of the airport, hop on a MyCiti bus for direct, regular connections into the centre of Cape Town. You can also catch taxis or hire a car from the arrivals floor of the airport.
Set between the dramatic plateau of Table Mountain and the golden beaches of the Western Cape coast, Cape Town is almost impossibly picturesque. Take a gentle hike to the summit of Lion’s Head for views of the city and its impressive backdrop.
Cape Town’s connection to the ocean has shaped some of its most popular attractions. Drive through the nature reserve of the Cape Peninsula for spectacular vistas of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meeting. Amble through the fishing port of Kalk Bay, where you can watch seals frolic in the water, or spend hours shopping at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Museums, boat rides and aquariums make the coastal city an exciting destination for families too.
Book a flight into Cape Town International Airport to discover one of South Africa’s most engaging and lively cities. After exploring Cape Town, head out into the stunning, wildlife-filled landscapes of the Western Cape.