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Cape Town
Travel Guide

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront showing 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.

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Where to stay in Cape Town

Hyatt Regency Cape Town
Hyatt Regency Cape Town
5 out of 5
BUITENGRACHT STREET, CAPE TOWN CITY, CENTRE, 126, Cape Town, Western Cape
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £64 per night from 24 Apr to 25 Apr
This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Bo Kaap Museum and Long Street. Kloof Street and Cape Town International ...
4.3/5Excellent! (407 reviews)
"The staff is very supportive and kind. Also, the hotel is located close to the downtown"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Hyatt Regency Cape Town
Kloof Street Hotel
Kloof Street Hotel
4 out of 5
49 Kloof St, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £51 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kloof Street and Long Street. Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town International Convention ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Lovely stay
"It's a lovely stay at Kloof Street Hotel. My room had enough space and it was very quiet. The staff is very kind and helpful, I will definitely come back again."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Kloof Street Hotel
President Hotel
President Hotel
4 out of 5
4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £48 per night from 29 Apr to 30 Apr
Located in Sea Point, this beach hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Sea Point Swimming Pool and within 3 miles (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Cape Town Stadium. Sea ...
4/5Very Good! (402 reviews)
"I must say the location of this hotel is fantastic. Beautiful views of the ocean from certain rooms and the most lovely views of Table Top Mountain. Amazing happy hour with one of the best breakfast buffets. The restaurant manager is extremely professional and was helping all staff from the very ..."

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

President Hotel
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.
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £60 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Town International Convention Centre and Long Street. Castle of Good Hope ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (189 reviews)
The onyx
"Excellent hotel great location lovely staff very helpful and friendly. Onsite restaurant a bonus with excellent quality food and service"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2021

The Onyx Apartment Hotel
Lawhill Luxury Apartments
Lawhill Luxury Apartments
5 out of 5
V&A Residential Marina, Dock Rd, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £92 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr
Located in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Two Oceans Aquarium and V&A Waterfront. Cape Town International ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (96 reviews)
"Undoubtedly one of the best value for money, extremely comfortable and well run accommodation apartments in Cape Town. The staff were friendly and helpful and the facilities phenomenal"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2021

Lawhill Luxury Apartments
The Verge Aparthotel
The Verge Aparthotel
3.5 out of 5
Holmfirth Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £83 per night from 3 May to 4 May
Located in Sea Point, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Milton Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Cape Town Stadium and V&A Waterfront. Lions Head and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (85 reviews)
"Great location ,near to shops,local bus and minute walk to the sea.Front desk maned 24hours. I've stayed here before and really like it but have noticed some of the paintwork and walls need some attention."

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

The Verge Aparthotel
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.

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