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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

Camps Bay which includes mountains, general coastal views and landscape views

Camps Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(51 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
Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town City Centre

4/5Very Good!(236 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 Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Castle of Good Hope, 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!(39 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
Cape Town Stadium featuring a sunset and a city

Green Point

4.5/5Wonderful!(29 area reviews)

Travellers like the cocktail bars in Green Point, and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront 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!(11 area reviews)

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
Groot Constantia Winery

Constantia

4.5/5Wonderful!(6 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
The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
£199
per night
1 May-2 May

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and V&A Waterfront. Two Oceans Aquarium ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (464 reviews)

"Good all round hotel. Best position for VA waterfront."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

The Table Bay Hotel
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
£33
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

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! (1,498 reviews)

"Very good for a one night stay, proximity to airport (in walking distance). Very good rate. What we did not like: within 20 min. of our check-in, my credit card was tampered with three times by someone trying to make on-line purchases through my credit card. This was prevented by the excellent access ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport
Hotel Verde
Hotel Verde
4 out of 5
15 Michigan Street, Airport Industria, Cape Town, Western Cape

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of the Western Cape, Tygerberg Hospital and GrandWest Casino & Entertainment ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (717 reviews)

"We liked the "green"ethos of the hotel. A very relaxing place to stop overnight."…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Hotel Verde

Popular things to do in Cape Town

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
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Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

4.5/5(230 reviews)

Enjoy superb waterfront shopping and dining and exquisite views at South Africa’s most visited destination.

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(149 reviews)

Get a privileged close-up view of an African penguin colony among the spectacular rock formations at this beach that also offers excellent swimming conditions.

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

4.5/5(177 reviews)

One of the world’s oldest mountains creates an iconic backdrop to the Cape Town skyline. Climb to the summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast.

Robben Island
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Robben Island

4.5/5(87 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(179 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

5/5(101 reviews)

Discover the diversity of South Africa’s extraordinary flora with a stroll around the country’s premier botanic gardens.

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
£15
Per adult
Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

96% of travellers recommend
£59
Per adult
14-Course African Dinner Experience
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14-Course African Dinner Experience

88% of travellers recommend
£44
Per adult
Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

100% of travellers recommend
£37
Per adult
Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour
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Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour

98% of travellers recommend
£67
Per adult
Private: Full Day Ultra-Premium Wine Tour from Cape Town to Constantia
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Private: Full Day Ultra-Premium Wine Tour from Cape Town to Constantia

£250
Per adult

Reviews of Cape Town

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
240
5 - Excellent 68.18181818181819%
4 - Good
95
4 - Good 26.988636363636363%
3 - Okay
15
3 - Okay 4.261363636363637%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.5681818181818182%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Mar 2020

The V&A waterfront area of Cape Town is nice and safe. The centre of town has a more edgy feel although plenty of security around.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2020

didnt do much as time was very short and this was my second visit only wanted to relax

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Cape Town is a stunning city. Amazing food options and sights. I felt safe but you just need to be sensible ... as you should be when you visit any big city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

The most beautiful city by the sea

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

Vibrant clean city, excellent restaurants, stunning scenery, beaches, mountains, vineyards, something different to do and see every day

5/5 - Excellent

Alan

21 Feb 2020

Great city. Beautiful mountain views. Sad political and economic outlook though.

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