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

AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront
AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront
4 out of 5
Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001
Fully refundable
The price is £83 per night from 26 Aug to 27 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (189 reviews)
"It was a good property, with good services and looking. Despite being close to the port and railroad, we didn't hear any noise while staying 3 nights!"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2022

AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront
The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001
The price is £213 per night from 22 Aug to 23 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (557 reviews)
"Elegant hotel with amazing vistas. It had easy access to the Victoria Wharf Mall and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. We would definitely stay there again"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2022

The Table Bay Hotel
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
4 out of 5
On the Waterfront Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001
The price is £175 per night from 20 Aug to 21 Aug
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a marina. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"Historic industrial building in heart of Waterfront"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2022

Victoria & Alfred 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, 8001
The price is £87 per night from 20 Aug to 21 Aug
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (227 reviews)
"Great modern property. Studio rooms were well equipped."

Reviewed on 5 Jun 2022

The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Rockwell Luxury Suites
The Rockwell Luxury Suites
4 out of 5
32 Prestwich Street, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001
The price is £95 per night from 20 Aug to 21 Aug
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, an on-site winery and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (125 reviews)
"Great value in a central location - walking distance to De Waterkant bars and shops and easy access to central Cape Town and the Waterfront. Lack of staff at reception at various times."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

The Rockwell Luxury Suites
Lawhill Luxury Apartments
Lawhill Luxury Apartments
5 out of 5
V&A Residential Marina, Dock Rd, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8000
The price is £157 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (106 reviews)
"Excellent apartment and location. Friendly staff. Spacious apartment. The only concern was the hot water. It disconnected from time to time."

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2021

Lawhill Luxury 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.

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