Travel advisory

Please be aware of any coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories and review updates from the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to the unprecedented volume of travel disruptions, refunds may take up to 30 days to process.

Cape TownSouth Africa

Nature lovers, adrenaline junkies, culture buffs, shopaholics, honeymooners and families will all find something in South Africa’s "mother city".

Affectionately referred to as the "mother city" of South Africa, Cape Town is one of those sophisticated tourist destinations that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. This is an inspiring and exciting city that is jam-packed with attractions and entertainment to suit every type of visitor and every kind of budget. With an impressive collection of museums, art galleries and theatres as well as a fantastic range of options for shopping and dining, this multicultural metropolis leaves other South African cities floundering in its wake. Combine this with an abundance of unique flora and fauna and stunning scenery and you have all the ingredients for a truly exceptional trip.

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront sits in the heart of Cape Town’s historic harbour and is the ultimate destination for those who seek the unusual combination of retail therapy and culture. Excellent shops, bars and restaurants sit happily alongside historic museums. From here, hop on a ferry to Robben Island where President Mandela spent decades as a prisoner. Guided tours of the prison offer a stark reminder of his struggle – sobering, but not to be missed.

No visit to Cape Town is complete without making your way to the top of the iconic Table Mountain. Whether you choose to ascend in style in one of the pretty cable cars or you decide to tackle one of the tramping trails, make sure you get to the summit! From here, climbers will be rewarded with stunning views of the city and the ocean as it stretches greedily out to the horizon.

For another view that is out of this world, make your way to the coastal cliffs that make up the Cape of Good Hope. This unique vantage point offers exceptional views that are awe-inspiring and humbling in equal measure.

From here, make the short journey to Boulders Beach. Kick back on the blindingly white sand, build castles with the kids or float in the turquoise waters. This area is also home to a unique colony of endangered African penguins so make your way along the boardwalk to Foxy Beach and pay them a visit.

Finally, if you are seeking time out from the bustle of the city, plan a trip to the magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Learn about the conservation of indigenous flora while enjoying a relaxing stroll around the perfumed gardens. This is the perfect way to recharge your batteries for round two.

Where to stay in Cape Town

Camps Bay showing mountains, general coastal views and a coastal town

Camps Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Camps Bay
Sea Point

Sea Point

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

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

Hout Bay

Hout Bay
Bo\'Kaap

Bo'Kaap

3/5(3 area reviews)

Bo'Kaap

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
NZ$409
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
Free Cancellation
NZ$67
per night
8 Apr. - 9 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! (1,501 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
NZ$206
per night
3 May - 4 May

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! (720 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2020

Hotel Verde

Popular activities in Cape Town

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Image for Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Indulge in some retail therapy, learn about South Africa’s history or just kick back and enjoy the spectacular views from Cape Town’s historic waterfront.

Boulders Beach
Image for Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Discover pristine sandy beaches, unique rock formations and an endangered African penguin colony – just 40 kilometres south of Cape Town.

Table Mountain
Image for Table Mountain

Table Mountain

4.5/5(42 reviews)

Climb to the summit of this spectacular mountain and you'll be rewarded with sweeping views of Cape Town and the stunning surrounds of Table Bay.

Robben Island
Image for Robben Island

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
Image for Camps Bay Beach

Camps Bay Beach

4.5/5(35 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
Image for Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Visit this beautiful botanical garden to learn about cultivation and conservation while exploring the rich diversity of South Africa’s indigenous flora.

Top activities in Cape Town

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

Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$31
Per adult
Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Image for Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$75
Per adult
Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour
Image for Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$121
Per adult
Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour
Image for Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$70
Per adult
Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour
Image for Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour

Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$132
Per adult
Introduction to Barista Course - Cape Town
Image for Introduction to Barista Course - Cape Town

Introduction to Barista Course - Cape Town

NZ$177
Per adult

Reviews of Cape Town

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
46
5 - Excellent 57.5%
4 - Good
28
4 - Good 35%
3 - Okay
6
3 - Okay 7.5%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

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

5/5 - Excellent

John

14 Dec. 2019

Stellenbosch wine region & it’s township is worthy of a stay & will be included in our next trip . Cape Town is like no other city. It has it all as a holiday destination

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Cape Town

Image for How to Spend a Weekend in Cape Town

How to Spend a Weekend in Cape Town

Discover the best way to spend a weekend in Cape Town to see all of the city’s top attractions.
How to Spend a Weekend in Cape Town
Image for Top 5 most romantic cities in the world

Top 5 most romantic cities in the world

Celebrating the love in some of the most romantic cities in the world
Top 5 most romantic cities in the world
Image for 11 Places Where You Can Swim with Sharks

11 Places Where You Can Swim with Sharks

From cage diving with great whites in Australia to snorkeling with whale sharks in Mexico, here are the best places in the world to swim with sharks.
11 Places Where You Can Swim with Sharks
Image for Weirdest winter vacation destinations in the Southern Hemisphere

Weirdest winter vacation destinations in the Southern Hemisphere

The Southern Hemisphere offers half a world’s worth of weird places to go and wild things to do all winter long.
Weirdest winter vacation destinations in the Southern Hemisphere
Image for Where to see penguins in the wild

Where to see penguins in the wild

Hundreds of adorable penguins await you in the wild, and here are the best places to see penguins in their natural habitats.
Where to see penguins in the wild

Other places like Cape Town

Johannesburg - Gauteng
Image for Johannesburg - Gauteng
Johannesburg - Gauteng
Marrakech
Image for Marrakech
Marrakech
Nairobi
Image for Nairobi
Nairobi
Tangier
Image for Tangier
Tangier