Cape Town

Travel Guide
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront featuring a lake or waterhole

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.

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Where to stay in Cape Town

President Hotel
President Hotel
4 out of 5
4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is NZ$159 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Sea Point, this beach hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Sea Point Pavillion and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Camps Bay Beach. Milton Beach and Clifton Bay Beach are ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (451 reviews)
Amazing experience at The President Hotel
"Great service with friendly and helpful staff. Our porter that welcomed us to the hotel was an absolutely amazing young man by the name S'thembiso. He made the overall experience just 100x better. Thank you sir."

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2021

President Hotel
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
4 out of 5
On the Waterfront Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is NZ$226 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Two Oceans Aquarium and V&A Waterfront. Cape Town Cruise Terminal and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (976 reviews)
"the location is good as is the hotel layout"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
3.5 out of 5
Silo 6, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is NZ$214 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and V&A Waterfront. Cape Town Cruise Terminal ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (274 reviews)
"The staff here is so helpful and sweet, with nice little perks. Can’t recommend it enough."

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2021

Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
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Atlantic Palms
Atlantic Palms
4 out of 5
17 Venus Circle, Sunset Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is NZ$173 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this Sunset Beach apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sunset Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach. Cape Town Cruise Terminal and Cape ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (6 reviews)
"It is a lovely 2 bed place, in a Good location opposite beach. However I would recommend that management to provide more cleaning materials ( washing up:liquid/ powder/ etc) and also give regular cleaning for someone who is staying for a week as We are from abroad and on holiday ! In main bedroom ..."

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2018

Atlantic Palms
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is NZ$176 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cape Town International Convention Centre, Kloof Street and Two Oceans Aquarium. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (210 reviews)
"Very helpful staff and they were available 24 hours each day."

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Crystal Apartments
The Crystal Apartments
4 out of 5
35 Medburn Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
Located in Camps Bay, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Table Mountain National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Kloof Street. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (68 reviews)
Ideal and suited us throughout
"Stayed at no 110. even better than last years stay here."

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

The Crystal 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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