Cape TownSouth Africa

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Visit Cape Town

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!(6 area reviews)

Sublime mountain scenery and a lovely beach make this stylish neighbourhood one of Cape Town’s favourite seaside destinations .

Camps Bay
Sea Point

Sea Point

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

Bring the kids to the playgrounds and cafés in this dynamic, rejuvenated coastal area in the shadow of a mossy mountain.

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

Hout Bay

Browse stalls and enjoy live music in the harbor market, trek along the mountain trails and surf atop Atlantic swells.

Hout Bay
Bo\'Kaap

Bo'Kaap

3/5(3 area reviews)

Learn about the rich Malay culture and history in this lively and quirky area of museums and brightly painted buildings.

Bo'Kaap

Top hotels in Cape Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
NZ$77
per night
Jan 28 - Jan 29

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! (1,439 reviews)

"it was a stop over for a late flight coming into Cape town.The staff were welcoming and informative. thank you"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2020

Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport
Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
5 out of 5
1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$341
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, steps away from St. Georges Mall, Long Street and Greenmarket Square. Kloof Street and Castle ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (923 reviews)

"We have stayrd in many luxury hotels around the world, but tne TAJ Cape Town has exceeded the 5 star rating in all areas from presentation, service and restaurant food and beverages. The courtesy vehicles were just an added luxury to our stay. Would recommend the TAJ to anyone looking for superb ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020

Taj Cape Town
Hilton Cape Town City Centre
Hilton Cape Town City Centre
5 out of 5
126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$211
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Bo Kaap Museum and Long Street. Greenmarket Square and Kloof ...

4.3/5Excellent! (372 reviews)

"Overall, it was good stay. Great staff and very welcoming."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2020

Hilton Cape Town City Centre

Popular things to do in Cape Town

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
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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
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(23 reviews)

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

Table Mountain
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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
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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
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Camps Bay Beach

4.5/5(34 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

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
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Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

NZ$29

Ranking just under Johannesburg as South Africa's second-most populous city, Cape Town caters to nature lovers as much as culture enthusiasts. This hop-on hop-off tour grants you the flexibility to explore the city according to your own itinerary.

Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

NZ$79

We offer a boat based Marine Eco Tour from the V&A Waterfront with Hydrofoil technology on a stable platform. Encapsulated in this prolific marine eco system in Table Bay, Cape Town has numerous different species which include penguins, seals, dolphins, sunfish, whales and pelagic bird life that call this eco system home.

Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

NZ$126

A sightseeing drive to the Cape Point Nature reserve and around the Cape Peninsula is a “must do” day trip when visiting Cape Town. The magnificent Cape Point route is one of the great day tours from Cape Town.

Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour
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Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

NZ$73

A fun, daily group wine tour, packed with wine tastings, cheese tasting, a cellar tour and more. Make new friends, have a laugh and experience the famous Cape Winelands first hand on our daily wine tour from Cape Town all while learning about and enjoying some of the best wines in the world.

Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour
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Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour

NZ$141

In Stellenbosch, be swept away by breathtaking scenery and rows upon rows of wonderful, wine-producing vines. Travel inland to the lush, green countryside that forms the center of South Africa's wine-growing economy and visit 3 famous wine producers for tastings.

Introduction to Barista Course - Cape Town
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Introduction to Barista Course - Cape Town

NZ$169

Do you know what the perfect cup tastes like? A 6 hour training day consisting of 2 hours theory and 4 hours practical coffee making. You will learn all that you need to know to become a barista, the theory, pouring an espresso, milk dynamics and how not to burn the milk when making a latte.

Reviews of Cape Town

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

Will be recommending Cape Town as a holiday destination.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

We definitely be recommending Cape Town as a holiday destination. We are loving our visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

We love Cape Town but we'll never use these apartments again. I recommend avoidance.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

Great city, would recommend to anyone.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

Loved our Cape Town experience

5/5 - Excellent

John

Dec 14, 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

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