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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

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront featuring a marina

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

The picture-perfect mountain views and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A stop by V&A Waterfront or Cape Town Cruise Terminal might round out your trip.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Camps Bay showing mountains, general coastal views and a coastal town

Camps Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 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
Sea Point

Sea Point

4/5Very Good!(8 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 Swimming Pool might round out your trip.

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

Hout Bay

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
Bo\'Kaap

Bo'Kaap

3/5(3 area reviews)

Travellers come to Bo'Kaap for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Bo Kaap Museum and Auwal Mosque while you're in town.

Bo'Kaap

Top hotels in Cape Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel
4.5 out of 5
69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is NZ$161 per night from 28 Sep. to 29 Sep.

Nestled on the beach, this Camps Bay hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 miles ...

4.3/5Excellent! (282 reviews)
Highly Recommend

"The hotel was overall great and in a wonderful location. Would highly recommend it!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

The Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Union Castle House, V&A Waterfront and Two Oceans Aquarium. Cape Town ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (475 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

The Table Bay Hotel
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
5 out of 5
76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Company's Garden and South African Jewish Museum. Greenmarket Square ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (279 reviews)

"Heated pool is actually very warm. Breakfast was amazing. The options and the quality. Enjoyed my balcony view. Some upgraded to the cottages which were very amazing."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Popular places to visit in Cape Town

Boulders Beach
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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
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Table Mountain

4.5/5(43 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.

Cape of Good Hope
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Cape of Good Hope

5/5(6 reviews)

Enjoy stunning scenery, rich cultural heritage and an eclectic variety of wildlife – all within reach of Africa’s most southerly tip.

Camps Bay Beach
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Camps Bay Beach

4.5/5(36 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.

Cape Town Stadium
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Cape Town Stadium

4/5(2 reviews)

Take a guided tour of this modern sports arena and then watch a soccer or rugby match while sitting among an energetic, vuvuzela-playing crowd.

Top activities in Cape Town

Robben Island & City Center Full-Day Tour
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Robben Island & City Center Full-Day Tour

NZ$156
Per adult
Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour
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Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour

NZ$118
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour
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Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

NZ$62
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour

NZ$107
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Cape Peninsula Full-Day Tour
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Cape Peninsula Full-Day Tour

NZ$139
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Bo-Kaap: Beauty and the Beat
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Bo-Kaap: Beauty and the Beat

NZ$61
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Cape Town

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 34.5679012345679%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.407407407407407%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Apr. 2020

Loved Cape Town and the Surrounds It is well known world wide as one of the most beautiful cities and it definitely did not disappoint. Will definitely be back again.

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

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