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Cape Town
Travel Guide

From the dazzling heights of Table Mountain to the sparkling blues around its impressive waterfront, Cape Town brims with attractions for nature lovers and culture buffs.

Wherever you are in Cape Town the majestic, iconic shape of Table Mountain adds one of the world’s most impressive backdrops to your view. No trip to this South African city is complete without a hike, or a more leisurely cable car ride, to the top, where the breathtaking vistas are known as some of the best in Africa.

The story of Cape Town’s past is written in its architecture. The colonizing Dutch left their mark with their unique “Cape Dutch” style. You’ll recognize this style in those houses with decorative front gables. Subsequent English and Muslim inhabitants made significant contributions too. See their architectural styles as you wander around the colorful houses and periodic minarets of the Bo-Kaap district.

Such a mix of nationalities makes for a rich cultural scene. Food is superb, whether you’re eating from one of the street carts in the Bo-Kaap district or enjoying freshly caught seafood in a fine-dining restaurant on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

Learn about the city’s history at the Jewish Museum, Slave Lodge and the South Africa Maritime Museum. Perhaps the most poignant story is to be found on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held before the abolishment of apartheid.

More than anything though, Cape Town is destination for those who love the outdoors. A wild coastline surrounds the city. The expansive Table Mountain National Park covers 75 percent of the peninsula, meaning that encounters with wildlife are common. Get face-to-face with African penguins at Boulders Beach, or keep an eye out for baboons, antelopes or whales as you hike one of the trails on the Cape of Good Hope. You can also see more cultivated natural beauty at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Though fairly small, Cape Town does not lend itself to exploring on foot. It’s better to rent a car; the roads are generally easy to navigate and free flowing. Public buses run some of the major tourist routes as well.

Cape Town’s climate is generally good, with the low humidity making the summer heat bearable. Winters can be quite wet.

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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 ¥6,075 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Sea Point, this beach hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Sea Point Swimming Pool and within 3 mi (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Cape Town Stadium. Sea Point ...

4/5Very Good! (391 reviews)
L'excellence

"tout était excellent, la vue sur piscine et mer, l'appartement, la literie, la cuisinette, salon et tv. Rien à redire. La pizza et les cocktails étaient merveilleux. Pleins de restos et magasins accessibles à pieds. Le boardwalk avec sa plage, divin. Nous y reviendrons, c'est sûr."…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

President Hotel
Lagoon Beach Hotel & Spa
Lagoon Beach Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
1 Lagoon Gate Drive, Lagoon Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥8,135 per night from Mar 25 to Mar 26

Located in Cape Town, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of Milnerton Beach, Sunset Beach, and Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Intaka ...

3.9/5Very Good! (569 reviews)
Great

"Good morning. Thank you all was great. The room just needed some maintanance, but we did give the information to reception. Regards"…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

Lagoon Beach Hotel & Spa
Stock Exchange Apartment Hotel
Stock Exchange Apartment Hotel
3.5 out of 5
85 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥4,860 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of District 6, Castle of Good Hope, and Long Street. Cape Town International Convention Centre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (74 reviews)

"Excellent value for the money. Happy with the staff service."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2021

Stock Exchange Apartment 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.
South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
6 Link Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥14,329 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Located in Camps Bay, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach, Kloof Street, and Lions Head. Clifton Bay Beach and Table Mountain National ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (152 reviews)
Great few

"Fantastic view and fantastic service, couldnt ask for more. The breakfast solution with self service really worked out!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2020

South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
Waterfront Village
Waterfront Village
4 out of 5
4 Mindpearl Building West Quay Road, Cape Town, Western Cape

Located in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Nobel Square, Two Oceans Aquarium, and Cape Town International ...

4.2/5Excellent! (219 reviews)

"Good property very well located walking distance from V&A and good security on the premises"…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Waterfront Village
The Residences at Crystal Towers
The Residences at Crystal Towers
4 out of 5
Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥5,705 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in Century City, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Intaka Island Bird Sanctuary and Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Milnerton Medi-Clinic and Milnerton ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (47 reviews)
Good review

"It’s always a pleasure to stay at the Residence. It’s a home away from home."…"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

The Residences at Crystal Towers
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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