Cape TownSouth Africa

4.6/5Top Destination

Cape Town is calling! Discover its coral reefs, museums, sightseeing, and more.

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.

Known for

Tours, Mountains and Museums

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Where to stay in Cape Town

Cape Town City Centre
Cape Town featuring farmland and landscape views

Cape Town City Centre

Known for Mountains, Museums, Tours

4/5(390 reviews)

Known for its majestic mountain landscape and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Cape Town City Centre. Check out top attractions like Castle of Good Hope and South African National Gallery, and jump on the metro at Woodstock Station or Esplanade Station to see more of the city.

Camps Bay
Camps Bay which includes a coastal town, landscape views and mountains

Camps Bay

Known for Mountains, Beaches, Safaris

5/5(50 reviews)

Stunning sunsets and perfect blue water, scuba diving, mountain scenery and beachfront restaurants all make this one of Cape Town’s most popular beach suburbs.

Sea Point
Sea Point

Sea Point

Known for Mountains, Sightseeing, Wineries

4.5/5(57 reviews)

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

Green Point
Cape Town Stadium which includes a city

Green Point

Known for Luxury, Cocktails, Safaris

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Travelers like the cocktail bars in Green Point, and Cape Town Stadium is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Constantia
Groot Constantia Winery

Constantia

Known for Wineries, Nature, Gardens

5/5(6 reviews)

Unique features of Constantia include the wineries and gardens. Make a stop by Groot Constantia Winery or Eagles Nest while you're exploring the area.

Hout Bay
Hout Bay Beach which includes landscape views, hiking or walking and general coastal views

Hout Bay

Known for Swimming, Coral Reefs, Seafood

3.5/5(7 reviews)

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

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
¥4,514
per night
Oct 16 - Oct 17
3.7/5Good! (1,401 reviews)

"Super close to airport Thought it would be noisier because airport being so close but not at all. Great stay"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport
The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
¥30,080
per night
Nov 7 - Nov 8
4.6/5Exceptional! (400 reviews)

"This was one of the best “values” I’ve come across in a long time! The location is superb, the facility is beautiful, the staff is well trained, professional and efficient while still being friendly and attentive. I will always stay here when in Capetown and would highly recommend it to others!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

The Table Bay Hotel
Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
5 out of 5
1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
¥15,582
per night
Oct 19 - Oct 20
4.7/5Exceptional! (837 reviews)

"Nothing's unique Location is good Hotel is ok but lacks amenities"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Taj Cape Town

Popular things to do in Cape Town

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

5/5(373 reviews)

One of the world’s oldest mountains creates an iconic backdrop to the Cape Town skyline. Climb to the summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast.

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(258 reviews)

Get a privileged close-up view of an African penguin colony among the spectacular rock formations at this beach that also offers excellent swimming conditions.

Robben Island
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Robben Island

4.5/5(131 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.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

4.5/5(136 reviews)

Discover the diversity of South Africa’s extraordinary flora with a stroll around the country’s premier botanic gardens.

Cape of Good Hope
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Cape of Good Hope

5/5(75 reviews)

Experience the stunning scenery and a wealth of native wildlife at what is almost Africa’s most southerly point.

Two Oceans Aquarium
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Two Oceans Aquarium

4/5(87 reviews)

With sharks, rays, tropical fish and forests of kelp, this aquatic attraction provides deep insights into life under the ocean waves.

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

¥1,962

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

¥6,660

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.

Green Point Dinner & Show Experience
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Green Point Dinner & Show Experience

¥6,625

Treat yourself to a magical evening in Green Point—a gorgeous seaside neighborhood nestled between Signal Hill and the Atlantic Ocean. Soak up the local flavor during a live dinner theater performance, and then delight in a sumptuous buffet featuring fine wines from the Cape Winelands region.

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

¥8,412

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.

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

¥8,931

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.

Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour

¥8,130

With a rugged coastline, species of African game, and endemic vegetation, discover the natural wonders of the Cape Peninsula on a half-day tour. Gaze out upon sweeping views of the coastline and enjoy the sight of roaming wild animals as you visit charming shoreline towns.

Reviews of Cape Town

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 9, 2019

Very clean, beautiful, safe, diverse & friendly city. The Old Biscuit Mill is great & Cage Diving with Sharks through Viator could not be any better - an unforgettable, exciting adventure! CitiShuttles & WL Caps & Tours provide THE BEST transport.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 3, 2019

A Township visit is a sobering must see.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 3, 2019

Stunning views, beautiful (unswimmable because too cold) beaches. Having been in Jo'Burg prior, the differences between the Haves and Have Nots is massively highlighted...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 30, 2019

Beautiful city, lots to do and great food.

4/5 - Good

Eric&Barbara

Sep 25, 2019

We were told to never walk at night.

5/5 - Excellent

Beth

Sep 23, 2019

We spent about 3 1/2 days in Cape Town, but if I had to do it again, I would spend a week in the area. There’s a lot to see and do if the weather is nice!

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