Cape TownSouth Africa

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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.

Where to stay in Cape Town

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

Camps Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(61 area reviews)

Camps Bay is known for its captivating mountain views, and you can make a stop by Camps Bay Beach and Table Mountain National Park while in the area.

Camps Bay
Cape Town City Centre

Cape Town City Centre

4/5Very Good!(466 area 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 Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Castle of Good Hope, and jump on the metro at Woodstock Station or Esplanade Station to see more of the city.

Cape Town City Centre
Sea Point

Sea Point

4.5/5Wonderful!(66 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 Pavillion might round out your trip.

Sea Point
Cape Town Stadium which includes a city and a sunset

Green Point

4.5/5Wonderful!(62 area reviews)

Travelers like the cocktail bars in Green Point, and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a top attraction you might want to visit.

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

Hout Bay

3.5/5Good!(9 area reviews)

Seafood restaurants, seaside views, and waterfront views are some highlights of Hout Bay. Make a stop by Hout Bay Beach or Bay Harbour Market while you're exploring.

Hout Bay
Groot Constantia Winery which includes interior views

Constantia

5/5Exceptional!(6 area 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.

Constantia

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
¥4,812
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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! (1,463 reviews)

"Convenient location close to the airport. Good value for money."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

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
¥35,193
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and V&A Waterfront. Two Oceans Aquarium ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (441 reviews)

"A great hotel, terrific staff & in a great location Possibly the best breakfast in Cape Town!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

The Table Bay Hotel
Hilton Cape Town City Centre
Hilton Cape Town City Centre
5 out of 5
126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
¥12,341
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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

4.3/5Excellent! (376 reviews)

"Location was excellent as well as the staff. Rooms were clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 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(341 reviews)

Enjoy superb waterfront shopping and dining and exquisite views at South Africa’s most visited destination.

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(287 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.

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

4.5/5(421 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.

Robben Island
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Robben Island

4.5/5(147 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(205 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(165 reviews)

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

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

96% of travellers recommend
¥2,150
Per adult
Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

100% of travellers recommend
¥5,518
Per adult
Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

96% of travellers recommend
¥8,830
Per adult
Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour
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Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour

98% of travellers recommend
¥9,845
Per adult
Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour

90% of travellers recommend
¥8,955
Per adult
Aquila Safari Game Tour (Groups)
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Aquila Safari Game Tour (Groups)

¥28,929
Per adult

Reviews of Cape Town

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
444
5 - Excellent 67.06948640483384%
4 - Good
195
4 - Good 29.45619335347432%
3 - Okay
20
3 - Okay 3.0211480362537766%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.1510574018126888%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.3021148036253776%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

Cape Town is beautiful but be mindful of traffic because it can be very bad during rush hour.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Great California vibe at half price Don’t miss it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

Loved it and surprised to see how clean the city was

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

I loved the area and sites of Cape Town and would love to go back there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 8, 2020

Clean city, very easy to go around. Friendly people, delicious food. Great shopping, sightseeing was wonderful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 5, 2020

City Sight Seeing open-top busses offer an economical way to see the town and the best way to have a day trip to Cape Point or the Wine country.

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