Cape TownSouth Africa

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Visit Cape Town

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

5/5Exceptional!(53 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.

Camps Bay
Cape Town featuring farmland and landscape views

Cape Town City Centre

4/5Very Good!(422 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.

Cape Town City Centre
Sea Point

Sea Point

4.5/5Wonderful!(60 reviews)

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

Sea Point
Cape Town Stadium which includes a city

Green Point

4.5/5Wonderful!(60 reviews)

Travelers like the cocktail bars in Green Point, and Cape Town Stadium 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!(8 reviews)

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

Hout Bay
Groot Constantia Winery

Constantia

5/5Exceptional!(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.

Constantia

Top Hotels in Cape Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
¥30,405
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20

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! (415 reviews)

"The location of the hotel is great and the staff could not have been more helpful"…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

The Table Bay Hotel
Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore
Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore
3.5 out of 5
31 A Heerengraght Boulevard, Cape Town, Western Cape
¥4,335
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Street, Cape Town International Convention Centre, and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (28 reviews)

"Honestly for the price i paid i did not expect much, im easy but difficult to please. This hotel exceeded all my expectations. My room was just what i needed neither too big nor too small, the breakfast was amazing i had so many options to choose from and i loved that, room service was great, the ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2019

Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore
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
¥4,709
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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! (1,433 reviews)

"Near to airport so brilliant for late night arrival."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport

Popular things to do in Cape Town

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

4.5/5(395 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(271 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(139 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(144 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(79 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(93 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

¥2,123

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

¥7,098

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

¥8,965

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

¥4,759

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

¥4,333

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.

Aquila Safari Game Tour (Groups)
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Aquila Safari Game Tour (Groups)

¥34,296

Aquila Game Reserve, the closest game reserve to Cape Town offers a unique opportunity to view the BIG 5 and other herding animals in a natural habitat. As a DAY VISITOR you are able to experience a unique Game Drive and viewing from an open Safari Vehicle.

Reviews of Cape Town

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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2 - Disappointing
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4/5 - Good

Andy

Dec 9, 2019

Cool

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

top destination in south africa, you have to go also to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. You will not regret it. I loved cape town

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

Loved the views and activities, feel the culture is not welcoming of Americans or inter racial couples

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 4, 2019

I'm sure we missed a lot about Cape Town because we explored on our own. I'd recommend getting a guide, or taking a tour.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 4, 2019

Loved the experience. Outdoor stuff, shopping, lots of variety and amazing food and wine!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 27, 2019

There are areas you need to be cautious of in the city but the city, overall, seemed safe.

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