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Cape TownSouth Africa

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)

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
Cape Town City Centre

Cape Town City Centre

4/5Very Good!(484 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!(70 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 which includes a park

Green Point

4.5/5Wonderful!(66 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!(7 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
The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
¥22,641
per night
May 1 - May 2

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! (464 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

The Table Bay Hotel
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
Free Cancellation
¥3,705
per night
Apr 6 - Apr 7

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! (1,499 reviews)

"Very good for a one night stay, proximity to airport (in walking distance). Very good rate. What we did not like: within 20 min. of our check-in, my credit card was tampered with three times by someone trying to make on-line purchases through my credit card. This was prevented by the excellent access ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport
Hotel Verde
Hotel Verde
4 out of 5
15 Michigan Street, Airport Industria, Cape Town, Western Cape
¥11,278
per night
May 3 - May 4

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of the Western Cape, Tygerberg Hospital, and GrandWest Casino & Entertainment ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (717 reviews)

"We liked the "green"ethos of the hotel. A very relaxing place to stop overnight."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

Hotel Verde

Popular things to do in Cape Town

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
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Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

4.5/5(350 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(294 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(431 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(150 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(213 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(169 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
¥1,922
Per adult
Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

100% of travellers recommend
¥5,027
Per adult
Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

96% of travellers recommend
¥8,044
Per adult
Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour
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Cape Winelands Full-Day Tour

98% of travellers recommend
¥8,442
Per adult
Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour

90% of travellers recommend
¥8,158
Per adult
Aquila Safari Game Tour (Groups)
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Aquila Safari Game Tour (Groups)

¥21,340
Per adult

Reviews of Cape Town

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
467
5 - Excellent 67.00143472022955%
4 - Good
204
4 - Good 29.26829268292683%
3 - Okay
22
3 - Okay 3.1563845050215207%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.14347202295552366%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 0.430416068866571%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2020

Beautiful city with outstanding landscape and very friendly people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

We always enjoy Cape Town and the lovely hotel Cape Grace. Walking distance to many shopping/restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

One of my favorite places in this world.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

Greatest city in the world

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Beautiful location with tonnes of things to do within easy driving distance! Really enjoyed it!

5/5 - Excellent

Umaimachinwalla

Mar 16, 2020

GREAT CLEAN TOWN

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