Visit Cape Town
Gateway to the Rainbow Nation, Cape Town is famed for its natural beauty, diverse culture, fine wines and celebrated restaurants. It's also a city made for outdoor living, with a host of adventure activities right on its mountain-framed doorstep.
Indeed, it's a setting enjoyed by South Africa's finest city hotels, which, from the large and luxurious to the delightfully boutique, are dotted between the lively waterfront and city centre, and tucked away amid the many picturesque bays and on the slopes of iconic Table Mountain.
The buzzing and bustling V&A Waterfront is the cosmopolitan heart of Cape Town. Still a functioning maritime port, it's fluttering sails and busy docs are testament to the city's maritime heritage. But it's now set alongside a full spread of trendy bars, restaurants and street food stalls that form one of the city's most eclectic culinary centres. That's alongside any number of museums and exhibits, designer boutiques and luxury hotels, including one of our favourites – the excellent Cape Grace. The V&A is within walking distance of the city centre and regularly showcases musical, artistic and cultural exhibitions.
Table Mountain dominates the Cape Town skyline, a looming flat-topped crag that provides one of the world's most iconic city settings. And tumbling down from its often cloud-topped summit, Table Mountain National Park is globally recognised for its rich biodiversity. Here, an entire floral kingdom is host to more than 2000 species of fynbos plants as an entire network of walking and cycling trails link flower-strewn valleys with scenic viewpoints. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway offers five-minute rides from city to summit where fabulous 360-degree views take in the coastlines of the Cape Peninsula.
Robben Island once served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment for South Africa's most famous political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 years there. A poignant reminder of the country's recent strungles, today this World Heritage Site is a must-see attraction, accessible by ferry from the mainland.
Many informal settlements surround Cape Town and, of these, Langa and Khayelitsha are perhaps the best known. Built by the apartheid government, they are the oldest and largest of the city's townships, where many residents now take part in innovative arts and crafts projects, which, alongside street food restaurants and cultural centres, can be explored on locals-led guided tours.
The Cape Peninsula is one of the world's most diverse and complex marine environments, a place where mountains and seas collide. Driving south from Cape Town, you'll have the opportunity to explore the Dalebrook Marine Reserve, visit the fishing harbour at Kalk Bay, meet and even swim alongside African penguins at Boulders Beach or cage dive with Great White Sharks. Further along the coast, the dramatic landscapes of Cape Point signal where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.
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Top itineraries in Cape Town
This is the ultimate introduction to South Africa. A spectacular drive along the Garden Route's rolling greenery and coastal beauty will see you link Cape Town’s beachside charms with the country’s finest vineyards and whale watching spectacles before ending with an all-inclusive Big Five safari.
Turn out from Cape Town’s welcoming charms, golden-sand beaches and iconic skyline to taste your way through South Africa’s finest vineyards in the endlessly rolling Winelands before discovering the world’s best land-based whale watching in Hermanus.
Pair the headline acts of Cape Town with some off-the-beaten track luxury in Paternoster and the spectacular Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve.
Top places to stay in Cape Town
Without a doubt one of the most famous and iconic hotels in Cape Town, Mount Nelson is set on the lower slopes of Table Mountain and within nine acres of lush gardens, just minutes from the fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Cape Town’s stunning beaches.
Positioned within a precinct of heritage buildings the prime hotel location boast some of the finest retail outlets and designer stores, restaurants, craft markets and cinemas alongside boat cruises to Robben Island and entertainment in the amphitheatre.
With a classically inspired exterior and graceful elegance within, the Cape Grace is a 5-star hotel offering warm, personalised hospitality – a perennial contender for best city hotel in Africa.
When to go to Cape Town
There’s no bad time to visit Cape Town, but the weather in the Cape Winelands and along the Garden Route is most favourable between January and late April, when the weather is warm and the beaches are at their best. The late summer, when there’s little in the way of vegetation, is also the best time to view wildlife in the Eastern Cape reserves, while spring (September to November) offers the best chance to see whales off the coast of Hermanus. Those headed inland to the Klein Karoo will experience the most dramatic weather conditions, with icy winters and very hot summers.
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