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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town

Gateway to the Rainbow Nation

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Introduction

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.

V&A Waterfront

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

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

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.

Townships

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.

Cape Peninsula

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.

Special offers in Cape Town

Highlights of South Africa

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,120 pp incl. flights

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Free car hire

Free car hire offer & air discount on selected dates – Save up to £225 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

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.

Cape, Wine & Whales

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,765 pp incl. flights

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Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £85 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

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.

West Coast Discovery, South Africa

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,025 pp incl. flights

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Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £25 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Starting with the infectious energy of Cape Town, let spectacularly scenic roads bring you off the beaten track to the dolphin-fronted fishing villages of the South African West Coast. Then, end with a luxury safari getaway to enjoy gourmet full board, spa treatments and hikes to hidden bush art.

Cape, Wine, Garden Route & Kruger‬

13-day tailor-made self-drive & safari from £3,315 pp incl. flights

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Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £115 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Take in all of South Africa’s premier destinations. You’ll start with one of the world’s greatest road trips, linking Cape Town with stays in luxury hotels and a visit to the Winelands, before ending with an all-inclusive Big Five safari on a private reserve in Kruger.

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Top itineraries in Cape Town

Highlights of South Africa

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,120 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer & air discount on selected dates – Save up to £225 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

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.

Cape, Wine & Whales

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,765 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £85 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

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.

West Coast Discovery, South Africa

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,025 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire offer – Save up to £25 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

Starting with the infectious energy of Cape Town, let spectacularly scenic roads bring you off the beaten track to the dolphin-fronted fishing villages of the South African West Coast. Then, end with a luxury safari getaway to enjoy gourmet full board, spa treatments and hikes to hidden bush art.

Classic Cape, Blue Train and Safari

15-day tailor-made journey from £4,325 pp incl. flights

Follow in the tracks of kings and presidents with a trip aboard the stunning Blue Train, its 19th-century luxuries linking the beach-clad joys of Cape Town with an all-inclusive Big Five safari. Return from expert-led game drives in a private reserve to four poster beds and gourmet meals.

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Top places to stay in Cape Town

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

Historic hotel

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.

Queen Victoria Hotel, Cape Town

Contemporary hotel

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.

Cape Grace V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Traditional hotel

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.

Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape Town, Western Cape

Historic hotel

The V&A Hotel provides a quality stay with first-class views, and easy access to some of the finest shopping and dining in Cape Town.

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When to go to Cape Town

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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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