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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town

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Cape Town is the most visited city on the African continent, popular for its natural beauty, diverse cultural and heritage sites, fine wine and dining options and a host of outdoor and adventure activities.

Many of the best Cape Town hotels - ranging from large luxury hotels to boutique lodges and guesthouses - are located on the waterfront, both in the city and on the many picturesque coastal bays surrounding it.

V&A Waterfront

The buzzing Victoria & Alfred waterfront is the cosmopolitan centre of Cape Town. The waterfront still has a functioning maritime port as well as plenty of bustling bars and restaurants, museums and exhibits, fashion and designer label shopping and luxury hotels.

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; the surrounding Table Mountain National Park is globally recognised for its rich biodiversity. The park contains an entire floral kingdom (The Cape Floral Kingdom) with more than 2000 species of Fynbos plants and forms one of the world's six floral kingdoms.

The five-minute Table Mountain Aerial Cableway ride to the top offers fabulous 360-degree views of the Cape Peninsula.

Another popular Cape Town peak is Lion's Head Mountain, also located within the National Park.

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.

Today the World Heritage Site is a ‘must see' site, accessible by ferry from the mainland.


Many informal settlements, or townships, surround Cape Town.

Of these, Khayelitsha is the best known. Located on the outskirts of Cape Town in the Cape Flats, the settlement was built by the apartheid government and its population now numbers two million.

Many local residents take part in innovative arts and crafts projects and the many township tours available will help give you an insight into South Africa's chequered history and bright future.

Cape Peninsula

The Cape Peninsula is one of the world's most diverse and complex marine environments, a place where mountains and seas collide.

Travelling south from Cape Town, explore the Dalebrook Marine Reserve, visit the fishing harbour at Kalk Bay, meet African penguins at Boulders Beach or dive with Great White Sharks.

Cape Point is where the Indian and Atlantic oceans collide.

Special offers in Cape Town

Classic Cape, Blue Train and Safari

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,905 pp


– Save up to £210 pp
Book by: 22 November 2017

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.

African Adventure - Cape Town To Accra

23-day exploration cruise from £9,395 pp incl. flights


Exploration Cruise Fares

Experience disparate cultures while travelling from the bleak but beautiful Skeleton Coast to the Gold Coast as you follow the trading routes of Henry the Navigator along Africa's west coast. Along the way, you'll enjoy all the luxuries you'd expect from a Silversea Expeditions voyage.

Rivers & Rails Of Africa

15-day tailor-made journey from £10,710 pp incl. flights


Special fly-cruise fares

Combining South Africa's city and coast with a luxury Botswana river cruise on the wildlife-rich Chobe River and a journey aboard the opulent Rovos Rail, this tour is the perfect introduction to Southern Africa. We've even included a stay at that most impressive of natural wonders – Victoria Falls.

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Top itineraries in Cape Town

Cape, Wine, Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,320 pp incl. flights

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 £1,840 pp incl. flights

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 £2,045 pp incl. flights

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 £3,905 pp


– Save up to £210 pp
Book by: 22 November 2017

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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