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Cape Town
Travel Guide

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront which includes a lake or waterhole

Constructed on a rich tapestry of cultures and shaped by its stunning surroundings, Cape Town’s heritage is reflected throughout the city in its houses and museums.

Nestled in the shadows of Table Mountain and close to the foaming waves of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town is a city that’s never far from the true majesty of the wild.

Hiking along one of the many nature trails will give you the chance to see wild antelope, ostriches or even baboons. Travel a little further and you’ll find African penguins in their thousands on the sands of Boulders Beach. For a more relaxed day out, take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain and allow yourself time to marvel at one of the greatest views in the world.

On returning to the city, you can soak up the atmosphere by settling down for a picnic amongst the floral gems in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

If you’re interested in South Africa’s complex past, historical gold can be found at the South Africa Maritime Museum, Slave Lodge or the recently opened Jewish Museum. Nelson Mandela’s long struggle for freedom will come to life before your eyes if you visit Robben Island, where he was imprisoned during the years of apartheid.

Local delicacies such as spicy Babotie or soothing Melktert are well worth a taste. Choose from delicious street food straight from the carts in the Islamic quarter or today’s catch served up by the finest restaurants around on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Many settlers have left their mark since Cape Town was first established by the Dutch East India Company. This can best be seen in the mixture of architectural styles around the city. Local Cape Dutch style houses rub shoulders with colourful Edwardian, elegant Victorian and gleaming modern architecture.

Cape Town’s warm climate is tempered by the breeze off the Atlantic, bringing down the humidity so that the heat doesn’t hit so hard. There is much to be discovered on the outskirts of the city. Pack more into your stay by hiring a car or trying out the public bus network to explore the myriad of wonders in Table Mountain National Park.

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Where to stay in Cape Town

President Hotel
President Hotel
4 out of 5
4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is SG$67 per night from 11 Jun to 11 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Sea Point, this beach hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Sea Point Swimming Pool and within 3 miles (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Cape Town Stadium. Sea ...
4/5Very Good! (404 reviews)
"I must say the location of this hotel is fantastic. Beautiful views of the ocean from certain rooms and the most lovely views of Table Top Mountain. Amazing happy hour with one of the best breakfast buffets. The restaurant manager is extremely professional and was helping all staff from the very ..."

Reviewed on 9 Apr,2021

President Hotel
One&Only Cape Town
One&Only Cape Town
5 out of 5
Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is SG$1,275 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Two Oceans Aquarium and V&A Waterfront. Cape Town International ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (287 reviews)
Our best hotel experience
"Simply the best hotel experience we've ever enjoyed (and we've enjoyed a lot). Everything from when you pull-up, check-in, breakfast (seriously - best hotel breakfast we've enjoyed) and the service and amenities throughout the stay. Kids club is superb, pool is superb, food is superb, location is ..."

Reviewed on 18 Mar,2020

One&Only Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
5 out of 5
1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is SG$108 per night from 14 May to 14 May
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, just steps away from St. Georges Mall and Long Street. Kloof Street and Castle of Good Hope ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (991 reviews)
"Great location, friendly staff, large rooms"

Reviewed on 4 Apr,2021

Taj Cape Town
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Reviews of Cape Town

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23 Mar 2020

The V&A waterfront area of Cape Town is nice and safe. The centre of town has a more edgy feel although plenty of security around.

4/5 - Good

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21 Mar 2020

didnt do much as time was very short and this was my second visit only wanted to relax

5/5 - Excellent

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14 Mar 2020

Cape Town is a stunning city. Amazing food options and sights. I felt safe but you just need to be sensible ... as you should be when you visit any big city.

5/5 - Excellent

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10 Mar 2020

The most beautiful city by the sea

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

Vibrant clean city, excellent restaurants, stunning scenery, beaches, mountains, vineyards, something different to do and see every day

5/5 - Excellent

Alan

21 Feb 2020

Great city. Beautiful mountain views. Sad political and economic outlook though.