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Cape TownSouth Africa

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.

Where to stay in Cape Town

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront showing a marina

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

The picture-perfect mountain views and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A stop by V&A Waterfront or Cape Town Cruise Terminal might round out your trip.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Camps Bay featuring mountains, landscape views and general coastal views

Camps Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(51 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
Sea Point

Sea Point

4/5Very Good!(39 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 Swimming Pool might round out your trip.

Sea Point
Hout Bay Beach featuring general coastal views, hiking or walking and landscape views

Hout Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

Seafood restaurants, seaside views and waterfront views highlight some of the noteworthy features of Hout Bay. Make a stop by Hout Bay Beach or Bay Harbour Market while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Hout Bay
Bo\'Kaap

Bo'Kaap

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

Travellers come to Bo'Kaap for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Bo Kaap Museum and Auwal Mosque while you're in town.

Bo'Kaap

Top hotels in Cape Town

The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$128 per night from 27 Oct to 28 Oct

Nestled on the beach, this Camps Bay hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 miles ...

4.3/5Excellent! (283 reviews)
Highly Recommend

"The hotel was overall great and in a wonderful location. Would highly recommend it!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar,2020

The Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
The price is SG$292 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Union Castle House, V&A Waterfront and Two Oceans Aquarium. Cape Town ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (475 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 12 Mar,2020

The Table Bay Hotel
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
5 out of 5
76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Company's Garden and South African Jewish Museum. Greenmarket Square ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (279 reviews)

"Heated pool is actually very warm. Breakfast was amazing. The options and the quality. Enjoyed my balcony view. Some upgraded to the cottages which were very amazing."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar,2020

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Cape Town

The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is SG$70 per night from 9 Nov to 10 Nov

Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Town International Convention Centre and Long Street. Castle of Good Hope ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (170 reviews)

"Place was nice and enjoyed my stay"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul,2020

The Onyx Apartment Hotel
ITC Docklands
ITC Docklands
3.5 out of 5

Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, Long Street and Cape Town International Convention ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Great location

"This apartment complex is in a great location, close to the V & A waterfront area. Supermarket is close by. There is a luggage store facility if you arrive before check in. The roof top pool is a nice touch."…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb,2020

ITC Docklands
The Penthouse on Beach
The Penthouse on Beach
4.5 out of 5

Situated in Cape Town, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dolphin Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach. Sunset Beach is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Amazing experience

"It will amazing... I will definitely come back again."…"

Reviewed on 4 May,2019

The Penthouse on Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Cape Town

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(149 reviews)

Sun, sand and spectacular sea life are all available at Boulders Beach, home to an impressive African Penguin colony.

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

4.5/5(177 reviews)

The lofty summit of Table Mountain is Cape Town’s crowning glory, offering a coastal panorama that is second to none.

Robben Island
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Robben Island

4.5/5(87 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.

Cape of Good Hope
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Cape of Good Hope

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Feared by sailors for centuries, the jagged cliffs around the Cape of Good Hope showcase the splendour of South Africa’s native wilderness.

Camps Bay Beach
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Camps Bay Beach

4.5/5(179 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.

Cape Town Stadium
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Cape Town Stadium

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Take a guided tour of this modern sports arena and then watch a soccer or rugby match while sitting among an energetic, vuvuzela-playing crowd.

Top things to do in Cape Town

Big 5 Safari with Lunch at Aquila Private Game Reserve
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Big 5 Safari with Lunch at Aquila Private Game Reserve

SG$222
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Robben Island & City Center Full-Day Tour
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Robben Island & City Center Full-Day Tour

SG$133
Per adult
Cape Peninsula Full-Day Tour
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Cape Peninsula Full-Day Tour

SG$119
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour

SG$92
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

SG$98
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Cool Runnings TICKET FOR - ONE RIDE -
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Cool Runnings TICKET FOR - ONE RIDE -

SG$6
Per adult
Franschhoek which includes mountains, landscape views and a sunset

Franschhoek

Rosebank

Rosebank

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

Somerset West showing golf, mountains and landscape views

Somerset West