CAPE TOWN HOLIDAYS AND TOURS
Cape Town is as fun and friendly as it is beautiful. It is steeped in history, famous for being a city bursting with culture and is known as one of the most scenic locations in the world. Located on beautiful Table Bay this vibrant city has the stunning Table Mountain as its backdrop, Cape Town is a city not to be missed on your African holiday.
This city has a large selection of award-winning restaurants from fine dining and bistros to cafes and buffet style eating choices. Accommodation options are also plentiful no matter what your budget, ranging from chic boutique hotels and large world-class resorts, to simple but lovely bed and breakfast stays. Visitors are also spoilt for choice regarding accommodation locations both in and around the city centre. Options include the waterfront with its lively holiday atmosphere, to the beauty and quiet of Constantia, or the stunning sandy beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton, just to name a few. Getting around Cape Town is very easy, use local transfer companies if pre-booked or use Uber to get yourself to and from the attractions.
Overall Cape Town has a relaxed atmosphere, a lively nightlife, a great winery region, brilliant whale watching adventures and much more. It is easy to see why this city almost always on traveller’s bucket list when touring Africa. We highly suggest including Cape Town on your African Safari itinerary.
Viewed as one of Africa’s most stunning cities
Has the iconic Table Mountain as a backdrop
Home to stunning beaches
Rich in history, culture and character
Amazing activities on offer from hiking to shopping and diving with sharks
Table Mountain is a fantastic and iconic natural landmark and going up to the table is an experience that is not to be missed. The best viewing is on a clear day, which can be challenging as due to its high can often be covered with clouds (locally referred to as its tablecloth). Visitors can access the breathtaking top of the mountain by cable car or if you are feeling energetic you can hike. No matter how you get there, views from the top are truly stunning.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is also well worth the trip. It is Cape Town’s original harbour and port but now it has a lively and bustling atmosphere featuring a large craft market with street entertainers, a world-class shopping mall, as well as a large variety of restaurants, cafes and bars where you can take in the views of Table Mountain and the harbour and, while relaxing with a drink or a scrumptious meal while soaking up the great atmosphere.
Cape Point is not the southernmost point of the African continent, that honour is owned by Cape Agulhas – but being on the point certainly feels like you are on the edge of the world. A drive around the spectacular Cape Point makes for a memorable experience and an amazing day out. The best route commences along the stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive and returning via Boulders Beach, with its colony of resident African Penguins is also an experience not to be missed.
If South Africa’s past interests you, then a trip to Robben Island is a must. Forget sun-kissed beaches and palm trees; Robben Island’s prison where Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa spent 18 years as a political prisoner.
Boulders Beach located Simon’s Town features ancient granite boulders protecting it from large waves and winds, making the beach great for swimming and the stunning rock pools are an ideal spot for children. The beach is also protected under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area. But by far the biggest drawcard and why 60,000 visitors a year visit this location is the resident gorgeous African penguins, who flock to the beach in their thousands.
Exploring South Africa is not complete without visiting the scenic Winelands region. South Africa has become a leading country for making fine wines and is now the 9th largest wine producer in the world. With some vines in the Western Cape region dating back to the 17th century, the wineries have fantastic vine varieties, 5-star hotels, great restaurants as well as tastings and tours.
If you want to experience the real life, culture and people of Cape Town then a township tour has to be on your bucket list. These tours take visitors from the legendary District Six to thriving townships like Langa, where you can learn about the British and Dutch rule of the Cape, Apartheid, slavery, democracy and freedom. You will experience local cuisine, visit local schools, traditional healers, vibrant churches and much more.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Located on the eastern slopes of magnificent Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is internationally recognised as one of the top 10 most outstanding botanical gardens in the world. Covering 528 hectares Kirstenbosch features a beautiful nature reserve and stunning cultivated gardens. The grounds showcase broad collections of southern African plant varieties, including many endangered and rare species. Kirstenbosch is a great place to spend a relaxing day surrounded by beautiful flora with visitors also being able to enjoy restaurants, a gift shop, nursery, a bookshop and a permanent exhibition of Zimbabwean stone sculpture.
Time of year to travel
Cape Town is a lovely city to visit and explore no matter when you go. With long summers which stretch from late November through to March day-light hours can an average 11 hours. The winter months June to August can get quite cool, with generally windy conditions during September and November.
Cape Town authorities and tourism agencies have been exceedingly vigilant since the area received its bad press for crime rate before the 2010 soccer world cup. Constant efforts have been made since to improve and bolster security measures including the introduction of the Cape Town Safety and Support plan which also incorporated a devoted Visitor Support Programme to limit the impact of crime on visitors.
In addition, you will find that the majority of tourist-heavy regions are well-protected. The bigger malls, national landmarks, central business district and other visitor hotspots have gone to great lengths to safeguard tourists.
Amazing Places To Stay
Lodges and Accommodation
Located in the quiet leafy Cape Town suburb of Higgovale, Kensington Place overlooks the city and is surrounded by Table Mountain. This boutique hotel-style accommodation features only eight luxurious and spacious suites to ensure all guests receive personalised attention.
The Bay Hotel
The Bay hotel is ideally located on the beautiful beachfront of Camps Bay in Cape Town and is renowned for its balance of sophistication and luxury with an informal atmosphere. This seaside hotel has a variety of accommodation categories with mountain, pool or ocean views.
Located along the Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town and facing towards the Atlantic Ocean, the Winchester Mansions offer guests personalised hospitality with professional service. Winchester Mansions is great for families and welcomes children of any age.
Steenberg Estate was originally established as a farm in 1682 and over its more than 300-year history has developed into one of the regions finest wineries. It is home to an award-winning restaurant and cellar door, 5-star hotel and an 18 hole golf course.
Our top tip
Cape Town is a big bucket-list item for most people visiting Africa. The hardest thing is to decide which items you want to tick off. This region has a large number of iconic attractions, so good planning is the key. Ensure that you allow enough time at each location to enjoy it.