CAPE TOWN HOLIDAYS
Cape Town is as fun and friendly as it is beautiful, and its worldwide fame is well deserved. First there is the city of Cape Town set on the slopes and valley of the stunning Table Mountain. 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 could not have been designed any better, and it is the perfect place to pair with an African Safari when you visit this incredible continent.
If you take a scenic drive out of Cape Town, it does not matter if you go North, East or West, there is so much to see and do with activities for every type of traveller. This region of South Africa is perfect for families, honeymooners, solo travellers, small groups or large tours and many activities can be arranged at short notice. Cape Town has an array of award-winning restaurants of every style, with fresh seafood delivered daily from the rich Atlantic and Indian oceans that meet only a few ours away at Cape Agulhas.
Accommodation options are plentiful no matter what your budget range, many are chic boutique hotels or lovely bed and breakfast stays offering the Cape Town experience everyone has come to know. We recommend at least 4-5 days or more in Cape Town to truly appreciate everything on offer in and around the city, and in the surrounding towns. Enjoy the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront or the beauty and quiet of nearby Constantia, visit the famous wine region of Stellenbosch or spend a day on the stunning sandy beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. There is simply too many experiences to list but the team at Sensational Africa can tailor your trip to according to your interests.
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. We also recommend hiring a car and self driving to Cape Point whilst enjoying one of the most scenic roads in the world, Chapmans Peak. It is best to enjoy Cape Town over several days to truly enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, the stunning winery region, the nightlife and the range of activities on offer. 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 for all Travellers
Time of year to travel
The time of year you visit Cape Town will depict what activities you end up doing. Cape Town is a lovely city to visit and explore no matter when you go. The best time for a beach holiday and sunny warm weather is from November to March. May and June are crisp days and cool nights before winter arrives in June. Cape Towns rainfall comes during the winter period from June to August which can be cold and windy, but that makes it the perfect time to visit the wineries and the array of great restaurants that Cape Town has to offer. This makes Cape Town the perfect destination to pair with the safari green season between November and March. The national parks in the north are receiving rain and at their best prices, while Cape Town is picture perfect.
Table Mountain is a fantastic and iconic natural landmark overlooking this amazing city. Going up to the table is an experience that is not to be missed and the best viewing is on a clear day. A blanket of cloud known as the “table cloth” often covers the mountain at stages throughout the day. We recommend checking the weather a few days ahead and planning your trip to give you the best chance of getting a clear day. Visitors can access the breathtaking top of the mountain by cable car or if you are feeling energetic you can hike. There is usually queues at the ticketing office but once you are up at top there is plenty space for all and the, views from the top are truly stunning.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is Cape Town’s original harbour and port. It has transformed into one of Cape Town’s most visited attractions. It has a lively atmosphere and one can spend the whole day here walking around its many sections all offering something different. It features a world-class shopping mall featuring amazing brands and local markets offering souvenirs to take home with you. Outside there are street entertainers singing and dancing in true African harmony, cruise boats along the harbour are offering a chance to tour around the harbour to see this amazing city from the water. It has a large variety of restaurants, cafes and bars where you can enjoy the local cuisine and take in the views the harbour and the impressive Table Mountain.
Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cape Point is not the southernmost point of the African continent, that honour is owned by the Cape Agulhas where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Cape Point Nature Reserve is a park rich in bio-diversity, both rugged and beautiful it boasts steep cliffs that cut into the ocean to offer breathtaking scenery. Download the free audio tour before you go to fully understand the history of this incredible place. Visit Cape Point, a scenic point on the peninsula, then drive to Cape Point and take a “steep” walk up the to the light house or catch the Flying Dutchman’s Funicular to the top. There are many tours to choose from with some tours stopping to see the African penguins at boulders beach along the way. If you choose to drive yourself the best route to take drive down to Cape Point along the stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive and then return via Boulders Beach to view the resident colony of African Penguins in their natural habitat.
If South Africa’s past is an interest to you, then you must take a trip to Robben Island. Robben Island is is home to the prison where Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa spent 18 years as a political prisoner. There were many political prisoners held here, and tours can be done by former guards of the prison. We recommend booking a couple days in advance if the weather is good as slots do book out early. The ferry laves from the V & A Waterfront a number of times a day. High winds can mean departs will be cancelled.
Boulders Beach is located in Simon’s Town roughly an hours drive from Cape Town. The beach is situated on false bay and is home to the African Rock penguins, Africas only species of penguin. The beach offers great views of the bay and walkways take tourists through the penguin habitat so not to run their nesting sites. The beach is protected under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area. A trip to boulders beach is worthy as the scenery drive to the beach is stunning. The activity can be busy at times but queues move quickly and the penguins are worth the wait.
The wine route and Cape Town go hand in hand. Exploring Cape Town is not complete without visiting the scenic wine regions of the Western Cape. South Africa has become a leading country for making fine wines with wineries winning many top awards. The whole experience of visiting a winery, (or a few wineries) on a day tour, or choosing to stay at some of these amazing places is something not to be missed. Take in the incredible scenery, the fine wine and restaurants on offer and learn the history of these centuries old establishments. These tours are offered year round and during winter wine tasting tours are the most popular activity.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Located on the eastern slopes of magnificent Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is hands down one of the most outstanding beautiful botanical gardens in the world. The area in which Kirstenbosch is located has a historical past but the gardens themselves were named and created in 1913. Covering 528 hectares Kirstenbosch features a staggering amount of plant life that has been carefully curated into different to showcase an array of plant kingdoms. Kirstenbosch showcases the Cape Floral kingdom which is one of the smallest kingdoms but the richest in diversity. It is the perfect place to spend a day in Cape Town, wandering through the beautiful flora. There is no need to take anything with you as restaurants and coffee shops are in the garden, as well as a number of shops and exhibitions.
Cape Town is generally a safe city. 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. As with any city be take reputable transport at night instead of walking.
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.