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Kick back in Cape Town

South Africa’s iconic coastal city, Cape Town is immediately recognisable by the dramatic silhouette of Table Mountain. Once seen as just the starting point for safari holidays, this vibrant capital has become a popular getaway in its own right. And it’s not hard to see why. Holidays to Cape Town promise diversity and excitement, thanks to the city’s lively atmosphere, rolling beaches and great dining scene.

The V&A Waterfont is very much at the heart of any getaway to Cape Town. This central wharf is a hubbub of bars and restaurants, plus attractions like Two Oceans Aquarium. You’ll also find that a lot of boat trips leave from here. So, if you’re planning to sail out to Robben Island – South Africa’s notorious prison – or go on a whale-watching trip, this is the place to come.

If you’d like to get your heart pumping, Cape Town holidays offer all kinds of activities. Watersports like kitesurfing and surfing are readily available on the city’s west coast. Or you could hike up to the top of Table Mountain. If that sounds too taxing, don’t worry – there’s also a cable car. After a busy morning, why not head to one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches? Camps Bay is the perfect sunbathing spot, while Boulder’s Beach is home to adorable penguins.

There are plenty of fantastic day trips available, too, if you want to see more of South Africa. The Cape Winelands are just an hour’s drive away, so you could spend a day sipping crisp Chenin Blanc and fruity Pinotage in the vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Nature lovers should also visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens – this UNESCO-listed Eden is filled with unique plants and flowers, and is just eight miles away from Cape Town.

If you’re hoping to go on safari as part of your Cape Town holiday, there are a number of options. You could go on game drives in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, or take an internal flight to Johannesburg and search for the ‘Big Five’ in Kruger National Park. Whatever you’re planning, our travel experts will tailor your South Africa trip to suit you.

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Best time to go

Cape Town beaches

It may be a vibrant city, but Cape Town’s beaches give you the opportunity to enjoy some downtime. You’ll have lots to choose from, and 10 have even been awarded Blue Flag status, meaning their sands and waters are spotlessly clean. One of them is Camps Bay – probably Cape Town’s most famous beach. With sweeping white sands, a restaurant-lined promenade and views of the Twelve Apostles Mountains, it’s certainly a scenic spot for a beach day. Another option is Clifton. This sandy stretch is actually made up of four beaches, but award-winning ‘Clifton Fourth’ – as it’s affectionately known – is the best.

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Keen surfers should head west to Muizenberg, while Bloubergstrand and Milnerton are popular kitesurfing spots. Or, for something entirely different, drive out of town to Boulder’s Beach. Also known as Penguin Beach – for obvious reasons – this place is home to South Africa’s colony of wild penguins. Seeing them waddle along the shore in the sunshine is a must-do on any Cape Town holiday.

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Things to do in Cape Town

You won’t be short of things to do on your Cape Town holiday. Table Mountain, of course, is the headline act. Overlooking the sprawling city below, this iconic plateau is accessible via cable car or, if you’re feeling energetic, you can walk to the top. Nearby Lion’s Head is also a great hike – try going later in the afternoon to catch the sunset.

Cape Town has a number of cultural attractions. The South African National Gallery is home to African, British, Dutch and French art, while Iziko South African Museum has cultural and historical exhibitions. And you can take a tour of Robben Island. Lying five miles offshore, this ex-prison held Nelson Mandela for 18 years and is a must-visit on any trip to Cape Town.

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When you fancy a bite to eat, stroll along to the V&A Waterfront. This bustling wharf has more than 80 eateries, ranging from casual coffee shops to gourmet restaurants. Or check out the local markets. Eastern Food Bazaar and Food Lover’s Market are both filled with mouth-watering morsels.

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Hotels in Cape Town

There are so many Cape Town hotels on offer. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly base in the centre or a luxury retreat by the beach, you’re bound to find one that suits you.

If want to be in the heart of the action, there are lots of hotels along the V&A Waterfront. Radisson Red and The Table Bay are in prime position, just a stone’s throw from the Waterfront’s bars and restaurants. And, right on the water, the plush Commodore Hotel boasts views of Table Mountain and the harbour. If you want to stay somewhere central but peaceful, consider One&Only Cape Town.

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Hidden among the waterways, this five-star retreat is one of the best hotels in Cape Town.

If you’d prefer to stay by the sea, take a look at The President Hotel. Sandwiched between the coast and Table Mountain National Park, this place is close to Clifton Beach and just a 15-minute taxi ride from the city.

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Best time to visit Cape Town

Cape Town’s seasons are the opposite of the UK – summer runs between December and March, while winter is June to August. But the best time to go very much depends on what you want to do.

Generally speaking, summer is the best time to go to Cape Town. Temperatures hover in the mid-twenties, making it perfect beach weather. And, if you’re planning to visit the Cape Winelands, you’ll be able to sip your vintages in the sunshine. Summer is also a great time to going on safari in the Eastern Cape – so you could add this on to your Cape Town holiday.

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But if you’re hoping to go whale-watching, a summer getaway may leave you disappointed. Instead, consider going in spring. Whale sightings are pretty much guaranteed in Cape Town between August and November.

Alternatively, if you’re planning to do lots of hiking in the Cape Town area, you might prefer to travel in autumn, when it’s slightly cooler. In April and May, temperatures average 18oC. In winter, though, Cape Town sees a lot of rain – June and July are particularly wet, so this time of year is best avoided.

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Beaches

Cape Town beaches

It may be a vibrant city, but Cape Town’s beaches give you the opportunity to enjoy some downtime. You’ll have lots to choose from, and 10 have even been awarded Blue Flag status, meaning their sands and waters are spotlessly clean. One of them is Camps Bay – probably Cape Town’s most famous beach. With sweeping white sands, a restaurant-lined promenade and views of the Twelve Apostles Mountains, it’s certainly a scenic spot for a beach day. Another option is Clifton. This sandy stretch is actually made up of four beaches, but award-winning ‘Clifton Fourth’ – as it’s affectionately known – is the best.

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Show Less

Keen surfers should head west to Muizenberg, while Bloubergstrand and Milnerton are popular kitesurfing spots. Or, for something entirely different, drive out of town to Boulder’s Beach. Also known as Penguin Beach – for obvious reasons – this place is home to South Africa’s colony of wild penguins. Seeing them waddle along the shore in the sunshine is a must-do on any Cape Town holiday.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Cape Town

You won’t be short of things to do on your Cape Town holiday. Table Mountain, of course, is the headline act. Overlooking the sprawling city below, this iconic plateau is accessible via cable car or, if you’re feeling energetic, you can walk to the top. Nearby Lion’s Head is also a great hike – try going later in the afternoon to catch the sunset.

Cape Town has a number of cultural attractions. The South African National Gallery is home to African, British, Dutch and French art, while Iziko South African Museum has cultural and historical exhibitions. And you can take a tour of Robben Island. Lying five miles offshore, this ex-prison held Nelson Mandela for 18 years and is a must-visit on any trip to Cape Town.

Show More
Show Less

When you fancy a bite to eat, stroll along to the V&A Waterfront. This bustling wharf has more than 80 eateries, ranging from casual coffee shops to gourmet restaurants. Or check out the local markets. Eastern Food Bazaar and Food Lover’s Market are both filled with mouth-watering morsels.

Show More
Show Less

Hotels

Hotels in Cape Town

There are so many Cape Town hotels on offer. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly base in the centre or a luxury retreat by the beach, you’re bound to find one that suits you.

If want to be in the heart of the action, there are lots of hotels along the V&A Waterfront. Radisson Red and The Table Bay are in prime position, just a stone’s throw from the Waterfront’s bars and restaurants. And, right on the water, the plush Commodore Hotel boasts views of Table Mountain and the harbour. If you want to stay somewhere central but peaceful, consider One&Only Cape Town.

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Hidden among the waterways, this five-star retreat is one of the best hotels in Cape Town.

If you’d prefer to stay by the sea, take a look at The President Hotel. Sandwiched between the coast and Table Mountain National Park, this place is close to Clifton Beach and just a 15-minute taxi ride from the city.

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Best time to go

Best time to visit Cape Town

Cape Town’s seasons are the opposite of the UK – summer runs between December and March, while winter is June to August. But the best time to go very much depends on what you want to do.

Generally speaking, summer is the best time to go to Cape Town. Temperatures hover in the mid-twenties, making it perfect beach weather. And, if you’re planning to visit the Cape Winelands, you’ll be able to sip your vintages in the sunshine. Summer is also a great time to going on safari in the Eastern Cape – so you could add this on to your Cape Town holiday.

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Show Less

But if you’re hoping to go whale-watching, a summer getaway may leave you disappointed. Instead, consider going in spring. Whale sightings are pretty much guaranteed in Cape Town between August and November.

Alternatively, if you’re planning to do lots of hiking in the Cape Town area, you might prefer to travel in autumn, when it’s slightly cooler. In April and May, temperatures average 18oC. In winter, though, Cape Town sees a lot of rain – June and July are particularly wet, so this time of year is best avoided.

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