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Cape Town Holidays

Holidays in Cape Town offer the perfect mix of city sightseeing, beaches, nature and history. Get to know South Africa’s second largest metropolis, which is often listed as one of the most multicultural in the world, bordered by mountains and beaches. Cape Town holidays are great for couples, groups or families and serve as a jumping off point for road trips along the scenic Garden Route  or an African safari.

Ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular views from the 1,085 metre summit and hike in the nearby Twelve Apostles’ mountain range. Back in the city, wander the historic Bo Kaap neighbourhood and discover the bustling Victoria and Albert Cape Town Waterfront. You can also head to Boulders Beach, home to African Penguins, or take the ferry to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated during apartheid.

Destination Highlights
  • Ride the Table Mountain cable car
  • Spend time at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – a haven for food, shopping and entertainment
  • Visit historic Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years
  • Immerse yourself in nature at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden or Boulders Beach

Our favourite hotels

Here's some of our favourite places to stay in Cape Town. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like then we'd be more than happy to help.

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,239 pp

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

The Table Bay Hotel

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,629 pp

The Table Bay Hotel

21 Nettleton

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£3,109 pp

21 Nettleton
The Bay

The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,859 pp

The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

Time Zone

GMT +2 hours

Flight Time

Approximately 11 hours and 30 minutes direct to Cape Town from London Heathrow, operated by British Airways. Indirect flights are available with South African Airways, Emirates, Qatar and KLM via their hubs.

Currency

ZAR – South African rand

Visa Information

British citizens don’t need to obtain a visa for South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. Strict entrance policies apply for passengers travelling with children under the age of 18.

Language

English is widely spoken

Health Information

Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa. Speak to your GP for the latest medical advice.

Things to do in Cape Town

  • Table Mountain

    Visit South Africa’s most iconic landmark, the mighty Table Mountain. You can take a cable car to the flat summit, which lies 1,085 metres above sea level and boasts amazing views over Cape Town and the ocean. There are walking trails at the top to explore this 600 million year old mountain, which is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

  • V&A Marina Cape Town

    The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

    The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is Cape Town’s lively tourist hub - a historical harbour filled with shopping and fine dining experiences. Browse over 450 stores, watch street performers and musicians and ride the Cape Wheel. The waterfront also has a fantastic aquarium, museums, food markets and sunset harbour cruises.

  • Robben Island Cape Town

    Robben Island

    Learn about South Africa’s turbulent apartheid history with a stirring visit to Robben Island. Catch the ferry to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he was incarcerated. The prison closed in 1996 and is now a World Heritage Site, open daily for tours, and serving as a memorial to the political prisoners held there during its 500 year history.

Best time to visit Cape Town

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

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Cape Town
22ºC
20mm

Average weather in February

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Cape Town
23ºC
20mm

Average weather in March

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Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
21ºC
30mm

Average weather in April

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Cape Town
18ºC
50mm

Average weather in May

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Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
16ºC
70mm

Average weather in June

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Cape Town
13ºC
90mm

Average weather in July

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Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
100mm

Average weather in August

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Cape Town
13ºC
70mm

Average weather in September

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Cape Town
14ºC
50mm

Average weather in October

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Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
16ºC
40mm

Average weather in November

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Avg. temp
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Cape Town
18ºC
20mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

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Cape Town
20ºC
20mm
  • Sue

    Customer Experience Executive

    “Seize the moment, get up early and get the first cable car to the summit of Table Mountain. Enjoy panoramic views before the crowds arrive and have breakfast at the top.”

  • Gina, Destination Specialist

    Gina

    Destination Specialist

    “Head down to Cape Point to be stunned by the amazing sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above the sea. Be sure to include a visit to the Two Oceans Restaurant for a memorable dining experience above the clouds.”

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “Don’t order a glass of wine with your meal – treat yourself to a bottle. Cape Town has some fantastic vineyards nearby and in many restaurants a bottle is cheaper than a glass.”

Types of Cape Town holidays

Cape Town Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

A non-stop flight from London Heathrow Airport to Cape Town International Airport takes around 11 hours and 30 minutes on average.

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