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Destination

Cape Town Holidays

The Mother City

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
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +2 hours
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Health Information Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa. Speak to your GP for the latest medical advice.

Top Tips from our Experts

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

“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

“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.”

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

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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