Let the beauty and radiance of South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ take your breath away on a holiday in Cape Town. Journey to a sophisticated metropolis alive with history, art, fashion, fine wines and cuisine all set within a magnificent mountainous backdrop and coastlines studded with incredible beaches.
Cape Town holidays offer a perfect blend of city sights, beautiful beaches and nature trails. Ranked as one of the most multicultural cities in the world, it’s artsy hangouts and colourful districts are bursting with Capetonian atmosphere. There is an abundance of things to see and do in Cape Town, suitable for families, couples or solo travellers. Take a surf lesson, go whale spotting, explore the nearby Winelands region or, enjoy the excellent shopping, dining and nightlife on offer at the V&A Waterfront.
A city drenched in scenic splendour
A visit to Cape Town would not be complete without taking in the unparalleled views of Cape Town from the summit of Table Mountain via the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. For even more breathtaking sights of this beautiful city, why not book a scenic helicopter tour? Perfect for honeymooners looking to create everlasting memories together.
Nature lovers will love the pristine beaches, stunning hiking trails and dazzling flora and fauna of Cape Point or a visit to the picturesque enclave of Camps Bay, a perfect spot for a delicious picnic on the beach as the sun sets across the shimmering ocean. The perfect end to a perfect holiday.
Cape Town is a perfect starting point for your South Africa holiday. With so much to see and do, our Destination Specialists will help you put together a tailor made Cape Town holiday package. Call us today and we’ll help you to create the holiday you’ve been dreaming of.
Great sample itineraries
Choose from a selection of South African tours that start or end in Cape Town, perfect for couples, families or solo travellers. We’ve created an inspiring choice of itineraries to choose from, that include Cape Town, and these can also be tailor made to your preference on request.u.
Cape Town To Victoria Falls Tour
Cape Town And Eastern Cape Safari
Our favorite hotels
There are a wide variety of Cape Town hotels or self-catering options. Here are some of our favourite places to stay in Cape Town.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
Explore Cape Town
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.
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.
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
Cape Town’s weather is quite hot and dry during the summer period between October to April. The best time for a Cape Town holiday is between January to April, the tail end of the city's dry summer months, although, Cape Town can be enjoyed all year round. Whale watching season is between July and November.
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“Chapman's Peak Drive is an amazing scenic drive that stretches over 9 km along Hout Bay and Noordhoek and offers panoramic views of Cape Town's beaches.”
“Check out the Sunday Braai at Mzoli's place in Gugulethu, a backyard BBQ meets street party where you can sample local foods and mingle with the locals. Or head to the Sunday Jazz Brunch at Winchester Mansions to enjoy delicious food and live music.”
“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.”
Events & Festivals
The city of Cape Town offers a selection of events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here’s a couple of our top suggestions.
Cape Town Cycle Tour
A nine-day celebration of all things cycling, including an annual cycle race about 109 km long. This is the first event outside Europe to be included in the Union Cycliste Internationale's Golden Bike Series.
Food & Wine Festivals
Cape Town is awash with various food and wine festivals throughout the year, with an extensive list of events that offer an opportunity for Cape Town’s visitors to taste the best of South Africa’s spirits, wines and local cuisine.
Cape Town’s cuisine has been greatly influenced not only by the indigenous population but by the French, Malaysian, Indian and Dutch. Many of Cape Town’s traditional dishes such as curries and stews, are colourful and packed full of flavour, sure to excite even the most cultured palate. For those who prefer to explore the city’s modern cuisine, there are some incredible fine dining restaurants in Cape Town that easily rival Michelin star restaurants in Europe.
Cape Town is famous for its backyard Braais, a delicious selection of BBQ’d meat cooked over a wood fire or coals and served with pap, salads and roasted vegetables.
Cape Malay cuisine is renowned for its fruity, mild and full-bodied flavours. This special fusion of cooking was brought to Cape Town by the Malaysian and Indonesian settlers of the past. This food is infused with spices such as chilli, curry, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. Dried fruits such as apricots are often used, creating sweet and sour flavours in curries and stews.
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