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Cape Town Holidays

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.

Destination Highlights
  • Ride the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway up to the top of Table Mountain for panoramic views of the city
  • Admire the beauty of Boulders Beach and watch in awe as a colony of endangered African penguins waddle across the sand
  • Take a relaxing stroll along the V&A Waterfront and enjoy fine dining and amazing shopping surrounded by ocean and mountain views
  • Enjoy a leisurely boat ride over to Robben Island and look for whales, dolphins, penguins and fur seals that inhabit Table Bay

Our favourite 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

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,299 pp

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

The Table Bay Hotel

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,799 pp

The Table Bay Hotel

21 Nettleton

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£3,199 pp

21 Nettleton
The Bay

The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

Cape Town

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,499 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.

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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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

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Cape Town
22ºC
20mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

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Cape Town
23ºC
20mm

Average weather in March

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Cape Town
21ºC
30mm

Average weather in April

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Cape Town
18ºC
50mm

Average weather in May

Good travel weather

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Cape Town
16ºC
70mm

Average weather in June

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Cape Town
13ºC
90mm

Average weather in July

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Cape Town
13ºC
100mm

Average weather in August

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Cape Town
13ºC
70mm

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

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Cape Town
14ºC
50mm

Average weather in October

Good travel weather

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Cape Town
16ºC
40mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

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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

    “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.”

  • 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.”

Cape Town 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.

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.

  • Braais

    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

    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.

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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