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Cape Town

From the heights of Table Mountain to the unique “Cape Dutch” architecture and sparkling blue waterfront, Cape Town is known for its natural and cultural attractions.

Wherever you are in Cape Town the iconic Table Mountain adds one of the world’s most impressive backdrops to your view. No trip to this South African port city is complete without a hike or leisurely cable car ride to the top, where the breathtaking vistas are known as some of the best in Africa.

Cape Town, known as “Kaapstad” in Afrikaans, is the seat of the National Parliament and the second most-populated city after Johannesburg. More tourists visit Cape Town than anywhere else in South Africa. 

The story of the city’s past is written in its architecture. The colonizing Dutch left their mark with their unique “Cape Dutch” style. Look for houses with decorative front gables. See Malaysian influences in the colorful houses and periodic minarets of the Bo-Kaap district. 

The mix of nationalities makes for a rich cultural scene and some of the best food in the country. Eat local dishes from the street carts in the Bo-Kaap district, including Babotie, a spicy-meat dish. Try freshly caught seafood in fine-dining restaurants at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. 

Low humidity makes the summer heat bearable, while winters can be quite wet. Escape the rain and learn about the city’s history at the Jewish Museum, Slave Lodge and the South African Maritime Museum. Hear stories from former prisoners at nearby Robben Island, where former president Nelson Mandela was held before the abolishment of apartheid. 

A wild coastline surrounds the city and peninsula. Unwind at picturesque St. James, admire the Twelve Apostles mountain range from Camps Bay Beach and enjoy scenic drives around Hout Bay. Table Mountain National Park covers 75 percent of the peninsula. Get face-to-face with African penguins at Boulders Beach or spot baboons, antelopes and whales as you hike the trails at the Cape of Good Hope. 

Cape Town lies on the southwest coast of South Africa. The city and surrounding countryside is best explored by car. Note that due to extreme poverty in some townships, safety is a concern. The city is relatively safe by South African standards but take necessary precautions: don’t carry valuables, lock your doors while driving and stick to tourist areas that are generally well guarded.


Guide to Exploring Cape Town


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Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport

Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport

Adjoining BP Service & Filling Station, Cape Town
3.6
of 5, from 151 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Matroosfontein, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of University of the Western Cape, Tygerberg Hospital, and Louis Leipoldt Medi-Clinic. Mowbray Golf Club and Karl Bremer Hospital are also within 9 mi (15 km).

€65
Capetonian Hotel

Capetonian Hotel

Pier Square, Cape Town
3.5
of 5, from 15 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Bowl, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Africa Centre, Cape Town International Convention Centre, and Greenmarket Square. Castle of Good Hope and Two Oceans Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€74
The Walden Suites Guest House

The Walden Suites Guest House

12 Bellwood Road, Cape Town
4.5
of 5, from 17 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bantry Bay, this luxury guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Sea Point Swimming Pool and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Cape Town Stadium. Green Point Park and Camps Bay Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

The Ritz Cape Town

The Ritz Cape Town

Cnr. Main & Camberwell Roads, Cape Town
3.5
of 5, from 198 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The landmark Ritz is located just off Sea Point's vibrant promenade and is a short distance from the beach and the V&A Waterfront.

€160
Vineyard Hotel

Vineyard Hotel

Colinton Road 1, off Protea Road, Cape Town
4.8
of 5, from 118 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bishopscourt, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cavendish Square and Newlands Stadium. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

€110
Hotel Verde

Hotel Verde

15 Michigan Street, Airport Industria, Cape Town
4.7
of 5, from 74 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Matroosfontein, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of the Western Cape, Tygerberg Hospital, and GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Stellenbosch University are also within 25 mi (40 km).

€197
The Westin Cape Town

The Westin Cape Town

Convention Square, Cape Town
4.6
of 5, from 239 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

The Westin Cape Town is adjacent the to Cape Town International Convention Center. Greenmarket Square, the Pan African Market, and Gold of Africa Museum are within walking distance.

Villa Simona Bed & Breakfast

Villa Simona Bed & Breakfast

29 Theresa Avenue, Cape Town
1.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Camps Bay, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Theatre on the Bay, Camps Bay Beach, and Waterworks Museum. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

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