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Cape TownSouth Africa

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.

Where to stay in Cape Town

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront showing a marina

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

The picture-perfect mountain views and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A stop by V&A Waterfront or Cape Town Cruise Terminal might round out your trip.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Camps Bay showing landscape views, a coastal town and mountains

Camps Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(51 area reviews)

The beaches and picture-perfect mountain views are top of the list for many visitors to Camps Bay. A stop by Camps Bay Beach or Table Mountain National Park might round out your trip.

Camps Bay
Sea Point

Sea Point

4/5Very Good!(39 area reviews)

The beaches and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Sea Point. A stop by Milton Beach or Sea Point Swimming Pool might round out your trip.

Sea Point
Hout Bay which includes hiking or walking, general coastal views and landscape views

Hout Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

Seafood restaurants, seaside views and waterfront views highlight some of the noteworthy features of Hout Bay. Make a stop by Hout Bay Beach or Bay Harbour Market while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Hout Bay
Bo\'Kaap

Bo'Kaap

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

Travellers come to Bo'Kaap for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Bo Kaap Museum and Auwal Mosque while you're in town.

Bo'Kaap

Top hotels in Cape Town

The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel
4.5 out of 5
69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is €83 per night from 15 Nov to 16 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Camps Bay hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 miles ...

4.3/5Excellent! (283 reviews)
Highly Recommend

"The hotel was overall great and in a wonderful location. Would highly recommend it!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2020

The Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is €186 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Union Castle House, V&A Waterfront and Two Oceans Aquarium. Cape Town ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (475 reviews)

"Good all round hotel. Best position for VA waterfront."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

The Table Bay Hotel
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
5 out of 5
76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Company's Garden and South African Jewish Museum. Greenmarket Square ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (279 reviews)

"Heated pool is actually very warm. Breakfast was amazing. The options and the quality. Enjoyed my balcony view. Some upgraded to the cottages which were very amazing."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Cape Town

The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is €48 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Long Street and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Castle of Good Hope ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (170 reviews)

"Place was nice and enjoyed my stay"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2020

The Onyx Apartment Hotel
ITC Docklands
ITC Docklands
3.5 out of 5
The Docklands, 70 Prestwich Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town, Western Cape

Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, Long Street and Cape Town International Convention ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Great location

"This apartment complex is in a great location, close to the V & A waterfront area. Supermarket is close by. There is a luggage store facility if you arrive before check in. The roof top pool is a nice touch."…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

ITC Docklands
The Penthouse on Beach
The Penthouse on Beach
4.5 out of 5
Unit 1701 Horizon Bay, Blaauwberg Road, Table View, Cape Town, Western Cape

Situated in Cape Town, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dolphin Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach. Sunset Beach is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Amazing experience

"It will amazing... I will definitely come back again."…"

Reviewed on 4 May 2019

The Penthouse on Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Cape Town

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(149 reviews)

Get a privileged close-up view of an African penguin colony among the spectacular rock formations at this beach that also offers excellent swimming conditions.

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

4.5/5(177 reviews)

One of the world’s oldest mountains creates an iconic backdrop to the Cape Town skyline. Climb to the summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast.

Robben Island
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Robben Island

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Visit the cell where Nelson Mandela spent most of his sentence and explore the Table Bay island that has also served as a leper colony and a military base.

Cape of Good Hope
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Cape of Good Hope

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Experience the stunning scenery and a wealth of native wildlife at what is almost Africa’s most southerly point.

Camps Bay Beach
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Camps Bay Beach

4.5/5(179 reviews)

See and be seen, admire beautiful sunsets and go hiking in the famous Twelve Apostles at one of Cape Town’s most stylish beaches.

Cape Town Stadium
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Cape Town Stadium

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Take a guided tour of this modern sports arena and then watch a soccer or rugby match while sitting among an energetic, vuvuzela-playing crowd.

Top things to do in Cape Town

Big 5 Safari with Lunch at Aquila Private Game Reserve
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Big 5 Safari with Lunch at Aquila Private Game Reserve

€142
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Robben Island & City Center Full-Day Tour
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Robben Island & City Center Full-Day Tour

€87
Per adult
Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Half-Day Tour

€60
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Cape Peninsula Full-Day Tour
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Cape Peninsula Full-Day Tour

€77
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour
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Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

€36
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Bo-Kaap: Beauty and the Beat
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Bo-Kaap: Beauty and the Beat

€33
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Cape Town

4.6

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.988636363636363%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.261363636363637%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Mar 2020

The V&A waterfront area of Cape Town is nice and safe. The centre of town has a more edgy feel although plenty of security around.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2020

didnt do much as time was very short and this was my second visit only wanted to relax

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Cape Town is a stunning city. Amazing food options and sights. I felt safe but you just need to be sensible ... as you should be when you visit any big city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

The most beautiful city by the sea

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

Vibrant clean city, excellent restaurants, stunning scenery, beaches, mountains, vineyards, something different to do and see every day

5/5 - Excellent

Alan

21 Feb 2020

Great city. Beautiful mountain views. Sad political and economic outlook though.

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