Cape Town – The Mother City
Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Cradled by Table Mountain and surrounded by crashing breakers and glorious sunsets, it has immense charm and historical interest. We never tire of soaking up the beauty and buzzy atmosphere of this relaxed city with its cosmopolitan dining options.
No Cape Town holiday is complete without taking the cable car up Table Mountain. Allow enough time to enjoy an easy hike on the top – just 45 minutes will get you to Maclears Beacon and away from the crowds. Alternatively why not try hiking up the mountain, or abseiling off the top for the ultimate adrenaline rush?
In the city, you can visit the colorful Bo-Kaap, visit an eclectic array of museums from District Six to the Museum of Gold or browse through the vibey street markets of Greenmarket Square and St Georges Mall.
Alternatively meander through the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, head out to Robben Island by boat or simply relax on the beach of Camps Bay or Llandudno. When you want to range further, the Cape Peninsula offers one of the finest coastal drives in Africa – Chapmans Peak Drive – to the Cape of Good Hope. Here you might see whales breaching just off the bay or quirky penguins on Boulders beach.
We can book some great tours for you – take the boat cruise to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, circle the Cape Peninsula or meander through the Cape Winelands tasting wine at boutique wine estates. We also recommend the uplifting Uthando township visit. You can choose between scheduled or private tours with our hand-picked specialist guides. Alternatively we can arrange car rental for you to explore The Mother City independently.
Great things to do
- Take the cable car up Table Mountain
- Spend the day at one of Cape Town’s many beaches
- Swim with the penguins
- Abseiling off Table Mountain – a mere 1000-metre drop!
- Helicopter flips over the peninsula
- Enjoy a full day of interacting with whales and sharks by boat, with the option of caged shark diving
- Restaurants, shops, craft markets galore at the V&A Waterfront & the city open air markets
- Enjoy a sunset cruise along the Atlantic ocean by classic motorcycle and sidecar
Note on hotel location
Unlike many great cities in the world where you want to stay as close to the city centre as your wallet will allow, the charm of Cape Town is partly explained by Table Mountain, which breaks up the city into distinct areas, each with its own character, style, even weather!
Think about what you would like to do in Cape Town before you choose where to stay. The Waterfront is not always the best option! (Read about the main Cape Town areas below to get a better idea).
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