Cape Town Travel Guide

Country

South Africa

Languages

English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

Population

3,7 million

Area

2,455 km²

Cape Town is a must-see stop on any vacation in South Africa, as the city is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. Below you will find our Cape Town Travel Guide to help you plan your visit to Cape Town.

There are so many things to do and see in this wonderful city that it is impossible to include it all in a short article. If you tell us about your interests we will help you plan your Cape Town stay so that you do not miss out on anything.

There are so many things to do and see in this wonderful city that it is impossible to include it all in a short article. If you tell us about your interests we will help you plan your Cape Town stay so that you do not miss out on anything.

Attractions & Activities

A closer look at what your holiday could be.
Cape Town at night

City Centre

Other fantastic spots include Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Constantia wine route, Hout Bay and the seaside villages of Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town, both dotted along the way to the incomparable Cape Point. Don’t miss the chance to take a drive or tour to Cape Point, as well as a ferry trip to Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela spent most of his sentence.

Great shopping resides at the V&A Waterfront and the city bowl, with a huge range of local and international stores. Pick up hand-carved African animals, beautiful beadwork and traditional clothing at the Greenmarket and Hout Bay markets, or browse through the many boutiques of the old part of the city.

Outskirts

Cape Point

Also known as the Cape of Storms, Cape Point is a full day's excursion and one not to be missed. Either join an organised tour, or drive along the scenic coastal route to the most south-west point of Africa. On your way to or from the point, visit Boulders beach to spend time with the African penguins, and stop in the picturesque harbour towns of Kalk Bay and Simons Town. Olympia Bakery in

Kalk Bay is known for its fantastic coffee, this is the place to stop if you need a jolt.

For the best views of Table Mountain, take a drive to Blaauwberg beach, where you can stroll along the stretch of white sand, or stop at one of its many seaside cocktail bars for a sun downer.

Cape Town Harbour

When to visit

Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, with wet, cold winters from June to August, and dry, hot summers from November to February/March. Highs during summer average in the high 20s to mid 30s, but have peaked at 42°C. Cape Town is known, however, for experiencing all 4 seasons in a day, so whenever you visit, be sure to pack

for all possibilities, from rain and wind to sunshine! The city is highly pleasant in Autumn, with comfortable temperatures and mild wind. The vineyards turn fiery orange, making the winelands a beautiful spot to see during this period. bars for a sun downer.

Cape Town

Suggested Itinerary

If you have 4 days in Cape Town, we can suggest a range of activities that will cover the city's best attractions without exhausting you.

Day 1 - If it's clear and sunny, take the cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy the views and get a bird's-eye perspective over the mother city. Spend the morning up here and then make your way down to the city center. Spend a couple hours exploring central Cape Town - take a walk up the Company's Gardens, visit the art and natural history museum, stroll through Greenmarket Square and discover the boutique shops and curios along Long Street. Take a sunset cruise from the Waterfront and enjoy evening entertainment, shopping and dining in the busy harbour. Den Anker, Sevruga and Balthazar's are great restaurant options.

Day 2 - Visit Cape Point, either by organised tour or self-drive. Stop in Boulders, Kalk Bay and Simon's Town, enjoy lunch at the 2 Oceans Restaurant and take in the views. On your way back, visit Hout Bay and Llandudno Beach.

Day 3 - Take a tour of the city with the red hop-on hop-off buses. Buses depart every 15-30 minutes from the Waterfront, and move through the city to Kirstenbosch, where you can hop off and enjoy the beautiful botanical gardens, and then to Constantia. Here, change to a wine bus and stop at 3 historic wine farms on the Constantia Wine Route. Rejoin the main route to head through Hout Bay and then return to the harbour via the stunning coastal road.

Day 4 - Take a ferry to Robben Island to learn about the country's history, and visit Nelson Mandela's cell. This one is perfect for history buffs, and make sure to call ahead and book tickets as they fill up fast. In the afternoon visit Camps Bay and Clifton for a relaxing beach trip, and end off the day with a sun downer at one of Camps Bay's beachfront bars.

Cape Town beach

"Don’t miss out on the beaches! Clifton and Camps Bay form a string of granite-fringed white sand beaches, and a little further out lies quieter coves like Llandudno and Bakoven, each with stunning views of Lion’s Head and the 12 Apostles."

Owner & Founder - Alexandra von Knorring