Cape Town is famous for a variety of attractions that stretch from the famous Table Mountain all the way down to the sea. With a rich history, vibrant culture, pearly white beaches, charming fishing villages, colourful floral reserves and numerous adventure activities, Cape Town is worth at least a week of your time in South Africa. The impressive bulk of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain looms over the city, a silent sentinel to the Mother City's vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, rich history, world-class shopping and entertainment facilities, and friendly citizens.
Visitors to Cape Town can choose from a wide range of accommodation, from award winning Cape Town hotels, to comfortable B&Bs and backpackers. The city is known for its restaurants, which serve delicious fresh seafood, award-winning wines and the Cape’s own distinctive Malay-inspired cuisine.
The city is steeped in history. Highlights include a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for much of his life; the Castle of Good Hope, built by the early Dutch settlers and expertly restored; and the historic homestead of Constantia.
The beautiful surrounds of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, along with the historic streets of the city centre and the many outdoor markets, offer visitors a varied and relaxed shopping environment. As host of the annual Cape Town Jazz Festival, music is a big part of Cape Town’s entertainment scene.
Beaches, one of Cape Town’s attractions, draw sun-seekers and sporting enthusiasts alike. You’ll find clean white sand and sparkling (if somewhat chilly) water as well as activities such as sailing, fishing, whale watching, wind-surfing and kite-boarding. The city offers plenty for adrenalin junkies too, with mountain climbing, abseiling and paragliding operations based in the city. It’s also home to a number of marathon and cycling events.
You can enjoy many day trips and weekend getaways from Cape Town, such as tours to the nearby winelands; trips to picturesque seaside villages and fishing harbours; Cape Point, a World Heritage Site where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet; and, last but not least, South Africa’s famed wild flower reserves, home to some of the rarest – and most colourful – plants in the world
How to get here
Cape Town is served by an international airport and harbour, as well as numerous train services.
Best time to visit
Cape Town has something to offer all year round. Winter, however, is the rainy season to plan accordingly.
Where to stay
You’ll find accommodation to suit any budget. If the budget allows it, remember that Cape Town has some of the country's finest boutique hotels.
Around the area
Less than an hour's drive away are the lush winelands, where most of South Africa's award-winning wines are created.
Tours to do
A trip to the infamous Robben Island is a must for history buffs.
Did You Know
La Colombe in Constantia ranks among the top 50 restaurants in the world, according to the 2009 World's 50 Best Restaurants Guide.