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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 featuring a marina

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

The captivating mountain views and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A stop by V&A Waterfront or Two Oceans Aquarium might round out your trip.

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

Camps Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(61 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
Cape Town City Centre

Cape Town City Centre

4/5Very Good!(484 area reviews)

Known for its majestic mountain landscape and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Cape Town City Centre. Check out top attractions like Castle of Good Hope and Greenmarket Square, and jump on the metro at Woodstock Station or Esplanade Station to see more of the city.

Cape Town City Centre
Sea Point

Sea Point

4.5/5Wonderful!(72 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 Pavillion might round out your trip.

Sea Point
Cape Town Stadium which includes a city and a sunset

Green Point

4.5/5Wonderful!(67 area reviews)

Travelers like the cocktail bars in Green Point, and Cape Town Stadium is a top attraction you might want to visit.

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

Hout Bay

3.5/5Good!(9 area reviews)

Seafood restaurants, seaside views, and waterfront views are some highlights of Hout Bay. Make a stop by Hout Bay Beach or Bay Harbour Market while you're exploring.

Hout Bay

Top Hotels in Cape Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 Mar 6, 2020

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
The Onyx Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $75 per night

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (160 reviews)

"Well located Nice large rooms Great Concierge services Ibrahim thank you Nice restaurant in the premises Very good bkfast Recomended."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

The Onyx Apartment Hotel
South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
6 Link Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape

Located in Camps Bay, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 mi ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (146 reviews)

"Lovely place to stay! Very close to restaurants and the beach. The hotel has thought about a lot of little extras that make a stay that much more confortable!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel

Popular places to visit in Cape Town

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(296 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(433 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(151 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.

Camps Bay Beach
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Camps Bay Beach

4.5/5(214 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.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

4.5/5(169 reviews)

Discover the diversity of South Africa’s extraordinary flora with a stroll around the country’s premier botanic gardens.

Cape of Good Hope
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Cape of Good Hope

5/5(90 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Cape Town

Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

96% of travellers recommend
$18
Per adult
Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour
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Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

88% of travellers recommend
$39
Per adult
Full-Day Safari from Cape Town
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Full-Day Safari from Cape Town

90% of travellers recommend
$187
Per adult
City Morning Tour - Cape Town Central Highlights
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City Morning Tour - Cape Town Central Highlights

$31
Per adult
Best of the Cape Full Day
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Best of the Cape Full Day

$94
Per adult
The Ultimate Cape Town Pass - Unlimited
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The Ultimate Cape Town Pass - Unlimited

80% of travellers recommend
$103
Per adult

Reviews of Cape Town

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 29.184549356223176%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.1473533619456364%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.1430615164520744%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 12, 2020

Cape Town is the most beautiful place in the World

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2020

Beautiful city with outstanding landscape and very friendly people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

We always enjoy Cape Town and the lovely hotel Cape Grace. Walking distance to many shopping/restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

One of my favorite places in this world.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

Greatest city in the world

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Beautiful location with tonnes of things to do within easy driving distance! Really enjoyed it!

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