Cape Town Holidays

Hike or take the cableway to the top of Table Mountain on one of Cape Town’s perfect-weather days, look out over the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the very southern tip of the African continent, and you’ll see why Cape Town and the surrounding area is South Africa’s most popular destination. Take your pick of beach activities, ... Read more
from lounging on the languid Camps Bay to penguin-spotting on Boulders Beach in Simon's Town. Dating back to 1666, the Castle of Good Hope is South Africa's oldest building, covering the nation's Dutch history. Robben Island held political prisoners starting in the 17th century, but most visitors know it as Nelson Mandela's home for 18 years. (Ex-prisoners often give the tours, answering questions about life on the island.) Over the past decade, wine-tasting in the romantic Cape Winelands has become a popular day trip for adults, while kids enjoy the brightly painted Bo-Kaap Muslim quarter or the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Every possible budget is catered to in Cape Town, from central boutique hostels to luxurious ocean view hotels.
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  • Table Mountain
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  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
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  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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  • Boulders Beach
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There are lots of good times to visit Cape Town, with a few small caveats. Summers (December - February) mean great beach weather, but many South Africans take their vacations from December through January, so ... Read more
it can be crowded on the sand. There is also a strong wind that blows through the city around this time, so don’t spend too much effort on your hair. The winter, with mild temperatures in the 60s (16-19C), is pretty empty and there are lots of good deals to be had, but it does rain often, so bring an umbrella. Spring and fall are good times to catch great deals, especially if you book a few months in advance.

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Many people miss the ‘old city’ of Cape Town with the coloured little houses. Beautiful restaurants at Bloubergstrand, hop-on-hop-off a great adventure, it takes you everywhere. Avoid Cape Point, extremely expensive and packed with tourists (must have a good fitness level).

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It's my home city and it has the best of everything: gorgeous beaches, beautiful mountains, stunning scenery and delicious food and drink. It's the perfect place to escape a northern hemisphere winter.

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The western cape has so much to offer, there are the famous tourist attractions such as Table mountain and the cablecar and the penguins at Betty’s Bay ( better than Boulder beach ) but the real gems take a bit more looking for. Hire a car and drive the garden route but visit Swellendam and Oudsthorn and Prince Albert, here is South Africa and the home of hospitality. Go to Stellenbosch and visit Rust - en - Vrede for lunch, simple menu and just fantastic. Watch the local beautiful people mix with affluent tourists, great entertainment. Try Somerset West in the evening, Bluewaters has brilliant sushi for next to nothing, or just meander round a vineyard taking in the views and having a glass or two of fresh and young white wine. Cape Town is just a great place to start your adventure, the best time to go is Jan/Feb when the Xmas holidays are over. The hotels and apartments are readily available and moderately priced and the weather is at its best. Car hire is fairly cheap as is fuel, roads are good and pretty empty once out of Cape Town and driving is very enjoyable as it’s right hand drive. Flights are also cheap in winter with return trips from about £500. For £1500 you can have a wonderful 2 weeks in a stunning location with some of the worlds best food and drink and the friendliest people anywhere. Don’t put it off, just go.

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Milan

Cape Town is indeed o è of the most beautiful cities in the world. Beaches, mountains, great night life, vibrant culture. It has all

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Cape Town was amazing! You’re in a large city surrounded by ocean, mountains, and vineyards! The biggest downside is the crime. We had no problems but you must always be aware of your surroundings

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Bangkok

Visited on the return leg from Europe, stayed a week in a friend home and meet lots of locals. It was a confusing experience on a grass roots level with locals venting their local domestic issues... on the tourism aspect ..scooted around to 10 places in the main city area ... and will post them soon

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Port Elizabeth

Ah Cape Town. It's kind of the gem of South Africa, isn't it? Anyone who knows me knows that, unlike the majority of Port Elizabethans, I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to move to Cape Town, but it is definitely one of my favourite places in South Africa to visit. Cape Town is beautiful, vibrant, multicultural, and there is way more wine than any wine lover could ever cope with. And of course there is a ton to do. You don't even have to look for something to do. You'll find it without trying.

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San Francisco

Cape Town is breathtakingly beautiful. It's one of those cities you need to spend more than a day in. Hike around Table Mountain and hang out on Long Street to check out Cape Town's shops.

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Best Brewery at South Africa
You can mix Beers and Wine with just few steps
Cheers !!!

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London

Cape Town is my home town. It's also South Africa’s oldest city and arguably its most popular international tourist destination. Cape Town continues to be one of the big travel success stories of the past twenty years. Popular with all demographics, from families to fine diners, and backpackers to honeymooners, it seems there is no one this cosmopolitan city can’t charm. “Welcome to Cape Town. There’s always something on!” boasts the tourist website.

And last year Cape Town’s rejuvenated tourism industry was rewarded when it swept up awards at the 2014 World Travel Awards, crowned Africa’s Leading Destination and Africa’s Leading Cruise Port.

From being a place that only woke up for a few weeks of the year, Cape Town has evolved into a sophisticated destination. The cultural and political diversity of the city is matched and complimented by the international influences that come with a thriving tourist industry.

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