Discover the appeal of South Africa’s stunning coastal city, Cape Town. Home to a ‘rainbow nation’ of multi-ethnic citizens, the city is a melting pot of different cultures and cuisines. There are plenty of opportunities to get into the great outdoors too, with nearby wildlife reserves, mountain hikes, coastal drives, scenic vineyards and more to explore.
Best of Cape Town
Take the cableway up Cape Town’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain, for sweeping views from the city to the sea. On the mountain’s slopes, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens’ sprawling grounds contain up to 2,500 species of plants. Visit the lively V&A Waterfront and take the ferry to Robben Island to learn more about South Africa’s history of Apartheid. If you’re looking for beaches, the four Clifton Beaches are regarded as some of the world’s best, and Boulder’s Beach is home to one of the only land-based African penguin colonies. For coastal views, hire a car and drive along the stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive – the winding route hugs the cliffs from Hout Bay to Noordhoek – then continue on to Cape Point Nature Reserve, the most south-western point of Africa. Finally, cap off your holiday with a tour of the lush Winelands.
Cape Town Travel Tips
Cape Town is a bike-friendly city, with dedicated bike paths in most areas. Public trains, buses, and minibus taxis link the central city with major landmarks. To get around quickly, hire a car or taxi. Uber is also widely available in the city.