With Table Mountain at its heart and ocean all around, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Wherever you are, the rugged beauty of the mountain dominates the landscape. There is so much to do on a Cape Town holiday - Cape Town has five of the most visited tourist attractions in South Africa: Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Robben Island and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. There is much to see and do, both in town and in the surroundings.
To the south is the rugged beauty of the Cape Peninsula and Cape Point. In the bay, you can visit Robben Island, now a World Heritage Site. To the north and east of the city are the historic towns of the vineyard region – Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the old Huguenot settlement of Franschhoek. Lunch at one of the famous wine estates, such as Boschendal, and enjoy good food and stunning scenery.
But it is the city itself that is the major attraction. Cape Town is a captivating mix of first and third world, modern living and old world charm. The city is packed with vibrant craft markets and modern shopping malls, art galleries and antique shops, boutiques and restaurants serving fine food and wonderful South African wines.
Most of our clients rent a car because the city and sights are quite far apart. Driving and parking are easy compared with the crowded roads of Britain’s cities. You can collect a hire car on arrival or we will deliver it to your hotel. If you don’t wish to drive, there are splendid day tours of the Cape Peninsula and Winelands.
Cape Town has many very comfortable hotels and ownermanaged guesthouses, all offering exceptional value. We like the thriving Kloof area – a neighbourhood of delis, restaurants, bars and designer shops rising out of the city bowl on the way to the mountain.
The transformation of the historic port area was the foundation for the rebirth of Cape Town in the 1990s. Like Camden Lock in London, no one could have foreseen how much this area would grow and what an attraction The Waterfront would become. Its wharves and warehouses are now crammed with a cornucopia of shops and restaurants to suit every taste.
We recommend at least three full days to enjoy this city and its hinterland, but four is better.