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You’re gonna love Cape Town.
From the shimmering ocean waters to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town will take your breath away. In its rejuvenated facades and busy streets you will discover a vibrant, multicultural society with much to explore.
Cape Town is located on the southwest coast of South Africa. It is the second largest city in the country, often called the “Mother City” for its key role in its evolution.
Beyond its natural beauty, it has an elegant style, with a diverse and multicultural population. It is full of impressive buildings and attractions, such as the colours of the historic Bo Kaap district, the dazzling Afrocentric design of restaurants and lounges and the street art in the City of the East. From art and design to thriving nightlife, Cape Town is an adventure waiting for you to explore.
Top 5 reasons to visit Cape Town
1. A print view
Cape Town is located in an impressive area, stretching from the sea to the mountains. A cable car ride up Table Mountain, named for its flat, rocky summit, provides spectacular views of the city and allows you to walk around the national park.
2. Outdoor thrills
Where else can you go surfing in the morning, hiking up the side of a mountain at lunchtime and watching penguins, at Boulders Penguin Colony, before dinner? The Winelands, just an hour from the city, allows you to explore world-renowned wine country. Cape Town offers a wealth of outdoor adventures to captivate everyone from athletes to casual tourists looking for new experiences.
3. The mother of modern South Africa
Like the rest of South Africa, Cape Town has a turbulent past. Robben Island, now a museum, was once Nelson Mandela’s prison. Boat tours leave daily, so you can explore the grounds of the former prison, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. City of design and culture
From First Thursdays, a sort of giant art festival held on the first Thursday night of every month, to Cape Town Fashion Week and its world famous International Jazz Festival, arts and culture abound. There are concerts, gallery openings and museums to visit, and this city has a reputation as a launching pad for promising new artists.
You can’t really say you’ve been to Cape Town until you’ve explored its world-famous nightlife. It includes everything from dance clubs and live music venues to trendy bars and exclusive lounges.
What to do in Cape Town
1. Crown Table Mountain
Table Mountain is the icon of Cape Town, a natural wonder named after the 3.2 km wide plateau at the top. Trekking enthusiasts must climb it to enjoy its many routes of different levels. Each path is more exciting than the next. The flora, fauna and views never disappoint.
2. Sunbathing in an impressive bay
A short distance from the centre is Camps Bay beach, which attracts visitors with its palm-lined spaces and unparalleled waters. Let the white sand tickle your toes and let the perfect sunshine dazzle you. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Camps Bay offers excellent facilities and is close to the popular Clifton Beach.
3. Tour a jail with history
Nelson Mandela, one of the most famous South Africans, spent 18 years of his life, until the fall of Apartheid, in Robben Island prison. If you are interested in the nation’s complex history you can enjoy a boat ride to it, across the bay. Once there, its remarkable museum offers guided tours led by former prisoners who share their experiences. On the island, apart from the prison, you will find nothing but penguins.
Summer usually lasts from December to February, with average daytime temperatures of 21°C. This is the most popular time of year to visit. If you prefer less crowds and cheaper prices, between March and May or September and November the climate is milder. Winter, from June to August, is cooler and rains frequently.
How to get to Cape Town
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is the second busiest airport in the country, with many direct flights worldwide. It is located about 12 km from downtown and has MyCiTi shuttle, a fast bus system to the City Center station on Hertzog Blvd. There are departures every 20 minutes, with prices ranging from R 80 to R 88 depending on the schedule.
The railway station is in the central business district and connects to the Western Cape Metrorail network. It also serves Shosholoza Meyl, the national intercity train, with daily connections to Rovos Rail and Blue Line.
The N2 motorway is a fast route from the south-east and Port Elizabeth, while the scenic R310 runs parallel to the water. The N1, from the northeast, connects to Paarl and Johannesburg.
Greyhound and Intercape Bus Terminals buses arrive at the Cape Town train station and MyCiTi Civic Center bus station. Greyhound, SA Roadlink Bus, Intercape Intercity Bus Liners and TransLux connect to all major capitals in South Africa.
Airports near Cape Town
- CPT Cape Town International Airport
- Airlines Serving Cape Town
- Air France
- British Airways
- United Airlines
- Turkish Airlines
- American Airlines
Where to stay in Cape Town
This city offers a multitude and diversity of accommodations. The Table Bay Hotel is a luxury property located approximately 1.5 km from the V & A Waterfront and Alphen Boutique is a 5 star establishment with garden and pool. Looking for economy? Overnight at the Road Lodge N1 City.
Interesting neighborhoods in Cape Town
City Bowl is a busy and centrally located shopping district with numerous restaurants, shops and entertainment. Bree Street is the epicenter of nightlife.
The Waterfront allows you to enjoy the promenade through the V & A Waterfront, a huge square located in the port area. It incorporates theatres, cinemas, restaurants, shops, boutiques and craft stores.
From Waterkant, Green Point, Mouille Point and Sea Point occupy the area of the Atlantic coast to Signal Hill. It is a commercial area with a scenic waterfront promenade.
Getting around Cape Town
The MyCiTi service is the most complete. The maximum fare for a trip of between 0 and 5 km, during peak hours, is R 12.60. You can get a 30% discount by purchasing a MyCiTi Mover Card.
Taxis are plentiful and safe, but you can’t stop them from the sidewalk. Look for them in tourist or coastal areas, or ask hotels and restaurants to call them for you. A trip of about 10 kilometers will cost you R 200.
You will find many companies at the airport, with prices starting from R 840.
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Cost of living in Cape Town
If you like to shop, Cape Town offers everything from luxury boutiques to flea market bargains. The V&A Waterfront is a must for finding luxury goods and boutiques. You will find lots of bargains in the small secondary shops, the factory stores, the big Milnerton flea market and the stalls on Marine Drive.
Groceries & Other
Spar, Pick n Pay, Woolworth’s Foods and Shoprite are good choices for buying food. A local half-litre beer will cost you R25.