Hout Bay in Cape Town

Why visit Cape Town?

Hailed as one of the most spiritual places on the African continent, the unforgettable flat-top of iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, towers over a city that is vibrant both in its attractions and the people that inhabit it. To access Table Mountain, visitors can enjoy a scenic ride up its revolving cableway or, for the more adventurous, enjoy a nature hike on one of the many trails that wind their way across its beautiful landscape.

From the flat table top you will have glorious views of sprawling Cape Town below, nearby Signal Hill, Lion’s Head and the sparkling coastline. The Table Mountain National Park is a must-see too and covers a region that spans across Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Table Mountain itself, Devil’s Peak, the Twelve Apostles and Orange Kloof. Here, you will find a flora-rich habitat that his home to rare and endemic vegetation including the stunning king protea and various forms of fynbos.

As a coastal destination, Cape Town experiences unpredictable weather so be sure to take advantage of your clear, calm days in the city.

Why Visit?

  • Engage with the friendly, diverse people of South Africa — fondly known as the Rainbow Nation!
  • Famous landmarks – Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point.
  • Explore the flora and fauna of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Shop at the world renowned V&A Waterfront.
  • Climb the challenging slopes of Table Mountain.
  • Relax on the glorious beaches along Cape Town’s coastline

Known as the Mother City, beautiful Cape Town boasts more than its fair share of magnificent natural beauty, cultural marvels and historical sites. Quintessentially modern and cosmopolitan, it is home to gourmet restaurants, trendy nightlife and a thriving café culture, combined with natural wonders ranging from miles and miles of beautiful beaches to the renowned Cape Winelands and iconic Table Mountain. Thoroughly comfortable in its own skin, the city effortlessly merges unique architecture, rich history and a fascinating allure of cultures to create the completely distinctive appeal that sees it appear again and again on lists of the world’s most favourite cities.

Cape Town delights with its many moods, from watching the waves roll in over a delicious beach picnic on a secluded stretch of sand to an exclusive yacht cruise complete with champagne and oysters or simply watching the sun set over the city from the top of majestic Table Mountain. Visitors can while away the day in the lush enclave of the Kirstenbosch Gardens or step back in time at any of the city’s many museums, enchanted by legends from a colourful past. Immerse yourself in nostalgia as you indulge in the ritual of high tea in the gracious atmosphere of the Mount Nelson or celebrate the outdoors on a leisurely bicycle cruise tour through the beauty of the Cape Winelands.

The ultimate family holiday destination, Cape Town captivates the imagination of children of all ages. Boasting a plethora of outdoor activities that range from surfing to quad biking, abseiling and hiking, or just plain old seaside fun, families are guaranteed to find something to suit everyone. City infrastructure that includes a wide range of family restaurants and attractions for all ages makes it easy to travel with even the youngest of children, while the splendid seaside setting and beautiful natural scenery create plenty of opportunity for shared adventures. From seal, whale and dolphin cruises to the penguins of Boulders Beach and the magnificent fauna and flora of Cape Point, where two oceans meet, Cape Town delights with its rich natural heritage.

Sprawled at the foot of Table Mountain, one of the seven wonders of the modern world, Cape Town makes the most of its spectacular setting in between the mountains and the broad expanse of the ocean to provide a multitude of adventures for the daring and the not-so-daring. The rugged mountains are the setting for thrills that range from hiking and abseiling to paragliding and more. The magnificent mountain roads simply beg to be explored, whether from the saddle of a rented bike or in vintage style, safely tucked into the sidecar of a chauffeur-driven World War II-era motorcycle. Venturing out onto the water, come face to face with the ocean’s largest predator as you dive into a cage to meet the great white shark in its watery habitat.

As a coastal city, beautiful Cape Town often is renowned for experiencing four seasons in one day. Ultimately, Cape Town is a year-round destination depending on your particular interests. However, to fine tune your departure dates, we have pinpointed the best time to explore Cape Town.

The ideal time to visit Cape Town is from October to end April as temperatures are warm and dry during the summer months. Peak season for locals and international travellers alike are from December to February so we recommend visiting in late January to end April for the best time to enjoy a Cape Town beach holiday.

For the more actively inclined the area is a mecca for hiking enthusiasts and end April to early June offer the best times for exploring Cape Town’s renowned trails. The temperatures are moderate and mornings are usually crisp and clear.

Autumn and winter offer the perfect opportunities to indulge. Cape Town is an epicurean’s delight. Many indoor markets are setup during these months and provide world-class fare and produce. Be sure to head to the vineyards as this is the best time to spoil yourself to an incredible wine tasting experience.

Climate

Summer (October – April)
Min 24°C/75°F Max 32°C/90°F

Winter (May – September)
8°C/46°F Max 23°C/73°F