Why go to Cape Town for Holiday?
Cape Town!!!! What a place to be!!! The perfect holiday destination for any avid travel enthusiast. And why would that be? The setting for this world-famous city is unlike any other in the world. The city is set on the prominent rocky outcrop known as the Cape Peninsula. This rugged and rocky thrusts up between the Indian and Atlantic Ocean. The peninsula has been used by mariners for hundreds of years as a navigational landmark. Sailors would sail on down from Europe, and basically make a left turn when they got to the tip of the Cape Peninsula. Of course, they would stay a while to replenish the ships with fresh food and water. And maybe indulge in a spot or two of the wine which Cape Town has become famous for. The most iconic landmark of the city is Table Mountain. It soars up 1000m and stands as a sentinel to the city below. The mountain definitely adds to Cape Town’s spectacular setting. But if scenery is what you are looking for in a holiday then wait…there is more. There are many tourist destinations to visit. And all within a short drive from the city centre. There are the white sandy beaches, traditional fishing villages, wild mountain ranges, Cape Point, the winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the penguins at Boulders and the whales at Hermanus. There are so many incredible places to explore. Visit once and you will answer the question on why go to Cape Town for holiday.
Who will a Cape Town Holiday appeal to?
Ummmm, let’s just say a Cape Town holiday would appeal to just about anyone who loves travel. With its exquisite accommodation, cosy restaurants, and mind-blowing views, it is the perfect spot for romantics and honeymooners. If you are traveling with your family, there is a heap of activities to do. Share a beach with the penguins, enjoy a thrilling cable car ride to the summit of Table Mountain or take a stroll through the Alfred and Victoria Waterfront. And the food? Just wow!! For all you gourmets out there, Cape Town is home to some of the finest food and wine experiences in South Africa. All served up at affordable prices. ( especially with the favourable exchange rate).
A multi-faceted travel destination
A Cape Town holiday is a destination that deserves to be explored. Having been rated one of the top tourist destinations sin the world, there are naturally dozens of scheduled tours on offer. Of course, we highly recommend making use of these services. You will learn a lot more about the history and culture of South Africa from the experienced home-grown guides. But Cape Town also offers a lot of activities to do in your ‘down time’ from tours. Browse through the African Markets, have a picnic in the old Company Gardens or take a stroll through the Cape Malay suburb known as Bo-Kaap. Maybe you just want to unwind and catch up on your tan? There are many beautiful beaches from Camps Bay to the Strand.
Accommodation in Cape Town
There is such a wide variety of accommodation in Cape Town to choose from. Whether you are looking for luxurious or a humble backpacker, you should be able to find what you are looking for. The only thing you should look for is the area. We suggest anything from Camps Bay, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, City Bowl, Simons Town, Hout Bay, Green Point, Heritage Square, Kirstenbosch and Sea Point.
Combining amazing destinations
Cape Town is such a great place to travel as it is so easy to combine with other amazing destinations in South Africa. It is easy to hire and car and drive up the Garden Route. Maybe spend some time with the whales in Hermanus on route. Or fly to Durban and join a guided hike in the Drakensberg Mountains. Another really popular option is flying to the Kruger Park for a multi-day safari. Simply chat to your well-travelled Africa safari expert: they’ve tried and tested all the options and will help you put together the perfect Cape Town holiday.
Cape Town is 400 square kilometres of sheer awesomeness. Most of this being made up of beaches, mountains, natural beauty, and culture.
Below is a list of our must-visit places of interest in Cape Town but spend any time in and around the city and you’re sure to find a few more favourites of your own.
Table Mountain: 7 Natures of Wonder
If you are on holiday in Cape Town, you are most likely going to find yourself gazing out at the city below from the summit of Table Mountain. In fact, we pretty much guarantee you will. You can’t travel all the way to the tip of Africa without not doing it. It would be sacrilege. This 1000m sentinel of the city is not just your average mountain. With its instantly recognisable flat top, Table Mountain stands proudly as one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature and dominates the city skyline. Take a look at photos from your friends who have been to Cape Town on holiday. We reckon most of them will be of this famous landmark. The best views are from the top. Take a short cable car up on a clear day to enjoy the 360-degree, Full HD, high pixel, panoramic views. If cable cars are not your thing then lace up them hiking boots and hike up. No matter how you do it, you need to make it up. The incredible views include the city, Lions Head, Robben Island, a massive chunk of the Atlantic seaboard and an occasional Chinese tourist.
Our favourite beaches
There are so many beaches to explore in Cape Town. You would need a month to get to sit on them all. So, we have channelled down a few of our favourites:
- the 4 Clifton beaches and nearby Camps Bay are everyone’s top city beaches, located literally a few minutes from the city centre on the Atlantic Seaboard. Camps bay is a really cool spot to watch the sun set with a glass of wine.
- About a 15-minute drive south lies the soft sandy cove of Llandudno, the place to go for a romantic sunset picnic.
- The Small beach at Hout Bay is quite popular. Set to the left of the old fishing harbour, the beach offers some exquisite views and good restaurants.
- And then there is our favourite beach where we spend many a sunny day. The beach is known as Sandy Bay. It is a nudist beach. Okay, we are just joking. We do not spend much time there- We ran out of places to hide with our binoculars.
Boulders Beach: home to thousands of African penguins
Boulders Beach has fast become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cape Town. The beach is sheltered in a bay making it a calm setting for the thousands of black and white African penguins that live there. It is one of the penguins most important breeding colonies. Visitors can get up close and personal with the penguins on the wooden walkways that have been strategically been set up-great for families and a good photo opportunity. If you are brave enough to endure the freezing water take a swim in the sea – you might even find yourself swimming alongside the penguins.
The dramatic scenery of the Cape Point Nature Reserve:
We love this spot. As you travel along the Cape Peninsula, you reach the Cape of Good Hope Nature. A wild and rugged area of sheet magnificence. Take a walk to the old lighthouse situated on the very tip of the Peninsula known as Cape Point. The views are certainly spectacular – a rocky finger of land juts into the deep-blue Atlantic Ocean and vertical cliffs plunge over 200m into a churning sea – but away from the crowds lie fynbos-lined trails across mountains and deserted sweeps of clean, white sand. Our advice? Spend a few hours exploring; it’s sure to be a holiday highlight.
Robben Island: historic prison that held Nelson Mandela
11km offshore from Cape Town lies the infamous Robben Island. This is where Nelson Mandela was held in prison for 18 years as a political prisoner. Access to the iland is via ferry from the V&A Waterfront harbour. Spend a morning or an afternoon on a Robben Island tour and be shown around the prison by an ex-political prisoner who will share his personal account of the harsh conditions of prison life during the Apartheid regime – it’s a powerful history lesson which provides real insight into the high price that many people paid for South Africa’s hard-won democracy.
Savour the world famous wines in the Cape Winelands:
There are basically 3 top wine areas in Cape Town. Situated less than an hours drive from the city lie the serene green valleys of the Cape Winelands and the cosy little towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Spend a day sampling the many varieties of wines from the many estates. Take a stroll through the world renowned cellars in search of your favourite wine. Finish off at Franschhoek-the gourmet capital of South Africa. The Cape Winelands is an easy day trip from Cape Town but if you’ve got the time, we highly recommend spending a night or two in these beautiful and romantic surroundings.
What is the best time of the year to visit Cape Town?
If it’s a beach holiday and warm weather, you are looking for then it is best to visit during peak summer from December to February. Late April to early June has crisp and clear days, perfect for a hiking trip. A food and wine holiday is best from late June to The best time for a whale watching holiday in Hermanus is from July to September when migratory whales arrive along the coastline.
When is high/peak season in Cape Town?
Temperatures peak between December and February, which is the most popular time to visit. These hot summer months also coincide with local school holidays, so book your accommodation early if you want to visit over Christmas or New Year.