Cape Town – Best Tourist Destination

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Cape Town

The Best Tourist Destination in Africa

I have created a dedicated section about Cape Town after many of my international friends have asked what Cape Town has to offer as a holiday destination. I live in a small seaside resort called Hermanus which is a 2 hour drive from Cape Town so I have good first hand experience of Cape Town that I would love to share with all my Friends.

Cape Town has EVERYTHING you can think of to offer its visitors.

Cape Town has something to offer everyone with it's coming-together of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, there's nowhere quite like Cape Town, a singularly beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park.

Welcome To Cape Town

 Cape Town has something to offer everyone.

From it's world-class shopping malls and markets which sell top global brands and trendy fashions and local arts and crafts, to the most amazing beaches and the vibrant and bustling nightlife with many night clubs and live concerts as well as a diversity of restaurants, food spots, cafe's, coffee shops, bistro's and bars.  

Add to this the art galleries, theaters and museums, all nestled in the shadow of the most iconic mountain in the world that is home to a unique floral kingdom with over 9,000 fynbos species. It is recognized as one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cape Town also boasts 3 excellent wine routes including Constantia which is considered the birthplace of the wine-making tradition in South Africa 300 years ago and an interesting fact is that wines from the Cape Town region were enjoyed by many 18th Century royals including Napoleon Bonaparte.

Find out more about Cape Town

What Cape Town is Known For  

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  • Beaches
  • Viewpoints
  • Free Stuff
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Art Collections
  • Historical Insights
  • Hidden Gems
  • The Luxe Life
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Things to do in Cape Town

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Cape Town has a huge diversity of things to do which include the following:

  • Table Mountain aerial cable way
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Kirstenbosch  Botanical gardens 
  • Dolphin and Whale watching
  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
  • Golf
  • Night Life - Clubs and Bars and Shows
  • Wine Estate Tours and Wine Tasting
  • Day Trips
  • Robben Island
  • Water Sports
  • Historical and Heritage Tours
  • Food Tours

These are some of the more popular things to do but the travel guides  will provide many more gems for you to experience.

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The Best Hotels in Cape Town 

Cape Town boasts a whole range of hotels from 5 star to family owned boutique hotels and even backpacker accommodation. Something for all tastes and budgets.

Top Hotels in the City 

  • African Pride
  • Hilton Hotel
  • The Westin Cape Town
  • Pepperclub Hotel and Spa
  • Radisson Blu Hotel waterfront
  • Cape Royal Luxury Hotel
  • Belmond Mount Nelson

Budget Hotels 

  • Once in Cape Town
  • Vic Cape Lodge
  • Fritz Hotel
  • Happy Rhino Hotel

Cheap Hotels

  • Protea Hotel by Marriott
  • Best Western Cape Suites hotel 
  • Cape Town Hollow
  • de Waterkant Village

Back Packers

  • Cape Town Backpackers
  • Saltycrax Backpackers
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Best Places to Eat 

Cape Town is the Premier Food Destination in Africa.

Cape Town was recently named the best food city in the world by Conde Nast Traveler and for good reason. It is undoubtedly the gourmet capital of Africa.

You will find a wide range of choices from the top restaurants like The Test Kitchen which ranks in the top 50 restaurants in the world, to Jamie Olivers Italian restaurant, to Mzoli's in Gugulethu  and everything in between, catering for every taste, including Italian, Spanish Moroccan, African, French, Portuguese, English and Irish. There also many clubs, cafe's, bistro,s and bars that serve great food.

Check out a list here

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Top B&Bs

There are many really nice B&B's in Cape Town ranging from 5 star to family owned 2 star  establishments.

Here are some of the recommended ones.

  • Blaauwheim Guest House
  • Mariner Guest House
  • Boutique @ 10
  • Chocolate Box Guest House
  • Nine Flowers Guest House
  • Acorn House
  • Bay Flowers Guest House
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Flights

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Some flight stats for Cape Town Central 
  • Cape Town Central is 17 km from Cape Town Intl Airport (Cape Town Central, South Africa).
  • Cape Town Intl Airport (Cape Town Central, South Africa)
    • Right now, 45 airlines operate out of Cape Town Intl Airport.
    • Cape Town Intl Airport offers nonstop flights to 35 cities.
    • Every week, at least 1 207 domestic flights and 339 international flights depart from Cape Town Intl Airport.

Cheap flights 

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Cape Town Tourshere are some great tours I recommend.

You may think you’re a fear-defying thrill lover, but can you handle the ultimate heart-pounding experience? Find out in Cape Town by cage diving with great white sharks. This full-day shark-diving experience takes you out into the open ocean off the shore of Gansbaai and puts you within touching distance of one of the world’s most feared predators. Before jumping in, you'll learn about the sharks from the on-board marine biologist and expert guides. Breakfast, snacks and hotel-pick up and drop off are included.

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or a lover of natural beauty you'll be swept away on this wine tour to the famous Stellenbosch and Paarl Valley wineries. Combining historic villages, stunning scenery and fabulous wines, this day trip will have your senses working overtime!

Experience a thought-provoking guided tour of cape Town and Robben island, where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. 

Location and unique flora combine to make these 52,800-sq-km botanical gardens among the most beautiful in the world. The main entrance at the Newlands end of the gardens is where you’ll find the information centre, an excellent souvenir shop and the conservatory.

  • Cape Town - Cape flats and Northern Suburbs Tour  

    The largely black townships of Cape Flats may seem unlikely candidates as tourist destinations, but visiting might well be one of the most illuminating and life-affirming things you do while in Cape Town. North of the city centre are Milnerton, Table View and Bloubergstrand, all blessed with excellent beaches and spectacular views of Table Mountain.

    • get your fingers sticky eating delicious barbecued meats at Mzoli’s in Gugulethu or Nomzamo in Langa
    • maps
    • learn about the tragedies of South Africa’s past and its hopes for the future on a township tour, or stay at a township B&B
    • transport
    • sip your way around a dozen wineries on the Durbanville Wine Route
    • restaurants & bars

With this Cape Town Super Saver you'll get two best-selling tours at one discounted price. Combine Cape Point with a Stellenbosch wine tour. You'll experience the Cape's highlights in one day and mix relaxing sightseeing with a little wine tasting for the perfect day out.

This fantastic combination tour offers the highlights of Cape Point and the Cape Winelands.

Travel Guides here are a few Travel Guides that I recommend. 

Cape Town is a great place for families, since there are so many entertaining attractions to choose from here. Even better, these family-friendly sights will appeal as much to grown-ups as they do to kids.

I was with 2 friends to Cape Town to visit their most important sights in a few days. We stayed at Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Hotel, a very nice hotel at the Waterfront tourist area. At the Waterfront were plenty of restaurants with delicious food to reasonable prices. We liked Cap Town very much and the people were friendly. By Arborantics

 Cape Town is an amazing city and a tourism favourite obviously. I try as a resident here for over 12 years to help find some more out of the way spots, clubs and pubs that the average traveller may miss on the normal routes

  • Cape Town and Garden Route City Guide 

    Table Mountain is Cape Town’s star attraction, but South Africa’s brightest diamond of a city is also blessed with beautiful beaches, bountiful vineyards and a rainbow array of people, cultures and design.

    Lonely Planet will get you to the heart of Cape Town & the Garden Route, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice:

    • inspirational images, author recommendations, city walks and the best of local knowledge
    • planning features and top itineraries to help you plan the perfect trip
    • local secrets and hidden travel gems that will make your trip unique
    • plus a Table Mountain feature, wineries guide, Garden Route tour and arts & architecture

    Coverage includes: Planning chapters, City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant, East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory, Gardens & Surrounds, Green Point & Waterfront, Sea Point to Hout Bay, Southern Suburbs, Simons Town & Southern Peninsula, Cape Flats & Northern Suburbs, Day Trips & Wineries, the Garden Route, Sleeping, Understand and Survival guide chapters.

  • Understand Cape Town City Survival Guide 

    This chapter contains the Cape Town Today, History, People & Culture, Architecture, Arts, the Natural Environment, Wine, Directory A–Z, Transport, and Language chapters from Lonely Planet’s Cape Town & the Garden Route guidebook.

    All the info you need on everything from history, wine, culture and the arts to public transport, climate, money, the internet... you name it. Get tips for women travellers and travellers with disabilities, as well as a handy language guide and glossary.

    • a rundown on the areas wine industry
    • information on the natural environment of Cape Town
    • full coverage of architecture from Cape Dutch Colonial to township shanties
    • details on history, people and cultural events

    Coverage includes: Cape Town Today, History, People & Culture, Architecture, Arts, the Natural Environment, Wine, Directory A–Z, Transport, and Language.

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