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Cape Town

Cape Town is a colourful and vibrant city surrounded by dramatic mountains and sandy beaches. It is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world – presided over by one of the 7 Natural Wonders of The World – Table Mountain. The magic of Cape Town lies in the collision of natural wonder, diverse cultures, art, design and a thriving food and wine scene.

Cape Malay, Dutch and British architecture sit side by side with cutting edge 21st century loft apartments and slick skyscrapers. Sit a while in Cape Town and take in the buzz and bustle of flower sellers, buskers, food markets and Capetonians going about their daily lives.

The Houses of Parliament stand proudly in the Company Gardens, while the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is the most happening part of the city, with boutique shops, the Two Oceans Aquarium and innumerable restaurants from which to watch the comings and goings of the world’s ships, cruise liners and luxury yachts. A short ride away is the infamous Robben Island where you’ll find the erstwhile prison cell of the late Father of the Nation, Nelson Mandela.

Part of the beauty of Cape Town as a holiday destination is the close proximity to a variety of a destinations like the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route. Combine your time relaxing on a beach in Cape Town with whale watching in Hermanus, or cage dive with great white sharks off Gansbaai. From ambling through the botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch, to wine tasting at any of our legendary wine estates, Cape Town makes for a perfect holiday and travel experience.

The Best Things To Do in Cape Town

Table Mountain – take the Cable Car to the top and savour the dramatic views or, for the more energetic, hike up Table Mountain on one of the many designated routes.

Lion’s Head – a wonderful way to orientate yourself in the city is to hike to the top of Lion’s Head – it’s a moderate to strenuous 45 minute hike to the top and the views are certainly worth the effort.

Robben Island – visit the cell where Noble Prize Winner, Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison gaining a remarkable insight into South Africa’s troubled past.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – Kirstenbosch displays a wide variety of the unique plant life of the Cape known as fynbos. There are over 7,000 species in cultivation at Kirstenbosch, including many rare and threatened species. Kirstenbosch borders the Table Mountain National Park and merges seamlessly with the natural fynbos and forest of the mountain. Kirstenbosch lies in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. In 2004 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Clifton Beaches – there are four Clifton beaches, each as beautiful as the others – pack your sun screen, a cap, some water and your Frisbee.
  • Camps Bay – the palm fronds of Camps Bay make for the most dramatic sunset pictures – a great spot for cocktails or a bite to eat.
  • Surfing – head down to the Sunrise Beach in Muizenberg and take a surfing lesson with the local experts.
  • Explore Bree Street – “The place to Bree” – Bree Street is the most happening street in Cape Town, barely a day goes by without a trendy new bar or restaurant opening up. Some of our favourite spots include Jason’s Bakery, Chef’s Warehouse, Publik Wine Bar, Clarke’s Burger Bar, Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar, Charango and Arcade.
  • Explore Kloof Street – another wonderful neighbourhood destination with bars and cafés in abundance. Our picks of the bunch are Black Sheep, Kloof Street House, Power&Glory, Yours Truly, Café Paradiso and Carne.
  • Cape Point & Boulders Beach – Explore the Cape Peninsula and see the fascinating penguins of Boulder’s Beach on a wonderful day trip from Cape Town.
  • Chapman’s Peak Drive – hire a vintage car and meander along one of the most beautiful roads in the world.
  • Visit the V&A Waterfront – Africa’s premier shopping and entertainment destination engulfed by the natural beauty of Cape Town.
  • Explore the Cape Winelands – spend a day in Constantia, Franschhoek or Stellenbosch and sample some of the country’s finest wines in breath taking surroundings.
  • Sporting Events – South Africa is a sports mad nation. See what’s on during your visit, but an excursion to the Cape Town stadium, Newlands Rugby Ground or Newlands Cricket Ground makes for a great day out with the locals.
  • Art & Culture – Cape Town is dotted with private art galleries, niche museums and intimate theatres. Some of our recommendations include the Fugard Theatre, National Gallery in the Company Gardens, Theatre on the Bay, the Jewish Museum, District 6 Museum, Artscape Theatre and the Baxter Theatre.
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Eating and Drinking in Cape Town

The Cape Town epicurean scene has been going from strength to strength over the last few years. Food markets, fine dining restaurants, cafes, bistros, pubs, bars and casual eateries abound in the Mother City. The Test Kitchen at the Old Biscuit Mill is the realm of chef Luke Dale-Roberts and is rated among the Top 50 restaurants in the world.

We’ve compiled a list of recommended bars and restaurants in Cape Town that you can download below. Take a look at our list of the Top 20 Restaurants in Cape Town as well as our list of the Top 10 Restaurants in the Cape Winelands.

TRP Bar & Restaurant Recommendations (372.51 KB)

When to Visit Cape Town

Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean type climate. Summer runs from October until April when daytime temperatures are usually over 22 degrees Celsius. The hottest months are December, January and February when temperatures soar into the 30s.

June, July and August are the winter months which bring much milder temperatures and winter rainfall.

Cape Town is fast becoming a year round destination with many reasons to visit throughout the year including major sporting events, festivals, international conferences and conventions and, of course, the perennial geographic beauty of Table Mountain and the Cape Winelands.

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The Silo

The Silo Hotel sets a new standard for luxury Cape Town hotel accommodation. A magical hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.

The Silo has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa). Zeitz MOCAA houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art.

The exterior of the building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Principal of the London-based Heatherwick Studio. From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of the ingenious glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors. These multi-faceted windows bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this transforms the building into a glowing beacon in the Table Bay harbour.

The Silo Hotel is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury. Watch our video about the development of The Silo Hotel here.

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The One Above

This luxury Cape Town villa boasts 360° vistas over the iconic city, including views of two World Heritage sites: Table Mountain, and Robben Island. Open decks and intimate balconies offer unparalleled views of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. An opulent double storey, 15,000 ft² (1,400m²) property with wrap-around terraces, “The One Above” boasts lavish facilities such as a fully-equipped fitness centre, sauna, two crystal-clear swimming pools and a serene library. A private lift ascends six floors to reach the luxury penthouse Cape Town, opening onto an elegant entrance hallway, the walls of which are dotted with a stunning collection of local artwork.

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