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Wherever you are in Cape Town the majestic, iconic shape of Table Mountain adds one of the world’s most impressive backdrops to your view. No trip to this South African city is complete without a hike, or a more leisurely cable car ride, to the top, where the breathtaking vistas are known as some of the best in Africa.
The story of Cape Town’s past is written in its architecture. The colonizing Dutch left their mark with their unique “Cape Dutch” style. You’ll recognize this style in those houses with decorative front gables. Subsequent English and Muslim inhabitants made significant contributions too. See their architectural styles as you wander around the colorful houses and periodic minarets of the Bo-Kaap district.
Such a mix of nationalities makes for a rich cultural scene. Food is superb, whether you’re eating from one of the street carts in the Bo-Kaap district or enjoying freshly caught seafood in a fine-dining restaurant on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
Learn about the city’s history at the Jewish Museum, Slave Lodge and the South Africa Maritime Museum. Perhaps the most poignant story is to be found on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held before the abolishment of apartheid.
More than anything though, Cape Town is destination for those who love the outdoors. A wild coastline surrounds the city. The expansive Table Mountain National Park covers 75 percent of the peninsula, meaning that encounters with wildlife are common. Get face-to-face with African penguins at Boulders Beach, or keep an eye out for baboons, antelopes or whales as you hike one of the trails on the Cape of Good Hope. You can also see more cultivated natural beauty at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
Though fairly small, Cape Town does not lend itself to exploring on foot. It’s better to rent a car; the roads are generally easy to navigate and free flowing. Public buses run some of the major tourist routes as well.
Cape Town’s climate is generally good, with the low humidity making the summer heat bearable. Winters can be quite wet.
Accommodation in Cape Town
Cape Town offers a nice range of places to rest your head. The hotels in Cape Town page has all the details.
If you and your travel companions are searching for a bed in the higher end of the spectrum, check out the rates and amenities at the One&Only Cape Town, at Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, or the Twelve Apostles Hotel, at Victoria Road Camps Bay. Other hotels worth looking at are the Bay Hotel and the Cape Grace Hotel.
Alternatively, stay near Victoria and Alfred Waterfront by booking in at the One&Only Cape Town, which is just 0.5 kilometres (0.3 miles) away. Also popular is the Cape Grace Hotel, 0.5 kilometres (0.3 miles) from Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
Located in Matroosfontein, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of University of the Western Cape, Tygerberg Hospital, and Louis Leipoldt Medi-Clinic. Mowbray Golf Club and Karl Bremer Hospital are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in City Bowl, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Africa Centre, Cape Town International Convention Centre, and Greenmarket Square. Castle of Good Hope and Two Oceans Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Bantry Bay, this luxury guesthouse is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Queens Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Cape Town Stadium. Sea Point Swimming Pool and Green Point Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
The landmark Ritz is located just off Sea Point's vibrant promenade and is a short distance from the beach and the V&A Waterfront.
Located in City Bowl, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cape Town International Convention Centre and Greenmarket Square. Castle of Good Hope and Two Oceans Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Camps Bay, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Theatre on the Bay, Camps Bay Beach, and Waterworks Museum. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.
Located in Matroosfontein, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of the Western Cape, Tygerberg Hospital, and GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Stellenbosch University are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Located in Cape Winelands, this country house is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vredenheim Estate and Van Ryn Brandy Cellar. Eagle Encounters South Africa and Skilpadvlei Winery are also within 3 mi (5 km).