Whether you're attracted to Cape Town by the rich history and culture or the breath-taking natural beauty, the adventure that awaits you will be unforgettable. The moderate climate lures sun worshipers and water sport enthusiasts to the beach, while adrenalin junkies get their fix abseiling down the mountain or swimming with sharks. If it's history you're after you won't just find it in the city's alluring architecture or museums. Food in the Mother City shares secrets of French, Malay and African influences guaranteed to tempt your taste buds. Take your time and explore this incredible destination. We guarantee that you'll be back for more!
When to Go and Weather: Summer stretches from late October to late April and temperatures peak between December and February bringing crowds of tourists and holiday makers to the coast. Spend your days on the beach mingling with locals and your evenings at a beach bar or terrace restaurant. Cape Town is at her most beautiful in April and May when the summer wind has lost its enthusiasm and the holiday crowds have all gone home. The days are warm and sunny – perfect for outdoor expeditions. The vineyards of the Winelands and Constantia turn into a spectacle of bronze and red, and Table Mountain throws off her 'table cloth' for those coveted photo opportunities and incredible views from the top. The evenings are cooler and you may even get caught in the rain, so remember to take an umbrella.
Transport: The best way to cruise around Cape Town is to take City Sightseeing bus that allows you to hop on and hop off at all the iconic attractions and explore at your own pace. The MyCiti Bus is another convenient way to explore the city and the Foreshore, and metered taxis are just a phone call away. The beauty of this city is that many of the attractions are located close together, so it's easy to explore on foot. The Southern Line Rail Route runs from Cape Town along the coast through beautiful villages and suburbs to Simon's Town. Remember to apply the same sensibility you would at home to avoid pick-pockets, and allow some time in your schedule for trains that may run late.
Food: From renowned restaurants and trendy cafés, to the fast growing market culture, Cape Town is any foodie's dream. Locals don't just enjoy eating; they like to turn food into a festival. The Good Food and Wine Show, and the Taste of Cape Town serve up mouth-watering treats in April and May, while the weekend markets bring together the best in local flavour with artisanal bread and cheese, craft beer and award winning local wines. Follow your nose to the aromatic Malay dishes served in the Bo Kaap, or feast on the freshest seafood at the legendary Brass Bell in Kalk Bay. 95 Keerom dishes up incredible Italian food and Redemption at the Old Biscuit Mill serves arguably the best burgers in town. The City has a vibrant coffee culture, so if you love the good stuff, head to steam-punk style Truth Coffee Shop, or Origin on Hudsons Street. Prefer something a little cooler? The Beerhouse in Long Street serves 99 craft and imported beers – enough to quench any thirst!
Fun Facts about Cape Town South Africa has the longest wine route in the world, Route 62, and it starts in Cape Town. The average age of Capetonians is 26, with almost half the population under 24, and the City is home to the largest individually timed cycle race in the world, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour. British newspaper The Guardian and the US’s The New York Times voted Cape Town the best travel destination for 2014.
Highlights: In the Mother City, Table Mountain takes centre stage. Plan an early morning hike to the top for an unforgettable view and take the Cable Car down to preserve some energy for the day’s adventures. For a unique history lesson, take a boat from the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. Back in the city, the District Six museum tells the tale of forced removals, marginalisation and a people crushed but not defeated. There’s always something happening at The Old Biscuit Mill. Check out the day or night market, browse the stalls and feast on delectable treats. For unlimited fun in the sun, head down to the beach where the toned and tanned go to see and be seen. Water sports are very popular along Cape Town’s shore and there are always plenty of surfers or kite-boarders in the water. When the sun sets, Camps Bay is the place to be. The street is lined with trendy bars and cafés where you can enjoy a cool cocktail before you head back into the City to party with the locals in Long Street. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden brings together the best local and international talent for their Sunday Summer Concerts. Pack a picnic and join the fans in the most spectacular natural setting under the stars. Visit the waddling inhabitants of Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town. The beach is home to about a thousand African penguins that almost seem to enjoy posing for pictures. Cute as they are though, the can be a little grumpy. We recommend staying clear of those beaks. Speaking of snappy sea creatures, there are about forty shark species lurking in the Cape’s waters. Take a day-trip to Gansbaai – home to the densest population of Great White sharks on the planet – and take the plunge! From the safety of the cage you’ll come face to face with the undisputed lord of the deep. Bucket list – tick. South Africa produces some of the best wine in the world and no trip would be complete without a cellar tour and wine tasting at Constantia or in the Winelands.