The Cape Town metropolitan area offers the visitor everything that he or she could possibly desire. There is everything here, from mountains to beaches, giant sand dunes, vineyards which offer some of the finest vintages on Earth, a complete cross section of life and far too much to list in just a few words.
The Cape Towns City Bowl is full of things to see and do - all within easy walking distance. The Castle of Good Hope, one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town, is situated just above the railway station.
At the southern tip of the Cape peninsula is the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve which stretches from Schuster's Bay in the West around forty kilometres of coastline to Smitswinkel Bay in the East. This 7750 hectare fynbos reserve has more species than the whole of the United Kingdom and these are chiefly heathers and proteas. Several species of buck are to be found here as well as baboons and zebra.
Few of the world's coastal cities have as famous a backdrop as Cape Town. Table Mountain looms over the city, its face changing hour by hour as the sun moves through the heavens shifting the shadows on the giant mountain. The mountain is situated in the Table Mountain National Park and this covers an area exceeding 2700 hectares, encompassing Signal Hill and Lion's Head. There are more than 500 ways of climbing to the summit of Table Mountain, but the easiest is by cable car, the lower station being situated on Tafelberg Road.
Some of the best scenery and flora can be found in Cape Town's Silvermine Nature Reserve which extends from the Muizenberg area to Noordhoek Peak in the East. There are several designated walks in the reserve and they offer some breathtaking views of False Bay. In the centre of False Bay is Seal Island, home to some 50000 seals, which are best seen during the summer months of the mating season. Simonstown on the west side of False Bay houses South Africa's main naval base.
The port of Cape Town is arguably the most famous of all African ports and is equipped for most ships. There is a large container port and two dry docks, the larger of which is more than 350 metres in length. Part of the old port has been renovated and turned into the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a mixture of restaurants, pubs, up-market shops and even a craft market. The Two Oceans Aquarium has wonderful displays of sharks, penguins, and many more creatures found in the nearby waters, including a kelp forest. The Waterfront is a must for any visitor to Cape Town, and boat trips to Robben Island start from here. The city of Cape Town is served by a major International Airport, which is situated in the city's eastern suburbs.
If you're visiting Cape Town in summer, be sure to see the colourful faces of the Minstrel Carnival that takes place every January through the downtown streets.
There's also lots to see and do outside the City Bowl. Just around the corner towards the Southern Suburbs you'll find the spot which previously hosted the Rhodes Memorial, just above the University of Cape Town, which affords a magnificent view across most of Cape Town Metropole. A little further down the M3 road is the world class Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Newlands, which was once part of the Cecil Rhodes estate. Every Sunday throughout the summer the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts take place here in the main garden.
The Atlantic Coast offers a multitude of holiday resorts and beaches. Far to the North of the main city is Bloubergstrand, and from here you will enjoy the finest views of the city with Table Mountain as the backdrop and Robben Island in the foreground. Here you can watch dolphins playing the whole year round. On the peninsula to the south of the port are the suburbs of Granger Bay, Three Anchor Bay, Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton Beach, Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay. Drive further south past Chapman's Peak to Kommetjie, a rustic village famous for its crayfish, and Scarborough, a village well-known for its indigenous gardens.
Cape Town is a large and cosmopolitan city with the world to offer to the visitor. The city is just the setting off point for the rest of the Fairest Cape From here the visitor can explore the Winelands and experience some of the finest wines in the world. Along the coast the N2 leads to the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo, and the N1 takes you through the vast open plains of the Great Karoo, a semi arid desert that was once covered with salt marshes.
Dunvegan Lodge offers luxury self-catering or bed and breakfast accommodation in spacious sunny rooms, each with modern en-suite bathrooms, TV with satellite, telephone, hairdryer, safe and, for those chilly evenings, underfloor heating and electric
Barry Hall is located in the leafy suburb of Fresnaye on the Atlantic Seaboard. The 4 large apartments and garden cottage are offer free Wi-Fi as well as friendly daily service, weekdays leaves you free to enjoy Cape Town and all its beauty.
Silver Lattice is a true 'home from home' with charming self catering apartments, centrally situated in the historical heart of Cape Town, close to the famous "Company Gardens".
A front facing sea view beach front apartment overlooking the salt water swimming pools, beach and promenade. The apartment sleeps 1 to 4 guests and consists of a large sea view lounge dining room leading out onto an open balcony.
African Dawn offers visitors to the Mother City two modern self catering cottages, the Dolphin Cottage and the Whale Cottage from which to base themselves whilst in Cape Town. The two self catering cottages are fully equipped and can accommodate ...
Surround yourself with the beauty of Table Mountain and Lion's Head, and put yourself in the perfect position to get to see everything that the Mother City has to offer, when you book a room at Hastings Hall.
Situated in Bloubergstrand village, in Cape Town, a stone's throw away from one of the most beautiful beaches on the South African coast line, you will find this holiday retreat. Ideal for the discerning traveler, Nick's Seaside Rest....
The stunning garden apartment has sea views and a large terrace with barbeque facilities and outdoor seating. FREE wifi is available.
Gone to the Beach is a luxury villa sleeping nine guests in 3 bedrooms. Watch the waves from the verandah or stroll 50 metres down to the main beach in Scarborough, a premiere Atlantic Seaboard suburb of Cape Town.
Nestled between the magnificent 12 Apostle Mountain Range and breath taking Atlantic Ocean lies our African Contemporary Villa. 6 tranquil suites all offer uniquely designed en suite bathrooms with showers and are each equipped with a large fridge...
Situated in the heart of rural Constantia are these 2 spectacular 1st floor apartments. There is a large balcony looking out over the expansive garden with spectacular mountain views.
Cape Penguin Cottage is situated in Simon's Town, close to three beaches with safe swimming, smallish waves and no backwash or rip currents. Sleeps 5 adults in 3 bedrooms and a mattress can be put out for an additional child.
Howard's End Manor has six double bedrooms, all en-suite. Two are upstairs & four are in the garden with their own entrance & access to a sparkling, salt water pool. The manor is a beautiful old Cape Dutch style Guest House with a thatched roof, ...
This up-market holiday apartment is situated directly opposite Robben Island in Bloubergstrand and offers 2 bedrooms (1 double bed and 2 single beds), full bathroom (shower, bath, toilet and basin), fully equipped open plan kitchen/lounge.
Over the years, this classic establishment has earned an enviable reputation for relaxed and genuine hospitality. The skillful mix of Victorian, Art Deco and contemporary styles creates stylish yet homely accommodation.
Keret Accommodation offers two luxury superior self-catering apartments. The apartments are luxuriously furnished, air-conditioned and fully equipped to accommodate up to 6 guests per unit. Keret specialises in leisure, corporate relocations and ...
With a pristine beach and breaking waves 7m from the 50m2 apartment welcome to Villa Sunset Beach self catering simplex and duplex which sleep 2 guests each.
40 Winks, four star graded guesthouse built on old-fashioned ideals, modern age comforts where we believe in quality service, affordable luxury accommodation and delicious breakfast buffet.
The magnificent 490m2 villa is situated 7 meters from a pristine white beach where conditions for swimming and sunbathing are perfect. A walking trail under a canopy of Milkwood trees, (unique to this part of the Western Cape) leads to a variety...
Modern self-catering family holiday house, centrally located in a quiet street 100 meters from Hout Bay beach in Cape Town. Perfect location; walk to the beach, shops, restaurants, supermarket and Hout Bay Harbour. Close to Cape Town City Centre...