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Where to go

The main city is nestled between Table Mountain and Table Bay and within this you’ll find the City Bowl, a natural amphitheatre-shaped area. Here you’ll find the central business district as well as some residential suburbs including Bo-Kaap, famed for its colourful houses. Over by the historic harbour you’ll find the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex.

The Atlantic Seaboard lies west of the main city centre and Table Mountain and is better known as the beach area of the Cape. Here you’ll find Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Hout Bay and more. There is also the west coast which is home to West Beach, Tableview, Big Bay and Sunset Beach.

The Southern Suburbs are Cape Town’s wine-growing region and run along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Here you can visit the estates of Groot Constantia, Steenberg and Buitenverwachting. Further south the South Peninsula area is a collection of bays, rural villages and larger coastal settlements.


A trendy suburb of Cape Town, Camps Bay is a hip, happening beach area just seven minutes from the centre of town. Here you'll find a selection of boutique and chic beach hotels as well as plenty of bars and restaurants alongside a stretch of beautiful beach. Behind the beachfront promenade you'll find a town made up of luxurious houses, boutiques and chic cafes.

What to do

You can’t go to Cape Town and not visit the iconic Table Mountain. There are two ways to conquer it, you can either enjoy a picturesque hike which takes a few hours, or you can take the revolving cable car. At the peak there are various view points, paths and flora and fauna as well as a small gift shop and restaurant.

Another must is a visit to the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town’s harbour. One of the city’s most visited attractions it offers a plethora of shops selling local arts and crafts as well as high-end shop and eateries. It is also where you can take a tour of the harbour, take a boat out to Robben Island and visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. At the aquarium you can see everything from Knysna seahorses to great sharks and giant crabs to penguins.

Most people will want to visit Robben Island, the part it played in the history of South Africa is too important to ignore. On a tour of the island you will get to visit the cell Nelson Mandela was incarcerated in as well as meet an ex-political prisoner and take a bus tour of the island.

The beaches of Cape Town are beautiful and you’ll be spoilt for choice, especially around the Atlantic Seaboard area. However, the most popular beach is one you can’t sunbathe on, swim off or even walk on. Boulders Beach is located in Simon’s Town and offers visitors the chance to see penguins in their natural habitat. Raised walkways allow you to get close, without disturbing them.

For more of nature at its finest, a wander through the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden will open your eyes to some of the beautiful indigenous fauna of the Cape through immaculate gardens and a wonderful visitor centre. Or drive through the Cape Point Nature Reserve, enjoy a hike or take a ride on the funicular.

Eating out

Food is in abundance in Cape Town and the cuisine on offer is as diverse as the people who make up this great city. The hub of the city’s eateries can be found in the V&A Waterfront, Heritage Square, Greenmarket Square and St Georges Mall. There are a plethora of traditional African restaurants, one of the most famous being the one beneath the Gold Museum which includes a tasting menu and theatrical song and dance. For an afternoon tea to write home about, the Mount Nelson has been the most popular choice in Cape Town for years, and after experiencing it, you’ll understand why.

Camps Bay
A trendy suburb of Cape Town, Camps Bay is a hip, happening beach area just seven minutes from the centre of town. Here you'll find a selection of boutique and chic beach hotels as well as plenty of bars and restaurants alongside a stretch of beautiful beach. Behind the beachfront promenade you'll find a town made up of luxurious houses, boutiques and chic cafes.