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Why Visit Cape Town?

Not only is Cape Town the gateway to the South African Cape Winelands, this amazing city is also a fantastic destination in its own right. This bustling port town sits prettily in the shadow of world-famous Table Mountain, and amazing cosmopolitan experiences against the backdrop of this incredible scenery is the order of the day here. Dutch and French immigrants build the foundations of the city as we know it today, and in modern times Cape Town has provided the backdrop for some of the most important developments in contemporary South African history as one of the most important settings for the anti-apartheid movement. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned at Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town  - a visit to this now-disused prison facility is an absolute must do for all visitors to the city.

Whether you're seeking a trendy urban retreat or an exciting outdoors adventure, Cape Town really does have something for everyone. The gastronomic scene here is world-famous - the city benefits from its prime position next door to some of South Africa's best winelands, and the wine lists are some of the best and most reasonably priced anywhere. Like the rest of the region, the city places huge focus on fresh local produce, and amazing dishes are to be found at every turn to suit all budgets and tastes. Trendy cocktail bars sit alongside world-class eateries, and any visitor in search of a good meal and a good time is bound to be left hungry for more! If you're looking to seriously splash out, head to the legendary Test Kitchen, the famously innovative foodie Mecca that regularly ranks amongst the very best restaurants in the world. Lovers of the arts will also delight in a visit to MOCAA, an amazing collection of contemporary African art housed in a repurposed 1930s grain silo.

However, if you're feeling in search of fresh air then there are plenty of options for those feeling slightly more adventurous. Don't miss the opportunity to take a trek up Table Mountain and survey Cape Town in all its glory from the best vantage point in the country. It's a relatively easy walk of 2-3 hours, but there is also a cable car service which runs from 8:00am. Head out to the coast to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches - the Boulder Penguin Colony is a particularly fun way to visit the coast, with 3000 characterful African penguins making this boulder-strewn beach their home.

Many visitors to this part of South Africa touch down in Cape Town and head straight out to the surrounding wine country, but this is a huge mistake! This bold and beautiful city has just as much to offer as any of its neighbours and you simply must make it a part of your South African experience!

Plan Your Visit

Best Known Grapes

Cape Town is surrounded by the network of amazing wine regions which make up the Cape Winelands - visit our guides to Stellenbosch, the Franschhoek Valley and Paarl to find out more about the great grapes and wonderful wines of the area.
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Best time to visit

For sun soaked beach holidays, Cape Town is at its best during the summer months between December and February, when the skies are blue and temperatures regularly exceed 30°C. However, the cooler months from April to September and October are better for hiking, whale watching and trips out to the winelands - the weather is still very pleasant but you will escape the hordes of summer tourists and prices are often much more reasonable out of season. 
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How long to stay

An overnight stay will give you a flavour of this wonderful city, but to experience all that Cape Town has to offer we recommend scheduling at least 3 days .

How to get there

Cape Town International Airport is one of the best-connected airports in South Africa, with daily links to domestic and international destinations. A direct flight from London to Cape Town will take around 12 hours, whilst visitors from the US will need to route through Johannesburg with an average transit time of arounf 18 hours.
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