Duration: 12 days
From: £ 4,234pp (excluding flights)
The different suburbs and areas in the City Bowl have each become synonymous with different cultures and ways of life. The Bo Kaap is an eclectic and colourful collection of picture postcard houses that line cobbled streets on the foot of Signal Hill.
Over the road from this rich family sector are Bree Street and Loop Street – long stretches of roads that extend from one side of the city to the other. While Long Street becomes a clubbing central at night, Bree Street is filled with artisan restaurants, cafes, micro-breweries and dive bars.
The City Bowl is also home to the South African Houses of Parliament which are flanked by the gorgeous Company Gardens – a park and heritage site. The garden was started by the Dutch East India Company in 1652 and possesses fantastic botanical sites such as a rose garden and the oldest Pear Tree in South Africa.
There are plenty of museums placed around the Gardens; at the top of the Gardens sits the National Art Gallery with both local and international notable art as well as the South African National Museum and Planetarium. To the side of the Garden sits the National Library as well as the Slave Museum and National Jewish Museum.
If shopping is more your speed then head to the V and A Waterfont. Here you’ll find all your shopping needs met with international brands such as Louie Vuitton and Versace lining the corridors. Waterfront is also the site of the Cape Town International Harbour which offers many boat trips to Seal Island in Hout Bay or to the infamous Robben Island where you can see Mandela’s jail cell – a highlight of many South African holidays.
Of course, no visit to Cape Town would be complete without a visit to one of the three main mountain ranges – Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill. Each offers a different view of the city and surrounds that is unparalleled anywhere else in Cape Town.
Hike up Lion’s Head, catch the cable car up Table Mountain or simply enjoy a picnic perched on Signal Hill at Sunset. Whether its taking in the views or visiting the City Hall where Mandela gave his first speech after he was released from jail you will feel a real South African spirit in the City Bowl – a truly proudly South African city.
The City Bowl is found in the North of Cape Town and is accessible via the M3 from the Southern Suburbs, the N1 from the Northern suburbs, the N2 from the airport and the M6 along the Atlantic Seaboard.
Best time to visit
With so many options for walking tours, bicycle tours, hikes and trips up the cable way, its best to visit the City Bowl in the spring and summer months (September to February).
A gloriously iconic hotel in the heart of Cape Town, with two superb restaurants, lush gardens, spa and exceptional afternoon tea.
19th century charm meets sophisticated and contemporary décor in the heart of Cape Town.
An intimate 8 roomed boutique hotel with exceptional views over Table Mountain, Lions Head and Signal Hill.
The original stylish boutique hotel with 8 individually designed suites, private terraces, a restaurant and views to inspire and remember.
Private apartments with the attention of a hotel and all the luxurious touches to match.
A private home with a boutique hotel feel and nooks to discover yourself in. A Holiday entertainers dream.
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