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Cape Town epitomizes the metronatural city. It’s here where nature, history and modern European influence collide to form a haven for those in search of the quintessential South African Holiday. From it’s world-renowned golden beaches, to it’s verdant wine valleys that boast some of the best wines in the world, Cape Town has everything for the discerning traveller. A walk along some of the historic streets in the city centre will provide you with a glimpse into the city’s history on one side of the road while the other side will provide your taste buds with truly unique tastes. Cape Town cuisine is experimental and it’s superb shores play host to some of the best restaurants in the world, let alone South Africa.
Wine valleys are steeped in viticulture heritage that include names such as Simon Van Der Stel and Jan Van Riebeek. Inland you’ll find quaint farming villages where time moves a little slower and the only sound is that of the buzzing of bees in the orchards. Of course a city surrounded by sea has an abundance of seaside suburbs each with something different to offer. These are divided between quiet fishing villages up the West Coast to the more bespoke Atlantic seaboard which plays host to the rich and famous. A trip into False Bay will take you along the Atlantic Ocean on a journey to Cape Point – where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans collide. In a city that radiates warmth and culture it is at this point where you can feel the thunder and true power of this city.
After viewing Cape Town from atop the spectacular Table Mountain or taking in the last views of the orange hues that fill the sky at sunset with a cocktail, you can head back to one of Cape Towns many hotels which are considered some of the best accommodation in South Africa.
Affectionately referred to by locals as the Mother City – Cape Town really is the home of South Africa. Its history of discovery may have started in the 1600’s but lives on in every person who breathes its fresh ocean air.Cape Town is nestled at the tip of South Africa and shares borders with the Northern and Eastern Cape. The Indian and Atlantic Oceans flank it on either side and major national roads in Cape Town include the N1 and the N7.
Cape Town International Airport is the main airport in Cape Town which is a 15 minute drive from Cape Town city centre.
Best time to visit
Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, which means the heat is sweltering in the summer months of December to February and begins to cool down in the autumn months of March to April. Spring months begin quite cold but become very pleasant by October and November. Winter is very wet and the cold ocean air can create very chilly weather during the months of June, July and August.
The palm-tree-lined Camps Bay Promenade is brimming with bespoke restaurants, and superb bars and hotels that flurry out onto a street lined with Ferraris and Lamborghinis – no matter what kind of cuisine you’re after you’ll find it at one of these many eateries. Camps Bay is also home to some of the best accommodation in South Africa and once you witness the views from any point in Camps Bay you’ll understand why.
Scorched a reddish colour, the jagged Cederberg Mountains are just three hours’ drive north of Cape Town, yet seem whole worlds away. Together with the overall Cederberg Wilderness Area, they score highly for hiking and mountaineering, as well as offering ancient San and Khoi cave paintings and memorable rock shapes, carved out by the wind over centuries. But many come simply for the sense of escapism, for the ethereal feel, and for luxury refuges like Bushman’s Kloof.
Cape Town City Bowl is one of the top places to visit in South Africa. It is a kaleidoscope of colour, culture, food and drink. The only common thing that the diverse streets of this city share is the architecture which ranges from Dutch colonial to art deco. Another commonality is the shadow cast over the city by the towering Table Mountain - one of the new seven natural wonders of the world.
The Cape West Coast is truly a treasure trove of natural splendor, historical achievement and interesting cultures. The fishing villages scattered along this coast welcome visitors with fishing rods in one hand and generosity and adventure in the other. While the reserves offer those in search of wildlife, artifacts and flora and fauna with a feast for the eyes – especially during spring when the blooming flowers along roadsides and in reserves are reminiscent of a Monet painting.
The Best of South Africa Travel map displays the locations of the destinations and accommodation that we have selected and visited; for each item, hovering over or clicking the marker will display a short summary and photo of that place or hotel, and hotel pricing. Follow the links in the info box to the full page listing which has much more information.
Note that the online map offers both a satellite view (click satellite in the top right) and, for some locations, a street level view (Drag the person in the top left onto the map). These let you explore the country; and when you wish to explore in person, or if you have any questions about the places you see, give our staff a call, or request a quote. Our staff regularly visit the places and accommodation that we feature.
When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.
A wonderful 7 night break to South Africa
We have just come back from a wonderful 7 night break to South Africa. We were incredibly well looking after from the second we stepped off the plane, by a lovely representative of Best of South Africa Travel - who met us and escorted us through customs and immigration literally behind the pilots. It was very efficient, and we felt very ...