Where to stay & things to do in
Cape Town South Africa Holidays 2023 & 2024
One of South Africa‘s most beautiful and famous capitals is Cape Town. Southeast of Johannesburg and once home to the inspirational South African President Nelson Mandela, this city, with its stunning beaches, cascading mountains, spectacular food and friendly and diverse locals, has become a much-loved destination for people from all over the world to visit.
Table Mountain is one of the most popular and well-known attractions in Cape Town. There are many glorious hikes to try if you want to dust off your hiking boots or if you fancy a relaxing ascent, hop on board the Aerial Cableway, with departures every 10 to 15 minutes. Just a five-minute journey, the cars rotate throughout the trip, so you get a full 360-degree view of the incredible mountains below. Why not make a day of it and visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on the slopes of Table Mountain? One of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world, you'll see over 7,000 species of plants and flowers. Enjoy a bite to eat on the immaculate lawns and send your senses on a trip of their own with the incredible colours, fragrant smells and relaxing sounds within the 1,300-acre estate.
Catch a glimpse of some of the famous upside-down trees in Limpopo. The Baobab trees absorb water in their vast trunks during the rainy season, helping them to produce fruit in the dry season.
Head to the V&A Waterfront for a day out that will keep all of the family happy. With five shopping districts, coffee shops, restaurants and bars, not to mention the spectacular harbour views, there's plenty to see and do at V&A. The little ones will love the Two Oceans Aquarium, Scratch Park and the Cape Wheel, and with so many events taking place every week, there's something to keep everyone busy.
Whether it's your first time in Cape Town or your tenth, do not leave without sampling the famous bobotie. A South African curried minced meat dish finished with a creamy egg mixture, it has quickly become one of Cape Town's most popular dishes. How about an authentic African braai? Essentially a traditional barbecue where you'll get a taste of the local spiced sausage, steak and chops. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the classic milk tart, malva pudding or deep-fried koeksisters. All washed down with a glass of natural wine, the famous Castle Larger or a selection of teas and freshly brewed coffee. If you’re in the mood for fancy food, head to one of the many high-end restaurants where you'll find a vast selection of sushi, Southeast Asian tapas, and plenty of meat and vegetarian options.
Cape Towns' peak summer season starts in December and ends around February. Between these months, temperatures can rise into the mid-’30s with warm nights and very little rainfall. June is when winter begins to set in and lasts until late August. Temperatures can drop to around 12 degrees during winter, with July being the coldest month. If you plan a hiking holiday, late April to early June is Cape Towns Autumn. Days are clear and fresh perfect for ambitious hikers seeking spectacular views.
Some quick facts
- Time Difference
English, Afrikaans and Xhosa
South African Rand (ZAR)
- Flight Info
12.5h flight time from UKCape town international (CPT)Direct flights from the UK with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic