Cape Town Vacations

Hike or take the cableway to the top of Table Mountain on one of Cape Town’s perfect-weather days, look out over the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the very southern tip of the African continent, and you’ll see why Cape Town and the surrounding area is South Africa’s most popular destination. Take your pick of beach activities, ... Read more
from lounging on the languid Camps Bay to penguin-spotting on Boulders Beach in Simon's Town. Dating back to 1666, the Castle of Good Hope is South Africa's oldest building, covering the nation's Dutch history. Robben Island held political prisoners starting in the 17th century, but most visitors know it as Nelson Mandela's home for 18 years. (Ex-prisoners often give the tours, answering questions about life on the island.) Over the past decade, wine-tasting in the romantic Cape Winelands has become a popular day trip for adults, while kids enjoy the brightly painted Bo-Kaap Muslim quarter or the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Every possible budget is catered to in Cape Town, from central boutique hostels to luxurious ocean view hotels.

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  • Table Mountain
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  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
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  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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  • Boulders Beach
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There are lots of good times to visit Cape Town, with a few small caveats. Summers (December - February) mean great beach weather, but many South Africans take their vacations from December through January, so ... Read more
it can be crowded on the sand. There is also a strong wind that blows through the city around this time, so don’t spend too much effort on your hair. The winter, with mild temperatures in the 60s (16-19C), is pretty empty and there are lots of good deals to be had, but it does rain often, so bring an umbrella. Spring and fall are good times to catch great deals, especially if you book a few months in advance.

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Bangkok, Thailand

Visited on the return leg from Europe, stayed a week in a friend home and meet lots of locals. It was a confusing experience on a grass roots level with locals venting their local domestic issues... on the tourism aspect ..scooted around to 10 places in the main city area ... and will post them soon

Port Elizabeth

Ah Cape Town. It's kind of the gem of South Africa, isn't it? Anyone who knows me knows that, unlike the majority of Port Elizabethans, I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to move to Cape Town, but it is definitely one of my favourite places in South Africa to visit. Cape Town is beautiful, vibrant, multicultural, and there is way more wine than any wine lover could ever cope with. And of course there is a ton to do. You don't even have to look for something to do. You'll find it without trying.

San Francisco, California, USA

Cape Town is breathtakingly beautiful. It's one of those cities you need to spend more than a day in. Hike around Table Mountain and hang out on Long Street to check out Cape Town's shops.

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Best Brewery at South Africa
You can mix Beers and Wine with just few steps
Cheers !!!

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London, UK

Cape Town is my home town. It's also South Africa’s oldest city and arguably its most popular international tourist destination. Cape Town continues to be one of the big travel success stories of the past twenty years. Popular with all demographics, from families to fine diners, and backpackers to honeymooners, it seems there is no one this cosmopolitan city can’t charm. “Welcome to Cape Town. There’s always something on!” boasts the tourist website.

And last year Cape Town’s rejuvenated tourism industry was rewarded when it swept up awards at the 2014 World Travel Awards, crowned Africa’s Leading Destination and Africa’s Leading Cruise Port.

From being a place that only woke up for a few weeks of the year, Cape Town has evolved into a sophisticated destination. The cultural and political diversity of the city is matched and complimented by the international influences that come with a thriving tourist industry.

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Stunningly beautiful, multicultural and great wine. The water is a bit cold, and the rain and wind are as common as not, but this probably remains my favourite place.

Aptos, California

For all you Bailey's and coffee drinkers...try Amarula & coffee. The South African cream liqueur made from Africa's Wild Amarula fruit. Even the elephants crave the taste of the fruit.

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Lusaka, Zambia

Must do scuba! The water is very cold, but teeming with life. This is off the Twelve Apostles.

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Accordingly, waterfront is the most visited attraction than even Sphinx in Eqypt for African continent. There is a small ferris wheel nearby which lit up during dusk. Taken with orangish sky in the background.

Sydney, Australia

Possibly (ok, PROBABLY) the world's most beautiful city, Cape Town is the cosmopolitan heart of southern Africa. Five-star dining, five-star shopping, five-star nightlife, and one of the most colorfully mixed cultures on Earth make it a stunning place to explore for a week or more. This, however, is just the beginning. With the 1000-meter colossus of Table Mountain looming above stunning white-sand beaches, and the peaks of the Twelve Apostles backing some of the planet's most dramatic cliffs and coastline, it's also blessed with a natural setting that puts other cities positively to shame. Whether you're partying, catching a concert in the park at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, chilling with the penguins at Boulders Beach, or just eating some of the tastiest Cape-Malay food ever made, Cape Town is a city that will captivate you, and have you planning your next visit before you've even left.

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