Cape Town

View across central Cape Town from the lower slopes of Table Mountain

Cape Town is the number one destination that you must visit on any trip to South Africa. It was recently voted the number one worldwide city for the 4th consecutive year in the Telegraph Travel Awards survey of more than 75,000 readers.

With the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain rising above the City Bowl, wherever you travel in Cape Town you are never far from the mountains or the sea. The geography of the city can be a little confusing to a new visitor, with the City Bowl looking out to the north across the sea.

On the other side of the mountain, the Cape Peninsula gradually narrows southwards until it reaches Cape Point. Along each side of the peninsula coastline are a number of resorts, such as upmarket Camps Bay and Llandudno on the western side. The sea temperature however is a number of degrees warmer on the False Bay (eastern) side of the peninsula, where the main places are Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simonstown.

The V&A Waterfront, nestled in between the CBD and the ocean, is a hive of activity, with a huge choice of excellent restaurants, as well as a large shopping mall. This is also the best place to take a boat trip from, and is the gateway to travel from Cape Town to Robben Island.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens offer a stunning array of plants, flowers and beautifully manicured lawns. What's more these gardens are situated on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, making this a stunning setting to either explore or just relax with a picnic.

The Cape Winelands are also easily accessible from central Cape Town, with an excellent selection of wines to taste and buy. Many of the larger wine farms also offer vineyard tours and have their own restaurants.

Cape Town has dry, warm summers, and wet winters (but not too wet or cold by British standards). The best weather for a Cape Town holiday is generally in the period from November to March, with January and February being the hottest and driest months. May to August is the wettest and coolest period. December and January can be especially busy as many South Africans take their holidays during these months.

Travel to Cape Town from the UK travel is relatively straightforward, with direct flights to Cape Town Airport available from London Heathrow, and soon also from Gatwick. Cheaper flights can be obtained by flying via Dubai or Doha, or connecting via a number of European cities. There is a huge selection of accommodation in Cape Town.

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