Cape Town holidays allow you to capture South Africa’s second-largest city and arguably the jewel in the country’s crown – this iconic destination adorns many a travel bucket list. Set around the Western Cape of South Africa and backed by the famous Table Mountain, Cape Town is a cocktail of history, culture, art and natural splendour, combining to elevate the city to one of the world’s most captivating destinations.
You’ll never run out of things to do during your holidays in Cape Town, whether you’re ducking into one of the city’s interesting museums, exploring the area’s rich marine life, sipping on a glass of local wine or exploring the outer reaches of the region – Cape Town is a holiday destination that keeps giving until the flight home.
Rich History and Engaging Culture
There are rich and diverse cultures on show across Cape Town, with many neighbourhoods reflecting different historical heritages. No neighbourhood reflects this style quite as dramatically as Bo-Kaap – a stunning ‘Malay-style’ area south-west of downtown. Here you’ll encounter brightly-coloured buildings, charming streets, old mosques and great views across the rest of the city. To step back even further in history during your Cape Town holidays, pay a visit to The Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in the city.
For some, the apartheid days aren’t distant enough in memory, but for others, exploring sites of the racial segregation that imprisoned the nation is of paramount interest. Historical buffs will find a great deal of interest in visiting Robben Island. A location which used to hold political prisoners, the island can be found just off the coast from Cape Town and was once the home of Nelson Mandela. Touring the island isn’t all doom and gloom, if you’re lucky you may spot some African penguins. Elsewhere the District Six Museum provides a more defiant insight into the apartheid era. The district remained a multiracial area well in the 190s despite Government attempts to rule it ‘white only’. Eventually the residents were evicted and the area was bulldozed – what remains now acts as a museum.
To cool down after your full-on historical exploration, take a dip in the sea, or better yet, in the pool of one of Cape Town’s 4-star hotels.
Get Adventurous on the Cape
It is easy to embrace some action and adventure during your holidays to Cape Town, much of it found rooted in the city’s beautiful natural attractions, surrounding ocean and countryside. Down by Cape Town’s stunning waterfront you can enjoy some fine dining while admiring yachts and chirpy seals! And if that water is looking particularly inviting, head to some of the nearby beaches such as those around False Bay, St James and Clovelly. The beaches also prove a great area to learn to surf, with Muizenberg a great place for beginners, while the break at Kalk Bay will challenge experienced surfers.
The iconic image of Cape Town is the sprawling city with its towering mountain backdrop, Table Mountain is arguably one of the most famous peaks on the planet, and familiarising yourself with it can be accomplished in a number of different ways. For a sedate option, head up to the top by cable car, but if you fancy more of a challenge, it is possible to climb to the top of the mountain from Plattekip Gorge, usually taking around two hours. If you need some refreshments after your climb, head out and explore the surrounding Winelands, especially the Constantia Valley area with its stunning estates.