City Guide Cape Town, South Africa

Visiting Cape Town

Cape Town is South Africa's most beautiful, most romantic and most visited city. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its scenic backdrop of Table Mountain, the Mother City is South Africas oldest settlement.

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Cape Town Podcasts

Cape Town - On Robben Island

Located just off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa, Robben Island is where one of the world's most famous prisons used to be located. In this podcast, Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to tour guides at the museum for the lowdown.

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Cape Town Videos

10 Things You Need To Know About Cape Town

Cape Town’s diverse neighbourhoods, golden beaches, voluntourism opportunities and much more.

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Cape Town Pocket Guide

Cape Town Pocket Guide

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Cape Town City Reviews

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    What can I say? It's the best city on Earth!

    I'm a travel photographer and it's my job to find and photograph beautiful places around the world. Cape Town is the city I just keep coming back to, because it has everything! From catching sight of the wild baboons at Cape Point, to swimming with African penguins at Boulders Beach, to hiking the majestic Table Mountain and Lion's Head, to the pristine beaches and world-class shopping and dining -- I love this city and recommend it to everyone!

    Insider Tip:If you're staying in the city, catch the train to Kalk Bay and have a drink at the oceanfront Brass Bell. It's a great little sleepy town with a nice chill vibe and lots of cute shops. If you're looking for a more quiet, romantic beach that isn't crazy packed with tourists, head to Noordhoek. Check out Monkey Valley right next-door for a great affordable meal out on the a deck with a stunning view. You'll swear you're in Hawaii, but with a lot more money in your pocket! :)

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    A beautiful city with fascinating history

    If you like mountains as a coastal backdrop you'll love Cape Town. Lots to do from hiking to shark cage diving. Be aware of the history and the cultural and ethnic inequality as it never quite leaves you but overall an amazing place to be.

    Insider Tip:Get an uber/taxi at night

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    The Mother City's Loving Embrace

    Samuel Johnson once said that 'when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.' Well, the modern day equivalent could well be the Mother City. With it's vibrant centre, encompassing lively Long Street and colourful Bo-Kaap; the dramatic and dreamy beaches of the rugged atlantic coastline, including hip Camps Bay; the bustling V&A Waterfront; and the soaring might of Table Mountain, there's so much to re-energise your lust for life in captivating Cape Town.

    Insider Tip:Take the bus for a cheap and convenient way to see the city. The Hop on Hop off bus is a great way to acclimatise and get a feel for the city. Other than taxis, or driving yourself, this is the only way to get to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, so it's worth factoring that in to your day on the bus. Otherwise, the MyCITI buses are excellent value, easy to use and can take you pretty much everywhere you could want to visit.

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    Great and complete city

    Cape Town has an amazing vibe. In the city you'll find mountains to hike, beaches to bathe, museums to visit and safaris to meet animals. If you like the adrenaline of skydiving and shark diving, or just chilling with some good wines or even to get to know more about history and social struggles, Cape Town has everything.

    Insider Tip:Shark Diving is a great thing to do. Winter or Summer, justo go. It is really safe and you get to see great White Sharks super close to you.

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    Looks like a film set

    Cape Town is a beautiful city with amazing scenery. But i felt quite unsafe for a lot of my time there. We had a bit of a run in fairly early on and this left us feeling very vulnerable. I'm sure we were unlucky but it happens a lot, be careful and get cabs at night!

    Insider Tip:If you find a good taxi take there card and they will come and use them for the day. It'll work out a bit cheaper and much safer

South Africa: Itinerary

Arguably South Africa’s most popular destination among travellers, Cape Town is an unusual blend of a busy city centre towered by elegant skyscrapers, pristine beaches adorned by bronzed sun worshippers and a mountain which is the showpiece and stands proudly in the middle of it all.

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