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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

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Cape Town City Reviews

  • 80%

    littleriky

    I loved Table Mountain!!! I would go back again & again...

    My highlight of the trip was Table Mountain. I also took the sightseeing bus tour & it was perfect for me. I was in Cape Town only few days, especially to visit an old friend. I spent more time at the waterfront & I loved it.

  • 90%

    cheyennef93

    6 Weeks in Cape Town

    A beautiful city even in winter; though I thoroughly recommend coming when the weather is better as CT is definitely an outdoor city. If you look food then the Old Biscuit Mill and Hout Bay's Harbour Market will be right up your street. Same goes for shopping and souvenirs for the Biscuit Mill, along with the beautiful V&A Waterfront. Definitely consider hiking Lion's Head, the smaller mountain adjacent to Table Mountain for wonderful panoramic views.

    Insider Tip:The Robben Island tour is a bit of a tourist trap. Hike Lion's Head over Table Mountain. Spend an evening watching the sunset on Camps Bay beach (with a pizza from Col Cacchios). Drive Victoria Road. Keep your wits about you, crime is a problem and tourists are the prey.

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    Anonymous

    Book as many days as you can and don't be lazy! Do some research

    I think I could spend a whole year in this city and still wouldn't have the sensation that I did everything that I wanted to do. After some 20 intense days there, there's still a whole list of things that I reserved for my next visit to it - and I didn't even do the clichê things, such as shark diving or bungee jumping.. (maybe I can do that on a 4th visit). More than beaches (cold and boring, compared to the ones we have in Brazil) and beautiful mountains, CT's got great bars, markets...

    Insider Tip:Have a burger at the Yard/Dog's Bollocks/Bitches Tits, a delicious "hipster" burger house on Roodehek St. which makes their own (and delicious) beer. Watch a rugby match (or even better, a Man-U match, and discuss football with the Leeds-fan owner) at Perseverance Tavern on Buiterkant St. Don't miss the already famous Old Biscuit Mill. Take a train to Kalk Bay and spend an afternoon getting drunk and swimming at Brass Bell. Wacth a concert at Kirstenbosch on a sunday (taxi $$$ :( )

  • 90%

    Shaunwraith

    First time in the city of Cape Town

    First time but not my last. Beautiful city that u can feel safe walking in, very clean and very well governed. A lot of tourists though but that creates quite an interesting vibe when going out. A lot more to see of Cape Town will be planning a trip there again soon

    Insider Tip:Do the hop on hop off sightseeing bus that departs from the two oceans aquarium, u save a lot of money and see so much more than if u would have been on foot or your own car hire

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Cape Town has much to offer

    This is a city that has just about everything. We were able to go to beaches, hike, bicycle, drink, and explore everything. You can find many fun things to do for every budget. We had an action packed stay with a few relaxation days at the beach. Long Street is where the clubs are but others can be found around the city as well.

    Insider Tip:Barter for almost everything. There are also a number of taxi's in Cape Town, some are great some are sketchy. If you are picking up a taxi make sure they have a meter and will run it for you, otherwise you may be paying more and they are probably not a legit taxi service. Most will give you their card to call for a pickup, it is a good way to know that you have a way home at the end of the night. Mini busses are fun in the day time within popular areas, very cheap but probably best to avoid at night

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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