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

  • 80%


    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.

  • 50%


    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

  • 100%


    Fantastic city!

    There's a reason why people call Cape Town the Mother City. It's stunningly beautiful and has a lot to offer! Be prepared to fall in love with this place...

    Insider Tip:Walk up Lion's Head.

  • 100%


    It's a magical place!!!

    Cape Town is one of the most beautiful places in the world! The panorama with table mountain in the background is absolutely stunning. There are great beaches, parks, lots of outdoor activity like walking up mountains, paragliding etc. You can go wine tasting in nearby Stellenbosch and enjoy great food. I could go on and on but best you experience it yourself...

    Insider Tip:Attend a concert in Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.

  • 100%


    A visit is highly recommended

    The city is amazing, mountains and ocean at the same place. The atmosphere that this town offers is unique in the world. There are a lot of place to visit even if you have just few days but don't run, enjoy the city itself, take a coffee in the center or at Waterfront, visit the peninsula and stay some hours with penguins, they'll make you feel in peace with the universe!

    Insider Tip:Pay attention in the center, in particular close to market or train station, a lot of people ask money and they are oppressive, be hard and don't be scared otherwise they follow you at home!

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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