Cape Town Overview
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The city of Cape Town is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so it's of little surprise that it has been voted as one of the hottest destinations in 2014 by the US newspaper The New York Times and British newspaper, The Guardian. Selected as the World Design Capital for 2014, Cape Town has many international accolades to be proud of. Rich in history, spectacular natural scenery and a vibrant collection of entertainment venues and attractions, Cape Town has fast established itself as one of the best destinations to visit.
With so much to explore, make sure that you enlist the service of a reputable car hire company such as Around About Cars. Known for their customer focussed and service driven approach as well as their affordable rates, they have established themselves as the preferred car hire company in Cape Town. Choose from their wide selection of quality rental cars in Cape Town City, Cape Town Airport or Stellenbosch and embark on a journey through Cape Town's best loved attractions.
Cape Town enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The best time to take advantage of the sunshine is during the months between September and April with rainfall predominantly falling between the winter months of May to August.
The city of Cape Town boasts a varied collection of accommodation options. From idyllic beachfront accommodation, boutique hotels, luxury guesthouses and self-catering alternatives, visitors to Cape Town are spoilt for choice with a guaranteed option to suit your budget and taste.
Cape Town Highlights:
Mother City Living: Cape Town Metropolitan
The Cape Town Metropole, with its vibrant mix of cosmopolitan flavour and authentically South African atmosphere is a great city to explore. Situated in a natural amphitheatre formed by the impressive backdrop of Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head, the City Bowl is home to a bustling café culture, a number of historical attractions steeped in rich heritage as well as a pulsating night life and a superb collection of world class restaurants and live entertainment venues.
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One of the latest spectacles to be included as part of the world's New7Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain boasts panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape with views stretching as far as Robben Island. Take the aerial cable way to the summit or take a leisurely hike to the top.
A World Heritage Site, Robben Island is well known for its most famous and internationally recognised prisoner, former South African president Nelson Mandela who was incarcerated on the island for 18 of his 27 years. Now a museum, Robben Island serves as a poignant reminder of the journey it took to reach democratic freedom. Robben Island can be accessed via ferry at the Nelson Mandela Gateway located at the Clock Tower in the V&A Waterfront.
Positioned in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the V&A Waterfront is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. A well-known shopping mecca, the Waterfront boasts a collection of high end boutiques, retail chain stores as well as an incredible selection of fine dining restaurants and bars. See More...
There is a collection of museums and heritage sites concentrated around Government Avenue in the Company Gardens. Not only will you be able to see the Houses of Parliament, the South African Natural History Museum, Planetarium and the Iziko Slave Lodge, but the South African National Gallery is also located within the grounds of the beautiful Company Gardens, which is home to an exquisite collection of exhibitions and installations.
South Peninsula Seaside Bliss
The southern suburbs, which dominates the False Bay coastline, is home to a series of charming suburbs, coastal inlets and popular beaches that dominate the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The tourist magnet of Cape Point as well as the mercurial draw of bohemian seaside suburbs of Kalk Bay and St. James makes this stretch of coast the perfect day-tripping destination.
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This charming fishing village has through the years reinvented itself as the whimsical, bohemian capital of the South. Bespoke eateries, charming boutiques and rustic local flair are massive drawing points for this rough-hewn coastal gem. Visitors can purchase freshly caught fish at the working harbour or have it expertly prepared for them at one of the many restaurants dotted along its coastal main road.
No trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to the iconic Cape Point. Known for its dramatic scenery and iconic vistas, it offers visitors a remarkable photographic opportunity to capture the iconic natural beauty of Cape Town.
The naval village of Simon's Town is steeped in history and charming coastal beauty. Home to the nation's Naval Base, it boasts numerous marine artefacts and places of interest, but it is its waddling wanderers that garner the most attention. Boulders Beach is home to one of South Africa's biggest penguin colonies, situated in a picturesque and secluded beach which is a popular destination for both locals and visitors.
Atlantic Seaboard Attractions
Often referred to as the “Riviera of the Cape”, this picturesque stretch of coast is connected by the scenic drive along Victoria Road. White sandy beaches, azure waters and a collection of up-market restaurants and bars make this the perfect place to spend your time from sunrise to sunset.
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Camps Bay with its palm-lined boulevard and cosmopolitan assortment of eateries and bars is the popular summer playground for locals and visitors alike. Camps Bay's collection of seaside havens include the blue flag awarded Clifton 4th Beach as well as Bakoven, Beta Beach and Little Beach. Upmarket cafés such as Café Caprice have become Camps Bay institutions and are well loved for their delicious sundowners and delectable fuss-free food.
Adjacent to the vibrant LGBT community of De Waterkant lies Green Point, a lively cosmopolitan hub which is home to a diverse group of people. Green Point has recently undergone an extensive redevelopment and now boasts the Cape Town Stadium as well as the recently established eco-park. Whether you're grabbing a quick bite to eat or looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special, the Cape Quarter is the ideal place to satisfy all your needs.
The Cape Winelands region is home to the longest wine route on the planet, with the iconic towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl boasting a rich history in everything that grows from the vine - this is one of the best destinations in the world for wine lovers! Its breathtaking vistas, verdant valleys and mountainous backdrop makes this region a charming escape from the hustle and bustle of the inner city. If you're a keen food and wine connoisseur wanting to expose your taste buds to an all-round flavour adventure, then a trip to the Spice Route is definitely for you.
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The charming town of Franschhoek is the celebrated culinary capital of the Western Cape and is home to an excellent collection of award winning restaurants and bespoke eateries. Antique stores, top class hotels, acclaimed wine estates and beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture make this an ideal destination for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
The second oldest town in South Africa is home to beautifully restored historical buildings as well as an impressive assortment of acclaimed wine estates. Well known for its café culture and vibrant student community, Stellenbosch also boasts a number great restaurants, live entertainment venues and beautiful boutique stores.
The captivating town of Paarl is well known for its architectural heritage and historical charm and is home to the Taal Monument, which celebrates the legacy left behind by the Dutch Colonists who proliferated the Afrikaans language and helped establish Cape Town as refreshment station in the 1600s. The surrounds of Paarl offer an excellent playground for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers with a myriad of hiking and cycling trails to choose from.
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