Welcome to Cape Town! Without a doubt, the best way to explore the richness of South Africa’s mother city is to rent a car in Cape Town and thus independently exploring the surrounding areas.

Cape Town makes for the perfect getaway if you need some quality time with loved ones while refreshing your soul with breathtaking views, soaking up the sun while tasting good foods and wines, then this is the place for you.

When planning your upcoming holiday to South Africa, you should consider to include a few days in Cape Town alternatively, if you travel locally with family or friends on a micro-trip to a nearby Winelands or coastal town.
Places to go and things to see
Friendly locals, beach, mountains, sun, great wine, rich history and exquisite foods are all top reasons why Cape Town attracts thousands of tourists annually. With 2020 in the past, everyone wants to get out, and travel and 2021 is that year.

Below we mention some of the top destinations.

Table Mountain and Groot Constantia
Table Mountain is the most iconic landmark in South Africa. It is also the country’s most photographed attraction, and its famous cable car takes many travellers to the top.

You can also take a hike up the mountain, for those who are adventurous at heart.

Table Mountain has become the single most welcoming icon to its locals and travellers from all over the world.

From Table Mountain, you can drive towards Constantia. The Constantia Wine Route links the many wineries dotting the Constantia Valley. There are some wineries in this neighbourhood which are worth a visit. Groot Constantia is the oldest and one of the most beautiful wineries nearby, producing award-winning wine to please every palate.

Constantia Gardens brags with a showcase of private gardens in the Cape Town suburb of Constantia and its close environment and is worth a visit. Be sure to take a picnic with your favourite snacks.

Simonstown and Boulders Beach
Located 40 km from Cape Town CBD, this short distance drive makes for a beautiful day trip and offers activities for a family of any size.

Day trips can quickly be booked with a professional guide and driver who will collect you from your accommodation and return you safely after your visit.

Simonstown is a must, and you should stop at Boulders Beach where you can view the African Penguin – making for a great day trip with the family.

Another great stop if you stay for a weekend is to explore the towns naval museums and harbours.

Winelands
Stellenbosh takes centre stage to the Winelands backdrop, following a scenic drive through the mountains to Franschhoek. Only 40 minutes drive from Cape Town and famous for its collection of historic towns, small settlements and Cape Dutch farms making distinguished South African Wines.

Highlights and local favourites include guided cycle tours, unique E-Bike trips curving through South Africa’s best wine estates, tasting wines by various tours that can consist of Vine Hoppers, Trams, guided hikes or by 4×4. You can be sure that foodies, adventurers and wine connoisseurs alike will enjoy all Stellenbosh and Franschhoek has to offer.

West Coast
Up the West Coast. With many towns on the Atlantic coast such as Paternoster, Veldrift, Langebaan to Saldanha and Cederberg Regions. These small towns and fishing villages offer great micro trips. They are also secluded and making for an incredible self-drive.

The best is that these small towns are safe and uniquely situated to take day trips by staying in one location.
Hermanus
Hermanus is world-renowned as one of the best whale-watching destinations. This seaside town is located 125 km southeast of Cape Town. It’s known as a whale-watching destination with great beaches such as Grotto Beach, overlooking Walker Bay and Voelklip.

With excellent self-catering accommodations, boutique guesthouses and hotels offering friendly service and again suiting the romantic couple or the family with children. Thousands of local and international travellers visit the town annually during the Whale festival taking place in September. Worth the wait and worth the visit.
Covid-19 Health and Safety.
All cautiously, we realise that keeping your loved ones safe takes top priority.

This is very important, particularly with the pandemic. This will also add to peace of mind when getting on your plane coming to Cape Town.

Many safety protocols have been implemented with a high concentration on airport and travel. Keep in mind that wearing your mask in public places is compulsory and regularly washing your hands. Social distancing is key to protecting yourself and other travellers alike from curbing the spread of Covid19.

Most international airlines request travellers to produce a PCR certificate. A COVID-19 PCR certificate indicates that a test was done to confirm that you are COVID – negative. This must be conducted 72 hours before departure.

The same might be required when arriving at a transit airport or back in your own country. Luckily most travel partners can arrange in-lodge Covid tests; alternatively, they will transfer you to an authorised testing facility.
Getting around
Proudly safe and an ideal road trip destination – It will be safer as you will be limiting interactions with other travellers.

Whether travelling by car, motorhome or other means of transport, allowing for more flexibility, especially with stringent restrictions.

Being able to combine a holiday with beach, Winelands and a variety of accommodation types that suite your budget and needs is pretty great. Even better is when you know you and your loved ones will be safe when coming for your next visit to Cape Town.

Wide-open spaces, nature, affordability, variety of things to do and places to see! Cape Town looks forward to having you!

You can rest assured that travelling to Cape Town in 2021 is worth the getaway. Book your accommodation by contacting your local trusted agent for great deals and professional advice.

When is the best time of year to see the Penguins in Simon’s Town?
I have a huge soft spot for these very dapper and elegant looking aquatic birds. Think in lines of the movies Happy Feet, Madagascar, Good Luck Chuck, and Mr Popper’s Penguins, bringing out their impressive and quirky qualities.

Here in Cape Town, we are lucky enough to have a whole penguin colony on our doorstep who braved lockdown level 1 and roamed the empty streets of Simon’s Town looking for adventure.

Best time of the year to visit
The great thing about Boulders Beach is that you can see the penguins throughout the year. Saying this, the best time to visit would be during their mating season (December to February) where you can see the birds and their natural behaviour.

Early mornings and late afternoons when they shuffle off to the beach or return from feeding are the best for photos.

Do remember to respect them in their natural environment and don’t touch or feed the penguins.
Day trip to Boulders Beach
This pristine family-friendly beach is top-rated for day trips and leisurely picnics.

Spread your blanket and have a relaxing day next to the ocean while the kids explore the rock pools and boulders. False Bay’s clear waters are also perfect for a quick dip in the sea to cool off on a hot summer’s day. The water is cold, but you’ll welcome the icy waters if you’re visiting between December and March!
Places to stay
If you’re from out of town, rent a car and spend a night or two in the historical Simons Town.

Mariner Guesthouse is situated in a quiet street about 1km from Boulders Beach and offers spectacular views of Simon’s Town from every room. With its tranquil setting, luxury rooms, and friendly hospitality, you’ll feel right at home from the moment you arrive.

Fun Penguin Facts
Their natural tuxedoes are not just a fashion statement; this also helps camouflage them while swimming and keeps them safe from predators.
Penguins’ eyes work better underwater than they do in the air.
Penguins don’t have teeth, but rather fleshy spines inside their mouths to help guide their food down.
Penguins are carnivores.
Once a year penguins experience a catastrophic moult where they lose all their feathers at once. They generally fatten up before this to survive the few weeks it takes for their feathers to grow back.

When visiting Boulders Beach, do yourselves a favour and hop over to the Visitor Centre where you can learn more about these darling penguins and their behaviour. Also, keep in mind that a small conservation fee is charged to enter the area, so I recommend making the most of your time there.

Beach, mountains, sun, great wine and good food are all top reasons why Cape Town makes for a great holiday destination. 

 

But considering the past year and the pandemic impacting our daily lives, there are few things to keep in mind. Everyone wants information or advice on safe travels. 

 

When planning your upcoming African Safari which could include spending a few days in Cape Town, or if you travel locally with family or friends on a micro-trip – there are a few things to consider when travelling post corona.

Safety Precautions

All cautiously, we realise that keeping your loved ones safe takes priority. 

 

Already well-thought safety precautions and travel protocols have been implemented at accommodation establishments and all public spaces from the airport to transport facilities. Ensure you pick accommodations that keep to these regulations.

 

Keep in mind that wearing your mask in public places is compulsory and try to wash your hands regularly. Social distancing is key to protecting yourself and other travellers alike from curbing the spread of Covid19.

 

If you are arriving by air be ready to for screening procedures and be sure to have your PCR COVID test certificate if travelling internationally—no older than 72 hours. 

Where to go

Cape Town has many top attractions, and you have to visit Table Mountain, officially one of the wonders of the world, the scene is worth a trip up in the cable car, alternatively, if you prefer a hike up the Mountain, this makes for a safe activity with family or friends.  

 

Southern suburbs have so much to offer. Closely situated to the airport and city centre, the south provides many unique small towns with uniquely European style accommodations – offering views and activities. 

 

With quaint little towns like  Simonstown, a visit to Boulders Beach where you can view the African Penguin makes for a great day trip with the family. Another great stop if you stay for a weekend is to explore the towns naval museums and harbours. 

 

If you love wine and are looking for privacy, exclusivity then we highly suggest a visit to the Winelands. Visiting famous wineries in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington and other Boland wineries town makes for one of the best Cape Town experiences. 

 

Up the West Coast. With many towns on the Atlantic coast such as Paternoster, Veldrift, Langebaan to Saldanha and Cederberg Regions. These small towns and fishing villages offer great micro trips. They are also secluded and making for an incredible self-drive

 

The best yet is that these small towns are safe and uniquely situated to take day trips by staying in one location.

Getting around

Proudly safe and an ideal road trip destination – It will be safer as you will be limiting interactions with other travellers. 

 

Whether travelling by car, motorhome or other means of transport, allowing for more flexibility, especially with stringent restrictions.

 

For those who enjoy the leisure and pre-arranged tailor-made packages – scheduled domestic flights and fly-in safaris are popular. Day tours, including private transfers, are also safe, easy and reliable. 

 

Being able to combine a holiday with beach, Winelands and a variety of accommodation types that suite your budget and needs is pretty great. Even better is when you know you and your loved ones are going to be safe when coming for your next visit to Cape Town. 

 

Wide-open spaces, nature, affordability, variety of things to do and places to see! Cape Town looks forward to having you!  You can rest assured that travelling to Cape Town post corona is worth the getaway. Book your accommodation by contacting your local trusted agent for great deals and professional advice.  

 

For the seventh year running Cape Town has been voted the best city in the world by more than 39 000 readers of The Telegraph who took part in the 2019 Telegraph Travel Awards.

Cape Town has been described as “a coastal gem, lying in the shadow of a cloud-hugged mountain” where “wine flows, penguins waddle and – not too far away – majestic beasts roam”.

The Mother City has retained its position despite major shifts in the top 20, such as Kyoto, a brand new entrant, ranking third.

What makes Cape Town the world’s most desirable city?

Geography, weather, Cape Point, Bo-Kaap, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and Table Mountain were some of the city’s highlights that were featured.

Cape Town managed to retain its top position despite the recent water crisis not having been forgotten, noted Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, including Tourism, James Vos.

“We retained this position as the best city in the world despite The Telegraph also noting our ‘earnest notes to flush only when absolutely necessary’. While perhaps a bit of a tongue-in-cheek comment on their part, it is a reminder of the major challenges the City and our tourism sector faced. It is also a reminder of how Capetonians acted together to save  water and avert the taps running dry. While we are still in recovery mode, it is encouraging that we have retained our top position despite other major shifts in the rankings. This is something we can be proud of.”

MMC Vos added: “The priority for my team and I is to diversify tourism products so more people can  benefit from the millions of visitors we have every year. Combined with promoting the already impressive sites and attractions we have in Cape Town, I intend to make tourism a game-changer for our city.”

CEO of Cape Town Tourism Enver Duminy says, “Being voted the world’s best city for yet another year underscores Cape Town’s fantastic tourism offerings and that we remain an unparalleled destination and one whose multiple tourism initiatives have ensured that we can continue to attract visitors from all over the globe. We would like to acknowledge and thank our member products and experiences on delivering on and exceeding the expectations of visitors and locals alike without fail. As high-season approaches lets ensure that everyone experiences world-class tourism in and around Cape Town.”

The 2019 Telegraph Travel Awards list of 20 best cities in the world:

  1. Cape Town
  2. Vancouver
  3. Kyoto
  4. Sydney
  5. St Petersburg
  6. Singapore
  7. Venice
  8. Luang Prabang
  9. Seville
  10. New Orleans
  11. Havana
  12. New York
  13. Bagen
  14. Florence
  15. Istanbul
  16. Rome
  17. Dubrovnik
  18. Tokyo
  19. Krakow
  20. Buenos Aires

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Planning a holiday can be a lot of fun, but there are some big decisions to make before you start. The biggest question: what time of year should you visit? Read on to find out the best time to visit Cape Town.

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

January is one of Cape Town’s busiest months, and for good reason. It’s usually hot and sunny, and there are loads of summer events to attend. Summer is in full swing. The daily temperatures average between 17°C (63°F) and 28°c (82°F), although it can reach as high as 40°C (104°F). Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, which means that it gets its rainfall in the winter months, so January and February are mostly dry. Expect long, warm days with blue skies, when the sun only sets after 8pm and there’s always something going on. It can be windy sometimes, and Cape Town is a fantastic windsurfing destination in January and February. Many people believe this is the best time to visit Cape Town, which means January is peak season. Flights and accommodation are a little more pricey, and attractions can be busy so it’s a good idea to plan your timing to get there before the crowds. Luckily you have over 14 hours of daylight to work with every day, so you’re in no rush. By February, things have calmed down a little, but it’s still quite busy.

Perfect for: beaches, water sports, views, outdoor activities, adventure
Pack: sandals, swimsuit, loads of sunscreen, shorts and dresses

 

 

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN MARCH AND APRIL

March is the beginning of the shoulder season, when the summer holiday crowds have left. During March and April, there are a number of very big events, including the Two Oceans Marathon, the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and Easter Weekend, which bring in quite a few local and international tourists. These few weekends can be very busy, and flights and accommodation are booked up long in advance and can be a little more expensive than other times. If you’re not coming for those events specfically, plan around them for lower price. Temperatures in March and April are between 15°C (59°F) and 27°c (81°F). By April, the first cold fronts of the winter sometimes begin, bringing an average of six days of rain throughout the month, whereas March only has an average of two rainy days.

Perfect for: big events, shoulder season rates, outdoor activities, fewer crowds
Pack: summer gear, swimsuit, and one or two warmer items for the evenings

 

Table Mountain From Big Bay

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN MAY

By May Cape Town is starting to cool down significantly. This is when the first rains fall, and days are often chilly enough for a light jersey/sweater. Temperatures in May are between 13°C (55°F) and 22°c (72°F). There are very few tourists around, so there is easy access to all the major attractions, although you run the risk of rain putting a damper on things. May comes with it’s own advantages though. There is seldom any wind, so on clear days the beaches are beautiful. The sea is actually warmer in the winter months too, so the beach isn’t off the cards yet. Rain only falls an average of nine days in the month so there are many gorgeous sunny afternoons still to be had. May is also the month when the annual winter restaurant specials kick off, and you can enjoy some of the world’s best fine dining experiences at a fraction of the usual price. Accommodation providers also have winter specials. May is the perfect time to skip the crowds, save money, and still have a great time in this fantastic city.

Perfect for: saving money, wining and dining, road trips, quiet beach days
Pack: light jerseys or sweaters, a jacket, boots, but also clothes that suit warmer weather

 

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST

June, July, and August are mid-winter, so they’re the rainiest months as well as the coldest, but depending on your interests this can definitely be the best time to visit Cape Town. There are barely any crowds at the top attractions, for starters. Just make sure your trip doesn’t coincide with Table Mountain’s annual winter closure (usually for two weeks at the end of July). The restaurant and accommodation specials continue throughout these colder months, and flights are much cheaper than other times of year. It’s also worth mentioning that Capetonians have a very South African definition of cold. Temperatures are between 11°C (52°F) and 20°c (68°F), and most days are a crisp but bearable 13°C (55°F). Rain falls an average of 10-11 days in each month. There is occasional snow on the high-lying mountain regions outside of the city, and there are regular clear days in the Winelands where you can have lunch beside a fireplace with spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains and sprawling vines. It’s also the greenest time of year, and while days are shorter, there are still around 10 hours of daylight every day. On clear days, hiking is incredible. There are waterfalls tucked away in iridescent green forests, and mornings often bring moody fog in from the sea. July and August are also peak whale season, when southern right and humpback whales can be seen calving in the shallow waters just off shore.

Perfect for: off-peak rates, fewer crowds, wining and dining, amazing views and skies, hiking, whale watching
Pack: rain jackets, boots, layers (the weather can change over a few hours), scarf, coat

 

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

September marks the start of spring in Cape Town. You’ll catch the end of whale season, but this time of year is most famous for the wildflowers. All over the Western Cape, blooms take over vast fields and mountains and splash the region with bursts of colour. The rains ease up a little, falling only five to eight days each month. Temperatures are between 13°C (55°F) and 21°c (70°F), and most days are 14-16°C (57-61°F). The winter specials also end around this time, so the days of frugal travel are over, but it’s worth the extra few pennies for the longer, warmer days, drier weather, and outdoor adventure. There are some great music festivals to attend too. It’s also shoulder season, so prices are still lower and you’ll be able to miss the crowds that come with summer.

Perfect for: seeing wildflowers, whale watching, outdoor activities, hiking, outdoor events

JitterBug Tours

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

During the summer months toward the end of the year, Cape Town really comes to life. The long, balmy days are a treat for locals and visitors alike, and people come out in droves to go to beaches, attractions, festivals, and events. There are food and wine festivals, outdoor music shows, beach parties, and all kinds of summer joys. This is the start of peak season, and there’s something cool going on every day and night. By December, things are in full swing and it’s the most festive time of year by far. The wind picks up in the summer months, but this is also the time you’ll find picture-perfect summer days. There’s hardly any rain, and temperatures are back up between 17°C (63°F) and 28°c (82°F). It’s a great time of year

Perfect for: parties, outdoor events and activities, beach days, hiking, adventure
Pack: sandals, swimsuit, loads of sunscreen, shorts and dresses, possibly a light warm top and jeans for the occasional evening chill

Neighbourhoods - Clifton and Camps Bay - 15-Camps-Bay-Sunset-Landscape

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