Cape Town Vacation
Cape Town: South Africa's Most Cosmopolitan City
Travelers the world over consistently vote Cape Town as one of the globe’s top travel destinations, and with good reason. South Africa’s Mother City is a hotspot of culture, color, cuisine, and wine. And all of this set at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain.
Cape Town’s abundant offerings are encircled by some of the most breathtaking scenery you could imagine. Here, fynbos-covered mountains meet not one, but two oceans in a clash of dramatic beauty while the sun-ripened Constantia vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. In the city itself, cafes and trendy eateries line the streets between boutiques, curio shops, and galleries.
Then there are the beaches. Along the Atlantic Seaboard, powder-white shores attract sun worshippers and people-watchers in droves, while the warmer Indian Ocean waters of False Bay are the preferred choice for families, surfers and swimmers, who love to grab a coffee in trendy Kalk Bay after their excursions. Heading further afield up the West Coast, travellers can enjoy white-sand beaches, great surf spots and fresh seafood.
Naturally, Table Mountain takes center stage, flanked by Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. You can’t come to Cape Town without visiting the summit of this flat-topped icon, whether by cable car or following one of the many hiking trails. Cape Town also has its very own wine route – the Constantia Wine Route in the heart of the city. The oldest wine farm on this wine route, Groot Constantia, was built in 1685.
Best Time to Visit Cape Town:
The Western Cape enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Most visitors vacation in Cape Town during the warm and dry summer months, with December to April a particularly busy season for travel. Winter, especially during July and August, is partial to being cold and wet. However, there are still plenty of activities to do in Cape Town during these cooler months.
Indulge in the flavours of traditional Cape Malay cuisine and discover Cape Town’s hidden culinary hotspots.
See legendary Robben Island through the eyes of Nelson Mandela’s prison guard, Christo Brand, on a private tour.
Take off from Signal Hill on a tandem paragliding experience and enjoy breathtaking views of the city.
Top Destinations in Cape Town Vacation
Make the home-base of your Western Cape trip one of the luxury villas, fine boutique hotels, elegant guesthouses or historic homesteads sheltered in the affluent, peaceful suburb of Constantia in Cape Town, South Africa. Constantia’s serene wine-growing district, was formerly a farm belonging to Cape Governor, Simon Van Der Stel, and is one of the oldest and quietest suburbs in the region. As the closest grape-growing area to the center of Cape Town, Constantia is a convenient location from which to experience the vibrant city bowl of Cape Town just 20 minutes away. At the end of a busy day, the return to Constantia’s farm-style cafes, classic Cape Dutch architecture and lush vineyards delights the senses and soothes the soul.
Spend a leisurely day tasting the fine local wines at the legendary wine-farms in the area. Tickle your palate with a burst of Cap Classique bubbles from the Steenberg Vineyards before moving on to the excellent varietals at High Constantia, Groot Constantia and Constantia Glen.
Constantia’s breathtaking pastoral beauty makes it a choice destination for hiking and walking expeditions. There are a variety of quiet trails to explore varying from from a gentle ramble to fairly steep climbs, with stunning views of Hout Bay, the Constantia Valley, Orange Kloof, or the city of Cape Town. View sites all along the Constantia Green Belt beckon you to savor a backpack picnic alongside a mountain stream or catch your breath under a rocky overhang, surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains.
Constantia is also known for its world-class cuisine and no vacation in the area would be complete without trying the delectable, locally-sourced French-style dining offered by restaurants like La Colombe or authentic Cape Malay-inspired, bistro-style food at Jonkershuis.
Best Time to Visit Constantia:
The best time to visit Constantia for warm weather outdoor activities and clear skies is between the months of December to March, Winters in the Cape are cool, wet, and partly cloudy. Don’t forget your sunscreen and a hat if you are walking in the summer heat and keep a look-out for snakes on the mountain trails.
Nestled between the mountainous Cape Town crags and the steel blue waters of False Bay on the Cape’s East Coast lies the picturesque seaside town of Kalk Bay, Its village atmosphere, interesting markets and café culture combine with the raw beauty of this area to make Kalk Bay a cherished hot-spot, even for locals.
Whether or not they have booked to stay in the fishing village itself, visitors from all over the Cape will add a day trip to Kalk Bay Harbour to their itinerary, as the winding coastal drive south of Cape Town presents spectacular views and pleasant seaside experiences. Kalk Bay is also the perfect lunch-stop on a trip to the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
At this cobble-stone haven, you can visit the iconic Lighthouse, buy fresh fish from the colorful fishing vessels docking in the Kalk Bay Harbour, engage with the local seal community lolling on the pier or just soak up the artsy atmosphere of this little gem, A short way up the road, the massive boulders flanking Dalebrook Tidal Pool offer a convenient vantage point for spotting whales travelling along the coastline.
Best Time to Visit Kalk Bay in Cape Town:
The best times to visit Kalk Bay are during the South African Autumn season (from March to May), and Spring (from September to November). At these times there are fewer crowds but still enviable weather.
A road trip up the starkly beautiful South African West Coast is a completely distinctive vacation experience.
This coastline of long beaches dotted with quaint seaside villages like Yserfontein, Saldanha, Langebaan, Paternoster, St Helena and Lambertsbay; is known for its abundance of South African crayfish, or rock lobsters, known locally as ‘red gold’.
Stretching from Cape Town up to the Northern Cape border at Touws River, the Cape West Coast encompasses the Cederberg Mountains with their centuries-old rock art, the pristine West Coast Nature Reserve and a wide array of water sport attractions. You can also explore the West Coast Biodiversity Corridor or the Culture and Foodie routes – there is something to suit everyone’s taste.
Kite surfers from around the globe travel to this region, drawn by the expansive turquoise lagoon waters, stable cross shore winds and secluded location of the Langebaan lagoon which presents the perfect conditions for entry level and professional kite surfers alike.
Further north, at picturesque Paternoster, the international-award-winning Wolfgat restaurant is a culinary “must”. Located in a 130-year old building near the archaeologically and geologically significant Wolfgat cave, this restaurant is known for creating sublime seafood- focused meals, delicately seasoned with local herbs, seaweeds and succulents.
Of course, the entire West Coast is famous for its magnificent flower season, when the rains magically transform the arid landscape into a magnificent blanket of wildflowers. This is a spectacular event, made all the more alluring by its brevity and intensity. Flowering season peaks between August and September, but can take place a month or two either side, depending on conditions.
Best Time to Visit the West Coast, South Africa
The West Coast area is less touristy and more temperate than many tourist destinations, with a low chance of precipitation. Visiting the West Coast during Spring, from September through November, offers pleasant temperatures as well as a chance of experiencing the wonder of the Flower Season.View
Our Top Trips
Wonder More Cape & Marataba Safari
A luxury Cape Town & Marakele Safari
Garden Route Luxury Family Safari
Enjoy a memory-making family safari in the malaria-free Garden Route
Romantic Rovos Rail & Twelve Apostles Train to Sea Journey
Travel in style on a rail journey to Cape Town
City Lights & Safari Stars Luxury Honeymoon
Experience chic Cape Town living and lavish bush comfort.
Luxury Cape, Kruger & Victoria Falls Safari
A classic Southern African trilogy.
Romantic Red Carnation Cape Town & Okavango Delta Safari
A luxury beach to bush safari from Cape Town to Botswana
Wine, Whales & Big 5 Luxury Safari
Be inspired by South Africa’s scenic landscapes and unique experiences.
Luxury Cape & Kruger Honeymoon Safari
Love & luxury; sweet honeymoon dreams are made of these.
Romantic Tintswalo Cape & Safari Escape
Experience three extraordinary destinations in South Africa: Cape Town, Lapalala & Manyeleti
Scenic Cape Town & Winelands Mindfulness Escape
Escape the daily grind; unwind body and mind.
Cape, Cederberg & Kalahari Wellness Safari
Expand your horizons in breathtaking surroundings.
Escape to Africa Family Safari
Your 10 best days in Africa start here
Luxury Honeymoon Journey Through Southern Africa
Luxurious, immersive and romantic
Luxury Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Self-Drive
Meander Along South Africa’s Scenic Coastline
A Grand Southern Adventure
Experience the wilderness of Botswana
Romantic Cape Town Escape & Kruger Treehouse Safari
A luxury City to Bush Safari from Cape Town to Kruger National Park
Southern Africa Rejuvenation
Art, Culture and Africa’s Largest Waterfall
Southern African Romantic Adventure
Fall in love with the many aspects of Southern Africa
Top 5 Hiking Spots in Cape Town
Top Experiences in Cape Town Vacation
Wake up and smell the coffee! Take a coffee tasting tour of Cape Town and discover the choicest brews in and around the Mother City.
Thanks to its gently breaking, sand-bottomed waves, Muizenberg is Cape Town’s favourite learn-to-surf beach destination. Plus, it’s home to Waves for Change, a local NGO that provides surf therapy to vulnerable children from unstable communities. Learning to surf here is not only fun, but it’s also potentially life-changing.
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for 27 years. See this legendary destination through the eyes of Madiba’s prison guard, Christo Brand on a private tour of the island.
The walls of trendy Woodstock are covered in artful graffiti. Take a walking tour of this open-air urban gallery before ending off with a gin tasting.
Saddle up for a chauffeured motorcycle sidecar adventure from the city to Cape Point, taking in highlights such as Chapman’s Peak and Simonstown. This is also a great option for exploring the Cape Winelands.