About Cape Town


Cape Town is a city that proves you really can have it all, whether you want vast sandy beaches, top notch vineyards, waterfront restaurants or magnificent natural monuments such as the towering Table Mountain.
But that isn’t even the half of it. South Africa’s oldest city really is a stunner, helped by a dramatic natural setting that includes sunset views stretching out over the undulating ocean.
On the ground, Cape Town’s suburbs may sprawl but are still surprisingly manageable, with most tourist attractions clustered close together. You can't walk far without stumbling across markets selling African crafts, independent art galleries, fascinating museums or some of the continent’s best restaurants.
The city centre has lots to keep you occupied, whether you’re in the lively Long Street, wandering among the colourful houses of Bo Kaap or walking around the independent, European-influenced De Waterkant quarter.
Many tourist stay close by in the City Bowl suburbs, where you’ll find the leafier Gardens area just below Table Mountain. The revamped waterfront is always bustling with visitors and locals, who are enjoying the shops and restaurants or waiting to board the ferry to Robben Island to see Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell.
Outside the city, the Cape vineyards offer a glimpse of another world; a verdant landscape lined with vines, historic wine estates and vino towns such as Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.
Then there’s another world beyond the city limits - the townships which many Cape residents call home. Some are uplifting, others less so, and nearly all can be visited on responsible township tours.
So, no matter if you’re after chasing the colour and carnival of the chaotic city centre or sipping a Chenin blanc among the casks of a Stellenbosch wine estate, Cape Town can be uncorked, savoured and enjoyed time and time again.

Cape Town tourist information