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Cape Town has a lot to offer, from spectacular scenery that includes mountains soaring above palm-fringed beaches and rolling fields of vineyards to gourmet restaurants, fine museums and a rich cultural heritage
Cape Town's magic lies in its diversity. In the space of one day you could get a bird's-eye view of the city by taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain (designated one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature), swim with penguins at Boulders Beach (or, more daringly, with great white sharks in a cage), taste wines at a centuries-old estate, eat at some of the country's best restaurants and watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean with a chilled cocktail at a beachside bar.
Popular Cape Town safaris
These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates
Discover the Big Cats in the Kruger National Park and enjoy the bustling harbour, world-class beaches and top-notch vineyards in Cape Town
per person7 days
Explore the southern-most city on the African continent, before jetting off to spot the Big Five
per person11 days
This Southern Africa safari adventure will take you to the tip of the African continent
per person20 days
Spend your days discovering the fine beaches of Cape Town, enjoying the remarkably untamed wilderness of the Kruger National Park and swimming the pristine beaches of Mauritius.
per person15 days
Explore Cape Town and its surrounding highlights in luxury on a looped route that both starts and ends in South Africa’s Mother City.
per person10 days
Explore the romantic Atlantic Ocean with multi-cultural mixture and Big Five - also encounter the Livington Victoria Falls
per person11 days
Experience the best that South Africa has to offer, with a holiday tailor-made for you
Price on Request
per person13 days
Combine Cape Town chic with Africa's most luxurious train and an elegant Big Five safari for a stylish South African holiday
per person11 days
Two countries in 8 days may seem like a lot but with this well thought out itinerary you will see some of the regions most iconic destinations without feeling like you are rushing through it at all.
per person8 days
Experience the best that South Africa has to offer: it's white-sand beaches, lush green wine-lands and find the Big Five wildlife in the Kruger National Park.
per person14 days
Cape Town's the kind of place that you plan to visit for a week and end up living in – that's the kind of allure it has. There's no city that I've been to that has the Mother City's mix of natural beauty and urban coolness.
More on Cape Town holidays
Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities in Cape Town. The city is famed for its outdoor attractions but it also has loads of things to do that don't involve beaches or mountains.
History buffs can visit Nelson Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island and the District Six Museum; foodies can experience local cuisine by taking a Cape Malay cooking class in the Bo-Kaap; culture connoisseurs can explore the National Art Gallery; and shoppers can splash out on designer goods at the V&A Waterfront, the city's most scenic shopping mall, situated in the harbour.
An added bonus is that a lot of the city's attractions are free: take your pick from dozens of beaches (Llandudno, Clifton and Camps Bay are some of the most popular), or go mountain biking or hiking in one of the city's green spaces such as Newlands Forest or Table Mountain National Park. If you are interested in plants, Cape Town forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which comprises just 0.5% of the area of Africa, but is home to 20% of the continent's flora. Learn more about indigenous plants at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
Know before you go
Cape Town is the first South African city, which was founded after the arrival of the first Dutch settlers in 1652, however the area was discovered as early as 1488 when the Portuguese settlers came and decided to move on in their exploration.
The main indigenous people of the area at the time of the first settlers were the Khoikhoi tribe.
No more than a few hours after former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison on 11th of February 1990 he gave a speech at Cape Town city Hall balcony. This is largely regarded as the start of a new democracy for South Africa.
Cape Town is arguably the most popular South African destination in terms of tourism and tourists from all over the world flock to the city on a daily basis all year round.
When to go
Compared to Europe winters in Cape Town are mild, however compared to the rest of the country particularly the East Coast it can become bitterly cold. Winter runs from around June until the middle of August or beginning of September.
Depending on what you’re looking to do it’s largely regarded that the best time to visit is from September until February where days are a lot longer and weather is hot and dry as opposed to the wet and cold conditions of winter. However world class restaurants, heaters and log fires ensure that winter spirits are always high even on the coldest nights.
What to pack
In summer time there will be days and days of great weather so it’s advised to pack according to this and be prepared for long endless days on the beach. Pack shorts, swimming costumes, sunscreen and towels these are all advisable items for summer. Weather in Cape Town can however turn for the worst even in summer.
Be prepared for all weather conditions, rain can be expected on occasion in summer and Cape Town’s proximity to the mountains and cold Atlantic Ocean makes for cold winds most year round. In winter be prepared for rain and wind, although that doesn’t mean you won’t be spoilt by sunny days most of the time through summer.
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Safari / Holiday Styles
Get on a hop on hop off bus and see all the best sites of the town with helpful guides from camps bay to table mountain, Cape Town is a great destination for city based adventures.
Visit the amazing winelands not far from the city in the neighboring Stellenbosch area.
Cape Town has some of the best and most beautiful beaches on the planet and many of them are also leading surf destinations as well, pack a wetsuit if you plan on surfing the temperature of the water packs an icy punch.
Cape Town also has many leading golf courses in and around the city, which boast amazing views of some of the mountain ranges in the area.
Cape Town and surrounds is also a great place for wildlife holidays of all kinds including whale and dolphin watching especially in nearby towns such as Hermanus or Lamberts Bay.
Cape Town also has world class fishing spots not far from the City Centre; some of these are situated in the Southern Peninsula near Muizenberg and Kalk Bay.
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Reviews on our Cape Town safaris
From the first approach to the end, Discover Africa has been excellent. The hotels, service and everything in between was thought of and exceeded all our expectations. The perfect choice! Thanks to all and especially to Megan.
All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.
We spent 10 days in South Africa going around many places in December 2016. Every aspect was arranged perfectly and went really smooth. Our flight to Cape Town was very delayed and our pickup vehicle couldn't find us but the attention…
We could not have been more pleased with "Discover Africa." Our agent, Megan W, was knowledgeable, accommodating and highly responsive. She asked pertinent questions, listened carefully to our needs, then organized a personalized tour- the…
from United States of America
Although our safari was very expensive for us as South Africans we were satisfied that we got a value for money experience. It was a once in a lifetime safari. Knowledgeable, professional guides - experience far beyond our expectations. They…
Uwe and Doreza Kersandt
from South Africa
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