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Cape Town tours & holiday packages

Natural beauty, great beaches and urban attractions

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

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari itinerary

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari itinerary

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.

$ 5,663

£ 4,366

R 74,260

5,065

per person

14 days
South African bush and beach safari

South African bush and beach safari

Explore the jewel in the crown of Cape Town’s glamorous and encounter the Big Five members at the Kruger National Park

$ 3,944

£ 3,041

R 51,724

3,528

per person

10 days
South African holiday adventure

South African holiday adventure

Explore the southern-most city on the African continent, before jetting off to spot the Big Five

$ 4,625

£ 3,566

R 60,650

4,136

per person

11 days
Garden Route safari adventure

Garden Route safari adventure

Discover one of South Africa’s best kept secrets - the Garden Route

Price on Request

per person

14 days
South Africa and Zambia honeymoon

South Africa and Zambia honeymoon

Explore the romantic Atlantic Ocean with multi-cultural mixture and Big Five - also encounter the Livington Victoria Falls

$ 410

£ 316

R 5,377

367

per person

11 days
Southern Africa safari adventure

Southern Africa safari adventure

Majestic wildlife and the riches of Africa.

Price on Request

per person

15 days
Family safari in the Southern Africa itinerary

Family safari in the Southern Africa itinerary

Exploring the tip of Southern Africa continent should on top of your bucket list for 2017

$ 7,439

£ 5,735

R 97,550

6,653

per person

13 days
Stunning view from the Rovos Rail

Luxury South Africa

Combine Cape Town chic with Africa's most luxurious train and an elegant Big Five safari for a stylish South African holiday

$ 4,835

£ 3,728

R 63,401

4,324

per person

11 days
Romantic view

Cape Town, Kruger and Vic Falls Deluxe Honeymoon

Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever

$ 4,528

£ 3,491

R 59,380

4,050

per person

11 days
Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa safari

Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa safari

This Southern Africa safari adventure will take you to the tip of the African continent

$ 14,082

£ 10,858

R 184,673

12,595

per person

20 days

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Sarah Duff says

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. 

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Introduction

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.

Weather and Climate

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.

Where to stay

Cape Town Map

Cape Town's location on Google Maps

Frequently Asked Questions about Cape Town

When is the best time to visit Mokala National Park?

Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year, the dry winter months of May to September are the best. During this season - animals gather at the waterholes and rivers, making them easier to spot. However, the daytime temperature is… go there.

When is the best time to visit Cape Point?

May and October is the best season to visit Cape Point - this time is the best for whale watching. go there.

What types of plugs are used in the Southern and Eastern African countries?

Botswana: Electric plug M 230V and 50Hz Kenya: Electric plug G 240V and 50Hz Malawi: Electrical plug G 230V and 50Hz Mauritius: Electrical plug C & G, 230V and 50Hz Mozambique: Electrical plug C,F,M, 220V and 50Hz Namibia: Electric plug… go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What shots should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Cape Town safaris

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…

Sharan

from Singapore

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…

Margery

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

We first reached out to two agencies when we were looking to book our trip to South Africa. They didn't really answer our questions and took days to respond. One actually stopped responding altogether and we gave up after 3-4 follow ups.

Julia

from United States of America

I am giving below my feedback about all aspect of the trip from 24th May to 5th June, 2016. a) Accommodation at Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park and Cape Town was well located with comfortable rooms as…

Asit

from India

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Danny Meadows-Klue

from UK

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