Southern Suburbs

The easiest way to understand where the southern suburbs are is to imagine Table Mountain in front of you: the southern suburbs are right behind the famous mountain. It contains nearly two dozen suburbs on either side of the M3 highway, all framed by the lush eastern slopes of the Table Mountain range.

The southern suburbs' most famous inhabitant is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The leafy suburb of Newlands, nestled on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, is one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. It is known for being the home of two of South Africa’s favourite sports, cricket and rugby, with many nail biting matches taking place at the two stadiums.

The most famous destination in the Southern Suburbs is the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens that for more than a century has served as an important conservation area for some of South Africa’s most unique biomes. Its sprawling lawns, various indigenous gardens, hiking trails, restaurants, open-air concert stage and 130m-long treetop canopy walkway make it a popular year-round destination.

The "Boomslang" is an aerial walkway that snakes its way through the tree canopies in Kirstenbosch and affords visitors a completely new vista os the breathtaking gardens.

The Southern Suburbs also contain one of Cape Town’s more surprising features: it has a number of superb wine farms a mere 20 minutes from the city center. Situated in the suburb of Constantia are a collection of small wine estates, some of which are more than 300 years old. Apart from award-winning wines, you can also look forward to fine dining, quaint coffee shops and exclusive boutiques.

Groot Constantia is one of the oldest wine producing estate in South Africa and is one of the cornerstones of wine making in the Cape region  Credit: Fairfield Tours

Holiday accommodation is plentiful in the southern suburbs and ranges from budget-conscious backpacker-style lodgings to superb guest houses, private home rentals and luxury 5-star hotels and wine estates. Solo travellers, families and couples alike will enjoy staying in this region. The southern suburbs enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere than Cape Town’s CBD, yet is close enough to the city center and the surrounding beaches for you to enjoy the best of both worlds.


• The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Summer Sunset Concerts are a highlight on Cape Town’s social calendar. From November to March each year the venue hosts South Africa’s top musical acts as well as some internationally recognised artists.

• The scenic Constantia Wine Route, a stone’s throw from the city center, has a portfolio of eight wine estates to visit including the oldest wine producer in the country, Groot Constantia.

• The Baxter Theatre Centre in Rondebosch is a performing arts complex that hosts multicultural performances throughout the year. The Baxter is one of the cornerstones of South Africa’s performing art scene and well worth a visit.

• In January South Africa’s oldest horse racing event, the Sun Met (formerly known as the J&B Met), takes place at the Kenilworth Racecourse. This prestigious event is not just an equestrian affair but is also an important soiree on the social calendar of the country’s grandest celebrities and fashionistas.

Practical tips

• The southern suburbs are about 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport and only 10 minutes from the city center. Regular taxi and shuttle services operate between the airport and the southern suburbs and all major car rental companies have offices in both locations.

• If your stay is mainly in and around the southern suburbs, you might be better off making use of taxi services rather than renting a vehicle. Cape Town is a relatively small city yet quite congested, so traffic and parking can be a headache.

Our Recommended Itinerary

Cape Town, Whale Coast and Victoria Falls Tour (10 days)

day 1

Sleeping with elephants
  • Cape Town, Whale Coast and Victoria Falls Tour (10 days)
  • Cape Town, Whale Coast and Victoria Falls Tour (10 days)
  • Cape Town, Whale Coast and Victoria Falls Tour (10 days)
  • Cape Town, Whale Coast and Victoria Falls Tour (10 days)
  • Cape Town, Whale Coast and Victoria Falls Tour (10 days)
  • Cape Town, Whale Coast and Victoria Falls Tour (10 days)

day 2

Exploring Victoria Falls

Popular Cape Town Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | South African Holiday Adventure (10 days)

South African Holiday Adventure (10 days)

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

 | South African Bush and Beach Journey (10 days)

South African Bush and Beach Journey (10 days)

Explore the magic of Cape Town followed by the Scenic Garden Route and finally the Big Five members at the Kruger National Park...

 | Cape Town and Kruger Family Safari (8 days)

Cape Town and Kruger Family Safari (8 days)

Combine the best that Cape Town and the Kruger National Park have to offer – beach and bush – for the ideal family holiday...

 | Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 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....

Exterior view of Ngala Tented Camp | Delightful Cape Town and Kruger Luxury Safari (12 days)

Delightful Cape Town and Kruger Luxury Safari (12 days)

Combine Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands with a safari in the Kruger National Park for a relaxing and exhilarating South African safari...

 | Affordable Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls Luxury Safari (10 days)

Affordable Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls Luxury Safari (10 days)

Visit the most popular destinations in Southern Africa on this luxury tour for the budget-conscious...

Stunning view from the Rovos Rail | The Ultimate Luxury Safari in South Africa (11 days)

The Ultimate Luxury Safari in South Africa (11 days)

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

 | Road Trip through Cape Town’s Finest (10 Days)

Road Trip through Cape Town's Finest (10 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....

 | Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari

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. ...

 | City and Safari in Southern Africa (14 days)

City and Safari in Southern Africa (14 days)

Majestic wildlife and the riches of Africa. ...

You might also like

Cape Town in January

Climate The month of January enjoys hot, sunny days with clear skies and plenty of daylight hours. Sunset is only after 8 pm! Daytime temperatures are in the mid to high 20’s, although it is not uncommon for temperatures to rise well over 30°C. Cape Town falls within a winter rainfall region, so this month is mostly dry. Expect the occasional (very) windy day. Best regions The month…

False Bay

Long before GPS was invented, the sailors of old returning from long sea voyages to the east confused this picturesque bay with the more famous Table Bay a bit further along the coast, thus giving False Bay its name. False Bay is an immense C-shaped curve in the coastline to the southeast of Table Mountain. At its widest point it is a staggering 30km across the bay! It comes as no…

Solo holiday in Cape Town

Cape Town ranks among the best cities in the world for solo travelers. It is a truly multicultural city since it is not only home to a melting pot of local peoples and cultures, as Cape Town also sees a steady influx of international visitors year-round. Getting to the city is a breeze: it is only 25 minutes from the nearest international airport. Once within the city, most major…

Cape Town in December

Climate In December Cape Town experiences its hottest weather with daytime temperatures often rising into the mid 30’s. Expect hot and cloudless days, long daytime hours, warm nights and little to no rain. December sees the occasional very windy day. Best regions The warm weather makes Cape Town’s beaches by far the most popular summertime destination. Outdoor activities on Table…

Affordable Cape Town holiday

While Cape Town undoubtedly is home to some of the most luxurious hotels, guest houses and private villas in the country, it is arguably an even more superb holiday destination for the mid-range traveler. Who needs personal butlers and room service anyway when you have Table Mountain in your backyard and the Atlantic Ocean on your doorstep? In fact, you’ll get the most value for your…

Budget holiday in Cape Town

There are two distinct features that make Cape Town a great destination for travelers on a budget: its location and its size. The city’s setting, at the foot of Table Mountain with the Atlantic Ocean sweeping around the coastline and the Cape Winelands to the east, offers near infinite outdoor destinations that won’t cost you a cent. The places that do charge, however, like the…

Southern Peninsula

The Cape Peninsula is rocky outcrop that reaches into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean like a giant curved finger. At its southernmost point lies the Cape of Good Hope, so called because of the optimism it gave to early trading seafarers rounding the tip of Africa en route between Europe and the Far East. Geographically speaking, the Cape Peninsula actually starts in Mouille Point…

Cape Town in April

Climate The month of April sees autumn arrive in Cape Town and the heat and wind of the peak summer months disappear. Days are generally fair with clear skies and the average temperature in the low to mid 20’s. Evenings are generally mild and pleasant. Best regions Hiking on the Table Mountain range is great this time of year since daytime temperatures are cooler and it’s not as…

Ready to start your adventure?

+27 (0)21 422 3498
    Mon - Fri: 8AM - 9PM GMT+2