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Language: English | Currency: Rand (ZAR) | Local time: UTC | Avg. Flight time: 14.0 hrs
The first place most visitors flock to is the bustling V&A waterfront, home to an array of shops, bars and restaurants. Swanky five-star hotels congregate around Dock Road, Portswood Road, and West Quay, while cheaper hotels sit a few blocks inland. This is the place to stay if you want the convenience of the modern world and also the chance to stroll along the harbour in the evening. Whale watching boat trips and sunset harbour cruises leave from the waterfront.
A natural amphitheatre-shaped area bordered by Table Bay and the mountains of Signal Hill, the City Bowl is a colourful and vibrant spot dotted with cheap budget options for thrifty backpackers. Many guesthouses, hostels, and B&Bs are located on Long Street, a popular spot for frugal travellers with a lively and bustling feel in unpretentious surroundings.
If visiting the rolling winelands is high on your agenda, make it a weekend break and spend a night at its many boutique hotels so you can visit award-winning wineries at your leisure. For something that oozes romance and luxury, check out Devon Valley Hotel near Stellenbosch, which is set on a working wine farm and boasts an 18-hole golf course – compare hotels on TravelSupermarket to find a good deal for you.
For those who’d like to give surfing a go, Muizenberg is widely considered to be one of the best learn-to-surf spots in the world. The town contains several cheap guesthouses as well as luxury hotels, so you’re sure to find something to suit your taste and budget. Pro-surfers who want to hit the big swells at Glen Beach will be delighted to know that there are numerous places to stay in Camps Bay, too.
Not far from Cape Town are Fairy Glen, Inverdoorn and Aquaila – three game reserves which offer the opportunity to spot the Big Five (buffalos, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinoceros). All provide excellent accommodation, from safari tents to private lodges and on-site spas for the ultimate relaxation after a day of game-spotting. The best time to visit for a safari is from May to September (winter) when there is less foliage, making it easier to spot game.
Cape Town is a year-round destination, although some months are better than others. Prices are usually high in December and January, but when winter starts in June, temperatures can dip to 17C and showers appear more regularly – this is the period to go if you’re looking for cheaper hotel prices.
Looking to visit Cape Town? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first.