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Cape Town

Cape Town Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists

Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Cape Town, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.


Language English, Afrikaans
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency South African Rand
Voltage 230V

Dramatically backed by Table Mountain and surrounded by sapphire seas, Cape Town is a strikingly attractive city, housing some of South Africa’s best hotels, restaurants and museums. Boasting a multi-layering of landscapes and cultures, the city’s turbulent past has given it a distinctively cosmopolitan vibe, with proud citizens each adding their own faith and flavour to Cape Town’s incredible melting-pot. Begin your sight-seeing tour with a trip to Robben Island, a poignant yet fascinating starting point with magnificent views of Cape Town’s natural wonders – in particular, the colossal, flat-topped Table Mountain, a true emblem of the city.

The city is home to a vibrant and eclectic art scene, boasting striking street art, colourfully-painted façades and Afro-chic interior design. If you fancy picking up a piece of local art or traditional craft as a keepsake, the shops of the V&A Waterfront are filled with unique goodies. Beyond the spectacular city sights, idyllic coastal resorts, sublime beaches, penguins, dolphins and the legendary Cape Point (the most famous promontory in the world) are on Cape Town’s doorstep. Swap urban life for the rural charm of the Winelands, before discovering the countless delights of the Garden Route – a stunning stretch of coastline. For many visitors, Cape Town is just the beginning of their South African adventure.

Table Mountain

Enjoy a thrilling ride to the summit of Table Mountain via a unique rotating cable-car, turning 360 degrees as you absorb jaw-dropping views across the whole of the Cape Peninsula. Prepare to be further awed as you find a viewpoint atop this show-stopping, crowd-pulling, 600-million-year-old mass of land – officially classed as one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of Nature’. Table Mountain is the star attraction of Table Mountain National Park, but the delights don’t stop there! Discover more striking granite and sandstone peaks, including the iconic Twelve Apostles, miles of boulder-strewn beaches and swathes of pristine forests.

Robben Island

Take a moving yet fascinating tour of Robben Island, the ex-prison of Nelson Mandela and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Book online in advance for an inclusive package of ferry rides, bus trip around the island, entrance tickets and guided tour of the prison.

V&A Waterfront

Named after Queen Victoria and second son, Alfred, the vibrant V&A Waterfront is a stylish seafront hub created on the site of an old working harbour. Today, it’s one of Cape Town’s top places to visit and is filled with stunning shops, restaurants, bars, cinemas and various other attractions. Beyond the wonderful food, nightlife and shopping, the waterfront is also the place to hop aboard scenic sightseeing boat-trips and cruises.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

For stunning displays of unique Cape flora, follow the circular walks or free guided tours around the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens – undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the world. Highlights include approximately 9,000 glorious plant species, an elevated fragrance garden, wonderful sculpture garden, information centre, gift shop and conservatory, housing plants from the continent’s more arid regions. Built in 2013 to celebrate Kirstenbosch’s 100th birthday, the Tree Canopy Walkway provides yet another way to admire the spectacular plant-life. A must-visit for everyone, there is even a special Braille trail.


One of Cape Town’s most photogenic spots, the historic neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap is where freed slaves began to set up home after the 1830s emancipation. Truly vibrant, discover its tiny, cobblestone streets lined with brightly-painted, low-roofed houses.


If you’re seeking to learn more about South Africa’s turbulent past, don’t miss the museum at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, or the small museum at Jetty 1, the original point of departure for prisoners en-route to the island. Expect to be equally moved as you step inside District Six Museum, based in an old Methodist Mission Church, housing reconstructions of living rooms, faded photos, testimonials and other memorabilia commemorating the multiracial area that was destroyed during the apartheid. Some township tours include a stop here. On a lighter note, the waterfront’s grain silo has had a makeover and is now the Zeitz MOCAA Museum, showcasing a colourful and contemporary collection of Southern African art.


Less than ten minutes from the city centre, discover the rocky shores of Bantry Bay and Clifton’s four Blue Flag, white-sand beaches. Protected from strong winds by gigantic boulders, Clifton’s ‘4th’ beach is synonymous with a summer holiday: imagine ice lollies, bobbing yachts and tanned bodies. Next up is stylish Camps Bay, featuring a long, sandy beach lined with quirky cafés and fashionable restaurants. Bringing children? Then don’t miss Boulders Beach, home to a colony of adorable African penguins. Boardwalks and viewing points are positioned in the dunes, and the penguins are even known to share beach towels if you wander onto the sands!

Cape Point

Just 60km southwest of Cape Town, Cape Point is in the ‘Cape of Good Hope’ nature reserve, part of the stunning Table Mountain National Park. Discover a region of spellbinding scenery, sensational seascapes, terrific walks, fantastic birdwatching (250 species!) and, often, empty beaches. To soak up the very best views, take the ‘Flying Dutchman’ funicular and ride to the upper lighthouse, where sheer cliffs drop into the turquoise ocean below.

Outdoor Activities

Cape Town’s naturally theatrical and scenic setting provides an amazing backdrop for outdoor fun, with hiking and mountain biking trails aplenty, world-class golf, exhilarating water-sports and adrenaline-pumping pursuits - like abseiling down Table Mountain or paragliding off Lion’s Head. Meanwhile, the nearby Atlantic Ocean offers glorious seasonal dolphin and whale-watching.

Travel Gems+

For a special occasion ‘Le Pique Nique at Boschendal Winery’ is a lovely way to enjoy the Winelands – collect your picnic basket and pick your wine, then enjoy lunch in the estate’s beautiful gardens. Whilst in the Winelands region, sip a cup of the area’s unique rooibos tea – known for its health benefits.

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.


November to March is summer in Cape Town with average maximum temperatures of 27°C, which is definitely not uncomfortable as the days are cooled by the locally South Easterly winds known as the 'Cape Doctor'.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Cape Town.

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Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways direct from London Heathrow to Cape Town.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Cape Town: 11 hours, 30 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

New rules apply with regards to children travelling to South Africa. Parents travelling with children under the age of 18 will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate. The full unabridged birth certificate should list the child's details and both parents details. The abridged (short) birth certificate which only lists the child's particulars won't be accepted. The South African Department of Home Affairs are not accepting uncertified copies of birth certificates, passports or copies of parents/guardians identification.

Where one parent is accompanying, in addition to the unabridged birth certificate there will be a need for parental or legal consent for the child to travel for example an affidavit from the other parent,(a letter from the parent witnessed and stamped by a solicitor), court order, or if applicable a death certificate . A copy of the parent's passport is also required signed and stamped by a solicitor.

Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, they must provide the unabridged birth certificate for the child, affidavit from the child's parents or legal guardian giving consent and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents or legal guardian.

For further information or any other requirements please check the government website.  

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance. In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations i.e, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling. Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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