Cape Town Destination Guide
If you are looking for a destination that offers adventure, family fun, history, culture and awe inspiring natural beauty, Cape Town should be at the top of your list. With the majestic Table Mountain, beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife the City invites you to come and see for yourself why British newspaper The Guardian, and the US’s The New York Times voted Cape Town the best travel destination for 2014.
Where to Stay
Whatever your budget and preference you are sure to be satisfied with the range of accommodation options Cape Town has to offer - from luxury five star hotels and spas to cosy guest houses, B&B’s and self-catering apartments. Your choice of accommodation will largely be influenced by what it is that you want from your holiday. City hotels offer easy access to most of the main attractions in Cape Town, while a guest house in the Winelands is perfect for a cosy country retreat.
Your loved ones will be green with envy when they see your holiday pictures, so try to keep the peace by taking back a few souvenirs. For some serious retail therapy, the V&A Waterfront offers over 450 shops where you can indulge in international fashion brands, or explore quaint craft and curio stores. For antique stores and vintage vibes take a stroll down Long Street and Bree Street in the City centre, or haggle with the traders at the Green Point flea market for some authentic African keepsakes.
Cape Town like a Local
- Public transport is not readily available, so make use of a reputable shuttle or taxi service.
- South Africa has 11 official languages and, although you will get far by speaking English, there are a few terms you should know:
- Lekker is a word used to describe something that is nice, great or cool. You’ll want to use it often!
- A robot is a traffic light and lastly, but maybe the most importantly, braai. This is a favourite pastime not only of Capetonians, but of many South Africans and it means barbeque or grill (although a braai is so much better!)
- The African sun may be hotter than you think, so always wear sunscreen.