Flights to Cape Town (CPT)

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Flights to Cape Town

Everybody has a reason to book a flight to Cape Town. The Mother City has everything: beautiful beaches, lively lounges and restaurants, and five-star hotels from which to explore them all. Historically, it was a busy port for travelers sailing past the tip of Africa. Today, the melting pot of cultures keeps visitors coming from all over the world.

Cape Town is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, from the golden beaches and aquamarine oceans of the coast to the exotic wildlife inland, all overseen by the majestic Table Mountain. Needless to say, you’ll want to bring a camera.

Take that beautiful landscape, add good weather for most of the year, and you get a wonderfully outdoorsy lifestyle. On weekends you’ll find the locals hiking in Cape Town (check out Lion’s Head mountain and Cape Point), heading into the forest for a braai (barbecue), or hanging out on the beach. Fish Hoek, St James, Clifton, Hout Bay, and Bloubergstrand are the most popular sandy spots.

The seafood is as fresh and tasty as you’d expect from a city on the coast, whether you’re eating calamari in a restaurant or digging into a slice of fish from a paper parcel on the beach. With such a diverse population, you can find pretty much any international cuisine you fancy, and the local Cape Malay food is tasty, too. Just don’t stuff yourself so much that you can’t hit the town afterwards.

By night, Cape Town really comes into its own, with a dining and nightlife scene to rival the best of them. The city has nightlife venues featuring live jazz, rock, trance, and everything in between. Coupled with the hospitality of the city’s residents, it makes for an unforgettable night out.

Spend a day (and a night) on Long Street

No visit to Cape Town would be complete without a trip to the famous Long Street. During the day, shop at the hip boutiques and people watch in the backpacker cafes. Once the sun goes down, get ready for a memorable evening, with lounges, live music, and nightlife venues to satisfy everyone.

City Center
8001

Tour the Winelands

South Africa’s vineyards are renowned all over the world, and famous regions such as Paarl and Stellenbosch are well worth traveling out of the city center for. As well as proving educational, these excursions into some of the region’s most beautiful scenery can end at some top-notch restaurants.

193 Banghoek Road
Stellenbosch
7600
+27 86 613 7870
winelands.co.za

Hike Lion’s Head

Pack a picnic and head up the stunning Lion’s Head mountain in the late afternoon. From the peak, which stands an impressive 669 meters high, you can watch the sun set over the city before making your way back down by the light of the full moon.

Table Mountain National Park
Plateau Road
Signal Hill
Cape Town
8001

See the penguins on Boulders Beach

Cape Town has some lovely beaches, from surfers’ paradise Muizenberg to sun worshippers’ favorite Clifton. Maybe the most unique one is Boulders Beach, with its colony of African penguins. Children love to watch them waddle along the shore. Add the calm seas and nearby Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant, and you’ve got a great family day out.

Kleintuin Road
7995
+27 21 786 2329
bouldersbeachlodge.com

Dive with great white sharks

Getting up close to Cape Town’s deadliest predator is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To do it the right way, head two hours east to the eco-friendly conservation company White Shark Projects in Gansbaai, a town hailed as "the great white shark capital of the world."

16 Geelbek Street
Gansbaai
7220
+27 76 245 5880
whitesharkprojects.co.za

Visit Robben Island

A trip to Robben Island should be on everyone’s Cape Town itinerary. Seeing the limestone quarries and prison cells where former South African president Nelson Mandela was incarcerated is a humbling experience. You’ll get a unique insight into South Africa’s turbulent history.

Robben Island Museum
Robben Island
7400
+27 21 409 5100
robben-island.org.za

Two Oceans (Seafood)

Since it opened in 1995, this seafood restaurant has been feeding the hungry masses that make the journey to Cape Point, the tip of the continent where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean currents meet. The views of the bays below will take your breath away, and the fish is some of the freshest around.

1 Radio Road
Cape Peninsula
7976
+27 21 780 9200
two-oceans.co.za

Bukhara (Indian)

It isn’t easy to pick a favorite from the many Indian restaurants in Cape Town, but stylish Bukhara always seems to come out on top. Loyal fans can’t get enough of the traditional North Indian cuisine, served with a modern twist from the open kitchen, and rumor has it that visiting celebrities love it, too.

33 Church Street
City Centre
7001
+27 21 424 0000
bukhara.com

Aubergine (International)

Ask anyone about Aubergine, and they’ll tell you it’s a Cape Town institution. This is largely thanks to the inventiveness of Chef Harald Bresselschmidt. The kitchen master knows how to make magic with local ingredients, such as springbok and ostrich, and his signature dish, the aubergine souffle, is a must-try.

39 Barnet Street
Gardens
8001
+27 21 465 0000
aubergine.co.za

Truth Coffee Roasting (Cafe)

This fashionable steampunk-themed cafe is one of the most highly regarded coffee shops in South Africa. The interior is stunning, and you won’t find a better cup anywhere in the city. Plus, it’s just around the corner from the award-winning District Six Museum, which is well worth a visit.

36 Buitenkant Street
City Centre
8000
+27 21 200 0440
truthcoffee.com

Bo Kaap Kombuis (Cape Malay)

This is the best place in the city to try authentic South African cuisine, specifically, the distinctive flavors of Cape Malay cooking. It's located in the multicolored, multicultural neighborhood of Bokaap; as you dig into your lunch, you can soak up gorgeous views of Table Mountain and Table Bay.

7 August Street (on Wale Street)
Schotsche Kloof
Bokaap
8001
+27 21 422 5446
bokaapkombuis.co.za

Majestik Cafe (Take-out)

This beachside cafe is a slice of Cape Town history; it’s been serving fish and chips and soft-serve ice cream to hungry surfers and beach lovers since 1937. Just try not to get too distracted by the Aladdin’s cave of amazing retro memorabilia. There’s no seating – you just grab your lunch and take it to the beach.

2 Melrose Road
Muizenberg
7950
+27 21 788 1433

The Backpack

Hostelworld.com once named this place the best hostel in Africa, and you can see why. The rooms are clean and stylish, and it’s in a handy central location. In addition, the Backpack is fair-trade accredited, supports local community projects, and has a bursary scheme for staff members.

74 New Church Street
Gardens
8001
+27 21 423 4530
backpackers.co.za

Blue on Blue Bed and Breakfast

This Cape Town bed and breakfast is simply marvelous. If you love the beach, it’s a perfect location; perched on the mountainside overlooking False Bay, you’ll be within walking distance of tranquil St. James beach, as well as a host of cafes, boutiques, seafood restaurants, and surf shops in nearby Muizenberg.

9 Sandhurst Road
St James
7946
+27 21 788 7238
blueonbluesa.com

One&Only Cape Town

This hotel is lavish yet family friendly, with a heated infinity pool; activity clubs for kids, tweens, and teens; and a lush spa where parents can unwind. It’s in a great location, too, overlooking the V&A Waterfront. Foodies know it as the home of Cape Town’s Nobu restaurant.

Dock Road
V & A Waterfront
8001
+27 21 431 5888
capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com

Tintswalo Atlantic

To reach this five-star luxury lodge located between Hout Bay and Cape Town, you’ll need to make the trip along Chapman’s Peak. Luckily, it’s one of the prettiest drives in the world. Once you get there, expect perfect service, beautiful ocean views, and a fine dining restaurant where the chef cooks lunch and dinner to your request.

Chapmans Peak Drive
7806
+27 11 300 8888
tintswalo.com/atlantic

MannaBay

Tucked under Table Mountain, this luxury boutique hotel has eight bright, beautiful rooms and an outdoor pool where you can soak up that famous Cape Town sunshine. The on-site travel team organizes day tours of the area, and in the evenings, you can watch from the library as the city lights up beneath you.

8 Bridle Road
Oranjezicht
8001
+27 21 461 1094
mannabay.com

Cape Grace Hotel & Spa

If you really feel like pushing the boat out on a waterfront hotel in Cape Town, this gorgeous building has the wow factor. It has its own quay yet is just a short walk away from the attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The service is impeccable, as is the on-site restaurant—and there’s even a luggage unpacking service.

West Quay Road
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
8001
+27 21 410 7100
capegrace.com

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