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Cape Town City

South Africa
the Western Cape
Cape Town
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Access to Cape Town by air is possible, with arrivals landing at Cape Town International Airport, which is located 20kms from the city centre. Over 20 national and international airlines provide regular service from many parts of the world. Door-to-door shuttle bus services and taxis are available to take you into the city.

By Rail

Most land travellers arrive in Cape Town from Johannesburg or Pretoria. The main passenger line from Johannesburg is the Trans-Karoo, which runs daily between the two cities. The trip takes about 25 hours and is very reasonably priced. There are three classes including sleepers. First and second class seats must be reserved in advance, but tickets for third class seats can be purchased just before departure. For reservations and information, call: +27 86 000 8888.

For a much more luxurious and leisurely experience, you can travel from Johannesburg or Pretoria on the Blue Train or Rovos Rail. These trains depart once or twice a week and take a scenic route. Cape Town’s train station is in the centre of the city, on Adderley Street.

By Bus

Bus travel may be faster than the train, but it is not nearly as comfortable. All services operated by the major intercity bus companies - Greyhound, Intercape and Translux - terminate at the junction of Adderley and Strand Streets. There is also the Baz Bus minivan service, which is aimed more at backpackers. The Baz Bus has a flexible, hop-on and hop-off policy, and travels throughout the country. 

By Car

If you are coming directly from Johannesburg, you should take the N1 motorway. From Port Elizabeth, via the scenic Garden Route, you can access Cape Town via the N2. The Waterfront area is well-signposted on Eastern Boulevard.

Key places to visit
Cape Peninsula, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Two Oceans Aquarium, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens


Places to Visit

Cape Peninsula

The Cape Peninsula alone, 52km/32mi long and no more than 16km/10mi wide, would be sufficient justification for a visit to Cape Town. Along its coasts are miles/kilometers of beaches of white sand, and at its southern tip is the world-famous Cape of Good Hope. Cape Point, a few hundred yards east of the Cape of Good Hope, has been recognized by geographers as the point where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean meet - making Cape Town the only city in the world situated on two oceans. Here the Atlantic's cold Benguela Current meets the Indian Ocean's warm Agulhas Current. But neither Cape Point nor the Cape of Good Hope is the most southerly point in Africa: that honor belongs to Cape Agulhas, farther to the east.

Robben Island

This historically important island should not be missed, especially if you have an interest in learning more about the effect apartheid has had on Cape Town. Visitors are transported by high-speed catamaran for the 25-minute journey to the island, which incidentally offers incredible views of Table Mountain and the city’s skyline. During the 45-minute bus tour, you can see the home of PAC leader Robert Sobukwe, where he was imprisoned; the charming warden’s village, which still functions as a town; and WWII fortifications. But the highlight is the tiny prison cell where Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment.

Table Mountain

This iconic slab of sandstone and granite is Cape Town’s most recognisable landmark. Recently incorporated into the Cape Peninsula National Park, Table Mountain provides a 15,000 acre wilderness area right in the heart of the city. There are more than 350 paths to the summit, which is the most climbed peak in the world. Alternatively, you can ascend to the top by cable car and spend your day exploring the rich biodiversity of the park.

Cable cars depart every 15 minutes from Tafelberg Road between 08:00 and 21:00 depending on the season. If you can, traverse the mountain on foot. The most common path is via Platteklip Gorge, which starts at the lower cable car station and takes 2 to 3 strenuous hours. An even more scenic route starts at the Kirstenbosch Gardens and ascends up the backside via Skeleton Gorge. This way is steep, but it should take just 2 hours to reach the summit.

Two Oceans Aquarium

This is the most exciting attraction at the Waterfront, with colourful coral reef exhibits and great white sharks making up part of the 3,000 different species that can be view just inches from your face. There are a number of specific environments which give an excellent insight into the diversity of marine life around the Cape. The aquarium is child-friendly, with a touch pool, weekend entertainment and child-height windows for viewing.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

One of the key attractions in Cape Town, these glorious gardens spread along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain should not be missed. The cultivated areas of the gardens blend in perfectly with the neighbouring nature preserve and offer an ideal way to escape the summer heat. Over 8,000 different species of native flora grow here, highlighted by several themed walking paths. You can rent an audioguide to learn more about the gardens or join one of the free guided tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Summer sunset concerts are also held here every Sunday from December to March

Right Time to Visit

January - March


January - February -> 26(°C) - Summer
July - August -> 7(°C) - Spring


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