Sitting beneath Table Mountain, the port city of Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa. The thriving city port was developed by the Dutch East India Company and today is still an economic powerhouse, boasting a varied economy.
The Silo Hotel on the V&A Waterfront has been open for just over a year and offers five-star luxury in a converted grain elevator. Major brands are also represented including Taj, Hilton and Westin. In Camps Bay, The Bay Hotel is a popular luxury option with sea views and beach access.
Carnivores will like the Hussar Grill, with the original branch in Rondebosch. One of the best seafood restaurants in Cape Town is the Codfather, located in Camp’s Bay. The Pot Luck Club offers seasonal fine dining, and for fine French bistro food visit La Tête. Further out in the historical seaside town of Hout Bay, Snoekies is the place for great fish and chips.
The popular V&A Waterfront is filled with bars, restaurants and shops. Watering holes here include Mitchell’s Ale House and Ferrymans Tavern. Beerhouse on Long Street stands out with plenty of beers and is popular with locals. Victoria Road in Camp’s Bay is home to hangouts including Dizzy’s and Café Caprice.
Transfers can be arranged to and from the airport via reputable taxi services. Alternatively, most major car hire brands are represented at the airport and South Africa drives on the left. Avoid unauthorised taxis or minibus ‘Quantum’ taxis which can be risky for visitors to use.
If the weather is clear take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain – or tackle the steep hike to the top. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is considered one of the best gardens in the world and wine fans should visit Groot Constantia, the oldest vineyard in the region. Further afield, drive to Simon’s Town, home to a large colony of rare African penguins.
British Airways operates direct flights from Gatwick to Cape Town three times a week and a daily service from London Heathrow. Alternatively, South African Airways operates daily services from London Heathrow via its hub in Johannesburg.