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- Cape Town is located in the South Africa
- IATA code: CPT
- Continent: Africa
- Currency: South African rand (ZAR) (Course: 100 ZAR = 4.71 GBP)
- Current time: 17:25 (GMT+2)
- Current date: 2020.10.28
Known around the world as the meeting place of two oceans, Cape Town is undoubtedly of one of the world's most picturesque city break destinations. Browse our range of great deals and book flights to Cape Town with Airinme.com.
Whether you're in Cape Town for a few days or a few weeks, your itinerary is guaranteed to be packed every day of your visit. Take a cable car up to Table Mountain for impressive views of the city and its coastline, and explore the stunning Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on your way down. At ground level, take a walk down the historic V&A Waterfront and catch a ferry to Robben Island Museum.
For fantastic views, don't miss Cape Point, a declared Natural World Heritage Site that is home to scenic bays, beaches and valleys. Book holidays in Cape Town with Airinme.com today.
Things to do in Cape Town
- Mark the beginning of your Cape Town adventure by ascending its most famous landmark: Table Mountain. This flat-topped peak dominates the city's skyline and you can get to the top by cable car. Experienced hikers can make the thrilling steep climb to the top instead.
- At the heart of Cape Town is the Victoria and Albert Waterfront. Here, you'll find a variety of great shops and restaurants, but make sure you take time to visit the fantastic Two Oceans Aquarium too.
- Catch a ferry from the Waterfront to Robben Island, home of the infamous prison that held Nelson Mandela captive for 18 years. Tours are popular so make sure you pre-book your tickets.
- Travel down to Cape Point, at the Cape Peninsula's south-eastern edge. This area of extreme beauty is a nature enthusiast’s paradise.
- Cape Town is also one of South Africa's best destinations for water sports. Picturesque St. James on False Bay is the city's best place for a swim, and nearby Muizenberg is popular with surfers. You can even go snorkelling and diving off the city's Indian Ocean coast.
- Take a trip to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a 36-hectare paradise in the city. Nestled against the slopes of Table Mountain, this is one of the world's greatest botanic gardens. The Silvermine Nature Reserve in Table Mountain National Park is also worth visiting.
- The Rhodes Memorial is one of Cape Town's most impressive monuments. Take a wander up to Devil's Peak to gaze at the statue dedicated to 19th century politician Cecil John Rhodes, and appreciate the beautiful views.
- Visit the Castle of Good Hope, a 17th century fort in Cape Town. Built by the Dutch East India Company, it's now one of the best preserved forts of its kind in the world.
- Learn more about the country's natural history at the South African Museum or explore the exhibits of the District Six Museum, which tells the story of a troubling period in Cape Town's history.
- Want to see where South Africa's best wines are born? Take a winelands tour to famous vineyards in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek to taste and buy world-leading wines.
Shopping in Cape Town
Whether you're browsing African artworks or looking for local jewellery, there's loads of great places to shop in Cape Town. From arts and crafts markets to shopping centres, this vibrant city has it all.
Cape Town markets
Greenmarket Square is a historic city location that's now home to a flea market selling a variety of arts and crafts. Elsewhere, the Pan African Market is a great place to buy statues, carvings and paintings made by local artists. Fancy sampling some local delicacies? Neighbourgoods Market is an essential stop-off for foodies in Cape Town.
If you're shopping for clothes, head to one of Cape Town's many shopping malls. Located in the Century City district, Canal Walk is a huge shopping and entertainment complex, while the V&A Watefront mall near Table Mountain has a more boutique feel. Bayside Mall is also popular.
Factory shops in Cape Town
Cape Town has plenty to offer the thrifty shopper, as the city's many factory outlets are chock-full of bargains. Access Park in Kenilworth is one of the busiest, with wide-ranging discount stores. For more specialist offerings, visit the Playtex Factory Shop for women's lingerie or the Shoe HQ Factory Shop for footwear deals.
Eating in Cape Town
From favourite South African dishes to local Cape Malay classics, dining out in Cape Town is an experience like no other.
What to eat
Typical Cape Malay dishes include bobotie (spiced meatloaf with an egg custard topping) and oumens onder die kombers (meat patties wrapped in cabbage). But look out for nationwide favourites, like potjiekos (meat and vegetable stew) and bunny chow (a hollowed chunk of bread stuffed with curry). Cape Town's fine seafood and wine is world-class too.
Cape Town restaurants
Head to the Eastern Food Bazaar to taste delicious Indian food for just a few pounds, or sample classic South African dishes at Mama Africa. And for innovative fine dining, Test Kitchen is one of Cape Town's best restaurants.
Call 107, the Cape Town Emergency Number, if you need emergency assistance on your holiday.
British nationals do not need a visa to visit South Africa if their stay does not exceed 90 days. The South African Rand is the local currency.
Its southern hemisphere location means Cape Town enjoys its warmest weather between October and April. The best time to visit is at the start of the year, between January and April.
Getting from Cape Town Airport
Take the MyCiTi Airport Shuttle from Cape Town International Airport to the Civic Centre on Hertzog Boulevard, in the city centre. Numerous other shuttle buses also operate between the airport, Cape Town and other destinations in the Western Cape.
Passengers are advised to use the airport's only authorised taxi service, Touch-Down Taxis, when travelling from the airport to the city centre.
Planning to drive around South Africa on your trip? Pick up a rental car at one of the airport's nine hire desks, including Hertz, Avis and Europcar.
See Cape Town Airport for more information.
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