Cape Town Itinerary: 2 Days, 5 Days or 7 Days

We first visited Cape Town together back in 2015, as the starting point for our main two-week holiday. Given that we planned to visit as much of South Africa as possible in that two-week period, we were only able to spend three nights in this amazing city. We quickly realised that this wasn’t enough time – there are so many things to do in Cape Town!

This time around we are maxing out our three-month South African tourist visas, and we based ourselves in Cape Town for the majority of our time. We absolutely loved living here, and we loved experiencing all the amazing things this city has to offer.

Here are our top choices of things to do in Cape Town from our three months here. We hope that you find it useful when building your own Cape Town itinerary.

Cape Town Itinerary: 2, 5 or 7 days

We have put together a number of different Cape Town itineraries in the table below depending on how much time you have available.

You can find descriptions of every activity mentioned and many more suggestions to add into your own Cape Town itinerary in the rest of this post! Mix and match as you like.

We have also included where to eat and where to stay in Cape Town as well as our top safety tips.

Day 1 morningExplore the V&A Waterfront
Day 1 afternoonTable Mountain (for sunset)
  
Day 2 morningBook a full day tour – Cape Point, Boulders Beach (Penguins), Chapmans Peak, Seal Island
Day 2 afternoonCamps Bay Beach (sunset and dinner)
Day 1 morningExplore the V&A Waterfront
Day 1 afternoonTable Mountain (for sunset)
  
Day 2 morningBook a full day tour – Cape Point, Boulders Beach (Penguins), Chapmans Peak, Seal Island
Day 2 afternoonCamps Bay Beach (sunset and dinner)
  
Day 3 morningFull day wine tasting to the nearby wine regions
Day 3 afternoonFull day wine tasting to the nearby wine regions
  
Day 4 morningBook a day safari near Cape Town
Day 4 afternoonBook a day safari near Cape Town
  
Day 5 morningSpend the morning and lunch exploring Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Day 5 afternoonSpend the afternoon at one of the beaches or a spa.
Day 1 morningExplore the V&A Waterfront
Day 1 afternoonTable Mountain (for sunset)
  
Day 2 morningBook a full day tour – Cape Point, Boulders Beach (Penguins), Chapmans Peak, Seal Island
Day 2 afternoonCamps Bay Beach (sunset and dinner)
  
Day 3 morningFull day wine tasting to the nearby wine regions
Day 3 afternoonFull day wine tasting to the nearby wine regions
  
Day 4 morningBook an overnight safari near Cape Town
Day 4 afternoonBook an overnight safari near Cape Town
  
Day 5 morningCheck out of your safari trip
Day 5 afternoonHead back to Cape Town – relax at one of the many beaches
  
Day 6 morningKistenbosch Botanical Gardens
Day 6 afternoonHike Signal Hill and Lions Head in time for sunset
  
Day 7 morningNAC Helicopter Tour
Day 7 afternoonSpend the afternoon at one of the beaches or a spa.

Things to do in Cape Town

Climb Table Mountain

Table Mountain is easily one of the top things to do in Cape Town and an absolute must on any Cape Town itinerary. We have been up multiple times!

Table Mountain is the top tourist attraction in Cape Town and for good reason! It is simply iconic and one of the oldest mountains in the world at 600 million years old. The name comes from the fact Table Mountain has a flat ‘table like’ peak.

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The mountain is spectacular when viewed from a distance, exciting on the way up and the views once you reach the peak are simply jaw dropping! You can take a cable car there and back if you really want to, but we highly recommend hiking Platteklip Gorge on the way up and getting the cable car down – it is completely worth the experience!

You can get a taxi from the city centre to the cable car station for around R110-120.

Activity cost: the cable car fares are R190 one way or R330/290 return depending on the time of day.

Address: Table Mountain Cable Car Station, Tafelberg Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001

Hike Signal Hill and/or Lions Head

If you feel like hiking Table Mountain might be a little too tough, opt to climb Signal Hill or Lions Head instead. Well, we say climb, Signal Hill is more of a drive to the car park at the viewpoint!

Signal Hill is a flat-topped hill situated next to Lions Head. When viewed together with Lions Head (some squinting may be needed to see it!), some people see a sleeping lion, or a sphinx, with Signal Hill forming the back, or the rump of the lion.

From the car park, you can then choose to go further and climb Lions Head, a hike which is particularly popular at sunset. Although there are certain parts of the climb that do involve using steps, ladders and holding onto a few chains, overall this is a relatively easy hike, and should take no more than an hour to reach the top.

For the less adventurous, just take a few drinks, some snacks, drive to the car park and sit and watch the sunset from Signal Hill instead. The views from here will be equally as impressive!

Activity cost: free!

Boulders Beach – See the penguins!

This is an absolute must-do during your time in Cape Town! Walking past any tour agency in Cape Town you are likely to see images of the adorable African penguins, and you will immediately want to go and see them for yourselves.

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The penguins are found at Boulders Beach in Simons Town, a 30-40 minute drive from Cape Town. Boulders Beach is also one of the few places in the world that is home to a land-based colony of penguins.

African penguins are a unique species, and unfortunately are also becoming endangered. However these cute little creatures are under the protection of SANParks, and your entrance fee to see them goes back into the conservation of both themselves and their habitat on the beach.

The conservation fee to access is R152, which gives you access to the main colony visible by raised wooden walkways, ending in a large platform overlooking the main stretch of beach, named Foxy Beach. Here is where you will find most of the penguins, either nesting if it is season or going in and out of the water.

However, your entrance fee also gives you access to a second entrance, which gives access onto Boulders Beach itself. To get here you need to carry on walking down Kleintuin Road rather than turning into the ‘main entrance’. After about a 10-minute walk you will arrive at another ticket office where you can purchase if you haven’t already done so, or you can show your original ticket. Once through you can walk onto the beach with the penguins – making sure to always stay at least a metre away!

For obvious reasons, please do not feed or touch the penguins. They can and will bite!

If you feel like braving the cold, you are also permitted to swim at this beach. If you’re lucky there will be penguins in the water with you!

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Most day tours that visit Cape Point will also include a visit to Boulders Beach (usually with entrance at your own expense) which is great if you are only in Cape Town for a few days. However, these day tours are usually operated on limited time, so will only grant access to the main colony for ease and guaranteed viewing before moving onto the next stop. If you want to have more time, and want to visit the penguins on the beach and swim with them, we recommend visiting in your own time. The drive from Cape Town is very coastal, scenic and easy, and there are plenty of other smaller towns to visit on the way for lunch etc.

Activity cost: R152 for entrance

Address: Boulders Beach, Kleintuin Road

Explore the V&A Waterfront

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, named V&A Waterfront for ease is one of Cape Towns most visited attractions, and it’s easy to see why!

Spanning over 123 hectares, the Waterfront serves a number of different purposes. It offers residential property, tourist accommodation such as hotels and guesthouses, and different entertainment facilities. The Waterfront is also home to Cape Towns working harbour, one of the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere, where many different boat trips such as sunset cruises depart from.

There are also extensive dining options found here, all lining the waters edge. There are restaurants to suit everyone from the usual fast-food outlets, fish restaurants (naturally given the location), international cuisine, and quite a few fine-dining options. Some of our favourite restaurants are located at the Waterfront!

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The V&A Waterfront is also home to a large shopping mall, the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre. Here you will find most of your large chain clothing stores, 2 large supermarkets and a number of different arts, crafts and souvenir stores.

One of our favourite parts of the Waterfront has to be the V&A Foodmarket. This is along the lines of a street-food market, housed in a warehouse, with a number of different foodstalls, offering locally produced products. You will find hand-made ice-creams, pastries, baked goods, Cape Malay dishes, sandwiches and wraps, artisanal pizzas – something to satisfy everyone! We quite often just find ourselves wandering through for the tasters alone!

All of this is found in an absolutely stunning setting, as the V&A Waterfront offers panoramic ocean views, views of the CBD, but most spectacular of all, Table Mountain as a backdrop. So if you don’t fancy coming here for shopping or eating, you can at least come and enjoy a cocktail, coffee, bottle of wine and just admire the beautiful scenery.

Depending on where you are staying in Cape Town, you can either choose to walk to the Waterfront, or opt to take an Uber.

Go wild on Safari

Having a safari experience should be on everybody bucket list when they visit South Africa! However, we know that not everybody will have the time for a full multi-day safari option, such as is found at Kruger National Park.

We have a couple of options in mind:

1. Aquila Safari

Aquila Safari is a great choice, because if you do have time constraints and are unable to overnight, they also offer both full and half-day Big 5 safari experiences, all easily accessible within a two-hour drive from Cape Town!

Depending on the package booked, you will also get to experience a safari either on horse-back, or quad bike which is absolutely incredible! Don’t worry – this doesn’t take you anywhere near the lions! Some of the full-day packages will also allow you pool access too between game drives!

If you are unable to self-drive from Cape Town, Aquila can also arrange either a shared or a private transfer for you, from any central Cape Town hotel.

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Ideally though you will be able to overnight, and enjoy the beautiful accommodation onsite, and sample the delicious buffet served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We loved our experience at Aquila, and highly recommend. Take a look at everything on offer and book your safari here.

Address: Situated on the R46, Touwsrivier, South Africa

2. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona is a little bit further than Aquila being a 3 hour drive, however if you do have the time we can’t recommend it enough! This is a 5 star luxury, authentic safari at its best. It has to be one of our highlights of our entire 3 months.

We wrote an entire post on our experience at Sanbona, take a look here to see why we think you should make time to visit!

Cape Town Side Car Tours

This has to be one of the best and most unique ways to tour Cape Town. Forget about coaches and minivans if you are feeling adventurous and jump on a side car!

We spent the day with Cape Town Side Car Tours and they took us all the way to Cape Point with many stops along the way including an ostrich farm, the very hipster Kalk Bay, and Scarborough Beach to name a few.

Cape Town Side Car tours have been running for just over 15 years. All the tours are private which means that everything can be pretty much tailor made on the day depending on the weather and what you would like to do. You will also be provided with a trendy leather jacket, a bandana to keep and a helmet of course!

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We were initially going to explore Bettys Bay, however on the day it was very foggy in that direction and our driver Bradley made the excellent suggestion to change our plans altogether and head towards Cape Point. We are glad we took his advice. Bradley was knowledgeable, friendly and we really enjoyed his company.

We had a lot of fun, learnt a bit about each stop and saw much more than we expected. If you want a tour of Cape Town and a unique experience, we highly recommend taking a look at Cape Town Side Car tours!

Go and get yourself booked here.

Activity cost: Shorter 2 hour tours start at R1,150 per person with driver. Full day (8 hours) tours are R2,325  per person with driver. For any tour there is a minimum of two passengers per booking or a surcharge for single passenger bookings. Tailor made trips are also available.

Address: 1 Dickens Road, Salt River, 7925, Cape Town, South Africa.

Visit Cape Point

You can expect incredible views wherever you go in Cape Town and Cape Point is a prime example!

Cape Point is the most south-westerly tip of Africa (the most southern being Cape Agulhas) and attracts 1000s of tourists each year. Pretty much any sightseeing tour you go on will take you here, but you can of course drive yourself if you wish.

The area of Cape Point offers dramatic views of the cliffs, ocean, bays, hills and mountains. It is a haven for over 250 species of wildlife including zebra, eland and the notorious baboons (keep your distance)!

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Here you can go on a hike, take picnics along the coast line, visit the most powerful lighthouse in South Africa and take a photo at the iconic Cape of Good Hope (this being the tip).

Activity cost: There is a fee to access the area of R303 (€19 or $21) for international adults or R76 for SA residents.

Kirstenbosch Gardens

We had heard great things about Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving in Cape Town and we were not disappointed!

Considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in Africa, you can easily spend hours getting lost here.

The gardens themselves back onto Table Mountain adding to the already beautiful scenery.

We explored the gardens ourselves and would have loved to stay longer for a picnic. They also offer guided tours throughout the day.

Perhaps the most iconic part of the gardens is the stunning elevated walkway bringing you above the trees for the best views of all!

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You can get here via taxi, car or if you purchased a hop on hop off bus pass then this is one of the stops.

Activity cost: R70

Address: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735

Check out their website for the most up to information.

Board a boat to Seal Island

If you want to see over 64,000 Cape fur seals then head to Seal Island.

The island is just 15 minutes by boat from Hout Bay harbour and there is a dedicated boat that runs trips there throughout the day.

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This is just a small excursion and usually part of most day tours of Cape Town but you can also drive to Hout Bay harbour and do it yourself, it is quite a spectacle!

Activity cost: The ticket to board costs R90 for adults and R50 for children.

Hop on Hop off Bus

If you have limited time in Cape Town, or just want to keep things simple, consider the hop on hop off bus.

This heads to the most popular tourist spots including Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and Kirstenbosch Gardens.

Tickets start from R200 for one day but there are options to extend the length and the number of activities included.

Take a look here for more.

Activity cost: From R200.

Explore Bo-Kaaps beautiful rainbow houses

This is one for the instagrammers. Bo-Kaap is known for its brightly coloured houses, its history and for being home to Cape Towns Malay community.

The main draw for tourists is the houses, all of which are painted in unique colours creating a rainbow effect as you walk around the neighbourhood. However, there is much more to Bo-Kaap and we recommend taking an organised or a free walking tour to learn more about this historical neighbourhood.

One of the main things to do here is to try out the local restaurants for a Cape Malay meal. Expect to find lots of curries, roti’s and samosas on the menus around here!

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To get to Bo-Kaap is very easy. Bo-Kaap sits at the bottom of Signal Hill in the city centre, just walk up Wale Street and it will be very obvious. Depending on where you are staying you can walk or you can just get an Uber.

Activity cost: Free!

Cape Towns Beaches

Cape Towns beaches are world famous. In fact they often rank very highly on TripAdvisors best beaches in the world!

The thing we love most about Cape Towns beaches, is the surrounding scenery. There are many places in the world where you can experience soft white sand but here, the surrounding views of the mountains and different landscapes make everything that bit more special.

Because there are so many beaches on offer, you can sometimes avoid other tourists altogether. Make sure you check out these beaches:

  • Camps Bay: this is the most popular and touristy beach in Cape Town. See more about Camps Bay below.
  • Clifton 1,2,3,4: Clifton has 4 different beaches with each separated by boulders. The boulders act as a natural wind barrier which is why many people enjoy coming here.
  • Sandy Bay: Sandy Bay is actually a nudist beach and takes a little more effort to get to. Once you arrive at the car park it’s a 15 minute walk to get to the beach, but for us this was one of the best. It was quiet, with no one selling anything and perfectly pristine!
  • Gay beaches? – Check out our full guide to Cape Towns gay beaches.

Don’t forget, the sea here is the Atlantic Ocean and it is notoriously cold! Take a quick dip but you probably will not be swimming. If you head further up the coast towards the Indian Ocean side, the temperature changes quite dramatically (and attracts the sharks!).

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Don’t worry too much about sharks. For the beaches at any level of risk there are shark spotters or shark nets which have always been very effective.

Activity cost: Free.

Camps Bay

Camps Bay feels a bit like Miami Beach.

Camps Bay has one of the most popular white sand beaches in Cape Town and is surrounded by spectacular mountains including the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range.

The street running alongside the beach is lined with palm trees, many trendy restaurants and bars and is the perfect place to spend the day. This is one of the fancier neighbourhoods and yet everything is still very reasonably priced.

We recommend spending the afternoon at the beach and then watching sunset with a cocktail in hand.

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The sunset here is particularly amazing and well worth coming for even if you don’t fancy a beach day. There are many restaurants with open fronts offering beautiful views of the sunset as you enjoy a leisurely dinner and drinks. Check out ‘The 41’ while you are there.

Activity cost: The beach is free!

Address: Camps Bay, Cape Town

Fly high with NAC Helicopters Cape Town

At some point in your life you have to ride in a helicopter. This is definitely a bucket list experience!

Here in Cape Town, NAC Helicopters Cape Town offer spectacular helicopter tours of Cape Town and the surrounding area. You can see everything from Cape Point, to Robbens Island, the surrounding bays and if you are lucky, whales from a birdseye view!

The views around Cape Town are some of the most impressive we have seen and you will be blow away – we certainly were!

cape town itinerary things to do in cape town The service at NAC Helicopters is top class with champagne being offered in the lounge while you wait for boarding and the staff were all extremely friendly. The tours on offer can either be private or your can join another group which is a bit more economical.

For those who have never been in a helicopter before, the thing that strikes us both is how smooth the ride is. Sion can be a bit unsure with heights, but for some reason, because everything is so effortless and smooth, it does not feel scary at all!

What you might not know is that Cape Town is one of the cheapest places to experience a helicopter ride. Compare the price to places like New York and for the same flight time, here in Cape Town the cost is half or less!

Go and get yourself booked at their website.

Activity cost: This depends on the time you want to fly and the size of the helicopter. A 12-minute flight is R3,800 between up to 3 people and a 40-60-minute flight costs R15,300 between up to 3 people. You can also request a tailor made trip and quote.

Address: East Pier Road, Waterfront, Cape Town

Full Day Tour of Cape Town – Springbok Atlas Tours

If you are short on time and doing a 2 day Cape Town itinerary we highly recommend you book a full day tour.

We used Springbok Atlas Tours and had an excellent day. We managed to see Seal Island, Boulders Beach for penguins, drive Chapmans Peak, go to the Cape of Good Hope and visit Kirstenbosch Gardens all in one day.

This was an excellent introduction to the city and if you have more time you can then revisit some of these locations.

Shark Cage Diving - White Shark Diving Company

Most shark diving tours operate from Gansbaai which is a few hours from Cape Town – you won’t find shark cage diving in Cape Town itself but these companies can arrange shuttles or you can drive.

This is one of the few places in the world that you can do this activity and we really hope you do it! It’s exhilarating, exciting and no where near as scary as you might expect. We were more concerned about how cold the water was!

We used White Shark Diving Company for our shark cage dive and had an incredible experience. The trip we did was very early so both breakfast and lunch were provided.

Activity cost: R2,050 for the dive plus R450 for a return shuttle if required.

Address: 9 Kusfront, Van Dyks Bay, 7220

Outdoor Pools

With temperatures in Cape Town easily reaching close to 30 °C during the summer months, taking a dip in one of Cape Towns numerous outdoor pools seems to be the perfect way to keep cool. And with 35 public swimming pools (some of these are indoor) in and around Cape Town, you’re going to be spoilt for choice!

Our top choice would definitely be Sea Point Pavilion. Located between the sea and the promenade, here you will be swimming surrounded by some incredible views.

This pool complex has an Olympic-sized pool, a diving pool and 2 pools for children. There are also numerous kiosks and snack vendors, so you can easily spend a whole day out cooling off!

Activity cost: Prices can vary, but expect to pay between R20 – R30 for adults / R10 – R20 for children

Address: Sea Point Pavilion, Lower Beach Road, Sea Point

For information and locations of all Cape Town’s swimming pools, visit this website.

Wine Tasting – Beau Constantia

South Africa as a whole is known for its wineries and no visit to Cape Town would be complete without a wine tour or wine tasting day.

If you are limited for time, we suggest a wine tasting for an hour or two as one of the wineries. Our favourite in Cape Town has been Beau Constantia. This winery has beautiful rolling hills and a stylish tasting room overlooking the valley.

Here you can try 4 different wines (one white, one rose and two red) for just R100! You can also order by the glass, by the bottle or to take away. We loved the rose here so decided to buy two bottles to take home!

You can get an Uber from the city centre to Beau Constantia for around R170.

Activity cost: R100 for wine tasting and then around R40+ for a single glass depending on your taste and how much wine you want to drink!

Address: 1043 Constantia Main Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806

Drink wine all day on a wine tour

If you have the full day available, you can opt to go on a wine tasting tour rather than just wine tasting at one winery.

Most tours visit 4 or 5 different wineries where you can learn about the process of making wine as well as tasting many varieties. Expect to try 4 or 5 at each place so you might want to pace yourself!

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Most travel companies in Cape Town will offer wine tours. We had a day out with Jakes from Amatulunga Tours and visited 3 different wineries combined with some other activities.

Activity cost: Wine tours range from about R600 per person upwards. We suggest shopping around as there are many good deals available.

Hope on Hopkins – Gin Tasting

If you love gin, this is a no brainer – you have to come here during your time in Cape Town.

At Hope on Hopkins you can take part in a gin tasting experience for just 150 ZAR (c$10). You get to try 4 different gins in total.

Each time you are served a gin, the server gives you a full explanation of how it is made, what is unique about it and what garnish they are serving.

The gin tasting takes place in a small bar which is set inside the factory so you can actually see the gin being produced.

Hope on Hopkins was started by Lucy and Lee who came here, fell in love with gin and hoped things would work out – hence the name. The business has been going for 5 years and you can find Hope gin across South Africa and in some parts of Europe.

Tastings are only once a week on Saturdays between 12-5 so make sure to book.

Activity cost: R150 for 4 gins.

Address: 7 Hopkins Street, Salt River, Cape Town, South Africa

Indulge in a Spa Day

One of the things that we will keep coming back to is the cost of activities in Cape Town compared to the likes of the UK or US for example. Spa days here are much cheaper, especially if you look at a website similar to dealzone or Wikideals.

We recently paid R999 for a couples spa day at Avara Wellness Spa (found on Wikideals). This included 1 hour and 15 minutes of treatments, a mini cheese board, chocolates, a bottle of wine and use of the facilities.

However, top of our list for spa experiences has to be the Jiva Grande Spa found in the Taj Cape Town. From the welcome reception, to relaxation lounge and treatments, everything was top class and luxurious. If you deserve a treat, take a look.

This was a really nice way to spend the day and very reasonable to!

Activity cost: look on Wiki Deals.

Sail at Sunset with Mirage Chartered Sailing

There are many options when it comes to sailing in Cape Town. However, if you want the VIP luxury experience on the largest catamaran in the harbour, there is only one option- the Mirage.

This owners of the Mirage designed and built it themselves. It is modern, stylish and comes complete with a bar, BBQ and the option to float a pool out into the ocean.

You can either take a chartered cruise during the day, or head out to see a spectacular sunset with some champagne. We would of course choose the latter!

Activity cost: enquire online at www.miragecatamaran.com

Address: Pierhead (opposite the clock tower), V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Stellenbosch Wine Festival - once a year!

Stellenbosch is a very famous wine region just 40 minutes from Cape Town, and each year all the wineries gather together for the Stellenbosch Wine Festival held at the V&A Waterfront Cape Town.

In 2019 it was held on the 6th and 7th of April, and it was our first time at a wine festival! As you can imagine, we loved it!

The cost was R150 ($10) for entrance which included a souvenir wine glass and 20 tokens. One token gets you a taster of a wine of your choosing, four tokens a glass (for the most part, some expensive wines are more) – although this was by no means a hard a fast rule, some of the wineries were very generous indeed! Do we remember leaving the festival? We’re not going to answer that…

There were over 40 wineries on offer, and also tasting stalls offering cheese, meats and fruits. You could also buy cheese and charcuterie boards which are of course the perfect accompaniment to wine!

All in all this was a great day out, so if you visit Cape Town around April, see if this is on!

Where to eat in Cape Town

The food here is to die for, head over to our guide ‘Where to eat in Cape Town: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner’.

Where to stay in Cape Town?

There are plenty of options for all budgets and depending where you travel from, you might find your money stretches a little further here so you can treat yourself.

Take a look at the following places which we recommend based on our own experience through staying at or visiting these hotels ourselves.

Taj Cape Town

This has to be in our top ten hotels we have ever stayed in. Situated in the heart of Cape Town city centre is the luxurious 5 star Taj hotel.  The breakfast, the food, facilities and service are all first class.

We loved the decor and style of the rooms and during our visit went up to see the presidential suite which was simply out of this world. Make sure you book a room with a view of Table Mountain.

We stayed here for our final two nights in Cape Town and suggest you do the same. Check out availability here.

Cost: c$250 per night depending on room and season.

Address: 1 Wale St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000

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Lagoon Beach Hotel

We fell in love with this hotel simply because of the view. The hotel is on the beachfront just outside the centre and if you book a Table Mountain view room we guarantee you will be blown away. After 2 months in Cape Town we were blown away indeed!

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The breakfast here was excellent, as was the pool area (2 pools) and all other facilities.

The hotel also offers free shuttles to and from the V&A Waterfront.

Cost: c$80-300 per night depending on room type and season.

For up to date prices and availability take a look here.

Address: Lagoon Beach Road, Milnerton, 7435 Cape Town

The President Hotel

The President Hotel is a 5 star luxury hotel located in Bantry Bay where you can expect some amazing sunsets.

What stood out to us about this hotel was the pool and infinity pool area. It was very stylish and reminded us of an expensive Ibiza beach club.

Cost: c $140 per night depending on season.

For up to date prices and availability take a look here.

Address: 4 Alexander Rd, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, 8001

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

This is a 4 star hotel with stylish rooms, a rooftop bar and a plunge pool.

It was also the hotel to sponsor gay pride in Cape Town and was previously the location for the monthly LGBT Village drinks.

It also boasts great views of the iconic Table Mountain! Take a look at this hotel here.

Cost: c$100 per night depending on season.

For up to date prices and availability take a look here.

Address: Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore, 29 Heerengracht St, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8000

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

If you feel like treating yourself, head to the beautiful Camps Bay and check out Twelve Apostles.

This is a luxury hotel with exceptional service, friendly staff, outstanding food and incredible views. They also offer a shuttle bus taking you into Camps Bay and the V&A Waterfront.

Cost: c$400 per night depending on season.

For up to date prices and availability take a look here.

Address: Twelve Apostles, Victoria Road, Camps Bay 8000 South Africa

All the above hotels are by default ‘gay friendly’ given that they are in Cape Town – for more gay owned accommodation or exclusively gay accommodation take a look at our full ‘Gay Guide to Cape Town’.

Practical Tips

  • The water is safe to drink here.
  • The currency is the South African rand denoted R or ZAR. Approx R17=£1 or R14=$1.
  • Ubers here are the safest and cheapest means of transport. Avoid walking around at night.
  • Like any major city you have to take safety serious – make sure you read these safety tips before you go.
  • Weather – Cape Town can get four season in one day, be prepared for everything.
  • They have mosquitos – bring some bug spray for the evening.
  • Here we drive on the left side of the road.
  • They call traffic lights robots.
  • If you want a good supermarket use Pick n Pay at the V&A Waterfront specifically.

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We have absolutely no doubt at all that you will have the most incredible time in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa if you venture further afield. It is truly one of our favorite countries.

Let us know if there is anything we should add to our Cape Town itinerary!

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  1. Elizabeth

    Wow there is so much to do in Cape Town! The side car tours look like a really fun and unique way to explore the area. I would definitely want to go to seal island too. Thanks for all the great information 🙂

    1. The Globetrotter Guys

      This was something we had never come across anywhere else before either, so simply had to do it!

  2. Lisa

    This is an excellent and detailed itinerary for Cape Town. I’m sad I missed visiting when I was in South Africa, there’s so much to do here. For me, seeing the penguins would be a must – but no feeding. A safari would also high on the list as I love animals. Though I’ll leave the shark cage diving to the more adventurous!

    1. The Globetrotter Guys

      Aw that’s such a shame! You will just have to go back! And if you don’t feel like shark cage diving, you are still permitted onboard to observe and take pictures!

  3. Nicole Hunter

    Wow! This is an excellent list of some pretty amazing activities, safaris and hotels. I was in Cape Town 20 years ago. Some of this stuff I did but others, I did not. Cape town is one of my all time favourite places just for its absolute sheer beauty.

    1. The Globetrotter Guys

      We couldn’t agree more! It’s the perfect destination choice – a beautiful city with plenty on offer.

  4. Iris C. Permuy

    Oh my gosh! What have you done? Caoe Town wasn’t on my bucket list and now you made it appear among the top positions! Seriously, this itinerary looks like perfection to me. Thanks!

    1. The Globetrotter Guys

      I’m so glad to hear it! It’s one of our favorites and we want everyone to visit and enjoy CT!

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