Cape Town is a vibrant and beautiful city nestled between Table Mountain and Table Bay that has thrived since its founding as a Dutch settlement in 1652. Cape Town has activities that cater to all tastes. It is particularly known for excellent food, world class restaurants and proximity to the Cape Winelands which produce award-winning wines.

Although Cape Town is a safe city that you can explore on your own, many visitors to make the most of their stay by scheduling tours with specialist guides who know the city like the back of their hand. There are a huge range of cultural activities, from a visit to the stunning Kirstenbosch Gardens or Robbin Island were Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, to exploring museums and galleries to visiting a community organization. There are also plenty of activities for travelers who want to get outside, from hiking Table Mountain, to kayaking and paddle boarding and biking; to shark breaching and cage diving.

Most travelers to Cape Town fit in a day trip to the Cape of Good Hope, the southern-most point in Africa, visiting the penguin colony at Boulders Beach along the way. With the Cape Winelands only 45-minutes away, it’s very popular to take a day trip to the Winelands or to stay their and relax for a few days.

Cape Town truly is a year-round destination with weather that is similar to San Francisco. If we had to be picky, September to April usually yields the best weather (remember summer and winter are reversed) but December and January draw the biggest crowds of travelers. During August and September the wildflowers in the just outside the city in the Western Cape are magnificent.

A few of our favorite properties in Cape Town are the Cape Grace, Ellerman House, Kensington Place, and More Quarters. The Twelve Apostles is great for those who want to be outside the city center along the coast.

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Elizabeth Gordon