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 Cape Town has plenty to offer both locals and tourists, and it’s hard to find a way to balance out the quirky hole-in-the-wall joints that locals love.       Cape Town has plenty to offer both locals and tourists, and it’s hard to find a way to balance out the quirky hole-in-the-wall joints that locals love with the tourist hot-spots. Don’t fret! In this guide, we’ll show you how to get the best of both worlds. You can live like a local and still see some of the major attractions, without having to spend all your precious holiday time standing in queues and battling crowds. And all of that in a three-day whirlwind visit! Hang ...

 If your heart beats faster at the feel of a goose down duvet, the smell of lilies, Molton Brown hand cream and the taste of the perfectly poached egg, these boutique hotels in Cape Town are right up your alley. What sets a boutique hotel apart? They are typically small, luxurious and located in a sought-after part of the city. Staying at these hotels, you’ll know you’re in Cape Town and you wouldn’t want it any other way. BLISS BOUTIQUE HOTEL, SUNSET BEACH With a postcard-perfect view of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, the Bliss Boutique Hotel is an ideal location for a luxurious and memorable getaway.  Surrounded by indigenous ...

Health & Safe Travel

10 July 2016

This article covers all you need to know about travelling to Cape Town, including detailed safety tips and information on health and medical facilities.   Safety Here are our top tips for keeping safe in the city. For more detailed information, see the sections below. Avoid carrying large sums of cash, don’t carry cameras in plain sight and do not leave belongings unattended. Heed the advice of your hosts, Cape Town Tourism Visitor Centre staff, or locals on where to go after dusk. Avoid walking in deserted and dark places at night. Park in a secure, well-lit area with street guards. Never allow strangers to assis...

 Cape Town’s rainy winter weather is unlike anywhere else in South Africa, where winters are dry, dusty, and freezy cold. While winters in the Mother City may not be the coldest in the country, after a couple of rainy days the chill can start to creep under your skin. In winter Cape Town’s eateries go into full winter-mode, with cosy fireplaces and hearty meals to warm your toes and your tummy. Here’s a look at a couple of restaurants where you can get cosy during the winter chill. Be sure to ask about winter specials. The 41, Camps Bay The 41, based on the Camps Bay strip, offers unsurpassed vistas across the white sandy beach and glis...

Planning a holiday can be a lot of fun, but there are some big decisions to make before you start. The biggest question: what time of year should you visit? Read on to find out the best time to visit Cape Town.   Visiting Cape Town in January and February January is one of Cape Town’s busiest months, and for good reason. It’s usually hot and sunny, and there are loads of summer events to attend. Summer is in full swing. The daily temperatures average between 17°C (63°F) and 28°c (82°F), although it can reach as high as 40°C (104°F). Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, which means that it gets its rainfall in the winter months, so Jan...

Cape Town is a backpackers paradise, and in most city areas you’ll find little pockets where those travellers gather. This is where you’ll find the heart of Cape Town’s alternative scene: those that brand themselves as travellers and not tourists; the artists, musicians, intellectuals, hipsters, hippies, and young professionals from all walks of life.  If you want to know where to stay in Cape Town on a budget, check out these amazingly affordable accommodation options.   33 South Backpackers, Observatory 33 South is located just off the main drag in the vibey, arty suburb of Observatory. The staff are well known for being friendly, It’...

When you arrive in a new city, it’s hard to know what you’re getting. Choosing where to stay is hard, especially without local insight. Luckily, we have local insight by the truckload, so read on to find out what each area’s character is like.   City Bowl V&A Waterfront The Waterfront, while not technically a neighbourhood, is a hub of activity where you’ll find upmarket hotels, restaurants, and bars all conveniently in the same place. It’s relatively safe, and you’ll be able to walk to tourist attraction departure points. It’s also home to the Aquarium, the Robben Island Museum, and is the main stop on the City Sightseeing bus routes....

Noordhoek has a real village feel, with quiet beaches, delicious organic food, bareback beach rides, mellow live music, and artisanal shops. Life is a little slower and quieter here, and there are few better places to enjoy a little break from the energy of the city. Its a fairly small neighbourhood, and it mostly attracts locals, but there are a stunning number of restaurants, accommodation venues, bars, and attractions in the area that are well worth the detour.     Where to eat and make merry Red Herring The Red Herring is a great place to unwind with friends, and it’s walking distance form the grogeous Noordhoek Beach. It’s famous...

At Cape Point, jagged cliffs rise from the deep blue of the sea below, overlooking ocean as far as the eye can see. Wildlife scurries between wildflowers and the endemic Fynbos flora. The mountain path winds up to the top of promontories, offering 360-degree views of the Cape Peninsula. The natural splendour is reason enough to visit, but there are actually many things to do at Cape Point that make it a top destination for your Cape Town bucket list.   The views The views at Cape Point are truly breathtaking. As you climb to the lighthouse at the top, you’ll peer over cliffs where thousands of seabirds nest above the crashing waves. Loo...

    Gordon’s Bay is a sleepy seaside village just over half an hour from Cape Town. It offers a quiet, romantic beach retreat and some of the best sunsets you’ll ever see. Gordon’s Bay is about slowing down, skipping the crowds, and spending quality time exploring one of the best-kept secrets of the Western Cape. Here’s your guide to spending a day in Gordon’s Bay.   Morning Start the day with a breakfast: you’re spoiled for choice. Many of the accommodation providers are bed and breakfasts, so if you’ve stayed the night you’ll be sorted for sustenance. If you’re driving from Cape Town, don’t skip Pyjamas and Jam Eatery in Stran...