Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Traveling to
When to go:
Between December and February it’s summer in Cape Town and you couldn’t ask for better weather. Temperatures tend to hover in the high 70s and there is plenty of sunshine. The downside is that it is peak season for tourists, so the city can be crowded and accommodations will be expensive.
March-May is considered fall in Cape Town. The weather is still warm like summer (60s-mid 70s) and the days are still sunny. But the city will be less crowded, and hotel prices will be lower than in summer.
June-August is winter in Cape Town. The temperature is usually in the low 60s, and it can be stormy and windy. The weather isn’t ideal during this time, but you can save a boatload on accommodation as prices will be at their lowest during this time.
September-November is spring in Cape Town. Flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. Temperatures range from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. It’s a fabulous time to visit because prices will be reasonable but you will still have magnificent weather.
Here are the average costs (USD) for basic items in Cape Town. We base these numbers off of what we spent.
Bed in a hostel: $11.00-$12.00
Mid-Range hotel: $55.00-$70.00
Basic breakfast: $2.50-$5.00
Basic lunch: $3.75-$7.00
Basic dinner: $5.00-$10.00
One beer in a bar: $1.25-$2.00
Bottle of wine: $4.00-$5.00
5 mile cab ride: $8.00-$10.00
Whenever we visit a new city, we like to get oriented. We want to know which neighborhoods to visit if we are looking for restaurants, bars and other forms of entertainment.
The Waterfront: The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront is packed with good restaurants, upscale hotels, street musicians and craft vendors. The downside is that it is not a big hangout spot for locals so you will mostly find other tourists here. The upside is that it is a beautiful, safe and central area.
Camps Bay: Camps Bay is one of our favorite areas to visit. Enjoy amazing water views while dining at one of the many posh restaurants or upscale bars that line the beach.
City Centre: This neighborhood is considered the “downtown” area of Cape Town. If you are looking for some nightlife in Cape Town, this is where you want to be. Along Long Street, the main drag, you will find numerous lounges, pubs, clubs and bars.
Woodstock: Woodstock is the hipster, artsy part of Cape Town. Here you’ll find art galleries, trendy cafes and neighborhood markets. When you’re there, make sure you check out Old Biscuit Mill.
Renting an Apartment? Check Out These Neighborhoods
Sea Point: A beautiful neighborhood with lots of restaurants and cafes. Home to a pedestrian promenade along the water.
Tamboerskloof: A quiet, centrally located, neighborhood close to the action of Long Street.
Gardens: Charming, safe, more residential neighborhood, with lots of bars, shops, and places to eat.
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Where to Stay:
Prices starting at $90
Modern, clean hotel in a great location near Cape Town’s Green Point neighborhood
Prices starting at $96
Beautiful property, close to the water with great views from every room
Prices starting at $88
Camps Bay luxury at an affordable price. Quiet, beautiful setting near the ocean
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Where to Eat:
Spanish tapas with a South African twist
A multitude of places to eat and drink. Home to The Neighbourgoods Market every Saturday
Trendy eatery in Old Biscuit Mill serving unique, inventive dishes
Housed in a decorated Victorian style home with lovely garden seating
Great views of Table Mountain with delicious food made with seasonal ingredients
The perfect place for a quick and delicious takeaway lunch
A true taste of Italy right in Cape Town
A beautiful French restaurant offering a seasonal a la carte or tasting menu
World-renowned fine dining- a great place for special occasions
One of the best views in Cape Town. A true five-star experience for special occasions
Serving up some of the best traditional Cape Malay cuisine alongside an unbeatable view
Part butcher shop, part barbecue, part party. Experience a traditional South African braai (bbq) in the township of Guguletu
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For sushi lovers, click here to find the best sushi in Cape Town
A trendy coffee shop serving up delicious gourmet espressos and pour overs
An artsy cafe that roasts their coffee on site and knows how to serve up the perfect espresso
Voted one of the world’s best coffee shops by the Daily Telegraph
A quaint coffee shop with friendly service and an award-winning cappuccino
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What to Do:
A trip to Cape Town is not complete without taking in the view from the top of Table Mountain
Tour the Cape Peninsula
Explore the Cape of Good Hope and visit the famous penguin colony at Boulders Beach
See the exact cell where Nelson Mandela served 19 years of his prison sentence
Learn about the background of this historically diverse neighborhood that was torn apart by Apartheid
Take a Township Tour
Be a part of the South Africa that you don’t see in tourist books and experience life in a South African Township
Learn about Malay culture and visit the colorful neighborhood of Bo-Kaap
Hike Lion’s Head at Sunset
Pack a bottle of wine and some appetizers and take the 45-minute hike up Lion’s head to watch the sun sink into the ocean below
Surf at Muizenberg
Giving surfing a try in Muizenberg, just make sure to watch out for sharks
The view on top of Table Mountain is pretty epic, but the view abseiling down is ever better
Visit “Shark Alley” and get up close and personal with one of nature’s most infamous creatures
Click here for our in-depth activity guide!
Tour company offering guided hiking tours around Cape Town and the Western Cape
Running wine country tours departing from Cape Town, 7 days a week
Great way to get oriented in the city, plus you can’t beat the price, it’s free
Tour company offering excursions around Cape Town, Hermanus, the Cape Peninsula and more
Tours of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula by bike
Local company offering tours of the township of Langa
Hop on, hop off bus “backpacker” bus throughout South Africa
Budget airline offering service within South Africa
Find and book international tours
Affordable cell phone rental starting a $2.99 a day
A website that will help you figure our international visa requirements
A helpful, basic overview of Cape Town
Reliable, flexible travel insurance
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