Diverse and delicious cuisine; enthralling arts and culture; fascinating and moving history; Cape Town has it all. Surrounded by vineyards and some of the most beautiful landscapes going, visitors here shouldn't miss the chance to explore the wider region
Luxury Cape Town holidays should be a 'must do' on everyone's life list; undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful cities, it is dominated visually from all angles by the rugged beauty of Table Mountain.
The 'Mother City' also boasts terrific beaches, fine food and wine, iconic cultural experiences such as Robben Island and a choice of accommodation ranging from intimate, privately-owned properties to the grandest of hotels in all manner of styles.
For a cosmopolitan spot where you can shop, dine, and people watch head to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront; the place to see and be seen in Cape Town. Of course, no visit here would be complete without a trip to Robben Island, the former prison colony that now stands as a tribute to the power of hope and determination amidst great adversity. You can catch boats to the island from the Waterfront several times a day.
As well as the surrounding mountains, natural beauty can also be found at the terrific beaches the 'Mother City' has in store, not far from the city centre. The Clifton area, home to 'Millionaire's Row', has a French Riviera feel and is a real highlight.
Just an hour's drive from the city, the Winelands is the perfect area to unwind and recharge your batteries before or after hitting the livelier districts of Cape Town.
This region comprises three areas: Franschhoek, a quaint old village with a French flavour; picturesque Paarl; and the old university town of Stellenbosch. The tranquil vineyards and breathtaking landscapes are a pleasure to explore - stopping at the many restaurants for wine tasting and superb cuisine, naturally. To take full advantage of all of this, we recommend a driver guide, something our Concierge service will be happy to arrange.
At the Inspiring Travel Company we have a permanent South Africa office based in Cape Town, meaning we are best-placed to bring you a bespoke service both at the time of booking and on the ground at your destination.
What to do in Cape Town
Cape Town is a ‘must see’ destination in any tour of South Africa. Highlights include a trip to the summit of Table Mountain, discovering the site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for years at Robben Island, as well as perusing the highlights of the V&A Waterfront, which includes the Two Oceans Aquarium.
A short hop from the city centre and you can be enjoying golden beaches made for surfing or discover the lush scenery of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Boulders Beach in The Table Mountain National Park is one of the few places in the world where you can get close to a colony of penguins, while over in Clifton - Cape Town’s answer to St Tropez - you’ll find four beaches perfect for swimming.
As one of the world’s most beautiful cities, there are plenty of superb experiences to be had.
Where to eat in Cape Town
Restaurants in and around the city of Cape Town are plentiful. The pick of the crop are Aubergine (French style), Baia (seafood specialities) and The Brasserie (Indian food). Harbour House (seafood on the water’s edge), La Colombe (French cuisine in the Constantia wine belt) and Kitmas (outstanding Asian cuisine) should all be on every discerning foodie’s wish list too.
Of course Cape Town’s luxurious hotels also offer an abundance of distinctive dining choices, from One&Only Cape Town’s ‘Nobu’ restaurant by world-class master chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa to The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa’s intimate Azure Restaurant with its endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Cape Town and the Winelands Fact File
HIGH SEASON November - February
FLIGHT DURATION 11 hours 30 minutes to Cape Town or 11 hours to Johannesburg
UK AIRPORT OPTIONS British Airways fly direct from London Heathrow to Cape Town and Johannesburg. British Airways also offer an additional direct service from London Gatwick to Cape Town during the winter season (January to March). Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways
CURRENCY South African rand
TIME DIFFERENCE + 2 hours
A FEW OTHER SUGGESTIONS...
The Bay Hotel
The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Royal Malewane, Kruger National Park
EXPERIENCE Over 40 years' experience delivering award winning luxury holidays.
EXPERTISE We've visited every property featured in our portfolio.
PRICE We can always source a better price than you can source direct.
SERVICE We pride ourselves on our service. The answer is yes, now what's the question?