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Cape Town and Cape Peninsula

Why visit Cape Town & the Peninsula?

From Table Mountain and the culture, boutique hotels and restaurants of Cape Town, down to the beaches and along the Cape Peninsula mountain chain (a National Park), to the dramatic scenery of the Cape of Good Hope, this is a stunning region not to be missed.
Reasons to visit Cape Town and the Peninsula include:

  • The iconic Table Mountain, dominating the skyline of the city.  
  • Robben Island - known particularly for its famous former prison inmate, Nelson Mandela, this fascinating site is now one of South Africa’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Take an enlightening and thought-provoking tour of one of the many townships such as Khayelitsha and Langa.Visit Camps Bay, an opulent beach resort set against the impressive backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range.
  • Gain an insight into the social history of Cape Town in the Bo-Kaap and District Six museums. 
  • Wander through the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a working harbour full of shops, restaurants, street entertainment and boat trips.
  • Experience spectacular views from Chapman’s Peak drive ”“ a 10km route carved out of the mountainside on one side, and dropping to the Atlantic Ocean on the other! 
  • Enjoy the huge diversity of plant species (about 2300 of them) in the Cape Peninsula National Park, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, and home to some 250 species of birds.
  • Visit the wonderful family beach at Fish Hoek, see the huge colony of African Penguins at Boulders Beach or take a cruise out from Hout Bay to the seal colony at Duiker Island.

When to go to Cape Town & the Peninsula?

There is never really a bad time to go to this area, however from roughly October to March it has a particularly lovely Mediterranean climate which is hard to beat.

Cape Town & the Peninsula: How to do it?

Often the start or end of a longer trip, Cape Town or the Peninsula are also great stand-alone options. Flights from the UK take approx. 10 hrs, and there are direct options available.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.

Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.


Visas are not required for British passport holders.


No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.



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