Africa’s best cosmopolitan city, Cape Town is aptly known as the continent’s “Mother City”. As cities go, this is South Africa’s top holiday destination. A deep and rich history is the foundation for today’s mix of modern culture, outstanding natural beauty with loads of attractions plus literally hundreds of guest houses, bed & breakfast options and award winning hotels to choose from.
Table Mountain forms the backdrop for a region renowned for great cuisine, fine wines and exceptional value. The pace is relaxed here too, it’s safe, malaria-free and the people are friendly.
So whilst the Cape isn’t a traditional safari spot, local attractions and good prices deserve more than just a few days on holiday. Access through the wider Cape region, the winelands and the Garden Route are easy too.
Big 5 safaris are simple in the Kruger National Park but the best safaris in Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe via Victoria Falls are a convenient flight away.
Self-drive options to include both South Africa and Namibia should always include the Cape.
With growing popularity it’s become a year round destination but best in the summer months from November to March. The wet and windy winter from May to September coincides with our traditional safari season further afield in southern Africa so this is the city’s “secret season” when prices are especially good.
When the words ‘Cape Town’ are mentioned, anybody who has ever visited this stunning city will immediately conjure up images of beautiful rugged coastline, some incredibly lush and colourful vegetation, and of course the plateau of Table Mountain overlooking the whole scene. At the southern most tip of Africa, Cape Town is one of the most striking cities on the continent, and any visit here will leave you wanting to overstay your visit and explore the various fascinating areas more thoroughly!
So a Cape Town holiday by itself is most spectacular from October to April. If you visit at the start or end of a proper safari then you’ll get the best deals from May to September.
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...top spots from the Cape
Most spectacular stretch of South Africa’s coastline 350km east of the Cape Point running for a further 200km between Mossel Bay and the Storms River. It’s a bewitching world of forests, wetlands, quiet seaside villages, bustling small towns, stunning beaches, marine and nature reserves sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges and the Indian Ocean.
The Zambezi River separates Zimbabwe and Zambia right here. A World Heritage Site, Africa’s Adventure Capital and southern Africa’s most important hub for wildlife safaris into Hwange, Mana Pools, the lower Zambezi; the Okavango, Chobe, Kalahari in Botswana; Zambia’s Kafue and Luangwa valley; Namibia’s Etosha and Namib Desert. An easy hop from Johannesburg.
South Africa’s best and easiest guarantee of the “big 5”. The south can be VERY busy and full of wildlife with densities decreasing as you move north. You’ll pay a hefty price for the private game reserves to the west with small crowds, exclusive rights, luxury lodges and superior guides. An unlikely first choice for seasoned safari hands but a good call for first-timers on a tight budget.