It's South Africa's second largest city, home to the magnificent Table Mountain and offers pleasant weather all year around making a holiday in Cape Town a great getaway any time of year. Robben Island just off the coast is full of history and the place Nelson Mandela was imprisoned while the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is perfect for an afternoon stroll. The colourful houses and cobbled streets of Bo-Kaap are a must-see, as is the Victorian splendour of Cape Town City Hall. For swimming take a trip to False Bay or enjoy the beautiful beaches Clifton and Sandy Bay.
You can get direct flights to Cape Town from London Heathrow with airlines including South African Airways, Virgin Atlantic, bmi and British Airways. Indirect flights take longer but are cheaper and allow you to fly from most major airports in the UK such as Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff. KLM, Emirates and Qatar Airways are among the carriers offering an indirect service.
All flights from the UK land at Cape Town International Airport which is located 15 kilometres from the city centre. There are a number of ways of getting to your Cape Town hotel. The local bus is the cheapest option and buses depart from outside the terminal building approximately every 20 minutes. The bus will take you to Hertzog Boulevard in the city centre in around 40 minutes. Taxis are readily available from the airports. Metered taxis will charge a fee based on the distance travelled, while others will charge a flat fee and per passenger fee.
Accommodation in the centre can be surprisingly affordable and it is possible to find many cheap hotels in Cape Town . The areas around Gardens and Tamboerskloof are popular choice for those on a budget. Be sure to book in advance as affordable B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels get snapped up quickly.
Walking isn't that easy in Cape Town, so the best way of getting around during your Cape Town holiday is by bus or taxi. Local buses are cheap and pretty extensive, always check with the driver to check the bus you catch is going where you want to go. Taxis are plentiful and as they are controlled by the city council are safe and reliable. Alternatively car hire in Cape Town is a great idea and offers you the freedom to explore the city and surrounding areas. For the best deals on car hire, it's a good idea to book in advance.
Updated 11th December 2013
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