By becoming the second largest city in South Africa, Cape Town has transformed itself as one of the major tourist destinations. It is the capital city of the Western Cape Province and also serves as a legislative capital of South Africa. The city lies in the south west corner of South Africa closer to the Cape of Good Hope which is the major attraction of this city.
Summer begins from December and ends by February. Days often remain warm with low humidity. Winters are from June to August with little wet temperature. Often gets cold in night with temperature falling as low as 2 or 3 degree Celsius.
Best Time to Visit
October and November boasts warmer climate with spring in the air. However, the climate does not get hot like mid-summer. December to May bring long hot days with sun setting by around 8.30 PM in December. February is an ideal month to travel. March to May changes from year to year, but commonly it rains and the temperature becomes cooler. Visitors travel less at this time so chances of receiving excellent deals on accommodation, food and tourism services are high.
Cape Town International Airport is the largest and the busy airport with multiple flights passing daily to various destinations. Search Cheap Tickets from your favorite airline and land your plane on Cape Town International Airport. You can get South African passenger trains which are run by PRASA. They function as long distance inter-city trains and commuter or suburban trains. Other train service providers are available in the city. Main train station of the city is located in the city centre. MetroRail functions in two classes – MetroPlus and Metro.
Roadways are in good condition, so traveling by car is very comfortable. You can book with different car rental companies.
Traveling by bus is also comfortable as major bus companies have made the intercity connections from the city. There are six buses a day to travel to several cities.
Large cruise lines operate in the city like Princess Cruises and RMS St Helena.
Some Cape Town Things to Do and See
A wide range of attractions are available in the city that is explored by millions of tourists yearly. Explore Bo-Kaap (lies on a hill), The Castle of Good Hope (oldest survival building of South Africa), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (open daily from 8am to 6pm- closes by 7pm in Sept. to Mar.), Robben Island (lies off the coast from Cape Town), and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (a huge entertainment and shopping area).
Visit some of the famous museums in the city such as Bo-Kaap Museum, District Six Museum, South African Maritime Museum, Slave Lodge, Groot Constantia, and South African National Gallery.
If you wish to experience some performing arts then Armchair Theatre, Masque Theatre, Artscape Theatre, and Labia Screen are the ideal choices.
If you like to enjoy some adventures then these may interest you the most – Cable Car to the top of Table Mountain, Climbing Table Mountain, Swimming at some beaches like False Bay, Cape Peninsula that features Cape of Good Hope and famous African Penguin colony at Boulders, kite surfing which is famous in the city, and surfing at Muizenberg. Also Winelands and Seal Snorkeling are some points of interests.
Remember, when you are in Cape Town, Wine Tasting at some of the world’s best wine producing vineyards is must. Wine regions are Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, located at easy hour drive and offers stunning views and amazing wine tasting opportunity. A lot of other activities can be undertaken at this city including kayaking, diving, township tours, attending events, wildlife gaming, safari, and whale watching.