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Villekulla Easy Living Lodge

8 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 9 rooms

The travel lodge for people who want to get away from the big city. Relax, enjoy the view and...
The travel lodge for people who want to get away from the big city. Relax, enjoy the view and discover the Cape peninsula. Located between Cape Point and Cape Town and close to the village of Kommetjie, Villekulla lodge is the perfect place to start your trip up the Garden Route. We provide excellent service for all types of travelers and backpackers. Villekulla lodge offers dorms, cosy wooden cabins on the hill side and doubles with en suite at the pool. Roll from the deck for a brekkie-with-a-view whipped up in our self catering kitchen to the sparkling pool for a lazy afternoon. End your day in the bar for a delicious braai with endless sea and mountain views. Clean toilets and showers and private and safe parking off street parking will make your stay even more relaxing.
from R350

Simonstown Boutique Backpackers

3 Reviews
Sleeps 22 in 10 rooms

Simonstown Boutique Backpackers is situated along the main road in Simonstown and is based in the...
Simonstown Boutique Backpackers is situated along the main road in Simonstown and is based in the Historical Prince Alfred Building Est. 1802. Simonstown is a charming naval town named after the governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, upon whose recommendation the Bay was used by the Dutch East India Trading Company for winter anchorage. The backpackers offers a number of different room types to accommodate your specific needs. Come spend some time on our huge sea-facing-people-spotting-action-watching balcony - a great spot from which to soak up the view whilst knocking back a beer or two. Simonstown is a good deal quieter than Cape Town itself, so if you’re all partied out or just want to relax in peace and tranquility, then it’s a great base for your holiday. We have no parking hassles and no crime problems and the centre of Cape Town is only 45 minutes away by car or just over an hour by train. You can reach all the great sites of Cape Town easily and the beauty of Cape Point at the Cape of Good Hope, the Cape Peninsula and the famous Penguins of Boulder’s Beach is right on our doorstep. We’re conveniently located in the heart of Simonstown and just a 10-minute walk from the railway station. We can also arrange airport transfers, bicycle rental, Cape Point, Overland, Wine, and Garden Route tours, shark diving tours, boat trips, and car hire.
from R200

Hout Bay Backpackers

4 Reviews
Sleeps 60 in 24 rooms

Hout Bay Backpacker Lodge is situated a stone’s throw away from Hout Bay Beach with uninterrupted views of beach, habour and the majestic...
Hout Bay Backpacker Lodge is situated a stone’s throw away from Hout Bay Beach with uninterrupted views of beach, habour and the majestic Chapman’s Peak. The lodge is quiet and comfortable, just 20 minutes from Cape Town and on the public transport route. Our hostel suits budget travellers wanting to experience Hout Bay with its restaurants, harbour, beach, Seal Island, World of Birds and so on; the discerning backpackers requiring a base from which to hike Table Mountain National Park, bike Chapman’s Peak, surf Llandudno; and travellers interested in township tours and meeting volunteers working on community development projects. Local volunteer and language courses are also available. The dormitories all have en-suite bathrooms, sleeping a maximum of six people per dorm and the communal lounge area has DStv and a large fireplace. Knowledgable staff are on hand to advise and assist in planning a vast range of activities for you, including surfing, fishing, diving, sailing, kayaking, hiking trails, top restaurants, wine and township tours, pubs and if that’s not enough, there’s loads of live entertainment. Dune’s Lodge Hout Bay is a 3 Star lodge run together with Hout Bay Backpackers and comprises of four luxury en-suite rooms with DStv and tea and coffee-making facilities. All rooms lead onto private wooden decks with views of Hout Bay Beach, habour and the majestic Chapman’s Peak.
from R280

Colors of Cape Town

4 Reviews
Sleeps 27 in 7 rooms

True to our name, at Colors of Cape Town Lodge we offer guests nearly as many accommodation options as there are hues in the rainbow. ...
True to our name, at Colors of Cape Town Lodge we offer guests nearly as many accommodation options as there are hues in the rainbow. Whether you’re looking to meet new people in a dormitory, get a good night’s sleep with your partner in a private double room, book a studio for a longer stay or spread out in our family room, there’s sure to be something that suits your fancy. It’s possible to book any room on either a self-catering basis as we have a communal kitchen, or on a bed and breakfast basis. All of the rooms are clean and comfortable, with splashes of colour on the walls and crisp, white linen on the beds. We also pride ourselves on our versatility, so if you need to accommodate a group, let us know how we can help you, as our lodge sleeps a maximum of between 23 to 28 people.
from R320

Fat Pony Backpackers & Riding Centre

3 Reviews
Sleeps 22 in 4 rooms

Alan and Lorna warmly welcome you to their Cape Town backpackers and riding centre, Fat Pony. This...
Alan and Lorna warmly welcome you to their Cape Town backpackers and riding centre, Fat Pony. This is a family-run, child and biker-friendly farm house hostel in the Western Cape Winelands. We offer airport shuttles, free Wi-Fi, comfortable and airy dorms just 30 minutes from Cape Town City Centre. Overland vehicles are welcome. Relax in one of the En-suite Dormitories. Fat Pony has dorms and Mini Dorms, perfect for large and small groups. The Mini Dorms have heating for cool winter months and private entrances. All bed linens are provided. Cook your meals in a fully equipped farmhouse kitchen with a log fire or braai outside. Relax on comfortable sofas in a large games room with pool table, library and sun deck overlooking a braai garden with pool. Free Wi-Fi is available covering most of the farm. There are towels and a laundry room with washer and dryer available to hire for a small fee. Hire a bike and wine taste your way through scenic Cape Winelands. Make new friends while joining in on a riding lesson, pony trail or workshop - we have special discounts for guests. Nearby activities include Butterfly World, Dirtopia an off-road mountain biking and hiking centre, golfing, quad biking and paintball. Wine tasting along the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine routes is a great day excursion. Venture into Cape Town to explore Table Mountain with walks, hikes, climbs and abseiling. Tour around the museums, sandy beaches and enjoy a variety of water sports. Take a trip to the cinema, pubs, clubs and restaurants of Cape Town.
from R360

Mountain Manor Backpackers

5 Reviews
Sleeps 58 in 55 rooms

Check-in's are quick, you sign in our register, get given a city map and shown around the lodge....
Check-in's are quick, you sign in our register, get given a city map and shown around the lodge. Anytime you need information on any aspect of travel in Africa just ask for advice at Travel Desk. We can help with booking safaris, overland trips, daytrips, car rental and trip planning in and around Cape Town. Backpackers Lodge Our lodge has the most fabulous views of Table Mountain and Lions Head. Our entertainment room is fitted out with DSTV (Sky equivalent), a pool table and darts. There is also a TV room where you can watch television or just hang out chatting to fellow travellers. Alternatively you may choose to relax by reading one of the many books in the library. For the more sociable travellers there is a bar for those who choose to interact amongst other fellow travellers. Facilities The lodge is newly refurbished and offers great accommodation coupled with excellent facilities for any traveller. - 10 Bed roomed Lodge plus Self-catering apartments - Walking distance into the city centre - Close proximity to shopping centre and restaurants - Entertainment room with DSTV - Snooker / pool table and darts - Internet station - Self-help, fully equipped kitchen - On-site laundry - TV room and library - Communal bathrooms - Barbecue facilities 24 hour guarded parking in front of our entrance. Please note for those privileged to have a car, the guards expect R20.00 a night to ensure the safety of your car.
from R310

The Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

3 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 7 rooms

Bohemian Lofts Backpackers is a quirky backpackers overlooking the Observatory Lower Main Road....
Bohemian Lofts Backpackers is a quirky backpackers overlooking the Observatory Lower Main Road. From the balcony, you can sit and people-watch, or just soak up the hustle and bustle of this eclectic, arty neighbourhood of Observatory. Each room is themed after a different neighbourhood in Cape Town, and offers all you'll need for a great stay. If you are looking for an out of this world, authentic stay in Cape Town, this is the place to be.
from R300

Off The Wall Backpackers

1 Review
Sleeps 19 in 9 rooms

Jam packed with funkiness, good vibes and great facilities, Off The Wall is Cape Town's latest backpackers. We offer sparkling clean...
Jam packed with funkiness, good vibes and great facilities, Off The Wall is Cape Town's latest backpackers. We offer sparkling clean rooms with thick spring mattresses topped with crisp 100% cotton percale linen, a fully equipped kitchen and knowledgeable and friendly staff. Our double-storey building has been designed with travellers in mind. Resulting in plenty of bathrooms, plenty of hot water, and an ample choice of accommodation. Our chic decor will appease your senses, while free Wi-Fi, safes in the bedrooms and lockers in the dorms, will make your stay that much more comfortable. We'll sort out all your travel and tour needs, including shark diving, sky diving, scuba diving, surf lessons, hiking Table Mountain, touring the peninsula and car rentals. Located in the suburb of Claremont, which is brimming with shops, night clubs and restaurants. We're super central and close to the city centre, Muizenberg beach and Constantia winelands, and even closer to the stunning Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens and Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums.
from R670

Cape Town Backpackers

1 Review
Sleeps 116 in 30 rooms

Spread over three buildings, Cape Town Backpackers has a fantastic atmosphere and plenty of style. We offer all of the facilities you...
Spread over three buildings, Cape Town Backpackers has a fantastic atmosphere and plenty of style. We offer all of the facilities you would expect from a top-quality backpackers, including Wi-Fi, Internet access, a café and a self-catering kitchen. We also offer a comprehensive travel desk and a great bar to meet fellow travellers. Located halfway between the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain, and only a five-minute walk from Long Street, Cape Town Backpackers is perfect for exploring everything that Cape Town has to offer. Situated just off Park Road and Kloof Street, the area is renowned for delicious restaurants, busy cafés and trendy drinking spots. Museums, shops and ATMs are all within walking distance and the beautiful beaches are a five-minute drive away.
from R260

SaltyCrax Backpackers Surf Lodge

12 Reviews
Sleeps 30 in 16 rooms

SaltyCrax Backpackers is located 500m from the beautiful beaches of Blouberg, the perfect place to...
SaltyCrax Backpackers is located 500m from the beautiful beaches of Blouberg, the perfect place to see picturesque views of Table Mountain. We are a 20 minute drive/40 minute bus ride from Cape Town Centre and are able to organise a variety of tours in and around the Western Cape. We are walking distance to major shopping centers, transport terminals, beach, restaurants and bars. Facilities included are a fully furnished house and kitchen, bedding, Jacuzzi, entertainment area, television and a laundry service that operates daily. We also offer a shuttle service from the Airport. We have budget dorm accommodation, as well as private rooms which could have shared facilities or a private en - suite bathroom. Activities that our guests have at their fingertips are: Cape Point Tours, Wine Tours, Shark Cage Diving, Skydiving, Safaris of the big 5, Surfing, Kite Surfing, or just relaxing on the beach getting a tan... There are so many things one can do around the area in the daytime and the nighttime, with beachfront just 5 minutes away.
from R175

African Heart Backpackers

1 Review
Sleeps 18 in 13 rooms

Situated under majestic gaze of Table Mountain, Observatory is seen as the cultural hub of Cape Town. African Heart Backpackers, with its...
Situated under majestic gaze of Table Mountain, Observatory is seen as the cultural hub of Cape Town. African Heart Backpackers, with its relaxed vibe and friendly staff, is the ideal bed and breakfast option for guests visiting this Bohemian-style suburb. This owner-run lodge has an eclectic design sprinkled with personal touches and artworks. There is a variety of creatively styled rooms ranging from backpacker dorms to private rooms. Most rooms make use of shared bathroom facilities. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast as a great start to their day. From the reception desk, guests will be able to book a selection of activities, tours and overland trips. The lodge is run by a team of experienced travellers who will be able to give advice on popular area attractions. This trendy suburb offers many restaurants, pubs and bars. These are all within walking distance of the lodge, affording guests a great opportunity to experience the culture of this area. The lodge provides the perfect start, or end, to your travels.
from R280

Eco Wave Lodge

4 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 8 rooms

Eco Wave Lodge offers affordable budget accommodation in a modern and stylish two-storey mansion located in the heart of Kommetjie, a mere...
Eco Wave Lodge offers affordable budget accommodation in a modern and stylish two-storey mansion located in the heart of Kommetjie, a mere stone's throw from the beach. Whether you are backpacking across South Africa in search of that perfect wave, or just want to relax on a budget in one of Cape Town's most beautiful areas, Eco Wave House is the place to stay. Apart from quaint restaurants and pubs, a surf shop and a grocery store are all within a short stroll from the house. Eco Wave house is designed to offer guests a bright and friendly atmosphere with various balconies specifically constructed to take advantage of the majestic views of the sea and the village. The house also has barbecue facilities and a small garden to relax in. If you feel like cooking, the fully equipped kitchen is ready to be used. In addition, the house offers a large living area fully equipped with TV, a pool table and comfortable couches. Unlimited Internet usage is available for a small fee and a washing machine is available on request. The house offers four bedrooms, with modern and clean shared bathrooms. Kommetjie is a picturesque suburb situated just south of Cape Town on the Southern Peninsula, a mere 40-minute drive from the centre of Cape Town. Here, on the plain of "The Cape of Good Hope", stands the remarkably well-preserved rural area of Kommetjie, which has maintained a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere throughout the years. Straddling the coastline, Kommetjie’s main attraction is certainly the smooth, soft and sandy Long Beach. Extending over 8 km and offering stunning views of nature at its wildest, Long Beach is the perfect location for slow strolls, brisk horse rides, or frantic surf sessions. Indeed, Kommetjie has gained its reputation as one of South Africa’s hottest surf spots, a gem within short walking distance from the Eco Wave House. The Southern Peninsula also boasts other well-known attractions. In just 20 minutes you could be driving along the world-renowned Chapman’s Peak Drive between Hout Bay and Noordhoek, visiting one of South Africa’s oldest towns, Simon’s Town, with its large breeding colony of African Penguins, you could be dining and shopping at the bohemian Kalk Bay, or taking in the sights at Muizenberg with its pastel-colour beach houses. Over and above this, Kommetjie lies well on the way to Cape Point and the historic Cape of Good Hope, both of which offer great hiking and mountain biking trails with unparalleled views on the surging Atlantic Ocean and its prime surf spots.
from R500

Forty8 Backpackers Hotel

3 Reviews
Sleeps 378 in 49 rooms

Welcome to Forty8 Backpackers Hotel. It is a luxurious and affordable backpackers hotel located right in the heart of Cape Town's Central...
Welcome to Forty8 Backpackers Hotel. It is a luxurious and affordable backpackers hotel located right in the heart of Cape Town's Central Business District. It is located near to Long Street in Cape Town, which is renowned for it's abundance of street shops, cafe's, bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. Forty8 Backpackers is well known for its unique elegance, you won't find trendier economical accommodation near Cape Town's hotspots than our comfortable backpackers hotel. We cater for all travellers from solo or groups visiting Cape Town domestically or internationally as we have rooms to accommodate up to 50 people. Our backpackers hotel is newly refurbished and modernized. We focus on great service, a clean space, safety and a friendly attitude. When you travel to Cape Town make sure to visit us. We cater for adventurers of all ages including backpackers, students and groups and we have taken special care to cater for our guests needs. You will find a well-catered for environment to make your stay hassle free. We have a snack bar, free internet access, including Wi-Fi, a communal lounge and kitchen, laundry facilities and free tea and coffee. Forty8 Backpackers has six Dormitories ranging from four-beds, six-beds, 10-beds and 12-beds in a bedroom and three Private Double bedrooms. A Dormitory room consists of double bunk beds and the Double Room with double beds. The bathrooms are shared one for the females and the other for the males. We are open 24-hours, 365-days a year. At the reception you can obtain travel information, tour bookings, safety boxes and there is a laundry service. We have our own shuttle services that offer door-to-door pick-up and drop-off, meet and greet services at Cape Town International Airport, tours and transfers to and from different places and destinations.
from R440

Sea Forever

19 Reviews
Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Sea Forever is spacious, stylish and designed to bathe you in natural sunlight wherever you are in the apartment. It offers 180 degree...
Sea Forever is spacious, stylish and designed to bathe you in natural sunlight wherever you are in the apartment. It offers 180 degree views of False Bay. It can accommodate four guests. If you have a larger group we also offer our Fig Leaf Cottage which can accommodate two, details follow for Fig leaf further below. Sea Forever features a large open plan living room and dining area. The living room has a sofa bed with a pull out to sleep two guests. There is satellite television and a DVD player. Wi-Fi also available. Leading from the sitting room is a sheltered deck which overlooks the sea and the garden. From here a spiral staircase leads directly to the garden, Barbeque area and a 10 meter solar heated pool. The kitchen is well equipped with a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave. You are welcome to use our laundry facilities downstairs or we can organise a laundry service for you should you require it. The bathroom, with solar hot water supply, topped up if need be with electricity. There is a large shower you can sit down in, rather than a bath. Everyone loves its unusual design, which encourages you to sit in the shower’s mist as you enjoy a sea view even from here. The bedroom offers king-sized or twin beds, depends what you prefer. The neighbourghood is very quiet, so you can look forward to a peaceful sleep. Fisherman’s Beach, visible from the apartment, is a short walk away and offers safe swimming and lovely rock pools.
from R550

Altona Lodge

12 Reviews
Sleeps 38 in 17 rooms

Relax, refresh and revive at this vibrant hostel in the heart of Cape Town’s lively Green Point area. In addition to having a unique vibe,...
Relax, refresh and revive at this vibrant hostel in the heart of Cape Town’s lively Green Point area. In addition to having a unique vibe, it is also only five minutes from the City Centre and is ideally located close to some of Cape Town’s most famous beaches and attractions. Nestled in the shadow of Signal Hill and Table Mountain, this 19th-century lodge provides two areas for relaxing and socializing, as well as a palm-lined front garden. An easy-going atmosphere and friendly staff will help you make the most of your Cape Town experience. The Cape Town Stadium is a mere 800 m from us with the V & A Waterfront and Sea Point only a 15 to 20-minute walk away.
from R450

Fawlty Towers

3 Reviews
Sleeps 44 in 8 rooms

Fawlty Towers offers a bright collection of Spacious, Secure, Self-Catering apartments Fawlty Towers is located near the Green Point...
Fawlty Towers offers a bright collection of Spacious, Secure, Self-Catering apartments Fawlty Towers is located near the Green Point Stadium and the V&A Waterfront and close to the City Center. The reception doubles up as an entertainment area with pool table. Enjoy the privacy of your own apartment with a balcony. Each of our sunny private flatlets have their own kitchen, bathroom and TV. Step out onto the sun deck and cool off in the swimming pool after a hot day at the beach. Enjoy our fully equipped barbecue area, including pizza oven and six-burner restaurant grill. The upper reaches of Green Point consist of upmarket, private, modern villas clinging to the side of Signal Hill, affording magnificent panoramic urban views over the densely populated area below and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Far down below, joggers, roller bladers and dog walkers take their sport along the wide seaboard promenade. The night views are particularly spectacular, with a myriad of lights from the buildings below as well as from passing ships and fishing vessels. Green Point Main Road is one of Cape Town's most trendy areas and features many restaurants, delicatessens and coffee bars, while at night the heat is on with bars, theatre and party venues, both gay and straight, lining up exciting events and shows. Clubs are open all night, many seven days a week, delivering non-stop partying.
from R600

Cape Town Deco Lodge Backpackers

6 Reviews
Sleeps 32 in 12 rooms

Cape Town Deco Lodge Backpackers is 1.9 km from the city centre, between the University of Cape...
Cape Town Deco Lodge Backpackers is 1.9 km from the city centre, between the University of Cape Town and Cape Town itself. Our philosophy is to offer distinctive accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere. Deco Lodge reflects something special about the local colours and flavours of the city. We offer you a comfortable bed with crisp and clean linen for a peaceful sleep. Our staff is attentive, friendly and filled with the easy-going spirit of Africa. Guests have access to a beautifully green garden with pool, Internet facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, a braai area, a billiard room, a TV room and a laundry service. This is the place to meet interesting local and international visitors, many of whom stay for extended periods of time. The surrounding area is bursting with character, especially for the restless and adventurous. Cape Town sprawls at the foot of Table Mountain and its attendant summits, Devil’s Peak and iconical Lion’s Head. We are ideally located for wine tours and trips to the beach.
from R180

Afrique Du Sud Backpackers

1 Review
Sleeps 50 in 21 rooms

Afrique du Sud is located along the Atlantic sea board of Cape Town, nestled between the ocean and...
Afrique du Sud is located along the Atlantic sea board of Cape Town, nestled between the ocean and Lion's Head. It is within close proximity to the city centre and the V&A Waterfront. This backpacker’s accommodation offers a variety of rooms. All room have linen and share bathrooms. There is a communal living area, ideal for meeting the other guests and exchanging travel stories. The Cape Town attractions are easily accessible by buse, taxis and Cape Town’s MyCiTi buses. An Olympic-sized seawater swimming pool and an abundance of banks, shops, supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants are close by.
from R300

Lighthouse Farm Lodge & Backpackers

8 Reviews
Sleeps 66 in 57 rooms

The Lighthouse Farm Lodge & Backpackers is situated on The Oude Molen Eco Village – A Beautiful...
The Lighthouse Farm Lodge & Backpackers is situated on The Oude Molen Eco Village – A Beautiful site on the last remaining farmland in Central Cape Town. Enjoy a taste of farm style living, with open fields and rivers, spectacular views of The Table Mountain range and breath taking sunsets Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head from the front door. The Cape Town City Center is just 10 minutes drive away or easily accessible by train. The Local supermarket is within walking distance. A splendid exhibition of Green Energy, a sense of community, urban agriculture and recreation make us the ultimate work/live/play combination. Humble and Friendly. The Backpackers offers a ‘Home Away from Home Feeling”, where guests become like family. Whether its a peaceful weekend get-away you’re after. Or a full on Backpackers experience . You can get it here. We have cosy and affordable, self catering Dorm Rooms, as well as comfortable Double Rooms and Family units available. A range of facilities and local attractions will make your stay something to write home about.
from R100

Bottelary Inn

2 Reviews
Sleeps 34 in 8 rooms

The Bottelary Inn is situated in a up market residential area and consists of a three bedroom cottage that accommodates maximum 12 persons...
The Bottelary Inn is situated in a up market residential area and consists of a three bedroom cottage that accommodates maximum 12 persons sharing and the two bedroom apartment accommodates maximum eight persons sharing. The Bottelary Inn is on the border of Brackenfell and Stellenbosch. The Stellenbosch wine farm Hazendal is only a two-minute drive away. The Bottelary Inn accommodation has a very homely feeling and the huge trees on the property will also give you a great and beautiful atmosphere. The hospitality is outstanding and you will leave as friends.

Cape Town South Africa

Cape Town Backpacker Hostel Accommodation

Voted Favourite Foreign City by the UK Telegraph, Cape Town is one of the places you just have to visit before you die. It's an awesome city. All the vibe you want - great parties, great shopping and loads of galleries and other cultural attractions can't detract from the fact that what makes Cape Town special is the fact that it is set in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Even Sir Francis Drake, who'd pretty much seen it all, called Cape Point the 'fairest cape in all the circumference of the world'. It's a needle-sharp promontory, which - contrary to marketing hype - does not divide the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic. But Capetonians claim it does and you can often see a line of foam heading straight out from the point - possibly all the way to Antarctica - which certainly divides the False Bay Coastline on the east from the Atlantic Seaboard on the west.

And the Peninsula Mountain Chain forms a high-lying spine all the way from Cape Point to Table Mountain above the city. Most of this high lying ground is part of the Table Mountain National Park, which also includes Boulders Beach and its penguins, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens that showcases South Africa's fabulous floral heritage as well as hosting some great concerts among the flowers. Table Mountain is the soul of Cape Town - its emotional heart and touchstone. Many Capetonians escape to the slopes of the mountain on weekends and after work as a regular - well, it's almost a pilgrimage. There are literally hundreds of walks on the mountain. Cape Town is the epicentre of the Cape Floral Region, which is a world heritage site. Another great thing about the Peninsula and its mountains is that Cape Town has virtually two different climates in one city. When the wind is blowing on one side, the beaches should be warm and sheltered on the other - and even when it's raining on one side, you may get bright sunshine on the other.

It's all a kind of yin yang thing - opposites balancing - the dark and light side of the mountain and all that esoteric stuff. And speaking of which - Cape Town is not just a beautiful city with fantastic beaches, a national park, an awesome mountain and beautiful flowers. No - it's also a great city. It's a place where residents and visitors alike work hard and play even harder.

Cape Town accommodation is plentiful and there’s something to suit every budget but it is highly advisable to book ahead, especially over the Christmas season (December to mid-February) and during the Argus Cycle Tour (usually mid-March). The greatest density of Cape Town hotels, boutique hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, guest houses and self catering apartments and holiday villas are situated in the City Bowl area and immediate South Atlantic Seaboard belt, all within a 10 minute drive from Cape Town City Centre and the V&A Waterfront. Highly desirable suburbs like Tamboerskloof and Oranjezicht spill down the slopes of Table Mountain towards Gardens, Cape Town City Centre, De Waterkant and the exclusive Waterfront. From the Waterfront the dazzling Atlantic coastline curves south, fringed by the seaside suburbs of Green Point, Sea Point, Bantry Bay the ultra glamorous suburbs of Clifton and Camps Bay.

Unless you tie on a blindfold and lock yourself in your hotel room, there is absolutely no way you can get bored in Cape Town. There are so many things to do. If you're into shopping, the V&A Waterfront is just one of many shopoholic's dream venues but it stands out as it has so much more - boat trips, the embarkation point for the Robben Island ferry, the Two Oceans Aquarium, loads of interesting historical buildings and some of the city's best hotels with possibly the best views in the world. Cape town offers a whole range of exciting adventure activities, great birding, awesome whale watching, historical buildings, and dozens of museums outlining the city's fascinating history and its many cultures.

An easy day trip from Cape Town, the Winelands offer great scenery, white-washed gabled farmhouses nestling in bright green vineyards, lovely little restaurants, great coffee shops and - of course - wine tasting sales and cellar tours. When the sun goes down you can choose between hundreds of great restaurants and a huge range of funky pubs, vibey clubs and a wide selection of movies, theatre and live music. Cape Town is also home to one of the most outrageous parties in the world. The Mother City Queer Project is a themed costume party in December that is fast becoming one of the most popular gatherings - certainly in South Africa - and possibly the world. And shortly thereafter, the traditional Kaapse Klopse minstrel dancers take over parts of the city streets in a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years to the era when slavery was legal in Cape Town. Don't forget to pack your dancing shoes.

Other areas close to Cape Town you may like to explore include the dramatic West Coast, which offers great birding along the shores of Langebaan Lagoon, Namaqualand, which has even more spectacular spring flowers, and the Overberg, famous for land-based whale watching. It also features lovely flowers in spring. Cape Town is not the best game viewing destination in South Africa, but there is some small game at Cape Point and there are a few game farms a short distance from the city, but they're not really up to the standard of the game reserves further north and east.

Voted Favourite Foreign City by the UK Telegraph, Cape Town is one of the places you just have to visit before you die. It's an awesome city. All the vibe you want - great parties, great shopping and loads of galleries and other cultural...

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