A diverse mix of culture, cuisine and music meets a dazzling blend of natural beauty and distinctive architectural styles – welcome to Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City. The iconic Table Mountain works with Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head to form the rugged, mountainous backdrop the city is famous for. Enclosed within the base of these mountains is a thriving metropolis that continues to keep everyone who visits on their toes.
The city is divided into several groups of suburbs, each one defined by the contours and peaks of Table Mountain. You can throw yourself into African culture in all the suburbs during your visit to Cape Town, experiencing everything from traditional music to the local cuisine. You’ll find a selection of welcoming, family-run restaurants where you can enjoy authentic African food, as well as stylish cafés that embrace the hugely popular coffee culture the city is known for.
Of course, with such an abundance of natural beauty, spending some time in the outdoors is an absolute must in Cape Town. There are several spectacular beaches perfect for activities such as jogging and surfing, as well as just relaxing while soaking up the sun. Pay a visit to Boulders Beach if you can: just 40 km from the city centre, it’s home to a large colony of endangered African penguins. Who said beaches were just about sun, sea and sand?
If this makes you hungry for even more adventure, Table Mountain is calling. You can’t beat the views that you’ll experience from the aerial cable car, which connects to the mountain’s 1086-metre peak. Early mornings and early evenings are the best times to go for maximum splendour. There’s also Cape Point, or, Cape of Good Hope – a segment of the Table Mountain national park that’s packed with jaw-dropping scenery at every turn. Whether you choose to relax on one of the secluded beaches in this area or embark on a walking trail (where you can spot up to 250 species of bird!), you’re sure to create lasting memories.
For something a bit more mellow, visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where a rainbow of flora and fauna awaits. Take in the astounding views from the ‘Boomslang’ (‘tree snake’), officially known as the Tree Canopy Walkway. This bridge winds around and above the trees, reaching a dizzying height of 12 metres.
Ready to discover a truly infectious location? Book a Cape Town hotel with Marriott and start planning your adventure in South Africa’s Mother City.