Why visit Cape Town?

Tourists & Travel Experts Reveal Why You Should Consider Visiting Cape Town

If you are still searching for a compelling reason to visit Cape Town, read on to discover why visitors fall in love with this city and its people.

One can never please everyone. However, as a vacation destination, Cape Town seems to be doing pretty well.

The city attracts fans from all over the world. And herewith, we bring you feedback from visitors and travel experts who admire South Africa’s charming Mother City.

Guests leave Cape Town lovestruck

At Nox Rentals we arrange accommodation in Cape Town for thousands of international visitors every year. According to Lauren Clarke, one of our friendly Reservations Consultants, who assists guests on a daily basis:

“Without fail, guest feedback includes comments about how wonderful they have found Cape Town. Most people fall completely in love with the city. Everyone remarks on the exquisite nature, views, variety of things to do and of course, the excellent location of the self-catering villa or apartment they have rented through Nox Rentals.”

Cape Town and Table Mountain at dusk
Cape Town and Table Mountain at dusk

What visitors say about Cape Town

The majority of TripAdvisor’s Traveller Ratings from tourists on holiday in South Africa is “Excellent”, confirming visitors from abroad love Cape Town.

Paul from Brighton, United Kingdom, wrote about Camps Bay in his review on TripAdvisor:

“Popular Area Visited here on a number of occasions while in Cape Town. Good beaches, excellent views and a wide range of bars and restaurants. Only a few minutes out of Cape Town by Uber.”

David M from Florida, United States, also wrote on TripAdvisor about Camps Bay:

“A spectacular suburban beach The Camps Bay setting is spectacular, with low-rise buildings lining Victoria Road, and not interfering with the view of Table Mountain, which rises right behind a narrow necklace of buildings. The mid-August water temperature was about 60º F, so there were plenty of people in the water on a warm Saturday afternoon…”

Marvelling about some of the places to visit, DantesDame from Basel, Switzerland wrote on TripAdvisor:

“A surprisingly informative and interesting day. The trip was a full day and we were fortunate to have fantastic weather. I expected the penguins to be the highlight of the day, but it turned out that the Cape was really the crown jewel. The penguins were a nice touch towards the end of the day, on the return to Cape Town.”

If you are looking for more reasons to travel to Cape Town, take heed of the review posted on Love Cape Town’s Facebook page by Ali Talha Khali from Peshawar, Pakistan:

“Cape town is very busy but yet so calm. I spent about 5 months there. It was an exhilarating experience. From Table Mountain to waterfront, and city suburbs, windy but yet so calm and clean beaches. One who visit Cape Town once, are bound to come back to the mother city. And surely, I will visit again.”

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What travel experts say about Cape Town

Cultures, cuisines and landscapes

Lonely Planet posted the following opinion of a visit to Cape Town:

“A coming-together of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, there’s nowhere quite like Cape Town, a singularly beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park.”

Furthermore, it comes as no surprise that Macy Cate Williams included Camps Bay in her photo collage of 25 Breathtaking Beaches You Must Visit Before You Die.

Budget-friendly

In the words of freelance travel writer Andrew Thompson on Culture Trip:

“Cape Town, known as the budget-friendly city that has it all, from award-winning wine farms and urban mountains to pristine beaches and a vibrant city centre…”

He continues to list the remarkable history, Mediterranean climate, food and wine, Table Mountain, the thriving art scene variety of bars and clubs and magnificent beaches as great reasons to visit Cape Town.

Historic significance

The Telegraph featured an article on 18 July 2016 (former President Nelson Mandela’s birthday) with 22 reasons why Cape Town is the world’s best city. It makes mention of the famous quote by Sir Francis Drake, who in 1580 during his circumnavigation of the globe, saw the Cape of Good Hope and described it as the fairest Cape that he had seen in his entire journey.

The moving history of the Cape and the huge role played by Nelson Mandela are drawcards to the Cape. The views, township jazz bars, penguins, seals, sharks and whales and easy proximity to a Big 5 Safari are also listed in the article.

Wonderful food and wine are always part of worldwide conversations about South Africa, and the Cape in particular. Nature walks and the wildlife, pristine beaches and great shopping – all at affordable prices for visitors – complete the picture.

Beaches, mountains, harbours and gardens

Hayden Rockwell published an article in the HuffPost, 15 Reasons Cape Town Should Be No.1 On Your Travel Agenda. He writes:

“… one destination continues to hold the number one spot in our wanderlust-filled hearts: Cape Town.”

The reasons he cites include the location – beaches, mountains, harbours and gardens. The Table Mountain Cableway gets a well-deserved mention for those who want the view without the climb. In addition, picturesque beaches, plenty of beachfront bars, the penguins, Sea Point Swimming Pool and Kirstenbosch Gardens are listed.

The article maintains that:

“The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a tourist trap (in the best way possible) – listing amazing restaurants with unique dishes, catamaran cruises and shopping as its main attractions.”

In addition, perfect weather, the nightlife of Long Street, vibrant Bo-Kaap, the Old Biscuit Mill market, the breathtaking University of Cape Town campus at the foothills of Table Mountain and to top it all – good South African braais (barbeque).

Rockwell further writes:

“Life doesn’t get much better than beer, food, friends and music… and that’s exactly what a braai is all about.”

Love at first sight

Finally, travel blog writer Kami from Poland has the following to say about Cape Town on My Wanderlust:

“It was love at first sight… Cape Town stole my heart from the very first moment that I arrived. And in the next 5 days I was falling in love more and more with it. It’s actually hard to name one reason why I went so crazy about Cape Town. It’s more a compilation of places, vibe, views, scents that altogether made me love the city so very much.”

View of Camps Bay Beach from above
View of Camps Bay Beach from above

Cape Town collects awards and accolades

Cape Town has been a favourite holiday destination of many over the years. The city and a number of its facilities have received a variety of awards and accolades. We list a few of the most recent feathers in Cape Town’s cap here.

  • The Cape Winelands features in the number 8 spot of the Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2020 Best Value places to visit
  • Cape Town takes the number 4 spot in Harpers Bazaar's article 'These Are the Most Beautiful Cities in the World' by Tom Marchant (Dec 10, 2019)
  • Time Out awarded Cape Town One of the Best Cities in the World 2019
  • Telegraph Travel Awards 2018 named Cape Town Greatest City on Earth, selecting the Mother City from 45 000 entrants
  • Skytrax World Airport Awards awarded Cape Town International Airport as Best in Africa in 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Cape Town is the Best Destination in Africa, according to the World Tourism Awards 2018
  • Cape Town voted #1 City in African for Business Tourism Events 2018 for the fourth consecutive year (International Congress and Convention Association, ICCA)
  • Cape Town featured in Fodor's Go List in 2017
  • Cape Town received the Unesco City of Design award in 2017
  • The AFAR Traveler's Choice Awards 2017 awarded Cape Town as the Best Art and Culture Destination
  • Awarded the Condé Nast Readers' Travel Awards 2016 for Best Overseas City for Restaurants & Bars, as well as the second-best overseas city in the World
  • Western Cape voted Golf Destination of the Year, 2017, Africa and Gulf States (AGTO – International Association of Gold Tour Operators)

In Tom Marchan’s article on Harpers Bazaar (mentioned above), he wrote:

“For those who live in London and New York, it is easy to become accustomed to the idea of a ‘city’ as a place of sprawling development, where nature can seem very far away.

“Cape Town tells a different story: shadowed by the magnificent beauty of Table Mountain and its penguin-thronged beaches, the great outdoors are a vital part of daily life in this buzzing, energetic city. From the green lungs of the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens to the electrifying nightlife along the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town is one of the most dramatic and exciting urban locations in the world.

“And in 2014, it was tapped as a World Design Capital, demonstrating its conscientious blend of natural beauty and human creativity.”

The article is a great read if you’re trying to make up your mind about visiting Cape Town.

Simonsberg in Stellenbosch near Cape Town
Simonsberg in Stellenbosch - Cape Winelands

Cape Town boasts unique attractions

Tourists visit Cape Town to experience its unique attractions. When planning your visit to Cape Town, make sure you pick the best time to visit Cape Town. Some activities are dependent on certain weather conditions. For instance, the Table Mountain Cableway will not take you up the mountain when the wind is howling.

Make use of a good travel guide to select the sights you want to see. Plan your trip accordingly. You are likely to need at least three days up to a week to fit in everything. Bear in mind a week in Cape Town will still not afford you much downtime on the beach.

If you are concerned about your safety, make sure you select the best area to stay. Tourism is a very important economic contributor in the Western Cape. With more than 5 million visitors arriving at Cape Town International airport every year, it makes sense that local authorities focus on keeping tourists safe and crime at bay.

It is easy to get around by yourself in Cape Town. The English language is widely spoken. The people are friendly and helpful. Once you have collected the facts about Cape Town, you will be set to discover its unique attractions and places you should visit.

Nature at its best

Whether you go for the sea, beach or mountains, Cape Town really has it all. Table Mountain is majestic and dominates the city skyline.

Unfortunately, there will always be haters. The following most undeserved comment was from David M about his experience of Cape Town and Table Mountain:

“Very over-hyped and average attraction. Better views can be had from Rock of Gibraltar. Also numerous other places around the world where the city has beautiful architecture and is flanked by sea and higher mountains. Just take a look at Hobart. S Africans seem to cash in on the so-called Table Mountain which is a rather dull and barren plateau. Outskirts of Cape Town are not attractive and of course townships are still blot.”

However, we invite you to take your experience of Cape Town’s nature a step further. Come discover the magnificent views from the top of Table Mountain and decide for yourself if this mother of a mountain is over-hyped.

Be sure to take comments like this one from TrajanoLeme about the magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with a pinch of salt:

“Unless you’re a big fan of flowers, or almost a botanist, the tour has no additional attraction. I would not recommend that you not fall in those cases. The garden is very large, but for those who do not appreciate flowers with the look of a botanist, everything is very equal and walking becomes tiring.”

Most visitors appreciate the unique biodiversity of the gardens at Kirstenbosch. In fact, Tripadvisor gave Kirstenbosch a Certificate of Excellence because it consistently earned great reviews from travellers.

This botanical garden serves as a green playpark with picnic space. The Boomslang (which translates to tree snake) is an exciting tree canopy walkway. There are a restaurant and tea garden where you can rest your feet. Plus, Summer Sunset Concerts in the garden afford music lovers a chance to appreciate amazing rhythms in the great outdoors.

History and museums

Cape Town has the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who finally received his freedom in the city after 27 years in prison. Add to that Robben Island, the District Six Museum, the Bo-Kaap and so much more.

Wildlife

An abundance of wildlife still graces the land-and seascape. Discover penguins, whales, seals and sharks. Get to know the Little 5 (elephant screw, antlion, rhinoceros beetles, red-billed buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise). A Big 5 Safari is within reach of an easy day trip from Cape Town.

Action and adventure

If working up a sweat is your game, we have many more reasons to visit Cape Town. Surfing, kite surfing, canoeing, diving, hiking, biking, paragliding, horse riding, quad biking, zip-lining and many more activities are on offer in spectacular settings around the Cape Peninsula and Winelands.

Wining and dining

Sample award-winning wines and dine at world-renowned restaurants at any of the world-class wineries in and around Cape Town.

Shopping

A variety of exciting shopping opportunities await in the Mother City. From local arts and craft markets to high-end galleries, jewellers and haute couture outlets, you will be surprised at the affordability of bespoke items in Cape Town.

Night lights shining on Table Mountain
Night lights shining on Table Mountain

Fall in love with Cape Town

When reviewing the Mother City on the Love Cape Town Facebook page, fans moreover give the city 5-star ratings. A comment that certainly helps spread the love is this one from Lina Vaz Salgueiro from Lisbon, Portugal:

“How beautiful!! Sunsets in South Africa are awesome.”

While Aoife Mac Mahon from Dublin wrote:

“Amazing people, safe, stunning scenery, chilled vines. Fave place on earth.”

A final reason why international travel experts and tourists visit Cape Town comes from Hinda Garcia from Dubai, who writes the following review of Camps Bay beach on TripAdvisor:

“The most incredible beach in the world I have been to the most beautiful places in the world including Seychelles but this beach took my breath away.”

If you are ready to book your trip, but still wondering where your should stay in Cape Town, let Nox Rentals help you find accommodation in this piece of paradise. The quality of our luxury self-catering rentals may be reason enough to visit Cape Town.

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