Cape Town is one of the world's most wanted holiday destinations. This is partially thanks to a new slew of visitors who arrived for the 2010 World Cup and discovered much more than football stadiums and vuvuzelas.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain, this dynamic South African city has got it all: gourmet restaurants, excellent shopping, fascinating history and culture and buzzing nightlife. Add to all this a breathtaking coastline with fascinating wildlife and gorgeous beaches and you've got a city break like no other.
Head inland and discover rolling vineyards and gorgeous countryside. Venture further afield and you'll be able to go on safari. We've chosen a selection of sumptuous places to stay to make your holiday in Cape Town comfortable and unforgettable.
South Africa is a popular destination all year round, but the weather between November and March makes it a great place to head for a winter sunshine break.
Cape Town is one of those destinations that's packed with real once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Start by taking the cable car to the top of table Mountain and marvelling at the spectacular views. Next, take a boat trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. For all the shopping and restaurants you could wish for from a city break, head to The Victoria & Albert Waterfront in the historic heart of the harbour. Explore great golf courses as well as amazing mountain biking and hiking terrain. Adrenalin junkies can try abseiling, sky diving, kite surfing and even cage diving with sharks. For slightly tamer wildlife experiences, go whale watching, or see penguins in the wild at Boulders Beach. Explore the Cape Peninsula, visit the "end of the world" at Cape Point or see baboons at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve .On dry land, take a tour of the region's world famous vineyards or venture further afield on a spine-tingling safari.
Whether you're looking for gourmet dining or fast food, Cape Town delivers. It's no surprise that seafood's a speciality in this harbour city; enjoy everything from fish and chips by the quayside to a fresh seafood platter in an upscale restaurant. Try the unique Cape Malay cuisine with its exotic blend of herbs and spices. Meat eaters can sample ostrich, crocodile and springbok meat – and wash it down with a glass of that famously good wine.
After sunset, Cape Town buzzes with a huge choice of stylish bars, restaurants and nightclubs. With a capacity of 5000, the enormous Dockside nightclub is the biggest in Africa. For a lively atmosphere and a good choice of bars, head to bustling Long Street in the centre of town or vibrant Main Road at Sea Point.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.