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Why fly to Cape Town?
If you want to ride some particularly gnarly waves, sun on soft, sandy beaches or just experience a landscape unlike any other then Cape Town should be your next flight destination.
As you fly just above Cape Town you will see a giant piece of rock peering through the clouds, that is the city's famed Table Mountain welcoming you to the city. If the top of the mountain is covered the locals call the cloud covering a table cloth.
Once you get into the city, get ready to get active. Cape Town is a serious water sport city, and how could it not be considering it is flanked by two oceans. Head to one of the many beaches and rent a kayak or go sailing for a peaceful part to your trip.
Once you're ready to get a little more adventurous, make your pick of swimming with the sharks, diving from cliffs or parasailing from the top of Table Mountain. There are several nature reserves surrounding the city where you can learn about the unique flora and fauna indigenous to South Africa.
The city is home to some fantastic dining options that won't break your budget, restaurant cuisine ranges from traditional South African to Indian or Japanese as well as great seafood, especially at restaurants that sit near the coast.
Visit South Africa's wine region for a slightly different taste of the country. The thriving wine industry has made wine tours popular and has also resulted in the area becoming known for its culinary delights. A fantastic evening of food and wine pairings in an old Dutch farmhouse await you.
Cape Town Weather
Cape Town has mild weather throughout the year. The city's location straddling both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean means winters don't get very cold. June through August temperatures rarely fall below 5 degrees. The summers are very warm and temperatures are in their high 20s from December to March. There is some rainfall in the winter but it isn't significant enough to affect travel plans unless of course the danger of some drizzle will keep you away.
When to fly to Cape Town
The lovely weather makes Cape Town an ideal destination throughout the year. Summer holidays in the West means a very busy winter in South Africa and that also means flights in July and August are very expensive. Booking flights for December and January will also mean paying more since these are the summer months in Cape Town.
Booking flights right after the December/January holiday season will mean cheaper flight tickets and great weather. Late September and October are also good times to snap up flight deals.
Getting into Cape Town
The gateway to Cape Town opens up at Cape Town International Airport, which is located approximately 20 minutes outside of the city center. Once you arrive at this world class facility you can take the rapid transit line into the city center or alternatively bus, shuttle and taxi service are also available.
Getting around Cape Town
The city has a great public bus network that is easy to use. The city also has a commuter rail network that will get you into all four corners of the city. Metered taxis are available but you should call for service. Minibuses are ideally supposed to have a fixed route and fixed stops, but this can change from driver to driver and in turn lead to a longer trip than you expected.
- Although there are cable cars that can take you up Table Mountain, hiking one of the many trails is truly a self-satisfying experience. Once you get to the top your body will thank you and so will your eyes. The mountaintop provides an amazing view of the city and region.
- Head to Robben Island in order to witness a piece of history. This is where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life as a political prisoner. You will be given a tour of the island as well as a tour of the prison itself, which is a very strange experience but one that you will remember.
- The Strandloper is well known for its seafood and the unique experience that comes with it. The restaurant sits on a beach and so do you when you eat. It is rustic beach dining at its best and the seafood is excellent. Dishes include seafood paella and mussels floating in a delicate buttery sauce.
- For a truly unique experience head to Boulder Beach and mingle with penguins. You can swim with if you'd like or stroll down the walkways as they stroll a few meters in front of you. This experience is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
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