Travel News from Cape Town...

Recent tourism news and happenings in and around our beautiful Mother City

21 April 2021

by Southern & East African Tourism Update

Cape Town Visitors’ Guide goes virtual

The 2021 edition of Cape Town’s official Visitors’ Guide is now available and, for the first time, it can be accessed digitally from anywhere at any time.

Cape Town Visitors Guide

The guide offers three-day itineraries for visitors who cannot stay longer, provides QR codes throughout that link to informative videos, maps of the entire Cape Peninsula and available transport options, and much more.

In the TravelWise section, readers will find the latest information about health and safety, COVID-19, visas and immigration, weather, money, advice, responsible travel, and locations of Visitor Information Centres. The guide also features a QR code link to download the Namola safety app, which pinpoints the user’s location and offers the appropriate emergency operator to talk to in the case of a safety or medical emergency, free of charge.

“Now, more than ever, we would like to encourage everyone wanting an adventure in Cape Town to make use of this new Visitors’ Guide to support the local industry and safely take advantage of our fantastic, authentic pocket-friendly experiences,” says Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism. “The hidden gems and old favourites of this city are not reserved for tourists only and we hope to see more locals using our Visitors’ Guide to plan some upcoming staycations.”

Click here to access the digital version of the guide.

19 April 2021

Cape Town beach named ‘one of world’s best’ – thanks to a unique feature

by Tom Head - The South African

Travel + Leisure – a New York-based lifestyle institution – has named Camps Bay beach in Cape Town as one of the best in the world – and there was plenty to wax lyrical about for our friends across the water. However, they were impressed by a particularly ‘unique’ feature that very few other beaches can boast about…

Photo: Pixabay

You know the score by now: Camps Bay is the premier beach in Cape Town. Alongside the Clifton coast and the secret coves of Bakoven, this iconic stretch of sand is one of the main reasons visitors come to the Mother City: It’s a postcard-perfect vision of a tourist haven – with city attractions and rows of bars and restaurants right on the doorstep.

It’s popular amongst swimmers, walkers, sunbathers, Instagrammers, foreigners, and locals alike – just don’t mention the parking situation! Yes, it can be a little cramped for space on the roads, but an Uber from Cape Town City Centre will set you back somewhere between R50 to R100, or $3.40 – $6.80 for our trans-Atlantic audience.

Why is Camps Bay ‘one of the best’?

According to the write-up in Travel + Leisure, Camps Bay comes out a winner due to its location: Unlike most other coastal hot-spots, this one sits right in the middle of an ‘urban buzz’, and stands out as a ‘unique exception’.

Anne Olivia Bauso, the travel expert who wrote the article, also paid tribute to the ‘feathery sands’ and ‘beautiful blue water’. You’re welcome any time, Anne – and you certainly know a thing or two about what a good beach looks like!

“Truly beautiful beaches tend to be remote-island destinations far from urban buzz. A big exception is Camps Bay Beach, right in vibrant Cape Town. Backed by iconic Table Mountain, the beach offers a huge expanse of feathery sand and beautiful blue water. Safaris, famous vineyards, whale-watching, and shark-diving all make easy day trips from here.”

“There’s plenty on tap in the Mother City beyond sun and surf: Exploring the cobbled streets and colorful facades in the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, hiking or riding the aerial cableway to the top of Cape Town’s famous flat-topped mountain, and braving Chapman’s Peak, the hair-raising ocean drive through rocky cliffs tumbling into the South Atlantic.”

23 Feb 2021

by Steve Crory - The Cape Town Pass

Travel Resolutions

Every new year brings new hopes, plans and dreams. I think for most of us 2020 would rather be forgotten. Dreaming of your next holiday to Africa, get ready now for when you can make those travel dreams a reality...

Our top travel resolutions!

Make this year full of adventures and explorations, whether it be seeing more of our city or exploring the country. Here is some inspiration to help you get started.

Rediscover nature

Did you know that Cape Town has been named by theculturetrip.com as one of the 10 greenest cities in the world, “where cutting-edge urban culture can be enjoyed alongside the outdoors”.

The Mother city joined the esteemed ranks of other water-linked cities, like Amsterdam, Singapore, Copenhagen. It is the city’s “numerous nature reserves, miles of dramatic coastline, and an efficient public transport system, ” that earned Cape Town its spot on the list. 

Getting outside for a breath of fresh air is more important now than ever before, not only for our physical health but also our mental health. Spending time with nature in whichever capacity you’re able to will definitely go a long way. Cape Town and its surrounds are home to many nature reserves. Many of these reserves offer activities for those who like to spend time outdoors. From picnic spots to hiking trails and much more, there’s an activity for everyone to enjoy.

So step out there, visit the great outdoors, why not embark on a hiking trail or trek further afield, try the Cape Camino, or even an adventerous Cycle Tour.

Dive into African cuisine

Awaken your taste buds with a tour of foods from around africa try moyo Kirstenbosch, or a food-themed walking tour in our city, learn the secrets to organically made chocolate, or simply visit one of the many produce markets around the city.

Learn a new skill

Be adventerous, have a go at paragliding or skydiving. 😊 No matter what your interests are from art, crafts or cooking, being able to learn a new skill in these testing times will help you express yourself. Maybe immerse yourself in a new culture from around the world. It surely is an incredible goal to have for 2021?