South African departures to Cape Town
Cape Town overview
South Africa's second-largest city, Cape Town is home to many of the country's most famous historic sites. History lovers can visit the 17th-century Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa, or visit Robben Island, the former prison that once held anti-apartheid leaders like Nelson Mandela. The city's historic neighbourhoods are another great place to visit. The colourful houses of Bo-Kaap reflect the region's Asian heritage, while the Bo-Kaap Museum brings the Muslim community of the 19th century to life. Nature lovers should be sure to visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or take in the city's beautiful beaches.
Flights and Airport transportation
Travelling by air is one of the easiest ways to get to Cape Town. Cape Town International Airport is located about 20 km from the city centre. Regular flights arrive daily from Durban, Johannesburg, George, Kimberley, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, as well as less frequent flights from places like East London and Nelspruit-Kruger. In addition to South African Airway, Airlink and South African Express, flights from Fastjet, Mango and Kulula.com connect Cape Town to other South African cities. Passengers can get quickly from the airport to the city itself by bus, hire car or cab.
Because of its size and hilliness, getting around Cape Town requires motor transport of some kind; the city has many hire car operators. Licensed taxis are another option; the ubiquitous minibus taxis, although cheap, are not a great choice for tourists except along the popular Green Point - Camps Bay route. The city has extensive bus coverage.
Visitors to Cape Town should find it easy to stay safe as long as they stay alert for a few basic threats. Valuables should be kept in a secure location where possible; it's advisable to stick to the city centre and other major tourist areas, especially at night. On the road, drivers should be alert for minibus taxis. Because of their frequent changes of direction, these vehicles can be a hazard for others.
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- Bask on Cape Town’s sandy beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay in average summer temperatures of 26.5 degrees.
- Party until the early hours in the many vibrant bars and nightclubs in the city centre and along the VA Waterfront.
- Make the most of water sports activities or explore the reefs, caves and shipwrecks along the Cape Point coastline.
- You can find discounted airline tickets to Cape Town from major airlines, but book early to get the best price
- Go and take a tour around Cape Town Stadium, one of the most magnificent stadiums of the 2010 football World Cup.
- Direct flights to Cape Town operate frequently with airlines including South African Airways and British Airways
- Book one way flights to Cape Town and hire a car for an adventurous holiday driving around South Africa.
- A holiday in Cape Town promises fun for all, with many of South Africa’s best attractions and activities on offer.
- Golf fans will find some truly world-class courses to play in Cape Town, including Atlantic Beach’s Links course.
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- Journey via cable car up the spectacular Table Mountain to for an amazing bird’s eye view of the city and landscape.
- Enjoy a tour around the Cape Winelands region; an excellent way to sample some of the country’s best wines.