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Cape Town Holidays: An Overview

Is there a city with a finer natural setting than Cape Town? We think not, and (speaking from fond experience), with overnight flights and minimal time difference this is a very plausible luxury holiday destination whether you're going for a week or just a weekend.

Now the geography bit - with Table Mountain as a very obvious focal point, South Africa's 'Mother City' has spilled out of the so-called City Bowl to colonise the various bays around the mountain (Clifton and Camps Bay being Cape Town's classiest beach-burbs), creating a city of villages.

In recent years the city has become somewhat of a hub for an eclectic mix of characters, a world away from its troubled past you'll now find rugby mad Springboks, bearded bohemians, glamourous celebrities and uber cool musicians happily coexisting in this melting pot city. So what's drawn such a disparate crew to one particular place? There's that drop-dead beautiful scenery for one, and endless ways to explore it, but also a great cultural scene for the less sportif inclined.

Best of all, given this is the country that gave the world the crime against cuisine that is banana as a pizza topping, things on the food front have moved on considerably - Cape Town and the nearby Winelands can now justifiably claim to be Africa's finest gourmet and fine wine destination.

Venturing out of the city to Cape Peninsula is also a must and can be easily arranged on a self-drive day out or private tour. From spotting penguin colonies on Boulders Beach to reaching the most south westerly point of Africa at Cape Point, the wild flora and fauna rich landscapes here are a world away from the city buzz and yet within just a two hour drive - a further example of why we love this deeply diverse city.

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Explore Local Markets

Live like a local and explore a couple of markets, the most lively being The Old Biscuit Mill, which runs every Saturday in the heart of trendy Woodstock. Here you can sample some wonderful artisan food, pick up some local South African goodies to take back home and listen to some inspiring live music played by talented local musicians.

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Table Mountain

Climb Table Mountain on one of the 350-odd hiking trails, which are home to over 2,220 plant species and 1,470 floral species, many of which are endemic to the mountain. Alternatively, take the cable car up and enjoy incredible views over Cape Town, Table Bay, Robben Island to the north, and the Atlantic seaboard to the west and south.

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Sunset on the Atlantic Seaboard

The Atlantic Seaboard, also known as Cape Town's 'Riviera', stretches from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to Hout Bay, and is home to some of the best sunsets in the world. We know the top sundowner spots, which we can book ahead for you, or our local Concierge, Zola, can book during your trip - she is only a text, email or phone call away for any last-minute help.

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A Note on Price

South Africa’s USP is the sheer variety of experiences it offers (from food and drink to diving to safari), which makes it tricky to provide guide prices. A luxury holiday combining Cape Town and the Winelands could cost around £2,000 per person, while upgrading to the best hotels and including a top end safari could add a few thousand to the bill.

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