Vital Facts and Numbers
Country: South Africa
Currency: South African Rand
Dialling Code: +27
Emergency Number: 107
Where To Stay
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Just a 15-minute stroll from the city centre of Cape Town, this elegant hotel is surrounded by manicured gardens, and offers 198 light-filled rooms and suites with classical decor. Some rooms have mountain views, while all offer marble bathrooms and flat-screen televisions. Suites have private courtyards or balconies. There are also breezy garden cottages with four-poster beds and picket fences. The hotel has two outdoor heated pools, a fitness centre and a full-service spa, as well as a fine-dining restaurant and chic cocktail bar.
Address: 76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Telephone: +27 21 483 1000
Pod Camps Bay
Located two-minutes walk from Camps Bay Beach, this elegant hotel offers 17 sophisticated rooms, with contemporary decor, mountain or sea views, plus modern gadgets like iPod docks, iPads and Espresso machines. Some rooms even have their own swimming pools. There’s a gym and a pool on-site too.
Address: 3 Argyle St, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Telephone: +27 21 438 8550
This luxurious hotel is nestled on a pebbled beach in the spectacular Hout Bay region, and offers 13 elegant, individually styled guest rooms with vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and private balconies boasting dramatic views of the ocean and Sentinel Mountain. There’s a sunny outdoor pool as well as a stylish restaurant.
Address: Chapmans Peak Dr, Hout Bay, 7806, South Africa
Telephone: +27 11 300 8888
Where To Eat
The Test Kitchen
Located in the edgy Woodstock neighbourhood, this slick restaurant offers inventive Nouvelle Latin dishes with a South African twist, served in a relaxed, industrial setting with low lighting, leather-backed seating and an open kitchen.
Address: The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Telephone: +27 21 447 2337
This buzzing restaurant is where bistro food meets fine dining. Creative, internationally-inspired dishes include tempura duck with vermicelli, pulled Moroccan lamb with corn purée and salmon Wellington. The dining room has high ceilings, candelabras and dark-painted walls.
Address: 1 Porterfield Rd, Table View, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
Telephone: +27 21 556 2824
The FoodBarn Restaurant
Elevated Mediterranean dishes paired with top-shelf wines, all served in an ex-barn with light, comfy furnishings and outdoor tables on the sunny terrace.
Address: Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa
Telephone: +27 21 789 1390
What To Do
District Six Museum
Established in 1994, this museum is a memorial to the forced movement of 60,000 residents from the District Six neighbourhood during Apartheid in the 1970s. The museum’s floor displays a large map of the area and handwritten notes from former residents indicate where their houses once were. The museum also features old traffic signs and displays which recount the history of the region and of its demolition.
Address: 25A Albertus St & Buitenkant Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Telephone: +27 21 466 7200
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
On the eastern foot of Table Mountain lie these spectacular gardens, an expansive national treasure whose aim is to preserve and showcase South Africa’s unique flora. There’s a large conservatory, as well as a vast outdoor garden with elevated walkways. This is also a jumping off point for several well-known mountain hiking trails. In the summer months, it’s also a memorable setting for outdoor concerts.
Address: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa
Telephone: +27 21 799 8783
With The Family
Penguins at Boulder Beach
Just a short drive from Cape Town lie the granite boulders and white sands of Boulders Beach, home to a large colony of African penguins. Penguins feed at sea during September and October, so during this time there are fewer to be seen on the beach. Boardwalks make viewing easier for visitors.
Address: 1 Kleintuin Rd, Simons Town, 7995, South Africa
Phone: +27 21 786 2329
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
See the best views of Cape Town by ascending to the summit of Table Mountain. The cable car fits 65 people and it takes less than five minutes to get to the top. Also, the floor rotates, so no matter where you’re standing, you get the best view! To date, more than 26 million people have taken a ride on the cable car and once you see the views from the top, you’ll understand why!
Address: Tafelberg Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Phone: +27 21 424 8181
Cape Town is the main economic powerhouse and regional manufacturing centre of the Western Cape Province. It’s South Africa’s second most important economic hub, after Johannesburg. In 2016, Cape Town accounted for 9.9% of South Africa’s total GDP.
The majority of the non-agricultural economic activity in the province of the Western Cape takes place in Cape Town. Here, the financial and business services sector dominates, followed closely by manufacturing. Foreign trade accounts for almost a third of the region’s GDP and the major exports are agricultural products and wine.
Economic inequality between races is still an issue in Cape Town. It’s mainly white residents who can afford to live in the affluent city centre, while the black majority reside on the outskirts.
Cape Town Tourism Head Office and Visitor Information Centre
Address: The Pinnacle Building Cnr Burg & Castle Streets Cape Town 8001
Opening Hours: Daily (even on public holidays)
Phone: +27 21 487 6800
Thinking about planning a meeting, event or conference in Cape Town, or in any other part of the world? We’d love to help. Please drop the Caxton Manor team a line.
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