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5 Reasons You Need to Visit Cape Town in 2019

November 9th, 2018, by Lucille Sive

In 2018, the readers of Travel + Leisure named Cape Town one of only 15 “World’s Best” cities. Thanks to the Mother City’s unique blend of natural beauty and captivating cultural attractions, it’s easy to see why the city remains at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists. Following an incredible recovery from a water shortage in 2018, in which residents and travelers alike rallied together to save water, Cape Town’s travel and tourism sector is “open for business”! Travelers looking to support sustainable tourism and sample some of Africa’s extraordinary experiences in 2019, should look no further than this astonishing city.


One of the many reasons that travelers choose to visit Cape Town is its abundance of scenic beauty and natural attractions. The city itself is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain, one of the world’s Seven Wonders of Nature. Table Mountain’s iconic plateau forms the dramatic backdrop of the city and is a must-see for visitors. We recommend taking the cableway to zip to the top of the mountain, which sits over 3,400 feet above the city, since it allows 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding area. Once at the top, you can freely hike and explore the area to take in truly awe-inspiring views of the Western Cape.

View of Table Mountain

Another can’t-miss scenic attraction is the Cape of Good Hope, located within driving distance of Cape Town. We recommend booking a full-day tour of the region where you will enjoy a lovely scenic drive along the rocky coast of the Cape Peninsula, before making your way to the top of Cape Point for uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west. The Cape of Good Hope is also located within the Table Mountain National Park, so you will get an opportunity to see the fascinating flowers of the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of just six floral kingdoms in the world.


Capetonians love their food, so it’s little wonder that Cape Town is one of the leading culinary destinations in Africa. The region is known for its seafood, thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The diverse sushi selections at Willoughby & Co., situated in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, are a local favorite as are the fresh oysters that are served daily at the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa’s Azure Restaurant. Cape Town is also home to a rich culinary history from the Cape Malay people, who came to the region from Malaysia in the 1600s, bringing with them flavorful foods such as curry and chutney. For adventurous culinary tourists, we recommend taking a cooking class with renowned chef Cass Abrahams to learn some of the secrets of the tasty Cape Malay cuisine.

Wine tasting in the Cape Winelands. Photo: South Africa Tourism

For wine amateurs and experts alike, no trip to Cape Town is complete without a thorough exploration of the region’s famous vintages. Situated just outside of Cape Town proper, the Cape Winelands is home to a diverse range of winemakers that is sure to delight travelers of all tastes. Thanks to the area’s one of a kind climate, the region’s grapes produce some of the best wines in the world. A wide variety of wines are produced in the region, including reds, whites, and tawnies, but of particular note is pinotage, a red wine grape that is known as South Africa’s signature variety. A cross between pinot noir and cinsaut grapes, pinotage is notable for its rich, earthy flavors. We recommend booking a full-day tour to the Winelands region so that you can stop for wine tastings and tours at a number of vineyards to learn about the exciting history of South African wine.


While visiting Cape Town, it is absolutely essential to learn more about Nelson Mandela’s three-decade struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. Arrested in 1962 for political crimes, Nelson Mandela went on to spend 18 of his 27 years in prison on Robben Island, located just off the coast of Cape Town. Today, you have the opportunity to visit Robben Island, now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will be escorted around the former prison to learn how Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners overcame extraordinary adversity to transform Robben Island into a symbol of freedom for the world. Seeing Robben Island and, especially, Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell, is an emotional journey and one that you won’t soon forget. We recommend booking the half day tour to Robben Island in advance of your trip to ensure your seat is saved for this popular historical attraction.

Nelson Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island. Photo: Katherine Watts


From the moment you arrive in Cape Town, you will be treated like a VIP. After you have touched down and collected your luggage, an African Travel representative will whisk you away to your luxury hotel to begin your Cape Town adventure. This VIP treatment extends to your experience at your hotel, where you can expect to be warmly greeted by the property’s well-trained staff. We are proud to offer a variety of hotel options and you can rest assured that we only provide accommodations at a 4-star level or above. For example, if you travel on Unforgettable Southern Africa you will stay in the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, a 5-star boutique hotel that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel enjoys the longest hours of sunshine in Cape Town, ensuring that you will see remarkable African sunsets during your stay. The interior decor reflects the surrounding scenery with light, airy rooms that combine contemporary African style and classic European comfort. The 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa is just one of many Cape Town properties that we enthusiastically recommend. We encourage you to speak to your knowledgeable Africa Specialist to find the Cape Town accommodations that suit your travel style.

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa


View from the Cape of Good Hope.

Cape Town has made a remarkable recovery from the water shortage that affected the area earlier this year. As of October 2018, dam levels have reached 75% capacity, up from 38% capacity at the same time in 2017. This incredible turn around was made possible thanks to abundant winter rains and the coordinated efforts of Capetonians and travelers who, when called upon, rallied together to conserve the region’s water resources. Over the past three years, Cape Town has been able to decrease its water consumption by an amazing 50%, making Cape Town not just a story of recovery in the face of climate change, but a sustainable model for the world. The United Nations World Tourism Organization has highlighted Cape Town’s successful water conservation strategies as a new standard for other global cities to emulate. Sustainability is at the heart of Cape Town’s tourism industry and, as a result, water-wise practices remain in effect at the city’s hotels: you will be asked to do your part by taking shorter showers and avoiding baths. With this sustainable foundation in place, Cape Town is poised to remain a top travel destination for generations to come. We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town in 2019!

For more information about Cape Town’s water shortage, read Cape Town is Open for Business”.


Introducing our new 2019 brochure...

September 6th, 2018, by African Travel

We're excited to unveil our new 2019 brochure! Like the spots on a leopard, no two travelers’ dreams are the same. Our goal for 2019 is to be your dream maker. Whether you want to see rare mountain gorillas and other wildlife, experience adrenalin adventures, immerse themselves in African culture, or taste local delicacies – or all of the above – we can make your dreams of Africa come true. 

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World Elephant Day 2018

August 8th, 2018, by Katherine Watts

Did You Know…

As of 2018, there are still more African elephants being killed for ivory than are being born? In honor of World Elephant Day this Sunday, August 12th, we’re sharing our top seven facts about elephants to help prevent the extinction of these beautiful mammals.

  1. The African elephant weighs 22, 000 pounds
    In one day, an adult elephant can consume up to 300 pounds of food. As the largest land animals, elephants roam great distances for large quantities of food to sustain their massive bodies.
  2. An elephant’s trunk has more than 40, 000 different muscles
    An elephant’s trunk is like a long nose that they use for smelling, drinking, breathing, trumpeting and for grabbing things.
  3. After a death, elephant family members show signs of grief
    Research on elephants who experience a death within their family have shown that they have a respect for their dead. Years later, elephants have been observed re-visiting the site where one of their herd or family has died 
  4. Elephant’s use their very large ears to radiate excess heat away from their body
  5. Elephants don’t sweat so they flap their large ears back and forth to create a light breeze that can speed up the cooling process.


  6. Elephants can live to be 70 years old
    Many elephants aren’t living this long because of the illegal ivory trade that has elephants poached for their tusks
  7. Elephants purr like cats to communicate
    Elephants communicate in a variety of ways, but one of the most interesting ways they communicate is by producing rumbles so low that humans can’t hear them. 

  8. Elephants are social creatures
    Elephants are known to protect and comfort each other, “babysit” calves and help each other when one needs assistance moving. They are also known to sometimes “hug” each other by wrapping their trunks together.



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