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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Cape Town , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Overview+

Cape Town & The Cape Peninsula
Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city, blessed with an unsurpassed location and is home to some of the country’s best museums, restaurants and hotels including Cape Grace. This small luxury hideaway, set on its own quay on Cape Town's vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, feels like a good friend's home, whilst in complete contrast One&Only Cape Town offers some of the largest accommodation available in Cape Town, the city’s most comprehensive spa – One&Only Spa on its own lush private island, and the continent’s only restaurant by legendary Chef, Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa.

In addition to historic landmarks such as Cape Point (at the end of the Cape Peninsula), idyllic seaside resorts and glorious beaches are all easily accessible. On Cape Town’s Southern Atlantic Seaboard, along the Cape Peninsula, are some lovely beaches and dramatic bays, all stunning places from which to watch awesome sun sets and glimpse a variety of marine life that the ocean attracts – do look out for the dolphins that are often seen swimming off shore. About a five-minute drive from Cape Town, you’ll find the exclusive Bantry Bay, home to the supremely stylish Ellerman House And Villas – where activities such as golf, mountain-biking, hiking, horse-riding and seasonal whale-watching, can all be enjoyed. Although it has no beach of its own, Bantry Bay offers its own dramatic rocky scenery and is a short walk from Clifton Beach.

The Western Cape
The Western Cape offers fantastic opportunities for outdoor pursuits from nature hikes and biking, to playing golf at one of the championship courses in the region, as well as a host of opportunities to discover the array of marine life. Walker Bay offers fantastic land-based whale-watching as Southern Right Whales gather here every year between July and December. Grootbos, a private nature reserve overlooking Walker Bay, is ideal for families with its access to deserted beaches and wonderful vineyards, as well as a range of land and boat-based excursions. The pretty waterfront town of Hermanus on Walker Bay is an excellent base for this and its streets are dotted with excellent seafood restaurants, quirky shops and a famous craft market, and the wonderful Birkenhead House offers an incredible bird’s-eye-view of one of Walker Bay. If it’s breathtaking scenery that you’re looking for, then the stunning Cederberg Mountains, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, boasts valleys that are punctuated with citrus groves and rock pools with the clearest of water.

The Cape Winelands
The Cape Winelands, less than an hour’s drive inland from Cape Town, is an area of outstanding natural beauty, where fertile valleys and a glorious climate combine to produce some of the world’s best wines. Franschhoek is the gourmet capital of the Cape and is a foodie heaven, with first class restaurants, speciality delicatessens and famous vineyards. Charming Cape-Dutch manor houses lend a European flavour, with their distinctive gables and thatched roofs, yet the landscape is undeniably African, bursting with vibrant colour against a breathtaking mountain backdrop. The Winelands is home to La Residence, situated in the heart of a private thirty-acre working farm, complete with its own vineyards.

Garden Route
Beginning at Mossel Bay on the Western Cape, the Garden Route passes forested mountains, sandy beaches and historic towns. Past spectacular purple mountains and wild beaches, is Knysna which is flanked by the Indian Ocean, Knysna lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains. Here, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Conrad Pezula Resort and Spa is highly ranked amongst the finest leisure destinations in the world and offering guests an award-winning spa and golf course as well as access to the ancient indigenous forests, coastal paths and lakes Knysna has to offer. For beautiful beaches, head to Plettenberg Bay, and stay at The Plettenberg, which is a perfect base from which to explore the area's vast expanses of sands, the Cape flora, wetlands, lagoons and forests.

General Information
LanguageEnglish, Afrikaans
Time Difference-2 hours
CurrencySouth African Rand
Voltage230V

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

New rules will apply from 1 June 2015 regarding parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa. Parents or guardians may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (FULL) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (e.g. an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). We advise that you should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. For more information, contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Climate+

November to March is summer in Cape Town with average maximum temperatures of 27°C, which is definitely not uncomfortable as the days are cooled by the locally South Easterly winds known as the 'Cape Doctor'.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Cape Town.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January2220
February2320
March2130
April1850
May1670
June1390
July13100
August1370
September1450
October1640
November1820
December2020

Highlights+

Cape Town
The aerial cableway ride to the top of the iconic Table Mountain is particularly exciting because of the rotating floor of the cable car, which turns a full 360 degrees during the five-minute ascent, affording some amazing views.

Take a thought-provoking tour of Robben Island – erstwhile prison of Nelson Mandela.

Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Park with its gorgeous displays of Cape flora.

Shop for a host of goods, including traditional African crafts, at the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Visit the Cape of Good Hope and the legendary Cape Point – the most famous promontory in the world.

Those with children will no doubt enjoy a trip to Cape Town’s Boulders Beach where a world-famous colony of African penguins resides; boardwalks have been set up around the dunes so you can watch the colony as they go about their daily business but as they tend to ignore the fences you may find yourself sharing your beach towel with them or find them darting around your legs as you swim in the ocean.

Cape Peninsula
Within fifteen minutes’ drive of Cape Town is stylish Camps Bay which has a beautiful, long, sandy beach with many fashionable and quirky cafes and restaurants.

Western Cape
In Oudtshoorn, which is the largest settlement in Little Karoo, you can see the many ostrich farms with which it is associated, and you can also visit the Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch nearby, or go meerkat-watching.

The Winelands
Visit some of the region’s wine estates. It is possible to take a horse-riding tour of the wine farms, or take a ride on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. An abundance of tasting tours are available, including chocolate and cheese tours by bike or horse.

The Garden Route
The aptly named area of Wilderness, at the edge of the Wilderness National Park, offers visitors the opportunity to visit lakes that are havens for birds or try a range of activities including horse-riding and mountain walks.

Use Knysna as a base for canoeing on the Noetzie River and discovering lakes, ancient indigenous forests and coastal paths.

Plettenberg Bay, is blessed with the outstanding beauty of nearby Nature’s Valley and home to Monkeyland, the world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary.

Getting There+

Flight Information
Emirates direct from Dubai to Cape Town.
Qatar Airways direct from Doha to Cape Town.

Flight Time
From Dubai to Cape Town: 9 hours, 40 minutes.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

For a special occasion ‘Le Pique Nique at Boschendal Winery’ is a lovely way to enjoy the Winelands – collect your picnic basket and pick your wine, then enjoy lunch in the estate’s beautiful gardens.

Whilst in the Winelands region, sip a cup of the area’s unique rooibos tea – known for its health benefits.

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