Top 10 Luxury Hotels in and around Cape Town

The best luxury hotels in and around Cape Town provide more than just a place to rest one’s head for the night. Tricked-out suites with million-dollar views and all the finest amenities, along with posh bars and top-notch dining options from Michelin-starred chefs fulfill every need and desire for the finer things in life. It all comes, of course, at a premium price to match.

Here are the best luxury hotels in Cape Town.

The Silo Hotel

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One of the most unique hotels in the world, the Silo Hotel was once a fully functioning grain silo. The grain silo was established in 1924 and at that time, it was the tallest building in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. Now, the hotel is a far cry from it’s industrial beginnings. Boasting 28 suites, a museum, an art gallery, three restaurants and a spa, the Silo Hotel is renowned as one of the best hotels in the world.

The Silo is located in the centre of Cape Town and is the ideal base to explore all that Cape Town has to offer.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

The Twelve Apostles

Set with mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is a getaway to explore the Table Mountain National Park.

The hotel offers 70 guest rooms, unique features include a holistic spa, private cinema, and breathtaking views from the legendary Azure Restaurant and The Leopard Bar.

This intimate 5-star hotel prides itself on exceptional hospitality coupled with a relaxing atmosphere; making an unforgettable experience as unique as its haven-like setting.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Cape Grace Hotel

Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better position from where to soak in the natural beauty of our Mother City and the very essence of Cape Town living at its best.

Each room is completely distinct from the next, in fact; no two are the same, making guests feel as if they are one in a million.

The Cape Grace Hotel also boasts the award-winning Signal Restaurant serves South African cuisine and international dishes.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Cape Cadogan

Cape Cadogan is an elegant hotel is nestled in Gardens, located above the central business district of Cape Town. It features lush gardens, a plunge pool and sun terrace.

The building that houses the Cape Cadogan is a stately double-storeyed Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century.

The Cape Cadogan comprises twelve en-suite bedrooms which are luxuriously decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture.

Due to its intimate size, Cape Cadogan is the perfect place to stay if you want to ‘live like a local’, in quirky yet refined style.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Birkenhead House

Set 90 minutes from Cape Town in the seaside town of Hermanus, we’ve listed this gem as no trip to the Cape is complete without a visit to the exceptional Birkenhead House.

With its cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House provides luxury accommodation for those seeking an extraordinary coastal experience. During the migration months, you may even witness Southern Right and Humpback Whales breaching just metres from the hotel.

Most of the 11 opulently appointed studio suites of Birkenhead House offer sea or mountain views and some include a small outdoor patio. Each room is luxuriously and individually decorated in a contemporary style, with an eclectic mix of modern and antique.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Ellerman House

Celebrating over 25 years of excellence, Ellerman House encapsulates the grandeur of a bygone era while embracing all modern life’s creature comforts.

Nestled into the side of Signal Hill and boasting some of Cape Town’s most spectacular views lies a magnificent Cape Edwardian mansion that will welcome you with both arms and capture your heart forever. With only 13 individually-styled bedrooms, attention to detail and personalised service reigns supreme.

What Ellerman House has that sets itself apart is their extensive South African art collection, some dating back as far as the 1800’s.

Additionally, in the bar, guests can savour a drink surrounded by Table Mountain granite blending with skilled stone masonry, sumptuous leather and rich woods. Boasting four fully stocked cellars of South African vintage wines, guests can select from over 17 000 bottles!

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

One & Only

One of the larger properties on our list, all 131 rooms have en-suite bathrooms and private balconies with breath-taking views of the glorious Table Mountain. All are designed with chic African colours and contemporary patterns that represent the distinctive Cape landscape.

The One and Only is surrounded by the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which was once a trading refreshment station and is now the Cape’s most prestigious shopping and entertainment hub. Home to more than 450 retail outlets, 80 restaurants and bars, cinemas, markets; there is definitely something for the whole family.

Whether you are reclining on the armchairs, on the deck under the palms, trying you luck on one of the stand-up paddleboards or relaxing by the infinity pool, there is no doubt that you will enjoy your stay in the Mother City.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

More Quarters Apartment Hotel

The hotel is a collection of converted heritage townhouses, offering five-star hospitality and the privacy of individual accommodations.

The More Quarters is the perfect Cape Town home away from home. If you are a family on holiday or a couple seeking romance, the apartments offer comfort and luxury in the centre of what is arguably the world’s most beautiful city.

The location within Cape Town city bowl affords guests the ability to walk to both restaurants and boutique shops which are located close by.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

La Residence

Featured on Conde Nast’s Traveler Gold List for 2018, La Residence offers luxury accommodation in a tranquil setting amongst the 30 acres of vineyards in Franschhoek.

La Residence is a Tuscan style, horse-shoe shaped manor which wraps around a manicured courtyard, inviting pool and panoramic winelands backdrop. Springbok can often be seen on the sprawling green lawns and the private dam complete with island, rowboat and soft flowing willow trees will leave you feeling like you stepped back in time.

In total, the hotel consists of 11 luxury suites (double rooms), as well as five Vineyard Suites that can accommodate four guests each.

Whether you are a wine connoisseur, a mountain biker or a food enthusiast the Franschhoek Valley has something to offer everyone. If ultimate luxury and homeliness what you desire, La Residence is the place for you.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

Delaire Graff

High up on the Helshoogte Mountain Pass, which links Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, exists a wine enthusiast, diamond lover, foodie and art fanatics dream.

The estate includes five world class boutiques, including an outpost of Graff Diamonds, two restaurants, a spa, gym and private cinema.

The hotel’s owner, Laurence Graff, is the founder of world-renowned diamond dealership, Delaire Diamonds. On show in the hotel’s boutique are some of the collection pieces and iconic stones, handmade in London by Graff’s Master Craftsmen, that Graff has become renowned for.

All rooms are luxuriously appointed with private plunge pools, state of the art kitchens and even a lodge butler.

Delaire Graff is the epitome of luxury; whether you are wanting to relax at the lodges and spa, eat at the internationally celebrated restaurants, or simply sink into a sofa with a bottle of wine.

To inquire about bookings, please CLICK HERE.

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Cape Point Vineyards Community Market

Farmers markets have had a resurgence of popularity thanks to the ‘from farm to plate’ movement, and we couldn’t be happier. What a way to unwind, turn off the smartphone and reconnect with all the things that are most important in life – friends, family and community, delicious fresh food and artisanal chocolate of course! We’ve been hard at play searching out some of the best farmers markets around. So slip on the flip-flops, grab an organic shopping bag or two, and come along for the ride as we discover 5 of Cape Town’s most delicious and vibey farmers market experiences.

  1. Bay Harbour Market – Hout Bay

Seaside chic neighbourhood and traditional fishing village rolled into one – Hout Bay has a flavour all its own. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Bay Harbour Market. The beautiful but fickle Cape Town weather has been taken in account which is why you’ll find stalls and displays packed into a repurposed fish factory like sardines in a tin. Fresh farm produce rubs shoulders with local jewellery designers, and homemade soup stalls flavour the wares of SA surfer-inspired apparel with the scents of aromatic herbs. Far from claustrophobic, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.

31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay

Friday 5pm – 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:30am – 4pm

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  1. Noordhoek Community Market – Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards Community Market

Cape Point Vineyards Community Market has become the weekly pop-up market for far-south locals, adventurers and tourists, and people fleeing the city for an hour or few. Make no mistake, farmers market this may be, but it’s also a community showpiece second to none. There are views to die for; of vineyards, a lake, mountains and sea. It’s where delicious food and beautiful landscape hold hands in the setting sun. Just make sure you arrive on an empty stomach! Food celeb, Peter Geoffe Wood’s Kitchen Cowboys, will set your taste buds a holler’n. Then there’s the Lamb Man, walking on Sunshine Food’s Vegan burgers, and Something Simple’s Vegan Sushi – and that’s just the tip of the ice cream cone. Definitely one for the bucket list – along with Cape Point Vineyards’ award winning wine collection and smorgasbord of craft beer.

Silvermine Road, Noordhoek

Thursdays 4:30pm – 8:30pm

  1. Chilled Market at The Range – Tokai

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Every Friday afternoon something magical springs up between Tokai Forest and the fancy-pansy Constantia Valley. Here you can whizz around the culinary world despite the depressing rand, without breaking a sweat (flights not included). You can kick back and enjoy vineyards and mountain views with the tastes of Greece, Mexico, Italy and China in your mouth and their exotic aromas on your plate. Kids have fun too, with wide open spaces for play, a jumping castle, play dough activity zone, and a few other things little people like to do. And you’re not short of atmosphere either – what’s cooler than taking in the sounds of live local music out in all that fresh air or, in the cooler weather, warming the cockles of your heart beside a log cabin fire.

The Range Function and Conference Centre, Orpen Road, Tokai

Friday 4.30pm – 9.30pm

  1. The Neighbourgoods Market – Woodstock

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Right here’s where it all began. Yes, The Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill, is the pioneering market that in 2006 planted the first seeds of the farmers’ market movement that would soon bloom across the Cape Town landscape. This award-winning market is where Cape Town’s cool sophisticates and (sometimes crazy) creatives meet. And you’ll be spoilt for choice with trendy clothes and accessories for sale, the products and produce of fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, local chefs and artisanal producers on offer. Everybody doing their bit to further the aims of a retail revolution that’s all about cutting out the chain and the middleman, and bringing consumers face-to-face with the people who think up and create unique products for their health and for your enjoyment.

Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Woodstock

Saturday 9am – 3pm

  1. Oranjezicht City Farm Market Day – Granger Bay

A market on a mission! The local farmer’s market is the showcase of Oranjezicht City Farm – a non-profit organisation that’s all about giving Cape Town an education in all that’s delicious and good for you. They also provide communities with a way to come together to grow healthy, organic, rainbow foods for their very own tables through urban farming. It’s healthy, it’s fun, and it will save you a pretty penny. If you’re not into urban farming for your own family, you can savour and support at Market Day – held in the Granger Bay section of the V&A Waterfront. Here you’ll be able to buy and sample fresh produce and local fair (free-range, raw, vegan, grass-fed) while enjoying those magnificent Atlantic seaboard views.

Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront. Paid parking on site in Granger Bay Parking Garage or for free on Beach Road.

Saturday 9am – 2pm and Sunday 9am – 3pm

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Enjoying the perfect sundowner involves a lot more than simply what’s in your glass. You need a view that could melt the ice in your glass, smells of salt and sea to make your mouth water, and the feel of late afternoon on your shoulders as the sun slips slowly behind a mountain or slides into the sea in a show of mango, peach and juicy lemon. We’ve picked five of Cape Town’s best spots to get your sundowner juices flowing this summer.  Enjoy!

#1 Cape to Cuba (Kalk Bay)

Kalk Bay, recently named one of the vibiest neighbourhoods in the world, is where the best of sexy Cape Town and sultry Cuba meet. The restaurant’s Cuban cool is thanks to authentic Cuban décor, its Cuban cigars on sale, and delicious Latino-inspired menu. No need to head off to Havana for a Cuban cocktail. Pop in to the Hemingway Bar, sip a cocktail in the sandbar, looking out across colourful Kalk Bay Harbour.

The restaurant’s atmosphere is super laidback and the cocktail menu extensive, with the old familiars as well as a selection you’ve probably never tried, like the chocolate cake mojito. If you’re feeling peckish, you can order a sharing platter, tapas or a pizza prepared in the outside pizza oven.

Cape to Cuba  |  Kalk Bay  | Mon to Sun 11am – 11pm

 

#2 The Red Herring (Noordhoek)

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The Red Herring is an institution amongst locals in Cape Town’s far-south peninsula. If you still have beach sand on your toes and you’re looking for a place to watch the sun go down, this is it.

The restaurant is famous for its homemade, thin-based pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, and there is a selection of other dishes to choose from, from seafood and steak, to several vegetarian dishes and low carb options.

The courtyard area, decorated with mosaics and surrounded by indigenous milkwood trees, is the ideal place to wind down the day on a long couch, sipping locally brewed beer.

Head up to the sunset deck on the top floor. The deck has been constructed to give you a perfect view of the setting sun over Chapman’s Peak, across Noordhoek beach to Kommetjie lighthouse and on to Slangkop Mountain. If you’d planned to stop for a quick cocktail, now’s about the time you’ll want to reach for a menu.

The Red Herring  |  Noordhoek |  Mon to Sun 12 – 11:30pm

 

#3 The Lookout Deck (Hout Bay)

The Lookout Deck places you at the water’s edge overlooking Hout Bay’s harbour with views of local fisherman weighing in their catch of the day and Cape fur seals soaking up the last of the day’s rays. Watching the sun’s pyrotechnic display of tangerine and purple across Chapman’s Peak and the southern Atlantic Ocean is a truly unforgettable experience.

Unsurprisingly, the restaurant specialises in premier seafood, freshly caught line fish from Hout Bay’s local fisherman, live Cape rock lobster, succulent LM prawns, juicy black tiger prawns and fresh steamed black mussels. If you have a craving for sushi, then head to the deck where you’ll find the Sushi Bar to satisfy your carvings. Fancy chucked oysters and Champagne? Then the Oyster Bar has you covered. The drinks menu is extensive with everything from local and international beers, to a wine list honouring the Cape wine growing regions. And then there are sundowners and cocktails, of course.

The Lookout Deck  | Hout Bay  | Mon to Fri 10am – 10pm, Sat & Sun 9am – 10:30pm

 

#4  The Bungalow (Clifton)

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If you don’t think a day at the beach should compromise your quest for going five star all the way, then The Bungalow Restaurant & Lounge is the place to end off the day. You’re at the ocean’s edge – any closer and you’d be able to dip your toes in the cold Atlantic.

If you were to ask the restaurant to describe their décor, here’s what they’d say: “Imagine Donna Karan marooned on an island with nothing but a chandelier and an axe.”

At The Bungalow, how you sip your cocktail or where you choose to relax is up to you. You can curl up on a wide cushioned bench or get the best views from the sun drenched deck. It doesn’t matter which way you go, the vibe is cool and the view’s hot.

If you plan to pair your cocktail with some tasty cuisine, you can expect a selection of seafood and sushi, or beef Carpaccio, loads of vegetables, chunks of bread and piles of prawns. All prepared with a fresh chic spin.

The Bungalow  | Clifton  |  Mon to Fri 12 – 10pm

 

#5  The Grand Africa Café & Beach (Granger Bay)

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Does your idea of the ultimate sundowner experience include the sun on your shoulders, your bum on a plush seat and a waiter serving you thin-crust gourmet pizza and a tall cocktail? At The Grand Africa Café & Beach you get all this and then some.

This beach café, set on a private beach, extends all the way to the shoreline, and gives you magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island. You’ll completely forget you’re in the heart of Cape Town’s social mile.

In an effort to deliver the very best sundowner experience, the Grand offers its patrons a choice of five bars, ocean view decks and nine private function venue areas. On-beach dining with tables and chairs on the sand gives you uninterrupted views of the cobalt blue sea lapping at confectioner’s sugar sand.

Grand Africa Café & Beach  |  Granger Bay |  Mon to Fri 12 – 11pm

 

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Known as the penguin paradise of Cape Town, Boulders Beach is home to a colony of African penguins. Boulders is located in False Bay just outside of Simon’s Town, this sheltered beach is among the most visited beaches in Cape Town. However there are a few secrets to know to get the best experiences as well as the best photos for Instagram.

Did you know there are two sides to Boulders Beach, Cape Town?

Yes there are. One side ( The north side or Foxy Beach ) allows you to walk along three wheelchair-friendly boardwalks with informational boards and ends at one of two viewing platforms positioned above the main Boulders beach penguin colony. This is where you can find the largest concentration of penguins.

The penguins and people are kept separate here allowing the penguins to socialise, pair up, mate and breed without being disturbed by visitors. It is a great spot to see the penguins going about their activities undisturbed and has the best access for those with disabilities or who struggle walking far on uneven terrain.

At the visitor centre you can find all the information you need about the penguins or you could enquire about a guide.

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The board walk leading down to the viewing platform on Boulders Beach.
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The view from the viewing platform on the north side of Boulders Beach

If you want to get up close and personal with the Penguins and grab some fantastic photos f you and the Penguins then head over to the south side f Boulders Beach where you can enjoy amazing swimming , sunbathing and penguins. This is the side where the best Instagram photos of builders beach comes from.

Boulders Beach Cape Town Connecting Walkway
The boardwalk behind the beach leading from Foxy beach to Boulders Beach.

To get there exit Foxy Beach through the visitor centre and walk along the road and boardwalk behind the dunes and forest. This is shown by the green dotted line in the map.

There is another parking lot and entrance gate on this side of Boulders Beach. On the map it is indicated by Boulders Beach Standbad.

This beach has a number of facilities such as toilets and a double gate to keep the penguins safe and away from the road.

Boulders Beach Penguins Path Walkway
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Finding the Best Spots on Boulders Beach

The first beach you will encounter is the largest beach area and where most people sunbath and swim and do not explore much further. It is a good spot set up your umbrella and lay down your towel.

Looking for some instagram inspiration? Check out our post on our favourite Boulders Beach Instagram photos.

There are usually a few penguins around but most of them are behind a small barrier on a rock to the East.

We suggest that you go exploring a bit further. If you walk around the beach to the left you will come to some large boulders which seems like it is the end of the road. However if you crutch down you will see a small tunnel between the rocks that you can duck/crawl through. On the other side you will need to scramble over a few rocks and maybe get your feet wet.

Once though these rocks you will find a more secluded beach with a lot more penguins and some beautiful rocks. This is the best place to get close to the penguins and take some great photographs.

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Be careful not to get to close as the penguins can give a nasty bite.

If you keep exploring you will find some beautiful spots to relax as well as more penguins.

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Eventually you will reach a sign that says no entry, which is on the far side of Foxy beach and the beginning of the penguins protected area. Don’t go further than this.

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The end of the road and the view back towards Foxy Beach and the main penguin colony.

Note: There is no way round here, so you will have to head back the way you came to get back to your car or to Foxy beach.

Tip: If you go around high tide you will be able to stand in the shallow water between the rocks and have the penguins dart and dive all around you.

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African Penguins swimming around visitors at Boulders Beach

For Kids

Boulders Beach is the perfect place to spend time with kids as there is lots of fun to be had on the beach. The water is warmer than on the Atlantic seaboard side and it is usually calm between the rocks which makes it perfect for swimming.

African “Jackass” Penguins

Boulders Beach is famous for its resident African Penguins. These African Penguins are widely known as “jackass” penguins for their loud, donkey-like bray. They are believed to be one of the first penguin species to be discovered by humans. These animals have a distinct, sharply pointed beak and black feet. An array of black, white, and gray dense, waterproof feathers covers them and keeps them dry and warm. Another distinctive feature is the small pink gland above each eye, which helps them cope with high temperatures. They can also hold their breaths for over 2 minutes and dive over 400 feet deep. The African penguins are monogamous and both the male and female penguins share parenting duties.

Boulders Beach African Penguins

Over the years, their population has declined due to pollution, over-fishing, habitat destruction, and irresponsible tourism activities. There is, however, no shortage of these aquatic flightless birds on Boulders Beach. The safe and clean environment protects the cute waddling birds. It is only here where you can have a close encounter with these penguins. The special built boardwalks facilitate safe penguin viewing on the beach.

How to get to there:

By Car.

The easiest way to get to Boulders Beach, Cape Town is by car if you have one or are renting one. Head to Simon’s Town along the M3 towards Muizenberg and then continue on the M4 ( Main Road ) through Fish Hoek to Simon’s Town.

Just on the other side of Simon’s Town there will be signs to Boulders Beach. If you see the golf course on your left you will have gone to far.

By Train.

Take the Train from Cape Town to Simon’s Town. Boulders is about two kilometres from the Simons Town station. This is the last stop on the scenic Southern Line.

Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town Telephone Number

+27 (0)21 786 2329

Opening times:

December – January: 7am – 7.30pm
February – March: 8am – 6.30pm
April – September: 8am – 5pm
October – November: 8am – 6.30pm

Fees:

1 November 2018 to 31 October 2019
South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R39 per adult per day
R20 per child, per day
SADC Nationals (with passport): R76 per adult per day
R39 per child, per day
Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R152 per adult per day
R76 per child, per day

GPS Co-ordinates:

S 34° 7′ 55″ E 18° 26′ 53″

19 Tidal Pools Cape Town

Cape Town is home to some of the most beautiful and world-famous beaches. Whether you’re looking for a place to swim, surf, or simply relax—Cape Town has it all. For those looking for a safe spot, tidal pools are rocky pools built along the coastline and regularly filled by the tides to provide a safe, family-friendly place to swim and play. There are 19 tidal pools to visit along the coastline of Cape Town, and we’ve listed them for you here. So load up the kids, pack some snacks, and check out one of these natural swimming pools.

#1 St. James

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St. James Tidal Pool is considered Cape Town’s most well-known and iconic tidal pool, and is easily recognized with its colourful beach huts that sit near the water’s edge. Situated between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay in the seaside suburb of St. James, this pool is a great spot for kids to swim and families to hang out for the day. Located near a railway and main road, St. James is an easily accessible and popular spot to explore.

Please note: There aren’t any food or drink amenities available on the beach, so be sure to pack a lunch and drinks for the day.

Where to find it: St James Beach, St James, Cape Town

 

#2 Milton

The Milton Tidal Pool, a natural seawater tidal pool located in the heart of Milton Beach, is a safe and family-friendly place to swim. With easily accessible, shallow, cool waters this tidal pool is the perfect swimming spot for kids and families.  Read more in our post about Milton Tidal Pool.

Where to find it: Beach Rd, Sea Point, Sea Point, Cape Town

#3 Miller’s Point

Loved by locals for its secret location, Miller’s Point Tidal Pool is about a 5-minute drive from Simon’s Town on the Southern side of the False Bay coastline. Located in Miller’s Point Bay, the tidal pool can be found in-between two boat launch sites. With incredible views across the bay, a water slide, changing rooms, and grassy spots perfect for a picnic – Miller’s Point Tidal Pool is the perfect, secluded spot for a relaxing day.

Where to find it: Miller’s Point, M4, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

#4 & 5 Maiden’s Cove 1 and 2

Boasting some of the best pool-side views in the Cape, these two tidal pools provide a safe and clean environment to swim. The first pool can be found between Glen Beach and Camps Bay Beach; the second is located between Glen Beach and Clifton Beach. Located close to restaurants, bars, and cafes along Victoria Road, Maiden’s Cove Tidal Pools are a convenient and safe place to relax and swim for the day.

Where to find it: Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town

#6 Glencairn

Located on the Southern side of Glencairn Beach, this tidal pool is a family and dog friendly spot, perfect for safe swimming and sunbathing. The beach is easy to spot from the train that runs between Simon’s Town and Cape Town city center and is a popular spot for swimmers, snorkelers, and sunbathers.

Where to find it: Glencairn Beach, Glencairn, Cape Town

#7 Dalebrook

Located opposite the Kalk Bay Community Centre between St James and Kalk Bay, Dalebrook Tidal Pool is one of the most beautiful spots along the coast. With a low wall, there’s a constant flow of fresh, new water. The secret and often overlooked spot is located near an outdoor shower and a changing room, making it a great stop for a swim. Enjoy the shallow, warm water during the day before the sun sets behind the mountains.

Where to find it: Off Main Rd, Dalebrook, Cape Town

#8 Camp’s Bay

Located on Camps Bay beach, which is the most visited beach in the city, this tidal pool is easy to find and labelled as one of the most popular tidal pools along the Atlantic Seaboard. With many restaurants located nearby, this tidal pool is the perfect stop for a swim before grabbing a bite to eat. Although the waters are a bit chilly, the beautiful views of the Twelve Apostles are well worth it.

Where to find it: Camps Bay Beach, Camps Bay, Cape Town

#9 Buffel’s Bay

Making a trip to Cape Point Nature Reserve? Pack a swimsuit and visit the relatively sheltered and crowd-free Buffel’s Bay Tidal Pool. Take in the breathtaking white sand and abundant flora and fauna as you relax by the clear blue waters. The spot is perfect for picnics and braais, with safe waters for a post-hike swim. You’ll have to pay the Cape Point Nature Reserve entrance fee of R145 for adults and R75 for children to enjoy this spot.

Where to find it: Buffels Bay, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Town

#10 Soetwater

This tidal pool can be found South of Kommetjie, next to a braai and picnic area that forms part of the Soetwater recreation area. Located just across the iconic Slangkop Lighthouse, it is a quiet spot to swim. Due to the vibrant animal life that surrounds this spot, it was named a conservancy in 2009. You might be able to spot the endangered African Black Oystercatcher. After swimming, you can go fishing in one of the various famous fishing spots located just next to the tidal pool.

Where to find it: South of the Slangkop Lighthouse, below the coastal road leading from Kommetjie to Scarborough

#11 Shelley Point

Shelley Point Tidal Pool is a small, quiet pool great for a quick swim. The pool is also a popular spot for whale watching.

Where to find it: M6, Glencairn

#12 Sparks

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Sparks Tidal Pool is in Gordon’s Bay near Spark’s Bay Beach. It is one of the best and most tranquil braai and whale watching spots in the country, as named by the City of Cape Town. Make a little mini road trip out of Cape Town to enjoy this great little town. Visit gordonsbaytourism.com to find out more about this little seaside village, just over an hour drive from the city.

Where to find it: Clarence Drive, Spark’s Bay Beach, Cape Town

#13 Kommetjie

This tidal pool is located in Kommetjie, a popular destination for kite-surfers and campers, and lies on the edge of the catwalk along the Kom, within sight of the famous Slangkop lighthouse. The area is known as “De Kom,” which is Dutch for “bowl.” With concrete steps and a handrail, it’s an easy descent into the pool’s cool waters. Grassy areas are nearby shaded by milkwood trees, making it the perfect spot for picnics. Keep an eye out for the vibrant pink flamingos that frequent the spot, earning it the name Bird Island.

Where to find it:  Kommetjie, South of Long Beach at De Kom

#14 Saunders

Located on the rocky Saunders Beach, this tidal pool is situated between Clifton and Sea Point in the suburb of Bantry Bay. With white sand and blue waters, this beautiful spot is perfect for an afternoon swim. While the pool is a popular swimming destination on the weekends and holidays, it remains fairly empty during the week. So, put on a swimsuit, grab a towel, and head out for a swim at Saunders Tidal Pool. Afterwards, you can grab something to eat at one of the many restaurants located along the beach.

Where to find it: Saunders Beach, Bantry Bay, Cape Town

#15 Silwerstroom

Want to take a day trip up the West Coast? Enjoy a getaway and visit the Silwerstroom tidal pool. Located near the Silwerstroom Resort, this pool is a great spot to swim, braai, and relax. Its gradual slope makes the pool a great safe spot for kids. With a thriving plant life and the blue outstretched ocean, this tidal pool has beautiful views you won’t want to miss.

Where to find it: West Coast Road, Melkbosstrand

#16 Wooley’s

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Looking for a safe place to swim with spectacular views of Fish Hoek? Wooley’s Tidal Pool is the perfect spot. Located between Kalk Bay and Clovelly in the bend of the coastal road and a few steps off the ocean road, Wooley’s is divided into two pools. One is a small, splash pool great for the little ones. A bit further is a deeper pool, perfect for a relaxing swim.

Where to find it: Off Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town

#17 Monwabisi

Want to swim in the largest tidal pool in the Southern Hemisphere? Pack a picnic and head to the Monwabisi Tidal Pool. Located along an exposed stretch of False Bay, just off Baden Powell Drive in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats, the tidal pool is the perfect spot to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand.

Where to find it: Off Baden Powell Dr, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

 

#18 Brass Bell

Want to let the kids swim after eating? This tidal pool is located right next to the Brass Bell Restaurant, making it an ideal spot for good food and fun. There are two separate tidal pools; one is shallow and perfect for splashing around while the other is deeper and best for swimming.

Where to find it: Main Road, M4,  Kalk Bay

#19 Harmony

Located in the seaside town of Strand, this tidal pool is a great spot for kids and families of all ages. With lifeguards on duty throughout the day, it’s a safe place to have some fun. You can even spot small marine life in the pool, and a kiosk is nearby where you can buy snacks and drinks.

Where to find it: Gordon’s Bay Drive, R44, Strand

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Table Mountain Cable Way Schedule 2 Cable Car

On the 2nd of December 2012, Table Mountain was declared one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature. Looking up at the magnificent mountain, it’s not hard to see why it was included. There are some brave people who ascend the mountain on foot, but if you’re not quite as enthusiastic about hiking, you can take the cable car.

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has been operating since October 4, 1929. The cableway travels 704m, from the bottom station at 363m above sea level to the top station at 1 067m above sea level.

Rates

Valid from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018
This excludes 15 December 2017 to 15 January 2018.

Ticket type Return One way
Adult Return
08h00 – 13h00 R293 R151
13h00 till close R277 R151
Child Return (4-17 years of age)
08h00 – 13h00 R141 R71
13h00 till close R136 R71
SA Senior Citizen (Fridays only at Ticket Office) R100 R53
Student (Fridays only at Ticket Office) R131 R71

 

Operating Times

The cable car always operates weather permitting.

Please note: The Cableway is closed each year from 23 July to 5 August for annual maintenance.

Date First car up Last car up Last car down
01 May 2018 – 31 August 2018 08h30 17h00 18h00
01 September – 31 October 2018 08h30 18h00 19h00
November 2018 08h00 19h00 20h00
01 – 15 December 2018 08h00 19h30 20h30
16 December 2018 – 15 January 2019 08h00 20h30 21h30

 

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Table Mountain Cable Way Schedule

History of The Cableway

The idea for a rack railway to the top was suggested in the late 1870’s. Planning was started but the Anglo-Boer War in 1880 halted the process. HM Peter, an engineer, was officially commissioned in 1912 by the Cape Town City Council.

He started investigating options and it was decided that a funicular railway from Oranjezicht through Platteklip Gorge would be best. Cape Town’s residents excitedly voted for the project to commence, even though the budget was a whopping £100 000. Remember, this was the early 1900’s, so that was a lot of money!

But before the fancy funicular could be built, another war interrupted, the First World War. In 1926 A Norwegian engineer, Trygve Stromsoe, suggested to rather build a cableway. A group of influential businessmen were intrigued by his idea. Trygve had showed Sir Alfred Hennessy a model of his idea.

Hennessy approached two other investors, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer and Sir David Graaff, and they formed The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC). Stromsoe took the fourth seat on the board of directors. Construction of the cableway took two years of hard and dangerous work. The official opening of the cableway was a historic moment in 1929 – during the entire construction process there was no accidents.

Related: Top 5 Hiking Routes Up Table Mountain

Cableway upgrades

As technology progressed over the years, the cableway was kept up to speed. Upgrades occurred in 1958, 1974, and 1997. The last one was the most exciting, with the introduction of Rotairs. These nifty cable cars offer an amazing 360ᴼ view with special revolving floors. The system is also used in the United States at Palm Springs and at the Titlis in Switzerland.

Fun facts

  • The Cableway has carried more than 27-million people to the mountain top
  • A cable car can transport 65 people at a time
  • This means over 800 people are taken up each hour
  • The circular shape of the cable cars creates stability and great aerodynamics
  • It’s estimated that about 909 000 worldwide visitors ascend the mountain every year
  • The cable cars travel at 10m per second, the trip up or down takes only five minutes
  • Each cable car cable is 1 200m long
  • These cables weigh 18 tons. They are hooked up to counter-weights of 134 tons each
  • The base of the cable car carries water up for visitors, with a capacity of 3 000 litres
  • This water base also serves as a stabilizer in windy conditions
  • Each cable car can carry a maximum of 5 200kgs
  • You can take a framed photo with Table Mountain in the background and share it on the website

Tourism Challenge: take a Table Mountain photo at all 7 N7W legacy project yellow frame locations

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Shops on Table Mountain

You can take home a souvenir of the wonderful moment on the mountain. The shops sell a wide variety of products including gifts and clothing. And over 95% of the merchandise is sourced from proudly South African suppliers.

The products range from little budget goodies, to more exclusive luxury items. You can also purchase a photo of your moment on the magnificent mountain.

Shop at the Top

This is the main store. The building housing the souvenirs, is a National Heritage site. It is situated next to the Table Mountain Café. You can buy a year pass to enjoy the mountain whenever you feel like a change of scenery. The café has a Wi-Fi lounge, perfect for a unique out of the office work day.

Little Shop at the Top

Another little nook of great Table Mountain goodies. As you exit the cable car in the Upper Cable Station, turn to your left. Both shops at the top are open the whole day for trading.

Exit Shop

In case you impulsively decide you do need a souvenir, there’s one more last-minute purchase shop. As you exit the cable car in the Lower Cable Station, you will find the shop as you head towards your car. The shop opens a bit later than the other two at the top but stays open till end of day.

Visitor Centre

You are spoiled for choice at Table Mountain, some more unique merchandise is sold here. This is perfect if you want to buy a gift, without travelling up the mountain. You can also ask any Table Mountain related questions here and pick up your yearly free birthday ticket. (valid for South African citizens only)

Another fun thing to do, is to send someone a postcard from the top of Table Mountain. Grab your stamp and postcard at the visitor centre before you ascend the mountain. Once you’ve reached the summit, look out for the red post box. It will definitely be a unique letter, it is franked with a special Table Mountain stamp.

Follow the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Facebook page for upcoming specials.