Top 10 Cape Town Travel Guide Books

Thinking of coming to the Mother City but want a Cape Town travel guide book so you can start your holiday planning and enjoy some armchair traveling while you count down the days until your flight to South Africa?

There are plenty of Cape Town-centric new releases out there, including secret spots to explore and a history of the Mother City.

Secret Cape Town Book
  1. Secret Cape Town

One of our favourite book on Cape Town. This book has led us to many of our secret discoveries in Cape Town

A captain who continued to live on the wreck of the Kakapo for three years, Table Mountain s most exclusive hiking, a restaurant in a maximum security prison, the arboreal evidence of apartheid s earliest manifestation, a woman disguised as a man for 56 years in order to be a doctor, a beach on top of Table Mountain, a fascinating secret collections of vintage and classic cars, a magical tree renowned for its spiritual healing properties, a heated pool on a military base that s open to the public, a secret night-time nature tour, a hamster wheel for humans Far from the crowds and the usual cliches, Cape Town is still a reserve of well-concealed treasures that only reveal themselves to those who know how to wander off the beaten track, whether residents or visitors. An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Cape Town well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.’

Hidden Cape Town Guide Book

  1. Hidden Cape Town

A unique look ‘inside’ 30 of Cape Town’s most notable buildings. If you have ever wondered what lies behind an interesting façade, or wished you could peek behind a closed door, Hidden Cape Town is the book for you. The author and photographer have collaborated to reveal the artworks and architectural secrets that lie behind the doors of some well-known, and lesser known, landmark buildings in and around the ‘Mother City’. These buildings are part of our collective heritage, reflecting the myriad cultural influences that have shaped our country.

  1. 111 Places in Cape Town That You Must Not Miss

With far more than a million tourists a year, Cape Town is considered among the most alluring and attractive destinations in the world. This modern and creative metropolis at the foot of Table Mountain, with its turbulent history of colonialism, apartheid, and liberation, is as culturally fascinating as it is disarmingly beautiful, and holds many unexpected surprises. Did you know, for instance, that you can sample more than 500 types of whiskey in one waterfront bar here? Or stroll an elevated walkway that snakes magically through the treetops? Or visit the very prison cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his confinement? This book will guide you through “The Mother City” and lead you to its most enthralling places, many of which are located beyond the well-trodden tourist paths and are even largely unknown to locals.

The Cape Town Book Travel Guide Book

  1. The Cape Town Book: A Guide to the City’s History, People and Places

The Cape Town Book presents a fresh picture of the Mother City, one that brings together all its stories. From geology and beaches to forced removals and hip-hop, Nechama Brodie, author of the best-selling The Joburg Book, has delved deeply into the hidden past of Cape Town to emerge with a lucid and compelling account of South Africa’s first city, its landscape and its people.

  1. Terrance Talks Travel: The Quirky Tourist Guide to Cape Town (Volume 6)

Cape Town is one the best cities in the world because it has so much to offer, from underground tunnel tours to abseiling off Table Mountain. Did you know that Table Mountain is older than the Alps, Andes, Rockies, and Himalayas? Find out the best way to explore this fabled mountain and much more.

Cape Town To Kruger Backpacker Travels in SOuth Africa And Swaziland Guide Book

  1. Cape Town to Kruger: Backpacker Travels in South Africa and Swaziland

Join John Dwyer on his epic travels across South Africa, from vibrant Cape Town to wild Kruger Park. Through his engaging writing and sense of humour, the author takes you on an unforgettable journey through the spectacular scenery and tribal cultures of the “Rainbow Nation”. He also offers an in-depth look at the history of apartheid and its effects on the people of South Africa. Sprinkled with quotes from Nelson Mandela, this is much more than a travel journal. If you’re interested in the history of South Africa or have ever dreamed of visiting this exotic country, you’ll love Cape Town to Kruger.

Top 10 Cape Town Travel Guide & Winelands

  1. Top 10 Cape Town and the Winelands (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)

Discover the best of everything this beautiful region of South Africa has to offer. Top 10 lists showcase the best places to visit, from Cape Town’s Table Mountain to the Stellenbosch vineyards. Seven easy-to-follow itineraries explore the region’s most interesting areas—from Robben Island to the dramatic Cape Peninsula—while reviews of the best hotels, shops, and restaurants in the region will help you plan your perfect trip.

Mike Lundys Best Walks in The Cape Peninsula Travel Guide Book

  1. Mike Lundy’s Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula

A bestseller for 21 years, Mike Lundy’s Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula remains one of the most popular books on hiking in Cape Town.

Each of the 30 walks in this guide has been carefully chosen because of a particular point of interest, be it a waterfall, cave, indigenous forest, shipwreck or spectacular viewpoint. This classic selection of routes ranges from challenging climbs to the top of Table Mountain to leisurely strolls among the fynbos (and everything else in-between). Practical advice on mountain safety, local weather conditions and how to deal with snakes ensures that the hiker is given a clear idea of what to expect.

Lonely Planet Cape Town Travel Guide Book

  1. Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route (Travel Guide)

No list of travel books is complete without the Lonely Planet Guide! Pre-order the 2018 edition from the link below.

Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Summit Table Mountain for panoramic views, take a boat to Robben Island, or shop and sight-see on the V&A Waterfront; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Cape Town & the Garden Route and begin your journey now!

  1. The Rough Guide to Cape Town, Winelands & Garden Route (Rough Guides)

“Discover Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route with the most incisive and entertaining guidebook on the market. Whether you plan to admire the panoramic views from the top of Table Mountain, indulge on a wine estate tour or spot the Big Five in a wildlife reserve, this new edition of The Rough Guide to Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route will show you ideal places to sleep, eat, drink and shop along the way.”