How do you decide on where to stay in Cape Town?
Cape Town is one of the world’s finest cities that are home to a huge number of hotels. In my opinion there are three main areas to consider – the commercial Waterfront area, the funky ‘Kloof Street’ (also known as the City Bowl), and the beaches around Camps Bay. Once you have your preferred location, the choice then falls between whether you would like to stay in a smaller, boutique-style B&B such as the charming Cape Cadogan, or in one of the larger hotels on the Waterfront such as the Cape Grace.
What restaurants do you recommend in Cape Town?
This is a difficult one because there are a vast number of excellent restaurants to choose from. However, if I had to pick my top three, it would be The Test Kitchen, Nobu, and the Signal Restaurant. You can read the full YZ guide on where to eat in Cape Town here.
What activities do you recommend whilst staying in Cape Town?
There are an excellent number of activities visitors to this area can partake in – both from a cultural aspect as well as nature. Besides the hike up the famous Table Mountain, visitors can also take a hike up the Lion’s Head. I would also highly recommend getting down to Boulders Beach, where the free-roaming African penguins make for a delightful attraction!
Cape Town and of course South Africa as a whole are historically very rich, and while this history has not always been a positive one there are plenty of activities that allow tourists to find out a little bit more about the likes of Nelson Mandela and his struggle for freedom – particularly with a visit to Robben Island, where he was held captive for eighteen years.
Other activities people can enjoy in Cape Town range from shark cage diving to whale spotting in Hermanus, so I would definitely recommend that anyone planning to visit the area does a bit of research into what they would like to do.
Should you have a hire car whilst in Cape Town?
This is a possibility but not a necessity. Realistically you are much better off hiring a taxi through your hotel, as these drivers will know where, and where not, to go!
What is the weather like in Cape Town?
With Cape Town being so far south, the weather is very much varied over the course of the year and as such care really does need to be taken when choosing when to visit this wonderful city. As a general rule Cape Town is at its best weather wise from December through to March, while it starts to get cold and wet from around May through to September.
Should I go to the Winelands or visit it from Cape Town?
This really depends on your interest in wine and fine dining! A day trip from Cape Town with a private tour of the Winelands is very much a possibility for those with a bit of interest, but for the serious wine lovers a couple of days in the Winelands is highly recommended!