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CAPE TOWN SAFARI GUIDE

Cape Town is a city that proves you can have it all. Whether you want endless sandy beaches, world-leading vineyards, Africa’s best restaurants or unique nature, Cape Town’s got it.

South Africa’s oldest city is awesome! Of course, having a dramatic setting and the Atlantic Ocean lovingly hugging the coast helps. You can’t walk far without coming across markets selling African crafts, independent art galleries, fascinating museums or some of the continent’s best restaurants. The city centre has lots to keep you interested. Many tourists stay in the city below Table Mountain. The V&A Waterfront is always buzzing with visitors and locals enjoying the shops and restaurants.

Outside the city, the Cape vineyards offer a glimpse into another world. A landscape lined with vines, historic wine estates and towns such as Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. So, no matter if you’re after chasing the beauty of this city or sipping a gorgeous wine among the casks of a Stellenbosch wine estate, Cape Town can be uncorked, savoured and enjoyed time and time again.

In this travel guide, we will look at:

Our Awesome Cape Town to Kruger Safari

We love Cape Town and it is a firm favourite with all our guests. Moriti have put together some authentic options for you. A set safari including Kruger Park and also, the option to customise a tour around Cape Town. Add in a safari to one of our choice reserves and you are set if you are under pressure time and budget-wise. As always, I am always here to answer any questions, that is always free of charge.

Where is Cape Town

Cape Town is located on South Africa‘s west coast, just off the very tip of Africa. An easy two-hour flight from Johannesburg where the majority of international flights land, it’s easy to get to where the action is fairly quickly. Daily flights all over South Africa to destinations like Kruger National Park are easy to organise and happen daily. It is also pretty simple to get to Victoria Falls from Cape Town as well making it the perfect location to start or end a safari.

Cape Town Map

Best Time of Year to Visit Cape Town

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*All temperatures are monthly averages shown in °C.

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*Rainfall stats are monthly averages shown in millimetres.

November to March

  • The epitome of long, Mediterranean summer days
  • Very little rain expected at this time of year
  • Lot’s of wine and outdoor festivals are happening
  • Perfect time for a beach holiday. Boulders Beach is our pick for a beach day. The water is warm and the beach is clean and safe. There are also plenty of African penguins swimming around. A small entrance fee ensures a great day out
  • It can be hot and dry during the day with strong gusts
  • January is peak season and Cape Town is very busy
  • Rates are nearly double due to it being peak season

April to October

  • If the weather is good, there are few places on earth as beautiful as Cape Town at this time of the year. Attractions are a lot quieter as well as the rates are lower for this period
  • May is a great time to travel. Cheaper rates, little to no wind and the attractions are a lot quieter. Pair Cape Town with one of our Kruger National Park tours at this time of year and South Africa is unbeatable
  • July and August is peak whale season, when southern right and humpback whales can be seen calving in the shallow waters just off shore. It’s also a great time of year to explore our vineyards and enjoy 1 or 10 glasses of South Africa’s finest grape juice
  • September is spring and so the weather is gorgeous and the FLOWERS! Just awesome to see how many there are all over the place. September is an awesome time of year to pair this safari with a Kruger National Park safari
  • This is when Cape Town receives its rain and it can be pretty cold in the mornings and evenings. The days are a lot shorter as well
  • Some attractions like the cable way on Table Mountain close in June/July for maintenance. Check your chosen activities out everyday in case they have closed due to maintenance or weather

What To Do in Cape Town

Cape Town is not the number 1 tourist destination in South Africa for no reason. There are loads of things you and your family and friends can amuse yourselves with. To experience it, you need at least a week in this paradise. Here is our top list, brace yourself!

  • Cape Point Nature Reserve. The Flying Dutchman Funicular travels on a railroad on Cape Point, providing a novel and exciting way to travel and see the sights
  • Table Mountain and it’s Aerial Cableway. The best views in Cape Town and an awesome spot for some hiking
  • Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate where you can enjoy meals, wine (of course) and picnics
  • The V&A Waterfront for a serious dose of shopping. You can also enjoy a variety of attractions and activities that includes helicopter rides, leisure boat cruises, stand-up paddling, live entertainment, Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Wheel and much more
  • Robben Island Museum, famous, or rather infamous, as the holding place for the imprisoned Nelson Mandela
  • Blue Flag Beaches. This is an internationally recognised award given to beaches that meet global standards of excellence
  • The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour. One of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley. Gorgeous vineyards and scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history
  • Boulders Beach. The cutest colony of African penguins ever!
  • Sanbi-Kirstenbosch Gardens. One of the most incredible and beautiful gardens in Africa

Believe me, this is a very small list as there are hundreds of cool and quirky experiences in and around Cape Town.

We get asked a lot about doing a safari from Cape Town. There are quite a few options close to the city, but I would be remiss if I went into detail as they are very busy and not very authentic. Yet, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a winner and is worth a visit. Other authentic options down the Garden Route and into the eastern Cape include:

Of course, flying to Kruger National Park or into Zimbabwe or Botswana would be the number one choice, time and budget considered of course. Moriti’s various, hand-crafted and popular options can be found above on our Cape Town Safari tab.

Moriti can also tailor-make a safari option for you while you are in or around Cape Town. This is a very cool option for guests concerned about Malaria as the reserves along the Garden Route and in the Eastern Cape are malaria-free.

Where To Stay in Cape Town

Cape Town is a melting pot of culture and ethnicity. There are so many hotels and lodges available it can be overwhelming. That info you can find on TripAdvisor and so I won’t go into detail here. You can, of course, contact Moriti is you need any sneaky recommendations. What is important, is the area you choose to stay in. Depending on your family and activities there are a few key areas to look out for to put you into the action as soon as you wake up. Here are our favourite areas:

The V&A Waterfront

The Waterfront is where I put our guests. It is on the harbour and has plenty of things to do and see. The big plus is that from there, you can get to many of Cape Town’s attractions either via a bus tour or taxi/Uber. On a clear, beautiful night, there aren’t too many places on earth as beautiful.

Sea Point

The Sea Point promenade, which stretches for several kilometres along the Atlantic Ocean, is perhaps Sea Point’s most famous landmark. The Main Road is packed with restaurants serving global cuisine as well as bars, watering holes and shops. It’s a suburb filled with character and quirkiness, and it’s also where you’ll find many great gay bars and clubs.

Clifton and Camps Bay

These sister neighbourhoods are largely made up of flashy houses and mansions overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This is where you’ll find the whos-who of Cape Town, and where celebrities often choose to stay. Don’t let that put you off though: it’s entirely possible to find affordable accommodation here, and well worth it for the views alone. The beaches are often busy and for good reason. The sea on this side of the mountain is cold, but the wide, sandy beaches make for excellent sun-bathing, volleyball, and people-watching.

If you are looking at getting out of the city and the hustle and bustle…

Noordhoek and Kommetjie

These are laid-back, almost rural villages with spectacular sea-views. The downside is that they’re located about a 30-60 minute drive from Cape Town city with little to no public transport. These neighbourhoods more than make up for it with their breathtaking beaches, mountains, natural vegetation, and relaxed atmosphere. There’s seldom a tourist in sight, so if you want to blend in with the locals, you have found your spot.

Is It Safe in Cape Town

I get asked this question a lot and it is only fair to answer this question on the travel guide itself.
 
The answer is simple. Like any other city in the world, there are good and bad areas. This travel guide was designed around the good areas and if you follow Moriti’s tips, you will be as safe as you would be anywhere else in a major city. These areas have been set up to accommodate tourists and they also have monitors that alert officials if there are any issues.
 
As an industry, we LOVE you guys and are very happy to show off our beautiful country. It is Africa and so poverty and corruption are a part of our everyday lives. Yet, we as a people are everything Nelson Mandela described us as and so, to experience this country is something you will never regret. Cape Town is an important part of that, so enjoy!
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