Why Choose Cape Town in South Africa as a holiday destination?

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You can say that again:

Why choose Cape Town in South Africa as a holiday destination?

10 Why Cape Town In South Africa PhotosOkay I know that this question is a dumb question if you have not been to Cape Town.

But today, while reading this blog post by Breaking Travel News I found a great stat that reminded me again of one the many reasons why Cape Town is a popular holiday destination:

Site statistics from a leading online independent travel agency have revealed that city breaks are increasing in popularity when compared to the more traditional beach break choice.

Before I make my point about this statement and why I believe it’s great news for Cape Town take careful note of the photo above of Cape Town in South Africa. (image credit)

You can see how Table Mountain dominates Cape Town.

On all sides of Table Mountain we have lovely suburbs with each suburb close to nature. Many suburbs are on the seashore – the beach…I mean.

Just have a look at Camps Bay . Camps Bay, Clifton, Sea Point, etc are on the beach with lots of restaurants and lively nightlife spots – all on the righthand side of this Cape Town photo.

To your left you’ll find Cape Town city center, the V&A Waterfront, Rondebosch, Newlands and other upmarket suburbs.

And behind Table Mountain, to left, is False Bay where you’ll visit African Penguins, Southern Right whales and breaching Sharks. What a safari, while you are not even 40 mins from Cape Town City center!

You can take one of the most scenic drives in the world via Champans past Houtbay (behind to the right when looking at this image) where you can visit or drive past Slangkop Light House.

Or jump on the train riding with locals to see the whales and penguins in Simonstown or just hop on and off as you visit the little villages along False Bay.

And I have not even mentioned history and city tours. And shopping. But I believe I am making my point. Let’s move on…

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I mentioned that city breaks are increasing in popularity when compared to the more traditional beach break…. Well that’s great for cities that have no beaches and it’s great for cities without a mountain, don’t have wild-life or sea-life like ours….. where nature rules.

Breaking Travel News continues:

“Beach breaks are certainly the more relaxing option, as city breaks can often involve a lot of walking and sightseeing which can be incredibly tiring. Often, returning home from a city break holiday makes you feel in need of another short break to recuperate!


“Often, if you think a beach break might be too quiet for you and you want something a bit more action-packed, go for the best of both worlds. Cities like Dubrovnik are also on the coast, so you can combine the relaxing nature of a beach break with the culture and history a city has to offer.”

What is my point when I ask why choose Cape Town in South Africa as a holiday destination? I am sure you I don’t need to tell you:

You have the best of all words when you visit Cape Town; action packed city break, relaxing nature or a beach break —— all in one.

Let me conclude with a quote from Matt Long via Landlopers:

I’ve seen thousands of beautiful landscapes, buildings and vistas and frankly it takes a lot to impress me anymore; …… But Cape Town had me from the moment I first saw the majestic Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles mountain range. Like a miniature New Zealand, around every bend and turn in the road lay before me a spectacular example of Mother Nature at her finest. Yes, Table Mountain is stunning and a treat to see every day, but there’s much more to the beauty of the area. The ocean, the city skyline, the waterfront area and the Mother City’s people are all beautiful in very different ways. This beauty can’t be contained though, it spills out into the nearby towns and communities from Hout Bay to Cape Point; the entire Cape area suffers from an incredible embarrassment of riches.

Why do you think Cape Town is not just another City or Beach Break?

Have Cape Town Fun and leave a comment as I would love to get your views.

Johan Horak

  1. Rusty said on December 7, 2012 4:42 pm:

    Yes I believe that Cape Town is one of the most amazing places in South Africa. I’d been there and this place is one of my favorite because of the beaches on that place. Without a doubt, Cape Town is the best..

  2. grayspirit said on December 23, 2012 11:28 pm:

    I’ve never visited Africa. But I reckon that if I did, South Africa would probably be my country of choice. Your description of Cape Town is very appealing.

  3. Johan Horak said on December 29, 2012 8:51 am:

    Thanks Rusty. I agree fully.

  4. Johan Horak said on December 29, 2012 8:52 am:

    You need to make a plan and come and visit. 😉

  5. trip planner said on March 8, 2013 8:51 am:

    I hope I will have a chance to go to Cape Town. South Africa is an ideal place for tourists

  6. Lee said on April 5, 2013 12:26 pm:

    Hi Johan
    I think the Cape Town area is so under rated. To me it is one of the most amazing places I have been to. Probably because I got married at boulders bay with the penguins. Such a great time that we will never forget. We were lucky enough to see right whales feeding right up by the beach with their carves as well absolutely fantastic site. With out mentioning swimming with the jack ass penguins coming out of the water near you.

    I could write all day about it. Great post lee

  7. Johan said on April 5, 2013 2:30 pm:

    Hi Lee Thanks for the comment. It’s always great to read a story with emotional connection to a place. Someone said our country is great because of penguins and elephants but you saw penguins and whales. Well done friend.

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