Many people ask where and when is the best time to visit Cape Town? Let’s answer them

December 19, 2012 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Cape Town Holiday Questions

When is the best time to visit Cape Town?

when is the best time to visit Cape Town

Great question; When is the best time to visit Cape Town depends on a lot of things. For example what would you like to do and how much money do you have, and are your kids at school, do you want to party, shop, enjoy nature or do all of them?

Let’s have a look at recent Cape Town Holiday accommodation trends. As this will assist you in finding popular places or avoiding expensive holiday area in Cape Town.
Cape Town Tourism CEO, Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold recently said;

We are seeing considerable demand for accommodation in the City Bowl, V&A Waterfront and along the Atlantic Seaboard and expect these areas to be a hive of activity over the next few weeks. Feedback from establishments is that visitors are booking shorter stays, predominantly between the third week of December and early January, and negotiating hard on price.”

The above defines the peak holiday period in Cape Town and the very popular holiday places in and around Cape Town.

  • We have found most Cape Town holiday accommodation gets booked over New Years first. Then the Christmas period.
  • The Atlantic Beach is by far the most popular Cape Town holiday accommodation destination. And this area excludes Hout Bay and Llundudno. People want to be in the buzz; Camps Bay, and Clifton. But most of these popular places are booked out well in advance.

When is the best time to visit Cape Town? This depends where you from:

Wesgro CEO, Nils Flaatten, comments on locals;

“We have many amazing wine, golf and cycling routes. Adventure tourism is becoming an interesting focus area for tourism over the summer season with a range of water sports being a favorite among domestic visitors.


Domestic visitors are experiencing a greater appetite for festivals and events across the province. Over the last six months we have had more than 600 festivals, markets and events taking place within Cape Town and the Western Cape, and we are seeing an increase in this going forward.”


There is also a large uptake in foreign arrivals during the festive season with these arrivals taking advantage of the shopping experiences in the V&A Waterfront, trips to Robben Island and Table Mountain,

What about Cape Town room rates and occupancy?

The report found that the accommodation providers polled about the Nov 2012 – Jan 2013 period in Cape Town were expecting an average of 70.76% occupancy, as well as an average room rate of R1136. Following a trend towards last minute bookings it is imagined that these estimates may well be surpassed.

I would like to highlight the daily room rate of R1136 to potential Cape Town holidaymakers and Cape Town accommodation owners (home owners).

You may find it very difficult to find a holiday home for less than a R1000 per room in the highly popular Cape Town holiday areas. A R1000 per room could mean R500 per person per night.

This does not mean you cannot get great value under a R1000 per room but you’ll have to book early over the peak Cape Town holiday period and consider booking in other Cape Town holiday accommodation areas.

I just did a random check on holiday accommodation at CapeHolidays.Info and found the following daily per person rates over the peak period:

Camps Bay and Clifton holiday accommodation rates are three times higher than most other areas in Cape Town.
Simon’s Town is a good average for the other suburbs in the south as well. This needs to be further investigated but my aim was to show you the differences between our most popular Cape Town Holiday destinations and our outlying areas like Simon’s Town, Kommetjie, Noord Hoek and other.

So when is the best time to visit Cape Town?

As I have said;

It depends on your pocket, and if you want to rub shoulders with the Joneses. During November to January is our summer but it’s also the most windy period.

If you are flexible than February is the best time to visit Cape Town. But being a Cape Townian for the last six years I love Cape Town anytime of the year. Even the crowded December period. And during winter we have lots of other fun things we do – and then it’s really affordable to visit Cape Town. As accommodation prices cut by 3 in Camps Bay, Clifton and by 2 in most other areas.

I hope you are having fun in Cape Town. If you need advice leave a comment.

Have fun

Johan Horak


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