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Best of Cape Town Central Guide

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Cape Town Central
Cape Town glistens at the southern toe of the African continent. Tourist brochure-views at Blaauwberg Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are within easy driving distance of "The Mother City." The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve provides sweeping sea vistas, hiking trails and wildlife encounters. On a more somber note, travelers can visit Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years.

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Table Mountain National Park
Table Mountain National Park
Attraction type: National Parks
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Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Owner description: The best views of Cape Town are seen from the top of Table Mountain. The Cableway takes you to the summit in under 5 minutes and the cable car's rotating floor ensure that all... more Owner description: The best views of Cape Town are seen from the top of Table Mountain. The Cableway takes you to the summit in under 5 minutes and the cable car's rotating floor ensure that all visitors get a 360 degree aerial view of the city. The 65-passenger cable car runs from Tafelberg Road to the top of Table Mountain. To date the Cableway has transported more than 26 million visitors to the summit. 900 000 visitors from all over the world use the Cableway annually. less
Attraction type: Tramways
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Lion's Head
Lion's Head
Attraction type: Mountains
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Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cape Point Nature Reserve
Owner description: At the tip of the Cape Peninsula, 60km SouthWest of Cape Town, lies Cape Point. Located within the southern section of Table Mountain National Park; a declared World Heritage... more Owner description: At the tip of the Cape Peninsula, 60km SouthWest of Cape Town, lies Cape Point. Located within the southern section of Table Mountain National Park; a declared World Heritage site, as part of the Cape Floral region. The Park encompasses 7750Ha of rich and varied Fauna and Flora. Cape Point is a nature entusiast's paradise. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above the sea and cutting deep into the ocean provide a spectacular background for the Parks’ rich bio-diversity. The scenic beauty of Cape Point is not its sole allure; it is also an international icon of great historical interest with many a visitor drawn to the area because of its rich maritime history. Home to the Flying Dutchman Funicular and the Two Oceans restaurant. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Owner description: The V&A Waterfront is a 123-hectare mixed-use destination, and one of Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hubs. Set on the edge of a natural, historic working harbour... more Owner description: The V&A Waterfront is a 123-hectare mixed-use destination, and one of Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hubs. Set on the edge of a natural, historic working harbour with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, it offers local and international visitors a cosmopolitan mix of experiences ranging from leisure, shopping and exclusive entertainment. It also offers prime residential and commercial property. The prime positioning of the V&A Waterfront boasts sweeping views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks. Up to 100 000 people visit every day during peak season. Contributing R259.1 billion in nominal terms to the South African economy over the last twelve years, the V&A Waterfront’s cumulative contribution to the provincial GGP since 2002 was over R227 billion. The property also reported a 19% increase in retail trade sales for 2014, marking four consecutive years of consistent growth since 2011. By end 2014, total visitor numbers to the property had grown to 24 million a year. Although the V&A Waterfront remains South Africa’s favourite attraction for international visitors, they account for only 23% of all visitors. Visits by locals increased to 63%, while 14% of visitors were from upcountry. With 22 official landmarks on-site, it is also part of South Africa’s historical legacy. Jointly owned by Growthpoint Properties Limited and the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), represented by the Public Investment Corporation Limited (PIC), the V&A Waterfront was developed in 1988 by the state-owned transport corporation, Transnet Limited, while official commercial trading commenced in November 1990. less
Attraction type: Piers & Boardwalks; Marinas; Neighborhoods
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Mzansi
Mzansi
Cuisines: African
Good for: Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Cash Only, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Chefs Warehouse
Chefs Warehouse
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Stardust
Stardust
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Miller's Thumb
Miller's Thumb
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups, Contemporary
Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Pot Luck Club
The Pot Luck Club
Cuisines: International
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

The Backpackers in Green Point
2.0 of 5
The Backpackers in Green Point
$25 - $233
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Tom's Guest House
3.0 of 5
Tom's Guest House
$49 - $61 (ZAR 640 - ZAR 790)
Ranked #12 of 162 Cape Town Central B&B and Inns
Altona Lodge
2.5 of 5
Altona Lodge
$34 - $67
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

An African Villa
4.0 of 5
An African Villa
$126 - $166
Ranked #5 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5
Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa
$114 - $332
Ranked #8 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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The Three Boutique Hotel
4.0 of 5
The Three Boutique Hotel
$100 - $377
Ranked #19 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

2Inn1  Kensington
4.0 of 5
2Inn1 Kensington
$165 - $230
Ranked #1 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
MannaBay
4.5 of 5
MannaBay
$407 - $555
Ranked #2 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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Blackheath Lodge
4.0 of 5
Blackheath Lodge
$211 - $290
Ranked #3 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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