Table Mountain and city at dusk, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town

Lying immediately beneath Table Mountain, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a true melting pot of diverse cultures with a fascinating past.

The central city is packed full of quirky roads to explore and the Victoria & Albert Waterfront offers mainstream shopping with a great harbour.

Restaurants here are world-class, with a fusion of cuisines from fresh seafood to Cape Malay, complimented by incredible wines from the Cape Winelands nearby. To the south of the city are the picturesque golden beaches of Bantry Bay, Clifton, and Camps Bay. Friendly and welcoming, Cape Town is a city you can’t help but love.

Cape Penguins on Boulders Beach, Western Cape, South Africa
Cape Penguins on Boulders Beach, South Africa
Table Mountain View, Cape Town, South Africa
Table Mountain View, Cape Town, South Africa
Mama Christina Garden Project, Uthando, Cape Town, South Africa
Uthando Garden Project, Cape Town, South Africa

Why visit Cape Town

  • Cable car up Table Mountain for spectacular views of the city
  • Scout for whales off the Cape Point coast and see penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Have a picnic on one of the city’s excellent beaches
  • Spend a day exploring the superb wine estates of Constantia
  • Take a boat ride to Robben Island and learn the history of South African democracy
  • Explore the city’s great art galleries, restaurants and botanical gardens
  • Go shopping at the V&A Waterfront, or live like a local and try out the markets at the Old Biscuit Mill and Hout Bay
  • Visit a Uthando project, supporting local communities, with initiatives from keyhole gardening to pre-schools and community training


What do you really love doing? We’ll tailor your itinerary to suit you.

Aparthied Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa

A Walk with Nelson Mandela’s Prison Guard

Spend a morning in the company of former prison warden and close friend of Nelson Mandela, Christo Brand. Gain privileged access to Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison where Mandela was held after 18 years on Robben Island, and learn more about the fascinating alliance that grew and endured between prisoner and warden.

Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town, South Africa

Chapmans Peak

Take a scenic drive south of Cape Town to Chapmans Peak, navigating its 114 bends for stunning 180º views of the western side of the Cape Peninsula.

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Rovis Rail, South Africa

Rovos Rail Journey

Board the historical and luxurious Rovos Rail train for a three night journey through the heart of Southern Africa, from Cape Town to Pretoria.

Women and babies, uThando, Cape Town, South Africa

Uthando Community Projects

Visit one of Uthando’s many community projects and meet local South African children, supported by a donation included in every booking.

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Woman hiking on the table mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town Adventures

Explore the city and its surrounds, with options to hike, paddle board, kayak, cycle and more.

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Freediving beneath seals, Hanli Prinsloo, Cape Town

Snorkels with Seals

Head south of Cape Town to snorkel with playful seals off the Cape, in the waters of Hout Bay.

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SunSet dinner, Twelve ApoStleS Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

Art Galleries, Gardens and Restaurants

Explore Cape Towns wealth of art galleries, restaurants and botanical gardens.

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Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

V&A Waterfront

Go shopping at Cape Towns V&A Waterfront, or live like a local and try out the markets at the Old Biscuit Mill and Hout Bay.

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Penguins, Cape Town, South Africa

Whale and Penguin Watching

Scout for whales off South Africa’s Cape Point coast and see penguins at Boulders Beach.

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Buitenverwachiting, Constantia Valley, South Africa

Vineyard Visits

Spend a day exploring the superb wine estates of Constantia on South Africa’s Cape Peninsula.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

More Quarters Neighbourhood Hotel £££££

  • South Africa
  • City

More Quarters collection of converted heritage townhouses come together to create the Neighbourhood Hotel. Each of their entrances opens to a cobbled lane adjoining the main boutique hotel, Cape Cadogan, creating the feel of a secluded quarter in the suburb.

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Twelve Apostles Hotel £££££

  • South Africa
  • City

The Twelve Apostles is a five-star, boutique hotel dramatically poised on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, outside the hustle and bustle of Cape Town.

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Rachael Tallents

Adventure, discovery and my curiosity for people and the natural world is what drives my love of travelling.  I am grateful for my parents’ desire to explore, and from an early age my eyes were open to diverse landscapes, cultures, and underwater worlds.

For the last 16 years, I have worked for a leading luxury tour operator designing incredible journeys for discerning clients and travelled to some magical places. I am excited to have joined Steppes Travel, and to be working for a company with such strong ethical and sustainable values.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Chris Johnston

Chris is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Africa.

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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