Insider Tips: Cape Town

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Insider Tips: Cape Town

As a city, and as a holiday destination, Cape Town has it all. Jaw dropping scenery; the iconic Table Mountain; a beautiful coastline with pristine white beaches; delicious food and wine and all the excitement of a lively city, with a vibrant art scene, lively bars and great shops.

It’s also ideally placed to explore the surrounding areas of the Winelands, with their award-winning vineyards or perhaps even travel on to the Garden Route.

Getting to Cape Town

Easily accessible, with direct flights from London, as well as a wide range of connecting flights with major carriers. Flight time is 11 ½ hours and South Africa is between one and two hours ahead of the UK depending on the time of year.

Best Time to Go to Cape Town

Best Time to Go to Cape Town

Cape Town has year-round appeal with different highlights depending on when you visit. Mid-December to early January (summer) is peak season, with February and March still being hot, and April offering lovely temperatures. May, June and July tends to alternate between sunshine and showers, but the winter-flowering lilies, proteas and aloes are fabulous. July - November is fantastic for whale watching, whilst October and November see temperatures start to warm up again, with sunny days, quiet beaches and spectacular flora in the Cape.

Our Thoughts on Cape Town

Cape Town is all about enjoying some of the finer things in life - with a rich combination of natural beauty, cultural highlights and exciting activities. If you can drag yourself away from your villa, here are some suggestions.

Where to stay in Cape Town

ONEE’s Insider Tips for Making the Most of your Luxury Holiday to Cape Town

Fabulous Food

Eating out is a highlight of any stay in Cape Town, with some fantastic restaurants to choose from.

  • La Colombe - world class cuisine for South African prices, make sure to book in advance.
  • Fyn - top restaurant with a unique interior in the city centre
  • Salsify - nestled in the trees on the slopes of Lions Head, with great views over Camps Bay
  • Chefs Warehouse at Tsintswalo - a unique experience on the shores of the Atlantic
  • L’ Aubergine - a Cape Town institution, with a superb wine list.

Wine Farms

South Africa is renowned for its fabulous wines, with great wine farms to visit in Franshoek and Stellenbosch. Some of the best include Babylonstoren - wander through the gardens, pick up supplies at the deli and taste the superb wines; Jordan Wines - an excellent restaurant with amazing views; Delaire - perhaps one of Cape Town’s most famous and Tokara.


Known as the art centre of Africa, Cape Town has a great choice of galleries to visit in the city itself as well as the Winelands

  • Visit on a Thursday night, when most of the galleries are open until late, often with a DJ and drinks.
  • An hour or so from Cape Town, visit the magical Dylan Lewis sculpture garden
  • See some fabulous contemporary African art at Zeitzmocaa - a contemporary African Art museum in an old silo at the Waterfront.

Top Ten Experiences

  1. See the Penguins at Boulders beach
  2. Whale watching in Hermanus
  3. Kayak with the dolphins
  4. Cycle the Cape on the world’s biggest amateur cycling tour called, The Argus. The mountains and unique scenery make Cape Town a perfect cyclist destination
  5. Sand board in the Atlantis Dunes
  6. Surf and Kite boarding on the Atlantic ocean.
  7. Take a safari - either in the Kruger or Western Cape.
  8. Hike up Table Mountain - or just take the cable car to enjoy the view!
  9. Enjoy magnificent floral displays as the wild flowers carpet the Cape in Spring.
  10. Take your pick of some phenomenal beaches, from Clifton to Camps Bay.
Where to stay in Cape Town

Where to stay in Cape Town

From a villa just footsteps away from the beach to a luxurious property sleeping 16 in Camps Bay we’ve got a superb selection to choose from … take a look at our properties.

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