Destination guide

Are you down to clown in Cape Town?

Not all heroes have capes, but fortunately for all of us, South Africa does. Near the southern tip of the continent, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, Cape Town is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with loads to see and do. Visitors flock to the lively waterfront for its upscale shops, unique museums, and a wealth of world-class restaurants. Just outside the city, you'll find plenty of sun-soaked beaches, gardens, and national parks. A Cape Town vacation rental will put the sights, sounds, and tastes of a true world city right outside your door.

Things to do

Cape Town – and the rest is history

From the V&A Waterfront, you can take a short ferry ride to Robben Island, just a few miles offshore in Table Bay. Here, you can tour the decommissioned prison where former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years as a political prisoner. Afterwards, you can get up close and personal with marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium. The sprawling complex is home to countless species of marine life from around the world, including sand tiger sharks, penguins, octopi, and seahorses.

Activities

Hike it up in Cape Town's national parks

Into the great outdoors? Then leave your Cape Town vacation rental and head to Table Mountain National Park, an 85-square-mile preserve with steep, scrubby slopes, sandy beaches, and rocky shoreline. You'll find plenty of hiking trails, as well as a dramatic cable car that offers an easier route to the top. Boat rides are popular, and thrill-seekers can choose from a number of shark watching tours. If shopping's more your speed, stroll the Victoria and Albert Waterfront. This swanky outdoor promenade is home to a wealth of shops and restaurants, and you can find everything from haute couture to casual bites.

Weather

Cape Town – living that mild, mild life

About as far south of the equator as Los Angeles is north, comparisons between Cape Town and southern California aren't uncommon. The area has a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and cool-to-mild winters. Average summer highs tend to peak in the upper 70s between December and March, while winter highs dip to the low 60s in June, July, and August. The pleasant temperatures make the area as popular in the summer as in the winter, and you'll find that prices for Cape Town vacation rentals tend to stay about the same all year round.

Natural features

Fauna, flora, and more-a in Cape Town

Table Mountain National Park is home to the unique fynbos ecosystem, a belt of scrubby vegetation that's not seen anywhere else in the world. The park is also home to a penguin colony and numerous exotic species like rock hyrax, baboons, and ostriches. Zebras – once endemic to the area – have recently been reintroduced. There are also a number of sandy beaches and lots of rocky shoreline, and the islands to the west are home to a large seal population – which means you can also find plenty of great white sharks. You know, if that's your kind of thing.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Cape Town

Fly into Cape Town (CPT-Cape Town Intl.), the closest airport, located 10.5 mi (16.9 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Cape Town Station or Cape Town Bellville Station and explore the city from there. You can get around Cape Town by jumping on the metro at Esplanade Station, Woodstock Station or Salt River Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Cape Town?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,930 vacation rentals near Cape Town. From 496 Houses to 942 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cape Town for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cape Town?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cape Town:

  • Camps Bay: 189 vacation rentals
  • Somerset West: 168 vacation rentals
  • Strand: 65 vacation rentals
  • Cape Town City Centre: 301 vacation rentals
  • Sea Point: 209 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cape Town?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cape Town. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Camps Bay Beach: 1,602 vacation rentals
  • South Africa Library: 1,579 vacation rentals
  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront: 1,565 vacation rentals
  • Africa Centre: 1,584 vacation rentals
  • Steenberg Golf Estate: 1,561 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cape Town listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cape Town?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 496 Houses in Cape Town. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cape Town include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 942 rentals available
  • Villas: 222 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 112 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cape Town?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 922 vacation rentals with pool available in Cape Town. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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