Cape Town Budget Travel Guide

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Cape Town is a city like no other. The most popular city destination in South Africa and the second most-visited tourist attraction in the country, after Kruger. Many consider Cape Town to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 

Where is Cape Town?

Located in the South-Western corner of Africa surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Cape Town and its surrounds areas are a sight to behold. To the East of the city you will find the Cape Winelands and to the North of the city, you will find the stark and barren West Coast of South Africa.

Wildlife Safaris near Cape Town

Cape Town is close to a few excellent private game reserves for Big Five Safaris. There are several game parks under three hours from the city, ideal for day trips and weekend safari tours from Cape Town. Big Five Safari options in the region are mostly upmarket, but there are a few exceptions, including excellent budget safaris near Cape Town.

Which are the best wine farms to visit in Cape Town?

In the heart of Cape Town's Southern Suburbs lies South Africa's oldest wine farm, Groot Constantia. The fertile Constantia Valley boasts a handful of fantastic wine farms and boutique vineyards, within half an hour's drive from the city.

Slightly further from Cape Town is the famous Cape Winelands or Cape Wine Route. Three of the most renowned wine growing and producing regions are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. These Western Cape wine regions produce the best wines in the country, including many, many award-winning vintages. Here are some of the best Cape Wine Farms for wine tasting, cellar tours and delicious cuisine.

Cape Town areas & suburbs

Cape Town city is comprised of 5 main areas. The first of these areas is the city centre, the second is the Cape Peninsula with its Floral Kingdom of Cape Point, the third area is the Southern suburbs, the fourth area is the Northern Suburbs and finally the Cape Flats.

Cape Town is a mix of both first and third worlds as a result of the Apartheid System. There are informal townships that cover the area known as the Cape Flats and next to these shanty towns you will find some of the finest hotels and suburbs in Africa, a stark contrast and reminder of a troubled past. The most distinct landmark in Cape Town is Table Mountain. The Mountain towers over the central business district, dividing the city into its various suburbs. Over the years each of the suburbs of Cape Town has developed its own distinct character and personality.

History of Cape Town

Cape Town was established originally as a Trading Post by the Dutch East Indian Company in 1652 and has since then been under the control of various European colonisers until 1942 when South Africa became a Republic. The biggest colonial influence having been made by the British followed by the Dutch. Cape Town is home to a large Malay population descended from slaves and political exiles brought to the city some 300 years ago.

Cape Town Today

Cape Town today is a cosmopolitan city with a population as varied as its landmarks. The majority of Cape Town's inhabitants are so-called "Cape Coloureds", followed by a black, white and a small Asian population. Each race group has its own distinct culture and each in turn ads to the fusion that gives Cape Town it's on distinct feel.

Some of the top highlights on offer is this city include its beaches and walks, bars and clubs, the V & A Waterfront, The Castle of Good Hope, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Point Nature Reserve and Robben Island amongst others.

Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with a hot dry summer from September to April, and a cold wet winter from May to August. It is best to visit this magnificent city over the summer. No visit to South Africa is complete without a visit to Cape Town, a must for every traveller.


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Guided Cape Town Mountain Bike Tour

Duration 06 Days, Travel Style Cycling Tours

Cycle in Hermanus A great 6 day mountain biking safari around Cape Town and the surrounding Winelands area of Stellenbosh and Franshhoek and the coastal town of Hermanus. Explore Cape Point and more on this Cape Town Mountain Bike Tour.

Trip Style Cape Town Adventure Travel

Cape Town Big Five Safari & City Stay Package

Duration 04 Days, Travel Style Short Stay Budget Packages
Priced from pps R8390 $581 £446 €517 A$825 C$780 NZ$854 Full pricing info
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Inverdoorn rhino and buffalo An unforgettable Cape Town Big Five Safari & City Stay Package, touring the beautiful Cape Peninsula & Winelands. Go game viewing in Inverdoorn Game Reserve & visit top highlights of the scenic Cape Wine Route, Cape Peninsula and Cape Town city.

Trip Style Cape Town Short Stay Package

Cape Town Adventure & City Stay Package

Duration 04 Days, Travel Style Short Stay Budget Packages
Priced from pps R8195 $568 £436 €505 A$805 C$761 NZ$834 Full pricing info
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Unspecified-16  large A fantastic adrenalin and adventure filled few days in beautiful Cape Town. From the thrill of diving with Great White Sharks to the bliss of exploring the scenic Cape Wine Route, staying in a comfortable guesthouse!

Trip Style Cape Town Short Stay Package

Cape Town Cultural & Winelands Package

Duration 04 Days, Travel Style Short Stay Budget Packages
Priced from pps R4935 $342 £263 €304 A$485 C$459 NZ$502 Full pricing info
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17906 418407791564089 1832906418 n A great 3 day stop over in Cape Town. Visit the "Townships" that pepper Cape Town and immerse yourself in a rich cultural way of life. You will visit the Cape Winelands and spend a full day enjoying some of finest wines available in the Cape.

Trip Style Cape Town Short Stay Package

Cape Town City & Peninsula Tour Package

Duration 04 Days, Travel Style Short Stay Budget Packages
Priced from pps R5245 $363 £279 €323 A$516 C$487 NZ$534 Full pricing info
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An amazing 4-day city package including an airport transfer, 3 nights B&B accommodation at Sweetest Guesthouses, a half-day city tour and a full-day Cape Peninsula tour - an unforgettable introduction to beautiful Cape Town.

Trip Style Cape Town Short Stay Package

3 Day Budget Cape Town Big Five Lodge Safari

Duration 03 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R5380 $373 £286 €332 A$529 C$500 NZ$548 Full pricing info
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Aquila safari rhino A very budget-friendly Big Five Cape Town Safari to Aquila Game Reserve, only two hours from Cape Town. This Budget Cape Town Big Five Safari includes transfers, 4x4 game drives, comfortable lodge accommodation and meals during the safari.

Trip Style Cape Town Budget Safari Packages

3 Day Budget Cape Town Big Five Safari

Duration 03 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R9180 $636 £488 €566 A$902 C$853 NZ$934 Full pricing info
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Inverdoorn elephants An excellent-value Big Five Cape Town Safari to Inverdoorn Game Lodge, only two and a half hours from Cape Town. This budget Cape Town Wildlife Safari includes transfers, 4x4 game drives with professional guides, comfortable accommodation and meals while on safari.

Trip Style Cape Town Budget Safari Packages

Great White Shark Diving & Whale Watching Tour

Duration 03 Days, Travel Style Great White Shark Diving
Priced from pps R8534 $591 £454 €526 A$839 C$793 NZ$869 Full pricing info
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Great white A thrilling 3-day Great White Shark Cage Diving Tour from Cape Town to Gansbaai, return. Experience the world's most powerful marine predators up close in their natural habitat and take a whale watching boat trip.

Trip Style Cape Town Adventure Travel

Great White Shark Diving Tour in Gansbaai

Duration 03 Days, Travel Style Great White Shark Diving
Priced from pps R9312 $645 £495 €574 A$915 C$865 NZ$948 Full pricing info
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C 2 fotogallery 3004114 4 image A great 3 day Great White Shark Diving Package in Gansbaai, South Africa. Get up close and personal with these magnificant creatures of the deep and learn more about their role in the ocean's ecosystems.

Trip Style Cape Town Adventure Travel

2 Day Budget Cape Town Big Five Lodge Safari

Duration 02 Days, Travel Style Lodge Safaris
Priced from pps R3580 $248 £190 €221 A$352 C$333 NZ$364 Full pricing info
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Aquila elephant An outstanding value Big Five Cape Town Safari to Aquila Private Game Reserve, just two hours from Cape Town. This Budget Cape Town Big Five Safari includes transfers, 4x4 game drives, safari lodge accommodation and meals on safari.

Trip Style Cape Town Budget Safari Packages