Overlooked by the spectacular heights of Table Mountain and surrounded by stunning beaches, lush farmland and superb vineyards, Cape Town has established itself as South Africa’s cultural capital and as one of the most vibrant city destinations in Africa. This is a city where African, European and Asian cultures meet in a multi-ethnic rainbow that is reflected in its music, architecture, visual arts as well as in its quite amazing choice of cuisines. Cape Town is a great party city, with a year-round calendar of festivals, parades and world-class sporting events. It also has a mellow climate that makes it attractive year-round, with plenty of sunshine during the winter months making it particularly attractive to Northern Hemisphere visitors.

Facts

Population

3.4 million (2007 census)

Currency

Rand, R1 = 100 cents

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00 Sat 9:00-13.00 Malls Daily 9:00-19:00 Banks Mon-Fri 9:00-15:30 Sat 9:00-11:00

Newspapers

The Cape Argus The Independent City Vision Cape Business News Cape Review

Tourist information

City Centre Visitor Information Centre Pinnacle Building, corner of Burg Street and Castle Street +27 21 487 6800

Travel to Cape Town

Book your flights to Cape Town today with Etihad Airways. The staggeringly beautiful landscapes of this area are unparalleled. The sparkling waters of the ocean are best viewed from atop the towering peaks that surround the city or directly from one of the several white sand beaches that stretch along its magnificent coastline.

Top 5 Things to Do in Cape Town

  • Get up close and personal with over 40 different species of sharks with an invigorating underwater shark cage dive adventure.
  • Picnic with the penguins at Boulder Beach.
  • Scamper to the top of Table Mountain for breathtaking views of the magnificent landscapes that surround you by cable car or by foot.
  • Try your hand at sand boarding. Cape Town is one of the birthplaces of this exhilarating sport.
  • Enjoy a stroll along Cape Town’s picturesque waterfront and stop for a bite at one of the many cafes that line the shore.

Plan Your Cape Town Holiday

Cape Town is a city steeped in a rich and significant history. Any trip to South Africa would not be complete without a prolonged stay in this remarkable city by the sea. The imposing landscape is as spectacular as is the abundance of ways to enjoy it. Relax on the beautiful beaches, trek up the foreboding mountains on foot, enjoy a cable car ride or simply hire a car to drive along the stunning shoreline. Go scuba diving and discover that the world beneath the waves is just as intriguing as the world above them.

Peak tourist season here is December to February so book your tickets to Cape Town early. Cheap hotels in Cape Town can be found in the off season during June to August. Flight deals to Cape Town are available through Etihad.

Destination Routes

Etihad Offices in South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa
Four Commerce Square, 39 Rivonia Road (corner Helling)
Sandhurst, Sandton
P.O. Box 55598, Northlands 2116
0861-ETIHAD (within South Africa), +27-11-3439140 (from outside South Africa)
jnbtkt@etihad.ae
8:30am - 5pm (Mon to Fri) closed Sat,Sun & Public Holidays
Capetown
0861-384423 (Johannesburg)