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Popular amenities for Cape Town vacation rentals

Stay near Cape Town's top sights

V&A Waterfront1,951 locals recommend
Canal Walk Shopping Centre495 locals recommend
Tyger Valley Shopping Centre164 locals recommend
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront125 locals recommend
GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World113 locals recommend
Kenilworth Centre33 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Cape Town

  • Total rentals

    29K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    15K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    14K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    3.2K properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    14K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    627K reviews

Your guide to Cape Town

All About Cape Town

South Africa’s breathtaking scenery and bustling cosmopolitan energy are perfectly encapsulated in the sprawling city of Cape Town, one the country’s three capitals. From the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain to the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town has no shortage of impressive sights to see — not to mention a thriving cultural scene that’s quickly transforming the city into a veritable metropolis.

Whether your perfect day in Cape Town means touring the city’s top wineries or tucking into crayfish hauled directly from the sea to your plate, you are sure to find something to hold your attention. Spend easy days sunbathing on white-sand beaches, go snorkeling at Pyramid Rock, and if you are interested in checking out the local wildlife, head to the Boulders Penguin Colony to see some 3,000 African penguins.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Cape Town

Due to its Mediterranean climate, the city typically enjoys warm, dry summers from December to February and cooler, wetter winters from June through August. Cape Town Pride takes place every year at the end of February and is a celebration of the LGBTQ community. Tweede Nuwe Jaar, or Second New Year, happens every year on January 2 and is one of the longest-held festivals in the city, which sees the capital turn into one big carnival with parades, dancing, and traditional music. It’s a celebration of freedom and hope and continues to educate locals and tourists alike on the area’s history.

Top things to do in Cape Town

Neighbourgoods Market

Neighbourgoods Market, tucked into the trendy Woodstock neighborhood, is a buzzing food market that has quickly become a symbol of the next generation of South Africa’s diverse culture. Wander between stalls, snacking on everything from burgers to vegetarian cakes, before checking out the wares from artisans and local designers that set up shop there too.

Table Mountain Cableway

Named for its flat top, Table Mountain is one of Cape Town’s most iconic destinations. Whether you make your way up by foot or by tram, ascending the 3,562 feet to the top is an essential experience. There are a variety of trails up the mountain that vary in difficulty. But the easiest, fastest, and arguably most scenic way up is via cable car, which will have you soaring high above the rocky valley, with the sea on the horizon as you climb to the peak.

Wander Kalk Bay

This seaside suburb is beloved for its trendy cafe scene, quirky vintage shops, and English-influenced restaurants to grab a bite. You can spend an afternoon strolling along the shore, perusing bric-a-brac and antique treasures behind colorfully-painted facades, and end the evening with tea and fish and chips.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Cape Town?

    Cape Town experiences a Mediterranean climate. The summer, from November to March, is typically dry with temperatures averaging around 79°F (26°C). The winter, from June to August, sees cooler temperatures around 63°F (17°C) along with occasional bouts of rain.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Cape Town?

    Popular activities in Cape Town include visiting the iconic Table Mountain, exploring the colourful neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap, spending a day at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, or touring the historic District Six Museum.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Cape Town?

    The most popular time to visit Cape Town is during the summer months from November to February. During this time, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is often a big draw, and the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts are frequently suggested for those who enjoy outdoor music performances.

  • What are the best places to stay in Cape Town?

    Popular areas to stay in Cape Town include the vibrant and central City Bowl, the beachfront suburb of Camps Bay, and the trendy neighbourhood of De Waterkant. The historic, culture-rich District Six and the tranquil, upscale Constantia are also often suggested.

  • What are the best places to visit in Cape Town?

    Travellers often visit the V&A Waterfront for its shopping and dining options, the Castle of Good Hope for a glimpse of the city's history, or the Zeitz MOCAA for contemporary African art. The Cape Point Nature Reserve, less than 70km away, offers breathtaking views and wildlife spotting opportunities.

  • What are some hiking trails in Cape Town?

    There are numerous hiking trails in Cape Town for all skill levels. The scenic Lion's Head trail and the Platteklip Gorge trail leading up to the top of Table Mountain are often recommended. For a less challenging option, the Silvermine Nature Reserve has a variety of trails to enjoy.

  • What are some family activities to do in Cape Town?

    Families in Cape Town often enjoy visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium, exploring the Cape Town Science Centre, or spending a day at the Boulders Beach to see the African penguins. For outdoor fun, the Ratanga Junction theme park is also a popular choice.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Cape Town?

    Day trips around Cape Town often include a visit to the charming towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, both less than 80km away. Travellers also frequently explore the spectacular Cape of Good Hope, or take a boat tour to Robben Island, former prison of Nelson Mandela.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Cape Town?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Cape Town. From over 12,040 apartment rentals, over 1,020 villa rentals to over 8,120 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Cape Town?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 14,790 vacation rentals in Cape Town featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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