Destination guide

Experience Cape Town with holiday homes to rent

Cape Town is the oldest modern city in South Africa as well as the legislative capital of the country. While it’s an important political and historical area, travellers will find no shortage of holiday adventure here as well. Its harbour, mountains and numerous attractions in the city draw in people from all over the world, and for good reason. Even the climate in Cape Town is notably comfortable for all sorts of travellers. If you’re interested in vibrant natural environments, sprawling city centres and entertaining events, perhaps it’s time to look for holiday homes to rent in Cape Town.

Things to do

Points of interest near Cape Town holiday homes

Cape Town is a city full of excitement and numerous points of interest that travellers will love. Among the most popular is Table Mountain. This flat-top mountain offers incredible views from its peak, and you can arrive there on foot or by cableway. You’ll also find quite a few native species of flora and fauna among the mountain trails. The V&A Waterfront is also notably popular among travellers. This old harbour area is perfect for watching the water and boats going in and out, and it’s also home to a large collection of stores and restaurants. In this complex, you’ll also find the Two Oceans Aquarium that features exotic species like translucent jellyfish and giant spider crabs. Additionally, you may want to stop by Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to see a wide variety of plant and animal species totalling over 7,000 different variants.


Sightseeing in and around Cape Town

Do you want to find attractions to see during your stay? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that Cape Town has to offer. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Two Oceans Aquarium (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Grand Parade Square (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Hisense Wheel of Excellence (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • Metropolitan Golf Club (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Sea Point Swimming Pool (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Mowbray Golf Club (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Cape Town

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Cape Town is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Table Mountain (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (4.7 mi / 7.5 km)
  • Boulders Beach (19.1 mi / 30.7 km)
  • St. Georges Mall (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Company's Garden (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • De Waal Park (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)

Beaches near your Cape Town holiday accommodation

No holiday accommodation in Cape Town is too far from the beach. The city is situated directly on the coast, so fun on sandy shores and blue waters is always accessible. One of the top beaches in the area is Boulders Beach. The water here is notably calm, so it's perfect for swimming for the whole family. You may also spot a few African penguins on this beach. If you’re more interested in surfing, Muizenberg is a popular spot that offers several surf schools. West Coast beaches like Milnerton and Melkbosstrand are top spots for surfing as well.

How to get there

Transport 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 centre.

If you're travelling 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.

How to get around

Transport to and around Cape Town holiday homes

No matter where you’re travelling from, getting to Cape Town is relatively easy. Cape Town International Airport offers connections from destinations all over the world, and the airport itself is just over 18 km from the city’s business centre. You can expect plenty of shuttle services, buses and car hires available at the airport that can get you to town easily. Once you’ve arrived at one of the local holiday homes, getting around Cape Town itself is simple as well. A commuter rail service connects to 96 stations all around town and the surrounding areas, and you can also take the MyCiTi rapid-transit bus service around town as well. Of course, taxis are also available.

Essential info

Key facts about your Cape Town holiday accommodation

For travellers visiting Cape Town for the first time, there are some essential facts to know first before embarking on your adventure. English-speaking travellers don’t have to worry too much about a language barrier, as the majority of Capetonians speak English as a first language, and just about everyone knows at least enough English to get by. The South African rand is their currency, so you’ll have to exchange money if you plan on using cash. Having a bit of cash on hand is a virtual necessity, however, as it’s customary to tip a small amount to service providers like hotel workers and restaurant staff. If you’re planning to stay on a budget during your holiday, it’s best to travel during the winter off-season when there are fewer visitors and special deals.

Where to stay near Cape Town?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,966 holiday rentals near Cape Town. From 501 Houses to 967 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Cape Town is on HomeAway.

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

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Cape Town:

  • Fresnaye: 182 holiday homes
  • Cape Town City Centre: 322 holiday homes
  • Table View: 158 holiday homes
  • Camps Bay: 184 holiday homes
  • Sea Point: 212 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Cape Town?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Cape Town. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront: 1,591 holiday rentals
  • Greenpoint Market: 1,590 holiday rentals
  • Dolphin Beach: 1,483 holiday rentals
  • Constantiaberg: 1,584 holiday rentals
  • Camps Bay Beach: 1,631 holiday 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 holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cape Town?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 501 Houses in Cape Town. Our other popular types of Cape Town holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 967 holiday houses
  • Villas: 223 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 111 holiday houses

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Cape Town?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 951 holiday homes with pool available in Cape Town. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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