South Africa

Cape Town

Framed by mountains and set around water, Cape Town is stunning. The most famous spots include the sparkling V&A Waterfront, with its hotels, restaurants and shops. The other celebrity is Table Mountain, which looms peacefully over the city and which you can ascend via cable car. See also the Robben Island Museum, dedicated to Nelson Mandela.

Ways you can help in Cape Town

Here you can make a difference with some of Africa’s most vulnerable people: orphans and young children in disadvantaged communities. Through Extreme Makeover Projects, you can provide children care centers, shelters and early education development centers with happy, healthier and more homely environments. You can help improve structures, sanitation and outdoor facilities, and to provide […]

You can help support such self-help and home-grown projects in poorly resourced communities so that they can flourish and reach their full potential – sustaining the future. Background We work with communities in the Cape Flats, near Cape Town. This is a challenging environment with very poor soil (often no more than sea sand), roaring […]

Just outside Cape Town you can help care for orphaned babies: bottle feeding, bathing, changing and dressing these precious wee things. Some of the babies may be underweight (under 5 lbs/2.5 kgs) and so require extra special attention and extended feeding time, possibly by syringe. You are expected to work on weekdays from about 8am […]

Nestled in the mountain slopes on the outskirts of Cape Town you will find an inspiring community project that feeds over 100,000 children and adults each week. The vision is to feed 200,000 people weekly, and you can play a part in preparing the meals and then serving them, thus getting to interact with them […]

Accommodation in Cape Town

One of the larger Cape Town hotels, with a bustling lobby and business breakfasts. The setting hints at the countryside, though, with a large 6-acre garden that is a great escape from the city outside. It has two stand out facilities – the Myoga Restaurant, which is highly thought of, and the Agsana Spa. Eco-touches […]

Two historical landmarks – the old Reserve Bank and Board of Executors buildings opposite the cathedral – have been immaculately restored and united as one in the creation of this lovely hotel. This Taj hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Cape Town. Area attractions include St George’s Cathedral, Castle of Good Hope and […]

Opened in December 2013, The Marly is a boutique hotel located above a choice of bars and restaurants and overlooking Camps Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the city. Here you have a front row bed. Lean on your balcony and watch the less fortunate desperately search for parking while you order another […]

The magnificent Table Mountain serves as a backdrop to this winery-estate manor house, in the Constantia Valley region just outside of Cape Town proper. The main house is gorgeous, and it has been well maintained – the rooms are large, charming and surprisingly modern. There are two pools to keep you cool while a third […]

Well situated on the lively V&A Waterfront, the Table Bay Hotel has an enviable location, with views of Table Mountain and the harbor. The neo-Victorian architecture exudes old-world elegance, as does the attentive service, which extends to helicopter transfers, personal shopping and the therapies at the spa.

One of the original 1930s St James mansions overlooking the sea, Rodwell House is well positioned on the False Bay coast, next to the famous colorful beach huts. It is a very central base if you plan to take in Cape Peninsula’s top sites, including Boulders Beach and Simonstown. On the coastal road that winds […]

Two hundred years ago this was a farmhouse, and in 1912 it was Victorianised, obviously in such a successful fashion that it was declared a national monument in 1984. With twelve rooms, it is not a large hotel by any means, and that is how it is supposed to be. The Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel […]

Kensington Place is a hip boutique hotel, nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, in the desirable Higgovale neighborhood. The V&A Waterfront is a 15-minute drive away. In the summer, you can plunge into the pool and relax on the peaceful terrace. In the cooler months, you can curl up in the lounge by the […]

Ellerman House is on the Atlantic Seaboard’s Kloof Road; with its elevated position overlooking Bantry Bay and the ocean, this is classic Cape Riviera with views that will delight. There are no restaurants or beaches within walking distance. However, you are a 10 minute-drive to the city centre and Waterfront; five to 10 minutes to […]

Designed by a Scotsman in the 1920’s to resemble the castles of his homeland, Colona Castle is located just outside Cape Town on the way to Cape Peninsula, in Muizenberg. Though the facade is a bit tired, there are gorgeous views over the Cape Flats, and with 9 suites, the service is intimate and of […]

A hip hotel above the famous beaches of Clifton, with sensational views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles. It opened its doors in 2012 after transforming the former apartment complex into a luxe 5-storey hotel. There are now 5 terraced suites and 2- and 3-bedroom suites for a family or group of friends. Everything […]

Enjoy views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean from your guestroom. This is a lovely place to yourself, situated in Greenpoint, within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront, and near the new football stadium. There is also a toy train and excellent playground nearby.

Set against the coves and beaches of the Camps Bay Atlantic seaboard, this 70-room property is a great getaway from the urban bustle of Cape Town. The hotel loves having children, and even has a small cinema for family films. The spa is especially desirable and draws locals as well as guests.

One of the best examples of a colonial hotel, guests have been welcomes here since 1899. Nine acres of perfectly maintained gardens surround the pink building, known locally as The Nellie. The Librisa Spa is a favourite with guests and locals alike.

This fabulous resort is hidden away in the perfect location: the V&A waterfront, with shopping right on your doorstep and stunning views of Table Mountain from many rooms. The pool resembles a big lagoon, and the villas are positioned around it, adjacent to the hotel’s main building. The suites are the largest in the city […]

A bustling marina on the famed waterfront of the West Quay is the setting for this VIP-baiting hotel. The polished lobby has historical artefacts and the 122 rooms are all immaculately appointed. Look out through the French doors at the panorama of the mountain orharbour.

Kensington is a snappily renovated guesthouse located in hilly Oranjezicht, between Table Mountain and Lion’s Head and overlooking the Leeuwenhof Estate. The main house has individually decorated rooms with a modern African décor, while across the terrace in the bungalow section of the guesthouse there are further en-suite luxury bedrooms and a suite sleeping four. The heart […]

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