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Summer in Cape Town

Updated on January 6, 2012

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Summer in Cape Town

Imagine relaxing on soft, white sand... sipping a cool drink while the waves crash in the background and the sun permeates your body, leaving you feeling warm and sultry. Such is summer in the beautiful Cape. Cape Town, at the southern most tip of Africa, is flanked by ocean on the south side and the majestic Table Mountain on the north. Cape Town city itself is nestled between the sea and mountain, softly glimmering in the African sun.

The best time to visit Cape Town, in case you're thinking of taking a trip, is December through March. It is the height of summer, so be warned, temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees centigrade, but all hotels have air conditioning and if you get too hot there's always the icy Atlantic to take the edge off the heat.

Cape Town is host to a multitude of colourful cultures and creeds, all who seem to live in relative harmony under the shadow of Table Mountain. The gastro side is authentic with foods ranging from traditional South African boerewors (farmer's sausage) and biltong, to fresh sea food recently pulled from the Atlantic and a wide range of sushi, as well as Meditterranean cuisines such as Italian and Greek.

The best beaches to frequent are... well, all of them. Camps Bay is the most popular being easily accessible and close to some fabulous hotels in the Camps Bay area. Hout Bay, at the base of the famous Chapmans Peak drive, is friendly and localised with a multitude of local pubs and restaurants nearby.

Further south, Noordhoek is stunningly beautiful and worth a visit, just don't take your camera or any money as it can be quite isolated in parts.

Around the Cape Point is the amazingly diverse Cape Point Reserve, where baboons lumber around sourcing food (don't feed them) and a host of other animals roam free. Visit the light house at the point and admire the awesome views in all directions. This will help you to understand why the Cape was once called the Cape of Storms by passing sailors!

I can't say enough good things about Cape Town, so if you find yourself aching for some sunshine during the cold winter months, why not plan a trip. You won't be disappointed.

Useful Cape Town Links

A great way to explore Cape Town is by the red City Sightseeing bus. Visit the website at

Buy tickets online to visit Table Mountain at

Visit the V&A Waterfront for a host of colourful shops and restaurants and bars.

Cape Insights offers boutique style local tours to arts and craft markets, architectural tours and gastro tours. Visit them at They also have an interesting Blog called A Taste of the Cape which is worth checking out.

The official tourism website is

Western Cape tourism is also worth a visit at


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    • jeanihess profile image

      jeanihess 5 years ago from Cape Town South Africa

      Still living in Cape Town- still loving Cape Town:)

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      webcopyguru 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Kimberly, I plan to write a few more hubs on Cape Town, highlighting all the amazing things there are to do there. First will be the summer activities scene from surfing and kite boarding to mountain biking and kayaking, where to find these activities and how to sign up. So watch this space!

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      Kimberly Quevedo 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for the hub, Cape Town sounds like a great place to visit. I would love to learn some more activities that are available in this area!

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      webcopyguru 6 years ago from London, UK

      I was born and raised in Cape Town, although I now live in the UK, so I can vouch for Cape Town's beauty and diversity. Enjoy!