Earlier this year, Cape Town was named the world’s favourite holiday destination. With such beautiful weather, views and beaches, we can see why.

The readers of Telegraph Travel voted on their favourite destinations, with Cape Town winning top prize at the Telegraph Travel Awards 2019.

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What makes Cape Town the best city in the world?

1. Geography

The original Khoi inhabitants named the iconic flat-topped ‘Hoerikwaggo’, Mountain of the Sea, and it is precisely this unique geography that is so seductive to tourists.

2. Boulders Penguins

The African penguin colony that settled at Boulders beach in 1982 has become a prime stop on every peninsula tour, but those in the know pack a bather and join them in the waters.

3. Cape Dutch History and Winelands

The oldest winemaking region in the world is a delight to explore, albeit rather overwhelming – you could spend an entire year sampling your way through more than 500 wineries.

4. Table Mountain Cable Car

With some 350 paths to the summit, hiking up Table Mountain is a day well spent but those pushed for time ascend in five minutes via a rotating cable car that provides 360° views of the fast-receding city and the sandstone cliff face that dwarfs it.

5. Museum of Contemporary African Art

Conveniently located next to the departure point for the Robben Island ferries, the MOCAA is the largest repository of the continent’s contemporary art, worth visiting to view the repurposed grain silo that houses it as much as the collection itself.

6. V&A Waterfront

The redevelopment of the city’s industrial docklands into the mixed use V&A Waterfront is considered one of the most successful in the world, not least because – amongst the chi chi hotels, restaurants and shops – it is the beating heart of an authentic, gritty, working harbour.

 

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7. Cape Point

A 7750-ha nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park, the most southwesterly tip of the continent is oft beset by vicious winds, its sheer, jagged cliffs pounded by a wild Atlantic that devoured many ships prior to the 1859 lighthouse, accessed today via the ‘Flying Dutchman’ funicular.

8. Kirstenbosch Gardens

One of the world’s great botanical gardens, with manicured lawns that blend seamlessly into the dense indigenous forests that carpet the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch hosts sunset concerts in the summer – a backdrop that is worth a picnic, regardless of whose playing.

9. Bo-Kaap

In a city that still suffers a geospatial hangover from apartheid, the predominantly Muslim neighbourhood of Bo Kaap is to be treasured, not least when the plangent call of the muezzin floats across the city, calling the faithful to prayer.

 

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10. Weather

Generally speaking, summers are hot and sometimes windy but temperatures and cloud cover can vary enormously at any particular moment, depending on which side of the mountain you find yourself, or how far you are from the coast. One weather pattern that is predicable: when it rains, the locals rejoice.

 

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Day 4 Jonkerhoek Nature Reserve (Panorama Trail) 17km There were definite debates whether we should change the planned route due to the looming clouds in the distance. But we forged ahead into the unknown and made the best of it. Just as we thought we got lucky and the weather would stay clear….the clouds descended apon us and let us have it:) we were drenched through and through whilst the wind picked up Gail force speeds. The rain felt like needles on my face. The storm lasted 20min and then disappeared. I have no photos of those moments unfortunately. So proud of my group for being brave and pushing on. They really got the best of Cape Town weather….everything in one day😂 By the time we got back to the car we were back in our shorts and t-shirt and laughing about what had happened. Love this reserve and it’s spectacular views. #jonkershoeknatrurereserve #hikingsouthafrica #fynbosza #proteas #privateguide #germantourist #capetownweather #waterfalls #

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#comedysnaps of #tablemountain from #signalhill #signalhillcapetown #lionshead #whataview #capetownweather beat us !!

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