Hotels in and around the Cape Town City Center suburb
Cape Town's City Bowl is abuzz with shops, markets, museums, galleries, hotels, nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Not only is it the commercial centre of the Mother City, but it is also popular for its historical, cultural and entertainment value. The City Bowl enjoys an abundance of sights, sounds and tastes, and is convenient for its proximity to other tourist hotspots; particularly the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain, the Cape Town International Convention Centre and several of the city's most beautiful beaches.
The views from the City Bowl are impressive on all sides. Table Mountain, Lion's Head, Devil's Peak, Signal Hill and the ocean form its borders and promise a most rewarding backdrop against which to experience South Africa's Western Cape.
The City Bowl got its name from its sunken, rounded shape. Seen from any one of the surrounding peaks, this structure is easily discernable. It includes several suburbs in addition to it corporate towers and cultural attractions. These include Gardens, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek, Tamboerskloof, Woodstock, Zonnebloem and Higgovale.
As the Central Business District of Cape Town, the City Bowl enjoys optimal accessibility. Just over 20km from Cape Town's International Airport, and within walking distance from many of its chief attractions, tourists will delight in their ability to experience this corner of South Africa with minimal effort.
Cabs and taxis are freely available. However, it is not recommended that you use the minibus taxis in South Africa, particularly if you are not au fait with the local languages and customs. In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the country has addressed safety issues around these taxis and plans have been implemented to improve the situation.
Cape Town International Airport is undergoing massive renovations in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. As such, it is equipped to deal with an even larger number of flights from all over the world, making access easier and less costly. Alternatively, visitors that are coming from other areas in South Africa will enjoy the scenic routes and safe roads into Cape Town.
The City Bowl is home to Cape Town's oldest market, Greenmarket Square. In here, tourists will delight in the souvenirs, clothing, African art, food, music, and antiques. The square is surrounded by other intriguing shops and eateries, making it the ideal day out for the entire family.
Long Street is one of the bowl's most famous. Lined with a plethora of unique boutiques, pubs and clubs, there is no shortage of sights, sounds, tastes and sensations along this writhing tarmac.
Table Mountain and the Cableway are near to the City Bowl, and promise incredible views of the bowl from the famous flat top. The cable car runs daily, but is subject to weather conditions. Once you have reached the top of Table Mountain, enjoy a glass of champagne or a comforting cup of coffee as you take in the 360° view of the magnificent Western Cape.
South Africa, and the Western Cape in particular, are famous for superior wines and spirits. The winelands in and around Cape Town are spectacular. Stunning views, temperate weather and tasty testers make for the ideal day trip. Somerset West, Constantia Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are included amongst the most gorgeous and popular wine estate regions.
The V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Cape Point are just a few of the additional recommended places to visit during your stay in the City Bowl of Cape Town. This destination truly is one that caters for the distinct tastes of every visitor.
Summer in South Africa is from December to March, while winter extends from June to August. Winters in Cape Town are cold and wet (approximately 10 to 18 degrees Celsius during the day). Summers are hot, and boast temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius at noon. These are the windy months, though, and benefit from the offshore winds that cool the coastal areas down somewhat.
The Western Cape and Cape Town are not malaria-affected areas. However, visitors that are planning to visit the northern provinces of South Africa and / or surrounding countries are advised to take precautions against contracting malaria. Insect repellent and sunscreen are necessities in South Africa, regardless of the time of year. Visitors are reminded to bring their prescriptions for spectacles and medication so that they can restock at a local pharmacy without having to consult with a doctor. It is wise to ensure that tetanus shots are up-to-date as some areas are fraught with litter, including broken glass, cans and metal.
The City Bowl is Cape Town's CBD. As with any other destination in the world, there are areas within the town that are not safe. Consult with your tour operator and/or hotel so that you may be aware of which places to avoid. When walking around the City Bowl or using public transport (including tour busses), be aware of your personal belongings. Do not leave anything unattended, and do not accept help from strangers if it requires handing over your bank cards, photographic equipment, etc…
A 4 star hotel in the heart of the City Bowl in one of the City Bowl's most beautiful and popular areas offering comfortable and spacious accommodation and a central location with quick access to a range of Cape Town attractions and activities available.