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Things to see and do in Cape Town

More about Cape Town

A visit to Cape Town is not complete without a drive around the beautiful Cape Peninsula. And this drive must include a stop to Boulders Beach, especially if you like seeing penguins. Boulders Beach, which is located south of Simon's Town, is home to a large colony of African penguins. The colony started with just two pairs in 1982 but now over 2000 penguins call this place home.

If you could visit only one sight in Cape Town than this would be it. Table Mountain is by far the city's number one attraction, a must see for all those visiting. The quick ride will give you a bird’s eye view of the City Bowl. The summit can also be reached on foot through a multitude of beautiful albeit exhausting, trails.

Table Mountain

Just an hour's drive from the bustle and buzz of downtown Cape Town lies a large and peaceful reserve: Cape Point - one of the most scenically spectacular parks in the whole of South Africa A daytrip to Cape Point is filled with dramatic scenery, fantastic hiking trails, deserted beaches and reach-for-your-camera views. There's a sprinkling of big game in the reserve too, some great bird watching, and in spring you might catch a glimpse of a whale close to shore.

Cape Point

The V&A (Victoria and Alfred) Waterfront is one of Cape Town's biggest attractions, if one is to judge by the crowds of people that come here looking for a place to eat, shop and be entertained. Alive and busy, vibrant and touristy, with lots of things to see and do, it's worth visiting even if you don't plan to eat or shop there because you can still enjoy the charming setting of the old harbor, the mishmash of old and new buildings, the views of the Table Mountain as a backdrop.

V&A Waterfront

The Winelands stretch far and wide from Cape Town, but for us the main routes are around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Although Stellenbosch is a traditional Cape Dutch town, it has a large university so feels very youthful and fun. It's great for al fresco dining at street side bars and cafés. 

A bit further on Franschhoek has a traditional, upmarket French village feel, and our own Sir Richard Branson even has a hotel here - Mont Rochelle. It's the 'foodie' capital of South Africa, and people come from far and wide to try the local wines and restaurants on offer.

Winelands - Cape Town

The land-based Whale Watching capital of the world, Hermanus is great for watching whales in the bay from April-October. You many be lucky out of season too, as a few whales often calf late and stay here all year. A few miles down the road is Gansbaai, the departure point for the Great White Shark cage dive.

Hermanus from Cape Town

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  • Any holidays departing before 27th April 2020.
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We understand you may want to change your holiday plans. You can postpone your holiday to any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes.

For now, we do ask you not to contact us. As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have already been directly affected by cancellations. We will contact you as soon as we can, or if there are any further changes that could affect your holiday.

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Please look out for an email from us in the coming days and weeks with our latest advice. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

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In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, and known airline cancellations, all trips booked from June onwards are currently going ahead as planned.

As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have been directly affected by cancellations.

So, for now, we ask you not to contact us. Rest assured we are contacting all of our customers by email in departure date order to support them with options, and we will absolutely let you know if your situation changes.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming weeks. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

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We are sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too.

There’s no rush. You can redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us any time before 31 July 2020.

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Rather than cancel, if you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, we would still love to find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you).

If you'd prefer to cancel completely, we understand. We will refund you in full. Refunds will be successfully returned in approximately 90 days.

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No need to contact us. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

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You can postpone your holiday to travel any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes and our Service Team are there to help – just give us a call.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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