South Africa’s Cape Town is fondly called the Mother City and the energy and atmosphere of the City Bowl exceed all expectations. Voyage2Africa offers the very best deals and advice on the top hotels in the City Bowl including popular guest houses, boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts and self-catering apartments. The City Bowl is the lifeblood of greater Cape Town.
Shaped like an amphitheatre, it includes the mighty Table Bay. It’s guarded by the mountains of Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and, of course, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, Table Mountain.
The Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach the Cape and see what we now call the City Bowl. Bartholomeu Dias arrived in 1488 after journeying south along the west coast of Africa, and Vasco da Gama sailed ‘home’ in 1497 while seeking a route that would lead directly from Europe to Asia.
Table Mountain acquired its name in 1503 from António de Saldanha, a Portuguese admiral and explorer, who called it Taboa da caba (“table of the cape”). But the mountain’s very first name came from the Khoi inhabitants – Hoeri ‘kwaggo meaning “sea mountain”.
The City Bowl is today home to Cape Town’s financial hub, the houses of parliament and one of Africa’s busiest working harbours and marinas, the V&A Waterfront. It’s a smorgasbord of entertainment, restaurants, nightclubs and historical and cultural landmarks. Discover top-notch, luxury self-catering apartments and warm guest houses lining the main streets and the pretty neighbourhoods. There is so much to do in Cape Town!
Explore a fascinating array of craft, clothes and antique markets, art galleries, delis, coffee shops, rooftop sundowner spots, open-air cinemas, on-trend restaurants, elegant night clubs and of course boutiques selling vintage clothing, antiques, vinyl music, artisan and leather goods, art, crafts, books and everything in between!
Sample the huge range of traditional Cape Malay and African foods from street markets or award-winning trendy restaurants. The cobbled streets set below Table Mountain are home to the colourfully painted houses of The Bo-Kaap region with its inspiring photography opportunities. History lovers will adore the Castle of Good Hope, the Company Gardens, the Isiko Slave Lodge and the Bo-Kaap Museum to get to grips with South Africa’s complex heritage.
The City Bowl is magical. Chat with Voyage2Africa about your City Bowl Cape Town package deal.