When to fly
With its mild climate, Cape Town is popular year-round but cheap flights can be found with advance planning. The peak travel season is from November through January. The area is particularly crowded during school holidays, especially the South African summer holiday period from December to January, so plan your flights and accommodation ahead of time. Easter is another popular holiday time, as are July and August.
At the beginning of January, The Cape Minstrels also referred to as the Kaapse Klospe, fill the streets of Cape Town to host an annual display of their historic Second New Year Street Parade. The parades feature thousands of individuals dressed in luminous multicoloured suits, face paint, twirling parasols accompanied by music and contagious beats.
For 37 years, individuals have been attending South Africa’s most renowned outdoor social and sporting occasion of the year at Kenilworth Racecourse, and you could too, if you find and book cheap flights to Cape Town during January. The event is a merge of equestrian expertise with high fashion that celebrates bold attitudes. Considered to be the event of the season, it offers enthusiasts the chance to watch the country’s finest racehorses compete whilst basking in the summer sun.
February through March and October are excellent times to visit because the weather is nice but the city has fewer crowds. This is also a good time to find cheap flights and discounted hotels because tourism is low and the city is looking for visitors. If you plan on staying for at least a week or so you may be able to catch a glimpse of the sun, as winter generally has glorious days mixed in with the gloomy cold ones. Winter is also when you can find the best deals.
The Weather and Scenery alone should be enough to make you want to compare cheap flights to Cape Town. The omnipresent fog over Table Mountain, surfers riding the waves and carpets of rolling vineyards: this is quintessential Cape Town. Blessed with one of the most distinct and diverse landscapes in Africa and pleasant weather year-round, Cape Town offers an exciting combination of great outdoor activities and relaxed, yet cosmopolitan city life, with art and craft galleries, fine restaurants and bars.
Exploring Cape Town's diverse neighbourhoods is a great way to discover the city. Wander the lively cobbled streets of Bo-Kaap – the historic Muslim quarter with brightly coloured houses and mosques that is home to descendants of slaves brought over from Indonesia, India and Turkey by the Dutch in the16th and 17th century. The neighbourhood is a stark contrast to the glitzy nearby beach towns of Camps Bay and Clifton. You can also take a tour of the infamous Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for two decades.
Wine lovers have much to look forward to after booking their flights to Cape Town. There are more than 120 vineyards or wine estates immediately east of the city, with the best-known located in Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Robertson and Wellington. Tastings are a regular occurrence and while much argument can be had about the quality of the local products versus those closer to home, when it comes to wine tastings there is often a whole lot of fun in the disagreement.
Back to Cape Town proper, take the Table Mountain Cableway to the top (or hike if you're feeling energetic) for a spectacular view of the city below and a perspective of the lay of the land. Other city attractions include the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and nearby Robben Island, a former prison that housed Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners during the apartheid era for an all-too-real taste of the country's troubled past.
But this is still Africa and no visit to Cape Town is complete without taking in the wildlife. Although this is not the place to find huge big-game parks, you won't regret checking out the penguins at Boulders Beach or for something a little bigger in the shape of antelopes and black rhinos, check out the Solole Game Reserve.