From Amsterdam or Londen you can fly directly to Cape Town in more than 11 hours. Cape Town is one of the three capital cities of South Africa. But when you walk around in Cape Town, it doesn't feel like a busy capital. Cape Town is a beautiful city that is also called the Mother City of South Africa. You can do all kinds of activities: from relaxing at the sea to actively climbing Table Mountain. And, above all, don't forget the delicious gastronomy! So take enough time off if you are one of the lucky ones going on vacation to Cape Town.
KLM and British Airways fly directly to South Africa. One of the most relaxed ways to fly to Cape Town is by booking a plane ticket Amsterdam (AMS) - Cape Town (CPT) with KLM. This is not always the cheapest flight ticket, but if you can allow it, it's worth it. KLM flies directly to Cape Town daily.
In addition, it is possible to fly to Cape Town with a stopover. A flight with a stopover is often a bit cheaper than a direct flight, but has higher carbon emissions. You can fly indirectly to Cape Town with Turkish Arlines, with a stopover in Istanbul. You can then fly directly from London or Amsterdam (AMS) to Istanbul airport, Atatürk International Airport (IST) to fly directly to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) after a short transfer from Istanbul. In total this journey takes around 16 hours (depending on the exact flight you book). It is also good for anyone who does not live close to Schiphol to know that Turkish Airlines also flies from Brussels Airport (BRU) to CPT.
It is also possible to book a flight to Cape Town via Dubai (DXB). You then fly with Emirates. The airline Emirates has been rated several times as one of the best airlines in the world and currently flies 17x a week between Amsterdam and Cape Town. Emirates also flies from several British Airports. This indirect flight between AMS and CPT takes about 19 hours (depending on the precise flight that you decide to book).
The flight time to Cape Town depends on several factors. Are you flying from Amsterdam, Düsseldorf or Brussels? And do you fly directly or indirectly? Count on a direct return Amsterdam - Cape Town on a flight time of eleven hours. If you fly via Istanbul, the total flight takes around 16 hours. A journey with a stopover in Dubai takes about 19 hours, because you first fly from Amsterdam or the UK to the east before you travel south to Cape Town.
Because there is so much to see and do in Cape Town and the surrounding area, we have listed the seven must-do's. That is quite a difficult job, because you can easily draw up an "80x sights in Cape Town" list. But for us these are really the highlights to visit when you book a trip to Cape Town:
There has been a water shortage in Cape Town for years. Be aware of this when you go on holiday to Cape Town and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, this means that you sometimes have to buy water in plastic bottles. You can also purchase a water filter in advance. This saves on plastic and also ensures that you always have enough water to drink.
You often bridge distances in Cape Town by car. However, there are also various options for traveling by public transport. You can already travel with the MyCiTi bus for a few euros. This bus line was built during the World Cup in 2009 and has since become a permanent part of public transport in Cape Town. And on some Sundays you even travel for free with the MyCiTi bus!
You might not think so at first, but you can also cycle on some places in Cape Town. In particular, the part from the east side of the city is easily accessible, but you can also find green bicycle lanes on the road in the center. Especially the bike path along the promenade towards Camps Bay is wonderful to explore by bike. Get a map with bike lanes first that are not on the car roads, as car drivers are not used to drive amongst cyclists yet.
As mentioned before, the gastronomy in Cape Town is one of the best in the world. And for a delicious meal no meat is needed. Therefore, if you want to compensate for your flight with your own behavior, reducing your meat consumption is a good option. And that's no problem in South Africa! Sweet potato fries, a barbie's corn cob (bbq), grilled vegetables, a vegetarian poképowl and so on! Enough to enjoy during your Cape Town sightseeing.