Aside from Rio de Janiero, there are few cities in the world known for their birds-eye views like Cape Town. Atop the impressive 3,000 ft. peak of Table Mountain, you can catch a glimpse of golden beaches and award-winning vineyards, nestled against one of Africa’s most vibrant and fun-loving cities. There’s plenty to explore between brightly-colored Afro-European storefronts once you hike, cable-car, or paraglide down from the top, including a famed botanic garden and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
Same-sex marriage became legal in South Africa in November 2006. For couples wishing to marry in South Africa, birth certificates and visitors permits are required. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. For more information, check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist.
Climate & Beaches
Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and dry, warm summers. The temperature has slight seasonal fluctuations, with highs near 80 degrees F in January and 60 degrees F in June.
On the western side of Cape Town, golden beaches like Camps Bay and Clifton are known for their jet-setting crowd and glamorous amenities. Clifton 3rd beach is known for its hip and young LGBT crowd. Boulder’s Beach gets its name from the hunks of granite that sprinkle the inlet and shallow waters. Be prepared to share towel space—Boulder is home to curious and adorable penguins.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Take the gondola up Cable Mountain for sweeping 360 degree views of the city. Cape Town has a potpourri of Atlantic and Indian Ocean-facing beaches, which cater to surfers, snorkelers and jet-setting sunbathers alike. Off the shore, pay a visit to De Waterkant, Cape Town’s trendy suburb with funky restaurants, art galleries and a small town vibe. Like most of Africa, Cape Town has great biodiversity, so whether you want to monkey around in a jungle sanctuary, study Penguins on the beach or cage dive with sharks, there’s plenty of ways to meet wildlife.