Flight time from London to Cape Town: 11 hours 30 minutes
Airlines flying direct from London to Cape Town: British Airways
Airports in Cape Town: Cape Town International Airport
Distance from London to Cape Town: 6,023 miles
Business Class flights to Cape Town
British Airways offers two direct services – a daily flight from Heathrow Terminal 3 and another from Gatwick three days per week (only during winter). The Heathrow service is operated by a Boeing 747, while the Gatwick service is operated by a Boeing 777.
Club World Business Class features comfy seats that convert into lie-flat beds measuring 6-feet long. You’ll be supplied with a luxury amenity kit containing Elemis skincare products, and you’ll have the chance to enjoy a complimentary Elemis spa treatment before the flight. The entertainment screen is 10.4 inches and comes with noise cancelling headphones so you can watch movies without any distractions from cabin noise.
Getting to and from the airport
Upon arrival at Cape Town International you’ll find a taxi rank outside the airport and the official, authorised taxi company is Touch Down Taxis. You’ll also find car hire available from several different companies including Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty Car Rental. MyCiti buses run between the airport and the city centre, departing every 20 minutes between 4.30 am and 10pm.
Where to stay in Cape Town
Cape Town has many luxurious boutique hotels, often with swimming pools and incredible views.
On the pricier end of the scale, The One&Only Cape Town is located on the Victoria & Alfred waterfront and offers panoramic views of Table Mountain. The highlight of this hotel is its spa, which is situated on its own 1,000m² private island in the midst of the resort, so if you’re looking for relaxation, this hotel is more than worthy of your consideration.
Alternatively you could book a stay at The Silo, which was featured on Conde Nast Traveller’s 2017 hot list. The hotel has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).
For something with more of an intimate boutique feel, The Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa has a variety of rooms, including suite apartments, penthouses, deluxe rooms and standard rooms that are all luxuriously furnished. Many of them have views of the ocean and Lion’s Head.
Things to do in Cape Town
Known for its flat-topped Table Mountain and gorgeous landscapes, Cape Town is an incredibly attractive city with lots of outdoor activities including hiking, biking and surfing if you don’t mind braving those cool waters. The views and the sunsets are unforgettable, plus you’re just a 45 minute drive from one of the most famous wine regions in the world – Stellenbosch. Here are just some of the things you can do in Cape Town:
Table Mountain – Sitting over 3,500 feet above sea level, Table Mountain dominates the Cape Town skyline and is the best place for views and photographs of the city. Taking the cableway up to the top should definitely be on your list.
Boulders Beach Penguins – Situated within the Table Mountain National Park near Simon’s Town, Boulders Beach is home to a colony of African penguins so many visitors like to visit for the day and follow the boardwalks through the dunes to spot them.
A weekend in Stellenbosch – If you love eating and drinking, you’ll love Stellenbosch. This famous wine region is situated 50km east of Cape Town has over 100 wineries and many of their cellars are open to the public. Best of all, the tastings and wines are more affordable than say, Napa Valley in the US.
Robben Island – On Robben Island, a former inmate will take you around this once political prison. This is the place where Nelson Mandela wrote his autobiography – Long Walk To Freedom – and its an incredibly sobering experience to learn about his life.
Make sure you have at least 30 days validity left and at least 2 blank pages free in your passport before you travel to South Africa, otherwise you’ll be turned away. If you’re visiting South Africa for tourism or business purposes for a period of up to 90 days, you don’t need a visa.
The seasons in Cape Town are the opposite to Britain’s. The city has a Mediterranean climate, with dry, hot summers from December to March and wet, cool winters from June to September. However when we say cool, we don’t mean as cool as London winter. Instead, imagine London on a spring day. Average temperature is 17 degrees, but the average high temperature is 23 degrees, so you can generally expect a mild climate.
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