The 'Mother City' offers some of the best touring opportunities by motorhome in Africa. The city has many attractions, including the likes of the iconic table Mountain and numerous wineries, plus there is a string of beaches running up and down the coast.
Note: It is best to have a rental vehicle while visiting Cape Town as it can be difficult to get anywhere on foot owing to the distribution of highways and lack of pedestrian ways.
Table Mountain is the top attraction and gives fine views of the town and sea. Hike up it if you can and come back via cable car. At the south-eastern side of the mountain are the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, while on the west side is Cape Town's favourite beach, Camps Bay.
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V&A Waterfront) is a highlight of the city, a collection of shops and eateries down at the water. From here you can take a boat trip over to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was holed up all those years.
There are also reminders of the Dutch and British colonial days in the town, with many buildings remaining intact, such as parliament and the Castle of Good Hope. The highlight for many, however, is Cape Town's surrounds. The coast is stunning and goes on and on, and a visit to the Cape of Good Hope by motorhome is a must.
Also noteworthy is the Chapmans Peak Drive, which is south of Table Mountain and has splendid views over Hout Bay. Other musts include a visit to one of the many wineries, such as the Stellenbosch vineyards, and out to a reserve such as the Addo Elephant National Park.
Tweede Tol is an hour northeast of town on Bainskloof Pass and can host over 100 campers. Six of the 26 sites have private showers and toilets, while all have a personal BBQ site (braai). There are no hook-ups, however. Several fabulous hikes go from this van park.
Imhoff Park is half way between Cape Town and Cape Point, near surf-friendly Long Beach. It resides in Kommetjie village and features dozens of van and tent sites, along with chalets. All sites have power and BBQs and there are toilet blocks and water outlets. There are also various recreational facilities including a children's playground.
Oatlands Holiday Village is also south at Simon's Town, with a variety of camp sites and sites for motorhomes. There are bathrooms, a swimming pool, playground and various recreational facilities, along with an English-style pub.
Bontebok National Park Campsite is a few hours east of Cape Town within the stunning surrounds of the Langeberg Mountains. Some of the sites here come with electric hook-ups; others are tranquil but still have access to the onsite toilets and showers. There is also a shop here.
Roads here are well kept and often traverse stunning scenery, though driving at night is not recommended nor is stopping for hitchhikers at any time. Always keep doors and windows locked and park at secure car parks. They drive on the left in South Africa.
- Speed limits in the city: 50kph.
- Speed limits on national roads: 110kph.
- Help number: 112.