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  • Top 10 Cape Town tourist attractions

    Here are the Top 10 Cape Town attractions you shouldn’t miss.

    You will never be left ‘all dressed up and nowhere to go’ in Cape Town. This vibey city, also known as the Mother City, has so much to offer.

    1. Explore Table Mountain

    Table Mountain has been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. This imposing mountain provides the backdrop to the history, legends and myths of the Mother City. Whether you choose to ascend with the Table Mountain Cableway or hike up, this experience will leave you in awe.

    2. Spend time at the V&A Waterfront

    The V&A Waterfront offers tourists an all-in-one experience. Here you can shop for the best in local designers wear, jewellery, art and crafts and also a range of international fashion brands. Cinemas and entertainment, including The Cape Wheel, Two Oceans Aquarium and plenty of good restaurants and bars, complement the shopping experience.

    3. Take a ferry to Robben Island

    A ferry takes visitors to and from the Robben Island Museum, where they hop on a bus to see the island and visit the Maximum Security Prison where Nelson Mandela spent some of his 27 years in prison alongside other political prisoners.

    4. Visit the District Six Museum

    The District Six Museum documents the history and memories of more than 60 000 people who were forcibly removed from this area by 1982 as a result of Apartheid.

    5. Drive to the tip of Africa at Cape Point

    Enjoy a scenic drive to Cape Point, the most South-Westerly tip of the African continent. For the most breath-taking views, book lunch at the Two Oceans Restaurant. A funicular railway takes visitors to the top of the point from where it is an easy walk to the lookout point.

    6. Discover the oldest wine area in South Africa

    Constantia is set in a picturesque valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain. This area’s history dates back to 1685 when Governor Simon van der Stel was granted a farm here. He planted orchards and vineyards, thus making Constantia the oldest wine producing region in the Southern Hemisphere.

    7. Enjoy the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay

    Clifton’s beaches offer sheltered sunbathing. The most popular is Clifton Fourth Beach, which is also the place to meet for sunset picnics. Camps Bay has a beautiful long palm-lined beach strip and is great for family fun, sunbathing, beach volleyball and sunset cocktails

    8. Experience penguins at Boulders Beach

    Boulders Beach forms part of Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, where visitors can see a breeding colony of more than 2 000 endangered African Penguins in their natural habitat.

    9. Go on a township tour

    Get to know the heart and soul of Cape Town on an eye-opening guided tour of one of Cape Town’s black townships. Most township tours incorporate cultural entertainment and a township restaurant meal.

    10. Party the night away

    If partying is your thing, Cape Town will not disappoint. The main drag along Long Street provides plenty of entertainment for late night revellers while Sea Point and Waterkant Street are also known for their party hotspots.

    To round off your busy days of sightseeing, new experiences and vacation fun, be sure to find accommodation in a luxury holiday apartment or villa.

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    Discover Cape Town’s winter secrets

    Winter in Cape Town is known as the secret season amongst locals, who enjoy luxury spoils at low season prices.

    I love Cape Town

    Contrary to popular belief, June and July are not necessarily dreary and wet in the Mother City. In fact, in between the rainy weather we get some of the most beautiful days of blue sky and mild temperatures.

    An added bonus is that there is no howling South Easter in winter, which often plagues the Cape in summer. Sunny and mild winter weather calls for visitors and locals to enjoy the full benefits of the exciting nature-based adventure tourism and leisure activities which are available in abundance near Table Mountain, which has recently been voted as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

    Whether you choose to hike up Table Mountain or explore the mountain on an abseiling adventure, conquer Lion’s Head or visit Cape Point nature reserve to meet the local troops of baboons, Cape Town will keep you entertained. If mountain biking through Newlands forest or admiring Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens’ spectacular fynbos flora are not on your list, you can set sail on a harbour cruise from the V&A Waterfront to catch a glimpse of a visiting whale or cajoling dolphins. Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town and, if you believe “local is lekker*“, perhaps you can even cast a line at Kalk Bay harbour and catch something for the pot. *lekker – South African slang word for cool

    When you tire from your action-packed outdoor vacation activities, it may be time to satisfy your appetite with the best that Cape Town has to offer. The Test Kitchen at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock has just been ranked 28th on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants (up from position 48 in 2014), so book early to sample chef Luke Dale Roberts’ world-class cuisine.

    Many top Cape Town restaurants offer really good gourmet winter menus, so take your pick from Umi in Camps Bay, 5Rooms at the Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia, Paranga in Camps Bay, Beluga in Green Point, Aubergine in Gardens, Sevruga at the V&A Waterfront, Harbour House in Kalk Bay and Zenzero in Camps Bay, to mention a few. For more options, check Eat Out’s list.

    Cape Town and its winelands offer both great wines and excellent fireplace locations, which in combination is the perfect antidote when the winter chill sets in. Get cosy at Azure Restaurant in Camps Bay, Charcoal Dining in Gardens, trendy Jackal & Hide in Kloof Street, Gardens, Kloof Street House, also in Gardens, La Mouette in Sea Point or pub-style Café Verdi in Wynberg. Check out Cape Town magazine’s list for more options.

    After sampling some of the wines that are slowly nurtured near Cape Town, nothing can be more inviting than a warm bed in a beautiful room somewhere near the sea. It is time to head back to your luxury holiday rental accommodation in Bantry Bay where you can complete a perfect day with a relaxing hot bath followed by well-deserved rest.

    This is the life offered by the beautiful Cape during its secret season. If you promise to keep the secret, you are welcome to share these spoils this winter. Visit our property listings to find upmarket holiday accommodation to suit your needs.

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    Luxury holiday villas vs hotels

    Let’s face it, there is more than one good reason to choose a luxury holiday villa rather than a hotel stay.

    It has a certain ring to it when you tell your friends you stayed in a luxury villa in Camps Bay during your recent holiday in Cape Town. However, that’s not the only reason why it is a good choice to opt for a luxury holiday villa rather than a hotel stay.

    Seasonsfind The Sunset

    Seasonsfind – The Sunset in Camps Bay

    The buck stops here

    Money is a motivator for most and according to the Western Cape Tourism Barometer 2011, vacation rentals in Cape Town are on average 60% less expensive than equivalent hotel accommodation. So not only do you get the privacy and additional facilities offered by a luxury holiday villa, you also get it at a good price. It is also preferred by travellers: a Tripadvisor Survey from June 2011 stated that 87% of travellers indicated they would book a holiday rental over a hotel if it were less expensive.

    What’s the flavour of the day?

    Tripadvisor’s Annual Vacation Rentals Survey indicates that 36% of travellers stay in a holiday rental for a milestone event. Cape Town Tourism statistics reveal that the self-catering occupancy rates have increased by 5,8% for the month of March 2015 when compared to March 2014. So it seems that luxury holiday villas are gaining in popularity as an accommodation choice for visitors to Cape Town.

    Rooms for all

    One of the best reasons to choose a luxury holiday villa, is because it is like a luxury home away from home. Kids don’t have to camp out in their parents’ hotel room because a villa offers enough rooms for everyone. In many cases, bedrooms are en suite so no sharing of bathrooms is required. Apart from comfortable bedrooms, most luxury villas offer spacious lounge, dining and television areas where guests can relax in privacy. This also makes it suited to receiving guests in the privacy of your own villa.

    More reasons at play

    If you need more reasons to choose a luxury holiday villa rather than a hotel stay, consider these… A luxury villa offers a private kitchen, so you can shop like a local and prepare your own meals, if you are so inclined. You don’t have to pay a premium for room service and you can stock the fridge with your favourite drinks and treats at locals prices. Your villa will probably offer a private braai (barbeque) area, where you can make a fire and cook your meal like the locals do.

    Villa Central

    Villa Central in Camps Bay

    You can launder your own clothes and have space to hang out wet bathing suits and towels without cluttering up your bathroom after enjoying a dip in your villa’s private pool.

    Your villa is serviced, like a hotel room, so you still don’t have to make your bed. A cleaner will come in daily to take care of the dishes, clean and tidy up. You will have a private parking area with easy access to your holiday villa. You will have all of this and more, plus you can still make use of the concierge service if you need anything else at all.

    Staying in a luxury holiday villa provides a shortcut to the best of both worlds in holiday-making. Explore the luxury holiday villas available through Nox Rentals to see where your next holiday could take you!

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    What do Cape Town holiday villas offer?

    These days, private Cape Town holiday villas can be hired in all parts of the city so travellers who are looking to explore the best of South Africa’s most attractive urban area have plenty of choice.

    Of course, the standard of accommodation varies depending on your budget, but private luxury villas are available to rent in all of the city’s most stunning neighbourhoods, including those near to the historic V&A Waterfront, and others which overlook the world-famous Table Mountain.

    No matter what sort of break you are looking for in Cape Town, a luxury villa is sure to make the trip special.

    Holidays in Cape Town, South Africa

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Contemporary travellers are seeking much more from their villas or luxury apartments than ever before. As such, the accommodation in Cape Town fits the bill of travellers and holidaymakers who are used to a high standard.

    Probably offering the lion’s share of luxury accommodation in the whole of South Africa, the luxury holiday rental market is geared up for the demands of modern globe trotters.

    Stylish interiors tend to be matched by private and well-kept gardens along with gated residences. Generally speaking, luxury villas in Cape Town match anything that you might find in any other major city of the world.

    Given that Cape Town’s holiday villas are world class, it is worth mentioning what a holiday in South Africa can offer which other cities cannot.

    One of the major attractions for any visitor to the city is the large number of attractive beaches. Being a city that is on the coast, Cape Town’s villas are often found clustered around its stunning shore fronts.

    Take the vibrant area of Camps Bay, for example, one of Cape Town’s most popular regions for holidaymakers who want a blend of bustling city life and the more relaxed approach that a beach-based holiday can afford. Many of the luxury properties in Camps Bay overlook the ocean on plots where views of the bay’s sands can be enjoyed throughout the day and look particularly good at sun set.

    Often stylishly decorated, these villas and apartments can be hired with or without extra features, for example private swimming pools.

    Seaside Accommodation in Clifton

    Clifton, Cape Town

    Clifton, Cape Town

    Further down the shore, the coastline of Cape Town becomes more rugged and dramatic. Offering some of the most breath-taking views of the southern Atlantic Ocean, this top-class area of Clifton is ideal for travellers who are seeking a luxurious city break in the most dramatic of natural environments.

    Often epitomising seaside glamour, the upmarket accommodation in Clifton is made up of luxury villas along with penthouses and two-storey apartments. Usually featuring large picture windows to allow residents to enjoy the view, these holiday rentals also come with state of the art appliances and the open plan living space that are so in demand with discerning traveller these days.

    To find out more about Cape Town luxury holiday villas, check out the latest listings for the up-to-date availabilities.

    Alternatively, contact us here and we’ll help you find a villa from our exclusive portfolio.

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    Where to stay in Cape Town on vacation

    If you are wondering where to stay in Cape Town on vacation and want to be able to count on luxurious accommodation where you can really relax and enjoy your time off, we have some of the most exclusive Cape Town luxury rentals for you.

    Here, we review just a few of the many properties available, so please do take a look at the extensive selection on offer in and around Cape Town, including the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, as well as the Camps Bay and Clifton areas.

    In each individual description of the numerous private apartments and luxury villa rentals on offer, you will see photographs and a map to convey the characteristics and advantages that distinguish each unique place to stay.

    Enjoy the convenience of being near to the centre of the city, or select outstanding sea views from your luxury accommodation near the beachfront. Alternatively, you may prefer the tranquillity and panoramic views from a villa, set on the slopes of the hills.

    Ocean’s View

    Ocean's View

    Ocean’s View apartment in Sea Point

    Ocean’s View is a two-bedroom apartment situated in Sea Point, just past Green Point and within easy reach of the centre of Cape Town. The decked terrace and restful décor tones complement the modern fittings to make this relaxing pied a terre; the large master bedroom has a luxurious en suite bathroom.

    On the Rocks

    On the Rocks villa in Bakoven

    On the Rocks villa in Bakoven

    The five-star On the Rocks villa is in Bakoven, at the south end of Camps Bay. Located near seafront coves, this beautiful beach cottage boasts a private pool and sea views from the seclusion of a quiet cul-de-sac.

    The kitchen has a walk-in fridge and breakfast bar. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms; the master bedroom has twin beds that can be converted into a king size.

    Dunmore Penthouse

    Dunmore Penthouse

    Dunmore Penthouse in Clifton

    Dunmore Penthouse in Clifton is on Victoria Road, enjoying unparalleled views of the Atlantic Seaboard. With three bedrooms, this luxury apartment offers intimacy and opulence to the discerning visitor.

    Chic and contemporary, it is open plan and spacious with large floor to ceiling sliding windows and a modern kitchen. There is a Jacuzzi on the ample private terrace.

    V&A Waterfront

    The V&A Waterfront is a working harbour, enjoying pleasant sea breezes from the nearby lagoon. With the Table Mountain as a backdrop, this area has numerous holiday rental properties.

    There are street markets, cafés and fish and chip shops as well as entertainment – while for business, the International Convention Centre near here, along with a number of top restaurants and hotels.

    A luxury V&A Waterfront apartment is a good base from which to explore Cape Town, while the road to the west leads to Green Point (also north of the city centre).

    If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be delighted to help with any enquiries you may have regarding Cape Town’s luxury accommodation.

    If you have already selected your place to stay and would like to go ahead and reserve today, simply click to book from the individual listing – we will confirm your booking swiftly.

    Alternatively, you can contact us here and we’ll help you find a vacation rental from our exclusive portfolio.

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    Popular self-catering Camps Bay accommodation

    When you visit South Africa’s Cape Town, you’ll want to make the most of your experience, whether you’re swimming, diving, walking on the beach, or just soaking up the sunshine and sea views.

    Popular self-catering Camps Bay accommodation lets you do what you want, when you want, all in stylish surroundings.

    Camps Bay is famous for its beaches, with miles of white sand for sunbathing, and safe, clean water for swimming. There are some fantastic dive spots nearby, too, with numerous shipwrecks to explore.

    Shoppers can enjoy the local markets, which sell everything from food and drink to quirky souvenirs. Walking in the nearby mountains is a memorable experience, and rewards the energetic with sea views and sightings of wildlife.

    The view from Camps Bay takes in several of Cape Town’s famous geographical sites, including the distinctively shaped Lion’s Head peak and the mountain range known as the Twelve Apostles.

    Camps Bay, Cape Town

    Camps Bay, Cape Town

    At the end of the day, why not sit back with a glass of local wine and experience some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world?

    Self-catering apartments and villas of all sizes are available in Camps Bay. Share a two or three bedroom apartment with friends, take the whole family for a stay in a luxury villa, or share a romantic getaway in a penthouse made for just you two.

    It’s the preferred way to stay in Cape Town, with luxuries like a sea view balcony or rooftop deck, barbecue area and shady gardens, even your own pool and jacuzzi. Every property has an individual feel and personality of its own.

    Classic Cape Town style rubs shoulders with contemporary cool and modern convenience, for a stay filled with comfort and luxury.

    Staying in a self-catering property gives you the freedom to get up and go to bed when you like, or even not to get up at all and appreciate the shimmering Atlantic Ocean while still snuggling. Have meals whenever you want, or prepare a picnic for your day at the beach in a fully equipped kitchen, from ingredients discovered at the local market.

    A private villa can be a peaceful haven away from the holiday crowds, yet just a short stroll from the action.

    With an unmatched selection of private villas and apartments, our portfolio of self-catering accommodation in Camps Bay is sure to have the ideal property for your holiday.

    Whether you choose a luxury penthouse, a stylish, contemporary villa, or a family cottage, you will have uninterrupted views and a holiday home you’ll always remember.

    Contact us here and we’ll help you find self-catering Camps Bay accommodation from our exclusive portfolio.

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    What to do in Cape Town on holiday

    The most popular holiday destination in the Republic of South Africa, Cape Town enjoys some breathtaking views and a charming countryside, as well as a thriving city with bustling night life.

    As such, there is a huge variety of things to do, so no visitor will feel that they have run out of attractions when on holiday or enjoying a few extra days of relaxation in luxury accommodation after a business trip.

    It is worth noting that Cape Town is not only the most visited city in South Africa, but of the entire continent.

    Table Mountain

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    Majestic Table Mountain

    Perhaps the city’s international image is most associated with Table Mountain which is recognised the world over. The mountain remains one of Cape Town’s major attractions and few travellers spend time in the city without taking time to visit it.

    Dominating the city’s skyline, Table Mountain is easily accessible via its Aerial Cableway which ascends its slopes. Many people also trek up the mountain on organised hikes and these can sometimes be combined with an abseiling session which, given the heights involved, is not for the faint hearted.

    Blue Flag beaches

    Cape Town’s beaches are also well worth visiting and many can be discovered in the course of just one day – each offering something unique. For those seeking a section of beach close to luxurious accommodation and top-quality apartments and villas, then Camps Bay and Clifton is worth seeking out.

    Infamous Waterfront

    V&A Waterfront Marina, Cape Town

    V&A Waterfront Marina, Cape Town

    If you like to shop till you drop, the ever-popular V&A Waterfront is another superb place to put into your itinerary. It affords great views of the Atlantic Ocean and the harbour has something of an old world charm dating back, as it does, to the mid-Victorian era.

    World class vineyards

    Another thing that Cape Town is world famous for is its exceptional wine making industry. The fertile land that surrounds the city is ideal for growing a wide variety of grapes and Cape Winelands have a reputation for quality produce that is well-deserved.

    As such, wine routes have sprung up which mean that travellers can easily navigate between wine making estates to sample the best that Cape Town has to offer. Independent travellers can usually just turn up so long as it is not grape picking season, but many people prefer the comfort of an organised tour which means they don’t have to drive.

    Sublime spas

    For travellers who are looking for some rest and relaxation during their stay, then Cape Town has all the top-quality spas that you would expect from a sophisticated city.

    Many of the five star spas in the city are part of luxury hotels, but you don’t need to be a guest to book yourself in as a day visitor or even for a one-off treatment. Some of the best ones are by the waterfront and the relaxing atmosphere is augmented by the rolling waves of the sea.

    Fine dining

    Cape Town also offers a fine dining experience in many of its restaurants which can be the perfect way of rounding off a day of pampering.

    With so much on offer, booking the right sort of luxury accommodation in Cape Town is essential, so it is well worth checking the listings to find something suitable in the heart of the city.

    Contact us here and we’ll help you find the perfect rental for your needs from our exclusive portfolio.

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    The finest self-catering accommodation in Cape Town

    If anything can enhance the exhilaration of exploring South Africa’s Mother City, it is taking advantage of the sublime surroundings offered while feeling at home in the finest self-catering accommodation.

    With the majesty of Table Mountain or the shimmering waters and golden beaches that distinguish the coastline at Clifton and Camps Bay, the view from one of the villas or apartments available for rental is close to a spiritual experience.

    Enjoying this over a glass of one of the superb wines that flow from the region’s serene vineyards adds the final, tasteful touch.

    Mountainous Magic

    Table Mountain is the sight which is most familiar to residents and visitors to Cape Town. Lions Head and the Twelve Apostles, however, form part of a spectacle keeps people returning to this city year after year.

    Vivid

    Vivid villa in Bakoven

    Luxury apartments and villas such as Vivid in Bakoven provide residents with a dream-like view of the mountain range, as well as of the Atlantic Ocean rolling gently onto the warm white sands of the beaches.

    The spaciousness of the Vivid villa and its superbly equipped entertainment and utility areas make for an unforgettable experience. A duplex penthouse, this villa has three bedrooms and a spacious kitchen with all essentials.

    The open-plan living and dining room is filled with light, due to both exterior walls being glass. Bright wood flooring and uplifting colours all around create a laidback but sophisticated atmosphere.

    Outside, there is a large roof deck on the upper level, and below a gorgeous patio with a seating area and a sizable pool will offer plenty of reasons to enjoy the weather.

    It is only one of many options that invite discerning visitors to share in the stunning aesthetics provided by upmarket luxury self-catering accommodation in Cape Town.

    Beauty for Business or Leisure

    Cape Town’s spectacular landscape forms the perfect backdrop when new business connections need to be solidified, and the Camps Bay apartments and villas provide everything necessary to impress.

    Outdoor terraces offering stunning views of the sun settling into the burning waters of the Atlantic is only part of the charm. Easy accessibility to trendy Camps Bay beaches, theatres and restaurants, with Clifton and other major Cape Town attractions just a stone’s throw away, makes these properties perfect for business or leisure.

    Securing Serenity

    Nox Rentals takes a professional approach to matching any visitor’s individual accommodation requirements with the upmarket luxury found in their exclusive listings of self-catering accommodation in Cape Town.

    Our apartments and villas are guaranteed to offer uninterrupted views of the spectacle that is Cape Town, as well as providing a level of luxury that will be appreciated by the most discerning visitor.

    It makes finding the perfect rental a simple matter of visiting a single website. Contact us here and we’ll help you find self-catering accommodation from our exclusive portfolio.

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    Nox Rentals and the Stompie

    Yesterday (3 March 2015) Nox Rentals felt the full power of the internet when a photo of one of our bakkies was posted with the claim that the driver had just thrown a lit cigarette out of the window.

    The driver behind our vehicle was furious and decided to take a photo and post it on the internet. The photo went viral and we quickly heard about it via Twitter and via friends of the company.

    Facebook post

    We were appalled to hear of the behaviour of our staff member and quickly set about a disciplinary action. We also decided to donate R10,000 to Volunteer Fire Services as a show of good faith.

    The employee in question insists that he threw bubblegum out of the car (totally unacceptable as well). He did also volunteer to spend the whole of yesterday evening helping out the fire fighters in Tokai.

    Juan Firefighting

    We are a company that loves Cape Town, loves nature and does our best to help our guests experience the very best that Cape Town has to offer. We condemn anyone throwing anything from a vehicle window, lit cigarette, bubblegum or anything else.

    We hope our donation goes some way to help support the fire fighters who are giving so much time & sweat to the cause, and we’ll do whatever we can to educate our staff and visitors about the dangers of wildfires.

    Thank you all for your concern.

    PS. Some people have asked for proof that we  actually made a donation, so we have decided to post the proof of payment below.

    Donation

     

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    Nox takes to the green

    The Greeff Properties Julius Baer Golf Day is always a highly anticipated golfing event. This year Tim Van Wyk from Nox joined in the fun.

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