There is plenty of wildlife in and around Cape Town although perhaps not as large as would have been seen in Botswana.
Table Mountain is reported to have around 8200 plant species and is populated by several mammal species such as Rock Hyrax (Dassies), Caracal, Mongoose and some smaller antelope such as Grysbok.
It really is the plant life that is the drawcard however and the bird species that it attracts. On the southern slopes of Table Mountain sits Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a world heritage site, which is well with a visit especially in the springtime from September to November.
Last but not least Cape Town is a great place to see the colonies of Jackass Penguins situated on the shores of False Bay (45 mins from the city center) at Boulder’s Beach.
If you are visiting Cape Town in October and November there is some of the best land-based whale watching to be had down the coast in Hermanus when large numbers of Southern Right Whales pass by.
In September the desert-like landscape of the Namaqualand, up the west coast, bursts into life and is carpeted with brightly coloured daisies. The timing is always a bit hit and miss, due to rainfall, but September is always a pretty safe bet.
Cape Town sits at the most South Westerly point of the African Continent. A common misconception is that it is the southern tip of Africa but that is in fact Cape Aghulas or Cape of Good Hope which is a three-hour drive to the East. It is at this point that, officially speaking, The Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.
There are two currents, however, that meet just offshore from Cape Town – the colder Benguela coming from the South and the warmer Aghulas current from the Indian Ocean. The meeting of these two currents gives Cape Town a far more Mediterranean climate than the rest of South Africa’s provinces and the neighbouring countries like Botswana.
The difference with the Mediterranean though is the reversal of the seasons with Cape Town’s drier and hotter Summer being between October and March.
That said, the weather in Cape Town is very changeable and the locals often refer to the phenomenon of experiencing four seasons in one day!
Cape Town is dominated by the magnificent Table Mountain. The mountain itself is a National Park. With the right climatic conditions, it is possible to witness and photograph the clouds rolling off the front of the mountain known as the table cloth!
Cape Town is a well-connected tourism hub with daily flights from most countries/regions either straight into the City or connecting via Johannesburg. There are daily, direct, flights from Victoria Falls and Maun (the gateway to The Okavango Delta). One lesser-known route is the daily Kenyan Airways flight from Nairobi to Cape Town via Victoria Falls allowing you to add cape Town easily to a safari in East Africa too.
If you are feeling adventurous you could opt for a long self-drive safari from Botswana down to Cape Town via Namibia for example. This will need plenty of time but will be a trip of a lifetime!
When in Cape Town a popular self-drive trip is up the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth which can be done in as little as a day but normally 2-4 at a leisurely pace. The roads are excellent and hire cars widely available with plenty of accommodation options along the way.
Cape Town is very much an all-year destination. Bear in mind that the wettest and potentially windiest days will be in July and August to the sweet spots for adding Cape Town to a Botswana safari tend to be in the Spring (October and November) and Autumn/Fall (March to May).
Even in Winter though Cape Town can have spells of warm summery weather. The daytime temperature never really dips below 12c in the middle of winter and can be as warm as 40c in the height of summer. Luckily as the city is on the coast it is a dry heat rather than the humidity of cities like Durban on the Indian ocean.