Solo Female Travel in Cape Town

Cape Town, located on the southwestern tip of South Africa, is a thriving metropolis known worldwide for its breathtaking natural beauty and cultural richness. Nestled between the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the dramatic slopes of Table Mountain, this vibrant city offers visitors a unique blend of stunning landscapes and cosmopolitan charm. Cape Town is famous for its historic landmarks such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and the colorful Bo-Kaap district. Food and wine enthusiasts can relish the offerings of numerous world-class vineyards on the city's outskirts, while outdoor lovers are spoilt for choice between mountain trails, scenic drives, and beautiful beaches like Camps Bay and Clifton. A fusion of African, European, and Malay influences, Cape Town stands as a testament to a powerfully diverse and resilient spirit.

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Is Cape Town good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Moderate

Cape Town is a city of contrasts with areas that are safe, especially popular tourist areas like the City Bowl, the Atlantic Seaboard, and the Southern Suburbs. It is common for solo female travelers to visit these areas without issue. However, it is important to be cautious as crime, including muggings and theft, can occur. Always be alert, avoid unlit areas or unfamiliar neighborhoods at night, and use common sense when it comes to personal safety. Utilize transportation options that are known to be secure. Public perception of safety can vary, so always do your research and stay alerted to the conditions around you.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Cape Town is quite manageable for solo travelers, with an array of transport options including buses, taxis, and car rentals. Many attractions are centrally located and easily accessible. The city is pedestrian-friendly especially in areas like the V&A Waterfront. However, some remote areas can be challenging to reach and it's advisable to avoid certain public transport modes at night. Nevertheless, with a bit of research and caution, navigating the city isn't difficult.
Things to do:

Things to do:Fascinating

Cape Town holds an exceptional blend of historical significance, natural beauty, and vibrant urban life. You can explore breathtaking outdoor activities, like hiking on Table Mountain, spotting penguins at Boulder's Beach, or spending a day at Kirsten Bosch National Botanical Gardens. Culture and history enthusiasts can visit Robben Island, District 6 museum or walk the colourful streets of Bo-Kaap. Food and wine lovers have an array of local and international cuisine to try, alongside world-class wineries. The city offers a variety of shopping markets and malls, and its nightlife is vibrant with numerous bars, clubs, and restaurants.
Food:

Food:Excellent

Cape Town offers a fantastic and diverse food scene. You can try anything from traditional African cuisine to a blend of Indian, British, Dutch, and Portuguese influence. The city boasts both upscale dining establishments and local food markets with something for every palate. The quality of ingredients is unparalleled, with seafood a must-try due to its freshness. Street food, wineries, and multicultural fusion cuisine also make it a gastronomic paradise.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Cape Town is relatively budget-friendly. You can find a range of accommodation from cheaper hostels to more pricey luxury hotels. Food and public transportation is also reasonably priced. However, activities like visiting wine estates, guided tours, and entrance fees to some attractions can add up. Yet, there are also plenty of free activities such as hiking up Table Mountain or enjoying the city's many beautiful beaches.

Is Cape Town worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 29 experiences

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

3.7/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

4.2/5
Annie

Annie (32)

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

- boulders beach - cutest penguins - incredible restaurants * Fynn * chefs warehouse - wine tours - get the wine tram! - tidal pools - Saunders beach - beautiful hikes * lions head Safety - highly recommend Ubers and only walking where you know is safe/ been recommended by a local

Posted: June 12, 2024Experienced: March, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Jessi

Jessi

South Africa

Solo travel experience

Cape Town is amazing, or more specifically the Southern Peninsula, about 30 to 45 min away from the main city. Fantastic nature, active communities with many sports groups to join, any international cuisine and healthy food, amazing underwater life. I recommend: - surfing at muizenberg - hiking up chapmans peak - sunset walk at Noordhoek longbeach - (free)diving the kelp forest close to Simon’s town - eating lunch at whole earth in Scarborough and go explore the shore pools Safety is an issue in SA but southern peninsula feels much safer. As long as you are never alone (best in groups or if other people are around) in nature, everything will be fine. I highly recommend, it’s actually my favorite place after traveling around the world

Posted: April 8, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 2/5
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Group travel experience

Cape Town is a beautiful city in between the mountains Lions head and Tafelberg for beautiful walks, nice beaches and good food. I didn't feel safe walking in the streets because I was mugged in a touristy street in the middle of the day when I was with one friend (in Bo Kaap). Luckily Uber is very easy to use here. Still had a good time but I would not visit the city again because of safety.

Posted: March 9, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 2/5
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Solo travel experience

This was a really cool training experience in Cape Town SA. We did some firearms and hand to hand combat for the purpose of self defense. There are many open markets . The USD goes a long way! ABNB cost about $20 per day. Staying with locals made the down time very satisfying. We visited a co-op food court, took a red bus tour around the coast,ate at restaurants often but also cooked at home. My hosts provided transportation but Uber is available. Do not recommend female to Uber or wander alone. I felt safe amongst my hosts but was very cautious otherwise.

Posted: January 25, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Juliet

Juliet

France

Solo travel experience

First of all, I can highly recommend Cape Town! 🫶🏾♥️🇿🇦 There is a variety of activities that this city offers like hiking up to the Table Mountain, going to Boulders Beach to see some penguins or just some cool concerts (Cape Town has a great music scene for my music lovers)!!! It’s good to check the safety situation in your neighborhood beforehand but overall it’s safe if you take some precautions (like taking an Uber in the evening) and use your street smartness! People are overly kind and open-mind, so it was even possible to meet and hang out with some lovely and interesting people as well! :)

Posted: January 3, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Anna

Anna

Germany

Group travel experience

Cape Town is a beautifully City…. There are a lot of nice activities to do and the nature is overwhelming:) The different options of food locations are amazing. The people are friendly and kind It is a nice city to travel

Posted: November 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Wangu

Wangu

Kenya

Group travel experience

In another life I’d be SouthAfrican. My first trip to CPT was back in 2016 and that is when my obsession started. Ever since I make a point of visiting the city simply because it’s too beautiful! I love the vibrancy! The landscape! The people and nightlife! Braai with locals is absolutely amazing and the list of activities are endless! I’d you’re thinking of visiting CPT this is the sign you needed! The place is safe just be sure to choose an accommodation that doesn’t limit your mobility and you’ll be good 😁

Posted: November 2, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Family travel experience

My family came to Cape Town and absolutely loved it. There was something for everyone, wether it be lounging on the beach in Camps Bay or hiking up Table Mountain! We ate amazing food everywhere we went and had such lovely weather every day. Would highly recommend the city of Cape Town as a destination spot :)

Posted: October 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Group travel experience

I was not alone, but I met with friends who were there earlier. We stayed at Sea Point, which is one of the safest places, with many cafes and restaurants nearby. We rented a car to get around the city. We also used the hop-on hop-off bus to the wine region, which I highly recommend.

Posted: October 18, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Family travel experience

I was with my family when I went to Cape Town, and these are my favorite places: 1. Boulders Beach - A beach full of charming penguins 2. Cape of Good Hope - Beautiful ocean views 3. Bo Kaap - Colorful Malay district 4. Hout Bay - Nice place for people watching (mainly boats/fishermen) and there's also a seafood market 5. Groot constantia - Charming vineyard, serving the sweetest wines 6. V&A Waterfront - Cool shopping center near the port

Posted: October 2, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Cape Town safe for women?

Safety rating

2 /5

Based on 8 experiences

Crime rates rating

3.1 /5

Based on 8 experiences

Neo

Neo

Cape Town is mostly fine during the day, especially in the more bougie, gentrified areas. People will catcall you as you’re walking down the street, but apart from that there is very little likelihood of anyone actually confronting you. Once it gets dark it’s a different story… Don’t travel alone, don’t do silly things like leave your door open to the street and don’t leave your belongings unattended. I do know a fair number of people who have been mugged at night, my boyfriend got attacked by someone wielding a panga walking home from a club, and I’ve had things stolen out of my house because I left my window open and they just reached in and grabbed it. Our criminals are not smart, and most crimes are crimes of opportunity. As long as you are sensible, you should be fine :)

Posted: June 8, 2024
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Cape town is lovely but there is a permanent sensation that something is going to happen and break your peace. If you walked into the wrong street or at the wrong time or exposed yourself in anyway ect.. personally i dont enjoy being all the time aware.

Posted: June 7, 2024
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Meet locals in Cape Town

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Samara

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Logan

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Local tips

Cape Town is a beautiful city with so many sights to offer. It's often said to resemble a sunny year round Europe city, with cultural and architectural beauty all around, in addition to the mountainous, botanical and beach scenery. It's a really money savvy spot for anyone from the US, UK, and Europe due to the local currency. However, even being born and bred here, it is not safe for solo Fem+identifying persons. As long as you have your wits about and a bit of streets smarts, the nights aren't terrible but still would not recommend walking alone. GBV is a known and rife problem. I would advise to stay in hotels the CBD, and V&A Waterfront, or guest houses/airBnBs in Green Point, Sea Point, or Camps Bay areas. Cape Town is a known foodie spot for all in SA. From traditional South African cuisine, to restaurants specializing in each international cuisine imaginable, to fine dining - there will be something for everyone without breaking the bank, ever. My favourites: for casual-fine dining Italian is Scalla, the best Indian at Bukhara or The Curry Club, Sushi at Kyoto Garden, cakes at Cafe Chiffon, sundowners at Strolla, modern fine dining at Foxcroft, Ramen at Ramenhead, Bagels as Kleinsky's, steak at The Butcher Grill, seafood at Willoughby's. If you visit around late June, you'll be in town for the Knysna Oyster Festival, in Knysna, a toen on the East Coast about 5 hours drive from Cape Town. There are flights to nearby towns George and Plettenberg Bay, both an hours drive from Knysna. A £15 Uber can take you to nearby wine farms in Constantia, which offers wine tours and tastings overlooking lush vineyards among protected heritage buildings of the Cape Dutch architecture. A £30 Uber can take you one hour out of Cape Town to the quaint old French settlement, which boasts the best fine dining restaurants and chocolatier, and even more vineyards, a wine tasting tram that takes you through the more renowned wine estates for tasting tours. Certain estates will also offer chocolate, cheese, gin, beer, and cider tastings as well.

Posted: February 26, 2024
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Cape Town is definitely safe if you are careful about where you're going and avoid doing foolish things like solo hikes or taking unnecessary risks. Places like the Table Mountain cable car, V&A Waterfront, Cape Winelands are very safe and always buzzing with life. City tours are also great for solo travelers. However, I would not recommend exploring alone at night.

Posted: December 29, 2023
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I am a South African living in Cape Town. I always recommend being aware of your surroundings. Don't walk alone at night, don't wander alone. Apart from that, Cape Town is fine. Wonderful people, stunning views and places, and of course delicious food.

Posted: October 18, 2023
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Cape Town is fairly safe if you're sensible and stay alert, but it's not recommended to walk alone at night, and it's better to stick to the centre or clean districts. But it's incredibly fun and there are many wonderful experiences to have, places to stop and people to meet.

Posted: July 26, 2023
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Stay with locals in Cape Town

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Laurin

Laurin

Cape Town

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3 days

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My name is Laurin and I love to be comfortable in my uncomfortability. I am earth bound and an aerialist at heart and in person, lol

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khanyisa

Cape Town

Can host for:

2 days

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My name is Khanyisa ☺️ I am 31 years old from Cape Town, South Africa. I love to meet people, travel and making connections. My passion is spirituality and healing ❤️‍🩹 exploring the psychedelic healing space at the moment. Looking forward to making new friends 🤍

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