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The 12 best Airbnbs in Cape Town from mountain homes to oceanfront apartments

Planning a trip to Cape Town? No matter your taste, style, or budget, these are the best Cape Town Airbnbs you can rent right now.

Written by
Katherine Lovage
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Alys Lloyd
Talia Stanton

Looking for a city that packs in history, wildlife, nature, and a fantastic food scene? Cape Town's your spot! Picture Table Mountain's majestic presence, glimpses of African lions and elephants, and a rich tapestry of civil rights history—all right here on Africa's Southern Peninsula.

And if you're planning to visit this incredible city, Airbnb's got your back, offering everything from mountain homes to oceanfront apartments. Seriously, there’s something for everyone, making the choice tough among so many stunning options.

But fear not- we're here to help. We’ve cherry-picked the best Airbnbs in Cape Town, so booking is as easy as pie. Ready to get lost in daydreams? Permission granted!

Updated April 2024: You know what this list needs? A stunning 1930s townhouse and an apartment with a huge terrace overlooking mountain views – good thing we just added them. Go forth and explore these new properties, along with the other amazing Cape Town-based offerings from Airbnb.

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts, and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best Airbnbs in Cape Town

1. The luxury villa above Camps Bay Beach

Picture this: a modern escape just a quick 5-minute stroll from Camps Bay Beach, offering killer views of the ocean and Twelve Apostles. The place has this cool vibe with lots of glass and floating stairs that make you feel like you're levitating against the rugged backdrop. They've got you covered with seven spacious bedrooms and a fully stocked kitchen, so you can totally go for a lazy breakfast in bed. Not to mention the two pools that are ready and waiting for you to take a refreshing plunge. 

Beds? Seven beds. Sleeps up to fourteen guests.
The space: 
Ultra sleek modernism.
Location perks: Feeling adventurous? Lion's Head is just a short 9-minute drive away. How's that for a dreamy stay?
Budget range: Spenny AF.

2. The spa house in Hout Bay

Aptly named the 'Spa House', this stunning Airbnb Luxe in Cape Town's sunny neighbourhood of Hout Bay truly has it all. Developed by an award-winning architect, the marble underwater spa features a steam room, sauna and salt bath – while the mini deck provides a stepping-stone adventure for anyone willing. This luxury home has room for up to six guests across three bedrooms – including mountain views in abundance throughout. With wraparound glass walls and the secluded nature of the surrounding hillside, this is the ideal Cape Town stay if you're looking to party in private.

Rooms? Three. Sleeps six guests.
Mood? Tropical paradise.
Location perks? The combination of mountains and luscious greenery is pretty epic.
Budget range? As spenny as you'd expect. 


3. The rustic home in Green Point

Light, airy and calming, this Airbnb Plus home in Cape Town is almost effortlessly stylish. With rustic accents that make great focal points and a cosy king-size bed, it’s the perfect spot to unwind before heading down to the ocean. Sleeping two guests, this Airbnb makes for the perfect spot on a romantic trip to the capital city.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Minimalist dream.
Location perks? Green Point is not only super central, but it has a plethora of local delis, coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy.
Budget range? An absolute steal. 

4. The coastal bungalow in St James

This is the ultimate hidden gem in Cape Town – both in stature and location. This gorgeous Airbnb in St James is the perfect getaway with a group of buddies for a weekend by the warmer side of Cape Town's ocean. With 180-degree sea views and a design to make your heart sing – if you're into the boho vibe – it's the ideal holiday home. Sleeping six guests across three bedrooms and a bathroom apiece, opt for a simple shower – or sink-in for an afternoon spent with sundowners in the hot tub. We know which one we'd prefer... 

Rooms? Three. Sleeps six guests.
Mood? Waterfront living. 
Location perks? The ocean is literally on your doorstep. 
Budget range? Mid-range but very well-priced for what's on offer.


5. The sophisticated cliffside spot in Bantry Bay

Styled like the interior of a luxury yacht with the views to match, this relaxed abode has all the classic features of a high-end hotel: sophisticated furnishings, a clean and contemporary bathroom and spades of comfort. And since it sleeps six, there’s only one thing it doesn’t have – an over-inflated price tag.

Rooms? Three. Sleeps six guests.
Mood? Sea views of dreams.
Location perks? Located between Sea Point and Camps Bay, you've truly got the best of both worlds in Bantry Bay.
Budget range? A great price.

6. The modern apartment in De Waterkant

Clean and cool, this two-level space boasts some modern amenities fit to make any home-tech junkie quake with excitement. We’re talking heated floors, a Smart TV and a rain shower. Utilising contrasting colours through edited accessories, there’s a definite sense of youthful fun that sweeps through the space.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Contemporary chic. 
Location perks? Super central, and super easy to get anywhere in the Mother City – just be mindful walking around the CBD at night alone. 
Budget range? Well priced.


7. The sea view villa in Camps Bay

Minimalism doesn’t have to mean boring – and that’s something exemplified by this peaceful Airbnb in Cape Town. Once you’ve spent your day surfing, hiking and paragliding, retreat to this clean living space to settle in for the evening sunset.

Rooms? Five. Sleeps 10 guests.
Mood? Live your boujie best life.
Location perks? Camps Bay is one of the most desirable neighbourhoods to stay in while visiting cape town – but if you do leave the villa, don't miss the beach. 
Budget range? Surprisingly affordable. 

8. The stunning apartment on the water's edge of Mouille Point

There's something pretty special about waking up to the sound of the ocean, right? Well, strangely enough, this is a pretty regular occurrence for Airbnbs in Cape Town. Just like this amazing studio in Mouille Point – conveniently nestled between the shopping hub of the V&A Waterfront and super sunny Sea Point. Live like a local and head to the Oranjezcht Farmers Market on Saturday mornings or head to one of the many incredible restaurants at the waterfront to get a taste of Cape Town cuisine. Top tip: check out Sevruga for fresh sushi all day long. 

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Marina vibes.
Location perks? Mouille Point is probably the best place to catch the sunrise in Cape Town.
Budget range? Affordable, but has a 14-night minimum requirement. 


9. The urban oasis with lush gardens in Newlands

Like a picturesque mirage, this peaceful Cape Town Airbnb is dreamy. Surrounded by a lush garden, winding stream and a braai to cook on, spend your evenings experiencing the best of alfresco. It’s also not too far away from the waterfront – and with Cape Town’s weather, that makes for more than a pleasant stroll.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Tranquil space. 
Location perks? In the heart of the Southern Suburbs – with the CBD an easy 20 minutes away by car.
Budget range? Soooo cheap.

10. The zen retreat with infinity pool in Capri

If the warm weather wasn’t enough to get you in holiday mode, then this villa certainly will. With winding greenery, bohemian-zen decor and an incredible infinity pool, the residence is an ideal spot to top up your levels of R and R.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Privacy and peace. 
Location perks? Just outside of Fish Hoek and Simon's Town, where the ocean's warm and the penguins may just wave hello.
Budget range? A great price for what's on offer.


11. The loft with a roof terrace in De Waterkant

This multi-level apartment is designed to take you away from the bustle of the surrounding area and provide an oasis where you can relax while still being able to dip in and out of the action. The property sits in the lively De Waterkant, which is full of nightlife venues. When you're not out partying, you can enjoy the open-plan space, consisting of a stylish kitchen, living room and bedroom. The expansive deck will become your best friend when the sun's out, offering mountain views and a dining table for al fresco feasting. 

Beds? One bed. Sleeps up to two guests. 
The space: Sun-kissed and stylish. 

Location perks: In the historic De Waterkant district. 10 minutes away from the hiking trails of Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lion's Head. Great restaurants and independent shops are also nearby. 
Budget range: A serious bargain. 

12. The 1930s townhouse in the city centre

A seamless blend of classic and contemporary, this historic townhouse has been brought up to date in the best way. The renovation has resulted in a clean, cutting-edge look, spanning across the open-plan living space right through to the BBQ-adorned terrace. Original art and mountain views provide something pretty to look at, and the plentiful supply of natural lights means you'll never feel too far from nature. 

Beds? One bed. Sleeps up to two guests. 
The space: Heavenly white. 

Location perks: Set among both hip and historic areas, right in the city centre. There are also restaurants, cafes and shops aplenty.
Budget range: Super cheap. 


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