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From ascending its famous flat-topped mountain to indulging in the sybaritic pleasures of the Winelands, Cape Town has much to offer sightseers. You could cover the top attractions in 3 days, but to really get a sense of how much the city and surrounds have to offer, you'll need to stay at least a week.

Big 5 in 1 Day -- Those unable to go on a proper safari can still see the Big 5 on a day-long safari (or longer stay) at Aquila Private Game Reserve (tel. 021/431-8400; www.aquilasafari.com; near Touws River), which is less than 2 hours from the city. The lions are in a separate area, so this is not comparable with safaris east and north, but at least you're guaranteed to see them. There are game drives (or horseback safaris), and the 4,500-hectare (11,120-acre) reserve does have some attractive, thatched premier chalets. They're not cheap, starting at R6,080 for a double, but there are standard cottages available for half that price. Day trips cost from R1,220 per person.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.