Useful information

Transport

 

Most of the hotels and guest houses can organise airport transfers. Please enquire with them directly.

Alternatively here are some links to book shuttles:

NB: One cannot ‘hail’ a cab or taxi in Cape Town in the street. Restaurants and hotels or guest houses are happy to order one for guests via phone.

Excite Taxis: +27 21 448 4444
Intercab: +27 21 44 777 99
Rikkis Taxis: +27 86 174 5547 or +27 21 447 3559
Uber: uber.com/cities/cape-town

Visa Requirements
You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months and has two consecutive pages (left and right hand pages) blank. South Africa does not require a visa for a visit of up to 30 to 90 days from more than 80 countries, including UK, USA, Canada, Japan and the EU. Tourists may be asked to show immigration officers that they have means of support for their trip and return tickets. Information regarding visas can be obtained from your travel agent or the following government website.
Click here for more information.
Air Travel

Directly to Cape Town:

Direct from United Kingdom
  • British Airways flights
Direct from Paris, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Air France
  • KLM
Other airlines flying to Cape Town
  • Emirates
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • TAAG Angola Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines

Direct to Johannesburg

You can also fly to OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg and take a local airline

  • Kulula airlines
  • Mango airlines
Airlines flying directly to Johannesburg
  • British Airways
  • South African Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Delta (from Atlanta)
  • SWISS
  • Air Mauritius
  • Cathay Pacific
  • EL AL Israel Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Qantas
  • Iberia
  • Air China
  • EgyptAir flights
  • Air France
  • Saudia
  • United
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Brasil
  • RwandAir
Currency

 

The local currency is South African Rands. We recommend that you draw some cash at the ATM machines at the airport on arrival as there may not be a machine or bank close to your accommodation. You need cash for transport and to shop at markets but Visa/Mastercards are accepted everywhere.

Weather

July is winter time in Cape Town!  The average temperatures could be between 15 and 20 Celsius (50 – 60 Fahrenheit).  We sometimes experience all four seasons in one day! It can get windy, so bring a warm jacket, umbrella and sunscreen.

Shopping, eating and sightseeing

The V&A Waterfront in the harbour (close to the City Centre) is a vibrant hub with hundreds of shops and great restaurants. The Watershed in the Waterfront is where you will find local design. Visit waterfront.co.za/Shop/watershed for more information.

Greenmarket Square is in the heart of the city center is the place to browse for African Crafts. There is also the Pan African Market on Long Street. Negotiating prices/haggling on the markets is the norm!

The best way to see the city and surrounds is by using the hop-on- hop-off open air buses. They offer various routes stopping at historical landmarks, museums, Table Mountain and a Peninsula tour that offers spectacular scenery. You can book online or buy tickets on the bus citysightseeing.co.za/cape-town

Visit eatout.co.za/restaurants/cape-town-restaurants/ to search for restaurants in the Cape Town area.

Power for charging phones and laptops

South Africa uses a ’round’ local 3-point plug system, but there is usually provision for European 2-point plugs.

Streetwise

It is safe to walk most places during the day. However, walking alone at night is not recommended. Rather take a taxi. You may be approached by people in the streets begging for money. It is your personal choice to give them money or not.

However, the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) campaigns that people should rather support the work of those NGOs and shelters that offer street people an alternative to life on the streets.

If you would rather support these initiatives and for information on this issue go to capetownccid.org/about-ccid/campaigns.

Emergency numbers and medical services
  • Emergencies and police: 10111
  • Ambulance: 10177

If you need any further information email me on friedacoetzee@gmail.com.