any country or city in the world, there are certain things and
facts to know to ensure you pack the right clothes, plan the right
trips, see the most important highlights and have the best time
possible. Below you will find some Cape Town information and tips
to consider when planning your trip to the Mother City of South
South Africa's currency is The Rand. It is important to have some
Rands when traveling to South Africa as we are not so eager as
other African countries to gladly accept foreign currencies. There
are multiple foreign exchange agents at the airport or throughout
Taxi services are always available and quite easy to find. Most
hotels and guesthouses will be able to call one for you. Unfortunately
The Cape Town train system is not very user-friendly and for someone
not familiar with it's operations it's better to avoid the trains.
The same goes for minibus taxi's. Minibus taxi's are for people
who knows specifically where to get off and find another connecting
minibus to continue their journey. Minibus taxi's do not take
you from A to B, they simply drop you as close to your spot from
where you need to find the next way to continue. Car rental options
are available but can be extremely limited during peak times.
Finally, the My Citi bus system has been hailed as world class
by many travel companies and can be compared to European standards.
South Africa is a country of extreme poverty, therefore crime
is unfortunately used as a means to feed yourself and most probably
the family. Pickpockets are always on the lookout for a target.
DO NOT take out your wallet and count your money in a public area.
DO NOT wear uneccessary jewellary, backpacks or oversized cameras
in plain view. When using the ATM, make sure you are in a well-lit
area and if possible, do not use ATM's hidden in dark, secluded
areas. After sunset it is always better to move in, or with groups.
Be aware of your environment and do not give pickpockets a reason
to target you.
Below is a graphic with average tmeperature and rainfall found
in Cape Town throughout the year and seasons. It is very important
to ALWAYS have a jacket with you when doing outdoor activities
in or around Cape Town as the weather can change in a heartbeat.
in and around Cape Town
Cape Town city centre is small and it is very easy to get around.
Surrounding the city centre you will find more areas and suburbs
taking you closer to the beach areas. The Waterfront is a very
popular tourist destination where accommodation, shopping, restaurants,
bars and activities can be found. Here is a map pointing out the
main areas in and around Cape Town.