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- South Africa is affordable - It boasts of unforgettable wildlife and outstanding natural beauty
- South Africa plays host to the 2010 Soccer World Cup
- Wifelife is awesome! See the Big Five - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino
- It easy to get around, find a comfortable place to stay, have a wonderful meal and connect with nature
Plenty of things to do in Cape Town
The Real Deal
- All visitors need valid passports to enter South Africa
- Today it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa
Things to do in Cape Town
The Republic of South Africa is the country at the southern tip of Africa. A highly acclaimed destination for tourism, South Africa’s location gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy activities ranging from the most extreme African safaris to the most luxurious dining experiences. Bordering the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, South Africa is nestled between Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. The wildlife and natural beauty of South Africa will leave travelers as awestruck as it did the Dutch East India Company personnel who founded a station at Cape Town in 1652.
Cape Town is acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful cities because of its geography. Famous for its harbor as well as its unique natural setting in the Cape Floral Kingdom, Cape Town tourism boasts well-known landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point. A diverse range of tourist attractions, sights and activities make Cape Town an exciting destination.
A visit to one of Cape Town’s markets is a great way to pickup gifts and travel souvenirs from a wide variety of local designers, artists and new entrepreneurs. The pulse of Cape Town can be felt in the cobblestoned streets and vibrant craft markets of Greenmarket Square. African carvings, masks and drums, beadwork and jewelry are displayed alongside clothing, leatherworks and ceramics. The waterfront shopping is rich and varied; shoppers will not want to miss this exceptional area.
Cape Town is home to a wide variety of excellent restaurants. An eclectic range of cuisine from fresh Mediterranean flavors to exotic Asian spices will tantalize guests’ taste buds. Local Cape Malay dishes and traditional African meals will delight inquisitive diners. Ostrich is popular, while more exotic game such as springbok and kudu can be found on some menus. Excellent wine lists, memorable ambience and superb views can be found at countless beachfront and waterside restaurants.
Cape Town’s wide variety of activities such as water sports (including diving, surfing, sailing and angling), wine tasting, shopping, scenic drives, mountaineering, hiking, kite flying, hang gliding, parasailing and bird and whale watching trips are legendary. Cruises around the Cape of Good Hope are popular as are a number of harbor cruises and sundowner cruises that depart from the waterfront. From the lavish and luxurious to backpacking, Cape Town has something for everyone. From the inviting beaches to the vibrant waterfront and award-winning wine farms, time spent in Cape Town will not be forgotten.
Cape Town, Cape Town International Airport
- Broken clouds
- Temperature: 15 °C
- Wind: North, 20.4 km/h
- Pressure: 1018 hPa
- Rel. Humidity: 77 %
- Visibility: 10 km
- The official currency of South Africa is the rand (ZAR)
- Eastern European Time, Europe, UTC + 2 hours
- South Africa is a multilingual country, which has 11 officially recognized languages and numerous "unofficial" languages such as African, European, Asian and more. English is generally understood throughout the country and is the main language used in business, politics and with the media
- 220/230V 50 Hz
Best Time To Travel
- South Africa is a great year-round destination!
- Dry Season: June-September
- Peak Seasons along the Coast: Christmas, New Years and Easter
Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Fourteen public holidays are observed in South Africa during the year
- A 14% VAT is presently levied on most supplies and importations
- Foreign tourists may claim back VAT paid on items that will be taken out of the country by completing a VAT Refund Control Sheet (VAT 255)
- Tipping is expected in South Africa
- Visitors should plan to tip taxis and restaurants a minimum of 10% for services
What To Pack
- Pack sunscreen – lots of it – and a hat and sunglasses.
- Most of the time you'll be most comfortable in light, summer-weight clothes.
- Be sure to pack a warm jacket and comfortable walking shoes.
- Don't foget a rain jacket.