Affectionately known by South Africans as The Mother City, Cape Town offers the best of seaside living and city life. You’ll be charmed by its distinctive mix of European, African and Asian sensibilities and flavours.
Prepare for Cape Town
Be well prepared for your trip. Access information on safety and health, current affairs, what to read and, if you have time, some local language.
Tips for Cape Town
Our tips to get more from your visit.
by J M Coetzee (winner of Booker prize)
English is widely spoken. You are likely to hear some of the following local vernacular:
Howzit? = How are you doing?
Shap Shap = All good
Lekker = Good or nice
Eish = Wow! or Oh dear!
Now-Now, Just-Now, Now = Degrees of expressing how soon something will happen, anywhere from immediately to a very long time from now!