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.
For your first trip, arrange your transport from the airport before you arrive or book an Uber on arrival.
Get advice from your hotel about the best forms of transport including chauffeur-driven cars and taxis.
Uber is readily available and widely used.
Avoid the rush hour until 10am and between 3pm and 6pm.
Visitors will incur roaming charges when using a foreign mobile phone for calls or data.
You may choose to only use your handset for data when WiFi is freely available, such as in your hotel. But if you need more flexibility, and if you have an unlocked handset, buy a local pay-as-you-go SIM card.
SIM cards may be bought at the airport, at supermarkets and at mobile phone stores.
You will be required to produce your passport and evidence of accommodation.
The largest service providers are Vodacom, MTN and Cell C.
Have the vendor set up the SIM card for you, load the initial airtime and explain how you can add more airtime when needed.
All visitors under the age of 18 must be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate.
On arrival, try to get to the immigration counter as quickly as possible.
Leave your passport somewhere safe and carry a photocopy on you at all times.
Don’t take photographs of officials and official buildings. Ask people before photographing them.
Being friendly goes a long way!