views overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa

Travelling to Cape Town – A Quick Introduction To The City

Published on: May 22nd, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Travelling to Cape Town is a backpackers and travel adventurers dream and one of my most enjoyable destinations. It has a wild side that allows you to swim with Great White sharks, go fishing for tuna 50km off shore, plenty of rugged hiking paths to enjoy and wildlife that is some of the toughest on earth.

Dispute this wild and raw environment though it also has the ability to standout as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A visit to Cape Town can have you witnessing cute little penguins going about their daily lives, let you see houses that line the streets with just as vivid of a story to tell from the past as their colourful appearance and a gorgeous landscape and mountain range that creates the perfect city backdrop.

Below is a quick introduction to travelling in Cape Town, South Africa, one of the most enjoyable cities I’ve travelled to so far.

travelling to Cape Town South Africa

The Brief History of Cape Town

Located in South African’s southwest coast, Cape Town is often referred to as the “Mother City” and is home to some of the country’s most important history and culture. The Koi people are said to be the first inhabitants, establishing themselves around 2,000 years ago. The first European explorer sailed around the southernmost tip of Africa in 1488, but it wasn’t until 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck set up the supply station for the Dutch East India Company that Europeans inhabited the area. 1654 is when Cape Town saw it’s first Asian immigrants from current day Indonesia. Brought over as slaves by the Dutch East India Company to work on the local farms. These slaves would come to form current populations of Cape coloureds and Cape Malay as well as introducing Islam to Cape Town.

In 1688 the first non-Dutch immigrants arrived, fleeing Catholic France due to anti-Protestant persecution. This population formed the town of Franschhoek and would bring the activity of winemaking with them. In 1795 the English invaded the Dutch controlled Cape Colony during the Battle of Muizenberg. A peace treaty formed in 1802 would return control to the Dutch before the Battle of Blaauwberg in 1806, the British would hold permanent control from 1814 to 1960. During this time, Britain would establish the Union of South Africa in 1910 which merged Cape Colony with the Colony of Natal and the two Boer Republics, after the second Boer War due to the finding of diamonds and gold in South Africa. These merged territories would later become known as South Africa with Cape Town as the legislative capital.

In 1948, Apartheid rose to power. This was a political platform that divided South Africans into four racial groupings as well as the Group Areas, Act-a law, that grouped areas of residence by race. Apartheid would rule until the early 1990s when Nelson Mandela was voted into power during South Africa’s first-ever ‘free and fair elections’ in which over 20,000,000 South Africans cast their votes, many for the first time in their lives. Mandela would hold power as president until 1999 when he was replaced by Thabo Mbeki. Currently, Cyril Ramaphosa is the country’s President, winning the most recent general election held in May 2019.

Cape Town of Today

Today, Cape Town rules as one of the top tourist destinations in the world, seeing over 2.6 million tourists making the trip to Cape Town in 2018, a 9.6% growth in tourists from 2017. This was matched by double-digit percentage growth in Cape Town tourist numbers in 2019. Cape Town is one of South Africa’s three major capitals (Pretoria and Bloemfontein). Due to South Africa’s large number of various ethnicities, there are 11 official languages in the country including Afrikaans, English, Sepedi, Sesotho, and many more.

views overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa
This is a view over the city of Cape Town nowadays. You can see the sports stadium, Lions Head, Table Mounatin and the city of Cape Town

Visiting Cape Town – How to Get There

There are many different ways to travel to Cape Town, South Africa which all depend on where you’re coming from. The most popular ways to get there include flying, taking a bus, taxi or cruise ship. If you’re travelling on land and will be crossing a border, taking a bus would be the most efficient and quickest way to travel to Cape Town. If you’re travelling alone or with another person/group, you may want to think about taking a shared taxi to cut the cost of travel, but this will certainly be an expensive option and one to try and avoid in my opinion. 

You can get more information about bus or shared taxi border crossing here. You can enter South Africa via land through Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

The primary airport in Cape Town is called, Cape Town International Airport, and it’s located only 20 kilometres from the centre of the city. It’s notably the second-busiest airport in South Africa and the fourth busiest in all of Africa. The airport offers both domestic and international flights, with the air route between Cape Town and Johannesburg being the world’s ninth busiest air route in 2011. You can find direct flights to several international destinations including Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States which makes taking a trip to Cape Town an easy task for many.

Flying options to Cape Town

If you’re flying from the U.K to South Africa, flying with South African and British Airways offer the most direct flights. Flying from London to Cape Town direct is about a twelve-hour flight.

If you’re flying from Germany to South Africa, during the summer months flying with Lufthansa Airlines will offer a direct flight from Frankfurt and Air Berlin offers direct flights from Munich to Cape Town. During the off-months, Lufthansa and South African Airways offer direct flights from Frankfurt and Munich to Johannesburg.

If you’re flying from the U.S to South Africa, the only direct flights to South Africa are with South African Airways (From JFK New York and Washington Dulles) and Delta Airlines (from Atlanta).

Finally, If you’re flying from Australia, Qantas offers direct flights to Johannesburg from Sydney and South African Airways offers direct flights from Perth.

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Accommodation Options – The best place to stay in Cape Town

One of the most important parts when booking a trip anywhere is finding the best accommodations and tastiest restaurants. Cape Town is full of a number of amazing places to stay, fantastic eating venues and has plenty of adventure activities to do Cape Town. With award-winning restaurants and scenic views, there is a lot to choose from and it can be overwhelming to find the best fit for your trip. So, I’ve broken it down to hopefully narrow your search.

Where to stay in South Africa Cape Town – Best Neighborhoods

Below are some of the best neighbourhoods to stay in when visiting Cape Town. They are the safest areas and certainly used to getting their fair share of tourists visiting each and every year. I suggest booking in one of these areas to ensure an enjoyable trip to Cape Town.

V&A Waterfront: 

One of Cape Towns hot spots for tourists filled with hotels, restaurants, and bars all conveniently within walking distance of one another. Known for being a hub for visitors and the Cape Town shopping centre, the V&A is one of the safer neighbourhoods in Cape Town. Some popular attractions at the V&A Waterfront include the Aquarium, Robben Island Museum, local shopping, and events held throughout the year.

Get more info here

Sea Point: 

Known for being a suburb filled with ‘character and quirkiness’, Sea Point is where you’ll find many gay bars and clubs as well as vibrant and lively restaurants, bars and shops. The Sea Point Promenade is a selling point for many and one of the best Cape Town beaches. It stretches for several kilometres along the Atlantic Ocean.

Get more info here

Cape Town where to stay – Hotel Options for Every Budget

Here is a selection of hotel options in the city perfect for whichever travel budget you wish to visit Cape Town on. You will find backpackers and hotels in great locations in Cape Town.

Green Elephant Backpackers Hostel (4.1 stars)

This is a well-positioned backpackers hostel found in Cape Town and one of the best value for money accommodation options in the city. It is a place you are sure to make friends and find someone else looking for a travel partner to explore the city with or to climb one of the hikes, found in or close to Cape Town, find the best hikes in Cape Town

Accommodation information:

Average Price Per Night: $20

Located in Observatory and offers accommodations to backpackers, medical interns, volunteers, students or people looking to meet fellow travellers.

Amenities: Free Parking, Free Wi-Fi, outdoor plunge pool, outdoor lounge areas, dorm-style or private rooms available.

Things to do Nearby: Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and V&A Waterfront

Get more info or book here

Cape Heritage Hotel (5 stars) 

A hotel perfect for couples travelling Cape Town that are looking to get some privacy away from a backpackers, yet still trying to keep the cost of accommodation down as much as possible. 

Accommodation information:

Average Price Per Night: $139

Located on Bree Street in Heritage Square, this boutique was originally built in the 18TH century.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, sauna, bicycle rentals, kids stay free, free breakfast, hot tub, complimentary welcome drink. Rooms with mountain or city views available.

Things to do Nearby: V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head

Get more info or book here

POD Campus Bay Boutique Hotel (5 stars)

A safe and affordable option for couples wanting to spend their time in Cape Town a little bit further out of the city centre. There is a nice beach right next to the hotel and you can get amazing views of the surrounding coastline or mountain ranges of Table Mountain.  If your itinerary for Cape Town is more of a slow-paced and romantic trip then this place is a nice option

Lions Head Mountain with cloud around it and the sun setting in the background
Lions Head Mountain is a popular and easier hike to do in Cape Town that still offers fantastic views of the city and a nice location to watch a sunrise/sunset
Accommodation information:

Average Price Per Night: $295

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, lap pool, rooms with walk-in showers, same-day laundry service. Offers luxury rooms with their own sunbathing patios and plunge pools, as well as rooms with mountain or ocean views.

Things to do Nearby: Campus Bay Beach, Theatre on the Bay, Greenpoint Park

Get more info or book here

Tintswalo Atlantic (5 stars)

This is the hotel for you if you’re either travelling to Cape Town South Africa on a special occasion or you simply have the cash to burn, unfortunately, that is certainly not me. I have been informed however that this is a great hotel if you desire somewhere special. If the outside and surrounding area is anything to go by then I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. 

Accommodation information:

Average Price Per Night: $612 (well over my budget)

Overlooking Cape Town’s iconic Sentinel mountain, this hotel is the only one permitted to operate within the boundaries of the world-renowned Heritage site. This exclusive 12-suite hotel is nestled at the base of the ocean perched on a pebbled beach.

Amenities: Free Parking, Wi-Fi, On-site beach, private balconies, Spa, suite-only rooms.

Things to do Nearby: Silvermine Nature Reserve, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Constantia Valley

Get more info or book here

That is a selection of the best places to stay in Cape Town no matter what your travel budget may be. I usually always try to stay in hostels, small budget style hotels or Airbnb accommodation when I’m travelling.

The best area to stay in Cape Town, in my opinion, is close to the city centre as you can cut the cost of extra travel expenses by walking throughout the day to many of the attractions. Of a night you can also grab a taxi if required and quickly and cheaply arrive o your accommodation. Get extra hotel and restaurant recommendations for your trip to Cape Town.

The Best Time to Visit Cape Town

When booking your trip to Cape Town one handy thing to remember is that if you’re located in the northern hemisphere the seasons are opposite. So, if its winter in the northern hemisphere its summer in the southern hemisphere. Cape Town sees on average over 1.5 million visitors a year (that number is rising each year), so if you want to experience travelling Cape Town without all the extra people, March to May will be your best time to visit Cape Town.

A group penguins living at Boulders Beach near Cape Town, South Africa
A collection of the local penguins that live on the beaches in an area just outside of Cape Town called Boulders Beach

The cheapest time to visit Cape Town

Below is a suggestion of the cheapest times throughout the year to visit Cape Town. I have also added a key event that occurs during this period that will either interest you to see on your Cape Town travels or maybe best to avoid. Especially if low tourist season and a budget trip are really what you’re looking for.

Travel to South Africa Cape Town – Visiting in March to May: 

This is the period of South Africa’s autumn. The weather is still warm, but not hot, crowds begin to thin out which means local accommodation prices are slightly lower, the best places to stay in Cape Town are available and the nearby attractions and tours will be a little less crowded.

KEY EVENTS:

Below is a key event to think about either planning your trip around or potentially avoiding if they don’t interest you.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival (March)

Known for being the flagship event for local event management company espAfrika, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is also referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering,” this festival is the largest music event in Arica.

Travel to South Africa Cape Town – Visiting in June to August: 

This is when it’s winter in Cape Town, temperatures have dropped and the city is relatively free of tourists and as a result, you will grab an accommodation bargain as lodging prices drop. The best things to do in Cape Town South Africa also become a lot cheaper and easier to book.

KEY EVENTS:

Below is a key event to think about either planning your trip around or potentially avoiding if they don’t interest you.

Cape Town Nu World Festival (July)

Held during Mandela Day weekend at Cape Town’s City Hall. This two-day music festival is said to “inspire, unite, and educate” event-goers by representing South Africa (and beyond) in a musical discovery journey. Get more info and tickets here.

If you are aiming to travel during the cheapest time then chances are you will also be looking for cheap things to do Cape Town South Africa as well. An itinerary for Cape Town needs to include a few of these cheap activities.

Travel to Cape Town – Visa Requirements for South Africa

Before travelling anywhere, it’s important to know if there are certain requirements that need to be met beforehand. According to Civic and Immigration Services, any U.S. Citizen visiting South Africa for 90 days or less for tourism or business do not need to obtain visas before travelling to South Africa. Many other nationalities follow the same rule but it’s best to check to ensure no changes have taken place. 

Anyone wanting to visit South Africa must have passports/travel documents valid for 30 more days after the intended return date from S.A and your passport must contain at least 2 unused pages labelled Visa.

Anyone who is a U.S green card holder or a national of other countries need to double-check if they have to apply for a visa. You can find out here

Some Visa exempt countries include Algeria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Japan, Peru and Sweden. Other countries such as India, Colombia and Mexico are required to apply for a Visa but are exempt from visa fees. Read the full list here.

If you’re travelling to South Africa to study or work you’re required to apply for a temporary residence or visitors Visa. A temporary residence Visa is required if you plan on being in South Africa for more than three months but no more than three years. There are specific Visa’s with specific requirements depending on what you’re travelling there for. 

Cape Town trips – Full South Africa Visa Breakdown

Study Visa: 

Issued to foreigners intending to take up studies in South Africa.

Treaty Visa: 

Issued to foreigners conducting activities in South Africa in terms of an international agreement to which South Africa is a party

Relative’s Visa: 

Relatives/spouses of South Africa citizens or residents intending to move to South Africa and take up permanent residence

Medical visa: 

Issued to foreigners intending to visit South Africa for the purpose of undergoing medical treatment

Retired person’s visa: 

Issued to retirees intending to live in South Africa for limited or seasonal periods

Business visa: 

Issued to foreigners intending to establish or invest in a business in South Africa

Work visa:

General: For foreigners with general qualifications intending to work in South Africa.

Intra-company transfer: Issued to foreigners being transferred by their own company to an affiliate company in South Africa.

Critical skills work: Issued to applicants in possession of exceptional skills or qualifications that are scarce in South Africa

Corporate visa

Exchange visa: Issued to applicants under the age of 25 years and may only conduct work for one year.

Trips to Cape Town – Required Vaccines for South Africa

Being aware of current health issues when travelling is important. When travelling and trying to enjoy yourself, the last thing you want to deal with is a health emergency or unexpected illness.

Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases are present in South Africa, and various antimalarials are needed depending on where in the country you plan on travelling to. Here is a quick list of the recommended vaccines, always check with your GP before travelling overseas for the recommended vaccinations at the time of travel.

Potential vaccines for travel in South Africa

Hepatitis A:

Spreads through food and water and is recommended for most travellers.

Hepatitis B:

Spreads through blood and body fluids, recommended for most travellers.

Typhoid:

Spread through food and water and is recommended for most travellers especially those who will be visiting smaller cities or rural areas.

Yellow Fever:

Spread through mosquitos and is required for anyone travelling to or from a country with yellow fever prevalence.

Rabies:

Spreads through the saliva of infected animals. This vaccine is recommended based on your itinerary and planned activities. If you decide to get your rabies vaccine, you should get your first pre-exposure vaccine at least 28 days before your trip and two boosters within 28 days of the first dose.

Remember it’s always recommended to consult your doctor at least 30 days prior to travelling to ensure you have the required to schedule your vaccinations.

Other Cities to Visit in South Africa 

Although Cape Town is a hot spot, there are many other beautiful cities and towns to visit in South Africa. Below is a list of other cities you should consider visiting while your in South Africa.

Mossel Bay: 

Known for its beautiful beaches and incredible surf, Mossel Bay is the place to be if you love the outdoors. Located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, this beautiful harbour town is a must-see.

Durban: 

This oceanside city is the third-largest city in South Africa. Located on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Durban has the largest Indian population outside India. Only a two hour trip from Cape Town, enjoy the golden mile-a 6km stretch of beach for incredible surf, vendors and dining.

Johannesburg: 

With close to ten million residents, Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and known as the ‘heart’ of sub-Saharan Africa. The Apartheid Museum is located here, as well as caves and nature reserves you can explore.

Pretoria: 

One of South Africa’s capital cities, Pretoria is located only 50km from Johannesburg. Pretoria is filled with historical attractions such as the Church Square landmark of the Voortrekker Monument as well as the Paul Kruger and Luis Botha statues. You can also find the Kruger Museum and the National Cultural History Museum here.

Cape Winelands: 

Most of South Africa’s vineyards are located here, about 80km from Cape Town. This collection of historical towns is home to some of the best wineries in the country. I completed a day trip from Cape Town to Stellenbosch wine region and learnt a lot about the area while also enjoying a day of great wine and delicious local food.

You can learn more or book a tour from Cape Town here

Hermanus: 

Located closer to the southern coast of Africa. This coastal town is known for shore-based whale-watching. Southern right whales come to the shallow waters each year to mate and breed. Built-in-telescopes along the 25km cliff line allow visitors to watch as these animals in their natural habitat.

Bloemfontein: 

One of South Africa’s three national capitals, Bloemfontein is also called “the city of roses” due to its yearly rose festival. This beautiful city is also the judicial capital of the Republic of South Africa. Historical landmarks in the city include the National Court of Appeal, the province’s oldest Dutch Reformed Church, the fourth Raadsaal and the Old Raadsaal.

Get more information on other areas to visit while in the country by using this South Africa Travel Guide.

National Parks You Can Visit From Cape Town

If you’re travelling to South Africa to go on Safari’s, see Big 5 wildlife, or find picturesque views there are a few National Parks you might want to add to your itinerary for Cape Town. For a more detailed look at the best National Parks you can visit from Cape Town I suggest seeing this related post. Below are just some of the National Parks found close to Cape Town. In total South Africa has 20 National Parks found across the country and many offer a unique vacation in Africa.

Table Mountain Park: 

Natural World Heritage site and listed as one of the Natural New 7 Wonder of the World, Table Mountain is featured as the number one National Park to visit when in Cape Town in many other travel blogs and leading websites. Table Mountain is also the country’s number one photographed attraction that offers glorious views from the top, beautiful hiking trails and a vast array of plants and wildlife. I personally climbed up Table Mountain while in Cape Town and had a great hike. Find out more about hiking Table Mountain plus the other ways you can arrive at the top of Table Mountain.    

Find out how to hike to the top of Table Mountain Park  

A cable car moving up the side of Table Mountain in Cape Town with the ocean in the background
This is the cable car that runs up the side of Table Mountain for people wanting to get to the top without hiking. The views over Cape Town from Table Mountain are amazing

West Coast National Park: 

Located only 80km from Cape Town, it was established in 1985 with the hopes of conserving the Langebaan Lagoon and surrounding landscapes. Travellers can spot over 200 species of land and sea animals, or find fossils said to be located throughout the park.

Find where West Coast National Park is located and the tours that travel there from Cape Town. It is a good day trip in Cape Town if you have the time to spare.

Bontebok National Park: 

Although it is the smallest national park in South Africa, Bontebok has the highest density of rare and endangered bird and animal species as well as a large display of plant life.

Find where Bontebok National Park is located 

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: 

Located in the Kalahari Desert, this park is known for its red dunes and dry rivers. Notable wildlife include wildebeest, raptors and black-maned Kalahari lions.

Find where Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is located 

Kruger National Park: 

Located in northeastern South Africa, Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves as well as one of the most famous and well-visited by locals and tourists of South Africa. This Big5 park is home to lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, buffalos, and diverse bird species. The best time to visit Kruger National Park will also be during the drier winter months from May to September when animals can be seen due to the thinning of the bush.

Discover once in a lifetime tours at Kruger National Park

two lionesses laying in the shade to escape the heat in South Africa
Completing a wildlife safari in Africa and having the chance to get up close and watch wildlife is a highlight of any trip to the continent

Addo Elephant National Park: 

Located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park is famous for its local elephants that have a brownish skin colour due to the red soil they live near. It’s South Africa’s third-largest national reserve and has one of the densest African elephant populations in the continent, roughly about 550 elephants.

When the park was first established in 1931 there were only 11 elephants remaining in the area. Recently expanded, Addo Elephant National Park is now the only park in the world to have a claim to Africa’s ‘Big 7’ which is the elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark.

Discover once in a lifetime tours at Addo Elephant National Park

Blyde River Canyon: 

Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons on earth and has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the planet. Blyde River Canyon is the second-largest canyon in Africa, Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa, and is known as one of the great wonders of nature. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding, white water rafting, kloofing, hot-air ballooning, fly fishing, biking and boat board with some of Africa’s most beautiful views.

Learn more about the park and its accommodations here

Find where Blyde River Canyon is located

Many of these National Parks can be visited as part of a road trip from Cape Town or seen as part of an organised tour.

Safety in Cape Town

With 3.81 million people, Cape Town in South Africa is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. However, with that large amount of a population, safety has been the main concern for tourists travelling to Cape Town and surrounding areas. Although it may have a bad rap, Cape Town is indeed safe for tourists, although there are some things to be aware of when visiting. 

Here are a few safety tips for visiting Cape Town:

By following these simple Cape Town safety tips you can assist yourself staying safe and enjoying the most of the second largest city of South Africa. Cape Town has a reputation of being a little dangerous and unsafe but those issues can be avoided and dramatically reduced with a little bit of smart forward-thinking.

Try to Walk As Little As You Can: 

Take a taxi, especially at night. Muggings and robberies are one of the top reported crimes in Cape Town. Try to avoid this by taking a marked taxi cab wherever you’re trying to visit and try not to go walking alone while you travel Cape Town where possible.

Don’t be Flashy: 

As mentioned above pickpocketing and muggings are a problem in every major city and possibly more common than most in Cape Town. To be on the safe side try not to draw attention to yourself and don’t pack any flashy jewellery or super expensive clothes for your trip. Another tip is to keep your hands in your pockets and backpacks on the front of your body.

Don’t Carry Large Amounts of Cash:

While going out for dinner or a few drinks of an evening try and avoid taking to much cash with you. I emptied my wallet completely of cards and even ID (most clubs won’t ask for them) and only took enough cash to grab a few drinks or dinner. I left a small amount in my wallet and the rest tucked in my sock or shoe. While I never had any issues personally I had heard of others getting mugged and I know it’s best to just hand over your wallet if confronted.

Stay in the Major Touristy Areas and Be Aware of Which Areas to Avoid: 

Townships in general have been known to have a higher crime rate than other areas in Cape Town. It’s recommended they only be visited as part of an organized tour or group, and always avoid picnic areas or beaches that are isolated.

Doing a Township tour with an organised group is a popular thing to do in Cape Town. Find the tour I have done below, it was a professional trip with a local guide of the Township.

Best Township tour from Cape Town

Be Aware of Common Scams and What to Look Out for: 

This includes carjackings, luggage theft at the airport, Food or drinks being spiked and tourist police scams. Use common sense the same as you do with any foreign destination you are travelling to and you will be fine. 

Handy Things to Know Before Visiting Cape Town

  • Cars drive on the left side
  • Rugby and cricket are major sports in the country
  • Make sure to bring and wear comfortable shoes for walking in the city as well as any hiking you decide to do. Find a list of the best hikes near Cape Town
  • Make sure you have a power converter/adaptor. South Africa has very different plugs to anywhere else in the world. They are three pinned with a thick top pin, and are 15 amp 3-prong, with round plugs. Grab a power converter/adaptor here
  • The tap water is usually safe to drink in major cities, but always double-check if you’re visiting smaller or more rural towns

Common slang:

  • “Just Now” – This doesn’t actually men right now, it’s an undetermined amount of time and if someone tells you they’re going to pick you up ‘just now’, don’t rush.
  • “Now now” – This can either mean right now or as soon as possible
  • “Is it?” Means ‘really?’ And is usually followed up after hearing some surprising news
  • “Howzit?” Means ‘how’s it going?’ This is a standard, typical greeting throughout South Africa
  • “Robot” It means ‘stoplight’
  • “Leeker” Means ‘Cool, nice, great’
  •  “braai” Means ‘barbecue or grill’
  • Bra/Bru Means ‘brother’ or ‘dude’ the basic terms for male endearment

Invest in travel insurance: 

Although you never want to think something can go wrong while on a trip, it’s best to be prepared just in case you have unforeseen circumstances. Anything like flight cancellation, medical emergency, vehicle accidents, a large robbery and anything else can be easily covered. I have used World Nomads Insurance ever since I have been travelling and recommend them for anyone travelling with expensive gear like cameras, drones or laptops.

Grab an instant travel insurance quote for your trip to Cape Town here

Some interesting activities in the Cape Town city centre are:

●       Trip to Table mountain by either hiking or cable car

●       Walking Throughout District 6 and visiting the museum

●       Bo-Kaap walking tour

●       Hop on Hop off bus

●       V&A waterfront

●       Lions Head hike

●       Long Street for the nightlife or good African meal

Or, if you are fond of day trips and would like to hear some advice about what to invest your time in around and just outside of Cape Town, you can also find some first-hand experiences in my blogpost “Day trips from Cape Town”.

Here are some day trips from Cape Town you shouldn’t miss:

●       Stellenbosch wine tour

●       Boulders Beach

●       Cape of Good Hope National Park

●       Hout Bay for a meal

●       Langa Township

●       Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

●       Shark Cage diving

●       World of birds sanctuary

●       Adrenaline options: zip-lining, surfing and paragliding

Find out more of what is available both in Cape Town and the surrounding areas via this Cape Town travel guide.

Cape Town Blogs of Interest:

Cape Town Blog Series – All the information you will need to plan and enjoy a trip to Cape Town. A full guide of the city, activities to do in and around the area, safety advice, where to stay in Cape Town suggestions, recommended restaurants to eat at, hikes and safaris to do plus much more.

Victoria Falls Blog series – All the information required to plan and enjoy a trip to Victoria Falls. Find things to do in Victoria Falls, the best value accommodation option in Victoria Falls, restaurant advice, visa information and much more

Best Africa Safaris to do – find a selection of quality safari options that include South Africa and Zimbabwe

All other Africa Travel blogs – Information on these and other destinations such as Botswana, Namibia, Morocco and Egypt.

Organise Your Trip: Travel Advice and Tricks I Personally Use

Book Your Flight

Heading to either Skyscanner or Momondo are my methods of choice for this. They are my favourite as they search for flights from different companies all over the world. You can filter the results to suit your needs and ensure you land the best price every-time.

Book Your Accommodation

This is an important part of any holiday you’re going on. Read all the reviews and get the right accommodation via TripAdvisor. They even show you the best prices available at the time for that room from suppliers like Booking.com.For booking a hostel your best bet is to start with HostelWorld or possible even use CouchSurfing if you’re on a real budget.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is a must these days so you have a piece of mind you’re covered for anything that could go wrong while on your trip. I now never go on a trip away without travel insurance. I’ve been using World Nomads for the past few years.

My favourite companies that offer the best service and value are:

  • SafetyWing (cheaper option to just cover you for health issues)

Looking for the best companies to save money with?

As I have been travelling frequently over the last few years I’ve learnt some great tools to use for saving money when travelling. I have a travel resource page that lists all the trusted companies I personally use and rely on. I think you will find them good as well.

I also have a couple of great blogs that share quick and easy ways to save money on flights or accommodation. Take a look and save some cash on your next trip.

The Best Place To Book Your Tours

If you are someone you likes to have the best tours in one place and read reviews from other travellers about their personal experiences of each different tour then the best platform to use is GetYourGuide.

They offer the best tours, have money-back offers in case your trip is cancelled and ensure the price of each tour is the lowest possible.

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Introduction of what you need to know about travelling in Cape Town, South Africa

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Last Updated on: May 26th, 2020 at 9:07 am

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