Fly To Cape Town
Cape Town is a dream destination for locals and foreigners alike. The Mother City endears itself to all who have visited her idyllic shores. Azure seas lap white sandy beaches, the vibrant city pulses with majestic Table Mountain as her backdrop, and hometown pride runs thick through the colourful locals.
Cape Town has always been a firm favourite as a travel destination for South Africans and foreigners alike. Voted the number 1 tourist destination in 2011, the fair Cape has a lot to offer any type of traveller. If you’re looking for affordability when it comes to booking your Cape Town trip, then you’re in no better place
This world renowned tourist destination is located at the tip of the Southern Africa. One of very few places where you are able to indulge in the finest seafood, lush mountainous areas, winelands or even soak up the sun in the many white sandy beaches than in ‘The Mother City’. With so much charisma and laid-back tendencies this city would leave you feeling like you on holiday every day of the week -and let’s be honest what could be better than that?
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Why visit Cape Town?
- From Table Mountain which is one of the 7wonders of the world to the ongoing parties in Long Street, and the scenic views in Stellenbosch-Cape Town definitely has it all!
- Only in this city are you able to experience South Africa’s history in a powerful and inspiring way by visiting places like Robben Island, Rhodes Memorial, and Iziko South African museum!
- Cape Town has been voted 'The best city in the world' by Telegraph, 'The most loved city in the world' by CNN World, and the 'Top 2 beach cities in the world' by National Geographic-and the list goes on!
Cape Town is a laid-back type of town, with its Mediterranean type weather pattern allowing beautifully hot, dry summer days; eased by a dip in the cool Atlantic. Winters are mild with intermittent rain and some cold weather; perfect for sitting fireside at a Wine Estate or visiting one of the many food and craft markets.
Cape Town is known for its Mediterranean weather. Peak seasons in Cape Town begins in November up until February. Famously known for being over-crowded and overpriced in order to accommodate the foreigners both local and international who make their way to the city especially the beaches.
Alternatively if you're looking for a more affordable and less crowded experience, the best time to visit Cape Town would be from March to May and September to November, these months are considered to be the shoulder seasons as the weather is pleasant and the prices for accommodation, food and souvenirs for example are much lower.
South Africa is known for being very diverse, there are eleven official languages in South Africa which can be found in Pretoria as well. These languages consist of Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu.
However Afrikaans is the most widely spoken language in the Western Cape, and other languages like isiXhosa and English are the second most spoken language in the Western Cape.
Some useful Afrikaans phrases to help you put are:
- Hello - Goeie dag
- Goodbye - Totsiens
- Sorry - Jammer
- Thank you - Dankie
- It has been estimated that two couples get hitched on Table Mountain every month.
- Cape Town was appointed the best place in the world to visit by the New York Times in 2014.
- Table Mountain National Park boasts more plant species than the British Isles or New Zealand.
Cape Town is the ultimate tourist destination due to the variety of attractions that the city has to offer, it is guaranteed that no matter what day of the week- this place has something going on that would appeal to you.
You can take a drive to the wine lands and experience the heritage of Cape Town by visiting the small town of Franschoek which is one of South Africa's oldest towns. And for those food and wine lovers Franschoek is also known for having some of the best restaurants within its borders, it has even been labelled 'The Wine and Food Capital' of South Africa.
If this small town is a bit too laid back for you-you should make your way to Long street and experience something different, this bohemian hang out is lined with some of Cape Towns most loved bars and ethnic restaurants, it becomes filled with many different and interesting characters that are looking to paint the town red.
Lastly, what would a visit to this city be without being able to sink your feet in many sandy beaches in this Mother City like Beta Beach which is situated ten minutes’ drive from the city centre and Oudekraal which lies right next door, or even Sandy Bay for those care-free spirits-this nudist beach is situated along the road between Cape Town to Cape Point and is not easily accessible.
Camps Bay where the rich and famous come out to play is a perfect place to soak up the great weather, and indulge in the many restaurants that are lined up on Camps Bay drive with a magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain-basically everywhere you look.
Cape Town is filled with so many attractions such as:
- Top 5 Museums in Cape Town
- Free Attractions for kids in Cape Town
- 6 of Cape Town’s most Scenic Drives
- Cape Town Jazz Festival
- High Teas in Cape Town
- Table Mountain Easter Egg Hunt
- 36 Hours in Cape Town
- Robben Island Tours
- Township Tours
- SAB Newlands Brewery Tour
- Table Mountain
- Shark Cage Diving at Hout Bay or Simons Town beaches
- Robben Island
- District Six
- Cape Point
- Signal Hill
- Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
- Seal Island
- Duiker Island
- Hout Bay Museum
- Two Oceans Aquarium
- Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town’s diverse multi-cultural ancestry has combined the influence of many cooking traditions - Italian, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, Moroccan, French, Portuguese, Congolese, Greek, Brazilian, Thai and Korean.
The city is renowned for its diverse and stylish restaurants and excellent food and being greeted by a soothing ocean breeze during your dining experience. Cape Town has an abundance of delicious and fresh seafood scattered across the peninsula.
Take advantage of the complete Cape Town experience at Strandlooper, this open air restaurant is always full so be sure to make a booking before going. Located 125km up the west cost of Cape Town this three to four hour eating experience will be one you will never forget.
Due to the large Muslim contingent dominating the Cape Town region Cape Malay quinine is readily available and enjoyed by many locals. Inherently the dishes are generally spicy with a few sweet treats to soothe the sting on the pallet. Famous dishes to try out include curries, sambals, pickled fish and a variety of fish stews and babotie.
Here are some of the best spots to tantilise your tastebuds:
- Royale Eatery
- 95 Keerom
- Bizerca Bistro
- Frères Bistro
- Chefs Warehouse & Canteen
- Pigalle Restaurant
- Marcos African Place
- La Parada
- Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar
- La Petite Ferme
- Franschhoek Wine Valley
Majority of the individuals found in Cape Town who practise religion would be of either Christian or Islamic belief.
The so called “coloured” community play a significant role in this city, they descended from the intermarriage of white settlers, African natives, and Asian slaves who previously were brought to South Africa from the Dutch colonies of Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries.
They Cape Town dialect has a strong influence of both English and Afrikaans and most of the time a hybrid of the 2 are used by locals.
While the Muslims referred to as the ‘Cape Malay’ community have a vested rich culture and traditions that have played a major role in shaping the history and diversity of Cape Town. Places like Bo-Kaap which is said to be the spiritual home of the Cape’s Muslim community and District six depict the history and culture of Cape Town.
This city is known for being the city where different cultures simultaneously coexist like nowhere else in the world. This is a city where all religions are respected and accepted, there are no serious restrictions with regards to religion besides the fact that you should respect the religion followed by others as discriminating against other religions is not accepted.
Cape Town like any city around the world has its bad sides and its good side. You should remain aware of your surroundings at all times especially if you are new to the city.
When out and about on tour and sight-seeing you should adhere to the following guidelines:
- Cape Town Tourism recommends the use of a qualified mountain guide should you wish to explore Table Mountain National Park on foot. Alternatively, make sure you take a Table Mountain map, comfortable walking shoes, a few friends and a charged cell phone (mobile).
- Make sure you are also prepared for weather that can change rapidly; bring sunblock and something warm to wear.
- Start heading back well before dark and keep to demarcated paths.
- Save the following emergency number on your cell phone before you begin your hike: +27 861 106 417.
- Never carry a lot of cash on you.
- It is best to leave valuables in the safes/lockers that are provided in hotel rooms.
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90.00||R 100.00||R 100|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 19.50|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19.00||R 20.00||R 18.83|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 10|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35.00||R 35.00||R 33.50|
About Cape Town Airport
Cape Town International Airport (airport code CPT) is situated within easy driving distance from the Cape Town city centre and is the second largest airport in South Africa next to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo Airport. The Cape Town Airport underwent an upgrade in 2010 and is of a world class standard catering for major tourist traffic. Cape Town airport used to be known as D.F. Malan Airport but changed its name to Cape Town International Airport when the new South African government came into power in the mid 1990’s.
Food and beverages: There are many restaurants that are located within the airport they include KFC, Barcelos, Primi Cafe, Spur, Mugg and Bean, and Ocean Basket.
Exchange currency: Bidvest is the currency exchange office that is located within the airport.
Lost luggage: If you lost any item of luggage you should contact your handling airline or go to the information desk at the airport for more assistance.
Car hire: The car hire dealerships at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, National, Nissan, Sixt, and Thrifty. To hire cars in Cape Town here.
Airport hotels: The Road Lodge at Cape Town International. To book hotels in Cape Town click here
Airport hub: Cape Town International Airport (code: CPT) is a hub for Mango and South African Express.
Cape Town Airport Parking Rates
- Shaded parking P3 – R8 per hour
- Shaded parking P4 – R10 per hour
- Multi-Storey Parkade P1 & P2 – R16 per hour
Remember to pay for parking before you leave at one of the many pay stations located as you enter/exit the terminal buildings. Cape Town Airport parking pay stations accept coins (R1, R2 and R5) and notes (R10, R20, R50 and R100). All major credit cards are also accepted. Parking attendants are on hand to assist with any problems or change issues.
Please note there is a lost parking ticket penalty of R150. All parking facilities are equipped with state of the art CCTV cameras and both parkades have a system that displays the number of parking bays available.
Long Term Parking Long term parking is available at Cape Town Airport in P5. You’ll pay R65 for the first day, R135 for the second day and R35 per day thereafter.
Bus Service from Cape Town International Airport There is a bus service that runs between Cape Town International Airport and the Cape Town Civic Centre in the CBD. The trip takes about 30 minutes outside peak traffic times and tickets cost R50, making it the cheapest option for transport to and from the airport. Tickets are sold at the airport and the Civic Centre.
The information on this page is correct as of April 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.