What to Pack

Getting There:

Ten major airlines fly to Cape Town International Airport (CPT), which is located about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) east of the city center off the N2 highway.

Sunscreen, Sunglasses and a Hat/Cap:

The sun is hot in Africa. I usually don’t burn much, but down here it’s definitely possible. We recommend at least SPF 30.


Light coloured clothing that doesn’t absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. In winter, you will need a warm jersey and a waterproof and windproof jacket. Even in summer it is a good to have a warm jacket to put on as when the wind blows, it can be pretty chilly and even in summer the evenings can be quite cool. It is always best to dress a bit like an onion, in layers so that you can take off and put on as the weather changes. The last thing you want is to spoil a romantic sunset because of goose bumps! Comfortable sandals and trainers/sneakers. Swimming costume, a must to enjoy all our beautiful beaches.


SA plugs are std 3 pin round, 220 volt fittings although many places will have adapters for 2 plug round (i.e. shavers, electric toothbrush)

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear:

Hotels will mostly not supply beach towels although you could buy them for your trip in Cape Town cheaply & leave them behind afterwards.

Insect Repellent:

Summer in Cape Town unfortunately includes mosquito’s or other small biting insects, and many guest houses do not have screens. Insect repellent is vital for a comfortable night.


Street crime is a problem, but not a major threat if you apply the simple rules for any big city in the world. Don’t take back streets at night. Don’t go into the townships alone. Leave valuables in the hotel safe. Keep cameras close and bear in mind the hoary old advice about not looking too much like a tourist.


Cape Town’s currency is the South African rand. For current conversion rates go to our prices page.

Phone Calls:

Cape Town’s area code is 021. For phone calls to Cape Town from within South Africa, dial 021 seven-digit phone number. For phone calls to Cape Town from outside South Africa, dial your country’s international access code 27 21 seven-digit phone number.

Tap Water:

South Africa reportedly has the best tap water in the world. It’s perfectly safe to drink it.


We can promise you, you will use it a lot!

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Our tour with Julie was a highlight of our visit to South Africa. Along with the major scenic stops we were able to spend some time at some areas we had specific interest such a local weekend market. Additionally, Julie was very helpful with helping sort out some other areas of our trip with transportation & running down something we'd left at the hotel - going above & beyond. We'll recommend her for our friends or family visiting the Cape Town area in the future - thank you!

Claire N 20th September 2023

Again, a Fantastic Experience I can only give 5 stars and Julie deserves 10+. This was our 4th visit to Cape Town and the 4th time we engaged Julie to show us around the surrounding area. As always, she turned up trumps. She is an excellent tour guide; she adapts the day to whatever you want to do without fuss and with great efficiency. The fact that on every visit to the beautiful city we have used Julie shows how much we appreciate her tours. We would never use anyone else. She is so knowledgeable and adaptable. On our first day, the rain set in but this didn't stop her finding us things to do in wet weather circumstances. My Continue Reading

Mel R. 20th September 2023

  "This is my second time using Julie’s services. She’s professional, meticulous and pays attention to detail.Expect a tour filled with Julie’s in depth knowledge of the Cape. Expect fun and laughter - in addition to being professional, she’s witty and kind.I HIGHLY recommend Cape Splendour Day Tours."

KholofeloSS 13th October 2021

Julie has a vast knowledge of the area and her tours are fantastic. However, it doesn’t end there. Julie was an enormous help in planning the Garden Route section of our trip before we arrived in SA as well as helping us after with a vendor that did not ship our goods.

Steph H 20th September 2023

Cape Town exceeded my expectations and my many thanks and appreciation to Julie for accommodating and enhancing my travels! From my initial communications, Julie answered my questions on a timely basis and took the initiative to provided suggestions and recommendations based upon my interests. Our tour days were well planned and Julie provided excellent knowledge and tips. I hope that I will sometime have the opportunity to return to Cape Town and would look forward to more "Cape Splendour" tours!

Linda M ,Sausalito, California 13th October 2021