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