Travel Guide

Cape Town

Definitely characterized by the imposing presence of Table Mountain with its trails and breathtaking views, Cape Town (or Cape Town) is the city to see during your trip to South Africa. With its Waterfront district, full of lively life between shops and restaurants with typical South African wine and local delights, do not miss a ferry visit on Robben Island, to discover the history of the island and its particularity.

Documents and Visas

Passport, visa and length of stay
To avoid any problems when you arrive in South Africa, make sure you have a valid passport.
The need for a visa depends on your nationality.
For all nationalities, the maximum duration of a trip is 90 days.

Embassies and consulates.
As you prepare for your trip, take note of the contact information for your embassy and consulates outside the capital. You can go there to reprint your travel documents in case of loss and to get a series of tips (health, safety, etc.). Each embassy usually has an emergency number that can only be used.if necessary. Most of the time there is also a social services office to help you, even in an emergency.

Health Councils

Given its large size, depending on the area of South Africa that you intend to visit, it is good practice to take information on which vaccinations must or can be carried out before departure.

There are no mandatory vaccinations for South Africa. Although, malaria prophylaxis is advisable: malaria remains widespread in some eastern areas of the country, such as near KwaZulu-Natal.
In addition, taking the trip to South Africa to carry out activities with animals or if you are staying on a campsite, rabies vaccination is recommended.

Useful Info

Population of Cape Town: approximately 3,497,097
Language: South Africa has 11 official languages. Of these, two are Indo-European languages and the other nine are Bantu languages.
The most spoken language in South Africa is Zulu (mother tongue for 24% of the population), followed byxhosa (18%) and from Afrikaans (13%); English is only in fifth place, however used as a supporting language for the tourism sector.

Religion: The most widespread religions are Christian (Protestantism, Catholicism, Anglicanism).

Currency: South Africa's currency is the South African rand.
Visa and MasterCard cards are accepted in most ATMs but also at banks and money changers. International credit cards are accepted practically everywhere as a method of payment. However, it is advisable to consult your bank before leaving.

Time zone: GMT + 02: 00

Climate: South Africa is characterized by different types of climate, mainly due to exposure and proximity to the sea and therefore to the influences of ocean currents. South Africa's climate is generally dry; dry periods are a fairly frequent phenomenon.

Cape Town is characterized by a Mediterranean climate. Summer is hot and dry, winter is cold and rainy.
The summer period extends from December to March inclusive, with the highest temperatures in January and February. The winter season instead runs from July to September and is characterized by rains, wind and temperatures around 18 ° degreesduring the day and 8 ° degrees in the evening..

What to eat

In addition to being a country full of colors and unspoiled nature, South Africa also has unique flavors and is one of the most popular cuisines on the African continent.

In Cape Town it is a must to taste the "Braai", the authentic grilled meat and the "Bobotie", minced meat and stewed and spiced curry fruit.

For game lovers and new tastes you can taste various meats such as ibex, antelope, ostrich and even crocodile.

Where stay

Cape Town has a large selection of accommodation based on the areas of the city.
The Atlantic Seaboard is one of the safest and most tourist areas of the city, with its neighborhoods such as Waterfront, Bantry Bay, Green Point, Clifton forming the safe and well-served area of the seafront with every comfort. Waterfront is by far the most lively neighborhood in the area: full of trendy restaurants and shops; the Green Point, on the other hand, is more peaceful and residential.
Another neighborhood to stay in while staying in Cape Town is City Bowl.

Positioned between the sea and the mountains, this is the area best served by means of transport. One of the neighborhoods in this area is Bo-Kaap, known for its colorful houses and creative and artistic air. For a breathtaking view, we recommend the Devil's Peak or Vredehoek area. If, on the other hand, you love modern and contemporary style, the suggested neighborhood is City Center or Forechore, characterized by modern skyscrapers and particular Art Deco houses.

The 5 things to do and see

There are many attractions to discover in Cape Town, a multicultural and multi-faceted city, our suggestions will help you choose the destination of your next trip.

Table Mountain

1. Table Mountain

Certainly, the emblem of the city, this 1000m high monolith, is one of the most representative landscapes of the South African territory. To reach the summit, just climb the panoramic cable car that in a short time brings the curious and observers to the top. Considered today a national park, from which the top you can admire the city of Cape Town overlooking the ocean.

Waterfront neighborhood

2. Waterfront neighborhood

Formerly an abandoned port, today the Waterfront area is one of the liveliest and most affluent neighborhoods in the city. Right here they arethe most popular restaurants, shops, museums and shopping centers ready to welcome tourists and curious visitors to Cape Town. The best souvenirs and wine bars with the best wines in the area can be found here.

Bokaap neighborhood

3. Bokaap neighborhood

Without doubt the most colorful neighborhood in Cape Town. Known in the past as the Malaysian neighborhood, it is located above the city center. Today it is a multicultural area, very visited and is the most photographed in Cape Town. The locals are very friendly and sociable, in fact it is quite common to see the doors of the houses wide open and to smell the food that comes from the kitchen of the houses mixed with the scent of incense.

Robben Island

4. Robben Island

The most famous island in South Africa and the world.Robben Island owes its historical importance to the fact that the prison that hosted Nelson Mandela for almost 20 years is on its territory.
The name of the island "Robben" (from the Dutch "seal") takes its origins from the temple of the first settlers, so called because of the seals that still live there today. Guided tours on the island are a unique experience! The unique stories of Robben Island's past and present are made by former political prisoners.

Simon's Town

5. Simon's Town

Penguins in Africa? Seeing is believing! Moving slightly away from Cape Town, we find the white beaches of Simon's Town. Right here are the numerous penguins who spend their days here having fun tourists: you can see them brood, look after the little ones, sunbathe or bathe! Where to see them? There are walkways made specifically for tourists and curious to better observe the daily life of these South African inhabitants.

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