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Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City”. Cape Town is home to the world famous Table Mountain and Robben Island. With an international airport and busy port, the city is a bustling metropolis that is particularly popular with international travellers for its cultural mix, urban sophistication and stunning scenery.
Things to do in Cape Town
Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top.
South Africa boasts 18 official wine routes and 2 brandy routes. Vines are planted across the Western Cape as far as the Hemel-en-Aarde valley in the Southern Cape, Bamboes Bay on the West Cape coast, Hartswater in the Northern Cape and Rietrivier in the south western Free State.
Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 kilometres west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa and was used at various times between the 17th and 20th centuries as a prison, a hospital for socially unacceptable groups and a military base. The name is Dutch for “seal island.”
South Africa is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Its pluralistic makeup is reflected in the constitution’s recognition of 11 official languages, including, English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, South Sotho, North Sotho, Tsonga, Swazi, Venda and Ndebele. Although only about 10% of the population has English as its mother tongue, English is the language most widely understood, and is the second language of the majority of South Africans.
South Africa’s currency is the South African Rand (ZAR), which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.
Value-Added Tax (VAT)
South Africa has a value-added tax of 15% on purchases and services. Foreign visitors can reclaim their VAT on collective purchases of more than R250 at the VAT refund office which is located at Cape Town International Airport.
Weekdays: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturdays: 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Sundays: most banks are closed
ATMs are widely available.
Telephones and Visitor Safety Support
Country Code: +27
Cape Town Area Code: 021
Directory Inquiries: 1023
To report any safety incident, call the following numbers:
All Emergencies (from your mobile phone): 112
All Emergencies (from a landline): 107
South African Police Service: 10111
Table Mountain National Park Emergencies: 0861 106 417
South Africa is known for its long sunny days, hence the title, ‘Sunny South Africa’.
February marks the beginning of the autumn season in Cape Town, making it one of the most popular times to visit. If you visit during this month, you can expect temperatures of up to 25 °C in the daytime, dropping to a cooler 15 °C after sunset. The evenings can get quite cool and sometimes windy, so make sure you come prepared and pack some warm clothes with you.
Electricity and Time
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ and two or three-prong (round pin) plugs are used. Time: GMT +2 hours
South Africa has a modern and sophisticated banking and commercial system, and most shops, restaurants and hotels accept major credit cards.