Are you planning on coming to Cape Town for the summer? And are not exactly sure what to expect? We have a great guideline for you to make sure you to make the most of your vacation with no tangles, hitches or hiccups. From getting around the Mother City to anticipating the weather, we need you to leave wanting to come back for more.
The Summer sun is no laughing matter in Cape Town, nonetheless, so ensure that you slap on a lot of strong sunscreen. The south-easterly wind known as the Cape Doctor additionally shows up in summer, wreaking havoc on haircuts and beach parties, yet playing out a key role for the city by clearing it of Smog. (November to February)
Right off the bat, we drive on the left hand side of the road and work in kilometers with regards to speed and distance
With that off the beaten path, there are various routes for you to get around our lovely city:
By walking or bike: There is an increasing number of tours accessible by run, bike or foot in the city.
Railway: Trains run basic commuter routes into the city and furthermore extend along the picturesque Southern line, which extends to Simon's Town. It is a cheap & fun choice to go around the city.
CASH AND SAFETY:
Currency and ATM: The local currency in South Africa is the (R)Rand, and Foreign Exchange is accessible around the city. It's implied that when utilizing the ATM, don't approach outsiders for help and don't flash money around. The same goes for expensive jewelry and try and avoid using mobile phones and tablets in the streets. Or maybe advance into a Cafe or a shop to do as such.
Stash, don't flash: Be mindful of suspicious individuals and abstain from wondering alone during the night, particularly if by chance that you don't have any idea about your way around the city. We likewise urge you not to offer cash to Homeless people and rather give the cash to NGOs
When the sun sets on Table Mountain, the city comes alive. There are a number of restaurants, bars and clubs to try. If you are planning on taking a trip the clubs just make sure you go with a local or get your hotel to organize a guide to avoid getting into any hiccups. Again, it goes without saying that you should not leave your drinks unattended.
SUN, SEA AND SAND:
It gets hot in Cape Town, so make sure you plan accordingly when you hit the beach. Lots of water and plenty of sunscreen!
When swimming in the sea, make sure you use safe beaches where life guards are on duty.
There are shark spotters are deployed at several of Cape Town’s beaches along the False Bay coast line and use a flag and alarm system to warn beach users of a shark’s whereabouts:
A green flag means visibility for the spotters is good and no sharks have been seenA black flag means visibility for the spotters is poor but no sharks have been seenA red flag means a shark has been seen recently but is no longer visible to the spotters, stay alertA white flag with a black shark, along with a loud siren, means a shark has been sighted and bathers should leave the water immediately
Table Mountain is undoubtedly one of the city’s biggest attractions, but you need to be cautious when visiting. Follow the safety precautions below to ensure you don’t run into problems.
Steer clear during bad weather. The rocks on the mountain get very slippery in wet weather.
Do not hike alone – the ideal party size is four; travel at the pace of the slowest member
Always inform someone of your intended route and your expected time of return
The use of a qualified mountain guide is highly recommended
Make sure to take an up to date map, comfortable walking shoes, a few friends, a cellular phone, water, food, sun block, and something warm
On Table Mountain National Park, Skeleton Gorge & Nursery Ravine are dangerous and slippery routes when it rains.
When hiking Table Mountain, key 021 480 7700 into your cellular telephone before you begin your hike so that an emergency number is always on hand
Make sure you have all the following numbers saved in case of an emergency:
Ambulance – 10177
Fire Department – 021 535 1100
South African Police Services (SAPS) – 10111
Cape Town emergency – 107 from a landline OR 021 420 7700 from a mobile phone
Table Mountain National Park emergencies – 0861 106 417
Visitor Safety and Support Programme – 021 487 6552
Tourism Victim Support Programme – 021 487 4820
Cape Town Tourism – 021 487 6800
Cape Town Shuttle Services - 0847309467
Dial 911 from a mobile phone and receive emergency help