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Cape Town, South Africa

Need to Know

Getting Here

Cape Town International Airport is the primary airport serving the city of Cape Town.

Visa Requirements

U.S. citizen visitors to South Africa for stays of up to 90 days for tourism, short business meetings, or in transit do not require visas in advance. Visitor visas will be issued at the port of entry in South Africa. If you travel to South Africa for any other purpose (e.g. employment or study), you must obtain a visa in advance.

Blank Passport Pages

You need two consecutive empty visa pages per entry.

Currency

The currency used in Cape Town is the South African Rand. Cape Town is the capital of South Africa. If you are traveling to Cape Town, you will need to exchange your currency for the South African Rand.

Transportation

You can get around via public transportation or rental cars.

Tipping Culture

  • 10% – 15% is a normal tip for good service at restaurants and in bars.
  • $1 per bag for porters
  • $1 – $2 per day for hotel staff
  • $3 – $5 per day for personal butlers, trackers, drivers
  • $10 per day for professional guides and/or drivers who are with you throughout the trip
  • $5 – $10 for guides on one day or half day tours
  • $1 – $2 for airport/ hotel transfer drivers
  • 50 cents – $1 for gas station attendants

Things to avoid

Just remember the basic travel precautions when traveling abroad. If you have any tips on things to avoid, please submit to us.

Things to Do

Shark Diving

 

Swimming with the Sharks.

Ostrich Riding

 

Ride an ostrich.

Lion Walking

Walk with lions.

Cape of Good Hope & Cape Point

A road trip there is a must. It’s the most southern tip of the African continent and where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.

Lions Head

About a (60-90 min max) hike to top with epic views. There is a short route with ladders and chain or a longer route you can take that is less adventurous. Best to go during weekdays when locals are at work for less traffic on the mountain. During summer, go at 7 AM because of the heat.

Botanical Gardens

Most beautiful garden in Africa. A photographers dream. Many walks and trails through the garden and natural area. Perfect place to picnic, so bring a blanket, food & your friends. Click here for more info.

Food Markets

Oranjezicht City Farm – fresh healthy produce and local organic dishes, coffee, cheeses and baked goods. 

Spice Route

Best place for wine tasting. It’s a compound with several things to do all at one location. Has chocolate tasting as well. Highly recommend La Grapperia on their grounds to eat fat for lunch. Can go wine farm hopping after visiting. All the wine farms are along the strip the Spice Route road entry is. Click here for more info.

Boulders Beach

See penguins on the beach in Simon’s town. Click here for more info.

Table Mountain

One of the 7 wonders of the world. Hike it to the top or cable car it. It’s a 2.5-hour hike. For the adventurous, recommend hiking it up then taking the cable car down. Click here for more info.

Robben Island

Tour the Island and prison where Nelson Mandela stayed. Book tickets in advance, it sells out days before. Budget time for a 3.5-hour tour. Recommend going at 9 AM so you have the rest of the day to do other things. Tours are typically delayed during later hours. Click here for more info.

Great Eats

Old Biscuit Mill

Saturday open market with fresh local and cosmopolitan foods. Open from 9 AM – 2 PM. Make sure you get there early so you can get first dibs and they accept cash only. Click here for more info.

 

The Butcher Man

Meat that you select and they grill for you on the spot. Highly recommend the ribs. You can sit in or take the meat home to cook. Click here for more info. 

The Dogs Bollocks

A vibey burger place open from 5 PM-10:30 PM that serves 50 burgers a day. It’s #instaworthy food with the largest burgers in Cape Town.

Royal Eatery

Legendary milkshakes and the best burgers cooked to perfection. Highly recommend the “BopBop.” If you are super hungry ask for a double patty. Click here for more info.

Mama Africa

Serves traditional South African food. Make sure you order pap (local side – similar to our grits in America) it’s so good and their local dessert is malva pudding. From 8 PM they have a local band that plays live music. Make your reservation at 7 PM and request your table by the band. There is also a bar to sit and eat if you are rolling solo. Click here for more info.

Volvo Telo

A nice healthy option. Makes home made bread that is divine, they have amazing salads, freshly pressed juices, and brunch food. Click here for more info.

Gold Restaurant

You can purchase a drumming lesson in addition to what Gold calls a “tasting safari,” which is a 14-course sampler of dishes from a variety of African nations. There’s also a very good chance that you’ll be pulled out of your seat to participate in one of the multiple dance performances throughout the evening. Click here for more info.

 

Moyo

Traditional South African food. They have tables over a small “pool” where you put your feet in and eat. You have the option of having a local face paint. Birthdays are fun, they come out and sing to you with drums. The Blouberg location is right on the beach and it has amazing views.

El Burro

Bomb.com mexican food – you have to book in advance. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, however the most recommended dish is the chicken enchilada. They also have churros too! Click here for more info.

Night Life

Suggestions coming soon.

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