The prefect start to South Africa
With its stunning geography ranging from beaches to mountains, Cape Town's visual beauty will take your breath away. Table Top mountain soars in the background, while the sandy shores of Clifton Beach beckon.
Beautiful all year round
The temperate climate in Cape Town makes for a great escape any time of year. With its Southern Hemisphere geography, the warmer summer months of December until February are hot and dry. The winter can be wetter and cold at night (June/July/August). To experience the best of Cape Town's holidays and festivals, consider travelling in early November for the Cape Town Beer Festival or late March/early April for the Cape Town Jazz Festival. Heritage Day on 24. September is filled with parties and events.
Be prepared: important information before you go
Visas for South Africa are not required for British passport holders. However, passports must be valid for a minimum of 30 days with at least 2 blank pages on entry and exit. While in Cape Town ensure you always carry some form of identification (for example, a photocopy of your passport). South Africa's crime rate is very high - it is extremely important you take care at all times, especially at night. It can be advisable to hire a reliable guide. The currency is the South African Rand (ZAR) and prices are generally much lower than in the UK. South Africa does not observe daylight savings - the time difference to the UK is one hour ahead of UK time (BST) during the summer, 2 hours ahead of the UK in winter.
Local Cape Town information
On your arrival, take the MyCiTi Shuttle bus between the airport and Civic Centre Bus Station. It departs every 20 minutes from 4.20 am till 10 pm, costing around 60 ZAR. To get around town, minibus taxis are a cheap option with dedicated routes you can jump on and off of at any point of the journey. Prices are around R5-6. There are two public bus companies (Golden Arrow & My CiTi), For my CiTi passengers need a rechargeable chip card. There are also regular Taxis, prices around R8-R10 per kilometre. There is a good range of accommodation options in Cape Town. Prices start at around 140 ZAR per night for guesthouses or hostels. 3-Star Hotel prices on average are around 800 ZAR per person per night.