Cape Town Information for Tourists
Important information for Visitors and Tourists to Cape Town and the Western Cape Province of South Africa, including the Cape Peninsula, Cape Winelands, West Coast, Olifants River Valley, Overberg, Breede River Valley and Karoo. For information on visa requirements, exchange rates, etc. please visit our South Africa Tourist Information pages.
- Cape Town International Airport
Several international airlines fly directly to Cape Town International Airport, 25 km east of the city centre. A 24-hour shuttle service runs at regular intervals between the airport and the terminal in Adderley Street, close to the Railway Station. All the major car hire companies have rental kiosks at the airport. Taxis are also available.
Cape Town International Airport offers the following banking services:
• International Arrivals: Bureau de Change (Master Currency)
• International Departures: ABSA Bank Bureau de Change and ATM
• Domestic Arrivals; ABSA and Nedbank ATMs
• Domestic Departures: ABSA, Nedbank and Standard Bank ATMs, ABSA Bureau de Change.
There is a Retail Postal Agency offering full Post Office counter facilities situated alongside the Domestic Arrivals Terminal.
The Smokers Lounge:
Only in the International Departures - Managed by British American Tobacco, available at no charge and offers Internet facilities.
Changing facilities and other areas of assistance for parents of young children, are situated in all ladies rest-rooms in Domestic and International Terminals.
The Airport Surgery is situated on the mezzanine level of the International Arrivals Terminal and operates as a full medical practice, serving the needs of passengers and visiting air crew.
Cape Town International Airport has a policy of ensuring that facilities for the physically challenged are included in all new buildings and developments. All existing buildings and facilities are also being upgraded to ensure that Cape Town International Airport is a user friendly environment for all physically challenged passengers and visitors.
The VAT Refund Administrator office is situated on the ground level of the International Departures Terminal. Once having checked-in and passed through Passport Control, the value of the VAT, less the administrator's commission is paid back to the traveller. This office is situated on the ground level of the International Departures Terminal, airside. Click here for detailed information about VAT Refunds.
- Cape Town and Western Cape Accommodation
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- Cape Town Day Tours and Excursions
There are numerous wonderful day tours and sightseeing trips to be done around Cape Town and environs. Link from here to our detailed listing or select Transport, Tours and Travel from the menu above. This section includes car hire companies, airlines, charter flights, and various other exciting travel opportunities. Should you need a travel agent to assist you with any arrangements whilst you are visiting the Cape, these can be found in this section too.
Cape Town Tours and Guided Excursions within the Western Cape
Cape Town Transport and Travel within the Western Cape
Cape Town and Western Cape Attractions
- Cape Town Car Hire and Transport
Public roads in South Africa are well developed and well sign-posted with driving done on the left hand side of the road. Drivers must have an international drivers license and a minimum of 5 years driving experience to hire a car in South Africa.
Cape Town Car Hire
Cape Town Shuttle Service
Cape Town 4x4 and Camper Hire
Cape Town Air Charter
- Cape Town Attractions and Destinations
With its majestic Table Mountain backdrop, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. From the Cedarberg Mountains to the wild Agulhas coast to the expansive Cape Winelands and the glorious Garden Route, the Western Cape is a province of extraordinary diversity. Click here for detailed information about ...
Cape Town Attractions
Things to Do in Cape Town
- Cape Town Climate
September to March is the peak season for good weather and for tourism. High temperatures range from 19º C in September (highest recorded is 33º) to 27º C in February (highest recorded is 38º C). In spring and summer (September to February) there is little rain, and strong south-easterly winds occur during November and early December.
Cape Town Weather & Climate.
- Shopping in Cape Town and the Western Cape
Shopping in Cape Town and its suburbs can be an exciting experience. For the international Tourist, shopping in Cape Town is relatively inexpensive due to the favourable exchange rate and comparatively low production costs. For the Tourist, jewellery is particularly inexpensive and as many of South Africa's most talented goldsmiths and jewellery designers live in Cape Town and their sought after creations will delight the jewellery shopper. Textiles are well priced, in particular leather goods, sports and outdoor wear. The same applies to art works, antiques, books and wine.
The Arts and Crafts Map and the Antique Route Brochure, obtainable from Cape Town Tourism, feature an electric range of specialist shops. Four of the most popular flea markets are held at the following venues: Green Point (Sundays), Greenmarket Square (Monday - Friday all day, as well as Saturday mornings), the Grand Parade (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Arts and Crafts Market (Saturdays and Sundays).
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- Cape Town Night Life and Restaurants
Good theatres and movie houses, pubs with live music, and discos cover a wide spectrum. There are many venues where good jazz can be heard. Opera, ballet and symphony concerts are presented periodically. Daily newspapers publish the details. The peninsula has scores of fine restaurants offering a wide range of menus, from French to Chinese, Italian, Greek and Indian to local cuisine. Delicately spiced Cape Malay dishes are part of the Western Cape culinary tradition and well worth sampling.
Restaurants for Fine Dining and Eateries in the Cape - SA-Venues.com presents a directory of hand selected Cape Town Restaurants for your dining pleasure. Select from fine dining restaurants, family eateries and wine estates. Restaurants in the Cape offer the diner an extraordinarily wide range of food types to choose from including traditional South African fare, German, Greek, Italian, Thai, Cajun, French and Vegetarian to satisfy your culinary desires. For an exclusive selection of fine dining restaurants see Cape Town Restaurants or see Cape Town Cafés & Eateries in our Things to Do section for trendy, more casual ideas.
From the mother city’s Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and Robben Island to a drive through the Swartberg Pass, Bird Island on the West Coast, the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn and the countless beaches that line the coastline, wie estate, there is no shortage of ... Things to Do in Cape Town & Western Cape
From open-air music concerts at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and exhibitions at the Cape Town ICC, to country festivals celebrating its abundant natural resources, wine harvesting in the the Cape Winelands, the Western Cape with its many varied regions, offers a host of ... Western Cape & Cape Town Events
The Western Cape is blessed with unparalleled botanical beauty, a wealth of flora and fauna and includes the Table Mountain National Park which has two world-renowned landmarks within its boundaries; the majestic Table Mountain and the legendary Cape of Good Hope ... Western Cape Game Reserves
A comprehensive set of maps of the Western Cape, South Africa. Includes a hybrid physical / political map showing the major towns of the province, the largest game reserves and the national roads, relief map showing the terrain in the Western Cape and the regions of the province, street level maps of ... Western Cape & Cape Town Maps
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