How safe is Cape Town?
No matter where you go in the world, you will always need to take basic precautions when travelling. Just be aware of your surroundings, don’t walk around with your cellphone in your back pocket, be careful not to walk around alone at night – take someone with you, only take what you need when going out – don’t take a lot of money with you, don’t let anyone help you at banks.
What is the weather like in Cape Town?
Cape Town has a moderate, Mediterranean-like climate. Summers (December to March) are usually dry and windy, while winters (June to October) are normal cold and wet.
What language do Capetonians speak?
English is the most spoken language as well as business language in Cape Town. Afrikaans and Xhosa are closely followed as other spoken languages. South Africa has a mixed culture and wide diversity resulting in 11 official languages.
What’s the public transport like? Do I need a car?
Cape Town has implemented the rapid bus system, commonly known as the MiCiti Bus. They are quick hop-on-hop-off buses that run throughout the city and outer city bowl. Cape Town has also the popular, fast minibus taxi’s stopping almost anywhere at any time. For longer distances, we also have trains. But, if any of this is not for you, renting a cheap car is always an option.
Do I need a visa for South Africa?
Yes, most likely, depending on where you come from and how long you want to stay in Cape Town. For more information on visa’s visit: http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/visitorsvisa.htm
• Tourist Visa – 90 days or less
• Transit – 3 days or less
• To conduct business – 90 days
• Voluntary or Charitable Activities – Up to 3 years
• To conduct Research – 3 years
What’s the food like in Cape Town? And is it expensive?
Eating out is fairly cheap in Cape Town. No matter where you go, you will find plenty good restaurants with delicious food. From Indian food, to Italian, Chinese, Cuban, Malay, French, Spanish, Portuguese, to good old American fast food chain, you will be spoilt for choice. But, don’t forget to try our traditional South African food as well.Buying food in shops is relatively cheap if you’re not a Capetonian.
What kind of people will I find in Cape Town?
Cape Town is a total mix of various religions, cultures and different ethnicities due to its famous history. In 2016, according to the World Population Review, Cape Town has an estimated population of 3.74 million people. Cape Town houses mostly the Xhosa speaking people, Afrikaans people and the English speaking people, all ranging from black African, Coloured, White, with a large group of Indian and an influx of Asian people.
What is Cape Town like?
Cape Town is a big city with low-lying skyscrapers, the inner part of the city being the usual buzz. The “Mother City” is known for its laid-back, relaxed vibe with beautiful long stretches of sandy-white beaches to a vast variety of fauna and flora. Cape Town is also known as the “Windy City”, with the gushing South-East “Cape Doctor” wind.
There is a lot to do within the city that you can do on a low budget. For the adrenaline junkies, there are endless adventure activities ranging from different levels of craziness.