Cape town is the legislative capital and one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. It was recommended by The New York Times as a best place to visit in 2014. It is also the top city voted by the reader’s for the Telegraph Travel awards 2014, the third year in row. This talks volumes about the Travel options and the Cape Town Tourism standards.
Cape Town a beautiful city with mountains, ocean, vineyards and great infrastructure that has made it so popular among tourists. The city also enjoys a pleasant climate all year round, making it even more favorable to visit.
The Table mountain sprawled on one side of the city is a wonderful sight to anyone who comes into the city. On the other hand, the mountain top offers a breath-taking view of the dwarfed city and the historical Robben Island on the Atlantic. A part of the Table Mountain National Park Marine protected area is the Boulder beach that is home to the endangered African Penguins. A small fee to manage the area is charged to get a closer view of these interesting beach penguins. But be wary of their nasty nip!
The Cape Point, a World Heritage Site, is the most southerly point within the Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park. The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world – it is home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora. Cape town is spoilt with choices and also arguably the food and dining capital of the county. The FIFA 2010 was hosted here and thus the choice of accommodations and ways to travel around the city are plenty and safe too.
The Cape Town International Airport is 20 km away from the city and can be reached in metered taxis, hired cars or the Myciti bus shuttles. It is the second busiest Airport in South Africa and is very convenient to travel from. British Airways offers 2 direct flights and Virgin Atlantic runs a seasonal flight to the city from London-Heathrow Airport. Book with Flights to Africa to get the best deals on your tickets to Cape Town.
Points to Note while travelling to the city:
- The South African currency is the rand (ZAR). Due to foreign exchange regulations, the use of foreign currency in South Africa is illegal. For example, do not offer to tip your bellman in Pounds, as he will not be able to exchange it to his currency legally.
- Credit Cards are widely accepted throughout Cape Town. Like the United States and Europe, there are more places that accept VISA and Mastercard than American Express, but the use of credit cards is ubiquitous. The need for cash is minimal.
- Note the change in electrical sockets type and carry travel adapters to plug in your electronics into their “Type M” sockets. (Electrical Outlet: voltage: 220/230/250 V)
- South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road, are therefore right-hand drive vehicles, the gear shift being operated with the left hand. Follow the road safety rules to ensure a comfortable drive.
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