Characterized by the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town is a popular tourist destination with a lot to offer. This iconic city of South Africa boasts of beautiful natural landscapes, artistically designed buildings, vast Winelands, and rich cultural heritage. It is also home to a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Cape Floristic Region, together with Kirstenbosch. You can spend a blissful evening at the city’s gorgeous beaches or go hiking up the Table Mountain. Head to Hermanus to enjoy whale watching and then treat yourself to mouth-watering cuisines alongwith myriad drink options. From electronic music dancefloors to open-air beer gardens, the vibrant nightlife has it all. One of the world’s most-desired tourist destinations, Cape Town is a must-visit for every travel buff.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Cape Town
Shopping in Cape Town
Cape Town offers a wide range of products for shopping at a relatively reasonable price. Whether you love craft items, branded clothes, handcrafted jewelry, or other daily goods, Cape Town’s popular shopping sites have everything in store for you.With over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware, and curios, to jewelry, leather goods, and audiovisual equipment, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is South Africa’s most popular shopping destination. Shop till you drop at Jewel Africa, Kalk Bay shops, Greenmarket Square, Long Beach Mall, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Blue Route Mall, etc. Visit Long Streets and Trendy Kloof, if you are looking for chic boutiques, bars, and restaurants.
Cape Malaya cuisine is a mix of diverse cultures of Malaysia, France, Netherlands, and England. When in Cape Town, you must savor their popular delicacies. Some such dishes include Boerewors (homemade sausages), The Love Sandwich, Braai (traditional South African barbecue), and Biltong (dried meat cured in spices and vinegar). Head to the famous Moyo restaurant to taste meaty “kraal” grills, peri peri prawns, Senegalese linefish, etc. Also, do try items like Gatsby (Capetonian submarine sandwich), Bunny Chow (bread and curry dish), and Bobotie (minced beef topped with milk and egg custard).
A Few Words in Afrikaans
Afrikaans is Cape Town’s most widely used language. Learn these few useful phrases in Afrikaans before you travel to Cape Town.
• Hello: Hallo
• Thank You: Dankie
• Pleased to meet you: Bly te kenne
• Where can I find a taxi? Waar kan ek 'n taxi kry
• Have a nice day: Lekker dag!
Dos and Don’ts
• Keep the queue and be patient when expecting something to be done.
• Tipping is a standard practice in South Africa. Keep change with you to tip filling station attendants, parking attendants, and for anyone else who may help you.
Emergency contact numbers
• Cape Town General Emergency: 107/112
• Police: 10111
• Ambulance: 10177