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Category » Cape Towns Attractions Visiting Cape Town, a list of things you need to know

November 12, 2018
  1. arking is almost never free in Cape Town, especially during business hours. Be ready to fork out anything from R5 to R25 per hour.
  2. South Africa has 11 official languages, but almost everyone speaks English.
  3. Cash is King. Haggle with the traders, they will usually give you a discount on curios.
  4. Foreign currencies can be exchanged for cash.
  5. Most stores and restaurants accept debit and credit card payments.
  6. A tip is strongly suggested for most services, some restaurants add 10% to the total bill.
  7. Our currency is the South African Rand (ZAR) available in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200 notes and coins of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c and 10c.
  8. Free wifi is not widely available.
  9. Our websites use the .za TLD
  10. Our international dialling code is +27. Replace the leading 0 with +27.
  11. South Africa's airports have top notch wheelchair assistance.
  12. Firearms need to be handed in at the airport and are not allowed in certain public areas.
  13. The maximum luggage weight for local flights are 20kg check-in and 7kg carry-on.
  14. Cape Town has a strong South Easterly wind.
  15. Cape Town’s weather is unpredictable, but there is always plenty to do and see.
  16. Touring Cape Town is generally safe. Many companies and tour guides offer scheduled and guided tours.
  17. Temperatures can reach a high of 36 degrees and a low of 5 degrees Celsius.
  18. Postcards are still in fashion and available everywhere.
  19. Most attractions close at 5:00pm.
  20. Most tourist attractions are wheelchair and pram friendly.
  21. Public beaches have shark spotters and shark flags signalling whether it’s safe to swim or not.
  22. Cape Town has some of the cleanest Blue Flag beaches.
  23. Cape Town has its fair share of muggers. If it’s dark, don't wander alone!
  24. Cape Town has a great diversity of cultures.
  25. People beg at the robots (traffic lights).
  26. Our peak traffic hours are from 6-9am and 4-6pm.
  27. Our maximum highway speeds are 120km/h
  28. Our roads are well maintained and can be compared with that of the best developed countries.
  29. We drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  30. Reliable public transport is readily available in the form of meter cabs, the myCiti bus and Uber.
  31. Renting a car is easy
  32. Some foreign driver's licenses are accepted on SA roads.
  33. A number of long staying tourists and explorers buy vehicles in Cape Town. They then sell them just before they leave.
  34. We have dedicated bus lanes that are off limits to the public during the AM traffic rush.
  35. Our highways and main roads have speed cameras.
  36. We have petrol attendants to fill petrol (gas), we cannot do it ourselves.
  37. Road names change often.
  38. Cape Town has a lot of slang.
  39. Cape Town uses kilograms (not pounds).
  40. Some of our malls are open from 9:00 am-09:00 pm.
  41. Average working hours are from 8:00 am-5:00 pm.
  42. Smoking is not permitted in any public area.
  43. Our hospitals require payment prior to attendance.
  44. Our pharmacies (drug stores) require a written prescription for most medication.
  45. Cape Town is divided into suburbs.
  46. Our tap water is clean and potable.
  47. Most popular restaurants cater for vegetarians.
  48. In comparison to a lot of countries, our food is relatively cheap.
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