South Africa’s capital city is beautifully situated along the Atlantic coast with the Table Mountain as a backdrop. In the center of town there are several beautiful old buildings, squares and shops. The Waterfront area attracts many visitors with nice restaurants and hotels. For those who want to stay at the beach, Camps Bay is a great option and offers a large sandy beach.
Best Time to Visit
Cape Town can be visited year round but during the northern hemispheres summer period, it may be rainy and the evenings cold. The most popular period for trips to South Africa is in December and January, but that is also when the place gets most crowded, hotels are fully booked and the rates are higher for both accommodation and car rentals.
Getting around in town
There are several options for getting around Cape Town and the easiest is perhaps Taxis which are relatively inexpensive. However, it is wise to check price before getting into the car and drive off. There seems to be a somewhat free pricing and although some cars do have meters, it does not apply all the taxis.
The bus network is well developed in Cape Town and although we’ve not tried out the busses, it seems like a great option for day trips around town.
MyCiti Buses in Cape Town
There are a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus, common in most major cities around the world, that runs in two loops around town depending on what you want to see and where you would like to go.
City Sightseeing buses in Cape Town “
General opening hours for stores in Cape Town is 09-17 on weekdays and until 13 on Saturdays. Banks closes 15:30 on weekdays and 11 on Saturdays. The major shopping centers are often open until 21 regardless of weekday day.
The general recommendation is to pay attention generally in central Cape Town and to avoid deserted streets in the evenings, when it might be a good idea to take a taxi between hotels and restaurants or clubs. But during the day, most places that tourists want to visit are relatively safe and there are police patrolling the streets. The Waterfront area is very safe for tourists.