South Africa, Cape Town
What can I expect from Cape Town?
More than Mountains, Mandela, and Penguins.
There’s more to Cape Town than Table Mountain, Robben Island, and penguins. So much more.
Cape Town has a city that has stunning natural landscapes, delicious cuisines, and so many activities. It is on South Africa’s southwest coast, beneath the famous Table mountain.
Table Mountain has slow cable cars that can take you to the top of the mountain, from the top you can see sweeping views of the entire city as well as the busy harbor and boats to and from Robben Island. You will also see the prison that once held Nelson Mandela, now a museum.
South Africa boasts some of the cleanest tap water in the entire world! It is safe to drink, so you don’t have to worry about buying bottled water during the trip.
Cape Town has some of the most stunning beaches in the world, but the ocean is freezing with currents coming In from the poles, so best to bring a rash vest or wet-suit.
Top tips for Cape Town travel
Bring a layer with you everywhere!
The Mother City, as Cape Town is nicknamed, is a hormonal, temperamental beauty. No matter how pleasant her weather appears to be, never ever count on it staying that way because it changes fast and can differ enormously depending on which side of Table Mountain you’re on. So bring a warm layer with you wherever you go, just in case.
The Summer is hot, but not too muggy as the humidity is quite low. (Thank you SA!)
Wintertime in Cape Town is very chilly (this might surprise some people) , with ocean winds blowing through. The best time to visit is in the spring (October and November) or December to February, when the days are long and warm. June to August in winter, is rainy and cold, however still a lot to do, hiking, eating, exploring.
Cape Town is always a good idea!
Learn the Lingo!
South Africa has over 11 languages that are spoken, English is the third most-spoken language. South Africans love to speak English, however they like to put their own unique twist on it and mix it with Afrikaans and Zulu.
Below are some common South African slang words to learn.
- Babbelas : This is slang for a hangover.
- Haiybo : This is a Zulu word that means definitely not.
- Howzit : A common greeting that’s used instead of “hi, how are you”.
- Lekker : This is an Afrikaans word and means awesome, great, or good.
- Now Now : This either means right now or as soon as possible.
- Robot : South Africans call traffic stoplights robots.
- Zebra Crossing : A zebra crossing is the local term for pedestrian crossing.
- Shame : It’s not slang, but you’ll hear this word used when South Africans think something is really cute or if they are being sympathetic.
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The wineries are also some of the best in the world, there are more than 500 different wine farms to choose from within a couple hours’ drive from Cape Town, just another reason why we love Cape Town. (there are too many reasons to count)
WHY CAPE TOWN?
- Beauty. The scenery, sunsets, and even the clouds are so beautiful that even lifelong residents never tire of admiring them.
- The accents. All three of the main South African accents put smiles on everyone’s faces, when we hear them.
- Adventure. Table mountain, Lion’s head, Surfing, helicoters, beaches and more.
- Wildlife. (Espeicailly penguins) Boulders Bay, is the popular tourist stop because of the colony of African penguins.
- AND SO MUCH MORE.
Typical Costs When Travelling
When you come with us, almost everything is taken care of, however, it is nice to be prepared for the little extras that you will want to buy along the way.
The currency used in Cape Town is the South African Rand. You should plan to spend around R 618 ($38 USD) per day on your vacation in Cape Town, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. This is only for any extra expenses that are not included in our packages. (extra F & B, and souvenirs)