What to Pack
Ten major airlines fly to Cape Town International Airport (CPT), which is located about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) east of the city center off the N2 highway.
Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat/cap:
The sun is hot in Africa. I usually don't burn much, but down here it's definitely possible. We recommend at least SPF 30.
Light coloured clothing that doesn’t absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun and possible insect bites. A warm jersey and a waterproof and windproof jacket. You never know when the wind will blow in a nasty Cape southeaster and even in summer the evenings can be quite chilly. The last thing you want is to spoil a romantic sunset because of goose bumps! Comfortable sandals and tackies/trainers/sneakers. Swimming costume, a must to enjoy all our beautiful beaches.
SA plugs are std 3 pin round although many places will have adapters for 2 plug round (ie shavers, electric toothbrush)
Hotels will mostly not supply beach towels although you could buy them for your trip in Cape Town cheaply & leave them behind afterwards.
Summer in Cape Town unfortunately includes mosquito’s or other small biting insects, and many guest houses do not have screens. Insect repellent is vital for a comfortable night.
Street crime is a problem, but not a major threat if you apply the simple rules for any big city in the world. Don’t take back streets at night. Don’t go into the townships alone. Leave valuables in the hotel safe. Keep cameras close and bear in mind the hoary old advice about not looking too much like a tourist.
Cape Town’s currency is the South African rand. For current conversion rates go to our prices page.
Cape Town’s area code is 021. For phone calls to Cape Town from within South Africa, dial 021 seven-digit phone number. For phone calls to Cape Town from outside South Africa, dial your country’s international access code 27 21 seven-digit phone number.
South Africa reportedly has the best tap water in the world. It’s perfectly safe to drink it
We can promise you, you will use it a lot!
Be sure to bring your passport, driver’s license, and any other identifying information from your country. To be on the safe side, make copies of your documents, including credit cards. Keep copies of these items with you. To be completely certain of no mistakes, keep a copy of all your documents with a close friend or relative who could send them to you easily if you ever needed them.
Finally, a good travel guide can be your best friend. There are many locations in the city that you may want to visit, and a good guide book can help you find the way. Visit the bookstore of your choice for a variety of guides that will help you during your visit.