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Cape Town
Travel Planning
Cape Town

Cape Town at a Glance

Relaxed Cape Town is known as The Mother City and is bordered by the gorgeous Table Mountains, South Africa's wine country, and sandy beaches popular with expert surfers. Get involved with the cultured and fun city life, or go exploring in the surrounding countryside. 

The ocean around Cape Town can be a bit treacherous in some places, but is a popular place to surf if you know what you are doing. Enjoy beach combing, sunbathing and kite flying as well as bird watching. Cape Town's spectacular scenery comes from the nearby Table Mountains who's flat, wide tops give them their name. Travel here for great views of the ocean and city below as well as a chance to mountain bike and hike to your heart's content. 

Cape Town's culture scene is bustling. View modern art in a private gallery. Go to the renown theater. Sample South African wine in a blind tasting. Dig in to a tasty dinner while musicians warm up their instruments in preparation for the evening. You've arrived in Cape Town. 


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High Season
December - April
Low Season
May - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Cape Town International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers to South African from Japan, American, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union will not need visas to enter the country. All travelers need a valid passport from their country of origin. The passport must have at least one page available for stamping and 30 days of remaining validity at the end of your stay in South Africa. South African embassies or consulates help travelers apply for visas if they are required. American citizens can also use the U.S State Department website as a resource. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Cape Town Train Station
      • Bus Cape Town Bus Terminus
      • Light Rail / Rapid Transit Cape MetroRail
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Come prepared with a jacket if you spend time in the highland areas. Nights are drastically cooler than the days. 

      Safety Concerns ATM scams are a big problem in South Africa. Be careful about the ATMs you use and avoid drawing money out at night. Thieves are frequently well-dressed men who jam the machines and wait nearby for you to go get help.  The Cape Flats area should be avoided to protect yourself from daylight muggings. 

      Health Concerns Speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip to discuss health concerns and to plan any vaccinations.