Preparing your trip to Cape Town: advices & hints - things to do and to obey
1. The period from October to the end of November is considered the best time to visit Cape Town. During this period tourists will be able to catch the most favorable weather. Budget travellers are recommended to visit the city during the period from April to May. There are not many tourists in Cape Town in these months, and so the rates are the lowest. The period from late May to late July is the rainy season.
2. Bus remains the most popular form of public transport, but it should be used only by tourists who need to make long distance rides. If you need to make a short ride, taxi will be a better choice.
3. Do not forget to take a taxi on a special parking only. You will find these parking areas close to all shopping centers, large restaurants and major government agencies. Tourists can also call a taxi by phone. Stopping a free taxi in a street will be very difficult. The cost of a ride should be specified in advance. Not all the cars are equipped with counters.
4. It is very convenient to travel in the center of the city by bike, but travellers are not recommended to go to remote areas of the city using the two-wheeled transport. Atlantic Tourist Information Centre, Cape Info Africa, Downhill Adventures and Homeland Shuttle & Tours remain the most popular bike rental offices. Tourists should not forget that taking bicycles to trains and buses is prohibited.
6. Foreign tourists are recommended to drink bottled water only. You will find it in any supermarket or grocery store. Do not forget to refrain from drinking to many cold beverages with ice, which are popular in local cafes. Tap water is not harmful to health, but it can seriously aggravate the process of acclimatization.
7. Many local restaurants are distinguished by very high prices, so the cost of food should be specified in advance. The most expensive eating places are located near the main streets beaches of the city. Budget restaurants and cafes are likely to be found in remote areas of the city.
Cape Town is famous for its natural and historical attractions. Recreation with children here can be incredibly fascinating. With young children, it is worth paying a visit to the Two Oceans … Open
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What to visit being in Cape Town - unique sights
Cape TownFrom the series “The most magical and picturesque cities in the world”
Check on the map: Distance from Cape Town center - 0.7 km.Another city that is able to impress with the abundance of colours on its streets is Cape Town, more precisely, its historical district Bo-Cap. Today, this residential area of Cape Town is considered a real open-air museum, and all due to amazing colorful houses. The district acquired its present appearance quite recently. Local people began painting their houses in the 90s of the last century. Such changes happened due to the long-awaited end of apartheid. The appearance of the historical district is unique and is a symbolic reminder of an important event in the history of Cape Town. … Read further
Bo-KaapFrom the series “Top 13 most colorful and picturesque places on the planet”
Check on the map: Distance from Cape Town center - 0.6 km.In Cape Town there is also a strange colorful district - Bo-Kaap. Once it was an unsightly Malay quarter, which gradually became the real open-air museum. The main feature of the picturesque historical district is the low old houses, whose façades were painted in all rainbow colors. Some of the buildings that can be seen today in the district were built in the middle of the 18th century. Miraculously, its original architecture has survived until the present. … Read further
City tours, excursions and tickets in Cape Town and surroundings
South Africa: travelling advices11. Eating on the street is not accepted unless it is ice cream.
12. Asians and whites in South Africa are usually punctual, but punctuality should not be expected from black and mixed South Africans.
13. Do not keep your hands in pockets when talking - this is regarded as disrespect. The V gesture meaning "peace" (index and middle fingers) with the palm turned backward is rudeness akin to the middle finger in Western culture. It is better to avoid gesticulating with your left hand, as many South Africans find this rude. You should always cover your mouth while yawning. Taking something, use both hands.
14. Admiring something that belongs to the South African, for example, at his home, it is important to know where to stop, otherwise the owner will feel obliged to present it. Light praise, on the contrary, is welcome. … Open
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Travelling to Cape Town - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Cape Town. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.