Travel & Tourism
Cape Town is a top global travel destination with excellent tourism infrastructure, outstanding attractions and a wealth of natural splendour. Visiting the Cape Town Carnival presents you with a wonderful opportunity to lose your heart to Africa’s most captivating and beautiful city.
How to get to Cape Town
Cape Town International Airport has won numerous global awards as Africa’s top airport. Most major airlines fly in directly or via connections with Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport.
The airport is situated 20 kilometers from Cape Town’s City Centre, and road transfers can be easily arranged. Visitors may choose to hire cars or make use of registered taxi services.
For full details of what to do in the city or further afield, visit the official Cape Town Tourism website. For a trip around the peninsula visit the City Sightseeing Bus Trips website. Click here to see where the Cape Town airport
Where to stay in Cape Town
Cape Town offers a wide variety of high-quality accommodation from large and outstanding 5-star boutique establishments through to mid-tier hotels and guesthouses, self-catering, B&B and budget accommodation.
If you’re heading down to the Mother City for the Cape Town Carnival, take advantage of the Cape Town Carnival Official Hotel Partner – TSOGO SUN HOTEL’S accommodation packages and allow them to handle the logistics so that you can concentrate on the celebrations in store without any worries. Tsogo Sun hotels will make your trip an exceptionally comfortable one.
Exploring Cape Town
You will find yourself spoilt for choice during your stay in Cape Town! The city boasts a wide array of attractions and activities such as:
Cable car rides to the summit of the iconic Table Mountain, a new 7Wonder of Nature.
Historic and cultural attractions in the city centre including the Bo-Kaap, District Six Museum and the Company Gardens.
V&A Waterfront with its abundance of shops, markets, restaurants and cafes, as well as the Two Oceans Aquarium, cinemas, boat rides and yacht cruises.
Hiking, running and mountain-biking opportunities within the Table Mountain National Park.
Sea-kayaking, diving, surfing, paddle-skiing, shark cage-diving and dune-boarding.
The majestic Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to explore
Pristine white-sand beaches to relax on such as Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno.
World-class wine-tasting and fine dining experiences in the Cape Winelands.
Memorable tours of the spectacular Cape Peninsula and Cape Point National Park.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING SOUTH AFRICA?
You will need the following documents:
– A VALID PASSPORT OR TRAVEL DOCUMENT that will be valid for the length of your intended stay. Your passport should have at least one blank page in it.
– A VALID VISA, IF REQUIRED
– PROOF OF SUFFICIENT FUNDS
– A RETURN OR ONWARD TICKET
– YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATES if your journey starts or passes through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
DO I NEED A VISA TO VISIT SOUTH AFRICA?
WHERE CAN I MAKE ENQUIRIES ABOUT VISAS?
– See the Department of Home Affairs’ website
– Check the list of South African offices abroad for information on where to apply in your own country.
– Home Affairs’ contact centre: +27 11 461 9252 (overseas callers), 0800 60 11 90 (within SA), email@example.com
HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING A VISA?
The Department of Home Affairs’ website will inform you of visa costs, processing time, where to apply, what to submit, requirements for people in transit, as well as information relating to your duration and purpose of stay, medical visas, and photographs.
Please note that you are required to fill in an original visa application form. Forms downloaded off the internet will not be accepted. Get your visa before leaving for South Africa. If you are subject to visa requirements, you should apply for your visa at least four weeks before your departure for South Africa. Do not leave until you know your application has been successful. Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials will refuse you entry to South Africa and place you on a return flight to your country.
CONSULATES, EMBASSIES & LEGATIONS IN CAPE TOWN
Visit this website for details regarding where your local embassy is.
VISITING CAPE TOWN
For information about to do in the city or further afield, visit the official Cape Town Tourism website
South Africa is in the southern hemisphere which means that the months of December, January and February correspond to the austral summer (and major holidays). Though climate varies from one region to another, Cape Town boasts a Mediterranean climate. Summer (September to April) is typically hot and dry with temperatures of about 28°C, while winter conditions (May to August) are temperate with temperatures of about 17°C. Please note that winter temperatures can drop to 8°C.
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR SUITCASE:
– It is late summer in Cape Town so the weather is generally warm although it is known to change rapidly. Whilst you are sure to experience beautiful sunshine, the chilly evenings and the odd autumnal shower cannot be discounted. You are advised to bring a few layers of clothing. In terms of dress code, Cape Town is a city that caters for all styles with casual being the most dominant.
– Remember to bring a Cape Town Carnival mask to join in the festivities of the evening.
– Do not forget sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and swimsuit! In the evening, a long-sleeved shirt is the rule for a touch of elegance.