Facts for the traveller
Welcome to Cape Town. There is truly no place in the world like the Mother City! Here, you will find the quintessential melting pot of diversity, culture, language and heritage, with many exciting experiences for you to immerse yourself in. From our magnificent beaches and towering mountains to the history of the Bo-Kaap and the significance of Robben Island.
As we invite you to explore the magic that is the Western Cape here are some good things to know for your stay in the Western Cape, whether you’re here on holiday or business.
Banking and Currency
South Africa’s currency unit is the rand (ZAR). One rand is denoted by the symbol R1. R1=100 cents. There are bills for R10, R20, R50, R100, R200 and coins for 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and for R1, R2, R5
Banking Hours: 9am-3:30pm (weekdays) and 08:30am-11am (Saturdays).
Credit Cards: Most shops, restaurants and hotels accept major credit cards.
Practical Safety Tips
South Africa’s reputation worldwide is that of a friendly, hospitable people, however, much like everywhere else in the world, one should always take certain precautions.
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash, don’t carry electronics like smartphones and cameras in plain sight, and do no leave belongings unattended.
- Heed the advice of your hosts, especially regarding which places to go to and avoid after dark.
- Take special pre-cautions when visiting look out points, especially at dusk or at night, go in a group where possible.
- Never allow strangers to assist you at any ATM’s.
- Park in secure, well-lit areas with official street/security guards.
- Keep photocopies of all valuable identity and other documentation in a safe place.
Mediterranean climate characterized by warm, mild summers (usually around 26°C and 79°F) and wet, chilly winters (usually around 5°C and 41°F). For locals, March and May are considered favorites, as the weather is mild and the winds drop. Don’t let this advice lull you into a false sense of security, the Western Cape is known for her unpredictable weather!
SUMMER SEASON: October to March // WINTER SEASON: April to September
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Value Added Tax (VAT)
South Africa has a value-added tax of 14% on purchases and services. Foreign visitors can reclaim their VAT on collective purchases of more than R250 at a number of refund offices around the city. The VAT refund office +27 (0) 21 934 8675 – is located at the Cape Town International Airport – +27 (0) 21 937 1200
US$1=R13.26 | £1=R17.88 | A$1=R10.55| NZ$1=R9.65
Tipping and Bargaining
Tipping is standard at most establishments in the Western Cape, especially at bars and restaurants. Typically a fair minimum tip is 10% of the total bill. Use common sense when bargaining, at most craft markets or street shops in the city, haggling is almost expected, but play fair, we have many very talented craftsmen and artisans who work painstakingly to create beautiful memoirs for you to take home.
No vaccinations are required to enter South Africa, Lesotho or Swaziland unless you are travelling from countries that have incidents of yellow fever, such as certain African and South American countries. These visitors must have the yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before their visit.
In South Africa, electricity is 220/230 Volts AC, enough to fry any 120V appliance. Most local hardware, cellphone and general stores will be able to supply you with an adapter/converter.
230 V AC, 50Hz, 15 A, two or three-prong (round pin) plugs.
The undulating landscape of the Western Cape bursts with enticing activities. The breathtaking accumulation of beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, ragged rock formations, and wildflowers that explode into color every spring together paint a full spectrum of delights for locals and tourists alike. The diversity of this province attracts tourists as ecclectic as the locals. Surfers and nature lovers, rock climbers and wine buffs, club-hoppers and backpackers all come to the Western Cape to indulge in the riches of this exquisite region.
Quench your animalistic yearning for adrenaline, join nightly party-goers in the city, experience the annual migration of the southern right whales, the adorable assemblies of jackass penguins, the unparalleled views of exuberantly verdant mountains jutting gracefully above the Mediterranean-style beaches, with their powdery, platinum sand and chilly blue waters, all while you sniff, sip and savour your way through the stellar Cape Winelands.
Welcome to the Cape Winelands
The Cape Winelands offers a selection of over 200 cellars to taste some of the best wines in the world. The Western Cape is renowned for its spectacular beauty, offering a smorgasbord of sports, leisure and adventure experiences for you to indulge in. Travellers are spoilt for choice in the Cape, where scenery, fine wines and gourmet dining combine to create an unforgettable experience.
As one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the world, The Western Cape’s capital, Cape Town, perched between the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain with a national park as its heart, is a place to renew and connect, visited by millions of tourists who return year after year. Fondly known as the Mother City, Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, with a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. It is also home to the country’s top five national attractions.
There is truly no place in the world like the Mother City and her Winelands! Here, you will find the quintessential melting pot of diversity, culture, language and heritage, with many exciting experiences for you to immerse yourself in. From our magnificent beaches and towering mountains to the history of the Bo-Kaap and the significance of Robben Island.
Cape Wine Country invites you to celebrate the culture of pleasure and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Cape Winelands Tourism Offices
023 614 2728
023 230 1375
Paarl Wine Route
021 872 4842
Constantia Wine Route
021 713 2211
Wellington Wine Route
021 864 2479
Stellenbosch Wine Route
021 886 4310
Swartland Wine & Olive Route
022 487 1133
Darling Wine & Art Experience
022 492 3430
Franschhoek Wine Route
021 876 2861
Tulbagh Wine Route
023 230 1375
West Coast Wine Route
027 201 3376