About Cape Town & Map of Waterfront

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FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

 

Population: Cape Town and the Western Cape has a population of 5,2 Million.

 

Water: Cape Town and the Western Cape tap water is amongst the best in the world with well developed water supply infrastructure.

 

Climate: The Cape is a year-round destination with warm summers and mild, cool winters. The climate is often described as Mediterranean, with summer temperatures ranging between 15°C (59°F) and 27°C (80.6°F), while winter sees the mercury dropping to a mild 7°C (44.6°F) at night and rising to a comfortable 18°C (64.4°F) by day.

 

Currency: The South African currency is the Rand, which is made up of 100 cents. Foreign currency can be exchanged at commercial banks and at various Bureaux de Change. Visit our website for daily exchange rates.

 

Taxes: Value Added Tax (VAT) of 14% is levied on purchases and services. Foreign visitors are able to reclaim their VAT on purchases if they have spent more than R250.

 

Time: South African Time is set at GMT+2. There are no time zone differences within South Africa and there is no daylight saving system in summer.

 

Driving: An international drivers licence is required when driving in South Africa. Driving is on the left hand side of the road and speed is calibrated in kilometres. Cash or petrol cards are required to pay for fuel.

 

Visas: Visas are issued by the South African missions abroad and must be affixed to the applicant’s passport before departing for South Africa. Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports of entry. In order to gain a visa you are required to have 2 unused pages in your passport. www.home-affairs.gov.za

 

Customs: Personal effects (used) are admitted duty free. The allowance for visitors to South Africa is as follows (free of duty per adult):

 

• 1 litre of spirits

• 2 litres of wine

• 400 cigarettes

• 50 cigars

• 50 ml perfume

• 250 ml eau de toilette

• Gifts and souvenirs to the value of R3 000

 

Health requirements: If arriving from a yellow fever zone, you must have a valid international yellow fever vaccination certificate.

 

 

MUST SEES

 

Table Mountain offers magnificent views of the city, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, birding and for the more adventurous, abseiling and paragliding from Lion’s Head. Look out for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, the world’s most beautiful marathon, the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour, the world’s largest timed cycle race and the ABSA Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race, the world’s largest mountain bike stage race.

 

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a unique working harbour with more than 22 million visits recorded per annum and offers entertainment options like shopping, street musicians, museums, an aquarium, boat trips, cinemas and great cosmopolitan vibe. Cape Town’s jazz maestros often perform at this Cape Town hot spot and at Africa’s Grandest Jazz Event, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

 

Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope is part of the Table Mountain National Park. Visitors can explore this spectacular reserve of indigenous flora and fauna, over 150 bird species and travel by funicular to the viewing platform 678 meters above the crashing oceans around Cape Point.

 

Robben Island, now a world heritage site, was the prison home of former President Nelson Mandela for 18 years. Revel in an eclectic mix of cultures and a treasure trove of tradition and heritage.

 

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens in the world. The estate covers 528 hectares and includes a cultivated garden and a nature reserve with diverse indigenous plants. It becomes a perfect setting for the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts with the best of local entertainment.

 

Wine Routes Cape Town and the Western Cape produces some of the world’s finest wines. Visitors are encouraged to explore the winelands, enjoy wine tasting, cellar tours and spend a winters evening in front of a roaring fire, enjoying fine wine, good food and stimulating company. Soak up the taste of the winelands and its festive atmosphere by experiencing

the gourmet delights at the Riebeeck Valley Olive Festival, SA Cheese Festival and many wine festivals throughout the winelands.

 

Southern Tip of Africa is where you will find L’Agulhas, the most southern point in Africa and the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Hire a Harley Davidson and drive one or more of the spectacular scenic routes through the rolling hills of the Overberg.

 

Cango Caves situated close to Oudtshoorn, is one of the world's great natural wonders sculptured by nature through the ages - fascinating limestone formations in a wide variety of colours. Oudtshoorn is also the home to the ABSA Klein Karoo Kunstefees, a celebration of indigenous Afrikaans Culture.

 

Whale Watching takes place from June to November. Cape Town and the Western Cape boasts with one of the best land-based whale watching spots in the world. Experience a true celebration of these gentle giants at the annual Hermanus Whale Festival.

 

West Coast Flowers carpet much of the Cape West Coast during the flower season of July to October. Cape Town and the Western Cape is the world’s richest and most diverse floral kingdom. Admire the fantastic floral display and the boistrous array of colour at the Cape Town Flower and Garden Show.

 

For details on how you can experience these destination offerings and events visit www.tourismcapetown.co.za

 

To the best of our knowledge all information that is included in this communication was correct at time of publication. However, information is subject to change and Cape Town Routes Unlimited can under no circumstances accept liability for inaccurate information conveyed. E&OE. Copyright © 2008 Cape Town