Cape Town - Wikitravel. Cape Town. Cape Town. It is located in the south- west corner of the country near the Cape of Good Hope, and is the most southern city in Africa. It is a stone's throw from South Africa's world- famous Cape Winelands around Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.
As a newbie in town, you simply do not know the bad areas. ALWAYS take a taxi from the central bus station after dark. The police keep a fairly high profile during daylight hours, but less so at night.
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You'll get little help from the locals, as they fear for their own safety, too. Knife attacks are not uncommon.
Also visible are Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Fransch Hoek to the north east, and Kleinmond and Hermanus to the south east. Many Consider this peninsula to be the meeting point of the cold Atlantic and (relatively) warm Indian oceans, this can be felt in the difference in water temperature between False Bay and Table Bay. The Cape Town metropolitan area covers a large area, from Durbanville and Somerset West in the east to Cape Point in the south and Atlantis in the north.
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The city centre is located in a relatively small area between Table Mountain and Table Bay. Christiaan Barnard at the Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town. For thousands of years, Cape Town was inhabited by the Strandloper (ancestors of Kalahari Bushmen).
Cape Town's European history began in 1. Jan van Riebeeck established a trading post there on behalf of the VOC (Dutch East Indies Company). The first European settlers were mainly Dutch, with some French Huguenots that had to flee from religious persecution in their home country.
The first settlers soon explored the adjacent hinterland and founded the cities of Stellenbosch and Paarl in today's Cape Winelands. The Voortrekkers (Pioneers of European descent) started from here to explore and settle the rest of South Africa. It is a world- class cosmopolitan city with numerous sites of historical significance, and a lively night- life, as well as a large gay community. Days are usually hot, but the humidity is low, so it is not uncomfortable. You should stay inside or in the shade during the midday heat and use sufficient sun block. You will fight for space on the beach around New Year's with all the local tourists but it is still a great time to visit as there are a lot of events happening.
It can also get very cold at night, with temperatures as low as 2 or 3. It will become warmer during the day, with temperatures between 9- 1. It is often very cloudy with far fewer hours of sunshine. Best times to visit are. October and November: The weather is getting warmer. Spring is in the air, but it is not as hot as mid- summer yet. These months can be windy months.
The South- Easter is known as the Cape Doctor as it blows away a great deal of pollution! December to February: These are the prime summer months of long hot days.
The sun sets late in the evening (it stays light up until about 8: 3. PM in December) and there is generally a lot going on. February is the most reliable month for weather, with week after week of hot days. March to May: This can change from year to year, but generally it starts raining and the temperature begins to become cooler. There are far fewer visitors around, and you can get excellent deals on accommodation, food and most tourism services.
During the dry summer months (even more so when there is strong wind) fire poses a serious threat to the flora and fauna of the region, especially the National Parks. The fynbos in particular can become very dry and burn easily.
Over the last couple of years a number of fires have almost devastated the slopes of Table Mountain. Please take care not to be the cause of any runaway fire and report any fires that you might see to Table Mountain National Park Fire Management on +2. By plane. There are multiple flights daily to Johannesburg, Durban and all other major South African cities, as well as the Namibian cities of Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay and other destinations, including Gaborone, Maun and Nairobi.
Formerly, nonstop service to/from the United States existed, but now, you must use OR Tambo in Johannesburg as a gateway city from/to New York City, Washington DC, or Atlanta. In the summer, (October- March) several charter airlines operate direct flights from all over Europe to Cape Town. Spare seats are sold with substantial discounts but during Christmas time and New Year prices rises significantly. In its long history, this train had served uncountable numbers of presidents, celebrities and other public figures. Private facilities in every room; many fitted with full bath. Fare includes overnight accommodation, meals, drinks (alcohol included), cigars, butler service and an excursion during the trip.
In economy class there are seats only (no bunk beds), tourist class provides bunk beds for overnight trips (bring a sleeping bed or buy bedding on the train) and premier classe is slightly more luxurious and comfortable, with all meals and bedding provided. Economy and tourist class trains have a buffet car for food. Prices on the three classes vary accordingly. All trains to or from Cape Town arrive and depart from here. Metro. Plus is more comfortable and less crowded but also more expensive.
Every trainset has both Metro. Plus and Metro coaches ; the Metro.
Plus coaches are always on the end of the train nearest Cape Town. Prices are cheap so it is better to be more comfortable and use Metro. Plus. Note that there are steep fines if you are caught in a Metro. Plus coach with a Metro ticket (vice versa is allowed). Contrary to many reports that you might read, Metro. Rail trains are safe, but it is probably wise to avoid avoid traveling at night if possible.
If you need to use trains at night, use the most crowded first class (Metro. Plus) car and don't stay alone. You can often see whales, and if it's windy you may have sea spray hitting the train windows. For the best views make sure you sit on the east side of the train (the left side as you face away from Cape Town and towards Simon's Town). This route previously boasted a moving restaurant coach (called Biggsy's) that did the return trip from Cape Town to Simon's Town between 2 and 4 times a day, every day except Monday. However, Biggsy's restaurant car was withdrawn from service on July 2. June 2. 00. 9 had not yet been re- introduced.
You can buy a Tourist . Ask at the ticket counter if there is an earlier train you could use, as there are also trains to Stellenbosch starting in Bellville and Eerste River. However, please be aware of hijackers at night or at traffic lights. The danger is not as high as often emphasized by the media, but a good portion of precaution should be taken.
Please ask your hotel staff or anyone familiar with the area about where it is safe and where it is not safe. Petrol is also cheap compared to Europe but a bit more expensive than in the United States. The locals will tell you that the Cape Town drivers are the most courteous drivers in South Africa (except the mini bus taxi drivers who are unpredictable) and generally drive slower in comparison with other cities. Car rentals in Cape Town. Wise Wheels (Car Hire), . Car rentals in Cape Town. Value Car Hire (Car Hire), .
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Car rentals in Cape Town. All major bus companies have Intercity connections from Cape Town, taking you to other cities in South Africa and to Windhoek in Namibia. There might be up to 6 buses a day to certain cities. Please ask at the nearby tourist information or in your hotel for connections and where your bus is going to leave, as finding your bus can become difficult. The general route followed is Nairobi (Kenya), Dar- es- salaam (Tanzania), Lusaka (Zambia) and Harare (Zimbabwe) in order to reach Johannesburg. The journey from Nairobi takes about two to three days. Intercape Mainliner, .
Bus tickets can also be obtained from Computicket . This passenger/cargo ship is the last working Royal Mail Ship and stops at Cape Town on its way to St Helena.
Get around. Remember that you drive on the left here which may take some getting used to if you've never done it. It may be difficult to come by an automatic transmission at the rental company so reserve your car ahead of time if an automatic is what you prefer.
When you are ready to put fuel in your car, it is required to let one of the petrol station attendants fill it up for you. Just stay in your car, he/she will come up to and ask you which fuel type and how much you want to put in. Cape Cobra Hire (AC Cobra Chauffeur and Rentals), 1.
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Roeland Street, City Bowl, . Metered taxis can be identified by the typical yellow sign on the roof of the car, and by clearly stated information printed on the side of the vehicle stating the fare and the rights of the passengers.
Be sure to take only those metered taxis that are marked in this way, but be aware that quality between different vehicles, even those with the same operator, can vary. Typical prices per kilometer range from R9 to R1. R1. 4 to R1. 9 per mile), often with a start or flag fall fee of up to R3.
For longer journeys, for example from the city centre to the South Peninsula, or Stellenbosch, it is often possible to negotiate a slightly better price with the driver. Keep in mind the metered taxi industry is under some pressure in Cape Town, and that paying the full rate benefits your driver and ensures the continuation of a sector that is comparably safe and convenient when compared to other transport options. Unicab, 1 Plein Street, Woodstock, . Other metered taxi operators include.
Rikkis Taxis, . Sainte Marie Taxis (Service in English and French), . Christo's Car Service (Service in English and Dutch), . Small, efficient, and family- run service based in Cape Town's city center. Popular and good safety reputation with visitors.
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