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Language: English | Currency: Rand (ZAR) | Local time: UTC | Avg. Flight time: 14.0 hrs
If you aren’t hiring a car, then a taxi is probably the most efficient way to get around the sprawling city, and there are numerous taxi ranks outside hotels and shopping complexes – official taxis should have meters.
There are also minibuses which run from downtown to beach resorts but it’s best to avoid empty minibuses or those you think aren’t roadworthy. Public transport is improving – MyCiti buses have widened their network and now connect Cape Town with wonderful spots like Century City and Camps Bay, and there is also a hop-on hop-off Sightseeing bus.
If you’re looking for the full “African experience”, from Cape Malay dishes to drumming and puppet shows, then Gold (15 Bennett St) is a fun night out. To satisfy your steak cravings, head to Hussar Grill (163 Beach Rd, Mouille Point) – if you’re lucky, there will be game on the menu.
Pro tip: right in the city centre you’ll find Truth Coffee (36 Buitenkant St), a coffee shop that’s been voted one of the world’s best! All the beans are hand-roasted in this steampunk café which looks more like a sci-fi film set than a speciality coffee joint.
It was Stellenbosch in the 1970s which first promoted the 'wine route', an idea that has since been enthusiastically taken up by many other parts of the country. Stellenbosch's remains the largest, covering around 100 wineries. A useful tip is visit a maximum of three wineries in a day and take your time to sample each wine.
For an insight into local living, book a township tour online or through your hotel. You shouldn’t venture into townships by yourself, however.
For an atmospheric experience, have a picnic at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on the eastern slopes of Table Mountains. You can buy a picnic hamper from the garden’s tea room.
Cape Town is generally safe if you follow basic common sense rules, such as keeping your valuables out of sight and not walking alone at night. Prior to your trip, it’s best check the FCO website for the latest travel advice.
Looking to visit Cape Town? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first.