30 Holiday Hacks Tips for the Summer Season when visiting Cape Town

 

  1. Cape Town is often known to experience four seasons in a day, be prepared by keeping a hat, suntan lotion and a jersey in your bag.
  2. The sun is strong, and the UV rays are high, even when overcast, so be sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Wear a hat when out and about and use plenty of sunscreen. One often doesn’t feel oneself burning when its cool and when the wind blows.
  3. Avoid the sun between 10am – 2pm. If you are visiting from a country where you are not used to much sun exposure, keep covered and make sure to only expose your skin over short intervals of time which you can increase slowly. Sunstroke is no way to spend a holiday.
  4. If you are unfamiliar with our beaches, be careful of the tides and do not drift out far beyond other people.
  5. DO NOT leave pets in a car.
  6. Do not leave your pets outside without shade and plenty of fresh water.
  7. Make reservations at restaurants and at accommodation establishments, as many places get booked up quickly over the season.
  8. Be mindful of where you park. Remember to take note of surrounding landmarks and street posts.
  9. Avoid eating foods in restaurants that are reheated constantly on hot buffet stands.
  10. It is the time of the year when tummy bugs are rife. Wash your hands regularly.
  11. While it’s the season to be jolly, do not drink and drive.
  12. Act responsibly even though it’s the holiday season. Life carries on regardless and laws don’t change.
  13. Have a map and precise directions as to where you are heading so that you do not need to meander around unfamiliar roads, getting lost and wasting petrol. Set your GPS before setting out. Avoid pulling over at the side of the road on isolated streets to check directions, especially at night.
  14. Do not take your eye off your children.
  15. Be aware of how you carry your possessions and be mindful of your actions. There are predators waiting to pounce, and tourists with cameras around their necks make for easy targets. Keep all possessions locked up at the place at which you are staying and carry the minimum on your body. Do not carry your wallet in your back pocket.
  16. Carry emergency numbers on you as provided below.
  17. Take out adequate insurance before traveling.
  18. Do not wander around isolated places that are foreign to you.
  19. Stay in a group and do not walk alone on the streets.
  20. Be aware of what is happening around you. Make sure that you are not being followed. If you sense that you are, and you are driving, drive to the nearest petrol station or police station; whichever is closer.
  21. Maintain a safe following distance and do not speed.
  22. When in a foreign country, respect that cultures and traditions may be different to what you are familiar with. Cape Town has an eclectic mix of people. Maintain respect.

Please and thank you is international! It is understood throughout the world.

  1. Tipping in restaurants at the end of the meal is usually discretionary. However, a 10 – 12% tip is expected and is the norm. Of course, if the meal and the service was superb and you are feeling generous, anything more than that is welcomed.
  2. Our water situation is still precarious. Please respect this by being water wise.
  3. During the holiday season, most shops in malls are open until 9pm, some even later.
  4. If you want to know what’s hot and happening in Cape Town, Facebook is always a great guide. Go to WESTERN CAPE EVENTS as well as COMPUTICKET.
  5. If you would like any information specific to the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, go to ACCOMMODATION CAPE TOWN NORTH
  6. Some great tourist attractions: V & A Waterfront, The Wine Route of Durbanville, Franschoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch. Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Devil’s Peak, Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony, Cape Malay Quarter, Chapman’s Peak drive, Shark Cage Diving and The Aquarium. Kirstenbosch, Rhodes Memorial, Cape Point, The Red Topless Bus, many magnificent beaches and so much more. Cape Town’s Casino is called GRAND WEST CASINO & ENTERTAINMENT WORLD. It is located in the Northern Suburb of Goodwood.
  1. RELIABLE AND SAFE PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Uber, Taxify and MyCiti Busses.
  2. Some of Africa’s famous malls are located in the Northern Suburbs, namely, Canal Walk, Century City, Tygervalley and Cape Gate. Cavendish Square is a beauty in the Southern Suburbs.

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS TO KEEP ON YOU WHILE TRAVELLING IN CAPE TOWN

POLICE 10 111

CAPE TOWN GENERAL EMERGENCY 107

NEAREST HOSPITALS IN THE NORTHERN SUBURBS:

Panorama  Medi Clinic (Private) 021 9382111

Durbanville Medi Clinic (Private) 021 980 2100

Karl Bremmer (State) 021 9181911
Tygerberg (State) 021 9384911

 

 

24 HOUR VETINARY CLINIC:

Panorama Vet 021 930 6632

FIRE: 021 9754700

SEA RESCUE NSRI: 082 990 5975

AMBULANCE: 101 77

MOUNTAIN RESCUE: 021 9489900

CAPE TOWN TOURISM CENTRE CLOSEST TO THE NORTHERN SUBURBS : CANAL WALK  0215299699

CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 021 9341949

If you wish to print this out, it is advisable to fill in your personal details and keep them on you in a safe place:

ID NUMBER:
PASSPORT NUMBER:

MEDICAL AID MEMBERSHIP NUMBER:

PHONE NUMBER OF YOUR MEDICAL AID:

PHONE NUMBER OF YOUR ACCOMMODATION:

PHONE NUMBER OF YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY:

PHONE NUMBER OF YOUR NEXT OF KIN / FAMILY / FRIEND BACK HOME:

 

Welcome, enjoy and stay safe in The Magnificent Mother City!

 

 

 

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