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A Checklist for Planning Your Trip to Cape Town


So, you’re all set for your big adventure to South Africa’s Mother City, or are you? Booking your self-catering accommodation in Cape Town is step one of course, but there are a few other things you need to plan ahead for before you leave.

Here’s your checklist to ensure a hassle-free holiday:

The Paperwork

Depending on where you are travelling from, you’ll have different visa requirements. South Africa is a very welcoming country and citizens of many countries can visit for up to 30 days without a visa.

To be safe, make sure that you have checked all the boxes with the South African Department of Home Affairs long before you leave home and avert any disasters on arrival.

No matter where you are travelling from, you will need a valid passport with two blank pages.

If you have children accompanying you, there is a strict set of criteria you will need to meet. South Africa takes serious precautions when it comes to child trafficking and children won’t be allowed into the country unless your paperwork is strictly compliant. Double check with your travel agent, airline and the South African Department of home affairs to make sure you are up to speed with the latest rules.

Get Your Shots

You don’t need any special vaccinations to visit Cape Town unless you are travelling from an area in the yellow-fever danger zone. There’s no malaria to worry about unless you are planning to continue your journey to the up-country game reserves. Check with your doctor to make sure you know when to start taking any necessary anti-malarial medications.

Some vaccinations such as rabies, typhoid and tetanus are recommended wherever you travel in the world, and you should have these to be safe.

Travel Plans

You can save hugely on taxi fares if you take advantage of one of the city’s many travel packages. The hop-on-hop-off bus is a great option for sightseeing, or you could hire a car.

If your current driver’s licence is in English and has a photograph of you, you are good to go when hiring a vehicle in Cape Town. Those with licences in another language should consider an international driver’s permit. The good news for UK citizens is that you drive on the left-hand side of the road in South Africa.

Be Prepared

Cape Town weather has a mind of its own. It’s common to experience four seasons in one day, so come prepared. Plan to layer your clothing so you can put on or take off garments as required.

Most places have a casual atmosphere but pack a few snazzy outfits for a night on the town or a few plush dinners at some of Cape Town’s wonderful restaurants.  

A pair of good walking shoes, sun protection, sunglasses and a hat are vital to make the most of your stay. However, you’ll be able to purchase anything you need upon arrival. You may picture dirt roads, donkey carts and elephants in your images of South Africa but in reality the shopping facilities are world class!

Staying Connected

Most electrical outlets in South Africa use the 3-prong system so bring an adapter if your phones, chargers and laptops can’t accommodate this.

We can help you with all your travel planning for Cape Town, get in touch to book your self-catering accommodation in Cape Town right away.

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