Cape Town

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Top Descriptions

Cape Town has won a few awards over the years and it really is easy to see why. Few cities in the world can boast such excellent access to the mountains and to the coastline. Blessed with both the dramatic Table Mountain National Park and a whole array of beautiful beaches – some of which are indeed surfer friendly, it’s no wonder that outdoor-urban enthusiasts have been raving about the area in recent years. But it’s not just its adventure pursuits that make Cape Town a winner. As well the city’s colonial history and easy access to the vineyards of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, Cape Town is packed with funky bars and hip hangouts just waiting to be discovered – most of which are very reasonably priced if you’re at all familiar with similar scenes in Europe. However, like most locations in the public transportation system is somewhat lacking, and if you don’t have your own transport (or friends or family in the area to help out) you’ll no doubt find it difficult to access a good deal of what’s on offer. The metro trainline does help out in this respect, and it’s cheap too! But the combination of endemic inequality and poor maintenance means that many tourists might not feel completely comfortable using it. Yet despite its reputation for criminality, Cape Town feels for the most part friendly and very safe. Indeed, provided you follow the basic maxims of travel, you shouldn’t run into any trouble at all during your stay here. What’s most likely to happen is that you’ll fall earnestly for this city and its surroundings, just like so many have done before you. – Daniel
 
Cape Town is one of the most likeable cities in the word. With an abundance of scenic coastline and a wonderful national park, it’s easy for any nature or sports enthusiast to love their time here. Although surrounded by nature, the city centre has just enough high-rise powerhouses, colonial-era buildings, and dapperly dressed individuals to give it a real feel of economic importance. The hip crowd of craft beer and coffee drinkers are certainly visible, as is the prime real estate that goes with them. But alongside this disposable-income community are the impoverished. While such a dichotomy is common in many cities the world over, for Cape Town the slum-like townships that populate the city’s outer edges are a reminder of its recent history and the strains that this young country is under. Ultimately though, the sheer beauty of Cape Town coupled with the pride of its residents creates an overwhelmingly positive atmosphere for any lucky traveller who finds themself passing through. – Sarah

Top Tips

Cape Town is a large (and beautiful) city with lots to do, so plan on spending as long here as you possibly can. Even after a month in an Airbnb, there was still plenty left for us to explore.
Try to stay somewhere on the if you don’t have your own wheels. The train is cheap and you can access quite a few attractions from that line, especially in conjunction with .
If you like hiking, don’t miss out on the or especially the . Table Mountain National Park offers lots of great hiking within the city limits.
 
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The City

What should we know?

Name in local script:
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Also known as:
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Environment type:beach, coast, forest, mountain, ocean, scrub
Location type:city, town, urban
 
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What can we see or do there?

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Shops:Cape Union Mart, Pick n Pay, Spar, Woolworths
 
Animals:rock hyrax
Birds:penguins

How much will it cost us?

Currency:South African Rand (ZAR)
Average daily budget:ZAR432

When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:28 nights
High season:December, January
Low season:
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How can we get in contact?

Language(s):Afrikaans, English, Xhosa
Timezone:UTC+02:00
Country calling code:27

How can we get there?

Coordinates:-33.94784, 18.45557
Geographical feature:Atlantic Ocean, False Bay, Table Mountain National Park

What are the numbers and averages?

Number of locations visited:7
Number of attractions visited:33
 
Travel time to attractions:35 minutes
Travel time to next location:3 hours, 30 minutes
 
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Altitude:0 to 1,085m

Local Availability

ItemSizeCost
Beer (multinational)500mlZAR17
Beer (national)500mlZAR15
Fizzy drink1 litreZAR13
Fruit juice1 litreZAR20
Gin (multinational)1 litreZAR190
Gin (national)1 litre
Milk1 litreZAR10
Oil1 litreZAR26
Rum (multinational)1 litreZAR180
Rum (national)1 litre
Vodka (multinational)1 litreZAR145
Vodka (national)1 litre
Water1 litreZAR8
Whisky (multinational)1 litreZAR160
Whisky (national)1 litre
Wine1 bottleZAR35
ItemSizeCost
Almonds100gZAR43
Apples1kgZAR19
Bananas1kgZAR17
Bell pepper1kgZAR40
Bread1 loafZAR10
Carrots1kgZAR10
Chillies1kgZAR35
Chocolate (multinational)1 barZAR14
Chocolate (national)1 barZAR8
Coconut milk1 canZAR22
Cucumber1kgZAR0
Eggs1 dozenZAR19
Garlic1kgZAR150
Ginger1kgZAR79
Honey1 jarZAR47
Ice cream1 unitZAR15
Jam1 jarZAR18
Onions1kgZAR8
Oranges1kg
Pasta1kgZAR24
Peanut butter1 jarZAR27
Peanuts100gZAR13
Potatoes1kgZAR12
Raisins100gZAR10
Rice1kgZAR20
Sandwich1 unitZAR19
Tomatoes1kgZAR18
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Antifungal shampoo1 bottleZAR75
Conditioner1 bottleZAR50
Condoms1 packZAR0
Deodorant1 canZAR22
Floss1 packZAR28
Hand sanitizer1 bottleZAR0
Laundry soap1 barZAR0
Razors1 packZAR45
Sanitary towels1 packZAR15
Shampoo1 bottleZAR52
Soap1 barZAR11
Tampons1 boxZAR22
Toilet roll1 unitZAR0
Toothpaste1 tubeZAR10
Washing powder1 boxZAR18
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Antiseptic cream1 tubeZAR40
Bandages1 packZAR24
Chapstick1 unitZAR16
Contact lens solution1 bottleZAR0
Headache tablets1 packZAR21
Ibuprofen1 packZAR0
Mosquito repellent1 bottleZAR0
Nail clippers1 setZAR46
Plasters1 packZAR17
Sun cream1 bottleZAR70
Sunglasses1 pairZAR110
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Batteries4-packZAR65
Chilli powder100gZAR0
Cigarettes (multinational)20-packZAR38
Cigarettes (national)20-packZAR25
Coriander100gZAR27
Cumin100gZAR32
Fuel1 litreZAR0
Internet1 hourZAR0
Lighter1 unitZAR0
Matches1 packZAR0
Paprika100gZAR22
Travel multiadapter1 unitZAR0
Travel plug1 unitZAR30
Turmeric100gZAR22
Stock1 packZAR7

Local Cuisine

DishCostRestaurant Availability
BaoZAR50
Breakfast (continental)ZAR42
Breakfast (cooked)ZAR13
BurgerZAR82
Burger (cheese)ZAR88
Burger (vegetarian)ZAR117
Cake (slice)ZAR67
CalamariZAR125
California rollZAR68
CheesecakeZAR40
Chicken wingsZAR52
Crème brûléeZAR56
Curry (generic – meat)ZAR125
Curry (generic – vegetable)ZAR80
Dumplings (Asian – meat)ZAR65
Eggs (how you like)ZAR55
Fillet (beef)ZAR180
Fillet (fish)ZAR170
Fish and chipsZAR86
FishcakesZAR125
French friesZAR43
Fruit saladZAR43
Goulash (fish)ZAR150
Grilled (chicken)ZAR110
Hot dogZAR65
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Ice cream (scoop)ZAR32
Ice cream (sundae)ZAR42
KimchiZAR30
Lamb chopsZAR160
LobsterZAR495
Mashed potatoesZAR25
MusselsZAR116
NachosZAR62
Noodles (meat)ZAR125
Noodles (vegetable)ZAR95
OmeletteZAR50
OystersZAR113
Pancake (simple)ZAR25
Pasta (meat)ZAR80
Pasta (vegetable)ZAR73
Pie (sweet)ZAR45
Pizza (simple)ZAR63
Pizza (loaded)ZAR112
PrawnsZAR242
DishCostRestaurant Availability
RibsZAR170
Roasted (chicken)ZAR125
Roasted (pork)ZAR130
Roasted (vegetable)ZAR68
SaladZAR63
Salad (meat)ZAR81
Sandwich (basic)ZAR40
Sandwich (loaded)ZAR61
Sausage and mashZAR85
Skewers (Brochette) (meat)ZAR65
ShwarmaZAR65
Spring rollZAR45
SquidZAR104
SteakZAR140
Waffles (sweet)ZAR20
Whole (fish)ZAR146
WrapsZAR78
BeverageCostRestaurant Availability
Alcoholic mixed drinkZAR46
Bailey’s (shot)ZAR28
Beer (multinational)ZAR30
Beer (national)ZAR23
Brandy (shot)ZAR18
CappuccinoZAR21
Cappuccino (red/rooibos)ZAR21
Cider (bottle)ZAR22
CoffeeZAR17
Champagne (bottle)ZAR238
Champagne (glass)ZAR48
EspressoZAR15
Fruit juice (concentrated)ZAR24
Fruit juice (fresh)ZAR25
Gin (shot)ZAR22
GuinnessZAR25
Hot chocolateZAR23
Iced coffeeZAR25
Iced teaZAR19
MilkshakeZAR25
Red BullZAR35
Rum (shot)ZAR18
SmoothieZAR39
Soft drinkZAR21
TeaZAR20
Tea (herbal)ZAR17
Tequila (shot)ZAR25
Vodka (shot)ZAR16
Water (2L)ZAR52
Whisky (shot)ZAR17
Wine (bottle)ZAR154
Wine (glass)ZAR37

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