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.
     
    If you have a tip about Cape Town and would like to share that information with the community, contact [email protected] and we’ll post it right here in the directory.

    The City

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      Environment type:beach, coast, forest, mountain, ocean, scrub
      Location type:city, town, urban
       
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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
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          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
            DishCostRestaurant Availability
            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
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            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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