PLAN YOUR TRIP
Cape Town is an ideal destination.
Cape Town is by far the most cosmopolitan city in South Africa, as it hosts a hodgepodge of cultures that contribute to the city’s eclectic music, food, and festival scenes.
It boasts modern amenities, which augur well with its coastal vibe. So, you can sip cold drinks under the hot sun while shopping, wine tasting, or even on cultural tours. Its pristine beaches, beautiful water, and incredible landscapes add to its allure. And once you have had an authentic South African dish in this city, you appreciate it even more.
The GrandWest International area, which is where the summit will be located, is easily accessible from Cape Town via car, taxi or bus, and it hosts the largest entertainment area of all of Cape Town. [all info can be found here]
- Make sure you have a valid Passport before traveling to Cape Town.
- No visa required: Tourists and business people staying in South Africa for 90 or fewer days do not need visas. This waiver also applies to transiting U.S. citizens who do not exceed the 90-day limit. For a list of exempted countries and more detailed information, please click here.
- The currency in Cape Town is the South African rand, which is shortened to ZAR or simply R.
- Power sockets: South Africa uses a unique type of plug and socket known as the Type M, which has three large round pins in a triangular pattern. If you plan to travel from Europe to South Africa, you will need a plug adapter to use your European devices.
- Travel Insurance is always recommended, especially if traveling to a different continent.
- Phone/Internet providers.
South Africa is ranked second for having Africa’s fastest internet speeds, with Cape Town boasting easy to find, reliable and fast WiFi. However, before leaving, check that your phone is compatible with GSM networks.
Once you arrive, you need to get a South African SIM card to use your phone locally. You may purchase a SIM card from the airport, or you may visit Mobile Network Operator Stores: The major mobile network operators in South Africa, such as Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C, have numerous stores and retail outlets across the country. Visitors can visit these stores and request a prepaid SIM card. Some recommend buying an MTN prepaid sim card at Cape Town Airport. Vodacom has slightly better 4G/5G network coverage in South Africa, but are much more expensive than MTN. Another option is to purchase an eSim through an app like Airalo which is compatible with most phones.
- Transport options and Taxi Apps:
- Line Taxi
- Orange Cabs
- Yookoo Ride
- Taxi Live Africa
- Emergency numbers in Cape Town – save these in case you need them!
Country code is +27
- Emergencies from Mobile: 112
- Emergencies from Landline: 107
- South African Police: 10111
- Medical & Fire: 021 535 1100
- Table Mountain NP Emergencies: 021 480 7700
- Sea and Mountain Rescue: 021 948 9900
- National Sea Rescue Institute: 087 094 9774
- Baboon Monitors: 071 588 6540
- Shark Spotters: 078 174 4244
- Ambulance: 10177
- Safety in Cape Town
Cape Town is a generally safe place for a holiday or a work-cation. However, like several cities in South Africa, it has its fair share of crime, especially gang-related activity. Cape Town is also home to the South African parliament, so political demonstrations and rallies may also be common.
An unwritten rule – Don’t flash your cash/valuables and keep a close eye on your personal belongings.
- Always keep your documents (such as ID and Passport) with you.
- Make sure to keep all the important numbers and addresses handy, such as name of hotel and/or your destinations.
- South Africa is home to a multi-cultural melting pot of 55 million people of diverse origins, cultures, languages and religions.
- Although English is widely spoken and is used for signage, South Africa celebrates diversity in language with a total of 11 official languages: Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga and, last but not least, English.
Passengers traveling to Cape Town are no longer required to present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or perform PCR tests.