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Cape Town Weather

Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot dry summers that can be quite windy and cold, wet winters. January, February, March, November and December average the lowest monthly rainfall.

Summer temperatures have been known to soar to 35 degrees centigrade but usually average around the 26 degree mark, while winter temperatures have dropped as low as minus 1 degree centigrade usually averaging around 13 degrees. Some winters see snow on the peaks of the local mountain ranges and we have even seen the occasional snow fall on Table Mountain.

The summer months are obviously the most popular time for holiday makers to visit Cape Town, however winter has become what locals are calling the Secret Season. During the Cape winter we enjoy many mild sunny days that may not be ideal beach weather, but are beautifull days to be out and about exploring all that Cape Town and its surrounds have to offer and many attractions will run winter discounts and specials. 


GO CAPE TOWN CARD

The GO CAPE TOWN CARD includes entrance to three of Cape Towns' top tourist attractions.  You can visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, Table Mountain Cableway and travel  around Cape Town on the City Sightseeing Bus. There is a bus every twenty minutes and you are able to hop on and off at various stops to enjoy what the city has to offer. The card costs R375 for adults and R190 for children, they are available from the ticket offices of these three destinations, Cape Town Tourism office in the city or online at www.webtickets.co.za

Visa Requirements

When seeking entry into South Africa you will need to be in possession of a valid passport and where necessary a visa. Enquiries can be directed to South African diplomatic representatives in your country of origin or the Department of Home affairs in Pretoria. Tourists must satisfy immigration officers that they are able to support themselves during their stay and that they have return or onward air tickets.

Passport Requirements

Passports must be valid for at least six months and one month beyond the intended stay. Visitors to South Africa must have two consecutive blank pages in their passports for endorsements. South African holders of dual passports must use their South African passport to enter or leave the country.

VAT Refunds

Foreign tourists visiting South Africa can have their value-added tax refunded provided the value of the items purchased exceeds R250. VAT is refunded on departure at the point of departure. VAT is charged at 14% on the majority of goods and services. Some food staples are exempt.

Electricity

220/230 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Three pronged plugs are used in South Africa. Adapters can be purchased locally.

Driving

Drive on the left and give way to traffic approaching from the right. The speed limit on freeways is 120Km/h and 60Km/h in urban areas. Speed limits and other rules of the road are clearly marked and motorists are monitored rigorously by the relevant traffic departments. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or any other substance is prohibited and the offender faces stiff penalties including imprisonment.

Time

South Africa is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and six hours ahead of the USA Eastern Standard Time.

Safety Tips

It is not advisable to walk about at night in Cape Town.
When enjoying Cape Towns wonderful night life make use of the many reputable cab companies available to collect you and drop you off. When sightseeing be careful not to show-off expensive camera's, jewelry or laptops. Try not to carry large amounts of money with you, many establishments accept Master or Visa cards, American Express or Diners Club cards. Be advised that retailers may not accept the latter two cards.
 





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