Cape Town is undoubtedly one of South Africa‘s most amazing cities. It’s characterized by a huge population of people and visitors love spending their time here. It equally has a wide number of tourist attraction sites. So if you’re planning your very first visit to this incredible city, your main problem might not be about the safety of the place (it’s actually pretty secure), but on how you are going to squeeze all those grand attractions into your tight travel schedule. We don’t want you to lose your mind during your visit. And that’s why we took the time to compile some essential stress-free tips that you should consider in your plans.
Pay Attention To Your Accommodation
There is always a given kind of anxiety that comes with that very first visit to an unknown destination. But you can always make things much easier for yourself and probably your family by not staying too far away from the crowd. So if this is your first visit to Cape Town, consider getting accommodation near the city center. Yes, there are several tantalizing accommodation suburbs far away from the urban actions, but they require someone who has a clue on how to get there on their own after a day’s adventure. So you can at least, in the beginning, settle for the equally welcoming and beautiful holiday rentals not far away from the city. This way you will give yourself time to learn about the various surroundings.
And by this we don’t mean that you have to sleep in the city center, somewhere central will do the trick (If you get what we mean) especially if your budget isn’t too stretched. But if you don’t have to keep a check of your expenditures, then you can settle for the Atlantic Seaboard and enjoy the breathtaking views only witnessed from the modern highlife.
Adjust Your Activities According To The Weather
Yes, it’s important to have your travel itinerary ready even weeks before your actual travel dates to Cape Town. But that doesn’t mean you have to remain inflexible. Sometimes what you expect from the weather forecast isn’t what you get. Therefore, there should always be room for adjustments. Since the climate in this town is the Mediterranean, what you experience on one side of the mountain might not be necessarily the same on the other end. For instance, summer can be hot but with a lot of wind and winter might have more rainy days than too much cold.
Therefore, always be ready with different sets of activities that you can comfortably engage in a day in whichever circumstances you find yourself in. The important thing is to work with the weather and not against. There is so much fun in being carefree, even with a series of indoor activities for those days that you just can’t get through the door.
Book In Advance For Your City’s Famous Restaurants
Many individuals who have had the pleasure to visit Cape Town will readily admit that this is one of the fast-rising foodie city in the world. There are several best dining joints to explore both in the outcasts and the insides of the city. And as any tourist attraction place, there is always a high and low season. If you’re planning to have your visit during one of those low seasons, then you don’t have to worry so much about booking your eat-outs in advance. However, if your visit happens to fall in the high season, and you plan to have a lot of eat-outs at high-end joints especially in the city center, then it’s advisable to book in advance. Otherwise, you might find yourself aimlessly strolling through the middle-end streets for some quality meal. Well, not with all the sophistication you would want, but still good enough.
Take Time To Familiarize Yourself With Public Transport
If you aren’t planning on using car hires, at least not all the time, then it’s advisable to familiarize yourself with how the city’s public transportation operates. While it goes without saying that among the most loved South African cities. Cape Town happens to be home to the most luxurious public transport, it still isn’t easy to understand how they operate. For instance, the type of ride you will board from the city center to famous attraction sites isn’t the same for those coming from the airport and the city’s outcasts. You will also at some point have to rely on taxi services. So be ready for that.
There are so many activities you can indulge in while in Cape Town. But you also have to learn the basic manners concept for a smooth stay. For instance, you have to mind where you place your hands as having them in the pocket is considered impolite especially when talking to someone. Also, learn to keep time. And above all keep an open mind and be ready for schedule adjustments where necessary.