- Tourist Tips
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and, to ensure you have the safest and most pleasant stay here, we have compiled a list of a few handy Camps Bay tourism tips that have been passed on to us from various happy travellers.
What should I take?
- A small backpack for walks and trips.
- Summer clothes for the day and warmer clothes for the evenings, as the evenings can cool down quite considerably. A windbreaker is advised as the weather can change very quickly in Cape Town, and a wind off the Atlantic can be rather icy.
- A good pair of walking shoes and sunglasses.
- Plenty of Suntan Lotion and After-Sun if you have a fair skin. The African sun is as blissful and as cruel as it is rumoured to be.
- Mosquito repellent & insect bite relief cream.
- Plug adaptors, as South Africa has a unique plug system. Adapters for most countries are available in some shops and supermarkets, however.
We would recommend hiring your own rental car for your stay in Cape Town, as this is a far safer option than public taxis and will cost you less overall than private taxis. Buses do not run as regularly as some other countries and do not always go to the more outlying and beautiful areas of the Cape that you might have your heart set on visiting.
- Take pictures in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the harsh bright light and keep your film cool.
- Listen to the weather report in the morning before going on an adventure up Table Mountain, as people have been trapped on the mountain in a cloudbank due to lack of foresight.
Precaution rather than paranoia is the way to remain safe in Cape Town. Most visitors to Cape Town come and go without incident. As in all other cities, tourists are prime targets for theft. Our advice would be to keep your wits about you and to take the usual sensible precautions to make your stay in Cape Town enjoyable and incident-free:
- Avoid common tourist traps such as flashing money and credit cards around, and wearing an excessive amount of jewellery.
- Know where your valuables are and keep your bag strapped across your chest and shoulder so that it hangs in front of you and can be monitored.
- Don’t walk the city streets alone after dark – keep to the busier areas and take taxi’s to get around. Walking around in the daytime is mostly safe.
- Lock all car doors at all times in the city.
- Park in lit areas at night.
- Don’t leave your belongings in plain view in your hired car to tempt passers-by. Put possessions in the boot when you park (day or night), it will only take you a couple of seconds.
- Take the bare minimum of accessories to the beach.
- Be careful when driving late at night, as there may be drunken drivers on the roads.
Your stay in Camps Bay should be a paradise if you stick to these basic precautionary measures. For more travel information or Camps Bay tourism tips or travel information about Cape Town or Camps Bay, please don’t hesitate to contact us.