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Mobile phone

by Abbsy

I intend taking my mobile phone with me when holidaying in SA. Can anyone tell me would it be cheaper for me to buy a SIM card when I arrive, I'm landing at Cape Town then driving to Fish Hoek then going into the Kruger.
Does anyone have an idea of the cost of calling the UK from SA networks (a rough idea would be good for me to compare prices).

Secondly, how far is it to drive from the airport in Cape Town to Fish Hoek, we are staying at 'A Whale of a Time', has anyone stayed here? Do I need to get an International Driving Permit?

Our holiday is booked for 30th Oct 2007, what is the weather like at this time of the year in Cape Town, is it cooler in the evening (do I need to bring something warmer to wear in the evening?)

Look forward to any advice/information on the above. Thank you.

Re: Mobile phone

by Gerald_D

For local cell phone services, look at the websites of Vodacom, MTN, Cell-C and the new kid on the block Virgin (as in Branson). I think a SIM card costs about R50.

Airport to Fish Hoek (47km) in light traffic 40 minutes, in bad rush hour 70 minutes (I do it every day). The best route is to head towards the city on the N2, then south along the M3 to the T-junction at the end, turn left, then right at the next T to follow the M4.

If you have a photo on your UK driver's licence then you don't need anything else.

Whale of a time looks fine from the outside.

October is still quite unpredictable weather. Bring something warm, just in case. (There is an old saying in the Cape: The rain is not over until it has snowed in October).

Re: Mobile phone

by bongski

Re:sa pre paid simm card

prepaid sim cards are now selling for 4.99 rands at major stores and supermarket. Usual price is 12 rands. Dont get the sim card from the airport. they are more expensive. Outgoing international calls thru MTN prepaid cost between 5-7 rands per minute or about a dollar a minute.Calls to uk mobile is more expensive than calls to UK landline.

No need for an international driving permit for driving here.


Re: Mobile phone

by carteki

Re calls to uk: Check out what you can arrange ito calling-home in the UK. I know that Alpha had quite a good deal a while back. You will find it cheaper to arrange it from the UK than from SA.

Re: Mobile phone

by kensu

Noticed on the weekend that starter packs are going for ZAR 1.99 at the moment on a couple of networks and if you then load up a Globel International call vocher available from Spar, Woolworths Edgars or Clicks (in denominations of R50 and R100) your call rate cell to cell to the UK apparently costs ZAR 1.70/minute in callmore time (between 8pm and 7am weekdays and all weekend).
Enjoy your stay.

Re: Mobile phone

by carteki

Are those calls from a landline or a cell phone? If its from a landline, you will have to add the cost of the call from the cell phone.

Re: Mobile phone

by kensu

According to the brochure, landline costs are from 69 cents/minute so it looks like this is the cell rate.

Travel Tips for Cape Town

The mother of all mountains

by glennkasner

Capetownians are very fond of their mountain and have good reason to be. Table Mountain is instantly recognisable and it overlooks thge city like a mother looking over her children.
For those of us travelling in to work from the "Northern Suburbs", the mountain is never the same as it was the day before. There is always a subtle change in colour or the way the clouds roll over its face when the Cape Doctor is blowing.

many beaches

by Martman

Cape Town is literally built on mountain and by sea. There are so many stunningly beautiful places, that I cannot just say "go to this place." When you are there, ask the locals for advice. There are also many beautiful beach areas to Bar-B-Que.

green market square

by hebaemam about Flea Markets

awsome.... thats what you really need to buy from south africa... south african crafts which either made of wood or leather usually.
its a must to visit if you are in capetown. also you can enjoy watching some performances near by or inside the market itself.
i really enjoyed shopping there
also it is bordered by a selection of restaurants and cafés. iate at barans and it was a good choice
N.B it doesnt open in sundays.... so take care while making your scheduele
check the videos i downloaded i bought many dinning staff from their and they really look great on my table. not the cheapest in south africa but after bargining maybe cheapest in cape town

Moving between Cities

by glennkasner

A popular means of travelling from city to city is the Baz Bus.
It operates on a hop on hop off basis whereby you purchase a ticket for a particular route and can get off anywhere along that route - do what you want to do and catch another Baz Bus to continue your journey. There is apparently no time limit on your ticket as well.

Ons Huisie, Blouberg Café, On...

by Petra_Khalil

Ons Huisie, Blouberg Café, On The Rocks.
Good price/very good quality.
Enjoy a refreshing Castle (South African beer) or Windhoek (Namibian beer) at the Blouberg cafe which is just at the seashore offering a splendid view over the magnificent Table Mountain. From there you can watch the sun set over the Table Mountain and Robben Island from the inside, which is quite comfortable. It can get pretty cold at the shore in the evening. Everything!
Try the catch-of-the-day fish dishes, they're excellent.
The Lamb with chocolate sauce isn't bad either.


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