It's often cool in Cape Town!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on where you are and what the winds are like, Cape Town can be fairly cool even in mid-summer. Definitely pack a light sweater or jacket; this is essential if you go very high on Table Mountain.
Miscellaneous: If you bring any electrical items with you, remember that South Africa, like the British, use a 240v system. However, the plugs are not the same. Instead of the big, rectangular pins in the British model, the South African variety is round, though about the same size. Fortunately, these adapters are available in most chemist shops (drug stores).
Luggage and bags: Large enough to carry all the purchases you'll make! The exchange rate definitely favours the tourist!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable walking shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Theyre all available here!
Photo Equipment: Camera
Spare Batteries & charger !!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Pack in that bathing suit!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A pair of baggy and lighweight combats were a godsend for us during our sightseeing. The big pockets accommodated the camera, sunglasses etc. and meant no need to carry a bag that could be snatched, or a visible camera round your neck to herald you as a tempting tourist for any muggers. Well worth it.
South African Adaptors
Luggage and bags: Label your bags inside and outside as they "lost' my luggage for several days, and it was returned due to correct ID and labeling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's hot here in their summer, so bring comfortable llinen or cotton clothing, but at night you could need a sweater.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring everything you think you might need. My temple on a pair of sunglasses came undone, and I was told they were waiting for screws and had been waiting for 2 weeks already.
Miscellaneous: Bring South African Adaptors as they are unique in the world.
www.magellans.com has them, or you can purchase them here at PICK N PAY much cheaper.
What should you take to the Cape???
Luggage and bags: Take a normal suit case,hand luggage and a small back pack for when you go on walks and trips.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take light clothes for the day and something warm for the evenings as they can be chilly.Do take a good pair of walking shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take your E111 for free medical treatment and plenty of sun lotion and after sun.Take mossie repellant and bite relief cream.Do take plasters and stomoch upset pills and headache pills and make sure your jabs are up to date.
Photo Equipment: Do take pictures in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the harsh bright light and keep your film cool.
- Family Travel
Luggage and bags: Speaking for myself only I usually travel with a holdall as single item. It's about 10-13kg and nicely goes as handluggage which means NO checked in luggage to wait for upon arrival!! As I don't want to waste precious time at the airport.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Travelling between october and march just very light stuff will do. In case you'll still have the wintergear that you wore coming from northern hemisphere e.g. long trousers, sturdy shoes.
Other months it might get quite cold july in particular where temperature easily can reach or go below freeze. For a few days only, that is.
Luggage and bags: Take Suntan Lotion - I can stress enough if you have a fair skin , take SUNTAN Lotion. The African sun is a killer.
Capetown will have everything else you might need or run out of. They are VERY westernized...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always take a wind breaker. The Weather can change VERY quickly and when that wind picks up from off the Atlanic ocean , you can almost freeze to death. I had a habbit of taking a small cary bag with a wind dreaker in , no matter hot hot it was going to be.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: They cater for almost everything in Capetown.
Photo Equipment: Loads of places to get equipment from , might be even cheaper to get yoru photos developed in SA. Justconvert thru from yoru Curency.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Take warm cloths .... Capetown can get windy and cold. If Camping , Make sure everything is secure. The Wind can be gale fource.
Miscellaneous: Above all. TAKE a SMILE :-) , No one loves a Unhappy person. Listen to people talk in the streets , even the english has a certain strange quality and ring to it. Capetownians have the most awsome expressions.
(photo taken of the Castle of Good Hope )
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You should bring almost all kind of clothes. The weather in Cape Town can be very unstabil. Make sure to bring some jerseys.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You don't really need to bring any of this from home...you can buy it all in Cape Town.
Luggage and bags: MY TRAVEL DIARY
Take a look at my Travel Diary on-line. It's in spanish, but I will soon be adding the text in english. So far, you can enjoy some watercolor drawings.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cape Town is a very laid back city so, unless you really want to show it off, it is not necessary to pack you tuxedos, etc. It, however, rains a lot(!) in winter (June-July) and an umbrella and a raincoat is a must. It gets equally hot in summer when strong sun block oitments and a hat is strongly advisable. (I have heard that the UV rays in South Africa is six times higher than in summer in Europe. I do not know how true it is but it gives you an idea of the heat and the sun.)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: South Africa has a very good medical service and most pharmacies would be able to help you with any type of medicine (except prescription medicine). We have had encounters with mosquitos so it may be a good thing to bring some mosquito repellant - Cape Town is not a malaria area. Also bring some medicine for stomach problems - just in case.
Photo Equipment: The pic is of the CBD from the Waterfront
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on the season, weather can go from cool and wet to warm and dry very quickly. Layers is the best approach. Just about everyplace is casual. Even in restaurants billed as 'smart casual' we saw people in jeans.
Miscellaneous: Pack as little as you can and buy clothes there for about 30% of what you'd pay back home! Definitely don't bring safari hats, etc. from home. They're much better purchased locally.
Bill Bryson book
Miscellaneous: Don't worry, if you forgot to bring along a hilarious travel book by Bill Bryson, the Exclusive Books store in the Johannesburg airport carries a good selection.
Dont forget your toothbrush ;-)
Miscellaneous: The electricity system is 220/230 volts.Plugs have three round pins and you will easily find one in the uk.When hiking be careful of ticks and snakes,wear long trousers and socks.
- Spa and Resort
South Africa in Winter
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take one or two pullovers along and a good raincoat, it might be cold and raining. No joke !
Miscellaneous: Don't forget your pyjama, the nights are cold.
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