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    Cape Town – a brief overview

    Perched by Africa’s southernmost tip, in the shadow of table-top mountains, flanked by fertile valleys and washed by Atlantic rollers, Capetonians famously boast that they’ve “got it all”. Add to this the lush vineyards supplying some of the best restaurants on the continent and the dramatic Twelve Apostles lining the coast, and it would be hard to disagree.

    View sunrise over Cape Town from the summit of Table Mountain; sip a Cape Chardonnay at lunch in a waterfront bistro; round off the day at a sultry jazz club; and you can have a share of it all too.

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    Table Mountain

    Table Mountain National Park
    7764 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Opening times:
    Trails open daily sunrise to sunset

    Cape Town’s crowning glory, protected as a National Park and World Heritage site; the summit is accessible via cable car in six minutes, or by hiking up in around three hours via one of hundreds of trails.

    Company’s Gardens

    Queen Victoria Street
    8000 Cape Town
    South Africa
    Tel: 021 400 2521
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1900 (summer)
    0700-1800 (winter)

    These relaxing city centre gardens feature some 8,000 plant species, as well as an aviary and tearoom; flanked by the historic Houses of Parliament and St George’s Cathedral.

    Iziko South African Museum

    25 Queen Victoria Street
    8000 Cape Town
    South Africa
    Tel: 021 481 3800
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Housing one and a half million items of natural, historic and scientific interest, this huge museum’s best-known feature is the Whale Well, an interactive area formed of whale bones.

    Bo-Kaap Museum

    71 Wale Street
    8001 Cape Town
    South Africa
    Tel: 021 481 3938
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700

    This history museum in the colourful Bo-Kaap district, contains fascinating insights into its past as home to Muslims and freed slaves.

    Two Oceans Aquarium

    Dock Road
    8002 Cape Town
    South Africa
    Tel: 021 418 3823
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1800

    This environmentally focused aquarium on the V&A Waterfront contains some 3,000 marine animals; its many interactive features include shark diving.

    Robben Island

    Robben Island
    7400 Cape Town
    South Africa
    Tel: 021 409 5100
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    Opening times:
    Daily ferry departures
    from 0900-1500

    This grimly fascinating site offers tours and exhibitions of the prison where Nelson Mandela and hundreds of other men were imprisoned during the Apartheid era. Ferries depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront.

    Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens

    Rhodes Drive, Newlands
    Cape Town
    South Africa
    Tel: 021 799 8783
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1900 (summer)
    0800-1800 (winter)

    These beautiful gardens on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain are a World Heritage site, with thousands of native plants as well as many birds and other animals.

    District Six Museum

    25A Buitenkant Street
    8000 Cape Town
    South Africa
    Tel: 021 466 7200
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1600

    This deeply moving museum is a living memorial to the 60,000 residents of District Six, who were forcibly rehoused when it was declared a whites-only neighbourhood in 1966.

    South African National Gallery

    Government Avenue, Company’s Garden
    8000 Cape Town
    South Africa
    Tel: 021 481 3970
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Housing the most important art collection in South Africa, this museum displays European masters as well as African artworks.

    V&A Waterfront

    Dock Road
    8002 Cape Town
    South Africa
    Tel: 021 418 3823
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800 (information centre)

    The city’s most popular tourism hub was created out of the formerly rundown Victorian warehouses; comprising dozens of restaurants, shops, tours and other attractions.

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    Country overview

    A land of golden beaches, jagged mountains, rich safari plains and barren deserts; South Africa encompasses all these things. The teeming wildlife is as diverse and spectacular as the scenery, with everything from elusive leopards and plodding elephants to playful penguins. South Africa’s cities are also enormously varied, with hustling Johannesburg at its heart,

    and cosmopolitan Cape Town an enclave of European chic at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In between you can lose yourself for days on safari in the bush or explore quaint isolated towns breaking up the arid Karoo wilderness.

    Geography

    The Republic of South Africa fills the southern tip of the continent and is lapped by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east, and a swirling mixture of the two at the very tip.

    It totally encloses the independent kingdom of Lesotho, and is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland to the north.

    A vast, interior plateau has sharp escarpments that rise above the lowland plains. Mountainous regions include the Drakensberg and Magaliesberg.

    The west coast is arid, while the south and southeast coasts are semi-arid, with vegetation fringed by sandy beaches and rocky coves.

    In contrast, the subtropical northeast has lush wetlands and coastal forests. The wildlife viewing areas are scattered throughout the country, with the famous Kruger National Park so vast that it encloses a wide variety of eco-systems.

    Of its nine provinces, Gauteng, which houses Johannesburg and Pretoria in the northeast, is the smallest and most densely populated. The Northern Cape is the largest province covering between a third and quarter of the country, but containing only a tiny percentage of the population in this territory of desert and semi-desert wilderness.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 48601098

    Population Density (per sq km): 40

    Capital: Cape Town (legislative); Pretoria (executive); Bloemfontein (judicial).

    Language

    The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.

    Currency

    Rand (ZAR; symbol R) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of R200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of R5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.

    Electricity

    220/230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs have three fat round pins.

    General business opening hours

    There is no single office opening time and it varies from business to business, generally from either 0800 or 0900 to 1630 or 1700, Mon-Fri.

    Public Holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Holidays falling on Sunday are observed the following Monday.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Human Rights Day: 21. March 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Family Day: 21. April 2014
    Freedom Day: 27. April 2014
    Workers’ Day: 01. May 2014
    Youth Day: 16. June 2014
    National Women’s Day: 09. August 2014
    Heritage Day: 24. September 2014
    Day of Reconciliation: 16. December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    Day of Goodwill: 26. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Human Rights Day: 21. March 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Family Day: 06. April 2015
    Freedom Day: 27. April 2015
    Workers’ Day: 01. May 2015
    Youth Day: 16. June 2015
    National Women’s Day: 09. August 2015
    Heritage Day: 24. September 2015
    Day of Reconciliation: 16. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Day of Goodwill: 26. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Cape Town

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    Cape Town offers a vibrant cultural programme to satisfy all tastes: from Cape Jazz in basement bars, to indie and electro sounds in hip nightclubs, to live concerts in open-air theatres.

    Alexander Bar

    76 Strand Street
    8001 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    This relative newcomer to Cape Town’s arts scene offers an eclectic mix; from live music to performance art.

    The Crypt

    1 Wale Street
    8001 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Feel the spiritual vibes of this pioneering new jazz club beneath St George’s Cathedral, featuring top local musicians.

    Asoka

    68 Kloof Street
    8001 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    This super-trendy bar has an olive tree growing through the roof; a romantic setting for late-night cocktails and dancing to the DJ’s sounds and live jazz.

    Artscape Theatre Centre

    D F Malan Street, Foreshore
    8001 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    The largest arts complex in Cape Town, hosting classical concerts and opera, as well as popular shows, live music and big-band jazz.

    De Waal Park

    Camp Street
    8001 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Bring a picnic to this spacious city centre park and listen to free concerts at the bandstand, held every second Sunday from November to March.

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    Restaurants in Cape Town

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    With succulent steaks and blowout braaivleis barbecues, you’re in a meat-lover’s paradise. Fresh fish and seafood are also

    delicious, and besides local cuisine, you can eat your way around the world; from Argentina to Japan. The wine, of course, is excellent.

    Pigalle

    57A Somerset Road, Green Point
    8001 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Price: Expensive

    Fine Mediterranean and local cuisine, plus live music and dancing, make this a special place for a special occasion.

    The Test Kitchen

    The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
    7915 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Price: Expensive

    Dazzling contemporary cuisine is served up in this converted old factory, led by wonder chef Luke Dale-Roberts.

    Gold

    15 Bennett Street, Green Point
    8005 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Price: Moderate

    Offering the full ‘African experience’, from drumming lessons to dishes from all over the continent, Gold is a fun night out.

    Miller’s Thumb

    10B Kloof Nek Road
    8001 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Price: Moderate

    Superb fish and seafood are the specialities in this bustling restaurant; worth booking ahead.

    Peter’s House

    14 Kloof Nek Road
    8001 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Price: Cheap

    This arty little café has a huge fan base for its delicious cakes, pasta and risotto, including vegetarian options.

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    Calendar of events

    Cape Town International Kite Festival

    1 – 2 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: Zandvlei, Muizenberg.

    It’s South Africa’s biggest kite festival with competitions, kite-making workshops for kids and food and craft stalls all on offer. You’ll see larger-than-life South Park characters dip and dive along with giant octopi and Chinese dragons on Muizenberg’s Zandvlei grounds. Bring a kite, buy one or just watch and admire. The festival is hosted by Cape Mental Health and festival profits go to communities in need.

    Cape Times FNB Big Walk

    9 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    First held in 1903, the fundraising Cape Times FNB Big Walk takes on a carnival atmosphere. The 10 routes start on different parts of the Cape Peninsula and all finish at St George’s Grammar School in Mowbray. There’s a route for every ability including a children’s route, a 5km (3.1 miles) walk, a scenic 30km (18.6 miles) through Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek and a gruelling 80km (50 miles) route.

    V&A Waterfront Summer Sunset Concerts

    7 December 2014 – 31 January 2015
    Website

    Venue: V&A Waterfront.

    There are plenty of ways to enjoy a summer evening in Cape Town but the free, acoustic performances on the outdoor Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront are right up there. Often featuring well-known names, both local and international, the combination of live music and views over Table Mountain and the harbour at sunset make it a winner. Concerts start at 1800.

    Day of Reconciliation

    16 December 2014

    Venue: Various venues around Cape Town and other locations

    Under South Africa’s apartheid segregation system, 16 December was known as ‘Day of the Vow’, harking back to the vow the Voortrekkers made to God before a now infamous bloody battle with the Zulus. When the apartheid system was finally abolished in 1994, 16 December remained as a public holiday throughout South Africa but was renamed as the Day of Reconciliation. The day is now used to celebrate South Africa’s cultural diversity and national unity.

    New Year's Eve Bash

    31 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: V&A Waterfront.

    It’s hard to beat the location of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront especially around the festive period. Live music, street performers and a host of other entertainers add an extra-special buzz to the waterfront for the ever-popular New Year’s Eve Bash, one of the biggest New Year parties in the city which always attracts thousands of visitors. At midnight, an impressive fireworks display lights up the spectacular harbour.

    Cape Minstrels' Carnival

    1 – 2 January 2015

    Venue: Cape Town city centre to Green Point.

    A celebration of music, parades, dancing and food, Cape Town’s longest-running street party is when the Cape Minstrels (Kaapse Klopse) celebrate the Second New Year (Tweede Nuwe Jaar). The tradition is believed to date back to the late 1800s when African-American musicians who docked in Cape Town entertained sailors with song-and-dance sets and the carnival marks the one day off given to slaves during the days of the Cape Colony.

    Cape Town Gay Pride Parade

    21 February – 2 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues throughout Cape Town.

    Celebrated since 2001, the festival’s 10 days of revelry include a gay film festival, comedy night, street fair and Red Party night in various bars across the city. It all culminates in an exuberant Pride Parade on 1 March.

    Cape Town Festival

    13 – 15 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Company’s Gardens/Iziko Museum.

    The Cape Town Festival is a three-day annual arts and culture event in Company’s Garden. Covering art, music, dance, film, comedy, theatre, street art, cuisine and more, there’s an eclectic feel to the festival which aims to find new talent and support community artists. The festival was set up to put on a varied, multicultural arts programme which reflects Cape Town’s and South Africa’s ethnic and cultural diversity.

    Cape Town Carnival

    15 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Fan Walk, Somerset Road, Green Point.

    Although still in relative infancy on the city’s events calendar, the Cape Town Carnival gets more and more popular each year. It’s a fantastic affair with around 2,500 dancers in costume, colourful floats, DJs and live music throughout the day. The Stadium Forecourt hosts band performances and stalls in the afternoon before the main Carnival parade kicks off at 1900, culminating in a festive after party.

    Human Rights Day

    21 March 2015

    Venue: Various venues.

    This public holiday remembers the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 when demonstrators were gunned down by police officers but also celebrates South Africa’s equal rights constitution. There are always lots of events across the city and top picks include the free all-day Human Rights Day Concert and Show at the V&A Waterfront amphitheatre, Cape Town Festival events in Company’s Gardens and live music at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

    Cape Town International Jazz Festival

    27 – 29 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre.

    Around 34,000 music lovers flock to Cape Town to enjoy over 40 international and local artists performing over two days on five stages.. Past performers include Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club, South African musician Zonke and US singer-songwriter Jill Scott. Concerts last all day and into the night, with queues forming for the bigger-name bands. The night before the festival, there’s a free community concert in Greenmarket Square.

    Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

    3 – 4 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Newlands.

    Race regulars call it the ‘most beautiful marathon in the world’ and it’s a great one to watch. Beginning at Newlands at the foot of Table Mountain, the scenic route passes Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek, with ascents rewarded by peninsula views. As well as Saturday’s full 56km (34.8 mile) Ultra Marathon, and 21.1km (13.1 mile) Half Marathon, there are Fun Runs and a Trail Run on Friday.

    Taste of Cape Town

    3 – 6 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Green Point Cricket Club.

    Foodies who can’t decide where to eat in the Mother City can instead nibble their way though stalls of sophisticated nosh brought to you by the Cape’s top restaurants. As well as sampling an array of food, you can see cooking demos from top chefs, attend Q&A sessions, learn to make canapes and sample local wines, Cape Mountain Whisky and craft beers.

    Freedom Day

    27 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Celebrating South Africa’s first democratic elections which took place on 27 April 1994, Freedom Day is marked with cultural events and exhibitions in various venues across Cape Town and is a public holiday in South Africa. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of this momentous event. Notable events include the rousing City Hall Sessions’ Freedom Day Concert and the 4leaf Freedom Day FamFest in the Constantia wine region. Free concerts and other events are announced nearer the time.

    Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

    27 June – 30 July 2015

    Venue: Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch.

    Formerly the Vodacom Funny Festival, the month-long Jive Cape Town Funny Festival brings together both local and award-winning international comedians at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch. Past performers have included a former lead clown from circus troupe Cirque du Soleil, a jesting juggler and a highly acclaimed comedy pianist. Nearer the time, tickets are available via Computicket.

    National Women's Day

    9 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: V&A Waterfront.

    Each year at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre in Cape Town, people gather to celebrate National Women’s Day, marking the role that women played in building South Africa but also the achievements of women from all over the world. With concerts and live performances, the amphitheatre is a great spot to enjoy the atmosphere on what’s a public holiday across the country.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Cape Town

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    Cape Town has hundreds of budget hostels, bed and breakfasts, luxury boutique hotels, as well as elegant country house hotels.

    The V&A Waterfront has some of the smartest upscale hotels, but for somewhere more adventurous, try trendy Kloof Street, or a converted lodge in the winelands.

    Sugar Hotel & Spa

    1 Main Road, Green Point
    8005 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Category: Expensive

    Pamper yourself at this exquisite boutique hotel with seven luxurious rooms; also has a pool, restaurant, spa and gift shop.

    The Grand Daddy

    38 Long Street
    8001 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Category: Expensive

    The special feature of this quirky boutique hotel is the Airstream trailers on the rooftop; its Daddy Cool bar is also highly rated.

    Casa Elena

    182 Main Road
    8005 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Category: Moderate

    This cosy little hotel is situated in the Sea Point suburb of Cape Town, on the Atlantic Seaboard, but still within close reach of the city centre.

    Sweet Ocean View Guesthouse

    9 Barkly Road, Sea Point
    8005 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Category: Moderate

    This delightful guesthouse has nicely decorated bedrooms and a spacious lounge and kitchen; also with a small outdoor pool.

    Signal Lodge

    29 Military Road
    8001 Cape Town
    South Africa
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    Category: Cheap

    This modern guesthouse has spotless bedrooms, a small pool and great views from its hillside sundeck.

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    Climate & best time to visit South Africa

    Being in the southern hemisphere, South Africa’s seasons are the opposite of European seasons. The climate is seasonal, but the country enjoys at least seven months of sunshine, with temperatures dropping in the winter months of May to August. April and May are the most temperate months. Temperatures above 32°C (90°F) are fairly common in summer, and frequently exceed 38°C (100°F) in the lower Orange River Valley and the Mpumalanga Lowveld. The barren Northern Cape has some of the most extreme temperatures, sometimes cracking 40°C (104°F) in summer and plummeting to below freezing in winter.

    It’s pleasantly warm and sunny in spring and autumn, and delightfully hot in summer (November-March) with frequent heavy tropical rains and sudden spring and summer hailstorms to cool things down. The thunder and lightening storms over Africa’s big skies can be quite spectacular, but are best enjoyed through a window, not out in the open. These tropical storms can be vicious too, often causing flooding and turning urban streets into temporary streams, making driving hazardous. Wait an hour and it will all be over.

    Even in winters South Africa’s chill is nothing compared with European standards, with mild frost occasional, and snow a rarity. The rainiest months in Cape Town are May to August, although the weather in Cape Town is generally difficult to predict and can deliver all four seasons in one day.

    Christmas can be just too hot for game viewing in the safari parks, and it’s also peak season for South African holidaymakers. Cape Town is a magnet for Jo’burgers at Christmas, so best avoided – visit in spring and autumn, when the weather is good and the crowds are smaller. Of the main cities, Durban is the hottest and can get remarkably hot and sticky in the summer. But it’s perfect in winter, where you can still wear shorts in temperatures that the locals consider a bit nippy.

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    Mar40 °C4 °C25 °C14 °C74 %21 mm3.19.4 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +27

    Telephone

    To call home, the cheapest way is to use Skype or an international calling card like the WorldCall card from the national operator, Telkom. That lets you call any destination from a Telkom line, including those in hotels, at standard Telkom rates. Area codes are used even for local calls.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage extends to most of the country except the very remote areas. GPRS for data coverage is also widespread. Airport kiosks can sell you a phone or local SIM card if you show some ID.

    Internet

    Internet cafes are common in towns throughout the country and wireless is available at airports and in upmarket hotels. Most hotels charge for connectivity and it’s far cheaper to find the nearest internet café.

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    Shopping in Cape Town

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    Key Areas

    The V&A Waterfront is one the nicest traffic-free areas in Cape Town for browsing its shops and street stalls; though somewhat overpriced; you can find some good quality handicrafts and artwork here. Other shopping hotspots include Kloof Street, Heritage Square and the Old Biscuit Mill centre in Woodstock.

    Markets

    For local arts and crafts, jewellery and tailor-made clothes, head for Greenmarket Square, the nearby Pan-African Market and the Waterfront Craft Market. The City Bowl Market on Hope Street is great for food, as is Bay Harbour Market, while the Flower Market on Adderley Street is also well worth a look.

    Shopping Centres

    Canal Walk in Century City, outside Cape Town, has about 400 stores in the biggest mall in the country, if not all of Africa; or for independent stores in a smaller mall, try Cape Quarter in De Waterkant.

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    Traveller etiquette

    South Africa’s biggest cities are very westernised and hold few cultural surprises for Europeans. Handshaking is the usual form of greeting, sometimes in a more elaborate African handshake that foreigners will pick up readily. Casual wear is widely acceptable, especially in less formal Cape Town. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings and on public transport.

    The presence of so many diverse ethnic backgrounds certainly adds some spice outside of the main business centres.

    Rural areas most likely to be visited by travellers include Zulu land in KwaZulu Natal where communities are based in small traditional villages with round huts (rondevals) and a few hustling, bustling relatively poor towns.

    In Durban you’ll be entertained by beach-front Zulu dancers wearing full animal skin tribal regalia. A more modern form of culture is the now commercialised Gum Boot dance, performed in wellingtons and mining outfits and developed in men’s only mining hostels when entertainment was scarce.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 10111

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is safe to drink. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption, as are local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables. Diarrhoea remains the most common cause of ill health in travellers, with South Africa graded as an intermediate risk country. The standard of food safety and preparation is generally good and poses little threat to your health, but sensitive travellers should follow the advice to ‘cook it, peel it or leave it.’

    Other Risks

    Avoid swimming and paddling in stagnant or slow-moving water as there is a low risk of contracting bilharzia, and a risk of catching E.coli. Cholera is spread by contaminated food or water and occurs in some rural areas of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, where it can be picked up from swimming in contaminated streams. Swimming pools that are well chlorinated and maintained are safe. Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.

    Department of Health statistics show the prevalence of HIV/AIDS remains high despite increasing efforts to combat it, with 178 out of 1,000 adults infected, compared to a global average of just 8 in 1,000. Malaria is found in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the north-east of KwaZulu-Natal, and the Department of Health recommends taking preventative drugs during the peak period between September and May.

    Sunburn is a much more common risk, with the African sun being far fiercer than most people realise. Tourists are also vulnerable to theft or mugging and the usual precautions apply – keep jewellery, cameras, handbags and other valuables out of sight, do not carry large sums of money, and avoid walking at night or along isolated beaches and streets. Motorists should park in well-lit areas, be alert when waiting for traffic lights to change, and if a hijacking does occur, keep your hands where the attackers can see them and do not try to resist.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Jens Dr. Pieper
    22 Kloofnek Road
    Tamboerskloof 8001
    Capetown
    Republic of South Africa
    Tel. +27-21-4244257

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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