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For the best views of Table Mountain as you come in to land sit on starboard side of plane in summer, and port in winter.
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The only airport in Cape Town with scheduled flights is Cape Town International Airport (CPT).
We find travellers generally put a lot of emphasis on finding cheap airfares, but not enough on securing cheap car rentals and accommodation:
Once you've booked your flight to Cape town, your car rental and your accommodation, the next step is to fill in your itinerary - here's a comprehensive list of things to do in Cape Town.
Fun in the City : Try Cape Town Paragliding
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Although there are no trains to Cape Town International Airport, the city has a fairly wide train network, include connections all the way up to Johannesburg.
For international flights it's sometimes cheaper to fly to Johannesburg and then take a domestic low cost carrier from Johannesburg to Cape Town (or an intercity bus or train if you really want to save).
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23 October 2013 : "Since we got married, my husband of 32 years had never been on a plane. My brother was getting married in cape town and the entire family was going to fly down. On the day of departure he was quite nervous and excited. Some family members poked fun at him while others gave him sound advice, like "don’t worry when you in the air you can go for a walk outside, so relax nothing to worry about". "Dont use the loo as you might get flushed down", "Say your prayers just in case", and so on. On the tarmac seeing the plane so close for the first time he grabbed his camera and took loads of pictures of the plane. We proceeded to board and settled down in our seats. As the plane went to the runway my poor husband hit a sweat and held onto my hand as if he was holding on for dear life. Only when we were in the air I asked him to let go and relax. After being served a nice hot cup of tea and a snack he started enjoy ing himself. The next time he flew was almost 15 years later to Saudi and this time he was fine. Longer flight and more experienced. He he he" Fozia Ahmed
There are BFN-CPT, DUR-CPT, ELS-CPT, GRJ-CPT, HDS-CPT, JNB-CPT, KIM-CPT, HLA-CPT, MQP-CPT, PLZ-CPT & UTN-CPT direct flights.
The Cape Town city centre is usually a hub of activity.
If you don't want to fly, why not make a bus trip booking to Cape Town (bus is usually cheaper but takes longer):
The Baz Bus is a favourite amongst backpackers, operating a hop-on hop-off bus service between many backpacking hostels in South Africa, and offers trips in each direction between Johannesburg/Pretoria and Cape Town via the Drakensberg, with stops along the coast including East London, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay and George.
Citiliner bus is a semi-luxury coach offering bus trip bookings to Cape Town from departures in South Africa and Zimbabwe (Bulawayo, Cape Town, Durban, Harare, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Umtata)
The Greyhound bus operates a traditional bus service through the main centres of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (Bloemfontein, Bulawayo, Butterworth, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Empangeni, Harare, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Nelspruit, Newcastle, Maputo, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Queenstown, Swinburne and Umtata)
The Intercape bus operates a traditional bus service to Cape Town from its vast network within South Africa and from some of its neighbouring countries.
SA Roadlink offers bus trips across South Africa; from Polokwane to Johannesburg to Cape Town to Durban.
The Translux bus is part of the Unitrans group, offering bookings for luxury bus trips to Cape Town from over 100 destinations in South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.
The Shosholoza Meyl offers economy and tourist class train trips from Johannesburg to Cape Town, and Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. For something more luxurious try the Premier Classe, and for ultimate luxury enjoy the Blue Train.
Want to know what the weather in Cape Town is like before you get there? Check out Cape Town Webcam. Generally speaking Cape Town has hot dry windy summers (December, January and February) and cold rainy winters (June, July and August).
There are a number of companies offering CPT shuttle services. We usually use EZ Shuttle, and have found them to be reasonably priced (although not always cheapest) and reliable.
Linda made a trip to Cape Town for her birthday. After flying in from Windhoek, she enjoyed "walking along the beach and sea front, eating French food (the first for nine months!), drinking good wine and enjoying several varieties of cheese (cheese is too expensive to be bought regularly in Namibia)...The boat ride over (to Robben Island) was so bumpy that several passengers threw up along the way and had to be laid down on the quay upon arrival for ten minutes to recover... Alex had booked a table at Baya restaurant, which overlooked the water and the lights of Cape Town. The service was impeccable ("Excellent choice, Madam"), the wine wonderful and the food amazing."
Your visit to Cape Town begins whilst still in the air - do not miss one of the best opportunities to take in the splendour of Cape Town. Here's some of what you might see. Flying in from Johannesburg, one sometimes passes over the Gydo Pass, in the photo you can see the R303 running between Citrusdal & Prince Alfred's Hamlet.
Robben Island played a pivotal role in the history of South Africa.
The Caltex Oil Refinery & its storage tanks, with the suburb of Bothasig to the left.
To get cheap flights to Cape Town, time your visit to avoid the peak tourist season (December, January), school holidays, public holidays and other major events.
Cape Town has a temperate climate, with warmer, dryer and windy summers; and wetter, colder and slightly less windy winters. The spring and autumn seasons have less wind, in between temperatures and a mix of rainy and sunny days.
If you're looking for beach fun, then summer is the time to come - December & January represents the height of the tourist season.
If you're looking to party until the early hours in packed nightclubs, then December is the time to come, or in particular from Christmas to New Year, when Cape Town's tourist season is going full throttle.
If you want to escape the tourist rush and not have as much windy weather, then Autumn and Spring are perfect.
The southern right whales visit Cape Town from July to October.
Spring flowers bloom in the spring :)
To get a bit of everything, October is a great month to visit Cape Town - see the southern right whales, enjoy the Spring flowers, not so windy, not too cold, not too hot. There are also cheaper flights to Cape Town in October, as it's before tourists start flocking in, in large numbers.
Don't forget to climb Table Mountain - and take spectacular photos like this one taken by Justin Lee.
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