Cape Town offers a variety of public transport options. The MyCiTi bus service is a reliable and affordable way to get around the city and its surrounding areas. For more convenience, especially if you're unfamiliar with the city, Uber is highly recommended for safe and efficient travel.

Data and Cell Phone Plans

For international guests, South Africa has several mobile network providers like Vodacom, MTN, and Telkom. It is easy to get a local SIM card at the airport or any major shopping centre. Most networks offer prepaid data packages, which can be a cost-effective option for staying connected. WiFi is widely accessible in the city, especially in hotels, cafes, and public areas. Additionally, dedicated conference WiFi will be provided kindly by a sponsor. If you'd like to sponsor the WiFi, please contact [email protected].

Things to Be Aware Of

While Cape Town is a beautiful and vibrant city, it's essential to stay cautious. Avoid walking alone at night, particularly in less crowded areas. Be aware of common scams, such as individuals offering unsolicited help or posing as officials. Keep your belongings secure and be mindful of pickpockets in crowded places. Stick to well-lit and busy areas, and use trusted transport services.

Places to Stay

Cape Town has a range of accommodation options to suit all preferences and budgets. Here are some recommendations, including those close to the Hasso Plattner School of Design and more affordable options:


  • The Table Bay Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
  • Taj Cape Town
  • Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge
  • The Silo Hotel
  • The Vineyard Hotel

Alternative Accommodations

Visa and Medical Requirements

Visitors from certain countries require a visa to enter South Africa. It’s advisable to check the specific visa requirements based on your nationality on the South African Department of Home Affairs website. Medical requirements can include vaccinations for yellow fever if you are travelling from a yellow fever endemic area. It's also a good idea to check for any other travel advisories or health recommendations before your trip. For up-to-date information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel page.

Visa Support

If you require a visa letter, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. We are here to assist you with the necessary documentation for your travel.

Extend your stay

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Enjoy a comfortable stay with our recommended accommodations, designed to fit varied tastes.

Discover the mesmerizing allure of Cape Town and beyond. From its iconic landmarks to its hidden gems, South Africa's vibrant and diverse landscape beckons exploration.

Here's a guide to help you make the most of your extended stay!

Cape Town and surroundings:

  • Table Mountain: One of the New7Wonders of Nature, this iconic flat-topped mountain offers panoramic views of Cape Town. Opt for a hike or ascend by the cable car.
  • V&A Waterfront: A bustling hub with a blend of shopping, dining, leisure, and historical sites. Don't miss the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
  • Robben Island: A symbol of South Africa's fight for freedom. Tour the former prison and learn about its historical significance, especially the years Nelson Mandela spent there.
  • Cape Winelands: Nestled in valleys surrounded by majestic mountains are the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl. Enjoy wine tours, tastings, and gourmet dining in these historic towns.
  • Boulders Beach: Meet the colony of African penguins that reside in this sheltered beach cove in Simon's Town.
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: Renowned as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, stroll through themed gardens and discover indigenous plants.
  • Chapman’s Peak Drive: This coastal drive offers spectacular views with the ocean on one side and mountains on the other. Perfect for sunset drives.
  • Bo-Kaap: Known for its brightly colored houses and cobble-stoned streets, delve into Cape Malay culture and heritage in this historic neighborhood.
  • Lion's Head: A popular hiking spot, especially during full moon nights, offering a 360-degree view of the city.
  • Clifton and Camps Bay Beaches: Renowned for white sands and azure waters, these beaches are perfect for sunbathing, beach sports, and watching mesmerizing sunsets.
  • District Six Museum: Chronicling the history of the District Six area during apartheid when 60,000 inhabitants were forcibly removed.
  • Greenmarket Square: Shop for souvenirs, arts, and crafts at this historic square turned market.
  • Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope: The southeastern corner of the Cape Peninsula offers rugged landscapes, rich biodiversity, and is often mistakenly thought of as where the two oceans meet.
  • Constantia Wine Route: Close to the city center, this wine route offers a blend of centuries-old estates and boutique wineries.
  • Seal Island: A short boat trip from Hout Bay will take you to this island teeming with Cape fur seals.
  • The Company's Garden: Established by the Dutch East India Company in the 1650s, it's now a serene park housing museums, a rose garden, and historical landmarks.
  • Hout Bay: A coastal suburb with a beautiful beach, bustling harbor, and a variety of seafood restaurants.
  • Zeitz MOCAA: Located at the V&A Waterfront, this museum boasts the largest collection of contemporary African art.
  • Woodstock & Salt River: Areas transformed into creative hubs, known for street art, designer stores, and trendy cafes.

With its rich history, diverse culture, natural beauty, and dynamic urban landscape, Cape Town offers experiences that cater to all kinds of travelers, making it a must-visit destination in South Africa.

Beyond Cape Town:

  • Garden Route: Stretching from Mossel Bay to Storms River, this scenic drive offers a diverse range of activities from elephant encounters to canopy tours.
  • Kruger National Park: Dive deep into the wild. Renowned as one of Africa's premier safari destinations, Kruger Park is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo) and a stunning array of bird species. Opt for guided safaris, bush walks, or even hot-air balloon rides.
  • Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai: If adventure calls, get up close and personal with the Great White Shark.
  • The Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn: Marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites in this extensive limestone cave system.
  • Hermanus: Visit this town during whale-watching season (June to November) and witness the Southern Right Whale in its natural habitat.
  • Tsitsikamma National Park: A coastal reserve known for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline, and the Storms River Mouth.

Practical Tips

Always consider booking attractions in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons. For safaris in Kruger Park or any wildlife reserve, ensure you take necessary precautions, including adhering to park rules and consulting with local guides about best times for wildlife sightings.

Local markets, artisanal shops, and community-driven tours offer a unique and authentic glimpse into South African culture. Don't miss out on these experiences! In essence, whether you're a nature enthusiast, an adventurer, a history buff, or a connoisseur of fine wines and cuisine, South Africa promises an array of experiences to captivate your senses.