Handy Info Cape Town
Just some general information about Cape Town that is handy to know!
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General information about Cape Town
Payment: By the rand, (ZAR) (R)
Country code (phone): +27
In case of emergency (phone number): 10111 (police), 10177 (ambulance)
Electricity: 230 Volt
ATM services in Cape Town
Foreign currency can be exchanged by banks, exchange offices and large hotels. ATMs can be found everywhere (there is a daily withdrawing limit) and the major international credit cards are widely accepted. When withdrawing money from ATMs make sure to keep an eye out, because fraudsters are often around these spots. For the exchange of foreign currency you can go to all commercial banking institutions.
Safety in Cape Town
When travelling in Cape Town you will immediately notice that you won’t feel unsafe. Obviously you should use your common sense and do the obvious things like: not wearing (notable) precious jewelry in the evening, avoid driving in the night (certainly not on unknown places), car doors locked and not leaving expensive stuff visible in the car. Ask the locals what places you might want to avoid. Of course not driving or walking alone by a township, this is asking for trouble.
Public holidays of South Africa
Most shops and banks closed on public holidays. The public holidays of South Africa are:
|01.01.xxxx||New Year’s Day|
|09.08.xxxx||National Womans Day|
|16.12.xxxx||Day of Reconciliation|
|26.12.xxxx||Day of Goodwill|
|31.12.xxxx||New Years Eve|
How late do the stores open and close
All shops in Cape Town are open from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and on weekends until 13.00. In V&A Waterfront the shops are open longer due to the large number of tourists.