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:

Date Holiday
01.01.xxxx  New Year’s Day
21.03.xxxx Good Friday
25.03.xxxx Easter Sunday
27.03.xxxx Easter Monday  
27.04.xxxx Freedom Day
01.05.xxxx Workers Day
16.06.xxxx Youth Day
09.08.xxxx National Womans Day
24.09.xxxx  Herritage Day
16.12.xxxx   Day of Reconciliation
25.12.xxxx Christmas Day
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.