cometocapetown.com http://www.cometocapetown.com Cape Town, South Africa, accommodation and hotel information guide. Special offers on hotels, villas, and apartments. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:40:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 South African Visa Regulations for Travelling Children Postponed For Now http://www.cometocapetown.com/south-african-visa-regulations-travelling-children-postponed/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/south-african-visa-regulations-travelling-children-postponed/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:12:26 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29532 We have some important (and good!) news for parents planning to come to Cape Town… Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced this week that the two visa regulations for visitors travelling with children will be postponed until 1 June 2015. The new visa regulations have been causing a lot of concern among [more]

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We have some important (and good!) news for parents planning to come to Cape Town… Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced this week that the two visa regulations for visitors travelling with children will be postponed until 1 June 2015.

The new visa regulations have been causing a lot of concern among travellers, accommodation operators, travel agents and many others within the tourism industry. You can read more about these regulations in the post we did on South Africa visa regulations to read the full list of proposed changes.

Not surprisingly, many are breathing a sigh of relief that, for now anyway, there is some breathing room to get prepared for such a major set of travel regulations.

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SA Travel Regulations for Children Postponed to June 2015

Regulations that have been postponed relate directly to travelling with minors, and include the requirement that all travelling children must have an unabridged birth certificate and a further requirement that written permission from both parents or guardian(s) is needed to authorise the child’s ability to travel.

“We have granted the postponement of these two particular requirements — the unabridged birth certificate and written permission, to June 1, 2015,” Minister Gigaba is quoted as stating to reporters during his announcement. The regulations were originally set to be put into place in July 2014, but were postponed until October 2014 before being pushed back again to 2015.

So far there is no word regarding additional visa regulations that have been proposed, such as work visas, biometric visas and other related requirements. We are keeping our ears and eyes to the ground to find out further updates as they are announced. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please contact us via our website or chat to us on Facebook.

Are you relieved at the news of child travel regulations in South Africa being postponed? Share your comments below and let us know!

 

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Interning in Cape Town? Here’s What You Should Know http://www.cometocapetown.com/interning-cape-town-you-should-know/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/interning-cape-town-you-should-know/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:17:03 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29508 If you are a grad or post-graduate student considering interning in Cape Town, this post is just for you. Whether you have already begun the process of applying for internships, or you have plans to intern in the city somewhere in the near future, firstly we’d like to say well [more]

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If you are a grad or post-graduate student considering interning in Cape Town, this post is just for you. Whether you have already begun the process of applying for internships, or you have plans to intern in the city somewhere in the near future, firstly we’d like to say well done for choosing Cape Town as your destination.

Interning in Cape Town

The Mother City has become a popular intern destination, and for good reason too… across a variety of sectors ranging from development all the way to marketing, tourism, medicine, healthcare, science and the arts, Cape Town is home to many (many) businesses that offer opportunities to work and learn. These include private and government positions, across the city’s many areas.

If you have questions on what you can expect when applying (and being accepted) for an internship in Cape Town, keep reading to see if they are answered in our handy tips and advice below.

Some Useful Advice for Interning in Cape Town

Wondering what makes interning in this part of the world special? Keen to know how to get around and find your feet? Here are some if the most commonly asked questions (and some answers too):

* Which agency is best for finding intern opportunities?

This depends on a number of factors, including but not limited to the type of internship you plan to do, your field of study, the type of programmes offered, your preferred location and even costs. The best way to go about finding agencies is to ask fellow students who have been placed who they would recommend. You should also ask around on your social stream too – Twitter, Facebook and especially LinkedIn offer the chance to get some insight from other people in your extended circles. An internet search is also useful (if there are any bad reviews written on the agency, this is the best way to find them, too!). You could even ask your lecturers or dean for advice on choosing the best agency.

* Do programmes usually include options for accommodation and flights? 

Programmes vary when it comes to services they offer – many good agencies will be able to assist with most aspects of travel arrangements however. Accommodation choices vary too, from dorm-style lodging to student rentals, short-term vacation rentals, month-by-month apartment rentals and shared accommodation. Always ask what the agency includes in their programme before you sign any contracts so that you have all the info you need upfront. This will make it a lot easier to plan and budget accordingly.

* What things are there to see and do in Cape Town?

There are loads and loads of great things to do in the city and its surrounds, with plenty to see as well. Check out our Why Cape Town section to see a full list of activities and attractions, and follow our blog for even more things to do. Making friends with fellow interns and co-workers at the company you are interning at is one of the best ways to discover the city. A local guide such as a co-worker or friends you make during your time in the city will give you a unique insight into the ‘off the beaten path’ attractions.

* What about public transport and getting around Cape Town?

Check out our posts on train travel, the MyCiti bus and Uber, Rikki and other taxis for a break-down on how those transport options work. If you are based in the City Bowl, getting around is very easy. You can even walk during the daytime if you’re up for a bit of exploring, but it’s better to stay on the safe side at night and take a cab, especially if you are travelling alone. Mini bus taxis are cheap, crazy and sometimes downright confusing – try taking a short ride with a co-worker who knows the area well though… it’s an unforgettable experience that is totally “South African”!

* What is the weather like there?

All in all, you can expect amazingly warm weather much of the year round. Based in the southern hemisphere, Cape Town has its winter during the middle part of the year, with the coldest (and wettest) weather happening around June and July. Summer is at the end of the year, which is also when schools and universities close for the year. The weather in summer is typically hot and dry – perfect for enjoying the large number of beaches to be found nearby. What makes the weather so perfect though is that it is never boring. In the midst of winter, it is normal to have glorious sunny days; in Summer, cool days offer much-needed refreshment.

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Have you ever considered interning in Cape Town, or have you done an internship in this part of the world? We would love to hear about your experiences!

 

 

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5 Ways to Enjoy Outdoor Fitness in Cape Town http://www.cometocapetown.com/5-ways-enjoy-outdoor-fitness-cape-town/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/5-ways-enjoy-outdoor-fitness-cape-town/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:49:13 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29471 We all know the benefits of living an active, healthy lifestyle, but when it comes to outdoor fitness in Cape Town, there are many ways to take the ‘work’ out of your workout without feeling like getting fit is a chore. Outdoor fitness is certainly not a new concept. There [more]

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We all know the benefits of living an active, healthy lifestyle, but when it comes to outdoor fitness in Cape Town, there are many ways to take the ‘work’ out of your workout without feeling like getting fit is a chore.

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Outdoor fitness is certainly not a new concept. There are many people who hate the idea of gym (myself included!). My own personal experiences in fitness have ranged from amazing (a few years of muay thai training that I will never regret, ever) to forgettable (hours of slogging over machines in the gym) to life-changing (getting to love the joy of running). Of all these experiences, one of the main reasons I have always enjoyed running so much is that it gets me outside into the fresh air, where I can see the mountain, the sky, an occasional sunset and on promenade runs, the ocean.

If you’re anything like me, and are always looking for ways to make exercise more enjoyable, be sure to try at least one of these great ideas below… trust me, you won’t regret it (and your body will thank you too!).

Fun Ways to Get Fit Outdoors in Cape Town

Looking for an alternative to traditional, less-than-exciting workouts? Here are some enjoyable ways to get fit outdoors in Cape Town that are so much fun, you won’t remember you are even trying to get fit:

1. Outdoor Gym 

Who said hitting the gym had to mean being cooped up indoors? The outdoor gym in Sea Point is a great place to enjoy a workout, with a range of machines and equipment found here, as well as some obstacle course type workouts. You can warm up with a run along the promenade, or play a game of soccer on the grass too if that’s your thing.

Sea Point Promenade – Beach Road, Sea Point (free)

2. Surfing 

In Muizenberg on the False Bay coast, surfing lessons offer the best way to learn how to master the art of riding the waves. The water on this coast is warm, and all levels of surfer from beginners to advanced are welcomed. If you want to start learning how to surf, you should be a fairly good swimmer, be fairly fit and have patience as you learn how to stay up on the board. Check out this list of surf schools to find out which offer lessons.

Muizenberg Beach - Beach Road, Muizenberg (various costs for lessons and board hire)

3. Bootcamp

There are two main bootcamp operators in Cape Town – Adventure Boot Camp (for women) and Boot Camp SA (for men). Both share the same concept, which is a challenging workout that includes everything from obstacle courses to drill training, weights and various other workout disciplines to get you at your fittest. Classes are held every weekday over a time frame of a few weeks, with pricing determined by the number of classes you attend during that time. Bring water and a towel, and expect to be worked out like never before!

Various locations across the city (pricing varies from R500 or so upwards)

4. Outdoor Yoga

Pop-up yoga classes have become a regular thing in the city, and are often found on the promenade, Camps Bay and other beaches, city parks and many other outdoor destinations around town. Molo Yoga offers pop-up classes at a number of different outdoor locations for R40 per class, while spontaneous yoga sometimes happens on the promenade if you’re lucky enough to catch a class.

Various locations across the city (pricing varies from R40 per class upward)

5. Hiking and Nature Walks

There are so many different hikes and walks to try that we put them all into a whole separate post! You can check out our full guide to hiking in Cape Town to see which routes offer what you are looking for, or for starters you can consider some of the more popular areas to enjoy some fresh air walking, such as Lion’s Head, Newlands Forest Contour Path or Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Various locations across the city (free)

How do you like to keep fit? Share your fun ideas for outdoor fitness in Cape Town and let us know what gets you up and moving.

 

 

 

 

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Cape Town Stadium http://www.cometocapetown.com/cape-town-stadium/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/cape-town-stadium/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:29:24 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29452 This afternoon we are chatting about the Cape Town Stadium, and what it’s future may be. What would you like to see this 2010 World Soccer Cup landmark be used for in between concerts and games?   Please remember to keep on topic so that we can keep the chat [more]

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This afternoon we are chatting about the Cape Town Stadium, and what it’s future may be. What would you like to see this 2010 World Soccer Cup landmark be used for in between concerts and games?  

Please remember to keep on topic so that we can keep the chat going.

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Blast from the past – HMS Vanguard 1947. http://www.cometocapetown.com/blast-past-hms-vanguard-1947/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/blast-past-hms-vanguard-1947/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:24:30 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29449 During the Royal tour of SA in February 1947, the King and his family arrived in Cape Town aboard this impressive battleship. Photo thanks to Etienne du Plessis

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During the Royal tour of SA in February 1947, the King and his family arrived in Cape Town aboard this impressive battleship.

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Photo thanks to Etienne du Plessis

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Another day of paradise in Clifton http://www.cometocapetown.com/another-day-paradise-clifton/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/another-day-paradise-clifton/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:14:10 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29447 Photo thanks to Life in Cape Town through the lens of Brian

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Getting Around Cape Town – Uber, Cabs and Rikkis http://www.cometocapetown.com/getting-around-cape-town-uber-cabs-rikkis/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/getting-around-cape-town-uber-cabs-rikkis/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:17:15 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29429 We have written about the MyCiti buses before (click here to see the post), but what other options do you have for getting around Cape Town quickly and cheaply? Luckily for you, there are a number of transport options that don’t cost a fortune. Whether you need to get from A [more]

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We have written about the MyCiti buses before (click here to see the post), but what other options do you have for getting around Cape Town quickly and cheaply? Luckily for you, there are a number of transport options that don’t cost a fortune. Whether you need to get from A to B in a hurry, or you’re looking for a safe ride home after a night out, it’s always useful to know your options.

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From the hugely popular Uber taxis that are cropping up in almost every city across the world, to regular cabs and Rikki taxis, we take a look at some of the quick and cheap transport options that are found within Cape Town. This will give you a better idea of what you can typically expect to pay, how you can get your ride and what to expect from each option in general.

Uber Cape Town

The global Uber domination is showing no signs of slowing down, and its Cape Town service is every bit as enticing as its international services. Instead of hailing a cab on the street or calling for one, you simply download the app on iTunes, Play Store or Windows and book your cab online. What has made this option a hit is its affordability as well as its easy booking system. On the downside, peak hours can be pricier due to their surge pricing. If you are an avid app fan and social user, this is sure to be a good choice for you. There are two choices on offer – UberX or UberBlack. NOTE: Our pricing guide has been updated since the original article was published – correct prices are as follows: 

* UberX: R5.00 base fare / R20 min fare / R0.70 per minute / R7.00 per kilometre
* UberBlack: R15.00 base fare / R50 min fare / R1.10 per minute / R11.00 per kilometre

View the Uber Cape Town website to get more information on how it works.

Cape Town Cabs

On Long Street or anywhere else in the City Centre, you will see loads of cabs. These range from licensed, reliable companies such as Excite Taxis (one of my long-time favourites) to somewhat dodgy unmetered cabs that are often unmarked too and run by foreign nationals. You can call for cabs, or simply grab one in the street when you see that it’s free.

Rates vary depending on the area and where you want to go – for quick trips in the City Bowl for instance, you could pay between R30 and R50, but if you want to go further out, to the airport or Winelands let’s say, you could end up paying a lot more. Always check the per kilometre rate BEFORE getting into the cab – if you can, get a fixed rate before the meter starts. Some of the unmetered cabs can give you a flat rate that could be good (or ridiculously high, depending on how it goes) if you ask upfront but will be more likely to charge you crazy prices when you get to your destination if you don’t check before you get in. If you are travelling alone, it is better to use a proper, marked and licensed taxi (especially if you are a woman), just to be on the safe side.

Rikkis Taxis

Then there are the ubiquitous Rikkis that are often seen in and around the city. These work much the same as regular taxis, except that they are often shared. Over the years, the franchise has grown and improved its offering to include door-to-door rides in quirky London style yellow cabs that are offered at decent rates.

Drivers are all experienced and qualified, with cabs fitted with safety features to ensure optimal security on the road. Transfer services to the airport and other major destinations are also offered. Pre-booked shared rides for anything from 2 to 22 people are offered too, which are ideal for group tours, parties or other functions. Monthly accounts can be arranged as well as for regular travellers.

View the Rikkis Taxis website to find out more about pricing, bookings and routes.

Looking for other ways to get around Cape Town? Check out our article about Cape Town trains for a fun way to explore the beautiful False Bay coastal region or travel at your own pace with our great car hire options.

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A beautiful sunset in Table View http://www.cometocapetown.com/beautiful-sunset-table-view/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/beautiful-sunset-table-view/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:36:21 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29420 Photo thanks to Brian van Hansen

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A field of flowers on route to Namaqua National Park taken last week. http://www.cometocapetown.com/field-flowers-route-namaqua-national-park-taken-last-week/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/field-flowers-route-namaqua-national-park-taken-last-week/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:53:44 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29416 Photo thanks to James Gradwell

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Blast from the past – Camps Bay circa 1920! http://www.cometocapetown.com/blast-past-camps-bay-circa-1920/ http://www.cometocapetown.com/blast-past-camps-bay-circa-1920/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:25:38 +0000 http://www.cometocapetown.com/?p=29406 Photo thanks to Etienne du Plessis

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