ABOUT CAPE TOWN
Cape Town, also known as the “Mother City”, is a multicultural and cosmopolitan centre in South Africa and it often features amongst the top must-visit tourist destinations in the World. Besides its remarkable cultural and historical significance, its world-class restaurants, and its pleasant climate, Cape Town is truly unique because of its location: nested between two oceans and the towering slopes of Table Mountain and surrounded by scenic winelands.
Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC)
Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001
Situated on the outskirts of the Central Business District (CBD), the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is close to the vibrant beat of the city’s heart. Many of the city’s other landmarks – shops, buildings, cultural attractions – and top hotels, are within a few minutes’ walking distance of the Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) is Africa’s most award-winning airport. Located approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the city centre, the airport has domestic and international terminals, linked by a common central terminal. The airport offers direct flights from South Africa’s other two main urban areas, Johannesburg and Durban, as well as flights to smaller centres in South Africa. Internationally, it offers direct flights to several destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe and many more via Johannesburg.
Citizens of a large number of countries enjoy visa-free travel to South Africa and only need a valid passport. Other visitors may need to apply for a visa before travelling and are encouraged to check with their local South African embassy or consulate. A list is provided below for convenience, but it is subject to change without notice. Visa letters of invitation will be provided to attendees requiring one.
Visitors travelling with children are advised to consult and comply with the regulations for minors travelling through South African ports of entry.
Important: while there is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, a proof of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter the country only if arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. A list provided below, but attendees are advised to check with their travel agent.
Cape Town and most of South Africa are malaria risk-free areas. Malaria is confined only to the north-eastern parts of the country (the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo and on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal) and prophylaxis should be considered only if visiting these areas.
The average monthly temperature in November is 19°C (66.2°F) two degrees shy of the hottest month of January. During the day you’ll get average daytime temperatures of 25°C (77°F) and night time temperatures of 13°C, (55.4°F). It is advisable to ensure you apply sunscreen for the full day.
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE
The South African Rand (ZAR) is the local currency. Foreign exchange can be done at the airport as well as at all major hotels. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200; and coins in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5. There are two R5 coins in circulation, both of which are legal currency. All transactions are rounded down to the nearest 5c. Rand (ZAR). 100 cents equals one rand. A passport will be required for ALL forex transactions. Foreigners can claim sales (VAT) tax refunds and should ask salesmen to fill out a tax refund form when purchasing any goods.
CREDIT CARDS, SHOPPING
The South African Rand (ZAR) is the local currency. Foreign currency is not readily accepted at most major retailers. All major credit cards are accepted throughout South Africa.
The CTICC is located within walking distance from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Long Street and City Centre Shopping Malls.
The voltage throughout South Africa is 220V/50Hz. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, in both cases with round pins. If you are bringing any electrical appliances you are advised to bring an adapter. Most hotels have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances. Adaptors can be bought at the airport on arrival.
Visitors to South Africa are often warned about safety. In Cape Town as anywhere else in the world, crime is strongly related to poverty and mostly affects the poorest areas, which are seldom visited by tourists. Visitors are advised to be street-smart and take some basic precautions to make their trip safe and enjoyable. Some general travel tips can be found in the link below.
Food and Drink: Only water may be consumed inside the venue. Please respect this request.
Smoking: Strict legislation governs smoking in public places in South Africa. Smoking is absolutely forbidden inside the Conference Centre.
Mobile phones: Please ensure that mobile phones are on silent mode during the conference sessions.
Time-keeping: As time will be very tight, delegates are requested to respect the starting times for all sessions.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
From any main line Dial 107 to get through to the City’s emergency number or 10177 for an ambulance.
ART & GALLERIES
Cape Town has a bustling art culture with world class galleries and exhibitions happening all the time. Talented painters, sculptors, photographers and printmakers are continuously experimenting and offering new work. There are hundreds of galleries in and around Cape Town. A diverse city, constantly on the cutting edge, it has a vibrant arts and culture scene. You can appreciate the city’s history and heritage through its museums, and explore the arts through theatre, live music, dance, comedy and the visual arts. Both day and night offer an exciting range of cultural activities. To enjoy Cape Town during the day, visit its galleries and museum districts or look out for exciting local designers. In the evening, attend one of the many performances taking place or kick back and party the night away at one of many local live music venues. While visiting Cape Town, learn about its complex, layered and unique history, that includes Khoi and San peoples, South East Asian and African slaves, Nguni tribes and migrants who settled here.
With its broad range of influences from numerous cultures – historical and contemporary – Cape Town has a dynamic population and rich cultural tapestry today.
MORE ABOUT CAPE TOWN
DAY AND OVERLAND TOURS
With top-end venues, luxury accommodation, safe transport and plenty of adventure, South Africa is one of the world’s most popular business travel destinations.
African Travel Canvas offers a range of pre and post-conference tours for both conference attendees and their accompaniments; spouses, partners, children, friends and family members that may or may not be partaking in a conference.
Our short day tours are great for those wanting a brief snapshot into the city of Cape Town, while our longer overland tours are curated for delegates looking to maximise their time in the country.
Website address: www.africantravelcanvas.com
Telephone: +27 21 713 4749