Five days in Cape Town!

Five days in Cape Town, South Africa, provides a great opportunity to experience the city’s highlights. Here’s a suggested itinerary:

Day 1:
– Start with a visit to Table Mountain, either by hiking or taking the cable car, for breathtaking views of the city and coastline.
– Explore the V&A Waterfront, a vibrant area with shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Take a boat trip to Robben Island to learn about its historical significance.
Day 2:
– Embark on a Cape Peninsula tour. Drive along the scenic coastal route, stopping at Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Point, and the Cape of Good Hope.
– Visit Boulders Beach to see the adorable African penguins up close.
Day 3:
– Explore the historic neighborhood of Bo-Kaap, known for its colorful houses and Cape Malay culture.
– Take a stroll through Company’s Garden, a beautiful park in the city center, and visit the South African Museum or the Iziko Planetarium.
– Enjoy a sunset cruise or dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants.
Day 4:
– Take a day trip to the Cape Winelands, where you can visit Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. Enjoy wine tastings, indulge in gourmet food, and admire the picturesque vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture.
Day 5:
– Head to the beautiful beaches of Camps Bay or Clifton for some sun, sea, and relaxation.
– Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, known for its diverse flora and stunning setting against the slopes of Table Mountain.
– End your day with a scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard, stopping at viewpoints like Signal Hill or the Twelve Apostles.

Remember to consider the weather and any specific attractions or events you’d like to experience during your visit. Cape Town offers a wide range of activities, and this itinerary can be customized based on your preferences. Enjoy your five days in Cape Town!

What currency will I need?
The currency used in Cape Town, South Africa, is the South African Rand (ZAR). It is recommended to have some local currency on hand for small expenses, such as transportation, food, and shopping.

The South African Rand (ZAR) is divided into smaller units called cents. The denominations of South African Rand banknotes are 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Rand. Coins are available in 1, 2, 5, and 10 Rand, as well as 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents.

Should I use travel cash or a card?

According to Mintel, 90% of British travellers take some travel cash with them. It’s perfect for tips, taxis, street-side vendors and locations which do not have card machines (or where they are not working). It’s easy to budget with, and share with other members of your party. It’s also not prone to technical faults, does not require internet access, and you won’t be charged to use it.

Having a debit card is also a great idea as backup – just make sure you know what fees the card issuer charges to make payments in the foreign currency (better still, find one that makes no charges at all). Bigger purchases should be made on a travel-friendly UK-issued credit card to get that additional Section 75 protection (see Make sure when paying by card that you ALWAYS pay in the foreign currency – do not let the card processor do the conversion to GBP as you will always get a worse rate. That applies even if the foreign currency is already loaded onto a prepaid multi-currency card – the card issuer will decide whether to settle from your foreign currency wallet or not.


Where can I buy currency?

You will typically get a better deal buying your travel cash here in the UK before you travel. Look for the highest possible foreign currency exchange rate to indicate the best deal. For example, a rate of ZAR 22.7028 is better than ZAR 22.2110 when buying South African Rand (ZAR). Airports tend to offer the worst rates – especially if you have not pre-ordered – and you may find a bureau de change on your High Street, in a supermarket or department store, in many travel agents, and at major transport hubs.

You can also buy South African Rand from Travel Money Club for next business day despatch to home via fully insured Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm. Unlike the competition, we don’t hide fees and charges in our exchange rates – you just pay a fair and transparent handling fee based on how much you are exchanging. Get an instant quote now at

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