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Health and safety
When visiting any major city, visitors should take certain health and safety precautions. Some basic tips can be found on the Cape Town Tourism website.
Visitors wishing to hike up Table Mountain should take warm clothing, water and snacks along with them. Make sure someone in your group has a cell phone in case of emergency and stay on marked paths. Even though it might seem a fine day when you start out, conditions on the mountain can deteriorate rapidly due to wind coming in over the ocean.
Cape Town International Airport is an international hob and serves regular flights to numerous domestic locations, e.g. there are several flights every hour from/to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. A direct link to the airport can be found here.
The airport is about 21 km from the V&A Waterfront and the easiest way to get there is with a Taxi. The taxi fare is of the other between 200 to 250 Rands. We strongly advise delegates to follow the signs for the Exit and Taxi rank and make sure that the taxi has a meter. The cost of a Taxi ride is of order 10 Rands per km and the official taxi companies have on the side of the doors their prices. Below we provide some numbers of companies which can be used to move around Cape Town and where we have personal experience and provided a good service.
Cape Town is serviced with many major car rental companies. At the Airport there are a number of car rental companies, identified here. More companies can be found in Cape Town City Centre.
The directions from the Airport to the heart of the V&A Waterfront are as follows:
- 1. To Exit the Airport follow signs for N2 Cape Town, this is about 2 km.
- 2. On the N2 carry on for about 11 km.
- 3. Merge on to De Waal Dr. (this will be for about 850 m). Keep to the outer three lanes and continue on to Nelson Mandela Blvd for about 5 km.
- 4. Follow signs to the Waterfront. At the first set of trafic lights (Robots in SA) turn right on to Coen Steytler Ave for around 400 meters.
- 5. At the roundabout take the first exit onto Dock Rd and carry on straight at the next roundabout. Follow the road, this should be about 1.6 km.
- 6. Here you will observe to your left a car park, to your right the Aquarium (where the opening ceremony will be held) and straight ahead the Victoria & Alfred Hotel Waterfront.
For directions to the conference venue at the Clock Tower, follow the steps 1 through 4, then:
- 5. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto South Arm Rd and take first left.
- 6. If you miss the first left, then don't panic. A roundabout is just ahead so take the first exit on to Fish Quay.
The Clock Tower is within walking distance from the V &A Waterfront.
Other methods of transport
From the airport you can also catch the My Citi Bus service which will take you to the Civic Centre Station, in the Cape Town Downtown. The cost of this travel is at 57 Rands and the bus runs every 20 minutes from 04:20 to 22:00.
Besides the private hire taxis (numbers provided below), there are minibus taxis. We would discourage from getting these mostly on safety grounds. However, if you feel this is an option to travel within Cape Town, the rates vary from 6 to 15 rands depending on time of day and distance travelled.
Another option is by Metro Rail Services. Please see the following website for more details.
Further local travel may be done with the Golden Arrow Bus Service.
Airport Shuttle Services
Along with the official taxi services available in the airport there are a few airport shuttle services which we can recommend. Their Airport to Cape Town City Centre and V&A Waterfront are priced at 200 Rands. Please contact them directly and below are the details of these services:
Grant's Shuttle Services
CPT Airport Shuttle
Taxi Elite +27214479003
Taxi Excite +27214484444