If you're asking yourself: Where do I even begin to plan a trip to Africa? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Subscribe to our updates so you can stay informed on wedding details, flights deals and more. Also make sure to read through each section of the FAQ below!

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GENERAL FAQ

 

WHY SOUTH AFRICA?

We went to visit South Africa in December 2017 and immediately fell in love. Cape Town, in particular, is one of the most beautiful places we've ever been to. It has everything you could want in a city: beautiful beaches where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, award-winning vineyards, world-class restaurants and perfect weather. We couldn't think of a better place to celebrate our love and wanted to share it with all of you.

HOW DO I GET TO CAPE TOWN?

There are 2 main options for getting to Cape Town from the USA. The first option is to connect through Europe (London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt) and fly from there to Cape Town. The second option is to fly directly to Johannesburg (from New York, Washington, D.C. or Atlanta) and then take a connecting flight to Cape Town. If you fly through Johannesburg you could always stay a few days and go on Safari before you head down to the Mother City (Cape Town).

If booking your own trip seems daunting, don't worry! We have also arranged a travel agent to help you.

HOW MUCH ARE FLIGHTS TO CAPE TOWN?

Flights are typically $700-$1000 from the US, which is why we are letting you know so far in advance. Sign up for the travel alerts above to be notified when flights are on sale!

If booking your own flights seem daunting, don't worry! We have also arranged a travel agent to help you.

WHEN DO I NEED TO START BOOKING MY TRIP? ARE THERE ANY KEY DATES TO NOTE?

Subscribe to our updates above and we will send you e-mails with more information (e.g. when hotel blocks are available, when flight deals available, etc.) as we get closer to the date. You will see a few sections in the travel section that need to be updated and will be once everything is finalized. In general, you will want to book your flights in early 2019 and lodging in mid 2019.

If booking your own trip seems daunting, don't worry! We have also arranged a travel agent to help you.

DO YOU HAVE A TRAVEL AGENT?

Yes, we do! We are working with a wonderful travel agent based in New York, Patricia Serrano. She specializes in travel to South Africa and can help book your hotels, flights, tours, visas, recommendations and more! Feel free to reach out to her via e-mail or phone for help:

E-mail: patricia@freshtraveler.com

Phone: (212) 702-2634

HOW EXPENSIVE IS SOUTH AFRICA?

We totally understand that getting there is not cheap, but once in Cape Town, it's a pretty inexpensive country.

For example:

A beer/cocktail = ~$2-$4

A 15 min. taxi = ~$5

& A nice meal for 2 = ~$30.

You can't beat that!

WHAT IS THE LOCAL CURRENCY? DO I NEED CASH?

The local currency in Cape Town is the South African Rand. It doesn't hurt to have cash (we recommend you use a local ATM for the best conversion rate), but most places take credit card as well. Keep in mind any foreign transaction fees that may be associated with your cards.

DO I NEED A TRAVEL VISA?

Most passport holders (USA, UK, Europe, etc.) do not need a visa to travel in to South Africa, but you must have 2 completely blank pages in your passport, and your passport must not be within 6 months of expiring. You can see a full list of countries here.

Children under 18 do need an unabridged Birth Certificate with both parents names to enter South Africa. See more info here.

DO I NEED ANY VACCINES?

There are no mandatory vaccines, but a few recommended ones per the CDC.

Malaria pills are also not necessary for the game reserve we are planning to go to. That reserve is malaria-free.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN NOVEMBER?

Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate: wet and cool winters, dry and warm summers. November is the end of their spring season and start of their summer season.

  • Average daily high: 75° F
  • Average daily low: 55° F

I HEARD CAPE TOWN IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A DROUGHT. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Cape Town was facing a severe drought in 2017, but the city has delayed "day zero," the day the city would potentially run out of water, to 2020. Also, most places we will be visiting operate off their own private water wells. However, please keep in mind to conserve water while you're there! If you plan to stay at an Airbnb - check in with the Airbnb host on this topic.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

We are arranging a discount at a couple hotels in the area, which will be central to the hosted events and transportation pick-up location. Sign up for the alerts above and we will let you know once those are available. If hotels aren't your thing, you can also book an Airbnb — they start at about $50 a night. See below for recommendations on areas where you can stay.

WHAT NEIGHBORHOODS IN CAPE TOWN DO YOU RECOMMEND TO STAY IN?

V&A WATERFRONT - The Waterfront is a hub of activity where you’ll find upmarket hotels, restaurants, and bars all conveniently in the same place. We will also be hosting most events in this area. It’s relatively safe, and you’ll be able to walk to tourist attraction departure points. It’s also home to the aquarium, the Robben Island Museum, and is the main stop on the city sightseeing bus routes. Accommodation here is not the cheapest, but it’s guaranteed to be of a high standard.

CITY BOWL - The City Bowl itself is a good choice for those who like to be part of the action. You’ll be close to clubs and bars, and there are fantastic restaurants on every corner. There are upmarket hotels, divey hostels, and just about every other kind of accommodation you can imagine. It’s a bustling cosmopolitan mix, and there’s really something for everyone.

WOODSTOCK - Woodstock has become a hub for artists and entrepreneurs in recent years. This is where you’ll find many young professionals, exchange students, start-ups, and small businesses. It’s also an old part of the city, and there is a diverse mix of people who call the area home. It’s really close to the city, but a little more affordable to stay in. It’s on the commuter routes, so there is ample cheap transport.

HOW DO I GET AROUND CAPE TOWN?

We will be arranging transportation for all of the events hosted outside of the Cape Town city centre!

If you plan on exploring the city outside of the hosted events (and we encourage you to!) there are a few options:

  • Ubers are super reliable and easily accessible in Cape Town! They are also an affordable way to get around with a 15-minute ride usually costing no more than a few dollars.
  • It is also easy to rent a car in Cape Town. You can arrange to rent a car from Cape Town International Airport before you arrive. Many car rental companies also operate in the Cape Town city centre. Keep in mind in South Africa, they drive on the left-hand side of the road, and their cars – rental cars included – are right-hand drive vehicles.

IS CAPE TOWN SAFE?

Yes! Nevertheless, Cape Town is a major city and you should always be aware of your surroundings.