TRAVEL

Tours

We have curated a selection of day tours pre & post congress tours for delegates who wish take advantage of their visit to South Africa to do some sight-seeing and exploring.

Tick Table Mountain and Cape Point off your bucket list; or visit our African penguin colony at Boulders Beach for an up-close experience with these wonderful creatures.

Whether you’ve always wanted to see the Big Five, or if you’d prefer to catch some sun and surf at one of our Blue Flag status beaches; or work your way through our world-renowned winelands, we have designed a diverse range of

tours that will exceed your wildest expectations and bring Africa alive for you.

TRANSPORT

Airport shuttles and private transfers between the Congress venue and the hotels will be able to be booked via the Congress website closer to the event. You will be able to book and pay directly for this service with the transport company and have direct control over managing your booking if anything changes.

More information on booking shuttles will be available soon.

ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is situated on the Southern tip of the African Continent. It shares neighbouring borders with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. South Africa encloses both Swaziland and Lesotho. South Africa has over 2700 km of coastline shared between the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast and the warm Indian Ocean on the east coast.

South Africa’s three major international airports are O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg); Cape Town International Airport; and King Shaka International Airport (Durban).

South Africa is known for its long sunny days throughout the year. Most of the country experiences rain in summer, however the Cape Town and the Western Cape has predominantly winter rainfall. November is well into summer, so weather should be hot and sunny. Bring a light jersey or jacket in case of a few chilly days or evenings.

South Africa is home to a multi-cultural melting pot of 55 million beautiful people of diverse origins, cultures, languages, and religions.

Although English is widely spoken and used for informational signage, South Africa celebrates diversity in language with a total of 11 official languages.

These languages are Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga and English.

We recently gained approval for sign language to be recognised as an official language too, bringing our recognition of diverse languages up to 12 – although this process is still underway.

South African Currency

South Africa uses the Rand (ZAR) as currency. Keep in mind that you can only use the Rand to shop, dine and experience the province, so you’ll have to exchange your funds to the local currency – luckily this can be done quickly and easily at the airport. Most shopping malls also have a Bureau de Change that will assist you.

Foreign Exchange

As mentioned, you can only pay in Rands in South Africa. However, it is very easy to swap your foreign currency for rands. Money can be exchanged at the airport, as well as commercial banks and Bureaus de Changes, which are easily found in most shopping centres in Cape Town. You may also find exchange facilities in some hotels.

Banking hours are: 9am – 3.30pm (weekdays) and 8.30am – 11am (Saturdays) and are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

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Cashless Payments

If you don’t have any cash on you, no worries. All major credit and debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted at most establishments in Cape Town, as well as cashless payment methods like Apple Pay and Samsung Wallet. In fact, these are often preferred to cash so if your bank allows it, rather swipe your card than carry cash. It’s safer too.

You may have heard of the Cape Town water crisis and “Day Zero” – the day that taps in the city could potentially have run dry. The drought is thankfully over, but we still treat our water as a scarce and valuable resource. On your visit you’ll probably notice water saving tips and initiatives in hotels and restaurants.

Can I drink the tap water in Cape Town?

Yes, it is also perfectly safe to drink tap water in Cape Town – the water is rated as being of a top global standard.

Bottled spring water is readily available at almost any location you visit.

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. With a few exceptions electricity is available almost everywhere.

South Africa has a well-developed healthcare system. There are both public and private hospitals throughout South Africa. Be sure to top up on medical insurance before leaving home. Well-qualified doctors, dentists, and specialists can be found easily, but it is advisable to make an appointment unless it is an emergency. Standby Medics are available onsite during the Summit.

Do I need to get any vaccinations when travelling to Cape Town?

Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers aged 1 year or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Is there malaria?

You don’t need to worry about malaria tablets, Cape Town is a malaria-free area.