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If you could only use two words to describe Cape Town, they would be "vibrant" and "exciting". A veritable paradise for the nature lover, this stunning location is home to gorgeous flora and delightful vineyards, breathtaking mountains and lovely beaches. In addition to the vast natural beauty, this city beckons tourists with its lively music scene, fantastic restaurants, and welcoming locals. Cheap flights to Cape Town are easy to find, provided you book at the right time.
Best time to go to Cape Town
While other areas may be cool, Cape Town is bright and warm from December to February. During this time flights are tricky to come by as tourists flock to the city in order to indulge in one of the many outdoor activities like playing at Ratanga Junction, surfing in the beautiful water, or witnessing the Kaapse Klopse.
Flights to Cape Town are at their cheapest from March to May and September to November. Temperatures are warm during the shoulder season; however, the atmosphere may be humid due to the rains in October and November. Though you might be caught in the rain, this is still a good time to soak up some culture while visiting the Cape Flats, enjoy the lush greenery in Constantia Valley, or take a delicious stroll through the sands of False Bay.
The months of June through August make up the off season in Cape Town. Though the weather is still reasonably warm throughout these months, the nights can be chilly, and there are occasional bursts of rain. Although many tourists avoid the area during this time, the adventurous traveller will take advantage of the solitude to soak up the city's history and mingle with the locals.
Cape Town Airport and transfer information
Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Distance: 20km from the city centre
Two of cheapest and most convenient methods of transport are the airport shuttle and public bus system. Though inexpensive, they follow strict schedules, and can take a while to arrive. You can also take one of the airport's authorized Touch-Down taxis at a higher cost. If you require more flexibility, you can rent a car or hire a car service.
Online resources for your travel to Cape Town
The Cape Town International Airport website provides information on flights, in-airport facilities, ground transport, and safety guidelines.The Smartraveller website offers security warnings in South Africa, as well entry and exit requirements, local laws, and important nearby contacts.