Yes, there is a direct flight service from London Heathrow Airport to Cape Town International operated by British Airways. The flight is usually only 12 hours long. British Airways has two direct flights flying to Cape Town every day.
The cheapest time to come to Cape Town is in the middle of June when the temperatures are the coldest in the city, and there are a few tourists in sight. Hotels are looking for visitors to fill up their rooms and keep their businesses running. The lowering demand for flights to Cape Town in June also reduces the price of the ticket. If you are travelling on a budget, coming to Cape Town in June could pay up big time. The temperature is not too cold; the highs are still in the early twenties, and the table mountain is as always spectacular to hike any time of the year.
The best time to visit Cape Town is from August to January. It is the summer season in Cape Town and temperatures usually remain 20°C to 30°C during the entire time. There is not a rain cloud in sight throughout this period. It gets unbearably warm in February when the heated katabatic winds from the higher interior of the country blow down on the city. However, the South Easters, a stiff, dry and persistent breeze in the summer that clears up the pollution in the air quickly and the Capetonians call this breeze as the Cape Doctor.
Cape Town International Airport has been given the ‘Best Airport in the World’ award by Skytrax and it is the second busiest airport in South Africa. The airport serves the city, bringing many tourists to Cape Town’s beautiful beaches. The airport is only 20 kilometres from the Castle of Good Hope, which is regarded as the city’s centre. It only takes 23 minutes for the whole trip. In 2017, Cape Town International Airport processed 10.3 million passengers, making it the third most active airport in Africa.
There is visa restriction for British citizens visiting South Africa. Tourists with a valid British passport can visit the country without a visa for ninety days. Please make sure that your passport does not expire during your stay in South Africa. The immigration authorities at the airport may inquire about the underage children coming along with you. They might ask for the child’s birth certificate that proves that the age of the child is less than 18 years and that the adults accompanying the child are indeed the parents.
The best way around Cape Town is to use a taxi. Taxis are usually used by the affluent locals and tourists visiting the city and are considered quite safe. The average rate of the cab is R10 to R13 per kilometre with thirty Rand charged at the start of the journey. If you are one a long trip, try negotiating the price with the cab driver. The other mode of travel is the minibuses. Usually, the minibus is way too cramped up for a good travelling experience, and the vehicle condition fails European standards, but many expats still use the cheap minibus for an easy commute. There is a public train system in Cape Town, but it is usually discouraged to be used by tourists due to security concerns.
Cape Town is the city of immense natural beauty and amazing warm beaches. Your hotel would have a fantastic view, either of the soothing blues of the ocean or the magnificent Table Mountain.
- Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town
- Taj Cape Town
- The Cape Royale
- Hilton Cape Town City Centre
- Pepperclub Hotel