Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
1 Lower Buitengracht, Cape Town, 8000
Tel: +27 21 409 4000
*Hotel information is subject to change. Final confirmation will be given 30 days prior to departure.
Check in: 2:00 PM
Check out: 11:00 AM
Platinum, Gold, & Silver Leadership League arrive: April 11th
All other qualified LCCs arrive: April 12th
ALL LCCs depart: April 18th
Passport & Visa requirements
In order to enter South Africa, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. We recommend having at least three blank passport pages for entry stamps. There is no visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter South Africa.
If you are travelling with a minor (under the age of 18), additional documents will be required to travel through South African ports of entry. Visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website for the most-up-to-date requirements for minors traveling to or from South Africa.
Cultural Care has partnered with EF Go Ahead Tours to produce the Great Escape Cape Town incentive. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Cultural Care Au Pair will reimburse roundtrip flights from your home gateway to Cape Town. You may fly into/out of a gateway other than Cape Town (CPT) however internal travel will not be reimbursed. If you choose to arrive early and fly into Johannesburg then your travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town will not be reimbursed as this is considered personal travel.
Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Cultural Care travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches. Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.
Temperatures vary from mid-70s during the day to low-60s at night. Rain may be common as it is the beginning on the rainy season.
Clothing & Packing tips
Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will be most comfortable. Quick-dry material is best for hot days outside and a warmer layer may be needed for chilly evenings and early mornings.
Comfortable closed-toes shoes, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, are best for walking during the day.
Sun protection is very important. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.
Occasional rain showers are common during certain seasons, so lightweight rainwear may be necessary during this trip.
Insect repellent, binoculars and a flashlight are highly recommended.
At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication and any prescription medications in your carry on luggage.
If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the trip and any possible delays encountered.
Only if you are travelling outside the U.S. before South Africa: Local governments may require proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. This is only required of travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission (Please note: This does not include the U.S. or Canada).
Most cuisine in South Africa reflects the region’s British, German and Dutch colonial periods as well as Afrikaner influences. High-quality meats, vegetables and fruits are sourced from the surrounding area’s farmland.
Electricity & air conditioning
South Africa operates on 220–240 volts and uses a Type M plug with two small round pins and one larger round pin. We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter. Wifi and air conditions are available at the hotel.
South Africa is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it is noon in New York it is 6pm in Cape Town.
The currency you will be using on your tour is the South African rand. You may be able to purchase South African rand in advance from your local bank or a foreign currency exchange retailer, such as Travelex. Please note, travelers cannot import or export more than $25,000 in South African rand and may be required to claim any additional foreign currency at customs. We recommend that you carry as little local cash as possible as well as small amounts of U.S. dollars (only crisp bills printed in 2004 or later). International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour. Visa is the most widely accepted credit card. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.