The Cosmopolitan Centre of South Africa
Often referred to as the African Riviera, Cape Town is South Africa’s most urbane city and it offers expatriates a cosmopolitan lifestyle in a city that seamlessly pairs natural beauty with vibrant multiculturalism.
Cape Town offers a life that is rich in culture, entertainment and history. The city combines heart-stopping beauty, a well-developed infrastructure and historical gravitas so effortlessly that expatriates benefit from the best of both worlds in a diverse, enthralling and engaging environment.
The more adventurous expats will be strongly attracted to the city by the outdoor lifestyle that is on offer. Dare devils can participate in a whole host of mind-blowing activities, from kite-surfing, rock-climbing and wake-boarding through to shark-cage-diving, hang-gliding and sky-diving; while the more subdued residents will have an equally enjoyable—but less daring—time exploring the unique scenery and stunning beaches.
Cape Town is the culinary capital of South Africa. Nowhere else in the country is the populace so discerning about food, and nowhere else is there such a wide selection of restaurants and dining opportunities on offer. Aficionado expatriates will be in a culinary heaven.
For the majority of expats, Cape Town is a place of contrasts and challenges. The varied mix of Cape Town culture and lifestyle means that the average expatriate will take time to adjust to life here and insider knowledge is a must. Our expatriate guide to living in Cape Town contains indispensable advice about enjoying and acclimatizing to life in this exciting and vibrant African gem:
Our Cape Town destination guide will put you in firmly in the picture when it comes to getting the best out of your life in this buzzing city.
Our guide was written by John Callely and last published on Tuesday 9th October 2012.
|01||It is critical to ensure you have the correct visa before you arrive as you will need to return home to make changes if you have the wrong visa.|
|02||Safety should be a top priority. Sign up with a good security company and ensure your home is fitted with the latest security equipment.|
|03||Wear sunglasses and sunscreen throughout the year. The UV rays in South Africa are extremely strong.|
|04||Be adventurous, not stupid. Whenever you go on a new hike or nature walk, do it with a local who knows the route and the time it takes to get back.|
|05||Follow the networking process. Join a few expatriate clubs. It’s a lot easier to travel the grapevine between social scenes than to jump into on|
The Western Cape is roughly the same size as England but has a population of just 6 million.