1. What is the best period to travel to Cape Town?Different possibilities exist for travel to Cape Town, dependent on personal preference and the seasonality of various activities. The warmest summer months are from December to February, with pleasant weather and warm temperatures extending from September up until April. Beautiful floral sceneries can be admired in the spring time (September until November). The gracious whales visit the Cape waters in the cooler months between July and November, while the best time to see the breaching Great White sharks is from June until August.

  2. Are any vaccinations recommended?Cape Town is clean and developed and you do not need to worry about contracting Malaria or other rare African diseases here. Therefore, it is not necessary to obtain any special vaccinations or take any prophylactic medication prior to your visit to the ‘Mother City’. We do recommend, however, that you obtain advice about the necessity of taking anti-malarial medication if you are planning to extend your travel to other parts of South Africa. The water from the taps is drinkable and safe to bathe in, and bottled water is readily available. Cape Town has excellent private medical facilities, and the guesthouse subscribes to an excellent private paramedic service for any emergencies involving our guests.

  3. Which excursions do we need to book in advance?You don’t really need to pre-book anything. Many excursions – such as the trip up Table Mountain, boat excursions to see the whales and the ferry to Robben Island – are weather-dependent. One exception however, if you are visiting Cape Town during the peak season (mid-December until the end of February) it may be advisable to pre-book the trip to Robben Island via www.robben-island.org.za.

  4. What is the village of Noordhoek like?Noordhoek is situated on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Southern Cape Peninsula, halfway between the centre of Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope. This ‘country-feel’ village is best-known for its picturesque shoreline and its long, wide sandy beach. This rural village can be accessed either from the spectacular scenic coastal road, Chapman’s Peak Drive, which leads out of Hout Bay, or via the mountain road, Ou Kaapse Weg, which cuts through the beautiful Silvermine Nature reserve – now part of the Table Mountain National Park. Noordhoek is a small scattered community of attractive houses, many with sea views, interspersed with many horse paddocks – owing to the great attraction of horse-riding on the long, sandy beach.

  5. How far is the guesthouse from the beach?Although the ocean is visible from the guesthouse, accessing the beach by foot is not recommended due to the positioning of the protected wetlands which divide the coastline from the rest of Noordhoek. It is, however, a mere 5 minute drive by car to the parking lot of the Noordhoek beach, where a wooden boardwalk leads to walking trails and sun-bathing areas.

  6. Are there any restaurants in the vicinity?Definitely! The Foodbarn, Cafe Roux, The Toad, The Red Herring, Monkey Valley and Rioja are all situated in Noordhoek. Because there are no designated pedestrian areas, we do recommend taking your car to the restaurants.

  7. Can we use public transport to explore the area?Unfortunately, the safety of the public road transport infrastructure in South Africa is inconsistent and therefore the use of such transport does not come recommended. The best option for getting around Cape Town and surrounds is to make use of a rental car. Recommended rental car agencies are situated at Cape Town International Airport. A safe shuttle service is available from the airport to the guesthouse if need be.

  8. What’s the cost of a rental car?Comfortable rental car options for 2 people are priced from 250 Rand per day. Rental of a family car costs between 300 and 400 Rand per day, while automatics and 4×4’s are priced from 400 and 800 Rand per day respectively. GPS navigators and child seats can be booked as optional extras. An international driver’s license is not necessary, but VISA card details are required as security.

  9. How (un)safe is Cape Town?As with any large international city, Cape Town has its share of opportunistic crime, but the city is safe to visit if you keep your wits about you and crime can be avoided simply by not venturing into undesirable areas. As a visitor, you are less likely to encounter problems while visiting the townships if you are escorted by a township resident—although you should not venture into such areas without an organised tour group or a fairly large group in accompaniment. During the day time it is quite safe to walk around the city centre. Troublesome people and beggars are, in general, quite respectful and will accept a stern “no”. At night time, make sure that you remain vigilant and stay on well-lit and crowded streets. Crime, including muggings and theft, tends to be more prevalent in areas such as Seapoint, Greenpoint, Salt River, Observatory, Mowbray, and the Cape Flats. While driving, it is important to be aware of people approaching the car at traffic lights for smash-and-grab theft, so don’t leave valuables on the seats or on your lap. It is also important not to leave your valuables unattended in vehicles, restaurants and public spaces. Use your discretion, and if insure of anything, be sure to ask for advice – South Africans are always more than happy to promote safety in their beautiful country.

  10. Can we do a safari in the Western Cape?There are 3 privately owned safari parks within a 300km range of Cape Town. All of these reserves offer both day and overnight safaris. Costs for the various safari options differ, with a day safari priced at around 1250 Rand per person (lunch and guided safari included) and an overnight safari costing around 2100 Rand per person (accommodation, lunch, 2 guided safaris, dinner and breakfast included).

  11. Do we need to bring Rands from home?This is not necessary. There are banks across Cape Town that will exchange cash and traveller’s cheques and there are plenty of ATMs. Always make use of ATM’s with a security guard present. Outside of banking hours, there are bureaux de change situated at the Waterfront and other shopping malls that have extended hours (open on Saturday afternoons and all day on Sundays).

  12. How far is the nearest airport?Cape Town international is about 40km from the guesthouse – about a 40 minute drive in moderate traffic.