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South Africa’s cruise industry reopened just days ago when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would move to an alert level 1, which allows for the resumption of cruise tourism. Azamara immediately confirmed it would return to the city for a summer season.
Other itineraries scheduled to sail from Cape Town or visit the city on longer grand voyages include Europa 2, Norwegian Jade, Amera, Le Lyrial, Silver Whisper, Silver Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Albatross, Crystal Endeavor, Insignia and Queen Mary 2.
While a promising start, the numbers are a fraction of the cruise traffic Cape Town had during the pandemic-interrupted 2019-2020 season. However, cruise officials anticipate a quick recovery for the city, which has become an increasingly popular global cruise destination.
Wesgro is the official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, while Cruise Cape Town is a collaborative project between government and the private sector that aims to grow the local cruise economy.
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Flights to South AfricaFlights to Cape Town (CPT)Need an excuse to book flights to Cape Town? How about its stunning beaches, five-star hotels, exquisite cuisine and exciting adventures?
Everyone finds a reason to fly to Cape Town. The Mother City has it all: beautiful beaches, lively venues and restaurants, as well as five-star hotels from which to begin your exploration. Historically it was a busy port for sailors rounding the southern tip of Africa. Today it is a melting pot of cultures that continues to attract visitors from around the world.
As a coastal city, the seafood is as fresh and tasty as you would expect, whether you choose to eat calamari in a restaurant or have a fish cone on the beach. With such a diverse population, you’ll be able to find whatever cuisine you’re craving, and Cape Malay’s local food is great too. You just have to be careful not to get too full so you can get around town afterwards.
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If you can’t wait any longer and want to make this South Africa itinerary a reality, you don’t have to, as travel is possible and easy. The country has been open to tourism for a few months now and restrictions are minimal.
Moreover, as we will tell you throughout this article, the requirements for travel to South Africa now in 2022 are very easy to meet. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers against the coronavirus can enter the African nation.
What will you find if you travel to South Africa now? A climate of normality. On June 23, all pandemic-related measures were lifted. In fact, it is not even necessary to wear masks indoors.
South Africa promises you a thousand adventures, which is why IATI Backpacker is the best insurance for this trip. Not only does it cover you for a silly accident like a sprained ankle while walking around Cape Town, but you’ll also be protected while doing adventure sports like diving with the great white shark or hiking in search of animals in the Kruger Park.
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Of course, you must have your passport in force before traveling to South Africa, a document that must meet these two requirements: It must have an expiration date of at least 30 days after the date of departure and have 2 blank pages.
Malaria treatment is advisable if you are going to visit risk areas, located in the northeast of the country, such as the Kruger Park. In the big cities there is no risk of being bitten by the mosquito that transmits the disease.
Being located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in South Africa are the opposite of those in Europe. Winter in South Africa, which runs from June to September, is dry and not too cold. This is the best time to enjoy the wildlife. The vegetation is less lush and the animals concentrate on the rivers to drink. In addition, the southern whale begins to reach the coast. It is also a good season for outdoor activities and sports.
The South African spring is from September to November. Temperatures rise during the day. It is a season that allows us to see beautiful landscapes full of flowers, such as those of the West Coast National Park, about 90 kilometers from Cape Town.