Very pleasant, somewhat Mediterranean climate all year around. In the summer months November to March the average day temperature is around 27 degrees. In the nigh it usually cools down to pleasant 15 degrees. So if you plan long day trips make sure to take long pants and a jersey. The main tourist season is October to April. In the coastal areas the sun is very strong, you should only use high sunscreen factors. Otherwise you can be sure to catch painful sunburns (even on the feet) especially during the first days.
South Africans drive on the left side of the road. An international driver’s license is required. If you want to buy your own car, all you need is a South African driving permit which you can easily get at the Traffic Department Milnerton. You will need a set of passport photographs.
South Africa has a 220 Volts AC grid. All devices with this power rating will work with a South African power plug adaptor.
Entering South Africa
Please check with your embassy whether you need a visa depending on your nationality.
Your passport must still be valid for another 6 months after entering the country. If you want to stay longer you can apply for an extension at Department of Home Affairs.
With normal EC cards you can draw up to 4000 Rand per day at the ATMs. You can exchange major amounts at the airport or any bank. Traveller cheques and credit cards are accepted virtually everywhere.
At a short distance from Aloha Lodge there are numerous banks and ATMs.
South Africa is golf country. Unlike in some European countries you don’t need a certain handicap and can tee off with friends at any golf course. There are many driving ranges and inexpensive golfing lessons. An 18-hole course is located in Milnerton right by the sea. This, however, is a very formal place:
The River Club with its 9-hole facility is more relaxed:
This course is 10 minutes drive away in Observatory. Here you can get a golfer’s breakfast on the weekend at a good price with a 100 balls bucket for the driving range.
The medical care in South Africa is very good. In any case of emergency, we have a MediClinic in Milnerton with excellent doctors. Major hospitals in the city centre or at the Waterfront will also be able to give you vaccinations if you plan to travel to rural areas off the beaten track.
Your mobile phone will work fine in South Africa. Of course it’s cheaper to use a local prepaid card which you can find in any shopping mall. The easiest way is to get one at the airport. According to current legislation, you need a letter confirming your accommodation as proof of residence and a copy of your passport. For short-term tourists, however, they often make an exception when you register your prepaid card, otherwise we will help you.
During the CET daylight saving time, South Africa is in the same time zone, otherwise it’s CET +1 and GMT +2.
Since the wages in South Africa can be very low, the service staff is always grateful for any tips. The general rule is:
In restaurants tips are expected. Here it’s appropriate to leave 10% of the amount on the bill as tip.
Petrol attendants and park guards are happy with 5 Rand.
If you want to leave a tip for our room service, we recommend 10 Rand per day and room.
The seaboard north of Milnerton is called the West Coast and is developed all the way up to Melkbos. It is a typical dune landscape with beach grass and fynbos that carries on for many kilometres.
Here you can do many interesting day trips to old fishing villages such as Paternoster, or to the wine estates of the Swartland region. Also the Langebaan Lagoon is very popular with its warm water that is perfect for swimming. Here, kiting beginners will find their ideal shallow water playground to develop their skills.
In particular in spring (August and September) the blossoming coastal vegetation in the West Coast National Park around the Postberg is a colourful tourist attraction.
During the summer months in South Africa, the prevailing wind blows from the South-East, usually starting around 2 pm with light clouds on Table Mountain and increasing steadily during the rest of the afternoon. For kiters and windsurfers these are absolute dream conditions – for visitors to Table Mountain, on the other hand, it often means the end of their trip, since the cable way going up the mountain closes when strong winds come up.
This so-called Cape Doctor, which keeps the streets clean by sweeping all the dirt into the sea, is a regular phenomenon from November onwards. The windiest month is usually February. From mid-March the wind calms down, this is why most windsurfers leave the city from end of March / April. Then the winter months feature less wind but higher swell, which might be interesting for the wave surfers.
The area around Cape Town, the wine region and up to the Garden Route is Malaria free. You will only need Malaria prophylaxis if you go on Safari in neighbouring countries.