Greater Than a Tourist- Western Cape South Africa
50 Travel Tips from a Local
Melanie du Toit
Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try
something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If
you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than
a Tourist book is for you. Greater Than a Tourist- Western Cape,
South Africa by Melanie du Toit offers a local’s insight to the
stunning landscapes, diverse culture, and unique experiences
offered by the Western Cape. In this guide you will find exclusive
details about different adventures and activities as well as how to
locate hidden gems while emerging yourself in the Western Cape
culture. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist.
Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater
Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from
someone who has lived at your next travel destination.
In these pages, you will discover advice that will help you
throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses
or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge
from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel
Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to
know the people and culture. By the time you finish this book, you
will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.
Inside this travel guide book you will find:
- Insider tips from a local.
- Packing and planning list.
- List of travel questions to ask yourself or others
- A place to write your travel bucket list.
"For to be free is not merely to
cast off one's chains, but to live in a
way that respects and enhances the
freedom of others"
– Nelson Mandela
At 130,000 km² the Western Cape is filled with
amazing sights and hidden gems. This multi-cultural
heartland is home to one of the world’s Seven Nature
Wonders, Table Mountain, as well as a long stretch of
sandy beaches and wondrous panorama.
The following 50 tips will provide you with local
insights and instructions to guide you through your
Western Cape travels. Perhaps you will be able to
experience the unique beauty like a local and discover
hidden gems along the way.
1. SAFETY FIRST
Petty thefts like muggings, pick-pocketing, hi-jacking
and credit card fraud are some of the most common
crimes happening in South African streets. If you are
cautious and careful, you won’t become a victim.
Here follow some safety procedures to prevent crimes:
- Keep your valuables with you at all times or
locked up in a safe in your hotel room (not in your car
or in your backpack in a public area)
- Steer clear of townships, alleyways and dark
- Lock and wrap your luggage while flying to and
- Invest in a thief-proof backpack with hidden
zippers and locks
- Never walk alone late at night, especially in
sketchy and remote alleyways or streets
- Drive with doors locked and windows rolled up
- Go hiking and camping in a group
- When parking your vehicle, make sure that it’s
locked before you walk away
- Always walk with confidence and with a sense
of direction (even if you feel lost and have no idea
where you are)
SAPD (South African Police Department) contact
2. WEATHER WISE
When deciding on a date to visit the Western Cape, it
will be wise to consider annual weather patterns.
Spring – 1 September - 30 November
Summer – 1 December - 28/29 February
Autumn – 1 March - 31 May
Winter – 1 June - 31 August
Hottest month – February
Coldest month – June
Rainy month – July
Sunny month – December
I honestly think that December-January is the best time
to visit the Western Cape. It’s the festive season and
most South Africans flood to the sandy beaches for
cocktails and sunbathing. Loads of New Years’ events
and music festivals are hosted by holiday resorts and
local business owners. Everybody is in a holiday mood
and the vibe is electric.
During the festive season traffic can get a bit hectic,
especially in the Seapoint area. Start your day early and
If you want to avoid the crowds but still enjoy sunny
weather, plan your trip between late September to early
November, or alternatively in the middle of January.
Read all 50 Tips in the book
Greater Than a Tourist- Western Cape South Africa
available at Amazon.
TOP REASONS TO BOOK THIS TRIP
Unique Experiences: The amount of unique experiences
you’ll have in the Western Cape is endless. From
Ostrich riding, touching crocodiles and swimming with
sharks to drinking the best wine in the world and
visiting the Southern-most point in Africa, these are all
experiences you can only find in the Western Cape.
The Landscapes: Being home to one of the world’s 7
Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain, the Western Cape
provides awe-inspiring views of white sandy beaches,
exquisite rock formations, green hills and scenic drives
all surrounded by a deep blue, clear ocean. It gives you
a glimpse of a world before human inhabitants took
The Culture: A province rich in heritage and tradition.
Starting with the indigenous Khoisan, Zulu tribes,
English and Afrikaans inhabitants all contributing to a
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melanie is a South African writer and artist. When
she is not discovering art made by locals around the
world, she makes art herself and writes unique content
as a Freelancer.
After studying a Bachelors’ degree at the University
of Stellenbosch in 2010, her travels began. In between
teaching, acting and traveling she owned a successful
entertainment company, wrote many stage-plays and
painted on many building walls.
Even though Melanie enjoys traveling around the
world, her heart always longs back to the natural beauty
of the Western Cape. She visits family and friends who
lives in the Paarl, Worcester and Cape Town areas,
frequently and never let a chance go by to discover
something new in South Africa’s most spectacular