TRAVEL GUIDE

 

 

THE VENUE

The venue for SLTU 2012 is the exquisite Monkey Valley Beach Resort Resort , situated 35 km from Cape Town, South Africa (and 45 km from Cape Town International Airport) on the Cape peninsula.

  • Web Site: http://www.monkeyvalleyresort.com
  • Main switchboard line: +27 21 789 1391
  • Conference department direct line: +27 21 789 8008
  • Address: Mountain Road, Noordhoek

HOW TO REACH MONKEY VALLEY

TRANSPORT OPTIONS

Transport options to Monkey Valley Resort are limited to self-drive or taking a taxi/shuttle service.

SELF-DRIVE

GPS coordinates for Monkey Valley Resort: South 34.0975 East 18.3585. We recommend that you include a GPS device in your car rental or make use of Google Maps.

Directions to Monkey Valley Resort from Cape Town International Airport:

1. Option 1

Scenic route: along the sea. Takes a little longer than the other options, but highly recommended, especially if you are arriving during the day.



View Larger Map
http://g.co/maps/8323k

2. Option 2

Short and direct route. Requires a toll payment.



View Larger Map
http://g.co/maps/j9fmm

3. Option 3

Short and direct. No toll payments.



View Larger Map
http://g.co/maps/t23ja

Note: Google Maps also provides a route via the M 44 and M5. For safety reasons, we do not recommend this route.

Directions to Monkey Valley from Cape Town City Centre



View Larger Map
http://g.co/maps/vvaz8

Travelling time to Monkey Valley Resort varies, depending on the traffic conditions. Under normal traffic conditions (9:00-15:00 daily and over weekends), it should take you about an hour to reach the resort from Cape Town International airport. During peak traffic times (7:00-9:00 and 15:00-20:00) daily, the travelling time might double. We therefore recommend that you arrange your flights to fit in with the suggested travel times (9:00-15:00 and weekends).

TAXI

We recommend that you make use of the services of a reputable taxi company such as one of the following:

Chauffeur on Call Contact person: John Sallway
Mobile: +27 82 375 1241
Tel: +27 21 712 3856
Metered taxis http://www.intercab.co.za/our-service/index.html
Rikkis taxis http://www.rikkis.co.za
see Note 1 (above)
SA Cab http://www.sacab.co.za

Taxis are generally available at the exit from the International Terminal at Cape Town International Airport. If travelling at night, it is best to check availability beforehand.

Note 1: around R650 for collection from international terminal and drop-off at Noordhoek and around R250 from international terminal to Cape Town City Centre

BUS

Although Golden Arrow buses travel between Cape Town City Centre, Noordhoek, routes are limited, transfer will be required and there is no service over weekends.
Details available at http://www.gabs.co.za/default.aspx.

ACCOMMODATION AT MONKEY VALLEY

Workshop costs include accommodation, with all delegates hosted at Monkey Valley Resort.

CAPE TOWN AND ENVIRONS

SIGTHSEEING AND TOURS

Information on sightseeing and tourism around Cape Town http://www.capetown.gov.za
http://www.tourismcapetown.co.za

GENERAL TRANSPORT OPTIONS

Good summary of many options http://www.capetowntransport.com/taxi.htm
Hop-on-hop-off bus http://www.citysightseeing.co.za
Metered taxis http://www.intercab.co.za/our-service/index.html
Rikkis taxis http://www.rikkis.co.za/
SA Cab http://www.sacab.co.za/

TRANSPORT BETWEEN CAPE TOWN AND THE AIRPORT

Airport hopper http://www.airporthopper.co.za
Citi Shuttles http://www.citishuttles.co.za/
CT Shuttles http://www.airporttaxiservice.co.za
Taxis as above

CAR RENTAL

Various car rental companies operate from Cape Town International Airport:

Comparative quotes http://capetownairportcarrental.net
Avis Rent-a-Car http://www.avis.co.za/main.aspx?id=243
Europcar http://www.europcar.co.za
Thrifty Car Rental http://thrifty.co.za

PASSPORTS AND VISA INFORMATION

Depending on your nationality, and the purpose and duration of your visit, you may not need a visa to visit South Africa.
Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/travel/documents/visas.htm

CURRENCY/BANKS/EXCHANGE (ATM, CREDIT CARDS)

With a favourable exchange rate for many international currencies, you'll find South Africa a very inexpensive destination. And an easy one our financial institutions are world-class, with no shortage of banks, bureaux de change and automatic tellers.
Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/travel/advice/currency.htm

TIPPING AND TAXES

It is customary to add a 10% service fee to your restaurant bill. You may also want to tip the fellow who shows you a parking spot or refuels your car, etc.
A 14% value added tax (VAT) is included in the cost of most goods and services.

CLIMATE

It will be autumn in May, with temperatures likely to be between 10 and 20° C (50-70° F). Days can be warm and evenings cold, so bring along some layers to put on if necessary.

LANGUAGE

South Africa is a culturally diverse country. Cape Town is situated in an area of the country in which three official languages dominate: English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.
Read more about our languages here: http://www.southafrica.info/about/people/language.htm
The workshop will be conducted in English.

ELECTRICAL CURRENT

Cape Town makes use of 220V electrical current. Most electrical outlets have the following configuration:

Electric Sockets

Plug adapters for many foreign countries are available for purchase at the airport, if required.