Orientation

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Airport[edit | edit source]

The information booth at Cape Town international airport

Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is the city's only airport and all out of town attendees not locally based or driving to the event will pass through it. It has one terminal with International arrivals located on the north side of the airport whilst domestic arrivals is on the south side. Both arrival gates lead to the central exit area of the airport at the end of which the airport's information booth is located.

Mobile data[edit | edit source]

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The Vodacom store at international arrivals at Cape Town airport.
The Vodacom and MTN stores at domestic arrivals at Cape Town airport.

Select international SIM cards offer favorable roaming rates in South Africa. When you turn on your phone you will receive an SMS explaining the costs.

Local data costs average at 0.75c (€0.05) per minute for calling credit and R100 (€3.30) per GB for data, if you load a bundle or dial the codes to select the right calling plan. You can purchase a South African SIM either on arrival at the airport or at the V&A Waterfront, with only your passport. Other cell phone stores or locations will ask for proof of a South African address before they can issue you a SIM card. The stores located at the V&A Waterfront and the Airport are the only locations where a proof of address is not required.*

At the airport there are three stores where SIM cards can be purchased. Two (one MTN and one Vodacom store) just after the domestic arrivals gate for domestic flights and another at the international arrivals gate. (You can save roughly R100 if you walk straight through the main terminal building to the shops at the domestic arrivals gate.)

At the V&A Waterfront Mall a Vodacom store can be found at the main entrance close to the information booth on the ground floor.

A SIM card costs R105 (~ €7) - which then gives you the same amount in calling credit. Turn your mobile data off before you insert it. Once it is inserted, you need to dial the codes to activate the SIM card, and to turn the calling credit into a data bundle. Consult the leaflet for these codes. The minimum amount is enough to load 2GB or more on most networks. Vodacom generally offers the best coverage followed by MTN, Cell C and Telkom Mobile, but they are also slightly most expensive.

* Some small shops or entrepreneurs might offer to sell you a pre-activated SIM card which they activated with their own details. Using a SIM activated like this is risky because they own the number and can move the number given to you to another SIM card at their discretion, making it easier to commit identity theft.

Getting to the venue[edit | edit source]

The Cape Sun Southern Sun Hotel, the venue for Wikimania 2018.

The conference venue and accommodation for most attendees is at the Cape Sun Southern Sun Hotel. The hotel is a 30 minute drive from the airport.

Transport options

  • The Cape Sun Southern Sun Hotel has organised shuttle for people arriving on especially busy times of the day. Please ask at the information booth at the airport for more information if you do not spot the Wikimania pickup person.
  • MyCiti Rapid Bus system, and express bus leaves hourly from the airport and terminates at the Cape Town Civic Centre which is a 10 minute walk from the venue. A bus ticket costs R131.50. (This includes a reusable bus card at R35.) Fee calculator and route map here
  • Uber is available and common in Cape Town and a trip from the airport to the venue will cost between R175 - R250 depending on time of day. Ubers and Taxis depart from the ground floor of the main parkade: When facing the large windows in the terminal building, take the exit at the right and walk straight. The parkade is about 100m ahead slightly to the left with glass sliding doors.
  • Registered metered taxis can be taken from the same place for around R250, although some will offer to match Uber pricing if they see you walking with your phone in your hand.

The surrounding area[edit | edit source]

The Wikimania venue is located in the historic central part of the city centre of Cape Town. For those wishing to escape the building to attend or organise meetups and other events below are some suggested places within a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

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  1. Fork restaurant - tapas bar, open until 23:00
  2. Meeting Point ( Tanzanian Cuisine) - open until 23:00
  3. Alexander Bar Cafe' and Theatre - open until 01:00
  4. Kings in Cape Hotel and Restaurant - arguably the best Ethiopian food in Cape Town
  5. Dapper Coffee - good lunch spot, open until 17:00
  6. Tiger's Milk Long Street - open until 02:00
  7. Ace 'n Spades bar - open until 02:00
  8. Raw and Roxy - raw vegan restaurant, open until 17:00
  9. Mesopotamia Kurdish Restaurant - closes at mid-night
  10. Obi Japanese Restaurant - closes at 21:30
  11. Langham House (Coffee Shop) - open from 07:00 to 17:00
  12. Addis in Cape Ethiopian Restaurant - open 12:00 to 20:30

For photocopying and poster making needs there is a photocopy shop, Ink-Mate, across the road from the main entrance of the hotel (open 09:00 - 17:00)

Things to do in Cape Town[edit | edit source]

Monday tour options[edit | edit source]

Free walking tours of the city centre[edit | edit source]

A number of free walking tours are offered in Cape Town. The meeting point is the point where Burg Street meets Greenmarket Square three blocks from the conference venue. They are noticeable due to their umbrellas. Two groups offer them starting at roughly the same point. One company with a red umbrella and another with a white and green umbrella.

Other things to do[edit | edit source]