About Cape Town

Cape Town

Cape Town, the oldest urban area in South Africa, was developed due to a mishap. Indeed, in 1647, the Harlem, a vessel, which belonged to the Dutch East India Company, was wrecked in Table Bay. The unfortunate crew had to wait for one year before being rescued. It is during this time laps that the idea of a permanent settlement took shape in the Dutch East India Company directors’ minds.

There is nowhere quite like Cape Town; a melting pot of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, situated on the ocean and crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park. Cape Town is not only the oldest city in South Africa, it is also one of South Africa’s most historically important cities. It was there, in the very heart of the Mother City, where the first European colonists set foot in South Africa – which also marked the beginning of the South African slave trade.

Years later, Cape Town became home to, perhaps, the world’s most famous political prisoner – Nelson Mandela – who was held on the tiny Robben Island, in Table Bay, as many other political prisoners of the apartheid government. Robben Island was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and the prison is now a museum and can be visited all year round.

One can never be bored in Cape Town. Table Mountain offers some of the best climbing in the world, right in the city. Surfing is fantastic, as for diving, it is cold but totally worth it. Biking, kayaking and, with some chance, penguin and whale watching are some of the fun must-do activities in the region.

Getting to Cape Town

  • Airport

    Cape Town International Airport is located approximately 20 kilometers away from the city center and features high-tech processing, high international security standards, world-class duty-free shopping, a number of fast casual dining restaurants and all the regular amenities such as mobile phone kiosks and forex exchange outlets.

  • Time zone

    Cape Town is on the South Africa Standard Time (SAST), GMT +2 hours. There is no daylight-saving time.

  • Currency

    South Africa’s official currency is the South African rand (ZAR). When traveling in South Africa, it is smart to carry both ZAR and US dollars. While many shops and restaurants will accept credit cards, merchants at small, local markets may only accept cash —  ZAR.
    Approximate exchange rates calculation can be found here: Exchange rate calculator

  • Health and Medical Services

    Medical facilities in Cape Town are world-class. There is an excellent network of both state and private hospitals. Adults do not need any specific vaccines to enter the country, unless travelling from a yellow-fever endemic area (the Africa and South America yellow fever belt), in which case certification will be needed to prove inoculation status when arriving in the country. Tap water is drinkable across the whole city. However, buying drinking water is recommended, due to severe drought and enforced water restrictions. To have more informaiton about the COVID-19, please read HERE

  • Language

    Although there are 11 official languages in South Africa including Afrikaans and Xhosa, English is widely used throughout the country, especially within the tourism industry.

  • Climate

    Most of the country has warm sunny days, and cool nights. Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate: wet and cool winters with dry and warm summers. Cape Town is also known for its four seasons in one day, therefore a raincoat would not go amiss. The annual average temperature in Cape Town is 17 degrees. Average temperature in June: max 20° – min. 12°. Average days of rain in June: 10 days.

  • Electricity

    In South Africa, the power sockets are of types D, M and N (three round pin plug). The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Adaptors can be bought from all good travel and department stores.
    See, for more information.

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Enjoy a warm hospitality and a pleasant stay!

A selection of hotel room accommodation of various types and categories have been negotiated at special rates and pre-booked for Delegates attending the ISF World Seed Congress 2020.

Hotel reservations will be handled by our Logistics Team through an online reservation portal dedicated to accommodation bookings for the ISF World Seed Congress 2020 registered participants. Please note that the link to access the accommodation platform is on page 2 of the final confirmation participants received once finalised.

Hotel reservations made by non-registered participants will be cancelled without further notice.
Hotel reservations unpaid by participants will be cancelled withour further notice.

Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis upon availability. You may therefore proceed with your hotel reservation only after your Congress registration is confirmed.

Hotels Cancellation

Cancellation and booking changes policy for: Accommodation, Private Transfers and Pre & Post Tours.

Following your registration at the Congress you will receive a confirmation containing a link to access all information about cancellation policies for Accommodation, Private Transfers and Pre & Post Tours.


  • Transfers from/to the airport

    There are no Congress organized transfers from/to the airport. Therefore, you may take a taxi, Uber or book a private transfer service through the Travel and Accommodation website, at your own expense.

    Taxi ranks are available at Cape Town international and domestic airport terminals, as well as throughout the city and inner-city precincts. A standard taxi will cater for four passengers or less. Airport shuttle buses are also available.

  • Public transportation

    Bus: Cape Town has several private bus companies and commuter bus services, as well as the City Sightseeing bus. The City Sightseeing bus is an awesome way to see the city at your own pace as you jump on and off at your leisure. The MyCiti bus is another quick and easy way to get around the city and surroundings.
    Uber is also a safe way to commute from one place to antoher one.

    However, we do not reccomend to walk alone at night and suggest you to get a taxi when needed.

  • Transfers from/to Hotels – Congress venue

    There are no Congress organized transfers from/to Hotels and Congress venue.

    Cape Town International Convention Centre is located nearby city centre hotels within a comfortable 5-20 minutes walk.

    However, we do not reccomend to walk alone at night and suggest you to get a taxi when needed.

  • Transfers to Social Events venues

    There are no transfers organized for the Welcome Party and the Gala Dinner to be held at Cape Town International Convention Centre.

    Cape Town International Convention Centre is located nearby city centre hotels within a comfortable 5-20 minutes walk.

  • Private Transfers

    For all those wanting to book a private transfer, this service will be available through the Travel and Accommodation website.


Entry Regulations and Visa application

Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country. The current list of countries exempt from visa applications to enter South Africa can be found here

Those needing a visa should make enquiries with their nearest South African mission or consulate abroad or any office of the South African Department of Home Affairs in the applicant’s country of residence, to see whether they are required to apply for a visa.

Please note that only finalised participants will be able to require for the invitation letter.