For many years, if i could… has been bringing international interns to Cape Town to volunteer with local non-profits. Some of these organisations are located in and around Cape Town’s townships, or informal settlements where poorer South Africans live. So, we’ve put together some tips to help you travel around Cape Town!
Orientating yourself in Cape Town
During your first week, we have a transport orientation where we show you how to travel around Cape Town and get to and from your internship location.
“Cape Town’s public transport is the most convenient way to get around the city, says Jess Wills, if i could… Senior Programme Coordinator. “Many of our interns use minibus taxis, the MyCiti bus or train to get to and from their internship locations.”
When you arrive, you will experience a transport orientation week, where we show you how to travel around Cape Town and get to and from your internship location. We will take you to and from your internship and help you get comfortable with local transport and the city.
The MyCiti bus is a great way to get around the Mother City! During the week, buses depart from each stop every ten minutes. This makes the bus a convenient way to get to your internship. The bus also runs over the weekend, making it the perfect mode of transport to the sandy beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton!
Minibus taxis are Cape Town’s more popular form of transportation. They have no set schedule, which makes it a great way to travel for more spontaneous individuals. They are mostly safe, but we do recommend taking private transport at night.
Some of our interns have taken the train to their internship locations. It’s an easy way to travel to and from work during the week, and a convenient way to visit Cape Town surrounds over the weekend. Why not take the train to Simon’s Town and visit Boulders Beach to see a colony of African Penguins? Alternatively, you can take the train to Stellenbosch and sample some delicious wines!
City Sightseeing Bus
While the City Sightseeing bus isn’t a way to get to your internship, it is a wonderful way to get to many Cape Town attractions. The Red Bus offers a route to Table Mountain, Camps Bay, and the V&A Waterfront. While the Blue Bus takes you to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Constantia Winelands and Hout Bay. The City Sightseeing Tours runs Monday to Sunday all year, rain or shine. If the weather is nice you definitely want to be there early to grab a spot on the top deck!
If you have come to stay in Cape Town for a period of three months and longer, it’s always advisable that you learn the basics of either Xhosa or Afrikaans. These are two languages (apart from English) that the majority of people in Cape Town speak.
Learning how to say “Hello, how are you?” would be a good way to start!
Capetonians love to see visitors and residents from other countries try to learn their language. if i could… provides weekly Xhosa lessons at our office in Woodstock!
“It is a great way to learn a local language and connect with your fellow interns!” says Lukhona Ngcungca, if i could… Entrepreneurship Intern. To get you started, “Good morning, how are you?” is “Goeie more, hoe gaan dit?” in Afrikaans, and “Molo, unjani?” in Xhosa.
If this has whet your appetite, then you can find out more about internship opportunities in Cape Town and New Delhi. To apply, click here – we would love to hear from you!