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D ES T IN A T IO N P R OF ILE S * CAPE TOWN

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Cape Town's Mediterranean climate
delivers warm summers and temperate
winters, but in southern hemispherical
seasons, with summer from December
to February. However, brisk winter
winds and the summer gust known as
" Cape Doctor " can change the weather
in a heartbeat. Just as in Denver, it's
said that Cape Town has all four seasons-sometimes in the same day.
Fortunately for expats, choices in
living arrangements are abundant and
varied. Even life in what's known as
the City Bowl, right in the heart of
everything, offers greenery and room
to move and play. Popular expat areas
there include Gardens and Vredehoek.
For unparalleled views, nearby leafy
suburban options along the Lion's
Head mountain slopes include
Oranjezicht, Tamboerskloof, and the
affluent Higgovale.
Along the Atlantic Seaboard,
expats can find trendy chic real estate
around the Cape Town Stadium and
the entertaining Victoria & Albert
Waterfront. Sea-facing apartments
and homes in Sea Point offer quick

access to bistros and shopping.
Spacious, reasonably priced family
housing and some of South Africa's
best schools abound in the Englishspeaking Southern Suburbs. Homes
in the Northern Suburbs-predominantly Afrikaans-speaking-require
an hourlong commute, but on the
upside, they're in the heart of the
Durbanville wine route.
The surrounding mountains call
with hiking and climbing. Waters
beckon with surfing and diving.
Rugby, cricket, and football-soccer
to those in the U.S. and a handful of
other countries-are popular sports.
Even the non-outdoor adventurers
will enjoy the mental-health breaks of
walks in beautiful parks or alongside
soothing waves.
A public, localized funding system
has created a network of schools
that vary widely in quality, although
government schools in wealthier areas
and partially administered and funded
by parents can be very good. Most
expats choose private or international schools. Many excellent private

Finances
Cape Town's overall cost of living is very
reasonable, ranked 403rd out of 589
world cities. However, the ranking can be
deceptive. Three-bedroom apartments can
range from ZAR 15,254 (South African
rand)-the equivalent of US$1,019-to
ZAR 22,610, or US$1,510, depending
on proximity to the City Bowl. Desirable
homes near the mountains or the seaside,
especially, come at a premium.

schools offer their own teaching
and assessment styles and choose
their curricula. International schools
offer International Baccalaureate,
American, and British curricula, but
they are scarce in Cape Town. They
are also the most expensive option,
and waiting lists are long, so expats are
advised to apply as early as possible.
More expats are choosing to homeschool their children, even more so now
in this time of COVID, but they must
first apply and register their children
with the provincial department of
education. Lessons must follow department guidelines, and parents must keep
records of the children's classwork.
Cape Town doesn't offer a viable
public transportation system, but
the city is walkable, and taxis and
ride-hailing services are affordable.
Expats who want to drive might
join natives in complaining about
congestion, although a comprehensive highway network makes getting
around fairly simple. Just beware of
South Africa's signature minibus taxis,
known for their erratic driving.


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