How safe is Cape Town?
At iXperience, our primary focus is on your safety and well-being. Our current locations in Cape Town are the most metropolitan areas of the city, which makes for a unique, modern, and fun experience without compromising on safety.
In all of our locations, students are introduced to our health and safety protocols by attending a compulsory orientation session hosted by the iX operations and safety teams in the first week. Additionally, iX staff members and our health and safety officers are on call 24 hours a day to assist students if necessary. iX also encourages students to take responsibility for their own safety by being vigilant and taking precautions, as they would in any foreign place.
Do I need vaccinations?
No vaccinations are required for your trip to Cape Town (you can read more about this here).
Vaccinations really are just precautionary. Keep in mind that as a developing country, South Africa has a vast contrast between the infrastructure and living conditions around the country. International vaccination recommendations are generally reflective of the high-risk areas, and so tend be highly exaggerated when taking into account that you'll be staying in Cape Town, one of the most modern, developed cities in the country.
At the end of the day, the decision is totally up to you, but we do feel it necessary to remind you that Cape Town is not reflective of the entire country, and that the CDC's recommendations are in no way mandatory. If there was a real threat, the shots would be required.
How good are the medical facilities?
Medical facilities in cities and larger towns are world-class, offering specialist services by highly skilled professionals. Doctors are well trained and must be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Pharmacies are well stocked, and equivalents to most international medicines are available. Pharmacists may not dispense Schedule 3 drugs and up without a prescription, so visitors on chronic medication should carry their own prescription.
Do I need travel medical insurance?
It is compulsory for all students to have arranged travel medical insurance before arriving in Cape Town. Unfortunately no local medical aid providers will cover foreigners or tourists for a period of time shorter than 3 months. It is therefore in your best interest to purchase medical travel cover from your own medical scheme. Generally, this cover costs around $50 and will cover you for the entire trip.
We recommend chatting to your medical service provider about the process of taking out travel medical insurance that guarantees that you will be covered for any emergency while in SA.
Do I need a visa to come to South Africa?
US Citizens and UK Citizens do not need to apply for a visa to come to South Africa for iXperience. If you're a US or UK national, you can stay in South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa.
If you aren't a US or UK citizen, please click here to visit the Visa South Africa website and check your country’s visa exemption status.
We will provide you with all the documents you need to apply for your visitors’/tourist visa to SA. These documents include: the formal acceptance letter, the iX program description letter, the Letter of Accommodation and a copy of Tyler's ID and Passport as supporting documentation. These documents are all specifically designed to help you get your visa approved with ease and should be taken to the embassy when you apply. When requesting the above mentioned documents, please also send through your flight details so that we can include those dates on the specific documents.
iXperience is perfectly legal on a normal tourist visa. (Trust us, we checked). However, we find our programme tends to perplex staff at embassies and the border, so to avoid complexity and delays in the visa process we encourage our students to describe our program as an educational tour experience primarily focused on exploring Cape Town and learning new skills, and void the words “internship”, “work”, and “employment” entirely.
Are meals included?
The program includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We'll make sure to introduce you to some of Cape Town's phenomenal cuisine!
What is Cape Town cuisine like?
Cape Town boasts a wide variety of restaurants — one only has to take a stroll down Bree Street or Kloof Street to see the eclectic mix of foods from around the world. Local cuisine is influenced by Indian, Southern African, and European foods. If students are lucky, they may find their way to a home-cooked meal!
Do I need to use public transportation?
All transport during the program will be organized by iXperience—there won't be any need to go anywhere on your own.
How much spending money should I bring for the two weeks I'll be in Cape Town?
South Africa is relatively cheap for foreign visitors due to the strength of the US Dollar against the South African Rand. We'd recommend bringing only money you'll use for snacks, souvenirs, or gifts. A couple hundred dollars will be more than enough.
We recommend you don't carry too much cash. Stores widely accept credit cards, which are much safer and reduce the risk of loss.
What’s the weather like in Cape Town during the program?
A good Capetonian winter (remember, it's the southern hemisphere!) has sunshine, wind, rain and clouds - with surprising highs and lows in between. However, these are the facts: the average high temperature during winter is 63°F with a minimum temperature of 47°F degrees in June, July and August. We'd recommend bringing 1 or 2 jackets, long pants, and hoodies just to be safe :)