Cape Town

Cape Town, also known as the “Mother City” of South Africa, is the cultural heart of the country. Cape Town is ranked the second most popular city in South Africa after Johannesburg. Not only is it the capital of Western Cape, but it is also the capital of the country. According to the New York Times and the Telegraph, Cape Town was named the best place to visit in the world in 2014.

Benefits of living in Cape Town:

Cape Town is full of natural beauty, rich history and a magnificent lifestyle that attracts many people seeking overseas employment. The city is surrounded by fertile plains, mountains and wineland. Anything from surfing, biking and abseiling, Cape Town has many outdoor activities to go along with many delicious restaurants and great cosmopolitan landscapes. On any afternoon you can also do the 1.5-hour hike up the mini-mountain of Lion’s Head. The Lion’s Head has gorgeous panoramic views of the city. Furthermore, Cape Town has less crime than other South African cities and it is very simple to travel in and out of.

You can call for a private taxi service (UBER), drive and South African rail travel is also a convenient way to see some of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Cost of living:

Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district R 107
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 50
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 37
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 11
12 eggs, large R 28
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 57
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 18
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes R 13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 76
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 9
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 15,907
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 720
Internet 8MB (1 month) R 626
40” flat screen TV R 6,919
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt R 1,127
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 79
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 24
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 610
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, …) R 556
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) R 983
1 pair of leather business shoes R 1,154
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 274,853
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 395
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) R 116
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, …) R 49
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, …) R 34
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 23
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 43
4 rolls of toilet paper R 28
Tube of toothpaste R 13
Standard men’s haircut in expat area of the city R 140
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 257
2 tickets to the movies R 122
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 648
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert R 480
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 51
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 25
iPod nano 16GB R 1,894
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.51
1 month of gym membership in business district R 429
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 35
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,184 prices entered by 397 different people.

Latest price update: July 21, 2015.

Cape Town position in our World Ranking

the world 141st out of 198
Africa 4th out of 7
South Africa 3rd out of 4

Resources: Cape Town, Travel and Leisure  British Overseas- Living in South Africa  U.S. Guide for South Africa