The Cape Town Water Crisis & Tourism

Water Crisis Cape Town Tourism

Cape Town has long made headlines as one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations but recent news has been dominated by one issue: the Cape Town water crisis and – specifically for this readership – its effect on tourism.

There’s no doubt that the crisis is real: after three poor rainy seasons in a row, the local reservoirs are almost dry and Day Zero loomed – the day the taps run dry and people queue for water. As local residents we have been urged to use less and less as individuals (currently a daily limit of 50 litres of tap water per person) with stiff penalties incurred for transgressions; the bottled-water sellers have never had it so good.

But thanks to the Herculean water-saving efforts of Cape Town (water consumption was halved in a year) the net result is great news: Day Zero has been steadily moving back until it disappeared into next year. Water augmentation projects – desalination, recycling and natural aquifer extraction – are all on the go and the winter rains are just a few weeks away.

As a visitor to Cape Town

Tourist Accommodation & Water

And in any event, as a visitor to Cape Town, you would be in little danger of having no water in your taps: the city and V&A Waterfront – where much of the tourist accommodation is – would be exempt from Day Zero. Many hotels and restaurants have their own independent water sources while local tourist destinations like the Whale Coast and Hermanus have no problem with their water supply.

What's the bottom line?

The bottom line? Cape Town is dealing with the water crisis; it is open for tourism and you can book a holiday here with confidence.

The water crisis hasn’t gone away however; defeating Day Zero means we have to keep on saving water. And that’s where travellers to Cape Town can help, simply by being mindful of their water use.

There’s no real loss of comfort or convenience: take a shower instead of a bath; re-use the bathroom towel; don’t let taps run while cleaning your teeth. Simple details but collectively they make a significant difference; find out about other easy water-saving tips for tourists below and be part of the solution.

How to save water when you visit Cape Town

  1. Choose to stay in accommodation that has water-saving  plans in place.
  2. Re-use your towels instead of asking for a new one daily.
  3. Use a cup to rinse your mouth when you brush your teeth .
  4. Limit your showers to under 90 seconds, and avoid bathing.
  5. Report leaking taps and toilets as soon as you notice them.
  6. Try to flush the toilet as little as possible.

Simple details but collectively they make a significant difference; find out about other easy water-saving tips for tourists here and be part of the solution.

Cape Town Open for Business

Surrounded by oceans and with a mountain located at its very heart, Cape Town has a location simply made for adventure. This is an active city of hiking and biking trails, a destination to see great white sharks and southern right whales, a place to search for antelope, tortoises and baboons. As for the views, you can admire Cape Town from several vantage points: from the top of Table Mountain of course but also from a motorbike’s sidecar, or from hundred feet in the sky with nothing but whistling air beneath you, care of a paragliding experience.

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Browse our recommended tours below, each featuring a trip to Cape Town, South Africa. If you’d like us to tailor-make an itinerary based on your needs and budget, then simply contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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