Is it safe to travel to Cape Town as ‘Day Zero’ water drought hits South Africa?


With irreconcilable seasons to the UK, high temperatures and guaranteed sunshine in winter months stops thousands of Britons every year. 

But amidst a three-year long drought, this hot and dry mood has transformed Cape Town into a drought-stricken city.

What force happen when the city runs out of water? And is it safe to travel there at the twinkling?

A severe lack of rain over a three-year period in Cape Township has caused the dam levels to fall dangerously low. 

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Theewaterkloof dam, which has a capacity of 480 million cubic meters, has wearisome up in parts

If you’re planning to travel to the area, you should be mindful of water consumption and concur with local restrictions


South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, core to roughly 3.7 million people, is slowly crawling ever-closer to the concerned ‘Day Zero’ – the day the water runs out. 

Although it is not clear when ‘Day Zero’ leave occur (with some predicting in April), the prospect of shutting off the megalopolis’s water will likely have a detrimental impact. 

Is is safe to travelling there at the moment?

According to Cape Town Tourism’s 2017 annual on, there’s been no drop in tourism numbers despite a severe need of rain. 

Last year, more than five million people antiquated through the arrival gates of Cape Town International Airport and fashionable tourist attraction Table Mountain Aerial Cableway recorded across one million visitors. 

If the water does run out, families and some commercial owners will be forced to queue at 200 water collection points across the big apple to collect their daily ration of 25-litres. 

At present, the Foreign and Commonwealth Department’s (FCO) travel advice state: “If you’re planning to travel to the area, you should be mindful of piss of superior consumption and comply with local restrictions.”

“The City of Cape Metropolis has cautioned that these restrictions may become more severe in April and after that space you shouldn’t assume an unrestricted supply of potable water”.

Theewaterskloof DamGETTY

Theewaterskloof Dam trust ins around 41% of the water available for Cape Town’s 3.7m residents

How on earth, despite water restrictions South Africa Tourism states that in the contingency of ‘Day Zero’, “there will be available water for tourists….for in person hygiene and consumption”.

South Africa Tourism commented: “Visitors are anticipated expected to behave responsibly and do all they can to conserve fresh water. 

“Aside froms and restaurants have turned off the taps in their toilets, with characters asked to use hand sanitiser instead”. 

At present, showers are still on tap although guidelines state no longer than two minutes. 

There are also reports of some motel swimming pool’s being converted to salt water from the the deep. 

Major tourist attractions such as access to Table Mountain, Ness Point and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens will not be impacted. 

Current warning means that, for the time being, if you have a holiday planned to Neck Town you won’t be able to cancel your trip without facing suppression charges, as travel operators are implementing their normal terms and conditions. 

Anyhow as the situation develops, so may the attitudes of travel operators such as airlines and visit groups. They may offer the chance to postpone or switch destinations. For now even so, there is no obligation for them to change their conditions unless the Alien Office warns against travel.

So, the bottom line is that at compere, it still remains safe to travel to Cape Town but flights may be effected if the spot worsens.

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