Cape Town International Airport is ideally situated just 22km (15.5 miles) from the CBD, which takes no more than 20 minutes (outside of peak traffic, which can take up to one hour).

Unfortunately there are no direct train routes from the airport, therefore the only option is to either hire a car, take a taxi or one of the many shuttle services that operate form the airport.




A list of recommended accommodation, in and around Cape Town.

Bed and breakfast:

  • An African Villa
    The Villa is placed in a quiet residential quarter with a lovely 'village' feel within a short stroll of the centre of Cape Town and a large number of its best restaurants.
  • The Charles
    Perfectly positioned in the very heart of De Waterkant Village, The Charles is a private, intimate and original guesthouse.

Things to do and see in Cape Town


Cape Town gives you the opportunity to experience something different - every day.

Vat Refund

Foreign visitors leaving South Africa may claim back Value Added Tax on purchases from the VAT refund administrator. The goods have to be shown to the administrator before check-in.

The VAT refund office is on the ground level of International Departures. Only after a passenger has checked in and passed through passport control is the value of the VAT (less the administrator's commission) paid back. This happens on the ground level of International Departures, between passport control and the boarding gates.

Website: Tel: +27 (0) 21 934 8675

Planning your journey

Your Itinerary

You should plan to arrive in Cape Town at least 2 days prior to your intended surgery. To facilitate adequate recuperation and a comfortable return journey I recommend you remain in Cape Town between 1-3 weeks after surgery (see below).

Suggested duration of stay: This should be confirmed prior to making you flight reservations.

  • Eyelids  7-10 days
  • Breast Surgery 10-14 days
  • Facelift - 2 weeks
  • Abdominoplasty 2- 3 weeks

Medical considerations

If you have any medical conditions make sure you have informed me well in advance prior to your departure.

Please ensure that you have informed me of any medications or supplements you may be taking prior to your confirmation of surgery.

In certain instances you may be requested to consult your general practitioner or have blood tests prior to your departure.

Certain medications should be avoided for at least 2 weeks before surgery: aspirin or aspirin containing medications, (common in cold and flu medications) Anti Inflammatories, (Voltaren, Brufen, Vioxx, Norflex) arnica and some homeopathic or herbal remedies. T

hese may thin your blood and predispose to bleeding. Garlic and red wine should be avoided for 2 days before surgery. In the event that you develop a bacterial or viral infection (respiratory, skin etc.) your surgery may be postponed.

At your pre-operative consultation ensure that all your questions are answered and that you are confident that you understand your procedure, the risks and the likely post-operative course.

medical notes

The better prepared you are, the easier it will be.


Please note that some procedures (e.g. facelift, abdominoplasty) may not be performed at all in smokers.

In these cases a month's abstinence prior to and after surgery is mandatory.

The Economy Class Syndrome - Thromboembolic Disease

What is it?

Prolonged immobility on a long-haul flight and sitting with bent legs with compression of the back of the knees by the front edge of the seat can obstruct the flow of blood in the leg veins. This may initiate the process of thrombosis (clotting) of the leg veins resulting in their blockage.

How can this be avoided?

Predisposing factors should be modified:

  • Discontinue oral contraceptives / stop smoking / try to achieve your optimal weight

Precautions during your flight:

  • You should purchase and use full-length Anti-Embolism (TED / DVT) stockings for the duration of your flight, during and after surgery.
  • Drink lots of water and not alcohol as this dehydrates your system.
  • Take along your own bottled water.
  • Walk around as often as possible during your flight to keep your blood circulation going (get an aisle seat).
  • Avoid sleeping tablets as they result in prolonged periods of immobility.
  • While you are in your seat, alternately contract and relax different muscle groups, especially those of the lower legs, this helps the blood flow in your legs

When you arrive in Cape Town:

  • Go for a brisk walk soon after arrival to assist the circulation in your legs.


The day of surgery

  1. You should not have anything to eat or drink for 6-8 hours before your surgery.
  2. Take a shower before surgery.
  3. Avoid make-up.

What to bring with you

  • Slippers & light dressing gown
  • Basic toiletries
  • Loose clothing with buttons or zippers - avoid pull-over clothing
  • Sunglasses & scarf for facial surgery.
  • Any current medicines
  • ID Document
  • Payment of the theatre fees (as per your quotation) may be made before surgery by EFT (please bring proof of payment) or by Credit Card on the day of your surgery. If you are intending to pay by any other means please ensure this is cleared with the theatre management.

What not to bring with you

  • If possible leave valuables at home.
  • No weapons of any description are allowed.
  • No smoking is permitted in the Renaissance Institute