Cape Town´s Time Zone and Time Difference

South Africa operates on Central African Time, which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year. This makes Cape Town an hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Winter Time and seven hours behind Australian Central Time. For those travelers visiting Cape Town, our gay accommodation Cape Town pages can be viewed here, while for those travelers looking for accommodation further up country, just an hour and a half drive from the Mother City, our Greyton accommodation pages can be viewed here.

There is no daylight saving in South Africa, so their times do not change from summer to winter.

The following is an indication of Cape Town´s time difference:
  New York 7 hours behind
  London 0 -1 hour behind
  Europe 0 -1 hour behind
  Hong Kong 6 hours ahead
  • Cape Town, the "Mother City" is the oldest city in South Africa and enjoys a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. Voted "Favourite Foreign City" by the UK Telegraph in 2004, Cape Town is one of the most popular long haul destinations in the world. Cape Town lies perched between the ocean and the mountain.lies on the slopes of Table Mountain at the southern tip of Africa. South Africa has a liberal constitution allowing for gay rights, and so Cape Town is often referred to as "The Gayway to Africa".

  • The iconic Table Mountain forms a dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town.
    Cape Town as a city is blessed with natural splendour, and one is always aware of one's proximity to nature due to the mountainous spine that separates the various areas of the peninsula.

  • Capetonians are liberal-minded and overall mood of the city is relaxed, far more so than the South Africa's northern city of Johannesburg. There's a buzzing cultural scene, and since the days of the cultural vacuum brought about by apartheid - art and music have flourished in the city.