The City of Cape Town has decided to keep only 12 of its 35 municipal pools open this summer, and for shorter periods. 

The City of Cape Town has decided to keep only 12 of its 35 municipal pools open this summer, and for shorter periods. 

Level 5 restrictions mean water has to be conserved for essential use only. The pools that will still be available to the public are spread across the city so you’ll hopefully find a swim spot near your home. 

Here’s what you need to know to plan a pool visit.

From 1 December 2017 to 31 January 2018, you can swim at the following public facilities: Atlantis, Strand, Blue Downs Indoor, Khayelitsha, Bellville, Vulindlela, Retreat, Mnandi, Eastridge, Sea Point, Kensington and Hanover Park. From 10am to 4pm. 

The Sea Point pool uses sea water and will therefore have extended opening hours, from 7am to 7pm (effective 1 November). 

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, take the family to Strand, Retreat or Blue Downs indoor pool, which will be open until Sunday 8 October. (After that they’ll be closed until 1 December.)

To ensure you stay cool this holiday, make use of Cape Town’s many beaches some with beautiful tidal pools. Just be aware that you won’t be able to rinse off after a swim or surf, as the public showers will also be switched off.