Cape Town Questions

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Has anyone been to South Africa - in particular Cape Town? Any advice?

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Aug 23, 2008
Most welcome. I almost forgot, might sound like a touristy thing to do, but must anyway. Take the cable all the way up to table mountain, the scenary is spectacular and you have the best view of my favourite cape tonian landmark, the Lion's Head. Also, go for a "sunset cruise" on a clear day. The reflection of the sunset on table mountain is something one has to see. Robben Island (robben means seal in dutch), where Nelson Mandela was jailed. A trip to cape point, the most southern point of the African continent. If you are in Knysna, go up the Pezula hill to have a sundowner on the bar deck. Just magic. And if you are into it, just 30 minutes east of Knysna is the highest bunji jumping spot in natural environment in the world. Just a favor, If you do take my advise and go to Origins coffee for a cup of coffee, please say Hi to my friends David, Joel, Judd and Jose (they run the place). If you are doing the wine route, let me recommend you a couple of estates worth a stop: Annendal, Meerlust, Kanonkop, Katbakkies, Veenwouden, Constantia Uitsig, Steenberg. Franschoek is worth a drive for lunch, a couple places: Reuben, Le quartier Francais, Bread & Wine, Grande Provence. Sorry to elaborate, you would have understood by now that SA and CT in particular have become home to me and have special feelings for the place and its people. I MISS HOME!!!. Again, have tons of fun.
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Aug 23, 2008
Oh yes. Great city. Lots to do on every aspect. The city is very easy to get around, everything is fairly close. Go to district 6, camps bay, constantia, Hout bay, de waterkant (have a cup of coffee at Origins coffee shop, the best coffee in the country). In september, take the short drive to Hermanus to go see the whales migrating. Also a good idea to drive along the garden route through the winelands (if you have anough time, go all the way to Knysna). The food scene in Cape Town is also mindblowing. Just 1 thing about South Africa in general, which also applies to Cape Town. Crime is usually contained in particular areas of any city there. Enquire about areas that you intend to visit and follow the locals advise. Have an awesome time
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Jon M. says :
Aug 25, 2008
I would stay indoors at night. The last time I was there it was a bit dangerous to go out after dark. Even so, it's a beautiful place and the people are quite friendly.
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Darla H. says :
Sep 21, 2008
See the row of painted houses in the heart of Cape Town. Walk along the waterfront. Visit Canal Walk, a large shopping centre. Ask around when you get here; the locals can tell you all the best places! Oh. Single lady. Hmmm. That's a bit more complex. Yeah, I wouldn't go out at night unless I was in a group of at least two other women. Also, try to avoid taking the train at any time of day. When you arrive just use your judgement and ask trustworthy ladies about your age what they do in the area. They'll be able to give you helpful pointers we might not even think of.
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Joel A. says :
Sep 10, 2008
Do not miss Table Mountain and have lunch or dinner at the Ocean Basket in the V&A Waterfront...
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Erik S. says :
May 19, 2009
Proudly 24 times! Cape Town is a great city to enjoy during the day. Try to stay in the Sea Point or Green Point area. Good value for money accommodations. From those neighborhoods you can walk during the day to many spots. I do recommend a jogging from Sea Point to Camps Bay via Clifton. Best ocean views! Take a train and go to Muizenberg once too for a day in the beach. If you enjoy nightlife Long Street and Waterkant. If you enjoy good food and nice places to eat: Camps Bay and Cape Quarter. Waterfront gets boring after the first time...too many tourists!
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Mar 1, 2009
stay at the bay hotel its on the outskirts of the city by table mountain. prices are better that the 5 star hotels in the city and you right by the beach. great breakfast included too.
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Felly L. says :
Dec 7, 2008
People say that if you're visiting Africa you need to go and see some animals. If your trip is only to Cape Town and not visiting the rest of the country, the Aquila game reserve near Touwsrivier, about an hour an a hlf up the N1 (but theey also provide transport from the city) is well worth a visit - wither for a day trip or to stay for a couple of days.
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Felly L. says :
Dec 7, 2008
If you have to time, take a trip out of town to Cape Aughulas - the southernmost point of the continent
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Felly L. says :
Dec 7, 2008
No trip to Cape Town is complete without a trip to see the penguins - Boulder's Beach near Simon's Town is the biggest colony of african penguins, but if you want to get away from the crowds, there's another sizeable penguin colony at Betty's Bay
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Janet D. says :
Oct 22, 2008
I got back from Cape Town last month & as long as you get a taxi to/from your destination it is safe to go out at night. Must do robben island/table mountain/cape point/bo kaap(colourful houses)/de waterkaant/V&A Waterfront/Camps Bay. Do the Hop on/hop off bus tour as it help you to get your bearings BUT..don't make the mistake we did that you'll be able to do both routes in 1 day - you won't. If you like wine then you MUST take a trip to the wine areas of Stellenbosch, Franshoek etc I can give you the name of a great guide that we had from 6am to 6pm for only ZAR1200
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Amber R. says :
Aug 23, 2008
Thanks Stephane and William. Great advice! I will definitely keep you posted on how it goes while I'm there. I was a little nervous about going alone as a woman so hopefully it will be fine. Thanks again :)
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William M. says :
Aug 23, 2008
I AM STAYING HERE IN CAPE TOWN AND DO NOT WANT 2 LEAVE. ITS THE BEST PLACE 2 BE.
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Chiara B. says :
Aug 23, 2008
I've been to Durban and took a road trip from there to the Kruger Park. I don't know if it can help you, but in case let me know. :D
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