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Some Cape Town hotel - day tour suggestions?

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I will make my first visit to Cape Town in early September (been to Johannesburg twice) for a meeting that I will attend Tuesday - Friday near UCT (with a tour within the city, probably a township, and some social outings, probably V&A). I think we are staying at the Vineyard hotel for the meeting part of my trip.

I plan to fly in early, arriving late on Thursday or morning of Friday and will be traveling around by myself (50s female) unless I can find someone else coming in for the meeting early (no luck so far). So, I will have part of Friday, then Saturday, Sunday and Monday before reporting for the meeting.

I was thinking of finding a hotel in the bowl for the vacation days. Vineyard looks isolated, so taxi everywhere, but also a hassle having to move from one hotel to another, so I want to check my thinking with you guys. I know exact location is important for safety and access to services. I can get a decent rate at the Westin Convention Square · Lower Long Street (says shuttle to V&A), Park Inn Foreshore on Heerengracht Street, or Portea Breakwater Lodge near V&A.

What I want to do is:
Friday - half day - book a Robbens Island tour in advance or visit V&A or another neighborhood you suggest. Table Mountain would be great, but because afternoon I would expect clouds? Everyone says Cape Town is a beautiful city. Are there any certain neighborhoods I should visit to see this beauty or is it the setting with the mountains and the ocean that make it beautiful?

Saturday (or Monday) - I want to take the Cape Point full-day tour to see the penguins and the scenery. It looks like Hylton Ross may have a group tour where I can just buy one seat rather than a 2-person minimum.

Sunday - full day to Hermanus to look for whales. Here I am unsure. Whale watching is uncertain even when out on a boat. Driving to a place to watch from shore seems like a shot in the dark to me. I've been on fantastic whale watching boat trips in Alaska and Canada's Bay of Fundy and disappointing ones off California. Is the scenery and the towns worthwhile even if no whales? Hylton Ross says they run a tour on Sundays in season.

Monday (or Saturday) I am interested in the wildflowers. The only group tours I have found are 3-4 days, so I may have to pay the price of a private tour for the day. 34South suggests a trip to Bloubergstrand, West Coast National Park and Tienie Versfeld Flower Reserve as a day trip. Does this sound reasonable?

I think Friday morning I can try for Table Mtn, but I know that the clouds may not cooperate.

You can see my interests are more rural/nature than city/museum. I am not interested in the vineyards this trip.

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