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Three single women in Jo'berg/Cape Town with husbands

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My mother, my cousin, and I will be staying in Jo'berg in mid-October for one night at the Holiday Inn Garden Court at the airport. Do you think we will be safe. All I've heard about Jo'berg are horror stories. If it matters, we're flying out the next day to Namibia to meet our husbands who are on safari. Also, after the safari we will all be going to Cape Town for three days of touring, shopping, etc. Any suggestions for "not so touristy" things to do or places to shop would be appreciated. Thanks for your help and I look forward to hearing from y'all. Incedently if you need any info about Louisiana (New Orleans in particular) feel free to e-mail me.

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    My husband and I spent a night at the Garden Court last May when we landed at the Joburg airport from the USA and wanted to recover before we headed toward Kruger. It is a perfectly adequate accommodation. My only complaint was that guests have to pay for transfer back and forth to the airport, which seems odd for an airport hotel. In retrospect, the next time we do an overnight at the airport, we are going to stay at the Holiday Inn right on the airport grounds, as we did on an earlier trip. It is a nicer facility and, yes, does cost a little more. Take a taxi to a restaurant and one that we can recommend heartily is Linger Longer in Sandton (very popular, so make reservations early [I made them from the USA]). In spite of its casual name, it serves sophisticated French cuisine in a large house off a courtyard and is not expensive, by American standards. Sandton is also the site of a huge shopping complex. Don't go near downtown. P

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    Please stay at the Airport Holiday Inn- it's not worth the bother of going elsewhere. Take all the normal precautions- think of JNB as NYC in this respect. Otherwise, the Magic Bus into Sandton City/Sandton Square is reasonable- in the newer part, patterned on a Mediterranean square are a number of pleasant restaurants. We like The Bluesville Cafe, which is actually inside the square. Shopping is great in SA.

    Cape Town: Walk into the centre area, near the parliamnet buildings and look for Green Market Square- good area to browze.
    Drvie down the atlantic Coast to Hout Bay for fish and chips at the port, then on along Chapman's Peak Drive. Cape Point, after a quick looksee at the Cape, try some of the Atlantic beaches, (if pleasant)

    ***** Simon's Town is a lovely old town to browze through. Check out the jackass penguins at Boulders Beach, and the town and naval museum- the church is also very historical.

    ****** Stellenbosch: The Village Museum is a tremendous place to see the evolution of SA through the old buildings from different eras. The wine estates have the most wonderful tea gardens- often providing picnics. Groot Constantia however, is the premier house and winery- great tours there.

    It's hard to get away from tourist things because the Cape is geared for visitors, but strike up conversations with the locals and they will be very helpful. We lived in JNB for seven years, and love SA, especially the Cape and south coast area.

    Regards, Gail

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