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Armed gang holds up the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Capetown

Armed gang holds up the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Capetown

Sep 13th, 2019, 02:00 AM
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Thanks mlgb that is very helpful. We are dropping the car as soon as we get to Cape Town and are staying in a small B & B near Kloof/ Company Gardens. Our time there, apart from hitting the major sites, is likely to be mostly about food and relaxation. There are a number of specific restaurants which interest us so will check out the locations carefully. Thanks for the tip re Uber. Used them for the first time in Mexico City and it was fantastically efficient, good to hear they work well in CT too.

I have chosen the Avis depot in the "city centre" so will check where that is and check with the B&B owner to see if it involves a route though dodgy areas etc. I suppose the other alternative is to drop it at the airport and get a taxi from there - will have a think about that!

I have more or less finalised our itinerary apart from the few days before Cape Town where I think I may follow your lead on staying around Seaforth/Simonstown to explore the Cape area. Also still thinking about renting a motorbike to get around the area!
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Sep 13th, 2019, 02:26 AM
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I can’t praise Uber in Cape Town enough! Usually I am driven around by relatives, but a year ago April I stayed at an AirBnB in Camps Bay and used Uber two or three times each day. They almost always arrived within 5 minutes, and the description of car and driver on the Uber app was useful. We just looked for the registration number of the car, and confirmed other details when the Uber arrived.

Often when using Uber after dark the driver would wait with headlights on until we safely got through the gate of the AirBnB. The fares are very reasonable compared with London, where I also occasionally use Uber.
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Sep 13th, 2019, 08:35 PM
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I used the city center Avis, crellston. Actually walked there and back from the Cape Heritage Hotel. Getting an Uber between Avis and your Airbnb would be another option. The one way streets are the only difficulty.
I used my hotel's transfer service in from the airport since it was a late arrival. On the way back to the airport, I used Uber. BTW I got an adminstrative charge from Avis months later, for a red light ticket. But apparently no one pays the actual fine to the authorities. It's too much hassle for them to go after you, and Avis doesn't.

If you stay at Seaforth, I highly recommend the flatlet the Salt advertised on Airbnb. I mostly communicated with them via email, even when I was there, although met her just at the end of my stay. The unit comes with some staples, a nespresso machine and a washer/dryer. And you can walk to see the penguins at Seaforth Beach and into Simonstown.

Given your accident history, is a motorcycle really a good idea? Safer than a horse though.

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Sep 14th, 2019, 01:29 AM
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"Given your accident history, is a motorcycle really a good idea? Safer than a horse though" Ha Ha! I only ever come off my motorbike twice, compared with just about every time I have been on a horse. When I was doing some computer house keeping the other day I came across a post from our old blog which detailed the many mishaps I have had on our travels over the years. I may well update and post it on Fodor’s to give everyone a laugh.

A year on from our trip to Italy I got a ticket via Avis from the Italian police for "driving in an area reserved for other drivers" . I did pay it as I checked and the Italians do chase up fines, especially with EU citizens ( although sadly, that won’t be for much longer!) - that was €100 I won’t see again!

I will check out that Airbnb - would you suggest one or two nights there before central Cape Town? We will likely be in Paternoster or nearby on the west cost beforehand. Did you rent a satnav or will a phone and google maps do?

I had discounted Cape Heritage as too expensive as we will be in CT for a week. You prompted me to recheck the rate which has now come down to $175 pn. May keep an eye on it as it does seem very nice.
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Sep 14th, 2019, 04:06 AM
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Two nights if you aren't rushed. The place has a little yard and is walking distance to some quieter beach coves in addition ot Seaforth Beach and Boulders. So it's nice for starting to wind down, doing laundry, etc. Simon's Town is close, they have assorted boat trips from the harbor there. And it works pretty well for Cape Point as a full day trip. I wound up adding another night here.

Penguins of course, which can be done in the late afternoon of your arrival day. On your departure day, spectacular Chapman's Drive (northbound early is better). It's also popular with cyclists, but for you maybe driving is a safer option.

Her favorite restaurant in Simon's Town is The Lighthouse Cafe (but I ate at the fish & chips place at the harbor).

Are you planning on eating at Strandloper? I read mixed reviews and didn't have time, myself, could only spend one night up there, unfortunately. It is a bit of a pain to drive from the west coast all the way across Cape Town to the South Coast so that's a factor. But having a car for Cape Point is nice.

Yes, please do post your updated accident list. That was a hoot.

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Sep 14th, 2019, 04:41 AM
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Chapman's Peak Drive is spectacular! Best done heading north, as mentioned above, so you will be on the ocean side (left) for the best views, and easier access to the viewing points. If you time it for late afternoon you will see the sunset, an added bonus.
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Sep 14th, 2019, 07:21 AM
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We used Uber everywhere in Capetown also, it was super cheap and reliable.
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Sep 14th, 2019, 07:59 AM
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I don't know that I consider the manufactured and tourist-centric V&A Waterfront "in the center of things".

To each their own, I guess.

If you are near to the Cape Heritage Hotel, it's worth checking out their courtyard, some nice exhibits and a few dining & drinking spots. Although the ice cream is better at the Eastern Food Bazaar.
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Nov 2nd, 2019, 12:22 PM
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I booked my October stay at the Mount Nelson about two weeks before the robbery occurred. I found out about it in August and decided not to mention it to anyone I was traveling with. I know my one friend would have overreacted and I figured it would be safer now than ever. I had to laugh every time she mentioned how good the security was. I finally told everyone on our drive home from JFK yesterday. She admitted it was the right call. Construction began on securing their entrance while we were there.

Itís a fantastic hotel and Iím glad I stuck with it. I HIGHLY recommend the sidecar peninsula tour!

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Nov 4th, 2019, 04:46 PM
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Just returned from a week at the Mt.Nelson after Zimbabwe camps and would not stay anywhere else. Walked around (solo female) alone during daytime in CT with no issues.

For prawns, recommend Carla's, very local place.

Also give highest recommendtion for animal viewing and guiding to Zimbabwe's Hwange, Mana Pools and Pamushana.
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