Cape Town/Franschoek

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Oct 30th, 2005, 12:03 PM
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Cape Town/Franschoek

Having 8 days in South Africa in early December. Any recommended things to do around Cape Town apart from teh obvious Table Mtn trip, Robben Is, Boulders beach?

Then heading to Franschoek for 4 days - have booked wine tasting at Boschendaal, as well as picnic afterwards. Dinner at Reubens one night. Also staying at La Couronne on last night. Coudl anyone recommend anything else we must do while there?

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Oct 30th, 2005, 11:31 PM
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Coyote,

See my reply to "16. Joburg, Cape - Suggestions, please"...

You are going to love Cape Town! Don't forget to come to the "Republic of Hout Bay"! The World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa, and it's right here in our beautiful village! Also, be sure to visit the Hout Bay craft market on any Sunday between 10am and 5pm (see treasureafrica.com/houtbaycraftmarket).

Four days in Franschoek is excellent! Maybe you can also visit Polkadraai outside Stellenbosch to pick/eat strawberries inbetween the wine tastings ! I think they will still have some in early Dec.

Have fun!

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Oct 31st, 2005, 12:39 AM
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Lunch at Le Petit Ferme. Only open for lunch and reservations are a must - in advance! It was one of our favorite meals!
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Oct 31st, 2005, 01:03 AM
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Dinner at Le Bon Vivant in Franschhoek. One of the best meals I've had and yet such great value - do a search on "vivant" on this forum and you'll find reviews.

Instead of just visiting Boulders Beach I'd recommend a full day Cape excursion right down one side of the peninsula and back up the other. Either self-drive (as we did) or hire a guide and driver for the day.

If you enjoy beautiful parks do go to the Kirstenbosch Gardens - a lovely setting for a walk and you can either take a picnic (we didn't think of it) or enjoy a snack or meal in the onsite restaurant. The scones with cream and jam were some of the best I've had outside of England!

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Oct 31st, 2005, 06:56 AM
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Definitely go to the "Republic of Hout Bay" and if you like marine life take a boat trip out to see the African Fur Seals. It's not a long way - the trip takes about 1/2 hour. But it was wonderful. From there - drive along Chapmans Peak Drive. Absolutely stunning. That can all be part of a day tour or the Cape Peninsula (which would also take in Boulders Beach). If you are adventurous you could take a trip out to Gaansbai to go diving with great white sharks. We did it in June of this year and had a fabulous time.
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Oct 31st, 2005, 03:49 PM
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Coyote,

Wow 8 days in Cpe Town - What a treat!'

Relative to some of the postings in this thread already I have to second what Roly advises in that you should spend time in Hout Bay as it is a lovely part of Cape Town.

I also have to second Kavey' tip of going to Bon Vivant for dinner. Rest assured you will NOT regret this choice.

You wanted to know about what to do in Cape Town that is not the obvious choices such as Table Mountain etc.


With that said I would suggest you look into the following:

Visit the Kalk Bay harbour and enjoy the interaction with the fishermen on the quay. Have lunch at a great place in the harbour called Kalkys. This is where all the locals and local fishermen eat. Wonderful experience.



Visit the Christiaan Barnard museum in the Groote Schuur hospital. This museum commemorates the worlds first heart transplant operation that was done by Christiaan Barnard. Fascinating!



Go to Rondevlei to see the hippos roaming naturally in the wetlands.

http://travel.iafrica.com/outdoors/411424.htm


When visiting Hout Bay take a boat ride to Sea Island.

DO NOT MISS a drive of Chapmans Peak. World class experience.



Go horseriding on the huge Noordhoek beach at 7 O clock in the morning.

http://www.horseriding.co.za/


Go on the "Baboon matters" experiene with Jenni Trethowan. An experience you will never forget.

http://animaltalk.org.uk/baboons.html

http://www.kommetjie.co.za/


Visit and climb Slangkop Lighthouse

http://www.tourismcapetown.co.za/za/...ts/intern.html

http://www.sunsetbeach.co.za/cape_to...lighthouse.htm


When it comes to what to do in Franschhoek that not many know of then may I suggest that you pay a visit to Haute Chabriere Wine farm. If you are in Franschhoek on a Saturday leave this visit for the 11AM visit on this day when the most wonderful character who is passionate about his wine viz the winemaker on the farm, Achim von Arnim, will take you around himself. Amazing tour where a sword will start having you think that it has many more uses than you ever knew about.

Visit to the Franschoek Chocolate factory

Visit the “Old Corkscrew” antique shop and enjoy one of the BIGGEST hidden secrets on the Cape Winelands. (Find out about this secret yourself. )

Find a place called "La Grange" for lunch. No more said just find it and enjoy!

Visit the local Dutch Reformed Church. Amazing building

Vist David Walter's pottery studio. Not known by many folk and a special place to view the products of a man with some very special pottery talents.

Nelson Mandela was incarcerated in Drakenstein Prison (outside of Franschhoek) just before being freed in 1990. Visit this famous jail and walk "the long walk to freedom" of his release.


Experience "Works of Art to walk on" at Kei Carpets just outside of Franschhoek where crafts people can be seen making unique hand knotted carpets.


Well Coyote you asked for different activities in Cape Town and Franschhoek and I think the above suggestions certainly are very different. Furthermore not many folk know of these experinces so you certainly will be doing quite a couple of unique things if you particiate in the above events.

Hope that you enjoy Cape Town and the Western cape region to the full.


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Nov 21st, 2005, 12:41 AM
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thanks for all the very useful suggestions.
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Nov 25th, 2005, 08:43 AM
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-Check out a rugby game in Cape Town. The energy is AMAZING...even if you do not know much about the sport, it is a true experience

-Take a horse back ride through Strandfontein. You ride through the sand dunes and reach the beautiful beach while getting a tase of the local culture when you ride through a small town. Very memorable!

-If you are into Winelands, check out Constantia.

-Book a lunch/dinner at MOYO for a unique dining experience in a treetop. You must request to eat in the tree...African singers, dancers, and drummers perform for you while you eat. This is no skimpy meal. The food options are spread out in a several hundred foot buffet table. You will be stuffed for the rest of your trip. Food is native to South Africa.

-Visit the Rhode's Memorial-beautiful views and great history. Cute cafe nearby.

-Catch a play at the Baxter theater.

-Great sun tanning at Clifton

-Visit District Six for a cultural experience.

-As for table mountain, you can take the cable car-but you can also hike the mountain if you are more adventurous.

-World of Birds and the Botanical Gardens are terrific

-If you like artsy stuff, see if any Ndabas are happening around town.
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