Trip Report - Cape Town, Amapiano

Old Apr 10th, 2019, 10:42 PM
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Trip Report - Cape Town, Amapiano

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Thanks for all the good advice. We had a great trip.

We had direct flights from Washington Dulles through Dakar to Johannesburg. South African Airways was very comfortable, it was a long flight though. We got to Jo'burg on time. In Washington, we were told we could check our bags through, but it turned out not to be the case, so we took our luggage with us. We stayed our first night at the Intercontinental. It was a good suggestion to ask the hotel concierge to send someone to meet us. We were rather confused when we landed. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant, which was fine. I tried the springbok for the first time. Our connection to Cape Town was early the next morning.

In Cape Town, we had arranged for a driver to come pick us up. We would be the next four nights at the Victoria and Alfred Hotel. We thought this would be enough time to get acclimated before we would have to drive around.

The room wasn't ready yet, our first stop was the Robben Island museum to try to get tickets. We didn't book in advance because I wasn't sure what the weather would be like. That was a big mistake. I also thought it would be low season in early March. There were no ferries today, they were all cancelled. We could get tickets for Tuesday (our last day in Cape Town). We tried to do that, but there were some many problems with their computer system that we gave up.

We had lunch at the Cape Town Fish Market, then we rode the Cape Town Wheel. We probably would not have done that, but we were still waiting to get into the room. Unpacking, nap, then dinner at Mondiall.

The next day we went early to Table Mountain, we took a cab from the Waterfront. Even then, there was a long line. It was about an hour wait, but it wasn't too hot and there was shade most of the way. The line kept moving. The cable car was nice, but we weren't expecting the rotating floor. Once we got used to it, it was nice to see the view. We walked around the medium length path at the top. We rode the Hop on-off bus back. It was nice to see some of the areas on that side, which we might not have gone through. The only problem with the bus is that it only goes in one direction.

We took the bus downtown and had lunch at Tiger's Milk. From there we could have done a few different thing, but we took the other bus line to the District Six museum, another good recommendation. It was interesting but sad. We found a taxi to take us back to the Waterfront. Dinner tonight was at Karibu, which was recommended by someone on our flight.
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Don't feel too bad about missing Robben Island. I know it's on everyone's "must see" list, but some of the reviews I've read were disappointing. The weather is very changeable in Cape Town, and the Robben Island ferry is often cancelled when winds are strong. That happens with the Table Mountain cableway too, so if you were there on a day when winds were calm and visibility good you were lucky. According to the Table Mountain website the cableway is running as I write this post, and waiting time is only 5 minutes.

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Ah, Cape Town! Had some wonderful memories there. Table Mountain was breathtaking, glad you didn't miss that one.
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