Trip report -- Capetown, SA with kids

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Jan 19th, 2002, 01:18 AM
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Susie
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Trip report -- Capetown, SA with kids

My family of two adults and two children spent 5 nights in Capetown in December 2001, following a safari near Kruger. We rented a car and drove ourselves extensively. The roads were good, well-marked, and easy to navigate. We felt safe. We spent two nights at La Spendida Luxury Suites in the city on Mouille Point. It is five minutes (max) from Victoria & Alfred waterfront in a beautiful location across from the promenade along the sea. It was a good arrangement for families because the children slept in the upper level of the suite. It was quite nice. The cost was R960 per night at the high season rate. We spent the half day of our arrival and the next full day seeing Capetown: city sights, V & A waterfront, Bo Kaap, scenic viewpoints, drive along the coastal suburbs. I thought Capetown lived up to its reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We spent our second full day touring in the wine region. One could easily spend days in this region. The Four Passes Route takes a full day including a few stops for wine tastings and lunch. The route ascends Sir Lowry’s pass, with great views of the entire False Bay, through the fruit producing region via three more passes, and ultimately to the charming wine-town of Franschhoek. We had lunch there at Franschhoek Country House, on the outskirts of town. Lunch is served under the trees in a beautiful courtyard with fountains. It looks like a nice place to spend the night. We stopped at Cabriere Estate in the morning and Boschendal Vineyard in the afternoon for wine tastings. We toured the historic Boschendal Manor. I can recommend those places, but there are many others as well. After our big lunch we weren’t very hungry so we chose our dinner from the farm stall at Speir Estate --where you could spend an entire day-- and took it back for an al fresco dinner at our next lodging, Houtkapperspoort in Constantia Nek Estate. This was an outstanding place for a family to stay. It is a mini-community of charming private stone cottages clustered throughout hills adjacent to the Table Mountain nature area and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in exclusive Constantia. There is a pool and tennis courts. It might be a little out of the way for anyone without a car, but is a fairly central and convenient location to everything if one does have a car. The price for the cottage was R750 per night, breakfast extra. The next day we drove the Cape of Good Hope loop, stopping for several of the viewpoint walks in the Park. Excellent. Our children enjoyed playing on the beach. On our final day in Capetown we were able to go to the top of Table Mountain. The tram was closed on the previous days because it was windy. There is a hotline to call and check that the tram is open. Go early. The views from the top were wonderful. We spent the afternoon at the beach and in some end-of-trip shopping. There was much more to do in Capetown than we had time for. All the meals we had in SA were very good and also very reasonably priced. Book well in advance for the top restaurants. For anyone who waits until the very last minute to shop, the “Out of Africa” store in the Johannesburg airport is huge and the prices seem the same as their other locations.
 
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Jan 19th, 2002, 08:39 AM
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Great report. Thanks
 
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Jan 22nd, 2002, 12:50 PM
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Lovely to read your report. Cape Town is really a beautiful city and it sounds like you had a wonderful time. You are right about a car. If one does not rent one in CT, one really misses out on a lot of the city.
 
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