What to See and Do in Cape Town, South Africa

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Dec 19th, 2000, 05:28 AM
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Erich
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What to See and Do in Cape Town, South Africa

I am planning a visit (first time) to Cape Town in April or May 2001. Could someone please give me recommendations on what to see and do while I am there? I only have about 8-10 days, so I want to make the most of my time. I am quite interested in wine making and would appreciate the names and locations of some of the top wineries in the region. Are there particular towns outside of Cape Town that would be nice to visit?

I would very much appreciate your input. If I can reciprocate with travel information on San Francisco, California, please let me know.

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Jan 1st, 2001, 10:51 PM
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Hi Erich,
I'm an ex-CapeTonian, living in Singapore. Suggest you base yourself at one of the hotels at the "V&A Waterfront", which is a restored, trendy harbour area with pubs, restaurants etc. The must-do's are a cableway trip up Table Mountain, a day-drive to Cape Point (the tip of the Cape peninsula) and a vist to some of the wine farms. The drive to Cape Point passes by some of the most beautiful beaches and scenery in the world. The Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens and Groot Constantia farm are also not to be missed. Thw major wine-growing area is around the towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl, about 45 min drive from Cape Town. Your hotel will be able to provide info on tours, or directions if you have a car. Stellenbosch is worth a day or two stop-over. Try to get there by latest April, as May onwards starts getting a bit cold & wet. Enjoy!
Martin
 
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Jan 2nd, 2001, 08:59 PM
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I am an ex South African living in Edmonton, Canada. Do not miss Stellenbosch especially as you are interested in wine...the estates are spectacular in the area. Highlights are Boschendal...great restaurant...book ahead...Neetlingshof...great wines and restaurant...Rust en Vrede...great reds...Simonsig...great views and wines...stay at Die Ouwe Werf in Steelnbosch or Lanzerac...great wines,hotel and restaurant. The area around Stellenbosch is not only very beautiful but also has some of the best wines and tasting rooms are very lovely. Have a great trip.
 
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Jan 3rd, 2001, 08:43 AM
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Will you rent a car or will you take tours? You can private type tours which will take you wherever you want to go including climbing Table Mountain. doing it that way will certainly maximise your time. You can do a tour of a number of wineries in a day. If you are interested in more information post here and I will email you directly. I am an ex cape townian and returned a few days ago from a visit there.
 
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Jan 4th, 2001, 06:04 AM
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Dear Mary,

Thank you very much for you reply (and thanks also to Martin and Lindsay above for their replies). At this point, I'm planning to depart for Cape Town March 27 and return to the U.S. April 5 (I'll make time for the game parks in 2002).

I'll likely rent a vehicle for a few days to visit the wine estates and the surrounding countryside. I definitely will plan a hike up Table Mountain as the photos I've seen of the city below look fantastic. I've made reservations at the Cape Grace Hotel as I wanted to be on the waterfront. I also would appreciate hearing of any restaurants or pubs that would be good to try in the city.

I know I'll have a great time and want to thank everyone again for their time and assistance with suggestions for my trip. Again, if I can reciprocate with travel info on the US (California or the Southwest, in particular), please contact me at this E-mail address and I will assist you as much as possible. I hope to hear from you soon.

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Erich
 
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Jan 4th, 2001, 02:00 PM
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look at the site www.tablemountaintours.co.za
I know they do airport transfers too and work frequently with guests staying at the Cape Grace. Ask for Jeff.
I am not into shopping or gambling but there is a new shopping centre which is really worth seeing, the layout etc can stand anywhere in the world - Canal Walk. I did not get to the Grand West casino but I believe it is not to be missed. Ther are lots of great eating places. We had north indian dinner at Bucarri(sp?) in town which was excellent. some of the "street food" to try are salomi, boerewors rolls, koeksisters, drink appletiser and grapetiser and the SA beer is different , stronger alcohol content, Cadbury's chocolate, miltart, bobotie, fruit juices are good too. At the waterfront there a number of takeout stores where you can buy these things. There is a penguin colony at the Boulders which is past Simonstown and you can swim amongst the penguins. There are open air markets on Sat and Sundays at various venues where you can pick up great crafts and do some good people watching. South Africans are so talented regarding crafts etc. The dollar goes a long way, which makes holidaying there even better. You do need to be cautious and aware of your surroundings. Don't leave anything exposed in the car and don't flaunt cameras. Don't walk alone after dark. Have fun and enjoy
 
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Jan 8th, 2001, 02:39 AM
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Hi Erich
I am South African and Cape Town is my home city. I am also a tour/safari operator in Africa.
Please visit our website
www.tourism.to
And write to me direct. I can give you a lot of assistance/advise and can pre-book arrangements for you as well
Best wishes
Riche
 
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