Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 52 Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2648 times:
Well my work trip to South Africa is finally happening and I leave for Jo'burg this Sunday for a fortnight out there. Fortunately due to meetings in Cape Town on Friday of next week and the following monday, I get to spend the weekend there. Its a city I've never been to, and the guidebooks are chock-full of things to do in the region.
So I've only got two days there (and Friday night) and don't want to waste the opportunity - what should I do there above all else in this time ?? any suggestions gratefully received.
Also any suggestions for things I can do weekday evenings wise in Jo'burg would also be very welcome. I know the client will be arranging some things, but I'll probably have some nights free to do my own thing.
Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
Robben Island will take about 4-5 hours..you can take a day trip. Also...fly around in the chopper around Cape Point (a bit expensive...but well worth it).
Visit Cape Point...but watch out for the Baboons!
Speak to the owner, Charles Montgomery and he can arrange for you to shoot all sorts of different guns/rifles etc. that is no longer possible in the UK. It costs about £40 for 3 hours shooting.
On Sunday evening you have to go to La Med in camps bay. It's a great bar, with loads of chicks. Just ask your hotel concierge to arrange a taxi for you. It's where everyone in Cape Town is on a Sunday evening.
Also you could try Teasers. It's a strip club just off Long Street. Try and get booth 7 as it offers the best view of the stage and also has it's own private pole. Dances are £10 for a single girl table dance and £20 for a 2 girl full on lesbo show - I can definately recommend it !!!.
There are some good bars in Cape Town too. Try The Fez, Opium, Mink, JoBurg, there are more but I can't remember the names.
There is a really nice restaurant in Bloubergstrand called On The Rocks - great food, and it's a very classy joint too with great views of Table Mountain. There is also another restaurant in Table Bay called The Grill (used to be called Grill and Butcher). You go pick your own meat from the fridge and they cook it up for you.
The Sports Bar in the Waterfront is good if there are any sports events going on, and there are a few nice restaurants around the waterfront too. Prices might be more expensive, but to anyone from the UK it isn't much more than Mcdonalds to eat in a decent joint.
You also have to try Milky Lane Ice Cream, a 99 dipped flake !!! umm....... Also give Steers a try for decent fresh fast food.........umm.......
Forget the beach, the water is cold enough in summer, but in winter it will be freezing !!.
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Xpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2603 times:
As other people have suggested:
1) Table Mountain
2) Robben Island-the tour guides on the island are actually former political prisoners or prison guards, their perspective is extremely interesting. Also, if you go to Robben Island you have to leave from the V&A Waterfront, so you can kill two birds with one stone. It is basically a big mall, with lots of touristy restaurants, but worth a visit nonetheless.
3) Walk around the Bo-Kaap (Malay quarter) area. Great colourful little houses.
4) Kirstenbosch gardens are beautiful.
5) Heading out to Stellenbosch and the wine country is beautiful also, and it would possibly be a full-day affair.
There is also a possibility of taking a full day tour down to the Cape of Good Hope. One of the most scenic areas I've ever seen.
Great town to visit! Have fun.
The only thing we have to fear is the sky falling on our heads. -Asterix
Table Mountain is a definite, check the weather and if it is nice go up early before the hordes of German tourists!
Simon's Town and Boulders Beach to see the penguins
Stellenbosch and Paarl for the winelands, in particular Spier Estate outside Stellenbosch has a cheetah outreach program and a raptor rehab centre that allows you to get up close and personal with the creatures.
Sundowners at the Blue Peter Hotel in Bloubergstrand or at La Med in Camps Bay.
Hout Bay and Chapman's Peak Drive
oh wait....you said only a weekend....damn....
[Edited 2005-06-22 21:08:02]
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SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2554 times:
Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 19): For a Yank like me, is it pretty expensive (i.e. food, hotels, etc.) to visit there, compared with say Australia or Europe?
No it's not; the current ROEX is R6.72 (ZAR) for 1 USD. That makes it a lot cheaper than Europe and Australia, except airline tickets maybe, but you can still get great fares. You can stay in some pretty nice places and have great food at bargain prices.
Your length of stay in CPT would depend on what type of activities you are into: clubbing, shopping, catching some rays on the beautiful beaches, etc. I would say a week would be enough to see and do most of the "important stuff" in CPT and surroundings, but this can vary from person to person.
With regards to J'burg, there isn't that much to see. It's a large inland city with lots of industries, businesses, etc located there. Unless you have friends or family to visit, I wouldn't even put it on my agenda. Crime is relative, just don't act stupidly and be cautious as in any other large city.
There's lots of stuff to see and do in South Africa. Following the coastline from CPT, along the Garden Route, to Port Elizabeth; you will see the most magnificent natural forests, beaches, lakes, etc. We have been blessed with nature. Go to Kruger National Park and experience the wildlife and Big 5, you won't regret it.
Lots and lots more, just browse around....
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StevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2536 times:
I'm definitely going to take a serious look at SA when the time comes. For my next international vacation, I want to go somewhere I've never been. SA would fit that bill, as would the fact I'd log some SERIOUS miles to and from SEA! Back to back 10 hour flights....although I could layover in Germany for a few days, fine with me..