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A Weekend In Cape Town - What To Do?  
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

morning everyone,

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.


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User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1805 times:

Take the ferry to Robben Island (where Mandela was imprisoned)
Visit Table Mountain.
Sun yourself at Camp's Bay.
Eat and drink at V&A.
Go and visit a winery at Stellenbosch.

Take lots of pictures.
I am jealous. Enjoy your weekend.

G


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1801 times:

Thanks for the tips Canuckpaxguy. I thought about Robben Island but guessed it was a day trip and didn't know if it was a better option than some other things on the mainland.

Table Mountain is a definite though  Smile



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1795 times:

There are so many things to see and do in Cape Town...

See http://www.capetowntravel.com/

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!

Hope you have a great visit Big grin



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

Thanks Springbok747.

Really looking forward to it. The helicopter flight sounds cool  Smile



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24906 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

See if you can get attacked by a Praying Mantis  bigthumbsup 


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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1787 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 5):
See if you can get attacked by a Praying Mantis

Funnily enough that was not one of the Top 10 tips in the guidebook  Wink



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24906 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1785 times:

Just do it anyway, perhaps that'll mean we have 1 less  grumpy   old  git to get rid off.
 stirthepot 



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 7):
Just do it anyway, perhaps that'll mean we have 1 less git to get rid off.

Attacked by a praying mantis ?

Hmm at least the thing that would kill me would still be further up the evolutionary scale than you Kirkie Big grin



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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1783 times:
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IMHO the V&A Waterfront is a waste of time unless you intend to spend lots of money on shopping and hang out with the rest of the tourists - it can really be cumbersome.

I don't know what exactly what types of stuff you want to do? Is shopping actually one of them?

Instead of wasting time at the Waterfront, rather pack some goodies and go to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or drive out to the Franschhoek area, its really beautiful out there.

And of course Table Mountain, quite expensive to go up, but really a sight to see!


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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24906 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

http://www.soulpix.com/animals/mantis/praying_mantis_02.jpg
http://www.1000plus.com/Hbirds/010922%20DSBG%20Praying%20Mantis%20.JPG



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

Cornish, you just go and have fun. Ignore young Mr Kirk's fascination with insects.

I'm severely jealous that you get sent to South Africa when all I get is Southend!!!!!!!! And not even that any more. Make sure you get some good pics and have fun.

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1761 times:

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 9):
I don't know what exactly what types of stuff you want to do? Is shopping actually one of them?

If I get to do some shopping then so be it - but its not top of my list of things to do to be honest.

Thanks for the advice though.

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 11):
Cornish, you just go and have fun. Ignore young Mr Kirk's fascination with insects.

Thanks Andy, I shall - Kirkie's bound to be fascinated in his own kind, of course  Wink See the pictures of his cousins he posted.... Big grin



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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

You could arrange an afternoon shooting in Fishoek. www.suburbanguns.co.za

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 !!.

Have fun.

 Smile



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User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1759 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.



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

Quoting Xpat (Reply 14):
Great town to visit! Have fun.

Thanks Xpat.

I'm getting the feeling that Table Mountain (always top of my list) and Robben Island are definites if possible.

Maybe Stellenbosch and some fine wine would be good too  drunk 



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 13):
Forget the beach, the water is cold enough in summer, but in winter it will be freezing !!.

Yep I was thinking that - shame its wrong time of year for a dip.

Thanks for the advice about bars and restaurants though - I'll definitely look some of those up.

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 13):
You also have to try Milky Lane Ice Cream, a 99 dipped flake !!!

Mmm mmm - sounds good to me  Smile



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User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

if you want to eat good seafood, look for a restaurant called "Panama Jacks" I think its down in the harbour or something like that. Also visit the penguin colony, lol


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1722 times:
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Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 13):
Also give Steers a try for decent fresh fast food

You didn't get out much did you? Steers is CRAP!!

My tips for Cape Town:

  • 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
  • Cape Point
  • 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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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

Wow...besides Italy, I keep hearing great things about Cape Town, and South Africa in general!

For a Yank like me, is it pretty expensive (i.e. food, hotels, etc.) to visit there, compared with say Australia or Europe?

If I were planning a trip to South Africa, how long should I stay in Cape Town, and what other parts are worthwhile seeing? I'd like to see Jo'burg but concerned about the high crime there.

I'm planning a big vacation for either 2008 or 2009, after I finish my MBA. Besides Germany, Australia, Hawaii, and Italy, I'm also considering South Africa as well.

Thanks!


User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1710 times:
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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....


Rgds

SA7700



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 18):
Simon's Town and Boulders Beach to see the penguins

Funnily enough there was a wildlife programme on BBC1 last night all about the penguins on Boulders Beach.


Thanks for all your suggestions guys. I shall be heading up Table Mountain first thing in the morning, the Saturday after next then  Smile

Quoting Andz (Reply 18):
oh wait....you said only a weekend....damn....

My thoughts too !

Now any recommendations ofr Jo'burg if I get time during the weeks (it'll be evenings really - as I do have to do some work during the day!!)?



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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1692 times:

Thanks, SA7700!

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.. Wink


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