FlySAA
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Ever Been To Cape Town?

Sun Feb 01, 2004 3:41 pm

I will be visiting Cape Town for a few days in March, during my annual vacation. I think this is a wonderful city for holidaymakers, so much to see and do, the list just goes on and on. Not to mention the fantastic Victoria $ Alfred Waterfront, the Cape winelands, beautiful beaches and mountains. And the cable car ride up Table Mountain! Cape Town is fast becoming the world's tourism hotspot!

Pleas tell us about your visit to Cape Town, where you stayed and all the places you visited!

http://www.gocapetown.co.za
http://www.cape-town.org
http://www.waterfront.co.za





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Akumas
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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Sun Feb 01, 2004 3:58 pm

Hey there FlySAA. My parents have been to the Cape as they are from South Africa.. I will ask them ok?  Smile
 
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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Sun Feb 01, 2004 4:57 pm

Been there in 1994... dont remember much, just parents went to play with Sharks in False Bay and left me hangin'  Sad  Angry
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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Sun Feb 01, 2004 7:15 pm

I was there last year, and really enjoyed it (actually enjoyed South Africa overall).

Very beautiful city, but to be honest that last picture showing the women on the rocks is a bit misleading, since only a crazy SOB indeed would jump in the water at Cape Town. It's colder than the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco -- after only 10 seconds in the water, it felt like needles stinging my feet.

I liked wandering around Sea Point along the Main Road, just to see the amazing diversity of people there. But most of Cape Town along the sea coast is very white indeed, which was a bit disappointing. Would be a shame if this town were your only stopover in South Africa...you'd certainly get a skewed picture (if you could overlook the townships on the freeway from the airport).

The V & A Waterfront is nice, but you really can't depend on an overpriced shopping mall on the waterfront as the centerpiece of your tourist industry. I kept on thinking, "I came all the way to Africa for this????" I think if there were a better public transport system, people would be more inclined to look around the city as a whole.

 
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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Sun Feb 01, 2004 8:13 pm

Just to point out that Cape Town is on a peninsula and has TWO oceans -- the Atlantic, which is freezing as Johnboy points out (and full of white sharks), and the Indian Ocean which is warm and has good surfing too. Microlighting there is also nice. For anyone planning to go and visit consider hiring a car and driving along the coast from Cape Town to East London. That's called the Garden Route and is stunning.

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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Sun Feb 01, 2004 8:32 pm

Hi there

Been to Cape Town so many times. I reccomend Table Mountain. Scenic view of Cape Town and you can even see planes on final to CPT!! Big grin . Stellenbosch is lovely. The waterfront is ok. And some nice people.

And for the spotters and aviation enthusiasts...Go to Thunder City and hop into an Electric Lightning for a spin  Big thumbs up . CPT is also very good for spotting with a road under finals blah blah blah

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SA7700
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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Sun Feb 01, 2004 11:19 pm

Why would anyone want to waste their time in "The V&A Waterfront"?? Yes it's nice, but it's a huge, expensive and overpriced shopping mall.

Rather see the magnificent coast line all around the Peninsula. Enjoy seafood in Hout Bay. Go through the Cape winelands and taste wines at all the different cellars.

Beyond Cape Town there is so much more on offer:

The Garden Route (Cape Town to Port Elizabeth) is spectacular and have some of the most beautiful scenery you will encounter on the face of the earth. Close to Knysna there are natural forests were African elephants once lived in abundance. Unfortunately there are only 2-3 (??) of the big one's left in the forest today. However, the "mystery" surrounding these huge mammals, still make it a memorable experience to visit this area.
The Tsitsikamma National Coastal Park and surrounding forests are superb and while you're in the area, why not try out the "Rolls Royce" of bungy jumps at "Bloukrans Bridge"?? At 216m (709 feet), it's the highest bridge bungy in the world!

We also have some of the best and largest game reserves in the world. Kruger National Park, for instance, is larger than the state of Israel and is filled with fauna & flora and should guarantee a memorable trip.

South Africa is unique and has so very much to offer. It all depends on what you would like to experience, be it cities, nature, culture or people. We have it all!!!!
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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Sun Feb 01, 2004 11:36 pm

FlySAA...are you not living in SA at the moment?

I was born in CPT and although I don't live there anymore I try and go back as often as I can...it's an awesome place.

Don't forget to take the tour from the Waterfront to Robben Island...well worth it!

Tokolosh...as SA7700 points out, the Garden Route ends in Port Elizabeth. There is not much point in going to East London - just like east London, it's a dump! As someone once said: "If God was going to give SA an enema, East London is where he would insert the syringe".  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Sun Feb 01, 2004 11:50 pm

Essjay

I presume that you are on a working holiday in London?? Big grin
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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:09 am

Yes, been twice.

Stayed in Bloubergstrand both times, it's the place in the first picture with the beach where all those pics of Table Mountain are taken from.

Nice small shopping centre too, and a couple of good surf shops, also popular with kite surfers and some good restaurants too.

There is a nice pub called the Blue Peter that looks out onto Robben Island and is popular with the locals who come to sit on the grass lawn outside and watch the sunset.

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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 5:06 am

SA7700...

Very close - I got back home to SA in May last year! Gee...how did you know!? Been practising those psychic powers of yours, have you?  Wink/being sarcastic

I mean, it's not like EVERYONE goes to the UK on a working holiday visa!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 5:55 am

Essjay

 Laugh out loud

Well, your age group corresponds with those of the usual "London working holiday" jetsetters. As far as east London (UK) being a dump - most people on working holidays usually can not afford to live in luxurious conditions. Saving money is much more of a priority.......

It seems as if I was not too far off, hey??

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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:29 pm

My friends Ryan Gaddis & Brian Stevenson was flew to CPT & JNB trip from last year of April 2003. They are doing very wonderful times into their trip. I'll will talk with some of my friends online. I'm never been went down there to JNB & CPT either. Thanks anyway!  Smile
 
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RE: Ever Been To Cape Town?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 1:27 pm

Only once, in July 1997 for 4 days. It was too cold for me at the time though I'd love to return in October or November for a real visit. I like warm weather.
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