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1. Posted by wtaylorhi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

We are planning to go to South Africa this year. We would like to stay in Capetown; do you have any suggestions or any other helpful travel tips we can use? Does anyone know anything about the countryside? We usually get to stay at hotels at a special discount rate; are there very many US based hotels there? Or a nice local hotel.

Travel smart, and have a good day!

Wendy Taylor-Hill
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2. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

Hello Wendy,
Capetown is a beautiful place with lots of things to do and see both in the city and in the nearby area. How long are you planning on staying and what time of year are you going to be visiting? These things will have an impact on some of the must do and must see things around the cape. There are a ton of hotels and B&B establishments in and around Capetown and most are less than you would find in the U.S., I don't think there are many U.S. based chains in the area however. Within a couple of hours of Capetown you can see several different kinds of countyside from the wine growing reigon which is a little like Napa Valley Cal. to the beautiful coastliine of both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. You can go inland to the Karoo which will be a little like around Las Vegas or swim with penguins on some of the Capetown beaches. If you go in August - October you can watch the whales from the shore or go out on a boat to get a close up encounter with them. There are also nature and game reserves in the area that are worth seeing and lots of senic drives around the cape. We are going in June for just over a month and doing a camping tour of South African parks. We have been to Capetown several times and always had a great time and so will you. If you will just Google capetown, you will get lots of information or just go to s.a. tourism and it will also be very helpful.
David

3. Posted by rconpascua (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Cape Town is truly one of the finest destinations worth exploring in South Africa. What I love most in Cape Town is its captivating environment and stunning attractions. So once you guys go there, be sure to explore the city well. As for affordable accommodations, I suggest you guys check out the Winchester Mansions.

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4. Posted by chelseakyp (Budding Member 86 posts) 9y

Hi Wendy,

Ive travelled to South Africa twice now and have enjoyed Cape Town on both occasions, i'd suggest looking at hotels around the V&A waterfront! Where ever you stay though im sure u'll have a wonderful time.

Enjoy

5. Posted by foxxy (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Hi Wendy,

You are just about to visit one of the most beautiful places on earth and I would be willing to give you tips. Kindly let me know when, and the exact number of days for you to visit. In the meantime look at this tour to assist you better
http://www.africapoint.com/tours1/vacation.asp?vacationid=359

Regards,
Foxxy.

6. Posted by Strider (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Hi,

Cape Town is a fantastic destination, with so much to do and enjoy. I often say to people that you need at least a month to enjoy all that is on offer in the fairest Cape. These are several lovely hotels in around Cape TOwn, I wouldn't suggest only staing in the City itself, try and get out of CT and visit areas such as Hermanus (for whalewatching and the scenic drive), Stellenbosch (for the wine and cheese) and Franshoek (for the serenity peacefulness, food, wine and art!). There are also great historical sites throughout CT including Robben Isalnd Prison (where Nelson Mandela was jailed), The district six museum, Table Mountain, Boulders Penguin colony, Cape of Good Hope - there are also a few small markets such as Green Market Square. The V&A waterfront is great for shopping, food and culture.

There are some great Bed & Breakfasts in and around Cape Town, if you would like some suggestions just PM me and I can give you their details.

I hope this info helps, ebjoy your travels

Kind Regards
Ian Pollard
Strider Expeditions

7. Posted by rach13 (Inactive 17 posts) 9y

hi,

i have lived in cape town for the past 4 years. it really is an amazing place. there are plenty of backpackers in and around cape town but i am not sure if they are of the same quality as european backpackers.

i would suggest you come after august/september because it is winter until then and the rain can really interfere with a lot of the attractions such as the beach and table mountain.

security is an issue but you should be fine as long as you are sensible. be aware of your surrounding. dont go into any dodgy areas and try not to walk around after dark.

maybe hire a car as it makes getting around far easier as public transport is not very good and can be a bit overwhelming if you do not know what is going on. i would definitely suggest you stay somewhere in the city bowl area or on the atlantic sea board.

it really is an amazing place to visit.
if you have any questions please feel free to send me a message

8. Posted by rach13 (Inactive 17 posts) 9y

hi,

i have lived in cape town for the past 4 years. it really is an amazing place. there are plenty of backpackers in and around cape town but i am not sure if they are of the same quality as european backpackers.

i would suggest you come after august/september because it is winter until then and the rain can really interfere with a lot of the attractions such as the beach and table mountain.

security is an issue but you should be fine as long as you are sensible. be aware of your surrounding. dont go into any dodgy areas and try not to walk around after dark.

maybe hire a car as it makes getting around far easier as public transport is not very good and can be a bit overwhelming if you do not know what is going on. i would definitely suggest you stay somewhere in the city bowl area or on the atlantic sea board.

it really is an amazing place to visit.
if you have any questions please feel free to send me a message

9. Posted by xcapeSA (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

I am a very proud South African living in Cape Town. I have had the opportunity to travel to some stunning destinations in the world and I must say that Cape Town still rates as my top destination. You will love it here. My favourite time of year is between mid Feb and end March. It is warm and the South Easter wind dies down.