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Cape Town - how long should I stop off for, what should I do

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1. Posted by pauldwade (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

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Hi, I'm travelling to Australia in September on a one year working holiday visa. The route is LONDON to CAPE TOWN to PERTH to SYDNEY on a one way World Discovery ticket.

I was wondering how long I should stay in Cape Town? Whether anyone has suggestions for things to do, places to stay, trips to go on, etc? Obviously this information will determine how long I think I should hang around for.

All information would be gratefully received as this is my first foray into long distance solo travelling.

I've also posted a thread for Perth if anyone has any tips on that.

Thanks

Paul

2. Posted by montesse (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y

Hi there

Yes Cape Town is great alright! Depending on what you enjoy as an individual Cape Town offers all for everyone.
Lets see - you can go up Table Mountain (it takes approx half day) and is well worth it! Then I can also recommend a visit to the Stellenbosch / Franschoek winelands which is also really great.
There is a company in South Africa called Hilton Ross Tours - they offer great tours of the Peninsula around Cape Town with its fantastic views. You will have to visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for a taste of Cape Town, Clifton or Llandudno where the rich and famous hang out.
Cape Town is relatively safe to visit - of course you need to be wary as its a big city but its not bad at all. I wont recommend a visit to Robben Island - I've heard of people who said its way over rated and expensive. I will much rather recommend a trip of the bay - you can get on the speedboats at the Alfred Dock at the V&A Waterfront and the cost is quite good -something like R120 for 1 hour cruise around the harbour.
So I would say 5 days or even 4 days will be perfect for cape town.
You can have a look at hyltonross.co.za or capetown.org.za for more information.

Please let me know if you need anymore info.

:)

3. Posted by montesse (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y

Hi there

Yes Cape Town is great alright! Depending on what you enjoy as an individual Cape Town offers all for everyone.
Lets see - you can go up Table Mountain (it takes approx half day) and is well worth it! Then I can also recommend a visit to the Stellenbosch / Franschoek winelands which is also really great.
There is a company in South Africa called Hilton Ross Tours - they offer great tours of the Peninsula around Cape Town with its fantastic views. You will have to visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for a taste of Cape Town, Clifton or Llandudno where the rich and famous hang out.
Cape Town is relatively safe to visit - of course you need to be wary as its a big city but its not bad at all. I wont recommend a visit to Robben Island - I've heard of people who said its way over rated and expensive. I will much rather recommend a trip of the bay - you can get on the speedboats at the Alfred Dock at the V&A Waterfront and the cost is quite good -something like R120 for 1 hour cruise around the harbour.
So I would say 5 days or even 4 days will be perfect for cape town.
You can have a look at hyltonross.co.za or capetown.org.za for more information.

Please let me know if you need anymore info.

:)

4. Posted by mgregory (Budding Member 25 posts) 12y

Cape Town is one MOTHER of a city. In possibly one of the most interesting areas of the country. As far as how long, many plan days and end up spending weeks. I personally would plan 10 days and really see the City, and the rest of the Eastern seaboard - ie Garden route.

Tours and activities abound, there is an active backpacking and hostels industry. All the local hostels can keep you busy form wine tours to whale watching, you dont have to go on high end tours there plenty 2 do.
Check in at a hostel, chat to their travel desk, use the Baz Bus (www.bazbus.com) to travel up the eastern coast and really C some of SA.

Remember backpacking is all about maximising your stay, seeing as much as possible and then moving on, not going on sanitised tours. Get out and explore !!

5. Posted by pauldwade (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

Looks like I can't do my preferred route on that ticket now i've tried to book it! So will probably be doing LONDON to JOBURG to PERTH to SYDNEY and getting the Baz Bus to Cape Town...

Anyone got any experience of the Baz Bus, how long should I allow, what are the hostels like en route, etc?

Cheers