Cape Diem Lodge

11 Vesperdene Road, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
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Safari info please

by TrevNnett

Hi My plans in SA are Cape Town one week durban one week and the Bloemtontien one week (conference)could you guide me to a good safari experience near these citys I shall be hiring a car so transpor is not a problem.

Re: Safari info please

by travgracy


I suggest you pull a map of the Cape Town area, don't miss Stellenbosch, it is not far from Cape Town, you can google it to get more info. The area is known as the wine route. You can also include Hermanus, a good place to stay in Cape Town is the Cape Heritage -, nice area, historical district, and not expensive. Durban is not my cup of tea, but look on google for either Margate or Balito/Umhlanga, much better.


Re: Safari info please

by chikidee

Well around Cape Town there is a lot to do...
Around Durban as well! In the Durban aeria I would recommend the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Park. From Durban it takes about 2.5 hours to drive up to Hluhluwe. There you can drive through the park in your own car or you can stay at one of the different accommodations and book a guided safari there.
There is also the St. Lucia Wetland park, only a few kilometers from Hluhluwe, at the cost, which is famous for it's bird life.
If you have a high budget and you're looking for something exclusive I recommend the Phinda Game Reserve. It's a bit further than Hluhluwe but it's a more exclusive experience (private game reserve, about 3-4 hours from Durban)
A different experience are the Drakensberge (about 2 hours drive from Durban, depending on where in the Drakensberge you're going). There you can go hiking and there are a lot of adventure sports!
As hotel I can recommend "Sani Pass" hotel. The food and scenery are great! And what I liked was the golf course. It's not the greatest, but there are only a few people playing and you can really enjoy yourself!
Sorry, I don't know the aeria aroung Bloemfontein.
Have a great trip!

Travel Tips for Cape Town

Climbing Table Mountain is...

by Gypsy_Saskia

Climbing Table Mountain is great. Beautiful scenery and good walk.

The photo shows the table cloth on the Mountain, that you see in the morning. Climbing Table Mountain, even though getting lost big time, was a fantastic experience.

Watch Airplanes Take Off Over Your Head!

by sebblit7

When you land at CT International, you can almost touch the informal settlements below you. These are the areas of Guguletu, Nyanga, Langa and Khayelitsha. Desperately poor and mostly completely overlooked by the tourist dollar.

Why not seek out a township tour? As poor as these areas are, you'll find a lot of soul. And while you're at it, why not think about buying all your cold drinks or other daily consumables for the week from a shop here?

Oh and you really can see airplanes taking off (and landing) over your head

afflicted by galloping shopping???

by cosmopolit about consider claiming VAT back....if you exceed R 250

How to Claim your Tax Refund?

Documentation needed

Simply identify yourself as a tourist to shop assistants, and request a Tax Invoice for the goods you have purchased.
A valid Tax Invoice must contain all the following information:

The words "Tax Invoice"
A Tax Invoice number
The seller's VAT Registration number
Date of Issue of the Tax Invoice
The seller's name and address
The buyer's name and address
A full description of the goods purchased
The cost of the goods in Rands
The amount of VAT charged or a statement that VAT is included in the total cost of the goods. Inspection!

Produce goods prior to check-in at the VAT Goods Inspection Desk or Customs Counter clearly sign posted in the Departure Hall. Hand luggage may be inspected at the VAT Refund Office situated after immigration control. Claims are received at the VAT Refund Office. Cheques issued may be cashed for foreign currency at the airport banking facility.

Remember: No Inspection - No Refund! Maximum refund by cheque will be for an amount of R 3000.00. Claims exceeding this limit or claims requiring further audit, will be posted.

Goods consumed in South Africa or services rendered in the country do not qualify for VAT refunds.

Only original Tax Invoices will be considered for refunds.

The goods must be presented for inspection on departure.

Goods must be exported within 90 days of the date of purchase and the claim lodged within 3 months from the date of export.

An administration fee of 1.5% of the inclusive value of the claim will be deducted, subject to a minimum of R 10.00 and a maximum of R 250.00.

Diplomats posted to South Africa should contact their embassies for details of the applicable refund scheme.

Special provisions apply to antiques, 2nd hand goods and registerable goods.

Cape Town International airport

by Jenniflower

Cape Town International Airport is South Africa's second largest airport after Johannesburg International Airport, and a prime tourism gateway!

The Cape is one of the country's major tourist destinations. The airport is often the visitor's first encounter with South Africa, and a good example she is too! :)

Snoek and Chips - delicious ;-p

by kenHuocj

Only a little Take Out, but always busy, especially during Office lunch break.

Wrapped in plain Newsprint paper, a sprinkle of blend worcestershire sauce and vinegar, salt (& chillis)

This is where the workers buy thier lunch, mainly the Malays and Coloureds who all have sea fishing familyies Snoek and Chips,
Hake [stockfish] and chips

and remember to get that bottle of chilled wine from a Bottle Store around the corner at leass than us$2.50 for 750 ml of dry crisp bouquet filled Cape produced refreshment


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