De Waterkant House

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

35 Loader Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town, South Africa
De Waterkant House
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 25% less than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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from Barcelona to CT to study english

by rogerbcn

Hi. I'm plannig to go to CT next december for a month to study english and spend my holidays.
I'm starting to get info about. Can anyone tell me about places to study (I'm 35 yars old).
Other question: I have the first impression that CT is a bit exclusive place and I'm looking for a more backpacker ambient. Can I find that there? Can I find black culture in the city? Diferent cultures really mixes in the city?
For last, what is the cheapest way to fly to from Barcelona?
thanks a lot

roger

Re: from Barcelona to CT to study english

by Gerald_D

Most study places are closed in December for the summer holidays.

Some parts of Cape Town are exclusive - just like most other cities. Large parts are not exclusive. Yes, you can find black or mixed culture. Google backpacker Cape Town - also www.coastingafrica.com.

Travel Tips for Cape Town

Cape Town Tip

by Kallista

That will be definitely the view of Cape Point and not me trying to look cool while battling the strong winds simultaneously. Only my gorgeous friend, Krystynn was able to strike a superstar pose while battling the strong winds. Sigh … enviously!

FATHER OF THE MOTHER CITY.

by PEE-WEE

Jan Van Riebeeck is a great father figure in South African history.
He was born at Culemborg, Holland in 1619 and at 21 joined the Dutch East India Company as an assistant surgeon.

He was sent to Batavia,where he changed his occupation to assistant clerk.
He was recalled to Holland in 1648 after trouble about his involvement in private trading.

He left the company , married Maria de la Queillerie and embarked on several private trading voyages to Greenland and the West Indies.
His relationship with the Dutch East India Company had remained cordial , and in 1651 he accepted the leadership of a proposed settlement at the Cape.

With his wife and infant son he boarded the flagship 'Drommedaris' and sailed from Holland on 24 December 1651, accompanied by the 'Reyger' and the 'Goede Hoop'.

The three ships made a quick voyage for those times.
On 5 April 1652 Table Mountain loomed into view over the horizon.
Usually it took at least 120 days to reach the Cape from Europe, but the three ships had completed the voyage in 104 days with the deaths of only two people,and little serious sickness.

Just before sunset of the next day the three ships entered Table Bay.It was empty and calm.

The next day Van Riebeeck went ashore to select the sites of a fort and vegetable garden.
He worked diligently and soon passing seamen were able to replenish supplies in plenty.
Cape Town was established as "The Tavern of the Seas".

He was promoted to commander in 1654 and remained as the head of the settlement until 7 May 1662, when he was again transferred to Batavia.
His wife died there and he remarried.
He eventually became secretary of the Council of India and died in 1677.

Always hoping for higher rank,he had never realized that his place in history was assured as the founder of the settlement at the Cape, and that it was to be in South Africa where he would be most honoured.

Local craft and ethnic artistry

by Jenniflower about Informal Markets

While admiring the scenic beauty and historic sights of Cape Town on your meanderings, look out for hand sewn clothing, beautiful ethnic beadwork, handcrafted jewellery and handcareved sculpures.

Important to remember is that the person who is selling the art and crafts may be feeding a family of 20 members with whatever he brings home that night (as unemployment is high in the region), so where on the one hand I advocate bartering and negotiating, on the other hand, do so not too harshly, only if the cost seems ridiculous to you. It is often very subjective too (the worth of an artwork) and hard to put a price on an artists time and talent. Examples of arts and crafts from all over Africa are found here, not only South African craft, and this includes soapstone carvings, woven reed works, wirework creations (a personal favourite you might well imagine if you know my personal website haha) as well as replicas of the weapons, shields and war masks. The handcrafters and artists work in media as varied as ceramics, textile treatments, leather, bead, metal and wirework, jewellery, items from recycled material and more. Their work is an inspiration. Prices differ hugely. For a 1 metre tall handcarved girraffe made of jackleberry wood expect to pay at least R200.

Some hostels offer free...

by Piggy73

Some hostels offer free pick-ups from Cape Town airport otherwise there are pleny of taxis touting for trade.
Car rental is quite expensive but we found a good deal on the internet. However the SA Youth Hostel Association had some very competitive deals so check out their internet site or e-mail one of the official hostels.

Good food but overrated

by Jenniflower about The Galley

The Galley is situated next door to the Bistro. It is owned and managed by the same people.

I have eaten here twice and have to say I do think it is overrated...

Décor is not nice, although napkins are cloth here, so it is definitely smarter than the Bistro, but it is in serious need of some décor taste!

It is expensive and service isn’t the best.

Weddings are often held here by the local community. The location is gorgeous (on Fish Hoek Beach), so photo opportunities are superb and there is plenty of free parking. I had some cod when I was here last, and it was delicious.

The fish from these parts is always fresh as it comes straight from the sea practically. None of this frozen business here!

One of the things I really LOVE about South African seafood.

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