Flatrock Suites

Cnr of Loop and Buiten Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Taking trains and walking to Cape Town harbour

by woody_uk

Hello CT forumers

I am going to be doing a course in Cape Town (Sept/Oct '09) based near the harbour (Foreshore / Heerengracht).

My current plan is to get the train from Muizenberg to Cape Town station and back daily, course runs 9-5, Monday to Friday and some weekends too.

Also my current plan is to walk from Cape Town station to the harbour and back each day.

Is this is a possible/sensible/realistic plan?

cheers
woody

Re: Taking trains and walking to Cape Town harbour

by Gerald_D

A couple of thousand people do that each day without hassles. Be alert and don't flash any wealth.

Re: Taking trains and walking to Cape Town harbour

by lynnehamman

Agree with Gerald. Quite safe. Just take usual precautions.

Re: Taking trains and walking to Cape Town harbour

by JohanIsWeg

Woody, have a read of this, which seems sensible enough:

http://www.cape-photos.co.za/blog/wordpress/2009/05/08/crime-safety-in-cape-town-pedestrianspeople-walking-on-foot/

Re: Taking trains and walking to Cape Town harbour

by woody_uk

hey all, thanks for your prompt responses!

no wealth to flash, no problem there.

is there any real difference between the metro and metro plus services?

Re: Taking trains and walking to Cape Town harbour

by Gerald_D

Lot's of history behind Metro and Metro Plus

Metro Plus is the coaches nearest the Cape Town end of the train, with the shortest walk to the city center. In former times these were known as First Class, reserved for Whites Only

Metro is at the other end of the train, formerly known as Third Class (there was no 2nd class on suburban trains) and the only part of the train where non-whites were allowed. They had to use subways/bridges to enter/leave the station via side doors - they were not allowed on the smart concourse of Cape Town's station.

Today of course, there is no longer that racial discrimination, but the whites are generally in Metro Plus while the non-Whites are generally in Metro, based solely on fare prices and comfort of seating.

Re: Taking trains and walking to Cape Town harbour

by woody_uk

Thanks for the info Gerald, guess all that's left now is to get out there and experience it for myself, thanks for all the advice, helped to put my mind at ease.

cheers
woody

Re: Taking trains and walking to Cape Town harbour

by faurec

One more thing from a Cape Tonian that enjoy more than just trips into town.

Do yourself a very big favour one day when you have the time. Travel away from Cape Town to the end of the line at Simonstown - and see another part of the Cape that is really worth a visit. Some pretty little places along the way, and also walk to Boulders before you head back.

Re: Taking trains and walking to Cape Town harbour

by JohanIsWeg

Mate, keep this number among your handy contacts: 0800 656 463 - it is the Metropolitan Transport Information Centre, which will tell you whether there are any disruptions to train services because of industrial action. For example, on Monday, Cape Town trains were running at a capacity of only 31%. It was expected to improve to 43% on Tuesday. Hopefully the strikes will have ended by the time you arrive.

Re: Taking trains and walking to Cape Town harbour

by JohanIsWeg

UPDATE. Woody, looks like Western Cape's Metrorail is back to normal again today - unfortunately it came too late for one commuter who perished yesterday when he fell from an overcrowded carriage. Four other passengers were also injured when they fell from packed carriages, but hopefully they'll survive.

Re: Taking trains and walking to Cape Town harbour

by Gerald_D

Johan's doom & gloom reporting.

Have a look at this map:
http://www.capemetrorail.co.za/_routes/Routemap_index.htm

The blue lines are the problem ones. Muizenburg is on the pink line.

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The City Centre

by Zoe_bcn

The City Centre its a busy place, crowded of people, offices, banks, restaurants (take aways), clubs, shops, markets where u can buy the tipical African masks made of wood and all this things.... As you can imagine my fondest Memory is not the Table Mountain, nor the Waterfront (well... the V&A Waterfront a little bit) nor the beaches.... what i really miss from Cape Town is Fiekie!!! ;-)

Xhosa dress

by Jenniflower

Xhosas are renown for their very unique and tasteful personal adornment and style in dress. They have a fondness for the colour, red ochre, and dye their blankets in this, which they then wear over their dress. Hence them often being referred to as The Red Blanket People.

Unwed ladies leave their breasts exposed and tie a wrap in their hair as a sign of their status. Engaged women plait their hair, letting it fall over their eyes as a sign of deep respect and acknowledgment of her future in laws. The older you are, the more elaborate and beautiful your headdress can be. Some women put brass bangles and beads around their necks, arms and legs too.

Men dress down generally, only wearing a goat skin for protection. They wear more elaborate outfits during ceremonies.

Mary and Rejoice worked at my mums nursery school and creche. She had it for just over 20 years. Here, her staff wore creche assistant uniforms. In the evenings they would wear usual western-style clothing. When they went home (to their rural home where their family are) on a weekend, they would dress in more traditional apparel for special occasions, but generally still wear western-style clothing.

Mum moved to the UK for a couple of years and has since moved back to South Africa. She is still in contact with Mary, Rejoice and the other staff as they became such a part of our family. They are very dear to us.

Stay a night or two

by Joemidwest

A two bedroom, two bath, with garage attached, Villa for four, at Montagu Springs next to the hot springs is about $70 a night. Did I mention the braii area off the living room or thr balcony off the second bedroom? $3 a day pp access to springs. Bring friends!

Camps Bay bars and restaurants

by Jenniflower about Various bars and restaurants

This is the side of the mountain range where the sun sets, and boy, does it set beautifully! We have often had a cocktail whilst watching the sun set, and then gone on to enjoy an evening out in one of the local restaurants. Smart casual

Authentic food in a township

by Jim_Eliason about Le Lape

This restaurant is in the Langa township and consists of a house converted into a restaurant and staffed by 3 generations of the same family. Food is served by buffet style with entertainment provided

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