Radisson Blu Hotel Blaauwberg, Cape Town

ERF 19390, Blaauwberg Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa
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table mountain and hotel

by potoli2004

I´m travelling to Cpt in July. I´ll be alon. I´d like to hike in Table Mountain. ¿do you know any tourist company that offers that excursion?

Re: table mountain and hotel

by Gerald_D

Google "table mountain hiking clubs"

Re: table mountain and hotel

by mvtouring

Please do not hike up Table Mountain on your own. Use one of the companies that offer to do the hike. Many companies offer the popular half-day hike which involves hiking up the mountain, but taking the well-known Rotair Cable Way to descend the mountain after hiking to the top. Full-day hikes allow for seeing more of the mountain and often involve hiking both up and down, avoiding the cable car.

Dear mountain friend,

by MichaelaGabriel

I am also very much into hiking, but alone is really not recommended. Although things happen even to people with dogs and in groups. Anyway I suppose things can happen anywhere...

I can really recommend the following hiking clubs:
Cum hike: www.cumhike.co.za
Meridian: www.meridian.org.za

They are happy to take on guests for a much smaller fee then any of the commercial tourist companies and you can get to know the locals as well.
You pay maybe 15 Rand to come with.

If you can hike with Karen Watkins (she guides tours in both clubs) you are styling.

Happy holidays....

Michaela
www.arbeiteninkapstadt.com

Travel Tips for Cape Town

Strand Street

by glennkasner

Strand (meaning Beach) Street gets it's name from the fact that when the Castle was built the shoreline ran where this street is now.
Gradual reclamation of land (probably out of habit due to the Dutch ancestory of our city fathers) has moved the sea back a few kilometres to where it is at present

Swimming with the penquins

by mvtouring

OK everyone offers swimming with the dolphins, but we can offer swimming with the penquins. In 1983 a pair of African penguins were spotted on Foxy Beach at Boulders and in 1985 they began to lay. Since then the colony has grown rapidly, increasing initially at about 60% a year. By 1997 there were 2350 adult birds. Boulders still remains the only place in the world where one can actually swim amongst the penguins as they have continued to invade more beaches. They are remarkably untroubled by people but one should avoid harassing them by getting too close or chasing them. Beware!! They have a vicious bite
Penguins are flightless, aquatic birds, which live in the southern oceans in climates as varied as Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands on the equator. There are seventeen species in all but the African Penguin is the only one to inhabit the African continent and its inshore islands. It used to be known as the Jackass Penguin
Scientific Facts:
Scientific Name: Spheniscus Demersus
Average Statistics: Weight - 2,1 To 3,7 kilograms (4.63 To 8.16 pounds)
Height - 50 cm (19.7 inches) swimming costume and snorkling gear will do the trick

APARTHEID ERA....

by PEE-WEE

In 1948 the National Party stood for election on its policy of apartheid and narrowly won. In a series of bitter court and constitutional battles, the right of the coloureds to vote in the Cape was removed and the insane apparatus of apartheid was erected.
Since the coloureds had no Homeland, the western half of the Cape Province was declared a ‘coloured preference area’, which meant no black person could be employed unless it could be proved there was no suitable coloured person for the job. No new black housing was built. As a result, illegal squatter camps mushroomed on the sandy plains of the east of Cape Town. In response, government bulldozers flattened the shanties, and their occupants were dragged away and dumped in their Homelands. Within weeks, the shanties would rise again.
In 1960 the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan African Congress (PAC) organised marches against the hated pass laws, which required blacks and coloureds to carry passbooks authorising them to be in a particular area. At Langa and Nyanga on the Cape Flats, police killed five protesters. In response to the crisis, a warrant for the arrest of Nelson Mandela and other ANC leaders was issued. In mid-1963 Mandela was captured and sentenced to life imprisonment. Like many black leaders before him, he was imprisoned on Robben Island, in the middle of Table Bay.
The government tried for decades to eradicate squatter towns, such as Crossroads, which were focal points for black resistance to the apartheid regime. In its last attempt between May and June 1986, an estimated 70.000 people were driven from their homes and hundreds were killed. Even this brutal attack was unsuccessful in eradicating the towns, and the government accepted the inevitable and began to upgrade conditions. Vast townships have sprung up across the Cape Flats, and are new home to possibly two million or more people – no-one really knows.

Take the Leap of Faith! Rent a Car!

by Radiomom

If you've never driven on the left side of the road in a right side drive car, well this is the time to try it. We took cabs and walked our first few days in the city. But when we came back after the safari, we rented a car in Stellenbosch and drove the winelands, the coast and back to Cape Town. Steve drove, so I just took a Xanax and tried not to scream too loudly when he came close to driving off the left hand side of the road :-)
We LOVED seeing baboons crossing the road on our way from Franschhoek to Hermanus!

Delicious Vietnamese

by AndreSTGT about Saigon

This wonderful restaurant offers great views on the table mountain and more importantly the best Vietnamese food i've ever had outside of Vietnam. The interior is quite elegant and welcoming and the service is impeccable.
Mains around 50-70 Rand Everything we tried on our two visits was excellent, but the fresh nems were especially great and the warm salad with raw tender beef was to die for.

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