Cape Town Travel Guide

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Cape Town Things to Do

  • Table Mountain

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is a must visit when you are in Cape Town. Majestic mountains are a landmark of not only Cape Town but the whole of Africa. A cable car takes you up if you cannot spare the 5 hours required for the hike up not to mention the physical fitness required, The ride on the cable car is by no means inexpensive! It costs 100 Rands for children up to...

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  • Penguins - Boulders Beach

    At Boulders Beach in Simon's Town, you will find plenty of penguins. One tip to save your money!! --- instead of buying the tickets to go to see the penguins, you can do this --- while coming from Cape Point, you will find Belview Road on the right, take that and park the car there, then walk along to find scores of Penguins by the sea and further...

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  • Cape Point

    This is the South Western most point of South Africa. It is the junction of the cold Benguela cureent on teh West Coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East Coast. From the top you can see the difference in the colour of the waters. You can drive into the park and then park at the foot hills of the mountain. It is a 20 minute trek to view the...

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Cape Town Restaurants

  • The Africa Cafe

    4 out of 5 stars

    In the Africa cafe the food is very fine however a bit expensive. The waiter brings various dishes to the table what you really enjoy. The dishes are from all over Africa with very fine flavours. You will not leave hungry!!!!!!!!!!! The waitresses are dressed in traditional African clothes. The restaurant has many rooms and all have a different...

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  • Mama Afrika

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Where to start? The restaurant looks African, you can buy African art there and there's live African music playing during dinner (but you get billed for it - shame). The food is amazing and we got some free drinks because we had to wait, so that lifted our spirits! I had the mixed grill, which is expensive, but you get meat from crocodile, kudu,...

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  • Mariner's Wharf

    4 out of 5 stars

    i used to live in capetown for three years and have tried every place to eat, with regard to seafood this is the best place as well as the brass bell in kalt bay just before you go into fish hoek. its on the other side of kalt bay train station.

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Cape Town Nightlife

  • Camps Bay

    Do not take public transportation to go out at night. There are several taxis that are everywhere and are reasonably priced so again don't go out walking at night because it can be dangerous. Go to Camp's Bay there are several resturants in the area and price is reasonable afterwards when you get out there are taxis take one back to your hotel....

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  • Student Fun

    This is part of a franschise of bars etc. Mostly students hanging out with lots of pool tables and a balcony looking down Obz .Wednesday nights a happy hour draw huge crowds. Two for One for an hour only!No dancefloor and music by pc playlist-Very pop and popular Alternative,oldies,rock etc.To hang out and chat is fine but not much else. Warmup...

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  • Dance the night away

    Very trendy place where youngsters hang out.One of the most popular clubs around Cape Town. Hours: 21:00-05:00 Dress Code: Smart Casual Dance Floors: 5 Contact Details Bars: 14 Century City BoulevardCentury CityCape Town Crowd: Trendy, party orientated Music Type: Disco, Drum ‘n Bass, Garage, Jazz, Retro, Comercial Dance, Dance Cover Charge: R40,...

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Cape Town Transportation

  • Air Travel

    In recent years, South Africa has welcomed a number of low cost air carriers into the local market - with a resultant (and much appreciated) drop in the cost of internal air flights. The three major carriers are Kulula (www.kulula.com), 1Time (www.1Time.co.za) and Mango (www.flymango.com) - with Mango actually being a subsidiary of the national...

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  • Car / Taxi

    There are many rental car agencies in South Africa. We found Thrifty Dollars Rental cars were the most reasonable . You can find them at the airport or also at Hilton Hotel in the city. There is a petrol pump right opposite to Hilton Hotel which is convenient to fill in before dropping the car off.

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  • Buses

    A good way to get around Cape Town and do some sight seeing is to use "CitySightSeeing Cape Town" Tours. You can take in a good deal of the city using the 'Hop-On Hop-Off' buses. The purchased ticket for these buses means you can get on and off where you please at designated stops. There is a blue one and a red one that have different routes....

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Cape Town Shopping

  • Shopping Malls

    Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination.. You can buy anything you can think of here! Many people like the Waterfront. It is a bit pricey but there is so much to see from the craft markets to sailing or...

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  • Informal Markets

    There are rows of shops at Green Market Square selling just about anything you may want to buy from South Africa/Africa. The prices are competitive. Cushion covers with pictures of the big five for 30 to 40 Rands each, Key chains for 5 Rands each, Wooden spear with carvings for 120 Rands and much much more Open from 09:00 - 16:00 (Monday -...

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  • Flea Markets

    awsome.... thats what you really need to buy from south africa... south african crafts which either made of wood or leather usually. its a must to visit if you are in capetown. also you can enjoy watching some performances near by or inside the market itself. i really enjoyed shopping there also it is bordered by a selection of restaurants and...

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Cape Town Local Customs

  • Minstrel Festival

    Take a look at my video entitled: "Minstrel Festival".

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  • Signage so funny it poses a safety...

    Hmmm ... maybe this one should be under 'Warnings and Dangers', because the first time I saw it, I was behind the wheel and was laughing so hard that I almost drove off the road!This sign is for an ostrich farm off the R27 just north of Cape Town, where they indeed breed ostrich - if you choose to put a smutty spin on this (as, of course, I did...

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  • Meets the Cape Malays

    their humour, their traditions, their foodsall sperlatives;for those who know "old adderley" street and the flowers vendors, the witty biting remarks;the removal of District 6 and others to lands too far away, took away the original heart and soul of Ou Kaapstad.on my last trip in 2009, walking along Adderly Street and the CBD area, the flower...

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Cape Town Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to avoid

    We landed in Cape Town and picked up our car rental. The rental agent told us to take the N2 west then the M3 south to our destination in Kalk Bay. It would take an hour to get there. Instead, as we looked at the map, the more logical route was to take the M22 south to the R310 west and we would be there quicker. OMG!!! That was a really, really...

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  • Crime - theft

    I was in Cape Town for a month. My wife is still there, and will be for another two months. It is a beautiful city, no doubt. The restaurants are lovely. Some of the neighbourhoods are amazing. The views, and the countryside is spectacular. On the other hand, the place is a thieves paradise, so travellers beware! Most South Africans are lovely,...

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  • Safety at night

    A travel companion was robbed of her cellphone in Long Street, late on a Friday Night. She decided to walk home to the Ashanti Backbackers ahead of us because she was tired from the days activities. Although Cape Town is a truly spectacular city to visit, it isn't very safe (or as much fun) to split from the group at night. We enjoyed our trip...

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Cape Town Tourist Traps

  • V&A Waterfront

    I am a local and can assure you one can spend a day at this " trap" and it could cost as little as US$10Fairly reasonable entertainment but of course. A very good thing to do is spend a few hours at the aquqrium which is also right and really superior. The V&A is a copy of the South Street Sea port in NY but as it is newer it is vastly superior....

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  • cage diving

    We were going to Cape Town this August, mainly to do cage-diving. After looking through websites of tour operators and exchanging some e-mails we had chosen the firm Unreal Dive http://www.unrealdive.com/. We had fixed exact date (20.08) and paid money in advance. After arriving to Cape Town we contacted Mr Paul Hanekom to arrange details. The day...

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  • porters at airport

    If you pre-arrange your transfer before you come and you do not see the person at the airport; do not ask the porters to help you contact them. They will call the company and tell you that they got voicemail then when you say that you will use another shuttle service they will say they will take you to one but in fact they will not. They will take...

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Cape Town What to Pack

  • List of MUST BRING WITH ME!

    Bring a lock to lock your bags when you leave the hotel and always lock your baggage when you are checking in your bag!! go and get one of the locks from Bed Bath and Beyond that has the combination reader or get the brass locks with the keys! I will say this bring a small notebook with you for writing down thoughts as you travel throughout SA...

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  • one for the mind

    need to compare with the street maps, know what's where ;look at Space iMAGINGS SUPER MAP, NOTE TO THE STRONG SOUTH aFRICAN SUN GIVING A BLEACHED VIEW OF THE COLOURSnote the foreshore, malay quarters and the Castle

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  • Bill Bryson book

    Don't worry, if you forgot to bring along a hilarious travel book by Bill Bryson, the Exclusive Books store in the Johannesburg airport carries a good selection.

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Cape Town Off The Beaten Path

  • West Coast

    You could be forgiven for not envisaging that you would ever be tempted to visit a disused mine site on your trip to South Africa, but perhaps the West Coast Fossil Park will make you change your mind! The fossil park is located approximately 150 km north of Cape Town (a 1.5-2 hour drive) on the site of the old Chemfos mine which mined phosphate...

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  • Cape Point / Cape Aghulus

    Cape Agulhas the REAL end of Africa!! Most people mistake Cape Point just a short drive from Cape Town for the southern most point of Africa. Heard same rubbish being told by touristguides. A glance at the atlas should clarify that once n for all. Cape Agulhas about a three-hour drive southeast of Cape Town. Follow the N2 from Cape Town to CALEDON,...

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  • Hermanus

    Driving to Hermanus, which is 122kms from Cape Town, on the coast- is a wonderful days outing. As well as passing charming old fishing villages (now very 'in vogue') you will pass a few nature reserves, which include many bird species and hippo. Stop anywhere along the way at one of the gorgeous beaches, and you may see whales, which frolic between...

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Cape Town Sports & Outdoors

  • Experience the agony and ecstacy of the...

    Cape Town is proud host to the largest cycle race in the world: the Cape Argus (usually known just as the Argus).Unlike South Africa's other major ultrasports events - the Comrades and Two Oceans ultramarathons and the Midmar Mile swim, which take up to 6 months of dedicated preparation - the 110km route (which must be completed within 7 hours) is...

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  • Run the most beautiful ultramarathon in...

    South Africans are sports mad, and Cape Town's stunning environment makes it an ideal location for outdoor pursuits. It is therefore unsurprising that it hosts one of the most popular - and arguably the most beautiful - ultramarathon events in the world, the Two Oceans, which takes place over the Easter weekend.The best bit about Two Oceans is the...

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  • Watch a rugby game at Newlands!

    South Africans are fanatical about sport (in my experience, only Aussies come close in terms of their sports obsession), and among white South Africans, rugby is not a sport, but a religion! Until I moved to South Africa, I couldn't see the logic behind the sports boycott which was imposed on South Africa in the 1980s and 90s ... and once I was...

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Cape Town Favorites

  • Beaches

    Fishoek is a small little town on False Bay and is also on the way to Simon's Town and Boulders Beach. It doesnt seem like there is much happening in this beautiful spot other than people Fishing or lying about on the beach. We spent a day relaxing there and it is nice to get away from always busy Cape Town

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  • Tours

    It's not often that you need a tour guide in cities that you know well, but on my last trip to Cape Town, I came across Allan Korsman of Blue Monkey Tours, who lead the tour that I joined at Groote Schuur's Heart of Cape Town museum. He helps out occasionally at the museum, but more commonly guides tours which he customises to meet his clients'...

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  • Table Mountain

    The decision was made: we are walking down. Today I am not sure if it was the right thing to do - we didn't know the way, we had no map or guide, we had no idea what to expect. By the way, one shouldn't underestimate the Table Moubtain - although it is only 1078 metres high, it can be really dangerous, especially because of the weather that can...

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Top 10 Coastal Drives: Cape Town

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The shores of South Africa provide as many great drives as they do gorgeous views. Members suggested the "Garden Route," which lies between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town connecting the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces. The route (known as N2 within South Africa) is nicknamed for its abundance of wild flowers and is also dotted with secluded bays and quaint villages. For those who don't want to leave Cape Town proper, VirtualTourist members also suggested Chapman's Peak drive as fun driving, as it has over 114 curves and spectacular cliffside views.

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