Cape Town Travel Guide

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Cape Town Things to Do

  • Table Mountain

    5 out of 5 stars

    Standing guard over Cape Town, Table Mountain defines the city. For early seafarers, the Mountain signified arrival at this port of call. For the original inhabitants of the area, the Mountain was the source of myth and intrigue. For modern day Cape Tonians, Table Mountain is the heart of daily life. At 1086 meters and home to 1400 species of...

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  • Cape Point

    It's not difficult to find the entrance to Cape Point. There is, basically, one road that pretty much leads you to it. There is an entrance fee. You can drive to the Cape of Good Hope. We visited the lighthouse. The views from there are just spectacular. A bit windy and I think we went on a good day. It probably is even more windy on most days. You...

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  • Penguins - Boulders Beach

    Standing at just below a foot tall, the diminutive African penguins waddling onto shore, jumping into the sea or just sunbathing are quite a sight to see. Along the southern Cape Peninsula, just past Simonstown, there are several turnoffs for the Boulders Beach area. The second turnoff has the fewest tour buses and leads to a walkway above penguin...

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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

    4 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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  • The Hildebrand

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This was a nice lunch time dining experience. We started with a Springbok carpacio which was delicious and lean. Springbok is a small antelope. My daughter and I ordererd pasta dishes which were very good. And, my boyfriend ordered a hearty lamb shank dish smothered in sauce with some pasta on the side. An African singing group appeared and...

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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

  • 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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  • Trains

    South Africa is notorious for its lack of public transport, so it is a rare pleasure to be able to report on a functional public transport link that's also of use to the tourist (particularly for those on a limited budget). The Metro rail network links the Cape Town CBD to a string of small stations along the False Bay coastline, of which the...

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  • Buses

    Be warned that public transport in Cape Town is terrible, the cost (on some routes) has gone up 100% for the 2010 World Cup and on many routes, buses are few and far between. Do not expect the situation that exists in Europe, where there are buses or trains every few minutes. Fares change at the drivers whim and there are no schedules posted at bus...

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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

    I've been living in Cape Town from may to june 2013 and none of the things many mention here happened to me. I drove by night, stopped at robots, walk by myself in the dark and nothing, really nothing of this happened. I'm really surprised of what's written here. I've met only gentle people always ready to help in case of need and never asking me...

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  • Crime - theft

    I went to Cape Town in the Summer. It's a beautiful place and I recommend it. We travelled, After a week in Cape Town, to visit friends in Nelspruit In which we drove to Cape Town Airport, Flew To Johannesburg And Drove to Nelspruit. While we were there some friends warned us about the Police there, And Couple of things happened, proving them...

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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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  • 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 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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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

    I cannot say that I am a world traveler by any means. However, a person would have to go far to visit a more beautiful city than Cape Town. It has everything a person could possibly want. The beaches are wonderful, the sand so soft in many. On the Atlantic Ocean side, the water is cold and the opposite can be said of the Indian Ocean side. I would...

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  • Kirstenbosch Gardens

    One of the spectacular features of Kirstenbosch Garden is its location. Cape Town's Table Top Mountain creates a magnificent background for the beautiful garden of colorful flowers. Hikers can also enjoy the Garden as three forest trails have been laid out within the boarders of Kirstenbosch. The Stinkwood Trail only takes 45 minutes to hike...

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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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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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V & A Waterfront
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Bo-Kaap
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Robben Island
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Two Oceans Aquarium
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Castle of Good Hope
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Quay Four
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Panama Jack's
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Table Mountain
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Den Anker
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Lions Head
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African Markets
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THE MOUNT NELSON
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Cape Town The Beautiful
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Cape of Good Hope
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Waterfront
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Table Mountain
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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
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Penguins Boulders Beach
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Bo-Kaap
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Take A Trip To the Top of Table Mountain
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Driving at night or day.
Warnings and Dangers
Abseiling off Table Mountain - Unforgettable!
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A view well worth the climb
Off The Beaten Path
A movie under a starry sky
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Garden Route Holiday
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Bus service in Cape Town
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Take in the views at Cape Point
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See Penguins in Simon's Town
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Phenomenal Aquarium Lots of Sea Creatures
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