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Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City

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An April 2002 trip to Cape Town by Linda Kaye

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Quote: Cape Town, also known as South Africa’s Mother City, is a mixture of incredible scenic beauty, interesting history, varied cultures and warm, friendly people. Mountains, wine lands, waterfronts, coastlines, fabulous restaurants and excellent shopping opportunities make Cape Town a Number One destination.

Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City

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Welcome to Cape Town Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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We knew immediately that we were in for the time of our lives as we approached and crossed the coastline at Cape Town, South Africa. The view from the airplane was awesome; billowing-white clouds churning over Table Mountain and the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean lapping the coastline. Our first few days in South Africa were a blur of beautiful scenery and new and different experiences. We took an all-day tour with a super guide who designed the tour just for us. We visited Boulders to see the penguin colony, toured the Scratch Patch where semi-precious gems are polished and shipped all over the world, and visited the Cecil Rhodes Memorial. We drove up Sig...Read More

El Gecko Cottage

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Hotel

El Gecko Cottage Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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El Gecko Cottage is located in Hout Bay on the Cape Peninsula, nestled in a cozy spot between the mountains on the east and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. It offers both self-catering or bed and breakfast arrangements. The self-catering Studio has a large bedroom, bathroom, living room and a fully equipped kitchen/bar including a microwave and cost $45 USD per night. There is a braai(bar-be-que) under a vine-covered trellis on the patio. Walkways lead from the parking area around the pool and along the house; each unit has a private entrance and access to a beautiful swimming pool, patio and gardens. El Gecko Cottage is in a quiet, peaceful residential area. Magnifice...Read More

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El Gecko Cottage
1 Karakal Road
Cape Town, South Africa
(27) 21-790-3076

Troodos House

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Hotel

Troodos House Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Gay & Tony Stemmett have created a relaxing and tranquil, yet elegant, respite for travelers to the Cape at Troodos House.. As we approached the electronic security gates, we were in awe of the beautiful house, infinity pool and the spectacular views. Our friends had the cottage, a large one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen that can sleep three and we had a room in the main house, right in front of the pool. Unfortunately, the weather was a little too cool for swimming. There was a large living room area in the main section of the house with comfortable seating, a fireplace, a table for cards or board games, a TV and a la...Read More

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Troodos House
8 Plumtree Avenue
Cape Town, South Africa
(021) 790-5220

Bertha's

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Restaurant | "Bertha's Restaurant"

Bertha's Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Bertha’s- A Restaurant with a Different Point of View. In the heart of Simon’s Town, half way between Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, next to Jubilee Square, is Bertha’s Restaurant. It fronts the old Town Pier and from the deck outside, we could view the quaint Yacht Harbor crowded with an assortment of many sailboats- a sailor’s delight. The weather was magnificent; blue sunny skies with temperatures in the mid 70s. Our trip was in April which is autumn in South Africa. Bertha’s offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, light meals and afternoon tea. The menu contains a tantalizing array of seafood, pastas, steaks and some exotic dishes such as ostrich and kud...Read More

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Bertha's
The Quayside
Cape Town, South Africa 7995
+27 21 786 2138

Oven Door

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Restaurant | "The Oven Door"

Oven Door Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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We wondered if the day was going to be completed ruined by the rainy weather. The wonderful fishing trip we had planned that morning did not turn out as we had hoped it would. The seas were rough and it was hard on a few in our party to avoid seasickness. However, with a short recovery we happened onto the Oven Door. After checking it out, we decided this would be a great place to spend a couple of hours-have a late lunch, talk about the next few days and hide from the rain. Upon entering, we were greeted by the staff who were enthusiastic to see us. We were their only customers. The four small seating areas were light and airy and the walls had a wonderful collection ...Read More

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Oven Door

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town Tour

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Attraction | "Tour with DAVE-Part One"

Cape Town Tour Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Dave of Silverleaf Tours picked us up at 9:00 a.m. sharp in his comfortable bright green "ComV". Little did we know that we were in for the insiders tour of the Cape, a day filled with interesting facts and trivia from a man who had spent his life in the area. From Hout Bay we drove to Cape Town along beautiful coastline roads, stopping frequently to photograph the Twelve Apostles (mountain formations) or the exclusive beaches behind gated residential communities. It was from Dave that we received our first African history lesson, the origins of the colonization of Cape Town and the 13 official languages in South Africa. Dave’s first language is Afrikaans, a l...Read More

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Cape Town Tour
Various Locations
Cape Town, South Africa 8000

Cape Town Tour

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Attraction | "Tour with DAVE- Part Two"

Cape Town Tour Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Boulders--A Park for all—forever, forms part of the Cape Peninsula National Park. It is situated in a sheltered cove between Simon’s Town and Cape Point and has become famous for its African Penguin Colony. To get to the site for an up-close and personal view of the penguins, Dave parked the van and we walked through a residential area to wooden walkways and bridges that lead guests to the clear waters of False Bay and within a few meters of these precious little creatures. In 1982 there were only two pair of African Penguins but due in part to the reduction in certain fishing techniques in False Bay, that provided an increased supply of pilchards and anchovy, a ma...Read More

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Cape Town Tour
Various Locations
Cape Town, South Africa 8000

Hout Bay Mariner's Wharf

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Attraction

Hout Bay Mariner's Wharf Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Hout Bay is located on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula and forms part of the recently proclaimed Cape Peninsula National Park. It is bounded by the majectic Sentinal Mountains on one side and the scenic Chapman’s Peak on the other side. Our trip to Hout Bay would not have complete without a visit to Mariner’s Wharf. It was modeled after the famous Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco and was the first development of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The Mariner’s Wharf Maritime Emporium includes the Wharfside Grill, where superb cuisine complements the magnificent views, the Fish Market, the Shipwreck Shop for nautical antiques and...Read More

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Hout Bay Mariner's Wharf
Wharfside
Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain

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Attraction

Table Mountain Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Table Mountain is among the world’s most familiar landmarks, rising in all its majesty above Cape Town and one of the first things we saw upon arriving. It is a nature reserve, providing spectacular climbing opportunities and a haven to dassies (hyraxes). This sandstone plateau is almost 2 miles wide and 3,560 feet above ground level at the highest point. The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops provide homes to a number of animals, including the ghost frog and rock monitor. The weather can be unpredictable; if it is clear and sunny, even though you had not planned to visit that day- VISIT. The next day the mountain could be covered with clouds. There are two ways to the top, climb or take a c...Read More

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Table Mountain
Cape Town 7848
Cape Town, Western Cape 7848
00 27 21 7156136

Robben Island/Robben Island Museum

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Attraction | "Tour of Seal Island"

Robben Island/Robben Island Museum Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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We sent out a one-woman scouting party to find out if there were any tours of the harbor and Seal Island - and sure enough, there was one leaving at 11:00 IF they could get 4 or 5 more passengers. At this point, we felt it was our "duty" to oblige. The Nauticat was slightly more expensive than the one moored right next to it, but the other boat was so crowded, it was hard for passengers to get a space at the railing for that perfect view. With only about 20 passengers on board, the Nauticat set out for Seal Island and an unexpected surprise that none of us, including the crew, had anticipated. The day was textbook perfect; sunny skies with only a few puffy white c...Read More

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Robben Island/Robben Island Museum
Table Bay
Cape Town, South Africa 8002
+27 (0)21 409 5100