Cape Town Journals

A few days in Southern Cape Town

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A February 2004 trip to Cape Town by MichaelJM

Clovelly Lodge Photo, Cape Town, South Africa More Photos
Quote: Having spent a few days around the Wine Route and Northern Cape Town, we journeyed towards the Cape of Good Hope. Here we experienced a totally different environment!

Clovelly Lodge

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Clovelly Lodge Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Clovelly Lodge is a three bedroom bed and breakfast on the Eastern Cape in the middle of the Cape Peninsula National Park overlooking False Bay. Linda Pithers who, alongside her husband, owns the place, gave us perfect directions. It’s a little bit off the beaten track, but is by no means isolated and the setting is superb. Our large en-suite bedroom had a great veranda and large windows giving views in three directions. And what spectacular views we had over False Bay, the valleys of Clovelly, the local golf course, and the surrounding mountains. This was the perfect spot to unwind, enjoy our coffee, and take in the lush scenery that was laid out in front of us. The peacefulness of this place w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2004

Clovelly Lodge
Montrose Avenue
Cape Town, South Africa

Harbour Lodge

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Harbour Lodge Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Harbour Lodge is a new guesthouse near to the centre of Hout Bay. It is well sited for exploring the Southern Cape Town and Kristian and Lou, the young couple who own the establishment, have put their heart and soul into the building. In our view it has paid off! The house is in a quiet area, but the centre of Hout Bay is in easy walking distant. Initially, the guesthouse is a bit off-putting. The restricted car parking facility is at the front of the property and access to the main house is down the side of the house through a locked gate (you ring a bell to be let in). However, the dismal approach to the house is soon forgotten as you enter an extremely pleasant courtyard with an ample swimmin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2004

Harbour Lodge
Hout Bay
Cape Town, South Africa

Groot Constantia

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Attraction | "Tasting in Cape Town's Suburbs"

Groot Constantia Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Groot Constantia is superbly set southeast of Table Mountain, just out of Cape Town’s suburbs, and has a variety of buildings in the Cape-Dutch architectural style, with beautifully laid-out gardens to explore. There is a small, user-friendly museum outlining the history of this estate. It was first formed in 1685, when Simon van der Stel was given the land for a farm. The Cloete family farmed the land for over a century until around 1890, when bad luck hit them and a disease ravaged their vines, and they were forced to sell to the South African government. The estate, from its height of over 200 metres above sea level, offers wonderful vistas over the Cape Town area. When we visited, the main r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2004

Groot Constantia
Off M41
Cape Town, South Africa 7848
+27 21 794 5128

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)

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Attraction | "Penguin Watching"

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony) Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Sir Francis Drake said, "This Cape is the most stately thing and the Fairest Cape we ever saw". He was talking about the view of the Cape over False Bay, and his words still hold good today. We explored the small fishing village of Kalk Bay and felt a strange sense of excitement as we watched the steam-train pull away from the picturesque station and continue its coastal journey. The main street is lined with interesting, balconied shops, brightly painted in crisp colours. These are a real delight if you have an interest in antiques or porcelain. "Chinatown" is crammed with thousands of items of chinaware and, at some points, we dare hardly move lest we knock over a display cabinet. You could sp...Read More

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Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)
4 Boulders Place Simon's Town
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 (21) 786 1758

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

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Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Ever since my days as a philatelist, collecting the triangular Cape of Good Hope Stamps, I have wanted to see this spectacular part of the South African coastline. We were now en route. The drive down the coastline was itself scenic. As we negotiated some of the many tight bends on the narrow lanes leading to the entrance to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, we were astonished to see packs of baboons, strolling down the side of the road. Some mothers were carrying their young on their backs (or, more to the point, the babies were hanging on for grim death). Perfect photo call – methinks. However, as soon as I stopped the car, the animals seemed to sense the arrival of the paparazzi, and th...Read More

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Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Off the M65
Cape Town, South Africa 7975
+27 21 780-9526