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An April 2004 trip to Cape Town by Niggles78

Rondevlei Hippo Cruise Photo, Cape Town, South Africa More Photos
Quote: I used to live in the Cape, leaving December of 1996. This was the first time I had visited Cape Town as a tourist, and I love it more now than ever.
Beacon Isle Hotel Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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As a Gold Crown apartment, it provides everything you'd expect for a luxury accommodation. It is one of the biggest hotels in the area and everyone knows it. It is known for its size and benefits, as the views are brilliant. All units are hotel-size, sleeping four. There is a double bed and a sleeper sofa in the main room. The staff makes the sleeper sofa into a bed, which is more than comfortable. A large mattress is added for extra comfort. The only downside at this resort is that all units surround the restaurant and entertainment area, which I found made the apartments noisy. There is no kitchen facility either. Tea and coffee, with a small fridge, is provided, and I found the restau...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2004

Beacon Isle Hotel
Plettenberg Bay 6600
Cape Town, South Africa
044 5331120

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I was hesitant to stay at this resort, as there were no pictures on the Internet of it, but there was no reason for concern, as the resort was lovely. It had brilliant secure parking, a lovely reception (the staff was outstanding), and a nice entertainment area. It was also in a good location. It wasn't a beachfront property, so we didn't have nice views. But it was within easy walking distance to the beach, and for the first time, we were in an apartment where a sea view wasn't necessary. The apartment was basic but adequate; it was cleaned every day. It was too small for four adults, but for two I was more than happy. To sum it up, it was a pleasant resort as a base. Although Gold Crown,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2004

Royal Atlantic
15-17 Marais Street
Cape Town, South Africa
021-434-8932

Langa

Restaurant | "Meal at Langa"

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This is a great way to experience a TRUE South African environment and cuisine. During your stay in South Africa, you will come across many township tours. I didn't feel comfortable doing this, as I felt I was looking at disadvantaged people as if they were in a zoo. Alternatively, there are restaurants within these townships that you can book through selected tour companies, and so I went for a meal in a restaurant. I was nervous at first, but it was, without a doubt, the highlight of my holiday. The music was phenomenal, people were personal and friendly, the food was nice, and I doubt I will ever experience anything like it again. I can’t recommend it highly enough, and even though the food...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 17, 2004

Langa

Cape Town, South Africa
0217976126

Rondevlei Hippo Cruise Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Don’t expect a huge catamaran sunset cruise ship; this is a personal one on one sunset boat cruise you can book through Wayne at take2tours. At first I was hesitant, as having lived in South Africa, I wasn't aware that they had hippos in the Cape Town area, but they do, right here at Rondevlei. The cruise is predominantly made up of bird-watching. Graham has a great passion for birds, and the cruise takes you right into the nesting areas, fantastic for photo opportunities. It's great if you like quiet scenery and birds. Although a little pricey, it is definitely worth a visit.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2004

Rondevlei Hippo Cruise
Rondevlei
Cape Town, South Africa

Noordhoek beach

Attraction | "Sunset Horseride in Noordhoek"

Noordhoek beach Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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My husband and friend were complete novices at horseback riding, but the company made us feel more than at ease.

The scenery in Noordhoek was spectacular, and although I'm not a great scenery-lover, even I had to stop and admire the views. The horses were some of the best I've ever ridden (I'm not a novice), and as a rider, there is nothing better to ride along a beach at sunset. It wasn't expensive and entertained all of us.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Noordhoek beach
Mountain Road
Cape Town, South Africa 7985

Whale-Watching From The Shore - Hermanus

Attraction | "Whale-Watching from the Shore"

Whale-Watching From The Shore - Hermanus Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Hermanus is the best place to see whales from the shore. Particular good months are from September to November. Hermanus is not only a whale-watching centre but also a beautiful, peaceful area worth a one- or two-day visit en route to the garden route.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Whale-Watching From The Shore - Hermanus
Hermanus
Cape Town, South Africa