Cape Town Journals

Wonderful Cape Town

A July 2008 trip to Cape Town by Norman

Cape Town from Above Photo, Cape Town, South Africa More Photos
Quote: While in Capetown I enjoyed visiting the Waterfront, Table Top Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, Hermanus, Robben Island, and participated in a penguin project.

Wonderful Cape Town

Overview

Cape Town from Above Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town is a wonderful travel destination with many nearby places to visit. You will see the Atlantic Ocean or Table Bay to your east with mountains to your west. In winter, the weather is mild, with the possibility of a bad weather day. You will find the prices reasonable compared to those in the United States with most meals in a nice café around 100 rand. Taxis cost 9 to 12 rand per kilometer.Many visitors stay around the waterfront, where you can shop and find every type of restaurant, from the mall food court, pubs, dockside eateries, to nice cafés. From Capetown, there are many possibilities for day trips to beautiful nearby areas, cities, and attractions. Some people couple ...Read More

City Lodge V And A Waterfront

Hotel | "A Nice Place to Stay"

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The City Lodge is a wonderful hotel, providing quality accommodations and fine service. It is one of the closest hotels to the waterfront, a 10 minute walk. The rooms are spacious and modern. My room with one king bed had a couch, coffee table, a large counter and chair which could easily be used as a desk, nice size television, coffee maker, and nice lighting. The bathroom had a separate tub and shower. The service was always cordial, willing to help or answer any questions. There is a travel desk in the lobby which provided a nice local map and all the brochures and necessary information to help decide on the day’s activities. The nicest surprise is the breakfast buffet. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2008

City Lodge V And A Waterfront
COR DOCK AND ALFRED ROADS
Cape Town, South Africa
214199450

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront - Alfred Mall

Attraction | "Something for Everyone at the Waterfront"

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront - Alfred Mall Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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The Waterfront is an area of stores and restaurants where you can spend an hour or a day. From there you can travel to Robben Island, take a variety of boat tours, and even tour the area in a helicopter. The Two Oceans Aquarium is just three blocks inland.Shopping includes a 3 story modern mall that has a wide variety of stores and restaurants. There is even a large grocery. There are many stores along the waterfront, selling souvenirs, clothes, and needed supplies. You will find several banks here and ATM machines.You can eat in the food court, dockside (I ecommend ‘Fisherman‘s Choice‘, south of the big mall), or in a cafe. The nicest part f the waterfront is the local performer...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2008

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront - Alfred Mall
Dock Road
Cape Town, South Africa 8001
+27 21 408 7500

Robben Island/Robben Island Museum

Attraction | "Robben Island: A Place of History and Nature"

Robben Island/Robben Island Museum Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Robben Island is 7 kilometers off the coast of Capetown, and is reached by a ferry available at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, next to the Clock Tower. From there you can take the 20 minute ride across Table Bay to tour the island and its prison. The island is a World Heritage Site (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/916) due to its history, most noteworthy, the prison that housed many South African political prisoners including Nelson Mandela. The 3.5 hour tour includes the round trip ferry ride, a guided bus tour of the island, and a guided tour of the prison. There are stops during the bus tour where get a closer look at penguins, and take pictures. The prison tour guides are all former political ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 29, 2008

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

Two Oceans Aquarium

Attraction | "A Must-See for Anyone Interested in Nature or Sea Life"

Two Oceans Aquarium Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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The Two Oceans Aquarium is a great facility presenting marine animals from the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the oceans of South Africa. There are numerous smaller tanks showing many types of sea life. You can see and learn about many fish, seahorses, jellyfish, lobster, octopus, beautiful reef fish, and many more. My favorite was the tank shaped like a large doughnut that you could walk into and have the fish swim around and above you. All the tanks and displays have good informational signage. I am sure that you will learn something new. Conservation is an overall aquarium theme.There are two large tanks, over two stories high, one with a kelp forest and fish, and the ’predator exhibit’ wit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 30, 2008

Two Oceans Aquarium
Alfred Basin, Dock Road
Cape Town, South Africa 8002
+27 21 418 3823

Table Mountain

Attraction | "A Beautiful View"

Table Mountain Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Table Mountain is a flat top mountain rising 1086 m (3563 ft) above sea level. It is a great destination for both young and old. The mountain is a prominent site from almost anywhere in Cape Town There are numerous trails for the avid hiker to walk up the mountain; however, most visitors take the aerial cable car to the top. The car is quite different than most, as it has a floor that rotates 360° as it ascends the mountain. This way, no matter where you stand, you have an equal panoramic view from many different angles looking up the mountain, down to the waterfront and Table Bay, and vistas in each side of the mountain. If you prefer, you may sit or stand in the middle of the cable car a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2008

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

Robben Island/Robben Island Museum

Attraction | "South African Penguins Project - Earthwatch"

Robben Island/Robben Island Museum Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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During my visit to South Africa I participated in the South Africa Penguins Project as an Earthwatch volunteer. During this 12 day project 5 volunteers worked with researchers to gather information on the South Africa Penguins and other animals on Robben Island. The primary focus was to monitor penguins, their nests, and the growth of chicks. Penguins had to be identified by physical features, sometimes a difficult task. All observed birds that were banded were noted. From selected nests, older chicks were measured. Each chick was weighed and its head and flipper measured.For more information about Earthwatch and the project :Earthwatch www.earthwatch.org/websiteSouth Af...Read More

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