We will be in South Africa for 3 weeks in April for my 50th birthday and will spend time in Kruger NP, the Wild Coast, Wine Country and Cape Town. We are well traveled, lean towards slow travel and are on a moderate budget. We prefer to spend less on accommodations so we can take several trips a year. We will be exploring options on Airbnb and VRBO. Our plan is to spend 4-6 nights in Cape Town, maybe longer to explore the wine country since it seems we can get there within an hour or so? Or is it best to stay in the wine country? Here is an idea of what our ideal Cape Town neighborhood would be like:
1. We don't want to be in the city center or an area with lots of big department stores.
2. We prefer to be in an area with more locals than tourists. For instance, here in Portland, OR most of the tourists stay downtown or in The Pearl district. We have many wonderful neighborhoods to explore on the other side of the river where tourists rarely go. Looking for that similar vibe, if any of you happen to be familiar with Portland. :-). that being said, I am not opposed to being directly in the center if that is what the majority recommends.
3. We will probably have a car so an area where we can safely park the car. We always take the normal precautions and don't leave anything of value in the car but would not be happy to spend time dealing with a car that has been broken into.
4. It would be nice to stay in a neighborhood with some bars, casual restaurants and small shops, maybe even leaning towards artsy or slightly Bohemian style. I found a cool place in Muizenberg with a view of the ocean that is appealing but not sure how easy it would be to get into the city center? Another great looking place is in Vredhoek. Nice area to stay in?
5. Would love to be near public transportation to get into the center within 20 minutes or so and explore.
During my initial research, Bo-Kaap, Waterkant and Woodstock appeal to me and the busy V&A area probably has the least appeal. We often stay in apartments when we travel and like the idea of going out to hike, explore and then come back to relax after with the option to cook. I am noticing several great looking apartments and cottages in the $50usd range!
I look forward to your suggestions!Edited: 21 August 2014, 14:15